金正恩総書記 国防発展展覧会「自衛2021」に出席 軍事力育成は未来のためと演説
Title:North Korea Kim Weapons Kim reviews powerful missiles at weapon convention North Korean leader Kim Jong Un reviewed powerful missiles developed to launch nuclear strikes on the U.S. mainland, as he vowed to build an “invincible” military to cope with what he called persistent U.S. hostility, state media reported Tuesday. In an apparent continued effort to drive a wedge between Washington and Seoul, Kim also used his speech at a rare exhibition of weapons systems Monday to stress that his military might isn’t targeted at South Korea and that there shouldn’t be another war pitting Korean people against each other. “The U.S. has frequently signaled it’s not hostile to our state, but there is no action-based evidence to make us believe that they are not hostile,” Kim said Monday, according to the official Korean Central News Agency. “The U.S. is continuing to create tensions in the region with its wrong judgments and actions.” Calling the United States a “source” of instability on the Korean Peninsula, Kim said his country’s most important objective is possessing an “invincible military capability” that no one can dare challenge. The exhibition, which KCNA says was meant to mark the 76th birthday of the ruling Workers’ Party on Sunday, was the first of its kind since Kim took power in late 2011, according to Seoul officials. KRT images showed Kim, clad in a dark suit, walking on a red carpet lined with big missiles mounted on trucks, passing by a multiple rocket launch system and watching jets flying in a formation. The exhibition featured an array of newly developed weapons, including intercontinental ballistic missiles North Korea has already test-launched or displayed during military parades in recent years, experts say. Yang Wook, a military expert who teaches at South Korea’s Hannam University, said the weapons include what appears to be a new ICBM that North Korea disclosed during a military parade last year but hasn’t test-fired, Yang said. That missile mounted on an 11-axel launch vehicle during the parade is considered to be the North’s biggest-yet ICBM. Other weapons on display were another ICBM that North Korea tested in 2017; ballistic missiles that can be fired from submarines or a train; solid-fueled, short-range missiles; and a developmental hypersonic missile that had its first test-flight last month, said Lee Choon Geun, a missile expert at South Korea’s Science and Technology Policy Institute. Seoul’s Defense Ministry said South Korean and U.S. intelligence authorities were analyzing the North Korean weapons displayed but didn’t elaborate.
Title:North Korea Kim Anniversary Kim urges NKorea officials to beat 'grim situation' North Korea said Monday leader Kim Jong Un urged officials to overcome a "grim situation" facing the country and make stronger efforts to improve the food and living conditions of his people. But state media didn't mention any specific comments toward Washington and Seoul while reporting on Kim's speech marking the 76th anniversary of the ruling Workers' Party's founding. Nuclear negotiations between Washington and Pyongyang have stalled for more than two years over disagreements in exchanging the release of crippling U.S.-led sanctions against North Korea and the North's denuclearization steps. The country has ramped up its missile testing activity in recent weeks while making conditional peace offers to Seoul, reviving a pattern of pressuring South Korea to get what it wants from the United States. Pyongyang's official Korean Central News Agency said Kim during his speech on Sunday said his party is determined to achieve the economic goals set during the party's congress in January, when he acknowledged his previous economic plans weren't succeeding and issued new development plans for the next five years. The agency said Kim confirmed the determination of the party to efficiently carry out the five-year plan to boost "the national economy and solving the people's food, clothing and housing problems." The KCNA said Kim analyzed the "unprecedented difficulties" facing the North and called for the party's single-minded unity in developing the state economy in face of the "grim situation." Analysts say Kim is facing perhaps the toughest moment of his near decade in power. He failed to win badly needed sanctions relief in his summitry with then-President Donald Trump in 2018 and 2019, then the coronavirus pandemic caused North Korea to close its borders and unleashed further economic shock after decades of mismanagement and sanctions over Kim's nuclear weapons program. The World Health Organization said last week some of its COVID-19 medical supplies had arrived at a North Korea port, an indication the North was easing one of the world's strictest pandemic border closures to receive outside help. Kim has so far rejected the Biden administration's offers to restart dialogue without preconditions, saying that Washington must first abandon its "hostile policy," a term the North mainly uses to refer to sanctions and U.S.-South Korea military exercises. But the North in recent weeks have also restored communication lines with the South and said it could take further steps to improve bilateral relations if Seoul abandons its "double-dealing attitude" and "hostile viewpoint." Analysts say North Korea is using the South's desire for inter-Korean engagement to drive a wedge between Washington and Seoul and to pressure the South to extract concessions from the Biden administration on its behalf.
AFGHANISTAN TALIBAN DISPLACED Taliban start sending displaced in Kabul back home The Taliban on Saturday began sending Afghans who had fled from the insurgents' blitz takeover in August and were living in tents in a Kabul park, back to their homes in the country's north. One of the officials in charge of the repatriation told the Associated Press that the decision had been made to send the internally displaced people (IDPs) back due to the limited government budget. "That's why we asked all the NGOs and other charities located in Kabul to help us," said Qari Abdul Matin Ahmadzai, the Director of Refugees and Repatriation for Kabul Province. Another Taliban official said there are up to 1.3 million Afghans displaced from past wars and that the Taliban also lacks funds to organize the return home for all. He said the Taliban have organized the return of 1,005 displaced families to their homes so far. Many IDPs still remain in the camp in Kabul and were waiting for the opportunity to go back home before winter starts. An agitated crowd formed Saturday as they tried to get a place on the limited number of buses. The move to return the internally displaced back to the north came just a day after an Islamic State group suicide bomber killed at least 46 minority Shiite Muslims in an attack on a mosque in Kunduz during Friday prayers. Shokria Khanm, who had spent several weeks in one of the tents in the park and was waiting Saturday to board the Taliban-organized bus back home to Kunduz, said she isn't concerned about the growing IS threat in the northern province. But she added that she was nervous about the future after fighting between the Taliban and Afghan government troops had destroyed her house. "I'm nervous (to come back), because our house is destroyed (by fighting) and winter is on the way. There is no firewood. We need water and food. I'm a woman. How can I manage that? Where can I find all these things," she asked. The Taliban has ruled out cooperation with the United States to contain extremist groups in Afghanistan, staking out an uncompromising position on a key issue ahead of the first direct talks between the former foes since America withdrew from the country in August. Senior Taliban officials and U.S. representatives are to meet Saturday and Sunday in Doha, the capital of Qatar. Officials from both sides have said issues include reining in extremist groups and the evacuation of foreign citizens and Afghans from the country. The Taliban have signaled flexibility on evacuations. However, Taliban political spokesman Suhail Shaheen told The Associated Press there would be no cooperation with Washington on containing the increasingly active Islamic State group in Afghanistan. IS has carried out relentless assaults on the countryâ€™s Shiites since emerging in eastern Afghanistan in 2014. It is also seen as the terror group that poses the greatest threat to the United States for its potential to stage attacks on American targets.
US CA VIRUS VACCINE MANDATE NURSES PROTEST Health workers in Calif. protest COVID vaccine mandates California joined a list of states imposing COVID-19 vaccine mandates on health workers after Gov. Gavin Newsom's order went into effect this week. This comes as hospitals and nursing homes around the U.S. are bracing for worsening staff shortages as state deadlines arrive for health care workers to get vaccinated against COVID-19. With ultimatums taking effect this week in states like New York, California, Rhode Island and Connecticut, the fear is that some employees will quit or let themselves be fired or suspended rather than get the vaccine. Resistance to the vaccine requirements led a group of several dozen health care workers to protest outside of the Torrance Memorial Medical Center in Torrance, California. Among the health workers protesting against the vaccine mandate was Heather Garza, a nurse practitioner. "So we're standing up against vaccine mandates," she said. "We have until the end of the month to get vaccinated or we're fired." Intensive care nurse Ryan Patacsio joined the protest outside the hospital where he's treated COVID-19 patients since the start of the pandemic. Patacsio contracted the coronavirus at the outset of the pandemic and trusted his religious faith to protect him from further infection. But this day, he stood suspended from his job and anticipated being fired on November 1st for declining to take the vaccine. "After everything I did as a nurse throughout the whole year during the pandemic, I just felt betrayed," said Patacsio. New York health care employees had until the end of the day Monday to get at least one dose, but some hospitals had already begun suspending or otherwise taking action against holdouts. About a dozen states have vaccination mandates covering health care workers in hospitals, long-term care facilities or both. Some allow exemptions on medical or religious grounds, but those employees often must submit to regular COVID-19 testing. States that have set such requirements tend to have high vaccination rates already. The highest rates are concentrated in the Northeast, the lowest ones in the South and Midwest. The Biden administration also will require the roughly 17 million workers at health facilities that receive federal Medicare or Medicaid to be fully vaccinated under a rule still being developed. That has worried some hospital officials, particularly in rural communities where vaccination rates tend to be lower. Many hospitals and nursing homes are already suffering staff shortages because many nurses and others have quit as a result of pandemic-related burnout or have left for lucrative jobs traveling from state to state. In California, where health care workers had until Thursday to get fully vaccinated, some hospitals are anticipating firings, suspensions or the moving of people to other positions. But with a statewide mandate, health workers won't be able to just quit their jobs and go to other hospitals, said Dr. Jeff Smith, chief operating officer and executive vice president of hospital operations at Los Angeles-based Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. He expects that about 97 percent of Cedars-Sinai's almost 17,000 employees affected by the vaccine mandate will comply by the deadline. Another 1 percent have applied for medical or religious exemptions. Those who don't comply by Friday will be suspended for a week, and fired on Oct. 8 if they don't comply or if there are not extenuating circumstances, he said. The hospital also was able to hire over 100 nurses in the past month and uses some travel nurses. In Rhode Island, where the vaccine mandate takes effect Friday, the state said hospitals can allow unvaccinated employees to keep working 30 days past the deadline in cases where firing them would compromise patient safety. The mandate is being challenged in court because it doesn't allow religious exemptions. A North Carolina-based hospital system announced Monday that more than 175 of its 35,000-plus employees have been fired for failing to comply with its COVID-19 vaccination requirement. Last week, Novant Health announced 375 workers had been suspended and given five days to comply. Nearly 200 of them did so — including those who submitted approved exemptions - before the Friday deadline, spokesperson Megan Rivers said. Massachusetts' mandate, issued by Republican Gov. Charlie Baker, applies only to rest homes, assisted living facilities, hospice programs and home care programs. It allows for medical and religious exemptions but doesn't require regular testing. The deadline is Oct. 31. In Connecticut, a vaccine mandate for employees of state-run hospitals took effect on Monday. It does not apply to privately run hospitals, some of which are imposing their own requirements. Medical and religious exemptions are possible, but anyone else who fails to get vaccinated will be barred from the workplace. About 84% of over 450,000 hospital workers in New York were fully vaccinated as of Wednesday, according to state data. Nursing home data through Sunday showed about 89% of nursing home workers fully vaccinated. New York City's hospital system reported a 95% vaccination rate for nurses and a higher rate for doctors.
Beijing holds flag-raising ceremony on China's National Day A grand flag-raising ceremony took place at Beijing's Tian'anmen Square on Friday morning to mark the 72nd anniversary of the founding of the People's Republic of China. After eight trumpet soldiers sounding their clarions, the national flag was escorted into the square by 96 members from the Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) Guard of Honor. More than 100,000 people from all over the country gathered at the square, singing the Chinese national anthem while watching the national flag being raised. Many were holding national flags in their hands and having stickers of the national flag on their faces. Watching the national flag raising ceremony at the Tian'anmen Square on Oct 1 has been a way of celebrating the National Day for many Chinese, who joined the gathering for sightseeing and expressed the feeling of patriotism.
