Tuesday, July 16, 2019

U.S. House Votes To Condemn Trump 'Racist Comments'


NBC: House votes to condemn Trump 'racist comments', with only four Republicans backing the measure

The vote was delayed for hours following GOP complaints that Speaker Pelosi's remarks had violated House rules.

The Democrat-controlled House of Representatives passed a resolution on Tuesday night condemning President Donald Trump for his "racist comments" about four Democratic congresswomen of color.

The resolution passed largely along party lines — 235 Democrats joined by only four Republican supported the measure — following hours of back-and-forth and gamesmanship between Republicans and Democrats, which included a GOP objection to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's remarks about Trump, and whether she would be allowed to keep speaking on the floor.

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WNU Editor: The four Republicans who voted in favour of the resolution, which "strongly condemns President Donald Trump’s racist comments that have legitimized and increased fear and hatred of new Americans and people of color," were Reps. Will Hurd of Texas, Fred Upton of Michigan, Susan Brooks of Indiana and Brian Fitzpatrick of Pennsylvania. Rep. Justin Amash, who announced his departure from the Republican Party earlier this month, also voted in favour of the resolution.

Chaos In The U.S. Congress



Daily Mai: CHAOS! Pelosi paralyzes her own House when she WALKS OUT as Republicans demand her words calling Trump a 'racist' be stricken from the record and temporary chairman slams his gavel and 'abandons' his post

* The House voted to allow Speaker Nancy Pelosi to call Trump a 'racist'
* Republicans had asked for her remarks to be stricken from the record
* But the Democratic-controlled House voted in favor of the speaker
* 'These comments from the White House are disgraceful and disgusting and these comments are racist,' Pelosi said
* The House floor froze for over an hour as lawmakers debated over what to do after Pelosi made her comments and then walked out
* House guidelines specifically say 'remarks may not refer to the president' as a 'racist' or as 'having made a bigoted or racist statement'
* In an unprecedented move, Rep. Emanuel Cleaver, who was presiding over the floor, dropped his gavel and announced 'I abandon the chair'

The debate over a Democratic resolution to condemn Donald Trump's tweets froze the House floor for over an hour Tuesday after a Republican lawmaker objected to Speaker Nancy Pelosi calling the president a 'racist.'

'I stand by my statement. I’m proud of the attention being called to it because what the president said was completely inappropriate,' Pelosi told reporters in the Capitol as the House voted whether or not to strike her remarks from the record.

The Democratically-controlled chamber sided with Pelosi and allowed her comment to stand: 190-232.

Pelosi took to the House floor Tuesday afternoon to criticize the president for repeatedly going after the 'squad' - four of young, Democratic, progressive lawmakers.

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WNU Editor: I think people are getting tired of hearing one side always accusing the other side of being a racist/Nazi/etc. when they disagree. This has been the modus operandi of Democrats for years, and from what I have seen so far this afternoon, they certainly do not know how to handle it when they are now facing an opponent who fights back. As for this House vote, we are seeing Trump derangement syndrome on full display, so make some popcorn and enjoy the show.

More News On The US House Voting To Condemn President Trump's Tweets And Remarks

House floor devolves into chaos after Pelosi calls Trump tweets "racist" -- CBS
House thrown into chaos after Pelosi decries Trump's 'racist' tweets on floor -- Politico
House votes against striking Pelosi remarks from record -- The Hill
Pelosi briefly barred from speaking on the House floor amid Trump racist resolution fight -- CNN
Pelosi's remarks on Trump's 'racist' comments ruled out of order, after floor fight erupts -- FOX News
'I abandon the chair': A congressman presiding over the House got sick of partisan fighting and literally dropped the gavel and left -- Business Insider
House decides Nancy Pelosi's criticism of Trump violates chamber rules -- Washington Times
Trump denies racism as House Dems try condemning his attacks -- AP
Trump faces House condemnation after his tweets on minority congresswomen -- Reuters
Trump: My tweets 'were NOT Racist' -- Politico

World News Briefs -- July 16, 2019 (Evening Edition)



Reuters: EU braces for no-deal Brexit or another delay under Boris Johnson

BRUSSELS/LONDON (Reuters) - The European Union is bracing for either a no-deal Brexit or another delay if Boris Johnson becomes Britain’s prime minister next week with a pledge to renegotiate a deal the bloc says it will not reopen.

