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1…………> Russia’s War: Casualties
“An artillery battery of the regime’s forces was attacked this night; two Russian military advisers, who controlled the fire of the Syrian battery, were killed on the spot,” Russia’s DOD ministry disclosed in a statement that four of its soldiers have been killed and three others injured during a clash with remnants of “Obama Boys” militants of Al Nusra Brigade and associated jihadist punks in Deir Ez-Zor, according to the Russian DOD.
Russian servicemen along with the Syrian regime forces together fought the militants during the clash that lasted for about an hour; “43 jihadists” were also killed and six vehicles with heavy weapons were also destroyed, the statement added.
According to UN estimates, five hundred thousands of people have been killed in the conflict.
2…………..> In Harms Way: Navy In South China Sea
Despite the “good chemistry” between China’s President Mr.Xi, and President Trump who seeks his continued cooperation on North Korea de-nuclearization and negotiations with its unpredictable leader and Mr.Xi nephew Comrade Un, two US Navy warships sailed near South China Sea islands pirated out by China, in a move likely to anger Beijing that is ignoring “The Freedom of Navigation” principle of international law, just days after the Pentagon uninvited China from a major US-hosted naval drill.
The Higgins guided-missile destroyer and the Antietam, a guided-missile cruiser, came within 12 nautical miles of the Paracel Islands, among a string of islets, reefs and shoals over which China has territorial disputes with its neighbours.
The US military vessels carried out manoeuvring operations near Tree, Lincoln, Triton and Woody islands in the Paracels, one of the officials said.
3…………> Down With ADF: Berlin Hecklers
Some 20,000 pro-immigration hecklers confronted 5,000 supporters of the far-right (AFD) Alternative for the Islamic Merkledom of Germany marching through Berlin, blasting techno music across the capital trying to suppress
the anti-immigration, anti-European Union and anti-Muslim agenda that propelled it to be the third largest party in the German Bundestag in last September’s election.
“Our children, our country, our future: that is why we are here and we are the only party with this program,” said AfD leader Alexander Gauland, speaking to supporters at a rally near the Brandenburg Gate, where the march ended.
4…………> Planet “Misery”: Outer Space Economics
No matter how much the politicians are lying to the electorate, night lights on earth captured by satellites from outer space are a good way to measure inequality, according to economists Praveen Chakravarty and Vivek Dehejia research that acquired images transmitted by satellites from the US Air Force Defence Meteorological Satellite Programme.
These satellites circle the earth 14 times a day and record lights from the earth’s surface at night with sensors, then superimposed a map depicting India’s districts on their images, allowing them to develop a unique data set of luminosity values, by district and over time.
Using data generated by the night lights, they studied 387 of 640 districts in 12 states of India, that account for 85% of India’s population, 80% of its GDP, and 87% of parliamentary seats are in these districts. Using the novel methodology, the economists documented income divergence in India.
Most of India is dark at night because there is little economic activity going on. But the delicate tracery of lights as seen from space also showed that the states are becoming more unequal between and within them.
5…………> Applied Global Warming: Birmingham
A sudden flash storm flooded UK city of Birmingham, forcing Midlands police to warn people to avoid driving in the city.
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