AFGHANISTAN WOMEN SCHOOLS Afghan women call on Taliban to open girls’ schools Female Afghan health workers, teachers and rights defenders Tuesday urged the international community to resume financial aid to Afghanistan, saying non-payment has disproportionally impacted women. Aqela Noori, a teacher, said at a news conference in the capital Kabul that 120,000 female educators and nearly 14,000 female health care workers have not been paid their salaries for the past two to three months. “We call on the international community, the World Bank and international humanitarian agencies not to suspend their humanitarian aid to Afghanistan,” she said. “Don’t leave Afghanistan alone in this difficult time.” Since the Taliban overran Kabul on August 15 and seized control of the country, the world has been watching to see whether they will re-create their harsh rule of the late 1990s. Foreign aid accounted for nearly 75% of Afghanistan’s public expenditure, according to a World Bank report, prior to the Taliban taking control of the country last month. The funds have been frozen and now an economic crisis looms. The World Bank and the International Monetary Fund paused disbursements to the government, while the U.S. froze billons of dollars in assets held in American accounts by the Afghan Central Bank. Women working in rural areas are severely affected by the months of salary arrears, Noori said, urging that their salary payments be prioritized. Public salaries for both men and women across state institutions were not paid by the previous government under President Ashraf Ghani months before the Taliban takeover. The World Bank said in a statement Tuesday the bank was “deeply concerned” about the disruptions to critical health services and said it was “closely monitoring and assessing the situation.“ “We continue to follow events and once the situation becomes clearer, we will be able to assess next steps,” it said. Noori said the non-payment of female health workers has undermined service delivery, especially in rural areas, leading to higher rates of maternal and infant mortality. She did not provide statistics. Noori said the salaries of 8,400 out of a total 14,000 health workers had been paid directly by the World Bank in the past, but the allocations stopped two months ago. Teachers, meanwhile, addressed the new Taliban leadership directly, asking them to provide alternative jobs for the approximately 16,000 female teachers the Taliban have prohibited from teaching high school until a decision is made on their status. Most, they said, were the only breadwinners in the family. They urged the Taliban to ensure a safe environment for both boys and girls to attend schools and to open schools to girls as soon as possible. Girls' schools from Grade 7-12 still remain closed.
Sandstorm smothers Brazilian city of Barretos A sandstorm made by powerful winds whipping up dust from the ground has engulfed an area of Brazil. The storm could be seen blanketing the city of Barretos in the state of São Paulo on 26 September. Sandstorms also blanketed other cities and towns in the state turning the sky shades of orange and brown. The storms were triggered by the worst drought to hit the country in nine decades. The drought depleted hydroelectric reservoirs, forcing the grid operator to fire up more expensive thermoelectric plants and the government to implement a “water scarcity” power rate.
Scenes from Evergrande HQ amid global shock fears Things appeared still at the headquarters of the heavily indebted Chinese real estate developer Evergrande, one day after the day it had promised to pay interest due to bondholders in China. The entrance of the Evergrande headquarters was guarded by police and security guards Friday morning, with at least six police vehicles parked near the block. Evergrande's struggle to avoid defaulting on billions of dollars of debt has rattled global markets, but fears of global shockwaves appeared to ease Thursday as creditors waited to see how much they might recover. Shares of Evergrande Group, one of China's biggest private sector conglomerates, rose 18% in Hong Kong after the company said it would pay interest to bondholders in China. The company gave no sign whether it would make a payment due Thursday on a separate bond abroad. Over the past week, many Evergrande investors and home buyers protested at its offices in different cities out of fears for possible losses if the real estate giant collapses. A group of investors gathered at the headquarters in the southern city of Shenzhen Thursday, hoping to enter the building and talk to an Evergrande representative. But they were quickly surrounded by police who held signs that said they were collecting evidence, and later left after being denied entry. Evergrande's debt problems come at a time when Chinese economic growth is forecast to weaken due to a slowdown in construction and home sales due to government pressure on the real estate industry to reduce reliance on borrowed money. Some commentators suggested Evergrande might become a "Lehman moment," invoking the 2008 collapse of Wall Street bank Lehman Brothers ahead of the global crisis. But economists say Evergrande's debts are relatively simple compared with those of a Wall Street bank and appear unlikely to set off a chain reaction. Evergrande's debt is the equivalent of as much as 2% of China's annual economic output, but economists say the state-owned banking industry can absorb a possible default.
Women protest in Kabul over rights Over a dozen women staged a protest in Kabul on Sunday, holding up signs calling for the participation of women in public life. The protest came as female government employees in Kabul were told to stay home, with work only allowed for those who cannot be replaced by men. The order was given by the interim mayor of Kabul, detailing the latest restrictions on women by the new Taliban rulers. The protest on Sunday lasted for about 10 minutes. After a short verbal confrontation with a man, thought to be a Taliban fighter, the women got into cars and left, as Taliban in two cars observed from nearby. Over the past months, Taliban fighters have broken up several womenâ€™s protests by force. Elsewhere, about 30 women, many of them young, held a news conference in a basement of a home tucked away in a Kabul neighbourhood. Marzia Ahmadi, a rights activist and government employee now forced to sit at home, said they would demand the Taliban re-open public spaces to women. Most of the participants said they would try to leave the country if they had an opportunity. In their previous rule in the 1990s, the Taliban had barred girls and women from schools, jobs and public life. In recent days, the new Taliban government issued several decrees rolling back the rights of girls and women. It told female middle- and high school students that they could not return to school for the time being, while boys in those grades resumed studies this weekend. Female university students were informed that studies would take place in gender-segregated settings from now on, and that they must abide by a strict Islamic dress code. Under the US-backed government deposed by the Taliban, university studies had been co-ed, for the most part.
Title:North Korea Game Board game helps children develop learning skills The Paduk board game looks deceptively simple - black and white pieces, called "stones" in English, and a basic grid, which can be 19 by 19 lines for a full game, or 13 by 13 lines. These kindergarten children play on training boards with nine by lines. Veteran American diplomat Henry Kissinger once used the game as an analogy for China's strategy towards the outside world in his book "On China". The game is known as 'Go' in Japan, 'Weqi' in China and 'Baduk' in South Korea. It is considered challenging because the near-infinite number of possible positions requires intuition and flexibility. North Korea wants to promote the game as a bit of local culture, and something that helps children to learn and develop. In the North Korean educational context, it is interesting because it does not have any connection to the enforced worship of the country's leaders, which is otherwise a prominent part of the curriculum from an early age for everybody. This Kindergarten is in a comparatively well-off district of Pyongyang, close to the centre of the city, which is called "Mirae", which means "Future". It's part of a redevelopment done in 2016, to house scientists and technicians, along the Taedong River. The new main street in the district is also dubbed Future Scientists Street. Children in North Korea do get to play around, but classroom etiquette is strict, and when the teacher walks in, the children bow and greet her. The objective of the game is to win by surrounding and controlling the opponent's pieces. It is difficult as there are a huge variety of strategies and ways to victory. In Pyongyang's Mirae Kindergarten, one five year-old, Choe So Yon, has demonstrated what her teachers describe as an outstanding skill. In North Korea, that kind of ability is quickly recognized, and the student will be pushed to develop it further. Paduk Hong Jong Mi, Paduk says Choe So Yon is exceptional. "This girl is five years old and she has been learning Paduk for only 6 months, but she's already reached a level that's much better than children aged six, who have studied for more than a year. She has a really exceptional interest in Paduk," says Hong Jong Mi. The Kindergarten games are kept short – the children have one hour every afternoon to play Paduk, and there's a time limit on each contest from 15 to 45 minutes. Choe So Yon says: "I play with my father, and mother and grandfather. My father keeps on getting beaten by me." North Korea might like to promote this game as its own, while neighbours China and Japan lay claims to its heritage. The important thing for youngsters in some of the better-provided for classrooms of Pyongyang is the opportunity to play and enjoy the intellectual challenge of the game. "Everyone knows that children are really naughty when they're five and six years old. At this age, children really like to play around. So we teach them Paduk like it's a fun thing to play. At home, parents can play with their children during the early stages of learning, but as the children get to higher levels of playing, their parents can no longer really compete. At this stage, the parents should keep in close contact with our kindergarten, and actively encourage and praise their children so that they keep going with an interest in the game. This is how we hope to teach the children," says Hong Jong Mi. The United Nations' World Food Programme has made clear that malnutrition continues to be a big problem for a large part of the North Korean population. The country is now more isolated than ever before, because of its international lockdown against coronavirus. Clever kindergarten students in Pyongyang might enjoy testing their minds with Paduk, but it's not clear where their future lies.
北朝鮮 鉄道発射式ミサイル 列車から発射 日本海を標的に打上成功
Norcorea dice que probó lanzamiento de misiles desde tren
北朝鮮 鉄道発射式ミサイル 列車から発射 日本海を標的に打上成功
Title:North Korea Missile Test NKo TV airs footage of missile launch from train STORYLINE: North Korea said on Thursday it successfully launched ballistic missiles from a train for the first time and was continuing to bolster its defences, after the two Koreas test-fired missiles hours apart in dueling displays of military might. Wednesday’s launches underscored a return of the tensions between the rivals amid a prolonged stalemate in U.S.-led talks aimed at stripping North Korea of its nuclear weapons programme. Pyongyang’s official Korean Central News Agency said the missiles were launched during a drill of a “railway-borne missile regiment” that transported the weapons system along rail tracks in the country’s mountainous central region and accurately struck a sea target 800 kilometers (500 miles) away. State media showed what appeared to be two different missiles streaking up from rail-car launchers engulfed in orange flames along tracks surrounded by dense forest. A rail-based ballistic system reflects North Korea’s efforts to diversify its launch options, which now includes various vehicles and ground launch pads and may eventually include submarines. Firing a missile from a train could add mobility, but some experts say North Korea’s simple rail networks running through its relatively small territory would be quickly destroyed by enemies during a crisis.
Title:Japan US SKorea Japan, US and SKorea at trilateral talks in Tokyo Japan, the United States and South Korea held a trilateral meeting Tuesday to discuss the issue of North Korea. The three-way talks came a day after Pyongyang announced it successfully tested new long-range cruise missiles, suggesting advancement of its military capabilities. Among participants were U.S. President Joe Biden's Special Representative for North Korea Sung Kim, Japan's Director-General for Asian and Oceanian Affairs Bureau Takehiro Funakoshi, and South Korea's Special Representative for Korean Peninsula Peace and Security Affairs Noh Kyu-duk. Kim said the U.S. commitment to the security of Japan and democracy was stronger than ever amid the threat. The North's state-run Korean Central News Agency reported that the missiles showed they can hit targets 1,500 kilometers (930 miles) away on Saturday and Sunday, far enough to reach Japan.
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Title:Afghanistan Civilian Victims Afghan family seeks justice in US drone attack A Kabul resident, who lost 10 members of his extended family in a drone strike last month, was on Monday repeating his call for the US to accept their mistake and investigate the matter. Emal Ahmadi reiterated that his family were innocent, and wrongly targeted in the August 29 US drone attack to take out a purported Islamic State group suicide operation in a Kabul neighbourhood. He said his family was not linked to the group, and were in fact employees of American organisations who were planning to travel to the U.S. on various immigration programmes. On Monday, members of the Ahmadi family were praying at the graves of their loved ones who were killed when a missile from a U.S. drone slammed into the car of Zemari Ahmadi, who the U.S. military says was an IS operator about to drive a bomb to Kabul airport. Zemari Ahmadi was an employee of Nutrition and Education International, an American aid group that was working to counter malnutrition in Afghanistan. He had applied to be resettled in the United States, as had his brother, Romal, also briefly a NEI employee and who also died in the drone strike. Colleagues of Zemari Ahmadi at NEI described him as a talented worker who over the course of 15 years worked his way up from a handyman to a skilled engineer and an essential employee. Emal, Zemari's brother, who survived, was a DynCorp employee, was also planning to go to America on a special immigration visa for Afghans who may be vulnerable for their work with the U.S. military. Speaking to The Associated Press, Emal, 37, maintained that they had nothing to do with IS. He said he wants U.S. officials to meet with the family and apologise for killing 10 members of his family, including seven children. Emal's three-year-old daughter, Malika, was one of the seven children killed in the strike. Frustrated by Washington's silence, Emal now fears the country's new Taliban rulers may now be suspicious of him. Gesturing at his now abandoned family home, he says none of his brothers have jobs and see no future in their homeland. He says for his safety he now must go to America with all his family. Emal is now responsible for the families of the dead. In all, he says, he is responsible for 17 people. The AP sifted through documents Emal provided of their applications, letters of recommendations and even a medal his 30-year-old nephew Naser had received for his service with a special U.S. trained elite special force. Naser also died in the attack. Washington claimed the drone strike destroyed a vehicle packed with explosives, weakened the Islamic State and prevented an "imminent attack" on Kabul airport. At the Ahmadi home, the vehicle, in which the family says three children were among the passengers incinerated in the attack, still stands, a gutted hunk of charred twisted metal. There is no crater, nor signs of the secondary explosions the Pentagon said may have caused the civilian casualties. The adjacent house where the four brothers and their families lived is undamaged but for broken glass. The brick wall adjacent to the car stands intact. The Pentagon spokesman said Monday that an on-the-ground investigation was unlikely.
