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NASA delays moon rocket launch due to potential hurricane. NASA is skipping next week’s launch attempt of its new moon rocket because of a tropical storm that’s expected to become a major hurricane.
DeSantis mobilizes national guard ahead of likely hurricane. While the storm may weaken or change its current path, the governor urged people to begin preparing for a major weather event that could leave many Floridians without power for days.
Xi Jinping Trends Online Amid Coup Rumors, Canceled Flights. Chinese President Xi Jinping became one of the top trending topics on Twitter amid unsubstantiated reports he is under house arrest and that China is in the midst of a military coup. Xi and the phrase #ChinaCoup trended on social media after tens of thousands of users spread unconfirmed rumors that the president was detained and overthrown by the China’s People’s Liberation Army.
China using civilian ships to enhance navy capability, reach. China has been increasingly using civilian ships including hundreds of fishing trawlers to back up its vast territorial claims and project military power.
RUSSIA THREAT – UKRAINE WAR
US warns of consequences if Russia uses nuclear weapons. Washington says it will ‘respond decisively’ if Moscow uses nuclear weapons in Ukraine.
Russia-Ukraine war: List of key events, day 215. A gunman was detained after opening fire at a draft office in Russia’s Irkutsk region. Russia’s two most senior legislators addressed complaints about Russia’s enlistment drive, ordering regional officials to get a handle on the situation and swiftly solve the “excesses” that have stoked public anger. Police clashed with people opposed to the draft in the southern Russian region of Dagestan, underscoring the level of discontent with President Vladimir Putin’s decision to send hundreds of thousands more men to fight in Ukraine.
Ukrainian forces push east of Kupyansk, expanding offensive. Securing the remaining Russian-held urban areas on the town’s eastern side would clear the way for Ukrainian forces to push into Luhansk, one of the regions that Moscow seeks to annex through snap referendums under way.
Putin’s war, and his rule, are in trouble. Russia’s mobilization is an epic disaster. Can it become a movement against the regime?
Russian mobilization blasted for rounding up sick, disabled and elderly. New protests erupted Sunday over a mobilization effort so poorly handled that it has triggered widespread anger and controversy, even among Russian officials and top propagandists.
Iran protests may distract regime from making trouble for US, allies in the Mideast. Protests roiling Iran in recent days are creating more volatility for the regime, and some analysts see a chance that the domestic turmoil will crimp Iranian support for proxy groups that attack U.S. allies in the Middle East.
NORTH KOREA THREAT
South Korea says North Korea test-fired missile toward sea. North Korea fired a short-range ballistic missile Sunday toward its eastern seas, extending a provocative streak in weapons testing.
USS Ronald Reagan pulls into Busan, South Korea, after 5 year absence. The aircraft carrier Ronald Reagan conducted a port visit in Busan, Republic of Korea, on Friday — marking the first time the carrier has pulled into Busan in almost five years.
Fat Leonard may be Venezuela bargaining chip, experts say. Venezuela and the United States have an extradition agreement but it’s not clear if U.S. authorities have made a formal request.
Fat Leonard tried to get to Russia, officials say. Since escaping two weeks ago, officials say the fugitive Malaysian defense contractor nicknamed “Fat Leonard” — who orchestrated one of the U.S. Navy’s largest bribery scandals — zipped between countries to find a place where he could become virtually untouchable for American authorities.
BIDEN’S AFGHAN DISASTER
The new Kabul. One year since the Taliban took over, life in Afghanistan’s capital is a painful reminder of all that was lost when American troops suddenly left the country last year.
US MILITARY AND SPACE
In major step, Space Force takes over all military satellite communications. The Space Force has taken over all of the Department of Defense’s military satellite communication functions, a major step in building the new service.
NO IT’S NOT – IT’S OUTRAGEOUS AND OFFENSIVE – Air Force Academy says inclusive language controversy is overblown. The U.S. Air Force Academy is pushing back after recent reports accusing it of overly “woke” policies that bar cadets from using “gender-specific terms” such as Mom or Dad, boyfriend or girlfriend.
Vets benefits poised for biggest cost of living boost in 40 years. Veterans could see their benefits boosted by the biggest margin in four decades after Congress on Thursday finalized plans to guarantee that veterans’ checks see the same cost-of-living boost as Social Security payouts.
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