The three-year Brexit crisis could be about to deepen as Johnson’s pledge to leave the EU “do or die” — with or without a deal — on Oct. 31 sets Britain on a collision course with the bloc’s 27 other leaders and his own parliament.

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MIDDLE EAST

US fears Iran seized UAE-based tanker in Strait of Hormuz.

Trump says a lot of progress has been made with Iran.

Houthi rebels claim attack on Saudi air base.

Child soldiers used in Yemen civil war, report says.

Civilians pay human cost of Yemen's war, rights group says.

Top Iran diplomat says talks on ballistic missiles possible.

Khamenei: Iran to keep rolling back nuclear commitments.

Mystery in the Persian Gulf: Vanishing oil tanker near Iran fuels speculation.

Iran exceeding nuclear deal limits 'not significant', says EU.

Workers recover hundreds of bodies from Syrian mass grave.

Turkish Foreign Minister says fourth exploration ship to be sent to eastern Mediterranean - reports.

Turkey says EU measures won't deter it from drilling off Cyprus.

Turkey: EU sanctions over gas drilling ‘worthless’.

ASIA

Thailand’s new Cabinet sworn in, ending rule by army junta.

Trump says U.S. has made progress with North Korea.

North Korea says it's rethinking promises made to Trump. U.S., South Korea drills could undermine nuclear talks, Pyongyang says.

North Korea likely suffering worst downturn since 1990s famine.

U.N. report: Nearly half of North Koreans are undernourished.

Pakistan reopens airspace months after India standoff. Pakistan re-opens airspace 5 months after deadly feud with India.

Rodrigo Duterte signs law penalising sexual harassment many accuse him of committing.

Pakistan hopes to 'refresh' US ties with PM Khan's visit.

Malaysian MPs back lowering voting age to 18.

78 dead in Nepal as flooding wreaks havoc in South Asia.

AFRICA

UN health agency calls emergency meeting on Ebola outbreak.

France, Britain, Egypt, UAE, U.S., Italy call for immediate end of Libya violence.

Officials: Migrants return to bombed Libya detention center.

First Ebola patient in DR Congo's Goma dies.

Sea 'pirates' kidnap 10 Turkish sailors off Nigeria.

Libya’s oil revenue takes a beating.

Zimbabwe public workers threaten strike over wages.

Sudanese stage night protests following killing of civilian.

Zuma inquiry: South Africa's ex-leader claims he received death threats.

'More than three in 10' in East Africa undernourished.

Egypt opens two of its oldest pyramids to visitors for first time since 1960s.

EUROPE

Von der Leyen confirmed as new European Commission president.

Germany's Merkel hails her ally's move to Brussels.

Ukraine says it has agreed exchange of prisoners with Russia.

Italy's Salvini to respond to parliament over Russia case.

EU expected to reject outright Johnson and Hunt's backstop plan.

Boris Johnson tells UK leaders' debate he would not back military action against Iran.

French environment minister resigns over lavish lifestyle claims.

EU readies sanctions on Venezuelan security officials.

Scotland has highest drug death rate in EU.

Ukrainian hacker sought by US arrested.

AMERICAS

Trump calls on GOP to oppose House condemnation of tweets.

Trump fires again at congresswomen, accusing them of ‘spewing vile things’.

As Trump renews attacks on congresswomen, House moves toward condemnation vote.

US manufacturing sinks into recession amid trade wars.

U.S., Mexico set talks amid tension over new curbs on asylum-seekers.

Trump moves to deny asylum to most migrants transiting US-Mexico border.

US House overwhelmingly approves anti-Saudi measures.

