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France’s Innovative Maritime Security Engagement in the Indo-Pacific

With a wide range of activities and capabilities, France is making contributions to maritime security throughout the Indo-Pacific region.

Paris, Apr.3.– In July, France will take over the chairmanship of the Indian Ocean Naval Symposium for 2020-22. The first summit meeting, to be held in La Réunion, was Super Hornet landing on the Charles de Gaulle aircraft carrierSuper Hornet landing on the Charles de Gaulle aircraft carrierpostponed from late June to November. France’s chairmanship is an important symbol of the growing regional integration of French territories in the Indian and Pacific oceans, encouraged by Paris, and of the growing importance of maritime security issues in French strategy in the Indo-Pacific. The main reasons of the latter are threefold.

First, with nearly 2 million nationals living in the region and an EEZ of 9 million square kilometers, the protection of national maritime spaces and their resources constitutes a fundamental mission of the 7,000 French soldiers deployed permanently on five bases (La Réunion, Djibouti, Abu Dhabi, Nouméa, Papeete), notwithstanding naval forces sent on a regular base from metropolitan France.

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World Health Organization under the microscope – What went wrong with coronavirus?

March 27.– As coronavirus started seeping from its origins in a Wuhan wet market in China late last year, the information coming from the World Health Organization (WHO) The Director General of WHO (right) in a press conference with the US Secretary General (left)The Director General of WHO (right) in a press conference with the US Secretary General (left)was one of dismissal, in line with the Chinese Communist Party's muzzling of the disease's potency.

"Preliminary investigations conducted by the Chinese authorities have found no clear evidence of human-to-human transmission of the novel #coronavirus (2019-nCoV) identified in #Wuhan, #China,"  WHO tweeted in January.

Thus, after being left mostly unchecked in those first critical few weeks of inception, coronavirus – officially termed COVID-19 – has since infected upwards of 600,000 people globally and claimed the lives of some 27,000.

So what went wrong?

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What the Coronavirus Stimulus Package Means for US residents and citizens

March 27.– Today, the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act (CARES) — a $2 trillion stimulus package to provide financial relief to individuals, President Trump signs the CARES billPresident Trump signs the CARES billfamilies and businesses — was signed into law. The 2020 coronavirus stimulus package will deliver relief through a range of measures, including an advanced tax rebate to taxpayers.

Stimulus Checks for Individuals and Joint Taxpayers

Stimulus checks — up to $1,200 for individuals, $2,400 for joint taxpayers and an additional $500 for each qualifying child — will be based on information from your most recent tax filings, either 2019 or 2018 if you have not yet filed this season.

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South Korean democracy in crisis

Seoul, March 21.– South Korea’s Justice Minister Choo Mi-ae recently rejected Turmoil in So. Korean ParliamentTurmoil in So. Korean Parliamentthe National Assembly’s request for the prosecution documents indicting 13 individuals, including former staff and other allies of President Moon Jae-in, on charges of unlawfully intervening in the 2018 Ulsan mayoral election.

This exposes alarming signs that South Korean democracy is in crisis under Moon. The 13 suspects include three former senior presidential secretaries as well as Ulsan Mayor Song Cheol-ho and Vice Mayor Song Byeong-gi.

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Syrian army blocks US military convoy in Northeastern Hasakah and force it to move back

Government forces blocked US convoy and groups of angry local residents, upset with its presence in the region, threw stones at the US troops.

Turkish-backed militants breach ceasefire in Idlib.

Vladimir Putin and Recep Tayyip Erdogan reaffirmed the importance of continued close joint efforts, first of all between the Russian and Turkish defense ministries, in order to ensure a stable ceasefire and further stabilization of the situation"

Hasakah, March 24.– Syrian government forces blocked a US military convoy in the village of Kuzelia, Hasakah province, northeastern Syria, on March 8, 2020 as local residents pelt the American soldiers with stones.

A US military convoy has been forced to retreat from an area in Syria’s northeastern province of Hasakah after government forces blocked its way and groups of angry local residents, upset with its presence in the region, threw stones at the US convoy.

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