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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...
Myanmar carries out first executions in 30 years, sparks global outrage
Myanmar

Myanmar carries out first executions in 30 years, sparks global outrage

The military junta that governs Myanmar (formerly Burma) had four prisoners executed since the end of last year. The application of the death penalty for the first time in more than 30 years in the country generates a shock wave in the international community. The warning was left at the beginning of June: the military junta of Myanmar (formerly Burma), in power since February 1, 2021, informed that capital punishment would be in force again in the country and, this Monday, fulfilled the promise. while executing four prisoners. After more than 30 years, the death penalty has returned to shadow the country. The first victims were executed by hanging, but the military authorities did not specify when the penalties were applied. Former deputy Phyo Zeya Thaw of the National League for Dem...
Macau approves new wiretapping law, Portuguese deputy admits “reservations”
Macau

Macau approves new wiretapping law, Portuguese deputy admits “reservations”

The Macau parliament today approved in a videoconference session the new wiretapping law, a regime that arouses “many reservations” to Portuguese deputy José Pereira Coutinho, who called for “zero tolerance for abusive interception”. When he presented the "Legal Regime for Interception and Protection of Communications" for the first time, Macau Security Secretary Wong Sio Chak justified the importance of this law with the fact that "State security is becoming increasingly more urgent" and still with the need to "follow the evolution of the times". For the Government, the current regime, which had been in force for more than 24 years, was outdated, and it was necessary to respond to the development of communications technology and the increasing complexity of criminal activity. "With m...
Japan warns of growing threats to its security from Russia and China
Japan

Japan warns of growing threats to its security from Russia and China

Japan today warned of growing threats to its security posed by the war in Ukraine and tensions between China and Taiwan, in a Japanese Defense document published as Tokyo tries to boost military spending. The annual Defense White Paper, approved by the office of Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida, highlighted the need for Japan to gain public support to bolster the military budget, an objective of the current executive. The report was published months ahead of a review of Japan's national security strategy, which is expected to include a pre-emptive strike capability, which critics say goes beyond the limitations of the country's pacifist constitution. China, Russia, and North Korea lead Japan's concerns in the 500-page report. Defense Minister Nobuo Kishi said in a statement that...
US warns Iran it would be a ‘bad idea’ to supply Russia with weapons
United States, Iran

US warns Iran it would be a ‘bad idea’ to supply Russia with weapons

The United States today warned Iran that it would be "a bad idea" to militarily help Russia in Ukraine, following information about the possible deployment of 'drones' to Moscow by Tehran. "We would advise Iran not to. We think it's a really bad idea," US Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin suggested at a press conference at the Pentagon, in response to a question about possible Iranian military assistance to Russia. The US Defense Officer attended along with the Chief of Staff General of the Armed Forces, Mark Milley, after a virtual meeting of the Ukraine Defense Contact Group, in which about 50 countries participated. Milley noted in turn that he also does not consider it a good idea "for Iran to provide weapons systems to Russia, as reported in the media." Last week, the US media repo...
Iran’s Supreme Leader Supports Putin Over Ukraine Invasion
Iran, Russia

Iran’s Supreme Leader Supports Putin Over Ukraine Invasion

Iranian Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei expressed strong support for Russian President Vladimir Putin on Tuesday, arguing that if Moscow had not invaded Ukraine, NATO would have attacked Russia later. These statements align with Putin's rhetoric to justify the invasion of the neighboring country and the stance of the Iranian supreme leader and also show the increasingly close ties between Moscow and Tehran, as both countries face heavy sanctions from the West. Allies of the Atlantic Alliance have bolstered their military presence in Eastern Europe and provided Ukraine with weapons to help fight the Russian onslaught, with Ali Khamenei accusing the West of being against an "independent and strong" Russia. "If the way were clear for NATO, it would not recognize any limits and borders", Kham...
Iraq asks Turkey to release more water into its rivers
Iraq

Iraq asks Turkey to release more water into its rivers

Iraq today asked neighboring Turkey to release more water into the Tigris and Euphrates, rivers that flow through the two countries in drought, which are often at loggerheads over the management of water resources. Baghdad regularly complains about dams built upstream by its neighbors, claiming they reduce the flow of rivers when they reach Iraq. International authorities present Iraq as one of the five countries most vulnerable to the effects of climate change and desertification. Today, the Iraqi Minister of Water Resources, Mehdi al-Hamdani, spoke via videoconference with a special representative of Turkish President Veysel Eroglu. The two officials discussed "the amount of water that reaches Iraq through the Tigris and Euphrates rivers", whose sources are located in Turkey, accor...
Thailand close to approving chemical castration for sex offenders
Thailand

Thailand close to approving chemical castration for sex offenders

Thailand is close to introducing chemical castration as a means of combating sex crimes after lawmakers passed a bill that would give those accused of these offenses the possibility of having their prison sentences reduced if they opt for the procedure, reports Reuters. The bill, which the lower house of Parliament approved in March, on Monday gathered the support of 145 senators in the vote, which still had two abstentions. It will still take another vote in the chamber and, finally, real support, for the measure to be approved. This is an initiative that provides that certain sex offenders associated with a certain risk of recidivism can choose to receive injections that lower their testosterone levels, in exchange for a shorter prison sentence. This, however, only if they have the app...
How North Korea is trying to infiltrate the US cryptocurrency system
North Korea, United States

How North Korea is trying to infiltrate the US cryptocurrency system

The North Korean regime has been trying to put operatives in tech jobs across the information technology industry. Devin, founder of a cryptocurrency startup based in San Francisco, woke up one February day to the most bizarre phone call of his life. The man on the other end, an FBI agent, told Devin that the apparently legitimate software programmer he had hired the previous summer was a North Korean agent, who had sent tens of thousands of dollars of his salary to the authoritarian regime. from the country. Confused, Devin hung up and said he immediately cut the employee off the company's accounts. "He was a good collaborator," lamented Devin, intrigued by the man who claimed to be Chinese and went through several rounds of interviews to get hired. (CNN is using a pseudonym for Dev...
Sri Lanka. Prime Minister Resigns After Invasion of President’s House
Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka. Prime Minister Resigns After Invasion of President’s House

Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe has agreed to step down as demanded by party leaders in Parliament, reports the Associated Press (AP) news agency. The announcement comes on the day of the biggest protest in the country, with tens of thousands of protesters on the streets and hundreds of people breaking into the residence and office of President Gotabaya Rajapaksa. After months of protests due to the serious economic crisis that Sri Lanka is going through, the Prime Minister's spokesman announced today that Wickremesinghe will resign. After the invasion of the president's house, the leaders of the political parties in Parliament met and decided to call for the resignation of Rajapaksa and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe. Sri Lanka's economy is in a state of collapse...