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Russian President Vladimir Putin addresses the Federal Assembly, including the State Duma parliamentarians, members of the Federation Council, regional governors and other high-ranking officials, in Moscow, Russia March 1, 2018. Sputnik/Alexei Nikolskyi/Kremlin via REUTERS
Russian President Vladimir Putin addresses the Federal Assembly, including the State Duma parliamentarians, members of the Federation Council, regional governors and other high-ranking officials, in Moscow, March 1, 2018. Sputnik/Alexei Nikolskyi/Kremlin via REUTERS
  • Russia announces new ‘invincible’ missiles – In a speech only weeks ahead of a presidential election he is expected to win, President Vladimir Putin said Russia has developed and is testing a new line of nuclear weapons that could strike almost any point in the world and outmaneuver U.S. defenses (The Guardian). In a televised state of the union address made in Moscow, Putin showed video and animations of ICBMs, nuclear-powered cruise missiles, underwater drones, and other weapons. He said the missile “can bypass lines of interception and is invincible in the face of all existing and future systems.” Putin explained it was necessary to develop the missiles due to former president George W. Bush in 2001 pulling out of the anti-ballistic missile treaty, signed with the Soviet Union in 1972 (The New York Times). “You didn’t listen to our country then,” Putin said. “Listen to us now.”
  • UK inquiry says post-WWII child migrants should be compensated for abuse – The Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse (IICSA) said the UK government should pay compensation to the 2,000 living former child migrants who were sent to Australia and parts of the British Empire from 1945-1970. About 4,000 children were sent to Australia, New Zealand, Canada, and Southern Rhodesia, now Zimbabwe. The inquiry heard from those who claimed they and others suffered sexual and physical abuse at the hands of those running the schools and orphanages they were sent to. No exact amount of compensation has been stipulated.

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  • If passed, this week’s proposal by China’s Communist Party to scrap presidential term limits clears the way for President Xi Jinping to remain in power indefinitely. In many countries, the move is being reported as part of a trend towards authoritarianism (The New York Times). Western governments have been mostly silent about China’s shift. Contribute to WikiTribune‘s ongoing report on the controversial law change and what it means for the country.

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  • Taurus sold almost a million handguns that can potentially fire without anyone pulling the trigger. The government won’t fix the problem. The NRA is silent. This piece in Businessweek outlines how no government entity has the power to police defective firearms or ammunition in America – or even force gunmakers to warn consumers. – Charles Anderson

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