NY blackout: lots of questions, no answers and a mayor under fire.

Leaked messages throw Puerto Rico's governor into major crisis.

El Chapo expected to get life sentence from US judge.

Former Peruvian president Alejandro Toledo arrested in US.

TERRORISM/THE LONG WAR

Isis flag raised at Syrian camp holding jihadi families.

Two leaders of Malian al Qaeda affiliate put on U.S. terrorism list.

Norway arrests Iraqi preacher convicted in Italy for 'terrorism'.

ECONOMY/FINANCE/BUSINESS

Wall Street slips as bank earnings, Trump trade comments weigh.

Trump administration blasts WTO ruling on China.

Trump says administration will 'take a look' after Thiel raises concerns about Google, China.

Facebook's Libra could be misused, says treasury chief Mnuchin.

Critics slam $5 billion Facebook fine as weak.

Christine Lagarde resigns as head of IMF.

How Did North Korean Leader Kim Jong-un Get His $500,000 Mercedes (Video)?


WNU Editor: You can get anything and everything you want .... if you can and want to pay the price.

NATO Report Accidentally Reveals The Location Of U.S. Nuclear Weapons In Europe

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Stars and Stripes/Washington Post: Location of US nuclear weapons in Europe accidentally revealed in report from NATO body

A recently released - and subsequently deleted - document published by a NATO-affiliated body has sparked headlines in Europe with an apparent confirmation of a long-held open secret: U.S. nuclear weapons are being stored in Belgium, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands and Turkey.

A version of the document, titled "A new era for nuclear deterrence? Modernisation, arms control and allied nuclear forces," was published in April. Written by a Canadian senator for the Defense and Security Committee of the NATO Parliamentary Assembly, the report assessed the future of the organization's nuclear deterrence policy.

But what would make news months later is a passing reference that appeared to reveal the location of roughly 150 U.S. nuclear weapons being stored in Europe.

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WNU Editor: No surprises here. These locations and numbers have been known for a few years (see here). Bottom line. The report says that there are roughly 150 U.S. nuclear weapons stored at the following European bases .... Kleine Brogel in Belgium, B├╝chel in Germany, Aviano and Ghedi-Torre in Italy, Volkel in The Netherlands, and Incirlik in Turkey.

Iran's Supreme Leader Says No To Diplomacy



Reuters: Iran to keep reducing nuclear deal commitments in stand-off with U.S.: supreme leader

DUBAI (Reuters) - Iran’s supreme leader upped the ante in a volatile stand-off with the United States on Tuesday, warning Tehran would continue removing restraints on its nuclear program and retaliate for the seizure of an Iranian oil tanker.

Tensions have spiked since U.S. President Donald Trump last year abandoned world powers’ 2015 nuclear deal with Iran under which it agreed to curtail its enrichment of uranium in return for the lifting of global sanctions crippling its economy.

European parties to the pact decided on Monday not to trigger the deal’s dispute mechanism in favor of pursuing more talks and avert any U.S.-Iranian military conflict, but took no action to shield Iran against a sanctions clampdown by Trump.

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Update #1: Rejecting Diplomacy, Iran’s Top Leader Vows to Avenge ‘Vicious’ Seizure of Tanker -- The New York Times
Update #2: UK Piracy Will Not Be Left Unanswered - Iranian Leader on Oil Tanker Seizure -- Sputnik

WNU Editor: More threats from Iran.

Update #3: U.S. Secretary of State is saying that the Iranians are ready to negotiate .... Oil Dives As Trump Says No Iran Regime Change; Pompeo Says They're "Ready To Negotiate" (Zero Hedge).

Iran's Foreign Minister Says Door Is 'Wide Open' To Negotiation With The U.S. If Sanctions Are Lifted



NBC: Door is 'wide open' to negotiation if Trump lifts his sanctions on Iran, Zarif says

Iran's top diplomat says it could have developed nuclear weapons but made a decision “a long time ago” not to build the bomb.

