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Nuclear Flash Cards: US Secrets Exposed on Learning Apps

U.S. troops charged with guarding nuclear weapons in Europe used popular education websites to create flash cards, exposing their exact locations and top-secret security protocols, according to the investigative site Bellingcat on Friday. To familiarize themselves with things like which shelters in various locations had “hot” vaults with live nuclear bombs, with security patrol schedules, and with identification badge details, the soldiers created digital flash card sets on apps like Chegg Prep, Quizlet and Cram.  “By simply searching online for terms publicly known to be associated with nuclear weapons, Bellingcat was able to discover cards used by military personnel serving at all six European military bases reported to store nuclear devices,” wrote Foeke Postma, author of the Bellingcat article. They found one set of 70 flashcards on Chegg, titled “Study!”, which noted the exact shelters containing nuclear weapons at Volkel Air Base in the Netherlands. “How many WS3 vaults are there on Volkel ab,” said the question side of one virtual flash card, referring to the military term for weapons storage and security systems. “Eleven (11)” it read on the answer side. Another card from the same set indicated that five of the eleven vaults were “hot” with nuclear bombs while the other 6 were “cold,” and specified which vaults. A set of 80 cards on the Cram flashcard site detailed hot and cold vaults at Aviano Air Base in Italy, and revealed how a soldier should respond in activating them based on the different level of alarms they receive. Other cards exposed secrets at bases in Turkey, Belgium and Germany. Some detailed the location of security cameras; others gave the secret “duress words” that a soldier, perhaps seized by attackers, would say over a phone to indicate he had been taken prisoner. The flashcards Bellingcat discovered were publicly available as far back as 2013, and some were being used as recently as April 2021. Bellingcat said those it had viewed appeared to have been removed after it contacted NATO and the U.S. military for comment before it published its article. 
 

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US to Expedite Immigration Cases of Families at Southern Border

Families arriving at the U.S. border with Mexico will have their cases fast-tracked in immigration court, the Biden administration said Friday, less than two weeks after it said it was easing pandemic-related restrictions on seeking asylum.  Under the plan, families stopped on the border starting Friday could be placed in expedited proceedings aimed at determining whether they can remain in the United States. Immigration judges would generally decide these cases within 300 days of an initial hearing in 10 cities including New York, Los Angeles and border communities such as El Paso, Texas, and San Diego, the Departments of Justice and Homeland Security said in a statement. It isn’t the first time U.S. officials have sought to expedite the immigration cases of families arriving on the southwest border. The Trump and Obama administrations previously created dockets aimed at quickly deciding these cases in the immigration courts, which are notoriously backlogged and can take years to resolve cases. The latest iteration, which the administration is calling a “dedicated docket,” lets judges grant continuances “for good cause,” according to instructions they received. It calls the 300-day timeline “an internal goal.” FILE – A Border Patrol agent walks along a dirt road near the U.S.-Mexico border, in Roma, Texas, May 11, 2021.The announcement comes as President Joe Biden is under mounting pressure to lift pandemic-related restrictions on seeking asylum at the border that were put in place by the Trump administration in March 2020. Under the rules, citizens of Mexico, Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador are typically expelled to Mexico within two hours without any opportunity to seek asylum or other humanitarian protections.  Biden exempted unaccompanied children, but about one of every three people who arrive in families are still subject to them, as is nearly every single adult. Last week, the administration took steps to ease the rules and agreed to eventually allow 250 people a day through border crossings to seek refuge in the United States.  But immigrant advocates said creating dockets to speed asylum-seekers through the courts isn’t fair and in the past has created delays for other migrants who have waited years for their cases to be heard. Eleanor Acer, senior director for refugee protection at Human Rights First, urged the Biden administration to roll back Trump administration measures that make it difficult for Central American migrants fleeing violence to qualify for humanitarian protection in the United States.  “U.S. asylum proceedings cannot be considered fair when the Biden administration continues to blatantly violate U.S. refugee laws and treaties,” she said in a statement.  The Border Patrol had more than 170,000 encounters in April, its highest tally since March 2001, including 50,000 with people traveling in families. Many are repeat crossers because getting expelled carries no legal consequences. Friday’s announcement gives families at the border a higher priority than other cases in an immigration court system with about 1.3 million pending cases. Attorney General Merrick Garland said the effort aligns with his goal of immigration courts deciding cases “promptly and fairly.”  Asylum-seeking migrants from Venezuela board a U.S. Border Patrol’s bus to be transported after crossing the Rio Grande River into the United States from Mexico in Del Rio, Texas, May 27, 2021.The National Association of Immigration Judges is studying the proposal, said Dana Marks, an immigration judge and the group’s executive vice president. She said the group was not consulted about the plan. Immigrants were issued deportation orders in more than 90% of the cases that were decided in the Trump administration’s family unit dockets, according to statistics from the Justice Department’s Executive Office for Immigration Review, which runs immigration courts. Aaron Reichlin-Melnick, policy counsel at American Immigration Council, said the new plan appears to give judges more discretion to grant continuances in families’ cases but he’s concerned because many asylum-seekers placed in these special dockets during the last two administrations wound up representing themselves in court. “We are very skeptical about yet another attempt to create a ‘rocket docket’ and continued to believe rushed justice is no justice at all,” he said. In addition to New York, Los Angeles, San Diego and El Paso, the docket is being introduced in Denver; Detroit; Miami, Newark, New Jersey; San Francisco; and Seattle.  
 

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У Білорусі заявили, що готові повернути режим вільної торгівлі з Україною, і назвали умову

«Ми готові повернути в повному обсязі режим вільної торгівлі, але тільки тоді, коли Україна перегляне ті заходи, які були ухвалені щодо продукції білоруської сторони», – заявили в МЗС Білорусі

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МЗС: зустрічі Байдена і Путіна передуватимуть контакти президента США із Зеленським

Заступник голови МЗС додав, що під час нещодавнього візиту держсекретаря США Ентоні Блінкена до Києва американська сторона запевнила, що жодне питання, яке стосується України, не буде вирішуватися без участі України

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Коронавірус: регулятор ЄС дозволив використовувати вакцину Pfizer для підлітків

Йдеться про дітей віком від 12 до 15 років Тепер країни Євросоюзу повинні самостійно вирішити, чи пропонувати вакцинацію підліткам

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Morocco Threatens More Reprisals Over Western Sahara

Morocco’s ambassador to Spain has threatened more reprisals against Madrid over its decision to allow a Western Sahara independence leader to be treated in a Spanish hospital.  
 
Karima Benyaich said elements in the Spanish government did not take the interests of Morocco into account, despite assurances from Madrid that Spain wants to move on from the crisis that led to thousands of migrants flooding into Spain’s North African enclave, Ceuta, last week.  
 
Morocco is suspected of opening the borders to the would-be migrants.   
 
Analysts have suggested the threatened further reprisals could mean Rabat will not cooperate in anti-terrorist operations.  
Thursday a Spanish court jailed three men of Moroccan origin for up to 53 years for playing a part in the 2017 Barcelona terrorist attacks which killed 16 people.    
 
Polisario Front leader Brahim Ghali will appear before a Spanish court on June 1 to answer torture charges brought by a Western Sahara dissident group.  The front represents the Sahrawi people who are native to the Western Sahara territory.

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Литва висилає двох співробітників посольства Білорусі

Вони мають залишити країну протягом семи днів, повідомило Міністерство закордонних справ Литви

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До України приїдуть американські сенатори – посольство