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Pence — not Trump — asked Guard troops to help defend Capitol on Jan. 6, panel says. Members of the commission investigating the attack on the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021, on Thursday asserted that President Donald Trump made no efforts to stop rioters even as Vice President Mike Pence attempted to order National Guard troops to quell the violence.
REASONABLE COMPROMISE – Bipartisan group of senators announces agreement on gun control. A bipartisan group of Senators announced an agreement on principle for gun safety legislation Sunday. It includes “needed mental health resources, improves school safety and support for students, and helps ensure dangerous criminals and those who are adjudicated as mentally ill can’t purchase weapons,” they said in a statement.
US is building ‘exclusive’ club to confront, contain China. China’s defense minister has slammed America’s approach to the Indo-Pacific region, calling it “a strategy to create conflict and confrontation, to contain and encircle others.”
Austin talks Taiwan independence, Russia’s invasion and AUKUS deal at security summit. Peace and stability across the Taiwan Straits is a matter of international concern and not just an American interest, the U.S. Defense Secretary said this week at an Asian security forum in Singapore.
Russia-Ukraine war: List of key events, day 110. Moscow-backed officials are solidifying their hold on occupied territories by installing Russian flags in and around Melitopol and Mariupol, with the sign to the port city’s entrance painted in the Russian flag colors. Russian forces have blown up a bridge over the Siverskyi Donets River, which links the cities of Severodonetsk and Lysychansk, cutting off a possible evacuation route for civilians, local officials said.
Russia likely to seize all of Luhansk in coming weeks, US official says. Russia is likely to seize control of the entire Luhansk region of Ukraine within a few weeks, a senior U.S. defense official said, as Ukraine sustains heavy casualties and its supplies of ammunition dwindle.
Ukraine deploys anti-ship harpoon missiles to the edge of Black Sea, MoD says. Ukrainian forces have deployed Harpoon anti-ship missiles to the Black Sea as a counter to Russian surface ships in the region, Minister of Defense Oleksii Reznikov said.
Swedish, US troops drill on remilitarized Baltic Sea island. U.S. Marines have conducted air drops and amphibious landings on Gotland as part of a NATO exercise in the Baltic Sea.
Russia seeks to militarize schoolchildren and censor textbooks amid war. Kremlin security chiefs are making radical changes in how history is taught.
NORTH KOREA THREAT
North Korea slams Seoul’s part in massive US-led RIMPAC naval exercise. A state-run news outlet in North Korea has railed against South Korea’s plan to participate in the world’s largest maritime exercise, led by the U.S. military.
Seoul: North Korea fires suspected artillery pieces into sea. The suspected artillery launches were the latest in a spate of weapons tests by North Korea this year.
Two Iranian aerospace staff ‘martyred’: state media. The cases are the latest in a string of mysterious deaths, many of which have been linked to Israel.
Ukraine, US-China relations dominate Asia security meeting. The war in Ukraine and China’s increasingly tense relationship with the United States featured in nearly every session of the Shangri-La Dialogue in Singapore, which ended on Sunday after three days of discussions.
Canadian police probe possible bomb threat to parliament. The intelligence branch of the border agency on Saturday warned that vehicles near parliament could be laden with explosives, according to the source, who was not authorized to speak on the record.
US MILITARY AND SPACE
Why we’d all be screwed without the Space Force. Space Marines may sound like a far-off concept, but in some ways, they are already here.
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