Observing world events unfold in the grand theater of our time.

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JUST IN - Federal Reserve officials, including Chairman Powell, owned securities that the U.S. central bank has bought during the #COVID19 pandemic (CNBC)
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NEW - Iran is now a permanent member of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization, led by Moscow, Beijing, per announcement at the #SCO's 21st summit in Tajikistan’s capital, Dushanbe on Friday.
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Permanent members of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization are now China, Russia, Iran, India, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Pakistan, Tajikistan, and Uzbekistan.
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JUST IN - "Hitting the debt ceiling could cause a recession," in the United States says new White House memo.
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JUST IN - Stabbing in the Netherlands leaves 2 dead, 2 injured, including the suspect. The perpetrator fired a crossbow from his balcony.
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JUST IN - Facebook has purged ~150 accounts and groups of the German anti-#COVID19 restrictions movement "Querdenker" on its platforms today, citing "coordinated social harm" (Welt)
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This latest purge involved a new system developed by Facebook to ban "harmful networks" from its platform worldwide, according to Welt.
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NOW - #Bitcoin: World’s first statue of #Satoshi unveiled in Hungary.
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JUST IN - US move to dislodge France from Australia submarine deal is incoherent, and "only reinforces the need to make the issue of European strategic autonomy loud and clear." - French ministers
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JUST IN - Australia to scrap $90 billion French submarine order, will acquire new nuclear submarines using US and UK technology (ABC)
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UPDATE - Australian nuclear submarines will be banned from New Zealand waters: PM Ardern (AFP)
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JUST IN - Italy to make its vaccine passport ("Green Pass") mandatory for all workers from next month, becoming the first EU country to do (Reuters)
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NEW - Biden refers to the Australian prime minister as "fellow down under" after addressing Boris Johnson by his first name at the AUKUS announcement.
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JUST IN - Moderna now says the protection of their #COVID19 vaccine wanes, too. Makes case for booster shots based on "new data" (Reuters)
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JUST IN - Pentagon received a request from the Capitol Police for backup related to the "J6 rally" on Saturday.
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JUST IN - Gen. Milley spokesman Col. Dave Butler confirms calls to #China but states they were "in keeping with his duties" and "conveying reassurance in order to maintain strategic stability," in a new statement.
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UPDATE - Former acting Secretary of Defense Miller "did not and would not ever authorize" Gen. Milley to have "secret" calls with China, describing the allegations as a "disgraceful and unprecedented act of insubordination," and calling on him to resign "immediately." (Fox)
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NOW - Psaki: "The President has complete confidence in [Gen. Milley's] leadership, his patriotism, and his fidelity to our Constitution."
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