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Ukraine, Russia report downing drones from overnight attacks

Ukraine, Russia report downing drones from overnight attacks

Ukraine’s military said Thursday it shot down all 13 aerial drones launched by Russia in overnight attacks, while Russia’s military reported destroying 20 Ukrainian drones. The Ukrainian air force said its air defenses intercepted drones over the Dnipropetrovsk, Ivano-Frankivsk, Kherson, Khmelnytskyi, Poltava, Ternopil and Vinnytsia regions. Serhiy Lysak, the regional governor in Dnipropetrovsk, reported on Telegram damage to two homes, but no injuries. Ivano-Frankivsk’s governor, Svitlana Onyshchuk, said on Telegram that falling debris from the downed drones started multiple fires. The bulk of Ukraine’s aerial attack focused on the Belgorod region along the border between the two countries. The Russian defense ministry said it destroyed 16 drones and two missiles over Belgorod, where the regional governor, Vyacheslav Gladkov, reported damage to a home and one person injured. Russian air defenses also shot down three drones over the Rostov region and one more over Voronezh, the country’s defense ministry said. Vasily Golubev, the governor of Rostov, said falling debris damaged an industrial building and injured one person. G7 meetings Foreign ministers from the Group of Seven …

Security agencies warn election officials to brace for attacks on US presidential race

Security agencies warn election officials to brace for attacks on US presidential race

washington —  U.S. intelligence and security agencies are trying to prepare election officials for a wave of new attacks aiming to destroy voter confidence in November’s presidential election, just as a series of reports warn some familiar adversaries are starting to ramp up their efforts. The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA), along with the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI) and the FBI, issued a new warning on Wednesday that “the usual suspects” — Russia, China and Iran — are looking for ways to stoke tensions and divide American voters. All three countries, the guidance said, are “leveraging influence operations exploiting perceived sociopolitical divisions to undermine confidence in U.S. democratic institutions.” The new guidance warned that the three countries are using fake online accounts and various proxies, including state-sponsored media organizations, to spread disinformation and sow doubt. It also cautioned that Russia, China and Iran are using real people, including social media influencers, “to wittingly or unwittingly promote their narratives.” “The elections process is the golden thread of American democracy, which is …

Were COVID-19 Vaccines to Blame for Infertility? Heart Attacks? A New Report Weighs In | Health News

Were COVID-19 Vaccines to Blame for Infertility? Heart Attacks? A New Report Weighs In | Health News

The Moderna and Pfizer COVID-19 vaccines can cause myocarditis but evidence suggests they don’t cause infertility, Guillain-Barré syndrome or Bell’s palsy, according to a new report. The report from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine reviewed evidence for more than a dozen potential harms of the COVID-19 vaccines after the Health Resources and Services Administration requested it form a committee to do so. The report addresses many of the health conditions that fueled vaccine skepticism during the COVID-19 pandemic. The Best Cartoons on Health Care Myocarditis and pericarditis – inflammation of the heart muscle and the lining outside the heart, respectively – have rarely been observed after the Moderna and Pfizer shots. It’s more common among young males within a week of receiving the second shot. Most patients respond well to medicine and recover quickly. The committee found that evidence suggests the Moderna and Pfizer COVID-19 vaccines don’t cause Guillain-Barré syndrome – a rare condition in which a person’s own immune system attacks their body’s nerves. Data additionally suggests the shots don’t cause …

Russia launches ‘false flag attacks’ on huge nuclear plant | World | News

Russia launches ‘false flag attacks’ on huge nuclear plant | World | News

Drone attacks against the occupied Zaporizhzhia Nuclear Power Plant (ZNPP) earlier this month were part of a “well-planned false flag operation” by Russia, Ukraine has said. Kyiv’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations Sergiy Kyslytsya told a Security Council meeting on Monday that, “What happened at the ZNPP on 7th and 9th of April 2024 and thereafter was a well-planned false flag operation by the Russian Federation.” According to reports, the nuclear facility – the largest in Europe – sustained at least three direct strikes on April 7, while another drone attack targeted the plant’s nearby training centre two days later. The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) described the strikes as a “major escalation” sparking fears of a nuclear disaster. Radiation released from the plant would likely spill into NATO countries, sparking fears of World War 3. The Security Council met on Monday to discuss safety and security at the Zaporizhzhia plant, which has been occupied by Vladimir Putin’s forces since March 2022, the month after Russia’s invasion began. READ MORE: Russian oligarch’s fight could …

Britain’s Leaders Condemn Iran’s Attacks but Urge Israel to Show Restraint

Britain’s Leaders Condemn Iran’s Attacks but Urge Israel to Show Restraint

Prime Minister Rishi Sunak of Britain on Monday combined a strong condemnation of Iran’s weekend attack on Israel with a call for restraint from “all sides,” adding that he was working with allies to lower tensions in the region. Speaking to the British Parliament, Mr. Sunak described Iran’s assault as a “reckless and dangerous escalation,” confirmed that British planes had destroyed an undisclosed number of Iranian drones, and said that — faced with such threats — “Israel has our full support.” But in a finely calibrated set of comments to lawmakers, Mr. Sunak also said that “all sides must show restraint.” He said he plans to speak soon by phone with his Israeli counterpart, Benjamin Netanyahu, and added: “We are working urgently with our allies to de-escalate the situation and prevent further bloodshed. We want to see calmer heads prevail.” British condemnation of Iran was clear. Mr. Sunak said the government in Tehran was “intent on sowing chaos” in the region, and had shown its “true colors.” But in a two-hour question and answer session, …

Iran’s attacks on Israel bring a covert war into view. What now?

