Alphabet’s Loon launches balloon internet service in Kenya

Alphabet Inc began offering the world’s first commercial high-speed internet using balloons to villagers in remote regions of Kenya’s Rift Valley on Wednesday. The service is run by Loon, a unit of Google’s parent Alphabet, and Telkom Kenya, the East African nation’s third largest telecoms operator. “Kenya is the first country… to have base stations… Read More Alphabet’s Loon launches balloon internet service in Kenya

China gives terms for participation in arms control talks

China would “be happy to” participate in trilateral arms control negotiations with the United States and Russia, but only if the United States were willing to reduce its nuclear arsenal to China’s level, a senior Chinese diplomat said on Wednesday. Washington has repeatedly called for China to join in trilateral negotiations to extend New START,… Read More China gives terms for participation in arms control talks

Tensions mount between France and Turkey following NATO naval incident

For France, it was the final straw. For Turkey, it was a misunderstanding. For NATO, it could be a turning point. The incident unfolded quickly in the eastern Mediterranean on June 10, when a French frigate under NATO command tried to inspect a Tanzanian-flagged cargo ship suspected of smuggling arms to Libya in violation of… Read More Tensions mount between France and Turkey following NATO naval incident

Judge denies Dakota Access initial request to stay pipeline order

A federal judge on Tuesday denied an initial request by owners of the Dakota Access oil pipeline (DAPL) that asked the court to reconsider its order to shut the 570,000 barrel-a-day line within a month, court records show. Dakota Access LLC, controlled by Energy Transfer, filed a motion to stay a ruling by the U.S.… Read More Judge denies Dakota Access initial request to stay pipeline order

U.S. charge sons of former Panama president with bribery, money laundering

U.S. prosecutors have charged two sons of former Panamanian President Ricardo Martinelli in connection with bribery and money laundering linked to Brazilian construction firm Odebrecht, according to a federal complaint unsealed on Monday. Luis Enrique Martinelli, 38, and Ricardo Alberto Martinelli, 40, were arrested earlier in the day in Guatemala City as they attempted to… Read More U.S. charge sons of former Panama president with bribery, money laundering

Brazil’s President Jair Bolsonaro tests positive for coronavirus

Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro said on Tuesday he tested positive for the novel coronavirus after months of playing down the severity of the virus and defying medical experts, even as the pandemic killed more than 65,000 people in his country. The right-wing populist told a group of television reporters that he had developed symptoms at… Read More Brazil’s President Jair Bolsonaro tests positive for coronavirus

U.S. to ask foreign students to leave if all classes taken online

Foreign students must leave the United States if their school’s classes this fall will be taught completely online or transfer to another school with in-person instruction, the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agency announced on Monday. It was not immediately clear how many student visa holders would be affected by the move, but foreign… Read More U.S. to ask foreign students to leave if all classes taken online

Two dead, eight injured following shooting at nightclub in South Carolina

Ten people were shot early on Sunday in a Greenville, South Carolina, nightclub in an outburst of suspected gang-related violence that killed two people and critically injured two others, police said. Police believe more than one shooter fled the chaotic scene at the Lavish Lounge club before deputies arrived. A very large crowd had packed… Read More Two dead, eight injured following shooting at nightclub in South Carolina