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said Monday his country does not want a war with the U.S. but said President Donald Trump must lift harsh economic sanctions on Tehran to clear the way for negotiations.

In an interview with NBC Nightly News’ Lester Holt, Zarif said the door is "wide open" to diplomacy if Trump removes the array of sanctions he has imposed since 2017 that have slashed the country’s oil exports and damaged its economy.

"Once those sanctions are lifted, then ... the room for negotiation is wide open," Zarif said during a visit to New York for a U.N. conference.

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More News On Iran's Foreign Minister Saying That The Door Is 'Wide Open' To Negotiation With The U.S. If Sanctions Are Lifted

Full interview: Iranian Foreign Minister Zarif speaks out -- NBC News
Top Iran diplomat says talks on ballistic missiles possible -- AP
Zarif Says Iran’s Missile Program Could Be Up For Negotiation With U.S. -- Radio Farda
Iran: Negotiations possible on ballistic missiles if Trump lifts sanctions -- The Hill
Iran says they are ready to negotiate if Trump lifts sanctions -- NYPost
Iran hits back at US demands on ballistic missiles -- Al Jazeera
Iran's top diplomat warns US is 'playing with fire' -- AFP

Speculation Is Growing That Iran Seized An Oil Tanker When It Travelled Through The Strait Of Hormuz



FOX News: UAE oil tanker missing in Strait of Hormuz after drifting into Iranian waters

An oil tanker traveling through the tiny strip of water located in the mouth of the Persian Gulf stopped transmitting its location more than two days ago when it drifted into Iranian waters.

It is not clear what happened to the Panamanian-flagged oil tanker – which is based in the United Arab Emirates – on Saturday night as it traveled through the Strait of Hormuz, but its apparent disappearance has raised concerns amid heightened tensions between Iran and several Western nations.

The Riah, a 190-foot oil tanker, typically made trips from Dubai and Sharjah on the UAE’s west coast before going through the strait and heading to Fujairah on the UAE’s east coast.

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More News On Reports That Iran May Have Seized an Oil Tanker

The Latest: UAE official says tanker sent no distress call -- AP
UAE oil tanker disappears in Iranian waters in the Strait of Hormuz -- Stars and Stripes/Washington Post
Concern grows over UAE oil tanker last seen off Iran -- Guardian/AP
US fears Iran seized UAE-based tanker in Strait of Hormuz -- AP
Panama-flagged oil tanker stops transmitting signal in the Strait of Hormuz -- Al Arabiya
UAE Oil Tanker Missing in Strait of Hormuz Amid Iran Concerns -- Epoch Times
Mystery in the Persian Gulf: Vanishing oil tanker near Iran fuels speculation -- RT

Iranian 'Bomb Boat' Used By Houthi Rebels Discovered In The Path Of British Destroyer Sent To The Persian Gulf

A vessel known as a Blowfish was reportedly discovered by the Saudi navy lurking in the path of HMS Duncan as it made its way south through the Red Sea towards the Gulf

The Blowfish bomb boat was reportedly discovered in the Red Sea where Iranian-backed Houthi rebels have been known to deploy small vessels laden with explosives in the past

Portsmouth News: Royal Navy: HMS Duncan on 'high alert' after 'unmanned attack vessel' spotted on her path to the Gulf

A ROYAL Navy warship travelling to the Gulf has been put on ‘high alert’ after an unmanned ‘bomb boat’ was spotted in its path.

HMS Duncan is heading to the region amid heightening tension between the UK and Iran, with the Type 45 destroyer to take over from HMS Montrose.

Her deployment to the Gulf had been long-planned but has been moved due to the rising hostility in the region and will be tasked with protecting shipping.

