US Mulls Sharing Okinawa Munitions Depot with Japan’s Self-Defense Forces

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Japanese government sources said Saturday that the U.S. military could share its ammunition depots in Okinawa with Japan’s Self-Defense Forces (SDF) to enhance their operational coordination in defending its southwestern islands. According to reports, the SDF’s use of U.S. ammunition …

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Costa Rica Declares State of Emergency Over Cyberattacks

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Costa Rican authorities declared a national emergency on Wednesday after the Russia-based Conti ransomware gang claimed responsibility for cyber-attacks on government systems.  President Rodrigo Chaves signed a decree believed to be the first-ever government response to a cyber-attack.   Chaves …

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Sri Lanka Installs New PM, Bars Rajapaksa and MPs from Leaving Country

Fourth EstateUnited National Party (UNP) head Ranil Wickremesinghe has been sworn in as the new Prime Minister of Sri Lanka amid the ongoing political turmoil. - Gov't of Sri Lanka

United National Party (UNP) head Ranil Wickremesinghe has been sworn in as the new Prime Minister of Sri Lanka amid the ongoing political turmoil. Wickremesinghe’s sudden appointment came after Mahinda Rajapaksa resigned as the Prime Minister following a violent confrontation …

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UN Expresses Concern Over Tiny Progress In Torture Prevention In Lebanon

The United Nations on Thursday said that little progress was made in prevention of torture in Lebanon, and expressed concern over prolonged pre-trail detonation, and deplorable living conditions in places of deprivation of liberty. Head of Subcommittee on Prevention of …

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North Korea Officially Confirms First COVID-19 Outbreak

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North Korea officially confirmed its first COVID-19 outbreak since the pandemic started, with state media reporting a subvariant of the highly transmissible Omicron virus detected in Pyongyang. The official KCNA news agency said that people in Pyongyang contracted the BA.2 …

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Spanish Intelligence Chief Fired over Pegasus Scandal

Fourth EstateEx-director of the National Intelligence Centre (CNI) Paz Esteban

Government officials in Spain dismissed the director of the National Intelligence Centre (CNI) Paz Esteban Tuesday over involvement in the Pegasus scandal. The Madrid government disclosed last week that the Israeli-made spyware Pegasus breached the phones of Prime Minister Pedro …

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AMLO Threatens to Boycott Americas Summit

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Mexican President Andrés Manuel Lopez Obrador said on Tuesday that he would not attend the Summit of the Americas in Los Angeles in June if the Biden administration excludes Cuba, Venezuela, and Nicaragua. “If they exclude, if not all are …

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Shanghai Continues to Tighten COVID-19 Restrictions Despite Declining Cases

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Shanghai has continued to tighten COVID-19 movement curbs despite falling case numbers in more than six weeks. According to residents and accounts on social media posts, people living in the same building as people confirmed positive for COVID-19 will be …

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