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U.S. successfully tests medium-range cruise missile after exiting INF treaty

via The Japan Times    Aug 20, 2019

This U.S. Department of Defense handout photo taken Sunday at 2:30 p.m. Pacific Daylight Time shows a flight test of a conventionally configured ground-launched cruise missile at San Nicolas Island, California. The test missile exited its ground mobile launcher and accurately impacted its target after more than 500 km of flight. | SCOTT HOWE / DOD / VIA AFP-JIJI

The U.S. Defense Department announced on Monday the test of a medium-range ground-launched cruise missile, just weeks after tearing up the Cold War-era pact with ...

Bangladesh and UNHCR to survey Rohingya regarding return to Myanmar after earlier repatriation bid failed

via The Japan Times    Aug 20, 2019

Rohingya refugees shout slogans against repatriation at the Unchiprang camp near Cox's Bazar, in Bangladesh last fall. Myanmar and Bangladesh are making a second attempt to start repatriating Rohingya Muslims after more than 700,000 of them fled a security crackdown in Myanmar almost two years ago, the U.N. refugee agency said Friday. | AP

Bangladesh will work with the United Nations refugee agency to determine if more than 3,000 Rohingya refugees will accept Myanmar’s offer to return home, an ...

Controversial study links fluoridated water during pregnancy to lower IQ in offspring

via The Japan Times    Aug 20, 2019

Tap water is seen in Washington Monday. A study published Monday links exposure to fluoridated tap water during pregnancy to lower IQ scores in infants, but several outside experts expressed concern over its methodology and questioned its findings. Fluoride has been added to community water supplies in industrial countries to prevent tooth decay since the 1950s. | AFP-JIJI

A study published Monday linked consumption of fluoridated tap water during pregnancy to lower IQ scores in infants, a finding at odds with decades of ...

Immigrants in U.S. detention sue over alleged poor conditions and shoddy medical care

via The Japan Times    Aug 20, 2019

Members of criminal justice, disability rights and immigration organizations announce a class-action lawsuit filed on behalf of thousands of people suffering in ICE detention centers for unconstitutional medical, mental health, and disability accommodations, during a news conference outside the Roybal Federal Courthouse in Los Angeles Monday. The lawsuit filed on behalf of 15 immigrants from countries including Sudan and Mexico and nonprofits seeks to represent immigrant detainees across the country. | AP

Immigrants held in U.S. detention facilities filed a lawsuit Monday decrying what they called shoddy medical care and a failure by authorities to provide accommodations ...

Danish leader calls Trump’s notion of buying resource-rich Greenland ‘absurd’

via The Japan Times    Aug 20, 2019

Danish Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen is greeted by Greenland Premier Kim Kielsen as she arrives in Nuuk, Greenland, Sunday. | RITZAU SCANPIX / VIA REUTERS

Greenland is not for sale and U.S. President Donald Trump’s idea of buying the semi-autonomous Danish territory in the Arctic from Denmark is “an absurd ...

Japan and U.S. officials discuss North Korea’s missiles and denuclearization process

via The Japan Times    Aug 20, 2019

A senior Japanese official and visiting U.S. Special Representative for North Korea Stephen Biegun on Monday discussed coordination over denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula.During the ...

G7 summit likely to skip communique, reflecting gulf between U.S. and Europe, Japan source says

via The Japan Times    Aug 20, 2019

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and U.S. President Donald Trump talk during the Group of 20 summit meeting in Osaka on June 28. | KYODO

The Group of Seven major industrial nations is on course to forgo adopting a communique at a three-day summit from Saturday in Biarritz, southwestern France, ...

Planned Parenthood to leave U.S. federal program rather than follow ban on abortion referrals

via The Japan Times    Aug 20, 2019

A Planned Parenthood clinic is seen in St. Louis. The CEO of the organization said its health centers will remain open and will strive to make up for the loss of federal money. | AP

Planned Parenthood said Monday it is pulling out of the federal family planning program rather than abide by a new Trump administration rule prohibiting clinics ...

Iranian foreign minister likely to visit in late August to discuss situation in strategic Strait of Hormuz

via The Japan Times    Aug 19, 2019

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif speaks during a news conference in Tehran on Aug. 5. | WANA / VIA REUTERS / VIA KYODO

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif is likely to visit Japan this month for talks on the situation in the strategic Strait of Hormuz, it ...

Still unsafe for human habitation: Wildlife now roam where U.S. once forged its deadliest weapons

via The Japan Times    Aug 19, 2019

An osprey feeds a chick nested atop a platform adjacent to the the Hanford Reach National Monument along the Columbia River near Richland, Washington, Wednesday. A handful of sites where the U.S. manufactured and tested some of the most lethal weapons known to humankind are now peaceful havens for wildlife, where animals and habitats flourished because the sites banned the public and most other intrusions for decades. | AP

From a tiny Pacific island to a leafy Indiana forest, a handful of sites where the United States manufactured and tested some of the most ...

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