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More News On An Iranian 'Bomb Boat' Used By Houthi Rebels Discovered In The Path Of British Destroyer

Royal Navy warship sent to Gulf placed on high alert after Iranian ‘bomb boat’ spotted -- Express
‘THE THREAT’S REAL’ Iran bomb boat found ‘lying in wait for Brit warship HMS Duncan’ heading to Gulf to protect ships -- The SUN
Britain will send another warship to the Gulf amid heightened tensions with Iran as it's revealed seven Royal Navy vessels are already in the region -- Daily Mail
Britain to send third warship to Gulf: Times reporter -- Reuters
The UK is deploying another warship to the Persian Gulf as concern grows over a tanker that went missing near Iran -- Business Insider

Chinese Diplomats Are Now Using Twitter To Defend Beijing


Reuters: Move over Trump: China's tweeting diplomats open fresh front in propaganda fight

BEIJING (Reuters) - Tweets from Chinese diplomats abroad, including seasoned ambassador to the United States Cui Tiankai, have opened a fresh front in Beijing’s increasingly assertive approach to diplomacy and propaganda and may be a sign of things to come.

Cui sent his first tweets just last week from his newly opened Twitter account, including one about Taiwan, the self-ruled and democratic island China claims as its own, garnering thousands of comments.

“#Taiwan is part of #China. No attempts to split China will ever succeed. Those who play with fire will only get themselves burned. Period,” Cui tweeted, after China threatened sanctions on U.S. firms selling weapons to Taiwan.

And over the weekend, a series of tweets defending China’s policies in the far western region of Xinjiang by diplomat Zhao Lijian, the no.2 at the Chinese embassy in Pakistan, lambasted the United States for its own human rights problems and what he described as hypocrisy.

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Update: Chinese diplomats take to Twitter to defend Beijing (AFP)

WNU Editor: There is already blow-back against this "Chinese Twitter diplomacy" .... Former US national security adviser Susan Rice calls Chinese diplomat Zhao Lijian ‘a racist disgrace’ after Twitter tirade (SCMP).

U.S. Manufacturing ‘Is In A Recession'


Market Watch: U.S. manufacturing ‘is in recession,’ Fed’s data show

The numbers: The U.S. factory sector declined in the three months ended in June, the second straight quarterly decline, the Federal Reserve said Tuesday.

For the second quarter, production was down 1.2% after a 1.9% decline in the first three months of the year. Manufacturing fell at a 2.2% rate in the second quarter after a 1.9% drop in the first three months of the year.

For June, industrial production was flat, slightly below the 0.1% gain expected by Wall Street economists.

Compared to 12 months earlier, industrial production rose 1.3%.

Capacity in use slipped to 77.9% in June from 78.1 in the prior month.

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Update: US manufacturing sinks into recession amid trade wars (AFP)

WNU Editor: The media is blaming the trade wars for this recession, but the U.S. manufacturing industry has been significantly more impacted by the increase in interest rates than not being able to sell manufactured goods to China (who do not have a habit of buying U.S. manufactured goods anyway). Bottom line .... the US Fed will be dropping interest rates very soon, something that President Trump and a number of business leaders have been demanding for the past 6 months.

World News Briefs -- July 16, 2019

Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei speaks during ceremony attended by Iranian clerics in Tehran, Iran, July 16, 2019. Official Khamenei website/Handout via REUTERS

Reuters: Iran to give no quarter in stand-off with U.S.: supreme leader

DUBAI (Reuters) - Iran’s supreme leader upped the ante in a volatile stand-off with the United States on Tuesday, warning Tehran would continue removing restraints on its nuclear program and retaliate for the seizure of an Iranian oil tanker.

Tensions have spiked since U.S. President Donald Trump last year abandoned world powers’ 2015 nuclear deal with Iran under which it agreed to curtail its enrichment of uranium in return for the lifting of global sanctions crippling its economy.

European parties to the pact decided on Monday not to trigger the deal’s dispute mechanism in favor of pursuing more talks and avert any U.S.-Iranian military conflict, but took no action to shield Iran against a sanctions clampdown by Trump.

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MIDDLE EAST

Houthi rebels claim attack on Saudi air base.

Child soldiers used in Yemen civil war, report says.

Civilians pay human cost of Yemen's war, rights group says.

