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Beijing has warned that so-called independence movements in Taiwan won’t lead to “anything good”

Taiwan belongs to China and the issue is a strictly internal one, Beijing’s Defense Minister Wei Fenghe insisted on Tuesday in a video address to the Moscow international security conference.

He noted that separatist movements on the island promoting the so-called “independence of Taiwan” will “end badly” and that any attempts to assist them from abroad will “not lead to anything good.”

Wei reiterated Beijing’s condemnation of US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s recent visit to Taipei, which the defense minister called a “complete farce” and a serious affront to the “political foundation of Sino-American relations.”

China has launched a series of unprecedented drills around Taiwan since Pelosi ignored warnings from Beijing and visited Taipei to meet with the island’s leadership earlier this month.

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China flexes military muscle near Taiwan

The latest exercises were held on Mo..

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Two scheduled tests of the Minuteman III ballistic missile were hindered by tensions with Russia and China

The US Air Force test-launched an unarmed Minuteman III intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) over the South Pacific on Tuesday. Described by the Pentagon as a demonstration of the “lethality and effectiveness” of America’s nuclear weapons, the test had previously been delayed due to ongoing tensions with Russia and China.

The missile, which is capable of carrying a 350-kiloton W-78 nuclear warhead, blasted off from Vandenberg Space Force in California shortly after midnight. After a 4,200-mile (6,700-km) journey across the Pacific Ocean, its re-entry vehicle – which in this case carried conventional explosives rather than an atomic warhead – detonated and hit the water near Kwajalein Atoll in the Marshall Islands.

Tuesday’s test took place at a time of heightened geopolitical tensions between the US and rival nuclear powers Russia and China. Washington is engaged in what ..

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Estonian city leader says she won’t run for parliament when MPs target war memorials

The government of Estonia voted on Tuesday to remove several Soviet-era war memorials in Ida-Viru County, including an historic T-34 tank in the provincial capital Narva. In protest the local mayor announced that she would not run in parliamentary elections next year.

Katri Raik blasted the abruptness of the decision, which was taken over the head of her administration.

“At the moment I can’t imagine myself sitting in the same chamber as those people, who took this decision in the way they did,” the city official told national public broadcaster ERR.

The situation may change in the coming months, she added, but at the moment her only thoughts are about serving her city, she said. Estonia is scheduled to elect a new parliament in March 2023.

The T-34 tank memorial has been a flash point between Estonia’s nationalistic government and the Russian community in Narva. For many officials in Tallinn, So..

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Foreign Minister Dmitry Kuleba says he is often asked by some of his counterparts how much longer Kiev can hold on

Several countries in the West are waiting for Kiev to surrender and think their problems will immediately solve themselves, said Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmitry Kuleba in an interview published on Tuesday.

“I often get asked in interviews and while speaking to other foreign ministers: how long will you last? That’s instead of asking what else could be done to help us defeat Putin in the shortest time possible,” Kuleba said, noting that such questions suggest that everyone “is waiting for us to fall and for their problems to disappear on their own.”

The foreign minister went on to suggest that some Western countries are ready to accept Ukraine’s surrender in the ongoing military conflict with Russia and have it concede some of its territories – something Kiev has repeatedly insisted it would never agree to.

Last week, Mikhail Podolyak, an aide to President Zelensky,..

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Seven Taiwanese officials branded “independent diehards” by Beijing

China has expanded its list of sanctioned individuals that it considers “Taiwan independence diehards.” Seven more officials, including Taipei’s de facto ambassador to the US, were added to it.

The latest entries also include the chief of Taiwan’s security council and members of the ruling party. Previously, Beijing sanctioned the head of Taiwan’s cabinet, the speaker of the parliament and its top diplomat.

Targeted individuals and their family members are banned from entering Chinese-controlled territory and profiting from doing business in China. Beijing said the list was not complete and warned that people on it risked serious punishment for their activities under Chinese law.

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Pelosi’s son who joined her on Taiwan trip holds Chinese tech stake – media

“No one should underestimate our strong determination, firm will, and the ability to defend national sovereignty and territorial integrity,” a spoke..