Title:US SpaceX Flight Meet the four tourists set to blast into Space LEAD IN: A rocket is poised to blast into orbit on Wednesday night from Kennedy Space Centre, with no professional astronauts on board - only four tourists. SpaceX's first private flight will be led by a 38-year-old entrepreneur who's bankrolling the entire trip and will last for three days. STORY-LINE: For the first time in 60 years of human spaceflight, a rocket is set to launch into orbit with no professional astronauts on board, only four tourists. The mission called Inspiration4, will last for three days. The four passengers will circle around the Earth at a low orbit of about 540 kilometres altitude. SpaceX’s first private flight will be led by a 38-year-old entrepreneur Jared Isaacman who’s bankrolling the entire trip. He’s taking two sweepstakes winners with him on the three-day, round-the-world trip, along with a health care worker who survived childhood cancer. They’ll ride alone in a fully automated Dragon capsule, the same kind that SpaceX uses to send astronauts to and from the International Space Station for NASA. But the chartered flight won't be going there. "We've said it right from the start, right from day one of Inspiration4, that we aim to inspire people as to what's possible in space, sure, but also what can be accomplished here on Earth. It's why St. Jude Children's Research Hospital is such an important part of our mission. It's why we went about selecting crew members in the way that we did, so that we're joined by Chris and Hayley and Dr. Proctor, who all have very inspiring stories in their own right, all to a unique audience, right? There are so many elements about our story that I think make a difference," says Isaacman. Isaacman offered one of the four capsule seats to St. Jude, which offered it to physician assistant Hayley Arceneaux, a former patient who now works at the Memphis, Tennessee, hospital. Now 29, Arceneaux was 10 when diagnosed with bone cancer and had much of her left thigh bone replaced with a titanium rod. She’ll be the first person in space with a prosthesis and she’ll also be the youngest American in space, beating the late Sally Ride, who became the first American woman in space in 1983 at age 32. "I think there's a lot of points to our mission and a big one is to inspire people to push boundaries and we're pushing boundaries in a lot of different ways. The two hundred million dollar fundraising effort for St. Jude is the largest fundraising effort that St. Jude is ever seen. And that money is going to go to cancer research into helping kids and to fund treatment. But also our mission is pushing -- You know, we're going to have so many firsts with our mission. And I think it's just going to inspire people to kind of, no matter what their background, to dream and to not limit themselves," says Arceneaux. Contest winners claimed the final two seats. Sian Proctor, 51, a community college educator in Tempe, Arizona, and former geology instructor, beat out 200 other Shift4 Payments clients with her space-themed artwork business. Also a pilot, she was a NASA astronaut finalist more than a decade ago. Chris Sembroski, 42, a data engineer and former Air Force missile man from Everett, Washington, entered an open lottery by donating to St. Jude. He didn’t win, but a friend from his college days did and gave him the slot. "We want to make sure that whatever we're doing on our mission helps answer some of those questions of, well, if you don't have to be physically perfect, well, what can we do to support more people of all kinds of backgrounds and all kinds of different characteristics to be able to enjoy space, to be able to go up. And I think that's a big part of what this mission is. If we can help St. Jude reach its goal of eliminating childhood disease, that's a great part of it for solving for Earth. At the same time, we're going to help solve for space so we can all dream big," says Sembroski. It’s been a whirlwind since all four came together in March. They hiked up Washington’s Mount Rainier in the snow, sampled brief bursts of weightlessness aboard modified aircraft and took intense, rapid spins in fighter jets and centrifuges. SpaceX is providing its own facilities for private passengers to sleep, eat and hang out before launch, and to get into their white-with-black-trim flight suits. This is SpaceX’s first private flight and the company is running the show -- NASA isn't involved. Isaacman and SpaceX settled on three days as the sweet spot for orbiting the Earth. It gives him and his fellow passengers plenty of time to take in the views through a custom bubble-shaped window, take blood samples and conduct other medical research, and drum up interest for auction items to benefit the hospital. While roomy for a capsule, the Dragon offers virtually no privacy; only a curtain shields the toilet. Unlike the space station and NASA’s old shuttles, there is no galley or sleeping compartments, or even separate work areas. As for food, they’ll chow down on cold pizza following liftoff. They’re also packing ready-to-eat, astronaut-style fare. They'll soar 100 miles higher than the International Space Station, aiming for an altitude of 357 miles. Liftoff is set for tomorrow (15 September) from NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida.
Title:Taiwan Navy Ship Taiwan president commissions domestic-made warship Taiwan's president oversaw the commissioning of a new domestically made navy warship Thursday as part of the island's plan to boost indigenous defense capacity amid heightened tensions with China. President Tsai Ing-wen spoke at a naval base in Su'ao, on the island's east coast, saying the Ta Jiang stealth warship "proves that on the path to becoming independent in national defense." The ship known as the Ta Jiang and nicknamed a "carrier killer" was built by Lung Teh Shipbuilding Co., a Taiwanese company. The ship is designed to have air defense capabilities and can carry anti-ship missiles. It is the first of six of its kind that will be commissioned by the navy. Tsai has made boosting Taiwan's domestic defense industry a priority. She has pushed the military aviation industry with the production of new trainer jets and called for the development of more sophisticated systems by utilizing the island's high-tech industries. In addition, Taiwan is currently producing its own submarine after four years of research and design. It decided to build its own after Beijing successfully prevented it from purchasing such craft from abroad in recent years through the use of economic and diplomatic threats. China claims Taiwan as a part of its national territory, although the two have functioned independently since a civil war in 1949. In the past few years, Taiwan has faced increasing harassment from Beijing, which has sent fighter jets flying towards the island on a near daily basis. On Sunday, China's People Liberation Army sent 19 fighter jets toward the southwestern part of Taiwan's air defense identification zone, the island's Defense Ministry said.
North Korea Parade Parade in Pyongyang marks founding of NKorea Civil defense forces carrying rifles paraded North Korea's capital overnight in a celebration of the nation's 73rd anniversary that was a marked departure from past militaristic displays. The parade — which was later overseen by leader Kim Jong Un, who appeared at midnight — centered around paramilitary organizations and public security forces protecting Pyongyang instead of the major military units that handle the most important weapons of Kim's nuclear and missile arsenal. While the North rolled out of its most provocative strategic weapons threatening Asian rivals and the American homeland during parades in January and last October, there was no immediate indication the latest parade showcased ballistic weapons. Thursday's state media reports on the event that began late Wednesday indicated its message was aimed at a domestic audience instead of displaying the country's growing military might to the United States. Experts say the toned-down event reflected the harsh challenges facing North Korea as its broken, mismanaged economy is further strained by unending U.S.-led sanctions, prolonged border closures because of the coronavirus pandemic, and flooding that caused food shortages in recent years.
NORCOREA DESFILE MILITAR Corea del Norte celebra su aniversario con desfile militar
Kim and his wife pay respects to NK past leaders North Korean TV on Friday showed Kim Jong Un together with his wife paying their respects to the country's past leaders, to mark the North's foundation day on Thursday. Kim was also shown greeting thousands of militia members and public security staff who took part in the middle of the night parade held to mark the foundation day. This state media coverage followed a familiar format for Kim's activities, but the parade to mark the 73rd anniversary of North Korea's foundation day was unusual. Pyongyang usually arranges big events like this at five year intervals for major leaders' birthdays and state anniversaries. Experts say the toned-down event reflected the harsh challenges facing North Korea as its broken, mismanaged economy is further strained by continuing U.S.-led sanctions, prolonged border closures because of the pandemic, and flooding that caused food shortages in recent years.
人物：李 雪主, 金 正恩
Slimmer Kim steals spotlight at anniversary parade Military search dogs and goose-stepping trainers. Health workers wearing gas masks and red hazmat suits. And a slimmed down, beaming Kim Jong Un in a cream-colored business suit. The parade marking North Korea’s celebration of its 73rd anniversary was a marked departure from past militaristic displays, with a domestic audience worried about the pandemic likely in mind. The parade late Wednesday and early Thursday centered around paramilitary organizations and public security forces protecting the capital, Pyongyang, instead of the military units that handle the most important weapons in the North Korean leader's nuclear and missile arsenal. In January and last October, North Korea rolled out its most provocative strategic weapons, threatening Asian rivals and the American homeland, but there was no indication the latest parade showcased ballistic weapons. Thursday’s state media coverage of the event that began late Wednesday indicated its message was aimed at a domestic audience. Experts say the toned-down event reflected the harsh challenges facing North Korea as its broken, mismanaged economy is further strained by continuing U.S.-led sanctions, prolonged border closures because of the pandemic, and flooding that caused food shortages in recent years. North Korean state television, which broadcast a recording of the event on Thursday evening, showed the performers and tens of thousands of spectators roaring as Kim appeared as the clock struck midnight. Kim, flanked by senior officials and smiling widely, kissed the children who presented him with flowers and waved to the crowd before taking his spot at a balcony overlooking the brightly lit Kim Il Sung Square, named after his grandfather who founded the nation in 1948. Kim was visibly slimmer than at the start of the year, having lost a good deal of weight several months ago. Experts say the weight loss is likely an attempt to improve his health, rather than a sign of illness, since he has continued his regular public activity.
Title:Guinea Crisis Celebrations Street celebrations as soldiers detain Guinea leader There were scenes of celebration on the streets of Conakry Sunday after some Guineans took to the streets to congratulate soldiers who detained President Alpha Conde following hours of heavy gunfire. Mutinous soldiers in the West African nation then announced on state television that the government had been dissolved in an apparent coup d’etat. The country’s borders were closed and its constitution was declared invalid in the announcement read aloud on state television by army Col. Mamadi Doumbouya, who told Guineans: “The duty of a soldier is to save the country.” The West African regional bloc known as ECOWAS quickly condemned the developments, threatening sanctions if Conde was not immediately released. U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres tweeted that he strongly condemned “any takeover of the government by force of the gun.” It was a dramatic setback for Guinea, where many had hoped the country had turned the page on military power grabs.
Title:ARCHIVE Guinea President Heavy gunfire reported near Guinea's presidential palace Heavy gunfire erupted early Sunday near the presidential palace in Guinea's capital and went on for hours, witnesses said, raising security concerns in a West African nation with a long history of military power grabs and coup attempts. It wasn't immediately known whether President Alpha Conde was home at the time the shooting began. Witnesses said the military later cut off access to the area, shutting down the only bridge to the Kaloum neighbourhood of Conakry. Conde has faced mounting criticism ever since he sought a third term in office last year, saying the two-term limit didn't apply to him because of a constitutional referendum he had put forth. He was ultimately re-elected, but the move prompted violent street demonstrations in which the opposition said dozens were killed. Conde, who is 83, now could remain in power until 2030 if he wins again in 2025. He first came to power in 2010 in the country's first democratic election since independence from France in 1958. Many saw his presidency as a fresh start for the country, which has been mired by decades of corrupt, authoritarian rule. Opponents, though, say he has failed to improve the lives of Guineans, most of whom live in poverty despite the country's vast mineral riches. In 2011, he narrowly survived an assassination attempt after gunmen surrounded his home overnight and pounded his bedroom with rockets. Rocket-propelled grenades landed inside the compound and one of his bodyguards was killed.
