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Defense bill revives Stars and Stripes newspaper after near dissolution

The U.S. military publication Stars and Stripes will survive another year after its operation was almost killed in September, according to the compromise defense policy bill released Thursday.



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Defense bill revives Stars and Stripes newspaper after near dissolution

The National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) would keep funding for the editorially independent military newspaper at its fiscal year 2020 levels, said the compromise, known as a conference report.

The NDAA would also require the Defense secretary to submit a report to the House and Senate Armed Services Committees “detailing a business case analysis of continued operation of Stars and Stripes.”

The provision, which came from the House version of the bill, comes after President Trump in early September reversed the plans of his own administration and spared the publication weeks before it was scheduled to shutter.

The Pentagon had ordered the newspaper to stop publishing on Sept. 30

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Newspaper headlines: Shot in the arm for Britain and jab Brexit row

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Health Secretary Matt Hancock started a “row” over Brexit’s influence in a Covid vaccine being approved in the UK, several papers report

“What a shot in the arm for Britain,” is the Daily Mail’s reaction to news of
a coronavirus vaccine being approved by regulators
. The paper says officials hope to have the bulk of the most vulnerable groups immunised by the end of next month. This would then reportedly allow for the most stringent restrictions to be potentially eased in February.

Metro’s headline suggests Wednesday should be known as “V-Day”, calling
the approval of a vaccine an “historic moment”
. The Sun also
evokes the spirit of the Second World War on its front page
, with the V in its “Covid” headline replaced by the two-fingered V for Victory salute made famous by Sir Winston Churchill. The paper points out that the rollout of the

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Azerbaijanis in Switzerland protest against ‘Le Temps’ newspaper of succumbing to Armenian provocation

(MENAFN – Trend News Agency) BAKU, Azerbaijan, Dec. 1

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The Swiss Le Temps newspaper presented the Karabakh realities to the readers in a distorted form, Trend reports referring to the State Committee for Diaspora Affairs of Azerbaijan.

In this regard, Azerbaijanis living in Switzerland sent a letter of protest to the editorial office of the Le Temps.

The letter reads that the Azerbaijanis living in this country feel deep regret that the newspaper, which should essentially take a neutral position, succumbed to the Armenian provocation, and also presented the Karabakh realities to the public in a distorted form.

Following the Khojaly genocide and the policy of ethnic cleansing carried out by Armenia, more than a million Azerbaijanis were expelled from their homes, and the resolutions adopted by the UN Security Council regarding the aggressive policy of Armenia had remained unimplemented for 27 years, the letter reads.

Moreover, Azerbaijanis in

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China’s state media mocks Australia in brutal new cartoon

State-run Chinese newspaper The Global Times has published a second cartoon attacking the reputation of Australian soldiers and Australia’s record on human rights.

The latest cartoon, which will again ratchet up tensions between the two countries, shows an Australian soldier holding up a sign reading “human rights” for a camera.

Not seen on the camera lens is what the Australian Defence Force member is standing on, a covered-up body with blood seeping out.

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The brutal cartoon from artist Liu Rui is making reference to the findings of the Brereton report, which alleged Australian special forces soldiers committed 39 murders in Afghanistan.

READ MORE: What’s behind Australia and China’s political feud

Earlier this week, The Global Times published a cartoon showing a blind-folded kangaroo under the headline of an editorial which read: “Australia gets hopping mad instead of punishing its war criminals.”

The editorial also warned Australian ships to stay

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2020 general elections must be audited after it has been conducted

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Editor of the Patriot Newspaper, Peter Bamfoe has opined that a special audit of the 2020 elections and particularly the Electoral Commission (EC) must take place after the election has been conducted.

Speaking in an interview with Samuel Eshun on the Special Editors’ Take edition of the Happy Morning Show, he expressed that this audit was very necessary considering the fact that the electoral commission had spent so much into acquiring machines only to go back to manual verification.

“When we are done with this election we need to have a special audit of the 2020 elections. This country has spent a lot of money to buy machines even as at 2017. We bought new machines because the electoral commission told us that from 2011 there has not been any new

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Iranian newspaper: Strike Haifa if Israel killed scientist

U.S. intelligence agencies and U.N. nuclear inspectors have said the organized military nuclear program that Fakhrizadeh oversaw was disbanded in 2003, but Israeli suspicion of Tehran’s atomic program and his involvement has never ceased.

Iranian officials have blamed Israel for Friday’s attack, raising the specter of renewed tensions that could engulf the region, including U.S. troops stationed in the Persian Gulf and beyond during President Donald Trump’s remaining weeks in office.

