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Iran threatens retaliation after what it calls possible cyber attack on nuclear site

Natanz nuclear facility, IranIran will retaliate against any country that carries out cyber attacks on its nuclear sites, the head of civilian defence said, after a fire at its Natanz plant which some Iranian officials said may have been caused by cyber sabotage.

The Natanz uranium-enrichment site, much of which is underground, is one of several Iranian facilities monitored by inspectors of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), the U.N. nuclear watchdog.

Iran’s top security body said on Friday that the cause of the “incident” at the nuclear site had been determined, but “due to security considerations” it would be announced at a convenient time.

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Finnish Air Force removes swastika from logo after 100 years

Finnish air force removes swastika

The Finnish Air Force quietly dropped a swastika from the official logo of its Air Force Command and replaced it with a golden eagle after a century.

While the use of a swastika in the Air Force Command's insignia dates back to before Nazi Germany, the change occurred to avoid confusion and false associations.

"Undeniably, we've had to explain from time to time the history of the (Finnish Air Force) swastika that dates back to 1918," said Brig. Gen. Jari Mikkonen at Air Force Command Finland. "It caused misunderstandings with our foreign partners, so continuing to use it was considered inappropriate and unnecessary."

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EU excludes United States from 'safe' travel list

EU excludes US from travel- The European Union has excluded the United States from its initial “safe list” of countries from which the bloc will allow non-essential travel from Wednesday.

The 27-member bloc gave approval on Tuesday to leisure or business travel from 14 countries beyond its borders, the Council of the EU, which represents EU governments, said in a statement.

The countries are Algeria, Australia, Canada, Georgia, Japan, Montenegro, Morocco, New Zealand, Rwanda, Serbia, South Korea, Thailand, Tunisia and Uruguay.

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Trump’s Decision to Freeze WHO Funding Worries the US Military

Chinese worker loads medical supplies to ZimbabweThe US military’s Africa Command, known as Africom, raised concerns during a recent meeting about President Donald Trump’s decision to suspend payments to the World Health Organization (WHO), according to documents obtained exclusively by The Nation. On April 23, the officials “highlighted some of the negative impacts related to the POTUS halt on WHO funding,” according to minutes marked “for official use only.”

Some two dozen individuals attended the meeting via Skype, according to the readout, which reveals that Africom appears to fear that if the United States stops contributing to the WHO during the Covid-19 pandemic, China will use that as an opportunity to expand its influence in Africa.

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World leaders pledge to fight coronavirus, but the U.S. skips the meeting

European Comnission president.

An EU-led fundraising extravaganza for Covid-19 vaccines, treatments and diagnostics fell just short of the European Commission's €7.5 billion goal on Monday — even after organizers decided to count money already spent or allocated.

But an even bigger challenge for world leaders could be keeping a pledge to fight the pandemic without fighting each other.

Russia and the United States, onetime superpower rivals in science as well as politics, pointedly did not participate, highlighting the real risk that some wealthy countries could look to control vaccines or treatments to benefit their own citizens first.

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British Prime Minister Boris Johnson tests positive for coronavirus

boris johnson tests positive

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has tested positive for the novel coronavirus and is self-isolating with what he described as “mild symptoms.” But Johnson says he “will continue to lead the government’s response via video-conference as we fight this virus.”

Meanwhile, the United States is quickly becoming the new epicenter of the global outbreak and now leads the world in confirmed cases after surpassing China’s reported total. In Washington, the House is expected to vote Friday on a $2 trillion emergency relief bill, offering a measure of solace amid a sharp downturn and uncertainty over how long restrictions on movement will remain.

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North Korea fires three weapons after threats of ‘momentous’ action

N. Korea fires three missilesNorth Korea fired three short-range projectiles off its east coast, South Korea’s military has said.

Seoul’s Joint Chiefs of Staff said the three launches were made from an town in the South Hamgyong province with missiles flying as far as 125 miles.

It is the second set of weapons testing from Pyongyang in the last 10 days and followed a four-month hiatus.

The previous round of testing was condemned by five European members of the UN Security Council, to which North Korea said: “The reckless behaviour of these countries instigated by the US will become a fuse that will trigger our yet another momentous reaction.”

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