Title:Guinea Military Soldiers detain Guinea's president, dissolve govt Mutinous soldiers in the West African nation of Guinea detained President Alpha Conde on Sunday after hours of heavy gunfire rang out near the presidential palace in the capital, then announced on state television that the government had been dissolved in an apparent coup d'etat. The country's borders were closed and its constitution also was declared invalid in the announcement read aloud on state television by army Colonel Mamadi Doumbouya. Conde's whereabouts had been unknown for hours after the intense fighting Sunday in downtown Conakry until a video emerged showing the 83-year-old leader tired and disheveled in military custody. It was not immediately known when or where the video was taken, though a soldier's voice can be heard asking Conde whether the putschists had harmed him in any way. Doumbouya, the commander of the army's special forces unit, later addressed the nation from state television headquarters, without mentioning Conde's whereabouts. The colonel later confirmed to France 24 television that Conde was in a “secure spot” and had seen a doctor. A former U.S. diplomat in Conakry confirmed to The Associated Press that the president had been taken into custody by the putschists. The diplomat, who was in contact with Guinean officials, spoke on condition of anonymity due to the sensitivity of the matter. Conde, in power for more than a decade, had seen his popularity plummet since he sought a third term last year, saying that term limits did not apply to him. Sunday’s dramatic developments underscored how dissent had mounted within the military as well. However, it was not immediately known how much support Doumbouya actually had within the military and whether forces loyal to Conde might try to retake power in the coming hours and days. Doumbouya said he was acting in the best interests of the nation, citing a lack of economic progress by leaders since the country gained independence from France in 1958. Observers, though say the tensions between Guinea's president and the army colonel stemmed from a recent proposal to cut some military salaries. Heavy gunfire had erupted early Sunday near the presidential palace and went on for hours, sparking fears in a nation that already has seen multiple coups and presidential assassination attempts. The Defense Ministry claimed that the attack had been repelled by security forces, but uncertainty grew when there was no subsequent sign of Conde on state television or radio. In 2010, Conde had won the country’s first democratic election since independence from France. Many saw his presidency as a fresh start for the country, which has been mired by decades of corrupt, authoritarian rule.
北朝鮮 党政治局拡大会議 コロナ対策強化を指示する金正恩総書記
North Korea Virus Kim Kim orders tougher virus steps in North Korea North Korean leader Kim Jong Un ordered officials to wage a tougher pandemic prevention campaign in “our style” after he turned down foreign COVID-19 vaccines offered via the UN-backed immunization program. During a Politburo meeting Thursday, Kim said officials must “bear in mind that tightening epidemic prevention is the task of paramount importance which must not be loosened even a moment,” the official Korean Central News Agency reported Friday. While stressing the need for material and technical means of virus prevention and increasing health workers' qualifications, Kim also called for “further rounding off our style epidemic prevention system,” KCNA said. Kim previously called for North Koreans to brace for prolonged COVID-19 restrictions, indicating the nation's borders would stay closed despite worsening economic and food conditions. Since the start of the pandemic, North Korea has used tough quarantines and border closures to prevent outbreaks, though its claim to be entirely virus-free is widely doubted. On Tuesday, UNICEF, which procures and delivers vaccines on behalf of the COVAX distribution program, said North Korea proposed that its allotment of about three million Chinese-made Sinovac shots be sent to countries that needed them more. North Korea was also slated to receive AstraZeneca shots through COVAX, but their delivery has been delayed. According to UNICEF, North Korea’s health ministry said it would still continue to communicate with COVAX over future vaccines.
Title:Afghanistan Panjshir Fighting Armed fighters battle Taliban in Panjshir valley Fighting between the Taliban and an outfit of armed fighters allied against them continued in the village of Gulbahar in the Panjshir Valley of Afghanistan on Friday - the frontline between the two groups. The Panjshir Valley is the last region not under Taliban control, following the group's blitz across Afghanistan. A spokesman for the anti-Taliban movement said in video handout to the media on Wednesday that its fighters had so far held off an offensive by the Taliban. A senior Taliban official has told the people of Afghanistan's Panjshir province that the group's efforts to find a political solution to a dispute with militias there have produced no results.
Title:US LA Ida Cooling Buses New Orleans provides food, cooling buses New Orleans rolled out its mass transit buses Tuesday to aid residents in cooling off as the temperatures soared into the 90s. Power is still out for the large majority of the city after Hurricane Ida rolled through town over the weekend. The city is also providing food at several distribution sites around town and has teamed up with a few private companies to provide phone charging stations. "It's very important because a couple of days ago, we were running around trying to figure out what we're going to do next, where's the food gonna be at," J.C Jackson said. Kenneth Stroughter said he was "grateful" to be able to sit down in a cool place. Denise Childs said she hasn't eaten in two days and appreciates what the city is doing. Childs said the food giveaway helps her "to be patient" while the power companies work to restore electric to the city. Valerie Smith said she and her husband were doing what they could to "survive" in the aftermath of Ida. "Right now, everything is all in turmoil, you know, because of the hurricane" Smith said. "We don't have no electricity, no water… it's hard to get gas… so we're out here trying to get whatever we can and try to do whatever we can to survive."
Title:Afghanistan Health Workers Afghan medics worry about future of health sector Afghan health workers protested Thursday to urge the international community to not end aid to the country's health sector. According to the Federation of Afghanistan Medical Associations, the World Bank has suspended its financial support for provision of health services in Afghanistan. "Millions of Afghan citizens will be deprived of health care, we will lose lots of women, which is worrying for everyone," insisted Fahima Rahimi, head of a midwives' federation. She asked the international community to not "politicize" the health sector. The World Bank cited concerns over the fate of women and the future of Afghanistan after the Taliban seized Kabul. The decision of the bank could jeopardize over 2,000 hospitals and health clinics in the country. Additionally, some 26,000 medical staff - including 7,500 female health workers - could lose their jobs if funding is cut.
Title:US CA Caldor Firefight Crews Crews battle to gain ground on Caldor Fire Better weather on Thursday helped the battle against a huge California wildfire threatening communities around Lake Tahoe, but fire commanders warned firefighters to be prepared for ongoing dangers. Strong winds and dry conditions that drove the Caldor Fire east through high elevations of the Sierra Nevada for days faded, sparing for now the largest city of a recreational gem that straddles the California-Nevada state line. Thousands were forced to flee South Lake Tahoe earlier this week. But wind gusts were likely in some areas, and the forest was still extremely dry, officials warned. The fire is pushing on several fronts, threatening multiple communities. Still, the mood was one of optimism, given the speed with which the fire grew earlier in the week. Flames raced so quickly toward the resort city that officials ordered a mass evacuation of all 22,000 residents on Monday before ordering those across the state line in Douglas County, Nevada, to leave a day later. Fire crews from around the country have joined in the fight against the fire, which broke out Aug. 14 southwest of the Lake Tahoe area, chasing residents from more remote areas of El Dorado County. Officials said that at least 622 homes, 12 commercial properties and 177 minor structures have been destroyed, though the tally is incomplete because many areas are not safe to be surveyed. The blaze spanned more than 328 square miles (850 square kilometers) and was 25% contained Thursday. Its northeast tip was about 3 miles (5 kilometers) south of South Lake Tahoe and nearing the California-Nevada state line, where visitors like to hit the casinos in Stateline. About 15 million people visit Lake Tahoe every year for hiking, snowboarding, water sports and gambling. The possibility that wildfire might rip through the international destination alarmed those who have vivid memories of vacationing at Tahoe. The fire destroyed equipment and a maintenance facility at the Sierra-At-Tahoe Resort, but the main buildings were not damaged. Most of the homes in the nearby community of Twin Bridges were destroyed. But at least three were left standing, including one partly covered with metal foil. California has experienced increasingly larger and deadlier wildfires in recent years as climate change has made the West much warmer and drier over the past 30 years. Scientists have said weather will continue to be more extreme and wildfires more frequent, destructive and unpredictable. No deaths have been reported so far this fire season. The Caldor Fire still threatened at least 33,000 more homes and structures. On Wednesday, firefighters were ferried by boat to protect cabins at nearby Echo Lake, while three of the region's largest ski resorts, Heavenly, Kirkwood and Sierra at Tahoe, brought out snow-making devices to hose down buildings. Jonathan Pierce, a spokesman with the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, said crews are chasing spot fires and trying to keep flames away from populated areas. There was no timeline for when residents might return. South Lake Tahoe can easily accommodate 100,000 people on a busy weekend, but on Thursday, just before the Labor Day weekend, it was eerily empty. Thick smoke made it difficult to see across the street, said Savacool, the fire chief.
ブラジル軍 森林破壊の取締り強化 アマゾンの熱帯雨林で演習
Title:Brazil Military Exercise Brazil military holds final exercise in the Amazon Brazilian military units staged a final and showy exercise Wednesday, the last of a months-long deployment to the Amazon, designed to show the country is ready to "defend its territory," according to the Army commander in charge. The army deployed paratroopers, staged landings by infantry units and fired missiles and artillery during drills. The exercise took place in Porto Careiro, a small hamlet on the banks of the Solimois River, some 80 kilometers upstream from Manaus, the capital of the vast Amazons State. The Commander of the Brazilian Army, General Paulo Sergio, insists the drills are an annual routine, and are not related to international criticism of the country's Amazon policy. President Jair Bolsonaro announced in June he is sending troops back to the Amazon rainforest to bolster policing against logging and other illegal land clearance, acting amid international criticism of a surge in deforestation and just two months after withdrawing a similar military mission. Environmentalists are skeptical it will work. The decree called for soldiers to go to the states of Para, Amazonas, Mato Grosso and Rondonia through the end of August. The order, which was published Monday in Brazil's official gazette, didn't provide details about the number of troops to be deployed nor the cost of the operation, Previous plans projected a two month campaign during the dry season, when people burn forest to clear land for farming and ranching. Amazon deforestation had edged upward for several years, then surged after the 2018 election of Bolsonaro, who repeatedly called for development of the rainforest. The decree comes with Brazil in the midst of a historic drought, and follows a sharp increase in fires in both the Amazon and Pantanal wetlands. The destruction has elicited an international outcry and, more recently, an effort by U.S. President Joe Biden's administration to urge Bolsonaro to get tough on illegal logging. This will mark the third time that Bolsonaro has dispatched troops to the Amazon, following two "Operation Green Brazil" deployments, the most recent of which ended last April. Each mission involved thousands of soldiers. Still, environmental experts have said the military was ill-prepared and had limited efficacy. In 2020, deforestation in Brazil's Amazon reached a level unseen since 2008, according to official data. Almost all deforestation in Brazil is linked to ilegal actions, either done near springs, in protected areas or carried out without requisite authorization, according to data released earlier this year by the MapBiomas Project, a network of nonprofits, universities and technology companies that studies Brazilian land use. Brazil's environmental regulator levied fines in just 5% of these cases, the group found.
Title:North Korea Kim NKorea leader poses for photo with crowd of youths North Korean leader Kim Jong Un posed for a group photo with thousands of youth group members, state media showed on Tuesday. The photo opportunity took place outside a massive palace on the outskirts of the capital Pyongyang, where the bodies of past North Korean leaders lie in state. The official news report did not mention the exact date of the event, but it came after North Korea celebrated its annual "Youth Day" on August 28th. Youngsters in the socialist state are expected to try to become part of government-organised youth groups, which emphasise state policies from a very early age.
Title:Argentina Friendly Whales Curious Southern Right whale pushes paddleboard As the migration season of the Southern Right Whales gets underway in the Argentine Patagonia locals and visitors are thrilled by the curious animals coming ever closer to shore. On Tuesday, a rare encounter was caught on video when a Southern RIght whale seemingly plays with a woman on a paddleboard and pushes the board gently forward observing its movement as it swims directly beneath it. "They are rare moments, it is something that is prohibited," said Oscar Comes, a local watersports tourism operator. "It isn't like you can go in a kayak, standup board, a boat, or whatever, to look for the animal." According to Marcos Grosso, Puerto Madryn's Tourism Secretary, more than 1,600 specimens have come near the city's shores so far. The whale watching season in Puerto Madryn runs from May through December.
