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Source: Global News

Former Canadian, allied envoys to China call on Xi Jinping to release detained Canadians in new letter

Today 18:12 GMT

Five former Canadian ambassadors to China are among the more than 140 former diplomats and leading China experts who have signed an open letter to Chinese President Xi Jinping asking him to immediately release two detained Canadians.

According to the letter, a copy of which was shared with Global News, the signatories ask Xi to release Michael Kovrig and Michael Spavor, who were detained last month on widely questioned accusations of “endangering national security” following the arrest of Huawei CFO Meng Wanzhou in Canada.

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Source: Fox News

Taliban attack on military base kills at least 45, Afghan officials say

Today 18:11 GMT

Afghanistan was reeling on Tuesday from a brazen Taliban assault on a military base in the country's east the previous day that killed at least 45 people and wounded as many as 70, most of them military personnel, according to provincial officials.

The simultaneousness of the events — the deadly attack, one of the worst Taliban assaults on Afghan forces in recent years — and the Qatar meeting that was meant to pave way for talks aimed at resolving Afghanistan's 17-year war, underscored the audacity of the insurgents in the face of stepped-up U.S. peace efforts.

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Source: Common Domain

Don’t make this one Social Security blunder

Today 18:11 GMT

It’s starting to collect Social Security early…while at the same time either buying a private annuity, or taking an annuity from your company pension plan instead of a lump sum.

“Delaying Social Security is equivalent to purchasing an inflation-indexed life annuity,” note Bronshtein and her co-authors. So it usually makes more sense to take cash now from other sources, and delay getting your checks from Uncle Sam, than it does to start getting checks from Uncle Sam now and simultaneously buy a private annuity.

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Source: DW

Zimbabwe president pledges probe into protest crackdown

Today 18:11 GMT

Unrest over a sharp increase in fuel prices had got so bad that Zimbabwe President Emmerson Mnangagwa cut short an investment-seeking trip to Europe.

At least 78 people were treated for gunshot injuries sustained during the crackdown, according to the Zimbabwe Human Rights NGO Forum, which recorded more than 240 incidents of assault and torture. The events were "regrettable," Mnangagwa said on Twitter and added that "violence or misconduct by security forces was unacceptable and a betrayal of the new Zimbabwe ... and will be investigated."

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Source: The Guradian

Xi warns China to maintain political security against 'black swans' of economic volatility

Today 18:11 GMT

China’s security forces must “stress the prevention and resistance of colour revolutions and firmly fight to protect China’s political security,” Zhao said. Xi added that economic security would also be a priority, warning his party to be on guard against “black swans” – unpredictable events that can derail an economy – as well as “grey rhinoceroses”, known risks that go ignored until too late.

Yet Xi’s remarks focused more on the “political” and “ideological security” as the country’s main priorities going forward. He stressed the campaign would be focused on training the next generation to uphold “socialism with Chinese characteristics”, the Chinese Communist party’s adaptation of Marxism-Leninism.

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Source: Global News

Ralph Goodale, Navdeep Bains say firms beyond controversial Huawei could build Canada’s 5G network

Today 17:16 GMT

Federal Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale and Innovation Minister Navdeep Bains pushed back Monday at China’s ambassador to Canada, who warned last week of repercussions if the federal government bars Huawei from supplying equipment for faster, more resilient communications systems than cellphone users have now.

A pair of federal cabinet ministers said Monday that Chinese telecom giant Huawei isn’t the only company that can build Canada’s next-generation wireless networks, as China muted its threat to retaliate if Canada bans the company.

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Source: Common Domain

Facebook, Germany to Collaborate Against Election Interference

Today 12:40 GMT

Facebook Inc. FB 1.17% Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg said the company will work with the German ministry for information security in a broad effort to guide policy here and throughout Europe on election interference.

Effort will build on previous work between the embattled social network and regulator ahead of European parliamentary votes this spring

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Source: Common Domain

Carlos Ghosn Offers to Pay for Ankle Monitor, Security to Get Bail in Japan

Today 12:40 GMT

Carlos Ghosn scaled back his request for bail as his detention stretches into its ninth week, promising to stay in Tokyo and pay for an ankle monitor and security guards to ensure he doesn’t flee.

He offered to wear an ankle monitor and have his movements monitored by court-approved security guards at his own expense. He said he would refrain from contacting anyone who could be a witness against him and report to prosecutors daily.

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Source: The Guradian

Turkey offers to take over security in Syrian city of Manbij

Today 09:54 GMT

Turkey is ready to take over security in the Syrian city where four US citizens died in an Islamic State-claimed bombing last week, President Recep Tayyip Erdo?an told Donald Trump in a telephone call on Sunday, the Turkish presidency said.

The SDF said on Wednesday it was ready to help create one, as fears grew that the US withdrawal would give Turkey the opportunity to mount a fresh assault.

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Source: Global News

Russian senator warns U.S. warship in Black Sea to keep its distance

Monday 11:45 GMT

Visits to the Black Sea by U.S. warships have nothing to do with U.S. security and are motivated by domestic politics, prominent Russian senator Alexei Pushkov said on Sunday, warning they should stay away from the Russian coast.

The U.S. guided-missile destroyer Donald Cook began moving towards the Black Sea on Saturday, “to conduct maritime security operations and enhance regional maritime stability, combined readiness and naval capability,” a U.S. navy statement said.

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Source: BBC

Zimbabwe calls crackdown a 'foretaste'

Monday 23:39 GMT

Access to the internet was intermittent throughout the week, but people found they were unable to use social media and the WhatsApp messaging platform, which has become a common way to share news.

The president announced his decision to return early on Twitter, saying his trip had been "highly productive" but that his "first priority is to get Zimbabwe calm, stable and working again". They feel that the president, who has been on a tour of Russia and Asian countries, is failing to live up to his promises following his election last year in disputed polls.

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Source: Reuters

After Westgate debacle, quick end to latest Kenyan attack shows...

Monday 18:10 GMT

However, the attack was over in 20 hours - a far cry from the four-day-long incident at Westgate shopping mall in 2013, which ended with 67 dead, some from friendly fire, and the Kenyan army going on a massive looting spree among the bodies.

The relatively swift end to an attack on a Nairobi hotel and office complex highlights improvements in Kenya’s counterterrorism capabilities since Somali militants overran a shopping mall in the same neighborhood five years ago.


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