Military & Defense 2020-04-26T10:22:00Z
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How USNS Comfort went from a symbol of hope with the president's blessing, to heading back from NYC having treated fewer than 180 patients

The Navy hospital ship arrived in New York City to great fanfare. Less than a month later, it is being sent home to Virginia.
Politics 2020-04-26T03:23:14Z
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Satellite images show a train possibly belonging to Kim Jong Un at a North Korean resort town, amid rumors about his health

A Washington-based North Korea monitoring project has reviewed satellite images showing what may be Kim Jong Un's train in a resort town.
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From growers in Peru to dealers in Paris, the coronavirus has upended the global drug trade

Growers can't sell their crops, smugglers can smuggle their drugs, and some dealers are just trying to keep their customers healthy.

Trump's immigration crackdown is creating new coronavirus hotspots

COVID-19 has effectively shown what the administration's vision for the US border would look like if it were given free rein.
Politics 2020-04-25T08:10:00Z

Boris Johnson is under pressure from his own party to reset the UK's relationship with China after Beijing 'consistently lied' about the coronavirus pandemic

Conservative members of the UK Parliament tell Business Insider that there is growing unease about China within Boris Johnson's party.
Military & Defense 2020-04-24T23:52:16Z

China sent team including medical experts to advise on North Korea's Kim Jong Un, sources say

The trip by the Chinese doctors and officials comes amid conflicting reports about the health of Kim Jong Un. His health status is still unclear.
Military & Defense 2020-04-24T21:03:00Z

US Navy recommends reinstating aircraft carrier captain fired over leaked coronavirus warning

The recommendation has reportedly been passed to the secretary of defense, who has not yet made a final decision on Capt. Brett Crozier's fate.

The Army has a growing problem with its Special Forces combat-dive teams

Army Special Forces dive teams are a rare cadre with that special force, but Army leadership has left them in rough shape.
News 2020-04-24T15:56:33Z

10 things you may have missed in the news in the past week

The coronavirus pandemic has been dominating headlines for months. Here are 10 major world events that you may have missed out on last week.
Military & Defense 2020-04-24T15:50:00Z

There is a coronavirus outbreak aboard another US Navy warship at sea — this time a destroyer

The outbreak on the destroyer USS Kidd follows an outbreak on the aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt that saw over 800 sailors catch the virus.
Politics 2020-04-24T15:25:35Z

'The country is in a state of trauma': COVID-19 has made the US a breeding ground for propaganda and a goldmine for foreign spies

"People are angry" and seeking information, a former NSC official said. "That's a ripe environment for foreign interference and disinformation."

Diary of life under bubonic plague shows how its mirrors life under the coronavirus

There were no Zoom meetings or drive-through testing in 17th-century London. But Samuel Pepys' diary reveals resemblances to the coronavirus pandemic.
Tech 2020-04-24T14:47:35Z

Trolls and bots are flooding social media with disinformation encouraging states to end quarantine

Bot Sentinel conducted an analysis and found bots and trolls are using hashtags like #ReopenAmericaNow and #StopTheMadness to spread disinformation.

The Wuhan lab at the center of conspiracy theories about the coronavirus was targeted by hackers

The WHO, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, and the US CDC were among those hit by the cyberattacks.
Politics 2020-04-24T10:08:02Z

China is injecting millions into WHO as the US cuts funds. Experts say Beijing is trying to boost its influence over the agency and its 'deeply compromised' chief.

China has pledged $50 million in added funding to the World Health Organization in the past month, while the US has frozen $400 million in funding.
Politics 2020-04-24T05:18:18Z

Duterte threatens to declare martial law, citing reported attacks on soldiers delivering coronavirus aid, and warns that 'there will be no turning back'

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has taken an aggressive approach to curb the coronavirus spread and has threatened to shoot troublemakers dead.

The Marine Corps' top general explains his decision to ban Confederate flag displays on bases

"This symbol has shown it has the power to inflame feelings of division," Gen. David Berger wrote. "I cannot have that division inside our Corps."

1,700 soldiers in Alabama were drug tested a day after 4/20, but the Army says it's 'just a coincidence'

What could be so important that some 1,700 soldiers were made to stand in formation for several hours? A drug test, that's what.

Cuba reacted fast and effectively to the coronavirus, but its isolation could endanger its recovery

Cuba has a robust healthcare system, but its lack of resources and isolation, which the US has intensified, makes responding to the pandemic harder.
Military & Defense 2020-04-23T18:33:54Z

The coronavirus pandemic could leave 'a profound economic impact' on the Pentagon

A nationwide economic contraction could mean more drastic budget cuts for which the Pentagon isn't prepared.

The Army's upgraded UH-60V Black Hawk helicopter has completed initial operational testing

The UH-60V, an upgrade of the legacy UH-60L, has a digital glass cockpit and integrated avionics suite made by Northrop Grumman.
Military & Defense 2020-04-23T16:40:43Z

US Navy finishes testing every sailor on aircraft carrier hit by coronavirus, with over 800 testing positive

The aircraft carrier is mostly empty at the moment, as around 88% of the sailors who were aboard the ship have been moved ashore.

Theodore Roosevelt sailors organized a thank-you for Marines helping them during quarantine in Guam

Roosevelt sailors quarantined in one hotel coordinated a group cheer from each of the sailors' respective balconies.
Politics 2020-04-23T16:21:00Z

Meet North Korea's most powerful woman, Kim Yo Jong: Kim Jong Un's 30-something sister who could lead the country if something happens to him since his heirs are too young

Kim Yo Jong, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un's sister, frequently appears side by side with her brother, and plays a key role in his administration.