ブラジル軍 アマゾンで演習 森林伐採への抑止効果も熱帯雨林開発派の大統領に疑問の声あがる
Title:Brazil Military Exercise Brazil military holds final exercise in the Amazon
Title:Indonesia Bali Monkeys Monkey business: Balinese primates raid houses Deprived of their preferred food source - the bananas, peanuts and other goodies brought in by tourists now kept away by the coronavirus - hungry monkeys on Indonesia's resort island of Bali have taken to raiding villagers' homes in a search for something tasty. Villagers in Sangeh say the grey long-tailed macaques have been venturing out from a sanctuary about 500 meters (yards) away to hang out on their roofs and await the right time to swoop down and snatch a snack. Worried that the sporadic sorties will escalate into an all-out monkey assault on the village, residents have been taking fruit, peanuts and other food to the Sangeh Monkey Forest to try to placate the primates. "We are afraid that the hungry monkeys will turn wild and vicious," villager Saskara Gustu Alit said. About 600 of the macaques live in the forest sanctuary, swinging from the tall nutmeg trees and leaping about the famous Pura Bukit Sari temple, and are considered sacred. In normal times the protected jungle area in the southeast of the Indonesian island is popular among local residents for wedding photos, as well as among international visitors. Ordinarily, tourism is the main source of income for Bali's four million residents, who welcomed more than five million foreign visitors annually before the pandemic. The Sangeh Monkey Forest typically had about 6,000 visitors a month, but as the pandemic spread last year and international travel dropped off dramatically, that number dropped to about 500. Since July, when Indonesia banned all foreign travelers to the island and shut the sanctuary to local residents as well, there has been nobody. Not only has that meant no one bringing in extra food for the monkeys, the sanctuary has also lost out on its admission fees and is running low on money to purchase food for them, said operations manager Made Mohon. The donations from villagers have helped, but they are also feeling the economic pinch and are gradually giving less and less, he said. Food costs run about 850,000 rupiah ($60) a day, Made Mohon said, for 200 kilograms (440 pounds) of cassava, the monkeys' staple food, and 10 kilograms (22 pounds) of bananas. The macaque is an omnivore and can eat a variety of animals and plants found in the jungle, but those in the Sangeh Monkey Forest have had enough contact with humans over the years that they seem to prefer other things. And they're not afraid to take matters into their own hands, said Gustu Alit. Frequently, monkeys wander into the village and sit on roofs, occasionally removing tiles and dropping them to the ground. When villagers put out daily religious offerings of food on their terraces, the monkeys jump down and make off with them. Normally, the monkeys spend all day interacting with visitors - stealing sunglasses and water bottles, pulling at clothes, jumping on shoulders - and Gustu Alit suggests that more than just being hungry, they're bored. He urged villagers to come play with the monkeys and offer them food so that they do not go wild.
Title:Germany Pandas Panda twins Pit and Paule turn two at Berlin Zoo A pair of twin pandas celebrated their second birthday on Tuesday at Berlin Zoo by eating a unique cake in their enclosure in the German capital. Pit and Paule enjoyed their birthday cake made of carrots, beetroot and bamboo, as delighted visitors watched. Zookeeper Anja Seiferth said that the cake was also surrounded by other edible treats such as apples and sweet potatoes. Seiferth spoke of the joy the pandas brought to zoo visitors. "I don't think I have ever seen a visitor at the Zoo who could not smile when they see these pandas. They awake something special in us people," she said. Pit and Paule's mother Meng Meng gave birth to the pair at the zoo on 31 August 2019.
Title:Afghanistan Kandahar UGC Pro-Taliban celebrations in streets of Kandahar Celebrations rung out in parts of Kandahar, Afghanistan on Tuesday, following the Taliban's full takeover of the country and its capital Kabul. Footage gathered in Kandahar showed fireworks being let off and car horns blaring in what are thought to be pro-Taliban celebrations. A prominent member of the Taliban’s political office has congratulated Afghans on their “great victory” in achieving “full independence of the country” as U.S. troops pulled out.
Title:Afghanistan Rockets Strike Aftermath of rockets' strike near Kabul airport Rockets struck a neighborhood near Kabul's international airport on Monday amid the ongoing US withdrawal from Afghanistan. It wasn't immediately clear who launched them. The rockets struck Monday morning in Kabul's Salim Karwan neighborhood, witnesses said. Gunfire immediately followed the explosions but it wasn't immediately clear who was firing. The witnesses, who spoke on condition of anonymity for fear of reprisals, said they heard the sound of three explosions and then saw a flash in the sky. People fled after the blasts, they said. US officials did not immediately respond to requests for comment. US military cargo planes continued their evacuations at the airport after the rocket fire.
Title:US CA Wildfire Northern California Driving Northern Calif. Highway 50 driver's view of fire A ferocious wildfire swept toward Lake Tahoe on Tuesday just hours after roads were clogged with fleeing cars when the entire California resort city of South Lake Tahoe was ordered to evacuate and communities just across the state line in Nevada were warned to get ready to leave. An Associated Photographer drove through the fire zone along a main highway outside town socked in with an orange haze and fire lapping at the roadside. The popular vacation haven normally filled with tens of thousands of summer tourists emptied out Monday as the massive Caldor Fire rapidly expanded. The city would normally be filled with tens of thousands of summer tourists for the approaching Labor Day weekend. As flames churned toward South Lake Tahoe, residents just over the state line in Douglas County, Nevada, were under evacuation warnings. The Caldor Fire has scorched nearly 300 square miles (777 square kilometers) since breaking out Aug. 14 with little containment to date, destroying more than 600 structures with at least 33,000 more were threatened. The threat of fire across the state is so widespread that the U.S. Forest Service announced that all national forests in California would be closed until September 17. More than 15,000 firefighters were battling dozens of California blazes, including crews from Utah, Washington, Wisconsin and West Virginia.
Title:US LA New Orleans Hurricane Hurricane Ida soaks downtown New Orleans New Orleans is seeing strong gusts of wind and rainfall as Hurricane Ida approaches the downtown area. Ida blasted ashore along the Louisiana coast on Sunday, with the eye of one of the most powerful storms ever to hit the U.S. arriving near the barrier island of Grand Isle. Ida made landfall south of New Orleans on Sunday as a powerful Category 4 hurricane with winds of 150 mph (230 kph), one of the most powerful storms ever to strike the U.S. The arrival of Ida came 16 years to the day after Katrina devastated New Orleans. More than 100,000 customers had lost power in Louisiana by noon and were without electricity, according to PowerOutage.US, which tracks outages nationwide.
Title:Afghanistan Strike Damage US: airstrike kills 2 IS members in Afghanistan A home in eastern Afghanistan was struck in a U.S. drone attack in retaliation for the deadly suicide bombing at Kabul airport on Thursday. The Pentagon said an airstrike early Saturday in the eastern province of Nangarhar, which borders Pakistan, killed two “planners and facilitators” of the Islamic State group's Afghanistan affiliate. President Joe Biden has vowed to keep up airstrikes against the Islamic extremist group whose suicide bombing at an airport gate killed at least 60 Afghans and 13 American service members. Saturday's drone mission came less than two days after the Kabul attack and a public pledge by Biden that he would make IS “pay” for their suicide bomb attack. Officials made no claim that the two individuals killed played a direct role in Thursday's Kabul airport attack.
Title:Afghanistan Taliban Airport UGC Crowds run from Taliban fire an hour before blasts About an hour before two blasts in the Afghan capital on Thursday, crowds were seen fleeing from gunfire apparently fired into the air by Taliban forces near Kabul international airport. The tense scene shows people running along a street while gunfire can be heard along with shouting. The Taliban have been regularly firing into the air to try to control the crowds of Afghans flocking to the airport, sending men, women and children running. Soon after the scene two suicide bombers and gunmen attacked, killing at least 60 Afghans and 12 U.S. troops, Afghan and U.S. officials said. The Islamic State groupâ€™s affiliate in Afghanistan has claimed responsibility for the attack outside the airport. The IS branch, known as The Islamic State-Khorasan Province after a name for the region from antiquity, said in its claim of responsibility that it targeted American troops and their Afghan allies. U.S. President Joe Biden vowed in a statement on Thursday to complete the evacuation of American citizens and others from Afghanistan despite the deadly suicide bomb attack.
Title:US CA Wildfire Northern California 2 More heat expected in California fire zone Some 14,000 firefighters facing changing weather conditions battled more than a dozen large wildfires across California, including a growing blaze that was slowly pushing toward the Lake Tahoe resort region. Winds and temperatures were expected to pick up in coming days while humidity drops, adding to the challenges endured by crews working in rugged terrain. Flames churned through mountains just southwest of the Tahoe Basin, a home to thousands and recreational playground for millions of tourists who visit the alpine lake in summer, ski at the many resorts in winter and gamble at its casinos year-round. Echo Summit, a mountain pass where cliff-hanging U.S. Route 50 begins its descent toward Lake Tahoe, is where firefighters plan to make their stand if the Caldor Fire keeps burning through dense forest in the Sierra Nevada. The fire is one of nearly 90 large blazes in the U.S. There were more than a dozen big fires in California, including one that destroyed 18 homes in Southern California, which has so far escaped the scale of wildfires plaguing the north all summer.
Title:US CA Wildfire Northern California 3 Smoke and flames surround California highway Some 14,000 firefighters facing changing weather conditions battled more than a dozen large wildfires across California, including a growing blaze that was slowly pushing toward the Lake Tahoe resort region. Winds and temperatures were expected to pick up in coming days while humidity drops, adding to the challenges endured by crews working in rugged terrain. Flames churned through mountains just southwest of the Tahoe Basin, a home to thousands and recreational playground for millions of tourists who visit the alpine lake in summer, ski at the many resorts in winter and gamble at its casinos year-round. Echo Summit, a mountain pass where cliff-hanging U.S. Route 50 begins its descent toward Lake Tahoe, is where firefighters plan to make their stand if the Caldor Fire keeps burning through dense forest in the Sierra Nevada. The fire is one of nearly 90 large blazes in the U.S. There were more than a dozen big fires in California, including one that destroyed 18 homes in Southern California, which has so far escaped the scale of wildfires plaguing the north all summer.
Title:Sweden Tall Ship World's largest active wooden ship docks in Sweden
Title:Afghanistan Panjshir Fighters Anti-Taliban fighters set to defend Panjshir valley In a mountain valley north of Kabul, the last remnants of Afghanistan's shattered security forces have vowed to resist the Taliban in a remote region that has defied conquerors before. But any attempt to re-enact that history could end in tragedy, or farce. Nestled in the towering Hindu Kush, the Panjshir Valley has a single narrow entrance and is the last region not under Taliban control following their takeover of Afghanistan. Mohammad Farid, the leader of a local militia told the Associated Press that he and his men are ready to fight them when they come. Local fighters held off the Soviets in the 1980s, and the Taliban a decade later under the leadership of Ahmad Shah Massoud, a guerrilla fighter who attained near-mythic status before he was killed in a suicide bombing. His 32-year-old foreign-educated son, Ahmad Massoud, and several top officials from the ousted Western-backed government have gathered in the valley. They include Vice President Amrullah Saleh, who claims to be the caretaker leader after President Ashraf Ghani fled the country.
Title:US CA Wildfire Northern California 'French Fire' growing in Northeastern California On Wednesday in the southern Sierra Nevada region of eastern California, there was growing concern as the 'French Fire' expanded near Lake Isabella, a popular fishing and boating destination. About 10 communities were under evacuation orders. The fire has blackened 32 square miles (83 square kilometers) since Aug. 18. Nationally, 92 large fires were burning in 13 mainly Western states, according to the National Interagency Fire Center in Boise, Idaho. The largest fires in California and in the nation were in Northern California, where they have burned down small mountain towns and destroyed huge swaths of tinder-dry forest.
Title:US CA Wildfire Northern California 'French Fire' growing in Northeastern California FOR CLEAN VERSION SEE STORY NUMBER: 4341214 In the southern Sierra Nevada region of eastern California, there was growing concern Wednesday as the 'French Fire' expanded near Lake Isabella, a popular fishing and boating destination. About 10 communities were under evacuation orders. The fire has blackened 32 square miles (83 square kilometers) since Aug. 18. Nationally, 92 large fires were burning in 13 mainly Western states, according to the National Interagency Fire Center in Boise, Idaho. The largest fires in California and in the nation were in Northern California, where they have burned down small mountain towns and destroyed huge swaths of tinder-dry forest.
