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US says Chinese warship fired military laser at US aircraft | CNN

Many of us may remember being told as children not to point laser pointers up in the air because it could blind an aircraft pilot. Accused of doing the same thing in 2018, a Chinese warship fired a military-grade laser at a U.S. aircraft. A US Navy P-8 surveillance aircraft was hit by the beam, an action the Navy has ... Read More »

US and Taliban sign deal aimed at ending war in Afghanistan | AP News

After the seven days of deescalated violence, the Taliban and the U.S. have signed a war-ending peace deal. There is a possibility for all U.S. troops to be withdrawn within the next 14 months. The only way for the peace to last, however, is for both sides to maintain their end of the deal. President Trump commented that he expects ... Read More »

Responding to Covid-19–A once-in-a-century pandemic? | New England Journal of Medicine

The long-term goal of preventing and controlling mass outbreaks has always been at the forefront of government. With the deadly coronavirus spreading quickly, now is the time to act. Currently the virus has a mortality rate of around 1%, much higher than the flu. Healthy adults have also died after infection, not just those with health concerns and the elderly. ... Read More »

Syria war: Alarm after 33 Turkish soldiers killed in attack in Idlib | BBC

Turkish forces retaliated against the Syrian government following an attack that left 33 soldiers dead. Numerous government targets were hit that resulted in neutralizing 309 troops. Russia claims the Turks were fighting along side terror and rebel organizations during the attack. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Vladimir Putin have both agreed that the fighting has escalated to a measure ... Read More »

If coronavirus spreads within the US, here’s how daily life might change | CNN

U.S. officials have warned that it isn’t a matter of if the coronavirus will spread to the U.S. but when. When it does, it will impact everything from schools, businesses, and healthcare. CNN has comprised a list of what life might look like during an outbreak. First, it is likely that some schools and social events will shut down, such ... Read More »

US military adopts ‘ethical’ AI guidelines | DW

The Pentagon has released a guideline for service members to follow when operating technology systems that utilize Artificial Intelligence. As more AI is integrated into more aspects of the military, officials are working to ensure the public trusts the ability of the systems. Robots and drones are some of the more common systems that sometimes use AI. The released guidelines ... Read More »

All ‘confederate-related paraphernalia’ should be removed from Marine bases, commandant directs | Marine Times

A recent memo to Gen. Gary Thomas has called for numerous reforms and attention to be brought to certain issues in the Marine Corps. Marine Corps Commandant Gen. David Berger has called for immediate action pertaining to the removal of all Confederate-related items from Marine Corps installations and directives on a new proposal for maternity leave and gender integration. The debate ... Read More »

More U.S.-India arms sales could follow $3.5 billion helicopter deal | Forbes

The U.S. and India have agreed to a $3.5 billion deal to sell 24 Sikorsky MH-60R Sea Hawk helicopters to the Indian Navy and six Boeing AH-64E Apache Guardian attack helicopters to the Indian Army. While an anticipated trade deal was not agreed on, the sale gives hope to more interactions between the two countries in the future. Another deal ... Read More »

You’re likely to get the coronavirus | The Atlantic

In 1997 a 3-year old boy in Hong Kong died after being the first known person to contract the avian flu. Originally only known to affect birds, the word quickly spread, and the Chinese killed 1.5 million chickens. By the end of the year, there had only been 18 known human cases of the new flu strain. The virus was ... Read More »

American soldier stationed in South Korea first service member to test positive for coronavirus | Military Times

The first American service member to contract the coronavirus visited Camp Carroll and Camp Walker in South Korea. “KCDC and USFK health professionals are actively conducting contact tracing to determine whether any others may have been exposed,” commented the USFK. Efforts to contain the spread of the virus continue as the peninsula is still under a “high” risk level. A ... Read More »