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Yakutia wildfires have already burned through 1.5 million hectares of land.
Yakutia in Serbia Melts Under Wildfires, Pollution Concerns Raise Citizens’ Frustrations
“Yakutia is a home of a lot of indigenous siberian people in Russia. It's the biggest region of Russia and it's on fire. the government doesn't do anything about it. The smoke is so high...
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French Co-Owner of China’s Taishan Nuclear Plant Recommends Shutdown
Electricite de France (EDF), the French company that co-owns China’s Taishan nuclear power plant, has indicated that it would shut down the plant if it was possible. A spokesperson from the company stated that though...
Russia recently tested its Zircon hypersonic missile successfully once again.
Russia Tests Nuclear-Capable Hypersonic Missile
Russia has successfully tested its Zircon hypersonic cruise missile once again. The Defense Ministry revealed that the missile was fired from its Admiral Gorshkov warship. It traveled at seven times the speed of sound and...
Russia's President Vladimir Putin (L) attends a meeting with China's Vice President Xi Jinping (R) prior to a meeting at the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) summit at the Great Hall of the People on June 6, 2012 in Beijing, China.
Russia Insists Ties With China ‘The Best Ever,’ But Tensions Loom
On July 15, Russian foreign minister Sergey Lavrov met with his Chinese counterpart, Wang Yi, with both agreeing that bilateral relations between the two nations were “the best ever.” They were attending an international conference...
Poland is buying 250 M1 Abrams tanks from the United States to counter Russian aggression.
Poland Confirms Purchase of M1 Abrams Tanks, Modernizing Military to Counter Russia
Polish defense minister Mariusz Blaszczak announced on July 15 that his country would be purchasing 250 M1A2 Abrams SEPv3 battle tanks from the United States. The deal, worth $6 billion, will also include logistical and...
Israeli defense minister Benny Gantz has spoken about bolstering Israeli forces in light of Iran's nuclear weapon ambitions.
Israel Defense Minister Calls for Military Expansion to Counter Potential Iran Nuclear Threat
Benny Gantz, defense minister of Israel, has called for strengthening the country’s military to better compete with a nuclear weapon-equipped Iran. He asked the government to ensure security services maintain military superiority, “which ensures our...
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French Protest as Macron Announces ‘Health Pass’ Vaccine Passport Mandatory for Nearly All Public Life
France will implement vaccine passports across the country starting next month, according to a July 12 announcement by President Emmanuel Macron. The Associated Press reported citizens will now be made to scan France’s QR code-based...
An illustration picture shows a smartphone screen displaying a Covid-19 vaccine record on the National Health Service (NHS) app in London on May 18, 2021.
UK to Encourage Use of COVID-19 Vaccine Passports After July 19 Reopening
The UK government had earlier proposed that July 19 would mark the end of all COVID-19 restrictions. Speaking at the House of Commons, health secretary Sajid Javid confirmed the plan but with an added condition....
Newport Wafer Fab is the UK's largest wafer fab, which produces 20nm processes that are mainly used as automotive wafers.
China Buys UK’s Largest Semiconductor Firm, Raising National Security Concerns
With Beijing facing a chip shortage under U.S.-led global technology sanctions, Chinese companies have been aggressively acquiring global semiconductor plants since the coronavirus pandemic began last year. Its latest purchase was Newport Wafer Fab (NWF),...