Title:Cuba Virus Vaccines Trial of vaccine for Cuba kids enters last stage Cuba says that a clinical trial for its own paediatric COVID-19 vaccine has entered the final stage as it battles a surge in infections in several provinces. About 300 minors between the ages of 3 and 18 received a third dose to complete their immunisation this week. They were given two doses of "Soberana 02" and one of "Soberana Plus", which is the adult version of the vaccine, with 28-day intervals between the jabs. One of the trial participants, Flavia Lemus, squeezed her father's hand as the nurse prepared the syringe with her dose. Before they both counted seven out loud she was already vaccinated. The eight-year-old said she wanted to take part in the trial to help her school friends, "so they don't get coronavirus". Supplies donated by Cubans living in Great Britain, such as sample collection tubes and reagents, were used in the paediatric inoculation on Tuesday. Cuba is experiencing a severe economic crisis that makes it difficult to obtain many of the disposable materials needed for vaccinations. The Finlay Institute, which created Soberana 02 and Soberana Plus, obtained emergency authorisation for its adult vaccine from the country's health authority last week. The institute says the trials for its vaccines have passed without incident. Medicines for the treatment of COVID-19 patients are in short supply on the island as it struggles with the impact of the delta variant. On Tuesday, authorities indicated that since the beginning of the pandemic in March 2020, 602,526 people had tested positive, of which 4,710 died.
Title:Trial of vaccine for Cuba kids enters last stage Cuba says that a clinical trial for its own paediatric COVID-19 vaccine has entered the final stage as it battles a surge in infections in several provinces. About 300 minors between the ages of 3 and 18 received a third dose to complete their immunisation this week. They were given two doses of "Soberana 02" and one of "Soberana Plus", which is the adult version of the vaccine, with 28-day intervals between the jabs. One of the trial participants, Flavia Lemus, squeezed her father's hand as the nurse prepared the syringe with her dose. Before they both counted seven out loud she was already vaccinated. The eight-year-old said she wanted to take part in the trial to help her school friends, "so they don't get coronavirus". Supplies donated by Cubans living in Great Britain, such as sample collection tubes and reagents, were used in the paediatric inoculation on Tuesday. Cuba is experiencing a severe economic crisis that makes it difficult to obtain many of the disposable materials needed for vaccinations. The Finlay Institute, which created Soberana 02 and Soberana Plus, obtained emergency authorisation for its adult vaccine from the country's health authority last week. The institute says the trials for its vaccines have passed without incident. Medicines for the treatment of COVID-19 patients are in short supply on the island as it struggles with the impact of the delta variant. On Tuesday, authorities indicated that since the beginning of the pandemic in March 2020, 602,526 people had tested positive, of which 4,710 died.
Title:Archive Afghanistan Panjshir Archive of Panjshir, famed anti-Taliban commander The Taliban are closing in on the Panjshir, a remote mountain region in northeastern Afghanistan, where the son of famed anti-Soviet and anti-Taliban commander Ahmad Shah Massoud is among those in command. The Panjshir is the last province of Afghanistan that has not fallen to the Taliban, who took the country with stunning swiftness last week as U.S. forces were withdrawing. Its inaccessible gorges have defeated many invaders over the ages, including during the rebellion against the Soviet-backed regime in the 1980s. Ahmad Shah Massoud was one of the most prominent resistance leaders who fought the Soviets and their allies in those years. After the Soviets retreated in 1989 and the communist regime fell, Ahmad Shah become a defence minister in the newly formed government in 1992. When the Taliban emerged as a dominant force in 1996, Ahmad Shah and his army of ethnic Tajiks proved to be the only ones capable of resisting and even defeating them. While the rest of Afghanistan was gradually taken over by the Taliban and their allies, Al Qaeda, the Panjshir remained the bastion of Massoud and his troops. Massoud was assassinated by Al Qaeda on 9 September 2011, but his legend has lived on.
Title:Pakistan Afghanistan Border Afghans continue crossing border into Pakistan Afghans fleeing the turmoil in their country continued crossing the border into Pakistan on Thursday. Two of Afghanistan's key border crossings with Pakistan, Torkham near Jalalabad and Chaman near Spin Boldak, are now open for trade. Hundreds of trucks have now passed through, according to Pakistani Interior Minister Sheikh Rashid Ahmed, after having been stuck at the border for days. However, traders still fear insecurity on the roads and confusion over customs duties that could push them to price their goods higher. The Taliban have seized power in Afghanistan two weeks before the U.S. was set to complete its troop withdrawal after a costly two-decade war. The insurgents stormed across the country, capturing all major cities in a matter of days, as Afghan security forces trained and equipped by the U.S. and its allies melted away. The Taliban so far have offered no specifics on how they will lead, other than to say they will be guided by Shariah, or Islamic, law. Many Afghans have been hiding at home or trying to flee the country, fearful of abuses by the loosely controlled militant organisation. Many people have expressed dread that the two-decade Western experiment to remake Afghanistan will not survive the resurgent Taliban, who took control of the country in a blitz that took just days.
Title:US CA California Wildfires Weather Calmer weather helps crews battling wildfire
Title:US CA Wildfires Northern California California wildfires force thousands to flee FOR CLEAN VERSION SEE STORY NUMBER: 4340216 - A small wildfire swept through a mobile home park, leaving dozens of homes in ashes, the latest in a series of explosive blazes propelled by gusts that have torn through Northern California mountains and forests. The drought-parched region was expected to see red flag warnings for dangerously high winds and hot, dry weather through Thursday. Those conditions have fed a dozen uncontrolled wildfires, including the month-old Dixie Fire and the nearby Caldor Fire in the northern Sierra Nevada that incinerated much of the small rural towns of Greenville and Grizzly Flats. No deaths have been reported despite the speed and damage of the blazes. On Wednesday, a grass fire driven by winds up to 30 mph (48 kilometers per hour) destroyed dozens of mobile homes in Lake County and injured at least one resident before firefighters stopped its progress, fire officials said at an evening briefing. Rows of homes were destroyed on at least two blocks and television footage showed crews dousing burning homes with water. Children were rushed out of an elementary school as a field across the street burned. Some 1,600 people were ordered to flee, with Lake County Sheriff Brian Martin warning of “immediate threat to life and property.” Lake County has experienced repeated wildfires in the past decade that have destroyed hundreds of homes. At least 16,000 other homes remain threatened by California wildfires, which are among some 100 burning throughout a dozen Western states, fire officials said. Tens of thousands of people remain under evacuation orders.
Title:US CA Wildfires Northern California California fire destroys dozens of mobile homes On Wednesday, a grass fire driven by winds up to 30 mph (48 kilometers per hour) destroyed dozens of mobile homes in Lake County, California, northwest of Sacramento, and injured at least one resident before firefighters stopped its progress, fire officials said. Rows of homes were destroyed on at least two blocks and television footage showed crews dousing burning homes with water. Children were rushed out of an elementary school as a field across the street burned. Some 1,600 people were ordered to flee, with Lake County Sheriff Brian Martin warning of “immediate threat to life and property.” Lake County has experienced repeated wildfires in the past decade that have destroyed hundreds of homes. At least 16,000 other homes remain threatened by California wildfires, which are among some 100 burning throughout a dozen Western states, fire officials said. Tens of thousands of people remain under evacuation orders. No deaths have been reported, despite the speed and ferocity of the blazes, which have at times created their own erratic winds from heated air swirling into smoke clouds. Flames also have leapfrogged miles ahead of the front lines as winds scattered embers, hot ash and chunks of wood into dry vegetation, said Thom Porter, chief of the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection. Drought-parched Northern California was expected to see red flag warnings for dangerously high winds and hot, dry weather through Thursday. Those conditions have fed a dozen uncontrolled wildfires, including the month-old Dixie Fire and the nearby Caldor Fire in the northern Sierra Nevada that incinerated much of the small rural towns of Greenville and Grizzly Flats.
Title:Afghanistan Protest At least one person killed after Taliban disperses protest An Afghan health official said on Wednesday that at least one person was killed and six others were wounded when the Taliban violently broke up a protest in the eastern city of Jalalabad. Dozens of people had gathered to raise the national flag a day before Afghanistan's Independence Day, which commemorates the end of British rule in 1919. They lowered the Taliban flag — a white banner with an Islamic inscription — that the militants have raised in the areas they captured. Video footage later showed the Taliban firing into the air and attacking people with batons to disperse the crowd. The violence comes as the militant group meets with former officials from the toppled Western-backed government.
Title:US CA Wildfire Evacuees California wildfires force thousands to flee
Title:US CA Wildfires Northern California California fire destroys dozens of mobile homes
ハイチ地震 国道各所で寸断 救援物資の陸上輸送が難航
Title:Haiti Quake Road Damage Haiti's damaged mountain roads hamper aid efforts Rockslides and washed out roads caused by a back to back earthquake and tropical storm obstructed aid deliveries on the winding roads through Haiti's southern mountains on Wednesday. Buses and other vehicles slowly traversed the damaged roads in the Camp-Perrin area, between the towns of Les Cayes and Jeremie, which were covered with large boulders in parts. Minibus driver Robert Jean Louis was waiting for a tow truck to pick up his vehicle, which had been sent hurtling off the road when the quake hit. "I had just pulled over for two passengers," he said. "It was at this moment during the earthquake that I saw the landslide coming on top of us and I tried to speed up but that was a bad choice." There were six passengers traveling in Louis' minibus. One man and a baby died, he said. The U.S. Geological Survey said a preliminary analysis of satellite imagery after the earthquake "revealed at least 150 landslides west of the town of L'Asile in Département des Nippes and hundreds of landslides in the mountains and south of Beaumont in Department de la Grand'Anse." Officials said the magnitude 7.2 earthquake destroyed more than 7,000 homes and damaged nearly 5,000, leaving about 30,000 families homeless. Hospitals, schools, offices and churches also were demolished or badly damaged. On Tuesday night, Haiti’s Civil Protection Agency put the number of deaths from Saturday’s earthquake at 1,941. It also said 9,900 were injured
Title:US CA Fire Large blaze ravages through northern California A wildfire raged through a Northern California forest Tuesday, as dangerously dry and windy weather continued to fuel other massive blazes and prompted the nation's largest utility to begin shutting off power to 51,000 customers. The fire was only a few miles from Susanville, the county seat of Lassen County with a population of nearly 20,000, and ash fell in the area. Portions of Janesville, a small nearby mountain community, were ordered to evacuate. Bulldozers had cut fire lines in the path of the northward-trending blaze but "a lot of our lines are getting tested now," fire spokesman David Janssen said. Smoke over the fire had slowed its activity earlier in the day but gusty winds arrived in the afternoon, pushing the blaze into extreme activity, torching groups of trees and quickly propelling smaller spot fires that sprang up as much as a couple of miles ahead of the fire front, fire officials said. The National Weather Service issued a fire weather watch through Thursday in the fire area because of winds that could gust to 35 mph (56 kph) at times. The Dixie Fire has scorched more than 900 square miles (2,331 square kilometers) in the northern Sierra Nevada and southern Cascades since it ignited on July 13 and eventually merged with a smaller blaze called the Fly Fire. Ongoing damage surveys have counted more than 1,100 buildings destroyed, including 625 homes, and more than 14,000 structures remained threatened. Numerous evacuation orders were in effect. The US Forest Service said last week that it is operating in crisis mode, with more than double the number of firefighters deployed than at the same time a year ago. Climate change has made the US West warmer and drier in the past 30 years and will continue to make the weather more extreme and wildfires more destructive, according to scientists.
Title:US CA Dixie Fire Dixie Fire ravages through northern California FOR CLEAN VERSION SEE STORY NUMBER: 4340074 Crews battling the Dixie Fire in Northern California are putting numerous resources into the Susanville area, a city of about 18,000 a few miles from the northeastern edge of the blaze. Residents were warned to be ready to evacuate and new evacuations were ordered Tuesday for the month-old blaze, which was only a third surrounded after growing to nearly 980 square miles (2,538 square kilometers). Late Tuesday, Pacific Gas & Electric began shutting off power to as many as 51,000 customers in 18 Northern California counties to prevent wildfires for the first time since last year's historically bad fire season. The utility said the shutoffs were focused in the Sierra Nevada foothills, the North Coast, the North Valley and the North Bay mountains and could last into Wednesday afternoon. The nation's largest utility announced the blackouts as a precaution to prevent gusts from damaging power lines and sparking blazes. PG&E has notified utility regulators that the Dixie fire may have been caused by trees falling into its power lines. The Dixie Fire began near the town of Paradise, which was devastated by a 2018 wildfire ignited by PG&E equipment during strong winds. Eighty-five people died. The Dixie Fire is the largest of nearly 100 major wildfires burning across a dozen Western states, including Alaska. The wildfires, in large part, have been fueled by high temperatures, strong winds and dry weather. Climate change has made the U.S. West warmer and drier in the past 30 years and will continue to make the weather more extreme and wildfires more destructive, according to scientists.