Something is wrong with one of the military's most important airfields

Paratroopers deployed from Pope Airfield to Grenada in 1983, Panama in 1989, and Special Forces into northern Iraq in 2003. But it needs some work.

How the Air Force keeps its biggest planes flying despite the spread of COVID-19

For technicians from the 436th Maintenance Squadron, the mission hasn't changed even with the spread of the coronavirus
Military & Defense 2020-04-23T00:31:21Z

'We'll shoot them out of the water': Trump doubles down on threat to destroy Iranian gunboats that get too close to US ships

"They have guns. They have very substantial weapons on those boats. But, we'll shoot them out of the water," Trump said Wednesday evening.
Politics 2020-04-22T21:05:24Z

Coronavirus will change America forever. Past crises offer hints of what's to come.

The coronavirus crisis is already prompting debates on universal healthcare and the constitutional balance of liberty with public health.
Military & Defense 2020-04-22T21:01:50Z

The Pentagon expects major weapons programs to be held up for 3 months, but that may just be the start

The Pentagon expects a three-month delay on some of its major acquisition programs, but its suppliers may take much longer to get out of the woods.

Beijing moves to strengthen its hold on disputed islands in the South China Sea

New administrative units for the Paracel and Spratly islands are seen as helping to tighten Chinese control and help allocate resources and manpower.
Military & Defense 2020-04-22T20:00:45Z

3 US soldiers were punished for sneaking off to a bar in South Korea and returning through a hole in a fence despite coronavirus restrictions

Three US Army soldiers were caught and punished for breaking the rules by going to an off-post bar in South Korea.
Military & Defense 2020-04-22T19:49:17Z

Trump wants the US Navy to destroy Iranian gunboats that harass US ships. Here's why it doesn't do that.

"You just don't get to shoot at people for being jackasses," a retired US Navy captain told Insider.

How Trump gets it wrong about the WHO's response to the coronavirus

Comments from Trump and other members of his administration reflect an incomplete understanding of the WHO and what it does.
Transportation 2020-04-22T15:22:00Z

The 1,000-bed US Navy hospital ship that docked in New York to help the city brace for coronavirus is leaving — see inside the USNS Comfort

The hospital ship is fully equipped with 12 operating rooms, a pharmacy, a medical laboratory, and a CAT scan, to name a few features.

Airmen in the UK are wiping down 'everything a pilot would touch' in order to keep fighter jets flying

The 48th Maintenance Group is ensuring combat readiness in response to the pandemic by sanitizing the cockpit of every aircraft after each flight.

The military is sending reinforcements across the US for medical personnel lost to 'exhaustion,' 'attrition'

The head of US Northern Command has already sent reinforcements for medical personnel in a dozen states.
Military & Defense 2020-04-22T14:31:40Z

A major ISIS figure whom everyone thought was killed in Syria turned out to be living in a seaside town in Spain

"This is a major problem," an official in Belgium told Insider. "He's a well-known jihadist ... living in a rented apartment on the Spanish coast."
Politics 2020-04-22T14:08:00Z

What we know about Kim Jong Un's 3 possible heirs

Little is known about Kim Jong Un's wife, Ri Sol Ju, and even less is known about the three young children the couple is believed to have.
Tech 2020-04-22T14:05:55Z

The US Defense Department wants Mexico to reopen its factories

Mexico is among the top 10 suppliers to the US aerospace and defense sector, and the Pentagon wants its factories back on line.
Military & Defense 2020-04-22T12:28:32Z

Trump says he ordered the US Navy to 'destroy' any Iranian gunboat that harasses American ships at sea

The order comes on the heels of an incident in which 11 Iranian gunboats harassed US Navy and Coast Guard vessels operating in the Persian Gulf.
Military & Defense 2020-04-22T09:57:38Z

The 500-bed US Navy hospital ship Comfort is leaving NYC after treating just 179 patients in 3 weeks

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo told the president that NYC no longer needed the ship. It will now be sent home to Virginia to prepare for a new mission.
Military & Defense 2020-04-22T00:28:07Z

Retired Marine Corps Gen. Jim Mattis made his modeling debut wearing a $1,322 kangaroo-leather jacket

"You can put in on a billboard in Russia if you want," Jim Mattis told the company's founder.
Military & Defense 2020-04-22T00:12:36Z

'I wish him well': Trump says he's unsure of Kim Jong Un's condition but hopes 'he's doing fine'

President Trump bragged about his strong relationship with North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un, adding he may reach out to him. "We'll see how he does."

The coronavirus could make buildings sick too

A new paper highlights the concern that COVID-19 stay-at-home orders may increase the chance of harmful water exposure when people return.

'Sewage surveillance' may be early-warning tool for fighting the coronavirus

In one Dutch city, the coronavirus was detected in the sewage system days before any cases were officially confirmed through human testing.

The Navy just graduated its newest class of SEALs despite the coronavirus

In March, Naval Special Warfare decided to suspend some SEAL classes in response to the spread of the coronavirus.
Military & Defense 2020-04-21T18:59:38Z

US squadron commander at the air base bombarded by Iranian missiles thought everyone there was going to die

"I honestly thought anyone remaining behind would perish. I didn't believe anyone would survive a ballistic missile attack," she wrote.
Politics 2020-04-21T18:21:00Z

Rumors of Kim Jong Un's mysterious illness are raising questions about his line of succession. This is his family tree.

Kim Jong Un's family dynasty has been in power in North Korea since 1948. Now that he's rumored to be gravely ill, it's unclear who would succeed him.

'Bad news for everyone': How Kim Jong Un's demise could spark unrest and require a military response

Even if he isn't on his death bed, Kim does have health issues and his exit from the stage would create turmoil, experts say.
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