Top Iran diplomat says talks on ballistic missiles possible.

Khamenei: Iran to keep rolling back nuclear commitments.

Mystery in the Persian Gulf: Vanishing oil tanker near Iran fuels speculation.

Iran exceeding nuclear deal limits 'not significant', says EU.

Workers recover hundreds of bodies from Syrian mass grave.

Turkish Foreign Minister says fourth exploration ship to be sent to eastern Mediterranean - reports.

Turkey says EU measures won't deter it from drilling off Cyprus.

ASIA

North Korea says it's rethinking promises made to Trump. U.S., South Korea drills could undermine nuclear talks, Pyongyang says.

North Korea likely suffering worst downturn since 1990s famine.

U.N. report: Nearly half of North Koreans are undernourished.

Pakistan reopens airspace months after India standoff. Pakistan re-opens airspace 5 months after deadly feud with India.

Rodrigo Duterte signs law penalising sexual harassment many accuse him of committing.

Pakistan hopes to 'refresh' US ties with PM Khan's visit.

Malaysian MPs back lowering voting age to 18.

AFRICA

First Ebola patient in DR Congo's Goma dies.

Sea 'pirates' kidnap 10 Turkish sailors off Nigeria.

Libya’s oil revenue takes a beating.

Zimbabwe public workers threaten strike over wages.

Sudanese stage night protests following killing of civilian.

Zuma inquiry: South Africa's ex-leader claims he received death threats.

'More than three in 10' in East Africa undernourished.

Egypt opens two of its oldest pyramids to visitors for first time since 1960s.

EUROPE

Ukraine says it has agreed exchange of prisoners with Russia.

Italy's Salvini to respond to parliament over Russia case.

EU expected to reject outright Johnson and Hunt's backstop plan.

Boris Johnson tells UK leaders' debate he would not back military action against Iran.

French environment minister resigns over lavish lifestyle claims.

EU readies sanctions on Venezuelan security officials.

Scotland has highest drug death rate in EU.

AMERICAS

Trump fires again at congresswomen, accusing them of ‘spewing vile things’.

As Trump renews attacks on congresswomen, House moves toward condemnation vote.

US manufacturing sinks into recession amid trade wars.

Trump moves to deny asylum to most migrants transiting US-Mexico border.

US House overwhelmingly approves anti-Saudi measures.

NY blackout: lots of questions, no answers and a mayor under fire.

Leaked messages throw Puerto Rico's governor into major crisis.

El Chapo expected to get life sentence from US judge.

TERRORISM/THE LONG WAR

Isis flag raised at Syrian camp holding jihadi families.

Two leaders of Malian al Qaeda affiliate put on U.S. terrorism list.

Norway arrests Iraqi preacher convicted in Italy for 'terrorism'.

ECONOMY/FINANCE/BUSINESS

Trump says administration will 'take a look' after Thiel raises concerns about Google, China.

Facebook's Libra could be misused, says treasury chief Mnuchin.

Critics slam $5 billion Facebook fine as weak.

Christine Lagarde resigns as head of IMF.

Military And Intelligence News Briefs -- July 16, 2019

Anton Kardashov / Moskva News Agency

Moscow Times/Bloomberg: Putin's Huge Military Buildup Leaves Industry With Debt Hangover

Vladimir Putin’s 20-trillion-ruble ($300 billion) weapons-buying binge over the last decade has brought advanced hypersonic warheads and drone submarines. It’s also left the country’s defense industry with a massive hangover of debt that officials now say is suffocating the strategic sector.

The industry “is living from hand to mouth” and doesn’t have enough money to invest in vital new technology, Deputy Prime Minister Yuri Borisov told an industry conference earlier this month. “We’ve appealed to the president to clean up this loan portfolio,” which he said totals more than 2 trillion rubles, costing as much in annual payments as the entire industry earns in profits.

