News Burst 23 October 2020
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- NATO member states are set to announce the creation of a space center in the air force high command base in Ramstein, Germany, according to reports. It would monitor, and in time likely protect, friendly satellites. According to the reports, the base would join with the NATO air force high command in Ramstein, in the German state of Rhineland-Palatinate, and would serve above all as a coordination center for space observation. The space is a “new area of confrontation.”
- The tiny state of Palau has invited the US to build a military base on its territory. It’s a sign of how the Pacific is becoming strategically vital as countries choose to align with either Washington or Beijing. Few people in the west are likely to have heard of a nation called Palau, an archipelago in the western Pacific Ocean. Located close to Papua New Guinea and the Philippines, it boasts a population of only 17,000 people, less than the average small town. Since the end of World War II, large swathes of the Pacific Ocean have been an area of indisputable American dominance. The US’ ‘island hopping’ strategy saw this region transformed into a vast strategic military footprint which consolidated its grip as a global power.
- Lagos state governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu has said one person has died in hospital from “blunt force trauma”. On Tuesday night video footage emerged of armed men dressed as soldiers firing at around 1,000 protesters in the vicinity of the Lekki tollgate on Lagos Island, close to the British International School and the Oriental Hotel. UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres has called for an end to police “brutality” after weeks of protests which culminated with demonstrators being shot by unidentified gunmen. His spokesman, Stephane Dujarric said: “The Secretary-General urges the security forces to act at all times with maximum restraint while calling on protesters to demonstrate peacefully and to refrain from violence.”
- Mexico reached a deal to supply water to the U.S. under a seven-decade-old treaty, ending an escalating stalemate ahead of a Saturday deadline, President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador said. The deal also makes the water delivery schedule more flexible for Mexico, said Blanca Jimenez, director of Mexico’s national water commission. The country will pull water destined for the U.S. from more and different sources, reducing pressure on places like Chihuahua where farmers shut down a dam in protest, she said. Mexico was under pressure to honor its obligations from the 1944 treaty and send water from its side of the Rio Grande to the U.S., with Texas politicians threatening to take action. Tensions at the border have included protests on the Mexican side by farmers suffering from drought and the shutdown of a U.S.-Mexico railway.
- Amid the raging military conflict in Nagorno-Karabakh, Iran has decided to conduct large-scale military exercises, while testing the combat capability and military training of its army. However, the aim was also to present some new weapons technologies developed on the territory of the Islamic Republic. BulgarianMilitary.com learned that during the Modafean Aseman Velayat 99 exercise, the Iranian army presented and tested its latest development in the field of anti-aircraft missile systems, namely the Bavar-373. According to Iranian military engineers, the new Iranian system is in operation since last year can be compared in terms of features and functionality with those of the Russian Federation – S-300 and S-400.
- The French authorities have said they will close down the prominent Muslim charity BarakaCity as well as the country’s main anti-Islamophobia organisation – the Collective against Islamophobia in France. The Minister of the Interior, Gérald Darmanin, has qualified the NGOs as “enemies of the Republic” in response to the assassination of the teacher Samuel Paty who was beheaded on Friday after showing blasphemous caricatures of the Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) to his students. BarakaCity is accused of posting messages on social media that have lead to hate speech. BarakaCity says it has always operated within the law and has never called for terrorism or hate. It says it operates in 26 countries and millions of needy people will suffer because of the government’s actions.
- The Senate Judiciary Committee has voted to authorize subpoenas for Facebook and Twitter CEOs, Mark Zuckerberg and Jack Dorsey, to compel testimony over their companies’ censorship and suppression of the notorious New York Post article about Joe Biden’s son. The panel voted 12-0 to compel the testimony of Mark Zuckerberg and Jack Dorsey. Thursday’s vote came about a week after Facebook and Twitter moved to restrict the spread of a controversial article in the New York Post suggesting that Hunter Biden, Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden’s son, had organized a meeting between a Ukrainian businessman and his father, who was vice president at the time.
