Daily News Roundup 6/20


Otto Warmbier: Trump condemns ‘brutal’ N Korea as student dies

US President Donald Trump has called North Korea a “brutal regime” after the death of a US student who had been jailed there for more than 15 months.

‘Risk too high’: Tour agency that sent Otto Warmbier to N. Korea halts trips for Americans

The Chinese travel agency that organized Otto Warmbier’s trip to North Korea has announced it will no longer accept Americans for tours. It comes following the American student’s death after his release from 17 months’ detention in North Korea.

Australia halts air strikes in Syria after Russia-US tensions over downed Damascus jet

The Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) has suspended flights over Syria after Russia said it halted sky incident prevention interactions with the US as of June 19, due to the coalition’s downing of a Damascus warplane.

US jets shoot down ‘Iranian drone’ in Syria – coalition

An Iranian-made drone was shot down by a US F-15 fighter jet in southern Syria, near At Tanf, the US-led coalition said. It is the fifth time in the past month the US has struck at forces allied with the Syrian government in the area.

Iran launches missile attack against Isis in Syria to avenge Tehran twin attacks

The Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) said on Sunday (18 June) that it killed “a large number” of Isis militants in Syria’s Deir ez-Zor province after it launched several missiles to avenge the recent twin attacks in Tehran on 7 June.

Southern Japan hit by 5.0 magnitude quake, no tsunami

An earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 5.0 hit southern Japan late on Tuesday but was not likely to cause a tsunami, Japan Meteorological Agency said.

Georgia election: Trump faces knife-edge congressional vote

The US state of Georgia holds a congressional election on Tuesday, with the Democrats seeking to deliver their first major blow to Donald Trump’s presidency.

Barclays charged with fraud in Qatar case

Barclays and four former executives have been charged with fraud over their actions in the 2008 financial crisis.

70% of Americans think government can protect them from terrorism

Seven in ten Americans have a great deal or fair amount of confidence that the US government can protect them from terrorist attacks, a 15-point increase since the massacre in San Bernardino, California in December 2015, a new Gallup poll found.

Barring sex offenders from social media unconstitutional – Supreme Court

A North Carolina law banning sex offenders from social media sites accessible by children is unconstitutional, the US Supreme Court unanimously ruled.

Bush admin officials can’t be held liable for post-9/11 Muslim profiling & abuse, SCOTUS rules

The US Supreme Court has ruled that high-level officials under former President George W Bush cannot be held personally liable for the treatment of detainees who were rounded up after the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001.

DR Congo Kasai conflict: ‘Thousands dead’ in violence

More than 3,300 people have been killed in the violence in the Democratic Republic of Congo’s Kasai region since last October, the Catholic Church says.

Texas Is Too Windy and Sunny for Old Energy Companies to Make Money

In a windsurfers’ paradise, turbines capture gusts that pick up at exactly the right time – or the wrong time, if you’re trying to sell natural gas.

Man jailed for dangling baby from window in Algeria

A court in Algeria has sentenced a man to two years in prison for dangling his baby out of a window in order to attract “likes” on Facebook.

EU Parliament committee wants massive end-to-end encryption, no more snooping ‘backdoors’

An EU Parliament committee has proposed implementing end-to-end encryption for all digital communications and banning so-called “backdoors” which allow law enforcement guaranteed access to private data.




More coalition forces could ‘reconsider their participation’ in US-led Syrian gamble

Australians fear they may be collateral victims should Russia and the US clash over Syria; this might drive other coalition members to reconsider, afraid the US may draw them into a conflict, explains Dr. Jamal Wakeem of the Lebanese University in Beirut.


Mass Incarceration, Prison Labor in the United States

The Federal Prison Industries (FPI) under the brand UNICORE operates approximately 52 factories (prisons) across the United States. Prisoners manufacture or assemble a number of products for the US military, homeland security, and federal agencies according to the UNICORE/FPI website. They produce furniture, clothing and circuit boards in addition to providing computer aided design services and call center support for private companies.


How to Fight Superbugs

Drug-resistant bacteria is rapidly outpacing the development of new drugs. A 2016 report, The Review on Antimicrobial Resistance, estimates that globally 700,000 people die each year from drug-resistant bacterial infections. Part of the problem is that developing new drugs has become increasingly difficult. That’s why Andrew Roberts, a British bacterial scientist, is returning to a more primitive form of drug research— with a 21st century twist. Roberts started a crowd sourcing campaign to enlist people from all over the world to send him bacteria samples in the hopes of finding new antibiotics.


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