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US military effectively bans Confederate flag with new policy | BBC News

While the policy did not specifically state the ban of the Confederate flag it made it clear that it would not be acceptable to fly. There has been a lot of debate about the use of memorializing the Confederacy on public property. Many argue that it is a right to free speech while others argue it is a symbol of ... Read More »

USS Newport News returns from deployment | DVIDS

The USS Newport was on deployment supporting maritime interests and defending the country under the leadership of Cmdr. Dave Fassel. The ship traveled over 45,000 nautical miles throughout their completed deployment. This deployment in particular was different because COVID-19 hit right in the middle of it. The crew made a pit stop to isolate themselves but still provided logistical support ... Read More »

Trump, Portland mayor clash over causes of escalating unrest | Reuters

In Portland in particular, protestors have been met with federal forces after President Trump deployed federal officers to help control ongoing riots. News regarding arson and destruction of property from rioters, as well as peaceful protestors being attacked, have all been on display. The mayor of Portland is urging Trump to back off as he believes that the federal officers ... Read More »

In Pictures: China faces worst floods in 30 years | Aljazeera

China is facing the worst flooding in the past 30 years since June amid the economic pressure and health crisis with the coronavirus. 33 swelling rivers and lakes reached record-high levels while 433 rivers are on a high alert level. The flooding has caused the death of 140 people, affected 38 million others, and destroyed 28,000 homes according to government ... Read More »

US military makes sweeping changes to stamp out prejudice and bias — including discrimination against pregnancies and hairstyles | Business Insider

The U.S. Defense Department has enacted plans to address issues on “diversity, inclusion, and equal opportunities” for all the military branches. This was triggered in the wake of protests following the death of George Floyd and the Black Lives Matter movement. The memo stated implementing additional training to address unconscious bias, pregnancy-based discrimination, hairstyle, and grooming policies. West Point cadets ... Read More »

Defence ministry delegates powers to armed forces to process urgent cases of weapons | Economic Times India

On Wednesday India’s defense ministry had a meeting where they discussed allowing armed forces to process weapons that are needed faster. They also required weapons and equipment up to RS300 crore, so it is able to meet the new requirements. Vice chiefs now have the power to call for weapons and equipment at short notice in case of conflict with ... Read More »

Two Su-24 combat jets seen in satellite image of Libyan air base as air war intensifies | The Drive

Libya has been at a civil war and is very unstable. Many questions remain in the air about how each side is going to make their next move. However, photos have surfaced of Two Su-24 combat jets at the Al Jufrah Base in Central Libya, clueing that the base is still active. The United states believes that the Wagner group ... Read More »

China’s big bounce: Economy posts stronger-than-expected rebound | Aljazeera

Analyst expected a “V shaped” curve for recovery and failure in the China economy after the multiple month shutdown because of COVID-19. However, the numbers are suprising as their economy starts to become better faster than expected. However, they are not out of the woods as retail sales still have gone down and political tensions rise. Source: https://www.aljazeera.com/ajimpact/china-big-bounce-economy-posts-stronger-expected-rebound-200716015552617.html Read More »

Azerbaijani forces resume military attacks on Tavush border | Armenian Weekly

The Ijevan Crisis Information Center has reported that Armenian forces have been repelling attack from Azeri special forces operators along the border. They were also able to destroy heavy pieces of artillery including tanks. Tavush Governor Hayk Chobanyan has called for locals to shelter in place as the attacks continue and airstrikes have destroyed several buildings and vehicles. No Armenian ... Read More »

Turkey’s paramilitary contractor SADAT to hold Islamic Union Congress for common defense system | Nordic Monitor

The ASSAM goal is to bring unity to Muslim countries after many have become unstable due to the fall of the Ottoman Empire. In December they will be discussing the determination of principals and procedures of common defense systems. They have been known to want the Turkish president to lead the unity. Source: https://www.nordicmonitor.com/2020/07/assam-led-by-paramilitary-contractor-sadats-chief-to-organize-conference-on-joint-defense-system-for-its-islamic-union/ Read More »