Europe needs a hybrid response to hybrid threats

The arrival of 15 Russian military planes filled with vehicles, doctors and medical supplies to Italy at the peak of COVID-19 pandemic in March was seen by many as a helping hand and an act of solidarity which received huge media attention. The transport of this equipment half-way through Italy on military trucks adorned with…

Coronavirus at ‘critical juncture’ as hospitalizations soar

The number of people hospitalized with coronavirus in California has jumped 56% in the last two weeks, an alarming sign of how rapidly COVID-19 is spreading and the intense pressure it’s putting on the state’s medical infrastructure. Coronavirus cases have surged over the past weeks, hitting four daily records in the last two weeks and…

Simon Armitage: ‘The events of this year are all I can see and think about’

It’s a very crowded news agenda at the moment,” says Simon Armitage, thinking back over the long weeks of pandemic, political wrangling, Black Lives Matter rallies. “But I’ve always been somebody who’s been happy to tackle current, topical subjects and write about public events – that’s something that I’ve been doing for the past 30…

Russian voters back reforms allowing Putin to stay until 2036

Moscow (AFP) – Russians overwhelmingly approved a package of constitutional changes in a nationwide vote, partial results showed Wednesday, allowing President Vladimir Putin to potentially extend his two-decade rule until 2036. With just over 85 percent of ballots counted after the end of seven days of voting, 77.8 percent of voters had supported the reforms,…

Compton Cowboys shed light on the forgotten history of the African-American rancher

The Streets Raised Us. Horses Saved Us. That’s the powerful tagline embodied by the Compton Cowboys, a group of 10 people in the inner pocket of downtown Los Angeles that not only illuminate the art of urban ranching but the often buried history of African-American horsemen. “We were all born and raised in the inner-city streets; we could have been victims….

The New Dynamic Cyber Threat Environment

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COVID-19 update for June 30: Here’s the latest on coronavirus in B.C.

Article content continued The decision came after Major League Baseball opted to suspend an agreement to supply players to its minor league affiliates. The Canadians, who play in the single-A, short-season Northwest League, are a farm team of the Toronto Blue Jays. “Our only priority throughout this entire process has always been the health and…