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Military And Intelligence News Briefs -- July 16, 2019

Russian Tu-160 'White Swan' Strategic Bombers Fly Above Baltic Sea in Scheduled Flight (Video) -- Sputnik

Over 40 warships to take part in Russia’s Main Naval Parade -- TASS

A Russian destroyer allegedly sailed into the line of fire during multinational shooting drills in the Black Sea -- Task & Purpose/Business Insider

How Israeli-Designed Drones Became Russia’s Eyes in the Sky for Defending Bashar al-Assad -- The Intercept

Russia Offers India its Su-57 Stealth Fighter (Again) -- The Diplomat

From stealth jets to killer subs: Russia pitches massive arms deals to India -- RT

BAE gets green light to build extended-range cannon prototype for US Army -- Defense News

Boeing Bags Massive U.S. Navy Drone Contract -- Motley Fool

F-35 Program Leadership Changes as Turkey’s Future in Program Uncertain -- USNI News

Everyone Gets an F-35 as Pentagon Eyes New European Buyers -- National Interest

Navy's new surface warfare trainer more realistic than training on ships -- Virginia Pilot

Navy secretary temporarily takes over Pentagon’s top job ahead of Esper confirmation hearing -- Military Times

Pentagon chief nominee: 'We need to get back on the diplomatic channel' with Iran -- The Hill

Accusation jeopardizes Hyten nomination -- Defense News

Milley sails through confirmation hearing -- Defense News

'Highly discouraged': Air Force responds to plans to 'storm Area 51' and 'see them aliens' -- USA Today

US military issues warning to million people ‘planning to storm Area 51 -- Yahoo News

Countering Missiles with Missiles: U.S. Military Posture After the INF Treaty -- Thomas G. Mahnken, War On The Rocks

Do the Baltics need more US military support to deter Russia? -- Jen Judson, Defense News

Estonian defense policy official on alliance relations and Russian stability -- Defense News

How our recent Medal of Honor shows a weakness in military power -- John Spencer, Military Times

Construction of first permanent US F-35 campus in Europe begins at Lakenheath -- Stars and Stripes

Stoltenberg Promises 'Credible & Effective' Response by NATO if Russia Leaves INF Treaty -- Sputnik

Britain's first P-8A Poseidon takes flight near Boeing plant -- UPI

Iran Loves This: The Royal Navy Doesn’t Have Enough Ships to Patrol Persian Gulf -- National Interest

British military chiefs are 'pack of middle-aged white men', says report -- SKY News

MoD promises changes after report into harassment in army -- The Guardian

Royal Navy scrambles HMS St Albans to mark Chinese warship after entering UK waters -- Express

China tries to play down Taiwan Strait military exercises to avoid upsetting the US -- SCMP

Australian Defence lacks 'overarching strategy' to deal with climate change conflict, internal notes warn -- ABC News Online

Qatar's new naval base to 'address security, protect assets' -- Al Jazeera

WATCH LIVE: U.S. Defense Secretary Nominee Mark Esper Testifies Before U.S. Senate Committee

North Korea Warns It Might Resume Nuclear And Missile Tests



The Hill: North Korea warns US-South Korea drills threaten nuclear talks

North Korea is warning that planned U.S.-South Korea military drills could pose a threat to denuclearization talks between Washington and Pyongyang.

A statement from North Korea published by its official Korean Central News Agency said that President Trump had promised to halt the exercises during two of his meetings with Kim Jong Un, but that the planned drills and weapons sent to South Korea show the U.S. is not keeping up its agreement, according to The Associated Press.

“With the U.S. unilaterally reneging on its commitments, we are gradually losing our justifications to follow through on the commitments we made with the U.S. as well,” the statement said.

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WNU Editor: So much for previous reports that North Korea's main nuclear negotiator was executed .... 'Executed' North Korean negotiator is alive, says South Korea's spy agency (The Telegraph). More here .... North Korean nuclear envoy reported executed is alive: South Korea legislator (Reuters).

