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Polio virus detected in wastewater from London and New York
United States, UK

Polio virus detected in wastewater from London and New York

The polio virus was detected in wastewater from New York City, United States of America. This signal suggests that there is “local transmission of the virus”, according to information provided by the authorities, this Saturday. This confirmation comes less than a month after the country reported the first case of the disease in almost a decade. Given this scenario, the authorities have already warned the population to get vaccinated, especially children, who are the group most affected by the disease. "The risk to New Yorkers is real, but the defense is so simple - get vaccinated against Polio," Ashwin Vasan, New York City's health commissioner, said in a statement. However, London, the capital of the United Kingdom, also reported evidence of the virus in sewers at the end of June, an...
Russia suspends inspections of US nuclear arsenal
United States, Russia, Weapons of Mass Destruction

Russia suspends inspections of US nuclear arsenal

According to Russia, the US is currently at an advantage as it has deprived Moscow of the right to carry out inspections on US territory. Russia has informed the United States of America (USA) that it has "temporarily" suspended on-site inspections of its strategic nuclear weapons. These inspections were part of the arms control treaty known as New START, in effect since February 2011. According to the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs quoted by the BBC, the US is currently at an advantage with regard to this agreement given that it has deprived Russia of the right to carry out inspections on American territory. According to the tutelage, US sanctions imposed on Russia on Ukraine have changed conditions between the countries, necessitating the suspension of the last remaining arms r...
China suspends cooperation with US in several areas in retaliation for Pelosi’s visit to Taiwan
United States, China, Taiwan

China suspends cooperation with US in several areas in retaliation for Pelosi’s visit to Taiwan

China suspended dialogue with the United States in areas such as climate change, military issues, and the fight against drug trafficking. The measures, announced by the Chinese Foreign Ministry, are the latest in a series of sanctions promised by Beijing and aimed at punishing Washington for Pelosi's visit Tuesday and Wednesday to Taiwan, an island China claims as part of the country. The first measures involved diplomatic protests and, since Thursday, naval and air exercises around the island, in which missiles have been fired. According to the Chinese diplomacy note, the dialogue between military commanders and officials associated with the Department of Defense was cancelled, as well as meetings on military maritime security. Cooperation on the return of illegal immigrants, crimin...
Nuclear danger. Antony Blinken attacks Russia amid ‘last minute’ warnings from Guterres
Weapons of Mass Destruction, Russia, United States

Nuclear danger. Antony Blinken attacks Russia amid ‘last minute’ warnings from Guterres

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken accuses Russia of using Ukraine's Zaporizhia nuclear power plant as a military base to launch attacks. On the same occasion, the UN Secretary-General warned of the possibility of a "miscalculation of nuclear annihilation". The head of US diplomacy was speaking at the opening of the tenth United Nations conference for the review of the Non-Proliferation Treaty, which takes place at UN headquarters until August 26. "Russia is using the Zaporizhia plant as a military base to fire on the Ukrainians, knowing that [the Ukrainians] cannot and will not respond because they could hit a nuclear reactor and stored highly radioactive waste," Blinken said in a speech at headquarters. of the United Nations. "This takes the concept of using a human shield to a to...
Ayman Al-Zawahiri US kills Al Qaeda leader
United States, Espionage, Global Concerns

Ayman Al-Zawahiri US kills Al Qaeda leader

The United States announced on Monday that it had killed Al Qaeda leader Ayman Al-Zawahiri, one of the world's most wanted terrorists. The Washington Post also reports that Ayman Al-Zawahiri supervised the September 11, 2001 attacks, along with Osama Bin Laden. A senior US administration official told reporters that a "counter-terrorist operation against a major al-Qaida target" in Afghanistan took place over the weekend. According to US media, the target of a "successful" Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) drone strike in Kabul was Al Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri. Zawahiri assumed leadership of the terrorist organization after the death of Osama bin Laden in a US operation in Pakistan in 2011. According to the White House, this operation "caused no civilian casualties". The...
Monkeypox: New York declares state of emergency as cases increase
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Monkeypox: New York declares state of emergency as cases increase

The state of New York declared last Friday a state of emergency following a large increase in cases of Monkeypox in recent days, mainly in New York City itself. This emergency declaration was signed by the governor of the state of New York, Democrat Kathy Hochul, and results from the fact that the region already has 1,400 infections. The emergency declaration allows state agencies to mobilize funds and resources to help localities fight the virus. Recall that in mid-July, New York activated a monkeypox information system for cell phones, in which the text message "MONKEYPOX" or "MONKEYPOXESP" is sent to a local phone number. The system includes information about the symptoms and transmission of the disease, as well as providing guidelines for action after exposure. More than 18,000 c...
US expects cyberattacks from Russia, China and Iran in elections
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US expects cyberattacks from Russia, China and Iran in elections

US intelligence is concerned about the "strong likelihood" of interference by Russia, China, and Iran in the upcoming US midterm elections and experts believe in the scenario of concerted action. “The possibility of concerted action between these three countries [Russia, China, and Iran] cannot be excluded. We know, right from the start, that they share a common interest: to defeat what they consider to be the US strategy to maintain the hegemony of control inherited from the 20th century”, Herbert Lin, a researcher at the Hoover Institution think tank, told Lusa. This analyst and author of the book Cyberthreats and Nuclear Weapons (literal translation) recalled that, in recent years, Moscow and Beijing have exchanged information about US military programs, in particular the nuclear pr...
California fire forces thousands of people to be displaced
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California fire forces thousands of people to be displaced

A fire that broke out on Friday near Yosemite National Park, in the US state of California, has increased in intensity and is already one of the biggest this year, with thousands of people being displaced. More than 2,000 homes and businesses are without power due to the fire, which broke out on Friday afternoon southwest of the Park, near the town of Midpines, in Mariposa County. On Saturday, an order was given to evacuate places where more than 6,000 people live, within a radius of several kilometers in a sparsely populated rural area. That same day there was an increase in intensity, a source with the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection said, and erupted when firefighters were fighting another fire near a grove of giant sequoias, in the southernmost part of Yosemit...
Steve Bannon guilty of disobedience to US Congress
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Steve Bannon guilty of disobedience to US Congress

Steve Bannon, Donald Trump's former strategist, was today found guilty of criminal disobedience to Congress after he ignored a subpoena to testify and provide documents to the congressional committee investigating the Capitol Hill robbery. Found guilty on the two counts of disobedience on which he was tried, Bannon faces a minimum sentence of thirty days in prison. The former Trump strategist smiled as the verdict was read by the jury spokesperson, according to CNN. The reading of the sentence was scheduled for October 21. The maximum penalty is one year in prison for each of the two charges, as well as fines ranging from $100,000 to $100,000. The verdict was announced just over three hours into deliberations by the jury, composed of nine men and five women, in a trial presided over i...
Agents Protecting Mike Pence Feared for Life in Capitol Attack
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Agents Protecting Mike Pence Feared for Life in Capitol Attack

Agents protecting then-Vice President Mike Pence on the day of the Capitol attack, January 6, 2021, feared for their lives and called the families to say goodbye. Members of the vice president's security team were beginning to fear for their own lives," said a White House security official, whose identity was not revealed, at the eighth hearing of the parliamentary committee investigating the robbery. many personal phone calls, to say goodbye to the families". Describing a chaotic situation, heard on radio communications, the National Security Council official said agents were "very close" to using "lethal options or worse". The commission shared videos and radio communications from agents who were trying to get Mike Pence out of harm's way, showing the difficulties finding clear path...