Kayhan published the piece written by Iranian analyst Sadollah Zarei, who argued Iran’s previous responses to suspected Israeli airstrikes that killed Revolutionary Guard forces in Syria did not go far enough to deter Israel. He said an assault on Haifa also needed to be greater than Iran’s ballistic missile attack against American troops in Iraq following the U.S. drone strike in Baghdad that killed a top Iranian general in January.

Striking the Israeli city of Haifa and killing a

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Chinese newspaper warns of Australian ‘evil’ over ships in the South China Sea

An editorial in a state-run Chinese newspaper has warned Australian ships to stay away from the South China Sea as tensions between the two countries increase.

The Global Times, a daily tabloid that is politically aligned with the Chinese Communist Party, today published an editorial claiming Prime Minister Scott Morrison “shamelessly” asked for an apology over a doctored image of an Australian soldier was posted on Twitter.

In the editorial the paper made a thinly veiled swipe at an Australian presence in the South China Sea, warning it will be forced to swallow “bitter pills”.

The front page of The Global Times homepage. (Supplied)

“Australia treats China’s goodwill with evil. It is not worthy to argue with it. If it does not want to do business with China, so be it. Its politics, military and culture should stay far away from China – let’s assume the two countries are not

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ECB Sees Inflation Near 1% Next Year, Guindos Says

(Bloomberg) — The European Central Bank sees inflation remaining negative for the rest of this year before rising to around 1% in 2021, according to Vice President Luis de Guindos.



Luis de Guindos wearing a suit and tie: Luis de Guindos, vice president of the European Central Bank (ECB), listens during a rates decision news conference in Frankfurt, Germany, on Thursday, Sept. 12, 2019. The ECB cut interest rates further below zero and will start open-ended bond purchases after President Mario Draghi overcame critics of his stimulus policies to make a final run at reflating the euro-area economy.


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Luis de Guindos, vice president of the European Central Bank (ECB), listens during a rates decision news conference in Frankfurt, Germany, on Thursday, Sept. 12, 2019. The ECB cut interest rates further below zero and will start open-ended bond purchases after President Mario Draghi overcame critics of his stimulus policies to make a final run at reflating the euro-area economy.

“All in all, we expect inflation to be close to 1% in 2021 and to see it moving up towards 1.2% or 1.3% in 2022,” he said in an interview with Finnish newspaper Helsingin Sanomat. In September, the ECB predicted average price growth of 1% in 2021, and 1.3% in 2022.

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Hardline Iranian newspaper urges Iran to strike port city of Haifa if Israel killed top nuclear scientist

An opinion piece published Sunday by a hard-line Iranian newspaper urged Iran to attack the Israeli port city of Haifa if Israel carried out the killing of the scientist who founded the Islamic Republic’s military nuclear program in the early 2000s.

Though the hard-line Kayhan newspaper has long argued for aggressive retaliation for operations targeting Iran, Sunday’s opinion piece went further, suggesting any assault be carried out in a way that destroys facilities and “also causes heavy human casualties.”

Israel, suspected of killing Iranian nuclear scientists over the past decade, has not commented on the brazen slaying of Mohsen Fakhrizadeh. A military-style ambush Friday on the outskirts of Tehran reportedly saw a truck bomb explode and gunmen open fire on the scientist, killing him and a bodyguard.
Scene where Mohsen Fakhrizadeh was killed Nov 27, 2020 / Mohsen Fakhrizadeh sits in a meeting January 23, 2019
The scene where Mohsen Fakhrizadeh was reportedly killed on November 27, 2020 / Mohsen Fakhrizadeh sits in a meeting January 23, 2019
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Iran plans ‘calculated’ response after nuclear scientist killed as newspaper calls for revenge on Israeli city

Iran is plotting a “calculated and decisive” response to the assassination of its top nuclear scientist, according to an adviser to the country’s supreme leader, as calls for a retaliatory attack escalate.

An opinion piece published in a hard-line newspaper suggested that Iran attack the port city of Haifa, causing “heavy human casualities,” if Israel carried out the killing.

“Undoubtedly, Iran will give a calculated and decisive answer to the criminals who took Martyr Mohsen Fakhrizadeh from the Iranian nation,” Kamal Kharrazi, the adviser who also leads Iran’s Strategic Council on Foreign Relations, said in a statement, according to Reuters.

Fakhrizadeh, who founded the Islamic Republic’s military nuclear program in the early 2000s, was killed in a military-style ambush Friday in the outskirts of Tehran when a truck bomb exploded and gunmen opened fire.

IRAN’S SUPREME LEADER VOWS REVENGE OVER SLAIN SCIENTIST 

Israel has not commented on the attack, but

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