More News On North Korea Warning It Might Resume Nuclear And Missile Tests

North Korea suggests it might lift weapons test moratorium -- AP
North Korea says nuclear talks at risk if U.S.-South Korea exercises go ahead -- Reuters
Pyongyang warns nuclear talks at risk if S. Korea-US war games go ahead -- RT

What Is Russia's B-2 Look-Alike Stealth Drone Up To?

Image: Instagram

David Axe, National Interest: Russia's New, Bizzare B-2 Look-alike Stealth Drone Is up to Something

But what?

The Chkalov satellite imagery indicates Hunter-B has a wingspan of around 50 feet, making it roughly the same size as the X-47B or an Su-34 manned fighter. Size confers volume and hints that Hunter-B, whatever its stealth qualities, might possess a large fuel load and a correspondingly long range.

Russia’s prototype stealth drone will make its first flight in July or August 2019, state media reported.

The Hunter-B drone will be fully autonomous and follow a pre-programmed flight path, according to Russian news agency TASS.

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WNU Editor: My gut tells me that this drone is going to be used for surveillance.

President Trump: U.S. Government Will Investigate Google's Ties With The Chinese Government


Reuters: Trump says 'will take a look' at accusations over Google, China

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump said his administration would investigate accusations that Google worked with the Chinese government, but gave no other details in his early morning tweet on Tuesday.

Representatives for Google could not be immediately reached for comment on Trump’s comments, which follow accusations from one of his supporters, entrepreneur and Facebook Inc board member Peter Thiel.

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WNU Editor: As I had mentioned in a post yesterday, there is a problem in Google. It makes no sense to me that on the one hand Google refuses to work with the Pentagon, but on the other hand they are willing to work with the Chinese government, the same government that has forcibly put one million Uighurs into re-education camps.This is a developing story. More details will be posted when more information becomes available.

Update: Peter Thiel is not the only one who has been voicing his concerns on Google .... Google's work in China benefiting China's military: U.S. general (Reuters).

First Confirmed Case Of Ebola In A Major City In Congo

The Congolese city Goma is around 180 miles (300km) south of Butembo, with a population of more than one million people. Cases continue to soar in Beni, Butembo, Katwa, Mabalako and Mandima, where the outbreak is centered





Daily Mail: Ebola outbreak in the Congo spreads to a new city where one MILLION people live in the epidemic that has killed 1,600

* Health ministers confirmed a pastor was infected after visiting Butembo
* They raced to find and vaccinate other travellers on his bus
* It has been feared since the outbreak began that Ebola would reach Goma
* Authorities have urged calm amid more armed attacks on treatment centres
* Two health workers have been murdered after months of threats

Ebola has spread to the Congolese city of Goma, which has a population of more than a million people, as the virus continues to devastate the region.

The victim is a pastor who had arrived in the city by bus after visiting Butembo, a town around 200miles (320km) north in the centre of the outbreak.

He had been preaching at a church where he would have touched worshippers 'including the sick', the country's health ministry said on Sunday.

Authorities have urged people to remain calm after the government said the chances of the virus spreading were 'low'.

But tensions are high and two health workers were murdered in their homes over the weekend.

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WNU Editor: The region is also suffering from a major measles epidemic .... Measles is killing more people in the DRC than Ebola—and faster (Ars Technica).

More News On The First Confirmed Case Of Ebola In A Major City In Congo

The Latest: US, EU promise support to tackle Ebola -- AP
Ebola in DR Congo: Case confirmed in Goma -- BBC
Pastor confirmed with Ebola as disease spreads in DR Congo -- AFP
Ebola Outbreak Reaches Major City in Congo, Renewing Calls for Emergency Order -- The New York Times
First Ebola case discovered in DRC's Goma city, home to 2 million people -- The Independent
Ebola virus outbreak: Infected pastor brings 1st case to crowded Congo city of Goma -- CBS
Ebola: DR Congo confirms first case in city of Goma on border with Rwanda -- CNN
Ebola outbreak fears after deadly virus found in DR Congo city of Goma for first time -- SCMP
Ebola case in Congo's Goma is a possible gamechanger, says WHO -- The National