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‚Suspicious‘ blackout strikes Iran’s Natanz nuclear site




Nagorno-Karabakh ceasefire strained by recriminations, fighting reports

A bunch of new attacks were launched in and around Nagorno-Karabakh.

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The Khojaly district is located in the occupied Nagorno-Karabakh region of Azerbaijan.

Khojaly District, Azerbaijan © OpenStreetMap contributors

Stepanakert is the capital of the disputed Nagorno-Karabakh region.

Stepanakert, Nagorno-Karabakh, Azerbaijan © OpenStreetMap contributors



Harris, home in California, gets a look at wildfire damage

There is no patience for climate-change deniers. The last wildfires were the largest California has ever seen. There was a meeting between California Gov. Gavin Newsom and Donal Trump which took place at McClelland park near Sacramento.

McClelland Airfield, Sacramento © OpenStreetMap contributors



Saudi coalition in Yemen attacks Sanaa targets – Yemeni army, residents

A commander of the 110th Infantry Brigade was killed as a result of the fighting in The Khab and Al-Shaaf district northeast of the Al-Jouf province.

The militants of the Group al-Houthi launched a major offensive to retake positions taken by government forces on Friday east of the city of Al-Hazm, the center of Al-Jouf province, and units of the (110-infantry brigade) were able to thwart the attack. Heavy fighting are taking place in several areas northeast and east of the city of Al-Hazm, while the fighters of the Saudi-led Arab coalition with intensive air strikes targeted mobile and fixed targets of the Houthis.

Yemeni government forces launched a military operation in Al-Jouf, recapturing the strategic Camp Al-Khanjar and important sites, including the Nadoud Mountain Range, and reached near Al-Marazeq, the eastern gate of the provincial capital. The Houthis have controlled the city of Al-Hazm and large areas of the strategic province, large parts of which are located on the border with Saudi Arabia.

Sanaa, Yemen © OpenStreetMap contributors


Japan’s economy sinks deeper into worst postwar contraction, intensifies challenge for new leader

The Japanese prime minister had chosen to visit vietnam. There are some rumors that tesla car makers would invest in electric car manufacturing facilities in Indonesia and India, as well as moving Panasonic’s manufacturing base to Vietnam, signaling economic danger to Thailand. Maybe there is a risk that Thailand is going to lose its first-highest export-value car production base.

The wuhan pneumonia epidemic has hit the global economy hard, with the restaurant industry lying first. Although in many places in Taiwan practitioners have called on everyone to understand the truth about the cruel persecution and abuse of the Chinese Communist Party. But hearing the facts of persecution is too hard to accept, too far away from their lives, beyond the thinking of normal people. Because of the struggle of the people of Hong Kong more sympathy and understanding of practitioners.

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There is also a plan for relocate the U.S. military base in Okinawa. Okinawa Gov. Denny Tamaki presented a written request regarding the Marine Corps Air Station Futenma. Established in 1945 and the current home to the 1st Marine Aircraft Wing and the III Marine Expeditionary Force, MCAS Funtenma is a US Military and United Nations air facility tasked with operating a variety of fixed and rotary-wing aircraft in support of US, UN and Japanese Military operations. Home to approximately 4,000 Marines at any one time, the airbase’s central location on the Island of Okinawa became a contentious issue in the latter half of the 20th Century and in December of 2013 an agreement was reached with the government of both Okinawa and Japan to completely relocate the entire air station to a new site near Nago on the Northern end of Okinawa.

Marine Corps Air Station Futenma, Japan © OpenStreetmap contributors



Satellite imagery suggests North Korea is preparing to launch ballistic missile

There are rumors about North Korea prepare to launch submarine ballistic missiles. Several vessels within a secure boat basin was seen near the port of Sinpo.

Sinpo, North Korea © OpenStreetMap contributors

Next to the Simpo south shipyard there is a nuclear submarine development facility and an underground submarine shelter.

Sinpo nuclear submarine development facility, © OpenStreetMap contributors

The island Mayang-do host’s North Korea’s biggest submarine base. Various Romeo class diesel submarines were noticed, as well as variety of mini submarines and small submersibles.

Mayang-do island, North Korea © OpenStreetMap contributors



Locked out by COVID, refugees lives on hold

Millions of people have been hit hard by the new coronavirus. These people had been promised escape from war, violence, conflict or persecution.

The corona pandemic had taught us a tough lesson as the pope said in his „Fratelli tutti“.

Palestinian refugees: In the past there was a lot of trade deals and backroom diplomacy between Israel and the Arab countries, that have sold out the Palestinian cause altogether. None of them addressed the basic Palestinian rights, like the right of return of the refugees, self-determination, equality, and freedom.

Syria refugees: Turkey gave up more territory than expected and certainly more than many of its Syrian proxies were hoping. But the Turkish government does have a real red line: they enforce a buffer area to keep the refugees out of Turkey. Turkey and Russia are likely to come to an agreement about possible concessions, where Turkey will may be give up control of certain parts of Idlib in return for pressure-relief in other conflict zones or potentially the elimination of certain figures affiliated with PKK and a guarantee to prevent any new wave of refugees.

Nationalism, fear of infection, economic worries and ageing voters‘ resistance to change are undermining a long-established post-war consensus that people at risk of persecution, abuse or violence deserve to be sheltered.

After submitting to a review process that can take years, and winning a chance to make new lives in countries such as the United States and Canada. Earlier this week, a former Trump Department of Homeland Security official said that refugees are some of the most heavily screened applicants of all immigrant groups.

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