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Drugs tests in school in Philippines ‘could put students at risk’ amid bloody war

“The safety of Philippine high school and college students could be endangered by government plans to introduce random mandatory drugs tests on campus, Human Rights Watch has warned” writes Nicola Smith for telegraph.co.uk. But the move comes against the backdrop of President Rodrigo Duterte’s year long war on drugs, during which more than 7,000 suspected drug dealers and users have been killed by the police or by vigilante assassins accused of having links to the authorities. At least 21 people were killed in police raids overnight on Tuesday near the…

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A 93-year-old World War II veteran returned a fallen Japanese soldier’s flag to his family

“For the first time in 73 years, the Yasue family can finally receive closure for the brother that never came home from war” writes Sgt Neysa Huertas for businessinsider.com.au. He cared for the flag meticulously and never once forgot the promise he made to Yasue as he took the flag from him in the midst of war. Source: businessinsider.com.au Share This:

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The Supreme Art of War on the Korean Peninsula: Regime …

“A strategy of regime change by targeting the mind of Kim Jong Un is far less costly than any direct military option” writes Jeffrey Lewis for foreignpolicy.com. Moreover, a strategy of regime change by targeting Kim’s mind does not require Chinese and South Korean cooperation, although such cooperation would certainly be helpful.While the U.S. goal of a denuclearized Korean Peninsula is a valid strategic goal, nearly everything the U.S. does strengthens Kim’s strategy of regime preservation. Source: foreignpolicy.com Share This:

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Will Japan’s haven status hold up amid North Korean tensions?

“The South Korean won USDKRW, -0.14% would, of course, suffer in case of a war as the nation would face physical confrontations along its Northern border” writes Anneken Tappe for marketwatch.com. The relationship between the Japanese currency and risk aversion is based on Japan’s so-called current accounts — a broad gauge of the country’s trade in goods and services, including employee wages and income from investments. Source: marketwatch.com Share This:

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Even A ‘Minor’ Nuclear War Would Be An Ecological Disaster Felt Throughout The World

“Supporters of the treaty argue that even a limited, regional nuclear war would produce a catastrophic and global humanitarian crisis” writes Follow The Conversation for huffingtonpost.co.uk. Nuclear war is also a war on the environment The greatest concern derives from relatively new research which has modelled the indirect effects of nuclear detonations on the environment and climate.This is why so many medical and public health organisations have been campaigning to make nuclear weapons illegal.A large-scale nuclear war between the US and Russia would be far worse.Continued adversarial rhetoric from both…

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Ten years after the crash, there’s barely suppressed civil war in Britain

“The credit crisis that began in August 2007, the ensuing banking crash and global recession” writes Aditya Chakrabortty for theguardian.com. We could have used the crash to make Britain a far more equal and democratic society.And, most importantly, the combination of those first two factors means the crash that began in 2007 cannot be consigned to the past.Whatever technical reforms have followed on from the crash, the economic and business model that created it remains intact. Source: theguardian.com Share This:

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Stocks close higher as geopolitical fears ease

“U.S. stocks closed higher Monday led by gains in financial and technology shares as reactions to last week’s war of words between North Korea and the U.S. found balance” writes Wallace Witkowski for marketwatch.com. The Dow Jones Industrial Average DJIA, +0.62% closed up 135.39 points, or 0.6%, to finish at 21,993.71, with shares of Visa Inc.The S&P 500 index SPX, +1.00% rose 24.52 points, or 1%, to close at 2,465.84, its largest one-day percentage gain since April 24, with 10 out of 11 sectors finishing higher and big gains in…

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This coin reveals when Rome became an empire

“After the war, however, Roman coins (like the one above) match the signature of the silver mines in the Iberian Peninsula” writes Lizzie Wade for sciencemag.org. Before the war, which featured Hannibal and his famous elephants, lead isotopes in Roman coins corresponded to sources of silver around Greece and Italy, researchers report today at the Goldschmidt Conference, which focuses on geochemistry, in Paris. Source: sciencemag.org Share This:

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China warns against ‘trade war’ with USA…

“The Korean peninsula nuclear issue and the China-US trade issue are totally different and it’s not appropriate to use one issue as a tool to keep pressure on the other issue.”” reports yahoo.com. China warned Monday that nobody would win in a “trade war” with the United States as President Donald Trump prepared to launch an investigation into Chinese intellectual property practices.The US officials, however, said the North Korean issue and the investigation into China’s trade practices are not linked.”I believe China and the US should continue to work together…

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Korea tensions ease slightly as U.S. officials play down war risks

“The United States and South Korea remain technically still at war with North Korea after the 1950-53 Korean conflict ended with a truce, not a peace treaty” reports nypost.com. Concern that North Korea is close to achieving its goal of putting the mainland United States within range of a nuclear weapon has underpinned a spike in tensions in recent months.SEOUL/BEIJING – Tensions on the Korean peninsula eased slightly on Monday as South Korea’s president said resolving Pyongyang’s nuclear ambitions must be done peacefully and key U.S. officials played down the…

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