Author: Wilson Diaz

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu pledged Tuesday to carry out a military operation in the southern Gaza city of Rafah regardless of whether there is an agreement with Hamas for a cease-fire and release of hostages held in Gaza. “The idea that we will stop the war before achieving all of its goals is out of the question. We will enter Rafah and we will eliminate Hamas’ battalions there — with a deal or without a deal, to achieve the total victory,” Netanyahu’s office quoted him as saying in a meeting with families of hostages. Netanyahu has said it is…

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A stone’s throw from the US border and around the corner from Tijuana’s seedy red-light district, Afghan families say they feel safe inside a first of its kind Muslim-only shelter. But they are afraid to wander far outside, traumatised by their journey across 11 countries to get here. Desperate to make it to the US after the Taliban takeover more than two years ago, they say they had no future in Afghanistan – their work alongside US allies made them targets. So they fled, enduring months of waiting in Iran and Pakistan. They flew to Brazil and then crossed the…

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American oil firm, Barker Hughes, has expressed interest in investing in refineries in the country, as the federal government intensifies effort to end petroleum products importation. Nigeria, a major crude oil producer, imports all its petroleum products, which has put enormous pressure on its currency in the foreign exchange market. But speaking during a meeting with the Minister for State Petroleum Resources (Oil), Sen. Heineken Lokpobiri, on the sidelines of the 28th United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP28), Mr. Lorenzo Simonelli, Chairman, President/CEO of Baker Hughes, expressed keen interest in sustaining and enhancing their investment in Nigeria’s oil and gas…

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Anne Yoncha arrived in Missoula as a painter. When she got to the University of Montana to start her MFA in visual art, the immediate landscape triggered questions that eventually led her to a Fulbright in Finland, working with scientists and other artists to make interactive, data-based projects. Think of a Finnish rug, decorated with drawings based on microbes collected high up in Scandinavian skies. Or a choir singing tones based on data collected from its peatland. If you go Anne Yoncha’s exhibition “Second Nature” is on view at the University Center Gallery at the University of Montana through Nov.…

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Sri Lanka and the United States of America are to conduct joint Naval exercises next year, the US ambassador to Sri Lanka said. Ambassador Julie Chung said this after she had met Sri Lankan Defense Secretary Kamal Gunaratne last week. “The United States looks forward to our upcoming Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training (CARAT) Navy exercise in 2024. Our US-SriLanka75 partnership makes the region safer and Sri Lanka stronger,” Chung said on X (formerly Twitter). CARAT is a bilateral exercise between Sri Lanka and the United States to promote regional security cooperation and strengthen maritime partnerships. The CARAT – 2023…

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Alphabet’s Google will run undersea cables powering internet access to at least eight Pacific island nations under a joint US-Australian deal set to be announced on Wednesday (Thursday AEDT), according to a US official. The deal will expand an existing commercial project by Google in the region to the nations of Micronesia, Kiribati, the Marshall Islands, Papua New Guinea, the Solomon Islands, Timor-Leste, Tuvalu and Vanuatu. Source : AFR

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Frank-Walter Steinmeier’s visit on German-American Day comes after the Republican-dominated Congress passed an interim budget that doesn’t include further aid to Ukraine German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier travels to the US on Friday for a surprise visit to celebrate German-American Day. During the trip, Steinmeier is due to meet US President Joe Biden in Washington. The two leaders will reaffirm their “strong ties,” the White House said in a statement on Thursday. Issues on the agenda include “defending democratic values and our shared commitment to support Ukraine as it defends itself from Russia’s invasion,” the statement added Steinmeier’s office said the visit was suggested by Biden, adding that…

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The US on Thursday announced a new $150 million military aid package for Ukraine to bolster Kyiv’s ongoing counteroffensive that seeks to oust Russia from occupied territories. The latest tranche includes additional air defense weapons, artillery ammunition, and anti-tank weapons, the Pentagon said in a statement. It specifically includes National Advanced Surface-to-Air Missile Systems (NASAMS) ammunition, AIM-9M air defense missiles, Stinger anti-aircraft missiles, and more High Mobility Artillery Rocket Systems (HIMARS) ammunition. Additional 155mm and 105mm artillery rounds, Tube-Launched, Optically-Tracked, Wire-Guided (TOW) missiles, Javelin anti-armor weapons, over 2 million small arms rounds, night vision gear, and other equipment are also…

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North Korea’s spy satellite program is an “indispensable” measure to counter US space militarization aimed at beefing up the United States’ preemptive nuclear strike capability and securing “world supremacy,” state media KCNA said on Tuesday. Ri Song Jin, a researcher of the National Aerospace Technology Administration, accused the United States of seeking greater military hegemony in Asia by expanding its space force in an article titled “US space force deployment aimed at preemptive aggression war”, Reuters reported. Ri singled out a recent trip by the US Space Force commander to Tokyo, and the deployment of a Space Force component in…

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Google reached an agreement in principle with US states to settle an antitrust lawsuit for its alleged conduct in the Google Play Store, according to a Tuesday court filing. This lawsuit was led by New York Attorney General Letitia James and attorneys general from California, North Carolina, Tennessee and Utah. The lawsuit, which accused Google of monopolistic practices, was filed in 2021 and alleged the company inflated prices for paid apps and in-app purchases in the Android app market. In 2021, Google responded to the lawsuit in a blog post saying, “it’s strange that a group of state attorneys general…

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