Title:US CA Wildfire Destruction Wildfire destroys most of California mountain town
Title:Afghanistan Kabul Taliban Fighters Taliban fighters take over security posts across Kabul Taliban fighters took over security posts across Kabul on Monday after sweeping the city on Sunday night. The Taliban seized all of the military and governmental establishments and patrolled the city as thousands of Afghans are trying to flee the country. The Taliban swept into Afghanistan's capital Sunday after the government collapsed and the embattled president joined an exodus of his fellow citizens and foreigners, signaling the end of a costly two-decade U.S. campaign to remake the country. Heavily armed Taliban fighters fanned out across the capital and several were seen searching vehicles in Zambaq Square, an important zone leading to many Afghan government ministries and the presidential palace.
Title:Afghanistan Kabul Gunfire Gunfire rattling, helicopters hovering, smoke in Kabul
Title:Haiti Quake Body of young girl recovered from Haiti rubble
US FL VIRUS DESANTIS BRIEFING
Florida gov. announces antibody treatment for virus Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis announced Thursday that he is launching a rapid response unit to expand the use of monoclonal antibodies and relieve pressure at hospitals that continue to report a rise in COVID-19 patients. The drugs are delivered intravenously or by injection and made by Regeneron Pharmaceuticals. It concentrates doses of lab-made antibodies to fight COVID-19 and are geared toward people who are at high risk. DeSantis mentioned good candidates were elderly people and those with chronic kidney disease, diabetes, morbid obesity and sickle cell. The drugs are delivered intravenously or by injection and made by Regeneron Pharmaceuticals. It concentrates doses of lab-made antibodies to fight COVID-19 and are geared toward people who are at high risk. DeSantis mentioned good candidates were elderly people and those with chronic kidney disease, diabetes, morbid obesity and sickle cell. DeSantis has previously said the treatment helped then-President Donald Trump when he was infected last fall. The Republican governor said he believes this monoclonal antibody treatment is not as well known because it received federal emergency use authorization about the same time as the mRNA vaccines were being approved, and that the focus "rightfully" was on vaccines at the time. He said he felt it was important to increase its use along with vaccines saying they were "the most effective" yet seen for people who are already infected.
タリバン 早くも７州目を制圧 アフガン政府との交渉を拒否
Title:Afghanistan Taliban Farah Taliban forces enter provincial capital of Farah Taliban forces entered another provincial capital on Tuesday, after seizing six other cities over the last few days. Fighters were seen in front of the provincial governor's office in Farah. Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahed tweeted the insurgents had taken the city, which is the capital of a province with the same name. But Abdul Naser Farahi — a lawmaker from the area who is in Kabul — said the government still retained control of the intelligence department and a military base. The Taliban have been battling the Western-backed government for control of territory. A series of cities have fallen to the insurgent group in stunningly quick succession. After a 20-year Western military mission and billions of dollars spent training and shoring up Afghan forces, many are at odds to explain why the regular forces have collapsed, fleeing the battle sometimes by the hundreds. The fighting has fallen largely to small groups of elite forces and the Afghan air force. The success of the Taliban blitz has added urgency to the need to restart the long-stalled talks that could end the fighting and move Afghanistan toward an inclusive interim administration. The insurgents have so far refused to return to the negotiating table.
Title:Afghanistan Displaced Fighting displaces hundreds of Afghan families
Title:UK Tower Bridge Technical fault sees London Tower Bridge stuck open
インド陸上界初の金メダリスト チョプラ選手凱旋帰国 コロナ禍のマスク無し大混乱で波紋広がる
Title:India Olympics Chopra Gold Chopra wins 1st India gold in Olympic track, field Olympic gold medalist Neeraj Chopra was given a rousing welcome as he arrived home in India on Monday after winning the men’s javelin event in Tokyo and securing the country’s first-ever athletics gold. In a cricket-mad country, Chopra’s Olympic win was seen as a triumph for the nation of nearly 1.4 billion people, catapulting the 23-year-old to stardom. Hundreds of people gathered at New Delhi's Indira Gandhi International Airport to greet Chopra, who gave the V-for-victory sign as he looked over the crowd. Chopra and other members of the Indian Olympic team received flower garlands as they left the airport. People held Indian flags and chanted “Bharat mata ki jai” (Long live mother India). A nationwide celebration erupted the moment he won the gold medal on Saturday. Rewards started flowing for Chopra, with several state governments and private organizations honoring him for his achievement. Chopra, the son of a farmer, won the javelin title with a personal-best throw of 87.58 meters. His gold was India’s seventh medal in Tokyo, its best-ever Olympic showing and surpassing the six it won in London in 2012. Apart from Chopra’s gold, India won two silver medals and four bronze medals at the Tokyo Olympics. The silver medals came from weightlifter Mirabai Chanu and wrestler Ravi Kumar Dahiya. The bronze medals were won by shuttler P.V. Sindhu, the men’s hockey team, boxer Lovlina Borgohain and wrestler Bajrang Punia. Chopra is the second Indian to win an individual gold medal at the Olympics after sport shooter Abhinav Bindra won gold at the 2008 Olympics in Beijing.
Title:Afghanistan Kunduz Taliban Taliban fighters control much of Kunduz city
Title:Greece Wildfires Pefki Pefki threatened as enormous blaze devours forests
Title:Afghanistan Civilian Casualties Civilians bear brunt of fighting in Afghanistan
Delta variant challenges China's isolating cities strategy The delta variant of the coronavirus is challenging China's costly strategy of isolating cities. China's President Xi Jinping's government is fighting the most serious outbreak since last year's peak in Wuhan as the highly contagious variant pushes leaders in the United States, Australia and elsewhere to renew restrictions. The Communist Party is reviving tactics that shut down China: cutting access to a city of 1.5 million people, cancelling flights and ordering mass testing in some areas. The new infections have jolted global financial markets, which worry Beijing's response might disrupt manufacturing and supply chains. Some new infections are people who have already been vaccinated Most new infections have tentatively been traced to airport employees who cleaned a Russian airliner on July 10 in Nanjing, northwest of Shanghai in Jiangsu province, according to health officials. Some travelers flew through Nanjing to Zhangjiajie, a popular tourist spot southwest of Shanghai in Hunan province, turning that city into a center for the virus's spread. The disease was carried to Beijing and other cities in at least 17 provinces. The "zero tolerance" strategy of quarantining every case and trying to block new infections from abroad helped to contain last year's outbreak and has kept China largely virus free. But its impact on work and life for millions of people is prompting warnings that China needs to learn to control the virus without repeatedly shutting down the economy and society. "The sudden outbreak of epidemic has totally disrupted my life," said Han Fei, a migrant worker from central Henan Province, who had to give up one of his two jobs in Beijing. The quarantine restrictions have stopped him from commuting between the two employers. His monthly income was cut by half, he said. "My credit card payment is overdue," Han said, "the epidemic is having huge impact on me, really."
タリバン アフガニスタン南部と西部を攻勢 ヘルマンド州制圧は目前
Title:Afghanistan Fighting Fighting continues in Herat, Helmand main cities Fighting in Afghanistan western and southern provinces continued Wednesday as the Taliban were trying to tighten their grips on major cities. U.S. and Afghan airstrikes hit Taliban targets overnight in southern Helmand province in an effort to dislodge the insurgents after they captured much of the provincial capital of Lashkar Gah, officials said. The United Nations and Human Rights Watch asked both sides to take care to prevent civilian casualties as the fighting rages on. The Taliban have waged a fierce push over the past months as U.S. and NATO forces complete their pullout from the war-torn country. They have taken large swaths of land and have now turned their guns on larger urban centers. After a night of heavy airstrikes, the Defense Ministry said Wednesday that the Taliban have suffered heavy losses in Lashkar Gah, though there was no immediate way to confirm that statement. A Taliban spokesman denied the losses. Afghan authorities did not say whether Afghan forces have retaken back territory. On Tuesday, residents and officials had said the Taliban control nine out of 10 districts in the city. The fall of Lashkar Gah would be a major turning point in the Taliban offensive and it would also be the first provincial capital to be captured by the insurgents in several years. The fighting this week has kept residents of Lashkar Gah trapped and hunkered down inside their homes. The province's hospital chief, Sher Ali Shakir, urged people to remain in their houses on Wednesday, saying that in past 24 hours at least seven civilians were killed and 101 were wounded. Most of the injuries were bullet wounds, he said. Lashkar Gah is one of three provincial capitals under siege by the Taliban as they stepped up their onslaught against government forces. The push on the cities came after the Taliban swept through dozens of districts across the country, many in remote and rural, sparsely populated areas. Along with Lashkar Gah, the provincial capitals of Herat, in western Herat province, and Kandahar, in southern Kandahar province have also been under Taliban attack. The fighting in Herat in the last week has has killed 34 people and wounded more than 150, said physician Mohammad Aref Jalali, the provincial hospital chief in Herat.
Title:Mexico Vigilantes Mexico vigilante groups hold talks with government
Title:Afghanistan Attack Gunfire Afghan official: Acting Defense Minister targeted in attack
Title:Turkey Wildfires 2 Locals scramble to escape south Turkey wildfires
Title:Afghanistan Flooding Aftermath Child's body among recovered in Afghan flash floods
North Korea Kim Military Kim Jong Un opens four-day NKorea military meeting North Korean leader Kim Jong Un gathered his top military officers for a four-day "workshop," state media reported on Friday. Video of the meeting broadcast by North Korea's state television on Friday night showed Kim addressing a large crowd of cheering and clapping military personnel. The official Korean Central News Agency said Kim held the workshop of military commanders and political officers from July 24-27 to discuss ways to enhance the North's military strength. It said it was the first such meeting since North Korea's military was founded. KCNA also published 39 photos of this military workshop early on Friday, which is an unusually large amount of images. Broadcaster KRT also showed a long report about the event on Friday night local time. During the meeting, Kim "stressed that commanders and political officers should focus all efforts on completing preparations for actively and offensively coping with any military provocation of enemies," KCNA said. Kim accused "the hostile forces," an apparent reference to the US and South Korea, of bolstering their capabilities for making a preemptive attack and intensifying "all sorts of frantic and persistent war drills for aggression." He ordered the workshop attendees to put greater efforts to boost their units' combat efficiency, KCNA said. Kim's speech carried by KCNA didn't mention his nuclear program and didn't contain any fiery rhetoric against the United States or South Korea. The timing of the meeting coincided with the 68th anniversary of the end of the Korean War. North Korea's version of the history of the Korean War says that America started the war, and North Korea won it. Historians outside North Korea say that North Korea started the war, and it ended in a stalemate, with an armistice, not a peace treaty.
Title:Argentina Pink Polluted Lake Lagoon in Argentina turns deep shade of pink
North Korea Kim China Kim pays tribute in Pyongyang to China war dead North Korean leader Kim Jong Un paid tribute to China's war dead at a Pyongyang memorial and vowed to maintain firm ties with Beijing, state media reported Thursday. Kim seeks to bolster relations with his country's main ally amid deepening hardships linked to the pandemic. Kim's visit Wednesday to the Friendship Tower that honors Chinese soldiers killed during the 1950-53 Korean War was his third since he took power in late 2011. It came a day after the 68th anniversary of the end of the war. "The noble soul and exploits of the Chinese people who aided the sacred historic struggle of the Korean people at the cost of their blood when (North Korea) was undergoing the harshest and most difficult trials will remain immortal," Kim said at the memorial, according to the official Korean Central News Agency. Kim stressed the countries' friendship "forged as kindred ties will be firmly carried forward generation after generation on the road for the common cause," KCNA said. China fought alongside North Korea against South Korea and US-led UN forces during the Korean War, which ended with an armistice, not a peace treaty, leaving the Korean Peninsula still technically at war. Kim has vowed to upgrade his country's relations with China, its economic pipeline, as he struggles to navigate North Korea out of what he calls its "worst-ever" crisis caused by the pandemic, US-led sanctions and last year's natural disasters.