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South Korea and Japan joined in on the exercises, the first of their kind since 2017

Japan and South Korea joined US forces for missile defense drills off the coast of Hawaii, the first time the three countries have done so in several years, with the Pentagon saying the exercises were meant to respond to “challenges” posed by North Korea.

The Pentagon announced the nearly week-long drills on Monday, days after they concluded on August 14, saying the three allies “participated in a missile warning and ballistic missile search and tracking exercise” near the Pacific Missile Range Facility in Hawaii, part of the multinational ‘Pacific Dragon’ drill.

Though the Defense Department offered few other details about the exercises, it claimed they “demonstrated the commitment of the US, [South Korea] and Japan to furthering trilateral cooperation,” bolstering the “rules-based international order,” as well as responding to “DPRK challenges,” using North Korea’s formal name, the Democratic Peo..

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The soldiers will take their Ukrainian counterparts through Britain’s basic training course

New Zealand is set to send some 120 soldiers to help train Ukrainian personnel in the United Kingdom, the government said, though stressed that there would be no direct involvement in the conflict in Ukraine.

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and Defense Minister Peeni Henare announced the move on Monday, noting that at least 120 troops, or two infantry teams, would travel to the UK to assist the training of 800 Ukrainian servicemen, part of a group of 10,000 London previously committed to train in “frontline combat.”

“We have been told that one of the highest priorities for Ukraine right now is to further strengthen its self-defense of country and people,” Ardern said, adding that the training would involve “weapons handling, combat first aid,” and “operational law,” among other skills.

The trainers are set to depart to the UK sometime over the next three weeks and will return in November.

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The warplanes are destined for Australia to take part in a series of military drills

The German Air Force has deployed a fleet for its first-ever mission in the Indo-Pacific, where the craft will first stop in Singapore before holding several days of exercises with Australian counterparts.

The Luftwaffe deployed six Eurofighter jets, four A400M multirole aircraft and three A330 tanker transport craft from Neuburg Air Base on Monday, hoping to make the 6,200-mile (10,000km) journey to Singapore in just 24 hours with only a single stop in Abu Dhabi for a pilot change.

“We want to demonstrate that we can be in Asia within a day,” said Lieutenant General Ingo Gerhartz, the air service’s chief of staff, adding “The Indo-Pacific is of great importance to Germany. We share the same values with many partners in this region.”

We are about to start our 24h-Luftwaffe-challenge. Follow us here for all news about #RapidPacific2022. From 🇩🇪 to 🇸🇬 in 24hr. @GermanyInOz @GermanyinSGP @GermanyinJa..

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New lawsuit alleges that America’s top spy agency snooped on visitors to Julian Assange

A group of US journalists and lawyers have sued the CIA and its former director Mike Pompeo for allegedly spying on them, in violation of their constitutional rights, during their visits to WikiLeaks co-founder Julian Assange when he was holed up in the Ecuadorian embassy in London.

The lawsuit, which was filed on Monday in US District Court in New York City, accused the CIA of violating the privacy rights of more than 100 American citizens who met with Assange in 2017 and 2018. The agency, which is legally prohibited from collecting intelligence on US citizens, spied on journalists, lawyers and even doctors who visited the embattled Australian-born editor and activist while he was taking refuge at the Ecuadorian embassy, the suit claimed.

Plaintiffs in the case include journalists John Goetz and Charles Glass, as well as two lawyers who represented Assange, Deborah Hrbek and Margaret Kunstler.
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White teachers will be the first to lose their jobs under a deal struck by a Minneapolis union

White teachers will be the first to be fired if job cuts are required at public schools in Minneapolis, Minnesota – regardless of their seniority or effectiveness in the classroom, according to a new collective bargaining agreement that the local school district signed with its union.

Starting next spring in Minneapolis Public Schools (MPS), non-white teachers will be protected when funding cuts, such as those related to declining enrollment, translate into firings. The agreement with the Minneapolis Federation of Teachers (MFT) union was signed last March, ending a three-week strike, but the racial provision was exposed in a report on Sunday by the local outlet Alpha News.

“If excessing a teacher who is a member of a population underrepresented among licensed teachers in the site, the district shall excess the next least senior teacher who is not a member of an underrepresented populatio..

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