- A volunteer in AstraZeneca’s COVID-19 vaccine trial died in Brazil, the country’s health authority confirmed Wednesday. Anvisa, the authority, said it wouldn’t stop the China virus vaccine trials for now and is investigating the death. The volunteer died on Oct. 15 but Anvisa was informed of the death on Monday, the health authority said in a news release. In a statement, Anvisa said that “based on the ethical confidentiality commitments provided for in the protocol, the regulatory agencies involved received partial data related to the investigation carried out by this committee [and] they suggested to continue the study.”
- Britain’s new polar ship, the Sir David Attenborough, will leave for sea trials on Wednesday to be put through its paces before making its maiden voyage to Antarctica late next year to boost research into climate change. The British Antarctic Survey (BAS) will operate the ship, carrying out ice trials in the Arctic in early 2021 before it journeys to the Antarctic next November, where the BAS say it will transform UK research in polar regions.
- The Indonesian government has allocated Rp 2.6 trillion (US$177 million) to support pesantren (Islamic boarding schools), Finance Minister Sri Mulyani Indrawati said. A total of Rp 211 billion was also prepared to help schools with online learning. For businesses created by santri (Islamic boarding school students), the government will provide funding through the micro credit program (KUR) and ultra-micro financing in state-owned banks. It will also provide incentives for teachers, ustad (Islamic teachers) and pesantren workers through social aid and infrastructure development. There are more than 28,000 pesantren in the country with 18 million santri, according to data from the Finance Ministry.
- Nepal – Bardia National Park has turned to technology to protect its valuable wildlife and check illegal movement of people inside the park and prevent poaching activities. As part of this initiative, the park, which is home to the second largest population of tigers in the country, has installed cameras at critical locations to track movements inside core areas. The park has also set up 50 camera traps to observe the movement of wild animals and study their behaviours, according to Thapa. In addition to this, the park has been relying heavily on eight spy cameras used to also monitor activities outside the park. The spy cameras are connected to the internet and footage is sent to officials via email. Once the pictures are received, security forces and park officials are immediately mobilised.
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The new restaurant called ‘9 Pyramids Lounge’ by Orascom Pyramids Entertainment (OPE), opened amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, at the Great Pyramids in Giza, Egypt, on October 20, 2020. Egypt has unveiled new visitor facilities on the plateau outside Cairo where the Great Pyramid of Giza and the Great Sphinx are situated, the country’s most visited heritage site and the sole remaining wonder of the ancient world.
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Two women in Langsa city of Aceh were publicly whipped 23 times each after having been charged for violating the conservative region’s gambling law on Wednesday. The Langsa Sharia Court previously found the defendants – identified as AN and SS – guilty of online gambling on Oct. 10. Online gambling is haram according to Aceh’s Qanun Jinayat (Criminal Code Bylaw). “We expect today’s public floggings to be a lesson for everyone, so this region is free from sinful deeds in the future,” Aji said on Wednesday as quoted by tribunnews.com. Aceh is the only conservative region in Muslim-majority Indonesia that implements sharia.
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A British man who contracted malaria, dengue fever and Covid-19 while working for a charity in India is now battling to recover from a venomous cobra bite. After running the gauntlet of the infectious diseases, Ian Jones was bitten by the deadly snake in a village near Jodhpur in western India’s Rajasthan state.
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un’s half-nephew was reportedly taken into CIA custody after disappearing three years ago at Amsterdam’s Schiphol airport. Kim Han Sol disappeared in 2017 after arriving in the Netherlands from Taiwan. A new report from the New Yorker suggests that it was the CIA which effected the escape — and in whose custody Kim Han Sol and his family remain. Kim Han Sol is the son of Kim Jong Nam, the elder half-brother of Kim Jong Un. In 2017 Kim Jong Nam was poisoned in a Malaysian airport with a lethal nerve agent.
Matthew Piercey, 44, a suspect in a $35 million Ponzi scheme, used a Yamaha Seascooter to evade FBI agents under the surface of Lake Shasta in Shasta County, California, after a high-speed car chase through the Redding area on Monday.
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