Iran’s attacks on Israel bring a covert war into view. What now?

“Iran understands it’s relatively weak in the region, and so it had to make sure that whatever action it took was sufficiently significant to send a very strong message but not so successful that it would invite retaliation not only from Israel, but from Israel’s allies,” Rodger Shanahan, a Middle East analyst based in Australia, said in a phone interview Monday from Lebanon. William F. Wechsler, senior director of Middle East Programs at the Atlantic Council, an international affairs think tank, similarly argued that the nature of Tehran’s retaliatory mission was telling.  “Iran sent an unmistakable signal that it wanted to avoid a further escalation that could spark a truly regional war,” Wechsler said in an analysis. “It chose long-range attacks that could be readily thwarted by known Israeli defenses and pointedly did not target any U.S. facilities.” Tehran — which does not officially recognize Israel’s existence, has long championed the Palestinian cause and celebrated Hamas’ Oct. 7 attack as a “victory” — has worked to frame its weekend strikes as a “legitimate” and “responsible” …

Ukraine’s attacks on Russian oil refineries deepen tensions with U.S.

Ukraine’s attacks on Russian oil refineries deepen tensions with U.S.

BRUSSELS — When Vice President Harris met privately with Volodymyr Zelensky at the Munich Security Conference in February, she told the Ukrainian leader something he didn’t want to hear: Refrain from attacking Russian oil refineries, a tactic U.S. officials believed would raise global energy prices and invite more aggressive Russian retaliation inside Ukraine. The request, according to officials familiar with the matter, irritated Zelensky and his top aides, who view Kyiv’s string of drone strikes on Russian energy facilities as a rare bright spot in a grinding war with a bigger and better equipped foe. Zelensky brushed off the recommendation, uncertain whether it reflected the consensus position of the Biden administration, these people said. But in subsequent weeks, Washington reinforced the warning in multiple conversations with Kyiv, including by national security adviser Jake Sullivan, who traveled to Ukraine’s capital in March, and other senior U.S. defense and intelligence officials. Instead of acquiescing to the U.S. requests, however, Ukraine doubled down on the strategy, striking a range of Russian facilities, including an April 2 attack on …

Biden Tells Netanyahu To Refrain From Offensive Attacks After Iran Strikes: Report

Biden Tells Netanyahu To Refrain From Offensive Attacks After Iran Strikes: Report

Iran launched an unprecedented wave of more than 300 drones and missiles toward Israel on Saturday evening in retaliation for a deadly airstrike conducted by Israel in Syria two weeks ago. After the attack, which was largely thwarted by Israel’s Iron Dome and allied military support, US President Joe Biden spoke with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and urged his Israeli counterpart to refrain from retaliatory attacks, multiple outlets reported Sunday morning In a White House statement, Biden condemned the strikes in “the strongest possible terms” and said he reaffirmed to the Israeli Prime Minister his “ironclad commitment to the security of Israel.”  The president also praised Israel’s “remarkable capacity to defend against and defeat even unprecedented attacks,” as the Iranian strikes were intercepted mainly by Israel’s air defense systems, with the help of the US.  White House spokesman John Kirby called Israel’s response an “incredible military achievement” on Sunday and said that Biden “doesn’t believe” the situation needs to escalate into a broader war. The president’s statement didn’t say whether he encouraged Netanyahu to refrain …

4 German teens, connected to ISIS, arrested for plotting attacks against churches & synagogues

4 German teens, connected to ISIS, arrested for plotting attacks against churches & synagogues

Cologne Cathedral, Cologne GermanyCredit: © Raimond Spekking, Wikipedia, CC BY-SA 4.0 According to Deutsche Welle, a German state broadcaster, authorities arrested four teenagers in Germany who were plotting attacks on churches and synagogues in that country, the Daily Wire reports. According to the Daily Wire, the group, which included two teenage girls, “had ‘glorified’ ISIS and ‘declared themselves ready’ to carry out an ‘Islamist-motivated terror attack.’” The group, which had a collection of weapons including Molotov cocktails and machetes, had declared themselves “ready to commit murder and manslaughter and preparing a serious act of violence,” Deutsche Welle report. The four were intercepted after police investigated one of the girls, who was suspected of wanting to travel to Syria to join ISIS. An examination of her phone uncovered evidence of the proposed attack in four German cities, Düsseldorf, Dortmund, Iserlohn, and Cologne.

In his last rally before hush money trial, Trump attacks judge and prosecutors

In his last rally before hush money trial, Trump attacks judge and prosecutors

Former U.S. President Donald Trump speaks during a campaign event in Schnecksville, Pa., Saturday, April 13, 2024. Joe Lamberti/AP hide caption toggle caption Joe Lamberti/AP Former U.S. President Donald Trump speaks during a campaign event in Schnecksville, Pa., Saturday, April 13, 2024. Joe Lamberti/AP SCHNECKSVILLE, Pa. — Former President Donald Trump on Saturday lit into New York prosecutors and the criminal hush money case they brought against him during his last rally before what he called a “communist show trial” begins Monday. “I will be forced to sit fully gagged. I’m not allowed to talk. They want to take away my constitutional right to talk,” said Trump, who has been barred from publicly discussing potential witnesses and jurors but not the judge or prosecutors. “I’m proud to do it for you,” Trump told a crowd in northeast Pennsylvania. “Have a good time watching.” Trump spoke as Israel was fighting off a retaliatory drone attack from Iran that threatened to tip into a regional war in the Middle East. After a short mention of the attack, …