Title:Archive US CA Navy Ship Fire Navy charges sailor in fire that destroyed warship The U.S. Navy said Thursday that it's charged a sailor with starting a fire last year that destroyed a warship docked off San Diego. The USS Bonhomme Richard burned for more than four days and was the Navy's worst U.S. warship fire outside of combat in recent memory. The amphibious assault ship was left with extensive structural, electrical and mechanical damage and was later scrapped, costing the Navy billions of dollars. The sailor was a member of the crew at the time, Cmdr. Sean Robertson, a U.S. 3rd Fleet spokesperson, said in a statement. No name was released, and Robertson could not be immediately reached for comment. No other details were provided, and it was unclear what evidence was found or what the motive was. The amphibious assault ships are among the few in the U.S. fleet that can act as a mini aircraft carrier. The Bonhomme Richard had been nearing the end of a two-year upgrade estimated to cost $250 million when the fire broke out on July 12, 2020. About 160 sailors and officers were on board when the flames sent up a huge plume of dark smoke from the 840-foot (256-meter) vessel, which had been docked at Naval Base San Diego while undergoing the upgrade. The fire started in the ship's lower storage area, where cardboard boxes, rags and other maintenance supplies were stored. But winds coming off the San Diego Bay whipped up the flames and the flames spread up the elevator shafts and exhaust stacks. Then two explosions — one heard as far as 13 miles (21 kilometers) away — caused it to grow even bigger. The fire sent acrid smoke billowing over San Diego, and officials had recommended people avoid exercising outdoors. Firefighters attacked the flames inside the ship, while firefighting vessels with water cannons directed streams of seawater into the ship and helicopters made water drops. More than 60 sailors and civilians were treated for minor injuries, heat exhaustion and smoke inhalation.
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NKorea Kim Speech Kim Jong Un speech at war anniversary veterans’ meeting North Korean leader Kim Jong Un compared the struggle against COVID-19 to the Korean War in a speech to veterans of that conflict Tuesday in Pyongyang. State TV broadcast the speech Wednesday afternoon. It's common for North Korean media to report news the day after it happens. The "Seventh National Conference of War Veterans" took place outside a war museum in the capital Pyongyang, to mark the 68th anniversary of the end of the Korean War. Most of Kim's speech concentrated on lauding the military and its veterans, and North Korea's version of the history of the Korean War. But he also touched on contemporary problems, mentioning the "world health crisis", and "the protracted blockade" – a reference to international sanctions against Pyongyang. North Korea's official history of the Korean War says that America started the war, and that the North won it. Most historians outside North Korea say that North Korea started the war, and that it ended in a stalemate, resulting in an armistice, but not a peace treaty.
Title:Bangladesh Rohingya Landslide Five Rohingya die in Bangladesh camp landslide
Title:Pakistan Ship Environment threat from cargo ship stuck on Pakistan beach
Title:MEEX Egypt Alexandria Beaches Egyptians flock to beaches as temperatures soar
Title:JAPAN OLY OPENING FIREWORKS Opening ceremony fireworks seen above Oly Stadium Fireworks were seen over Tokyo's Olympic Stadium on Friday night during the opening ceremony of the Olympic Games. The Games officially opened at the vast national stadium kept mostly empty by the coronavirus pandemic.
金正恩総書記 朝鮮戦争 休戦協定締結から68年 戦死者の墓地で献花
North Korea Kim Anniversary Video of Kim Jong Un at war cemetery North Korean leader Kim Jong Un visited a soldiers' cemetery early Tuesday, marking the 68th anniversary of the end of the Korean War, state media reported. Together with dozens of senior military officers, Kim laid a red rose on the monument at the Fatherland Liberation War Martyrs Cemetery on the outskirts of Pyongyang. North Korean leaders have a tradition of marking such anniversaries at night. Pyongyang's official history of the Korean War says that America started the war, and the North won it. Most historians outside North Korean say that North Korea started the war, and that it ended in a stalemate, resulting in an armistice, but not a peace treaty. In a surprise coordinated announcement hours after Kim's visit, North and South Korea revealed that they have agreed to reopen communication lines. "Now, the whole Korean nation desires to see north-south relations recover from setback and stagnation as early as possible," the North's state news agency said in its report on the communications breakthrough.
Argentina reached 100K COVID-19 deaths milestone Argentina registered 100,000 deaths from COVID-19 Wednesday, evidenced by new graves in cemetery COVID "sections." Argentina was struggling economically even before the pandemic and many citizens ignored quarantine regulations so they could make a living and support their families. Then restrictions on gatherings were relaxed over the Christmas holidays and Argentina's southern hemisphere summer, encouraging people to let down their guard and spend time together. The vaccination effort has also been lagging. The South American country is among the top 13 countries worldwide in terms of deaths per million inhabitants according to the latest data from the Johns Hopkins University Coronavirus Resource Center. The United States has confirmed the most COVID-19 deaths at about 608,000, followed by Brazil (536,000), India (411,000), Mexico (235,000) and Peru (195,000). France, Russia, Britain, Italy and Colombia have each reported well over 100,000 deaths, according to the coronavirus resource center of Johns Hopkins University. The center said about 4,052,000 people around the world are confirmed to have died from COVID-19. The death toll is believed to be much higher in many countries because of misdiagnoses, inadequate testing and other factors. While struggling to survive from COVID-19 in Buenos Aires, Paola Almirón learned that four infected relatives had been admitted to the same hospital she was in. Almirón was able to survive, but most of those close to her did not. "My mother died first, two days later my sister and three days later my aunt. It was terrible to go to the cemetery with my brother three times in a week, "said Almirón, 38, who works as a nurse supervisor at the Luisa Cravena de Gandulfo General Hospital, located in the town of Lomas de Zamora, 26km (16 miles) south of Buenos Aires. Argentina, while continuing to combat the virus, has carried out more severe quarantines than other countries in the region, such as Mexico. It is currently fighting to improve its health situation by accelerating vaccination plans in the midst of a consolidated plateau of infections and with the Delta variant looming as a threat in the southern winter. "I feel bad, it was not what one thought was going to happen ... this is a hard, very hard figure," said clinical doctor Luis Cámera, who is one of the advisers to the president Alberto Fernández. Cámera attributed the sad figure to "some errors" committed during the quarantine and to the damage generated by the Andina (Lambda) and Manaus (Gamma) variants, which caused havoc in neighboring countries. According to Cámera, the Argentine quarantine was not strict enough allowing almost daily demonstrations of hundreds and thousands of people in the Argentine capital. So far, 15 cases of the Delta variant have been identified in Argentina and were linked to "international travelers" or people related to them, according to the Ministry of Health. Nine cases were detected in the last week and came from the United States, Mexico and Paraguay. Argentina has a population of about 45 million. Some 20.6 million people have received a first dose of the three available types of vaccines - Sputnik, AstraZeneca and Sinopharm - and about 5.1 million have received two doses, according to official figures About 20 million people have received a first dose of the three available vaccines and only about five million the two doses, out of a population of 45 million, according to the latest official figures. "It is to be expected that a new wave will come ... we are in the calm before the storm," said therapist Gubby Auza from the intensive care ward of Llavallol Hospital.
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US FL CUBA PROTESTS DESANTIS
DeSantis asks Biden to help keep internet in Cuba Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis and other officials pressed the White House on Thursday to support efforts to preserve internet service to antigovernment protesters in Cuba, even advocating the use of giant balloons as floating Wi-Fi hotspots to allow images of dissent to stream unabated from the authoritarian nation. Cuban authorities blocked social media sites in an apparent effort to stop the flow of information into, out of and within the country after thousands of Cubans began taking to the streets last weekend to protest limited access to COVID-19 vaccines and basic goods. The country is going through its worst economic crisis in decades. "We obviously have to stand with the people of Cuba against the communist dictatorship," DeSantis said at a Thursday press conference in Miami, adding that restoring access to the internet is vital to supporting the people of Cuba. The protests in the island nation have sparked an outpouring of support in Florida, which is home to the nation's largest community of Cuban exiles. Throngs of people in Miami, Orlando and the Tampa area have rallied in support, sometimes shutting down major thoroughfares. DeSantis said every option should be explored, including using offshore and satellite technology to supply internet service. One option being considered is using balloons to provide connectivity. The Republican governor also suggested using the U.S. Embassy in Havana as a kind of hotspot. "The one thing that communist regimes fear the most is the truth. And if we're able to help Cubans communicate with one another — also communicate to the outside world — that truth is going to matter. That truth, I think, will be decisive," DeSantis said. "And so, Mr. President, now's the time to stand up and be counted." It remains to be seen how the U.S. government or any other entity, public or private, might keep internet service uninterrupted. "We need the political willingness from the Biden administration," said Republican U.S. Rep. Maria Elvira Salazar, whose parents were Cuban exiles. "And if the federal government considers that they cannot pay for the resources, the Cuban American community will." White House press secretary Jen Psaki said President Joe Biden's administration did not have an immediate assessment of the proposals being floated by Florida officials. Meanwhile, two Florida men were arrested during a protest in support of the demonstrations and are being held on charges related to the state's new so-called anti-riot law. Julian Rodriguez-Rodriguez, 30, Maikel Vazquez-Pico, 39, were among those arrested Tuesday night as a group of protesters attempted to take over an exit ramp at Interstate 275 and Dale Mabry Highway, which is a major thoroughfare in Tampa. Both were arrested on charges that include battery on a law enforcement officer, resisting law enforcement and taking part in an unlawful assembly that blocked streets or sidewalks, records show. Rodriguez-Rodriguez put an officer into a bear hug as the officer was trying to arrest another protester, according to an arrest report. He then punched an officer in the face, breaking his glasses as the officer tried to arrest him, the report said. He continued to resist arrest until he was placed in handcuffs. The men were being held without bond in the Hillsborough County Jail early Thursday. It was not immediately clear whether either had an attorney who could comment. Earlier this year, DeSantis signed into law a Florida bill that boosts penalties against demonstrators who turn violent and creates new criminal penalties for those who organize demonstrations that get out of hand. Provisions of the law also make it a felony to block some roadways and give immunity to people who drive through protesters blocking a road. The bill was introduced after last summer's protests for racial justice during which some Black Lives Matter protesters were met by police with tear gas and arrests when they took to the streets for days at a time. During his Thursday press conference, DeSantis again sought to differentiate recent protests over Cuba from those last year. "Cuban Americans who are out demonstrating," he said, "They're not violent riots. They're out there being peaceful and they're making their voices heard, and we support them." But he said demonstrators should not be shutting down roads that could impede traffic and commerce. Protesters blocked the Palmetto Expressway near Hialeah for about 30 minutes Wednesday night, news outlets reported. On Tuesday, they blocked the same highway for hours during the rainy rush hour.
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Title:North Korea Kim Anniversary Kim pays respects to predecessor at Kumsusan Palace STORYLINE: North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, still in slimmed down mode, made a just-after-midnight appearance together with an entourage of top officials to pay his respects to North Korea's past leader Kim Il Sung at a giant palace on the outskirts of Pyongyang. The composition of the crowd of officials accompanying Kim has attracted attention following last week's Politburo meeting where Kim slammed officials for an unspecified failure in handling coronavirus precautions. State media said the visit started at 0000 hours Thursday. The format of the report is typical for a major anniversary in North Korea. This time it's the 27th anniversary of the death of Kim Il Sung, who is still officially revered inside North Korea as the founder of the country. But the routine observance of these anniversaries, Kim's participation, and the composition of officials or relatives accompanying him, are all closely watched. After Kim Jong Un did not turn up at a similar event at the same palace last April, rumours about his health swirled for weeks in the outside world. This time, the main three civilian officials who are normally shown close to Kim are still in the front row, just a step back from him – Jo Yong Won, Choe Ryong Hae, and Kim Tok Hun. The last time Kim made a similar visit was on 15th April this year, when he was accompanied by a much smaller group, including his wife, his sister, and senior party official Jo Yong Won, and the Chief of General Staff of the military, Pak Jong Chon.
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