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US Supports UN’s Call For ‘Immediate Global Ceasefire’ Due To Coronavirus Pandemic

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The United Nations has called for the countries of the world to agree to an “immediate global ceasefire” due to the spread of the potentially deadly coronavirus, a move that the United States has backed.

U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres spoke on Monday saying the “fury of the virus illustrates the folly or war” and went on to state “that is why today, I am calling for an immediate global ceasefire in all corners of the world: It is time to put armed conflict on lockdown and focus on the true fight of our lives.”

Guterres attempted to pull people together by noting that the world is facing a common enemy right now and that’s the COVID-19 virus.

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“The virus does not care about nationality or ethnicity, faction, or faith. It attacks all relentlessly. Meanwhile, armed conflict rages on around the world,” the U.N. leader said.

The National Security Council’s official Twitter account chimed in Tuesday morning to support the U.N. call for a worldwide halt to the fighting.

“The United States hopes that all parties in Afghanistan, Syria, Iraq, Libya, Yemen, and elsewhere will heed the call of Antonio Guterres,” the NSC tweeted. “Now is the time for peace and cooperation.”

There were 396,249 confirmed coronavirus cases around the world as of Tuesday morning and at least 17,241 deaths tied to the virus, according to the latest reading from the Johns Hopkins University tracker. In the U.S., there have been 46,485 cases, which have resulted in 591 deaths.

Despite the toll the coronavirus is taking on the world at large and the United States currently, America hasn’t been able to pull itself out of conflicts.

The Taliban has opted to launch deadly attacks against the Afghan army — guess they don’t care too much about social distancing — as the United States continues to put in work to put together a peace deal between the shattered Afghan government and the group that harbored notorious al Qaeda members.

Two Marine Raiders were killed this month in Iraq during a battle with ISIS fighters. More of the same old, same old continues to go on all around us.

Here’s to hoping folks can set aside their difference for just a little while so we can beat this virus.

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Putin Puffs Out His Chest: Crossing ‘Red Lines’ Will Prompt ‘Asymmetrical’ Response

Putin has been extremely antsy as of late.

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It appears that US President Joe Biden is really getting under the skin of Russian President Dictator Vladimir Putin. These leaders of the world two preeminent superpowers have been trading barbs for weeks now, and on a range of subjects.  The latest focus of their fury has to do with the Kremlin’s continued aggression against Ukraine, where Russian military forces are lining just over the border, with “invasion stripes” painted on their vehicles to prevent friendly fire. This is a tacit admission that there will be fire, and Biden isn’t going to stand for it. The US first sent warships in the direction of the Black Sea in an attempt to deter Putin from poking the bear.  The Russian government responded by blocking the entrance to the area and warning that America’s maneuvers were “adversarial”. Biden responded by sanctioning Russia over a major hacking attack that took place months ago. Now, just ahead of what is believed to be an inevitable Russian invasion of Ukraine, Putin is once again puffing out his chest. Russian President Vladimir Putin, in his annual State of the Nation speech, warned on Wednesday against provoking his country, promising a swift retaliation against anyone who crossed “red lines.“ Moscow will respond “harshly,” “quickly” and “asymmetrically” to foreign provocations, Putin told an audience of Russia’s top officials and lawmakers, adding that he “hoped” no foreign actor would cross Russia’s “red lines,” according to a Reuters translation. Russia is also facing international condemnation for their treatment of journalist Alexei Navalny, who is believed to be at death’s door at a Russian prison hospital.  Joe Biden has said that Russia would “pay a price” if Navalny were to perish in custody of the government.

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DOJ Opens Investigation into Minneapolis Police Department

The investigation will feature the department’s civil rights division.

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On Tuesday, Derek Chauvin was found guilty on all charges in the death of George Floyd. Chauvin was seen on video kneeling on the neck of Floyd for nearly 9 minutes as the restrained man slowly suffocated, in a moment that has haunted our nation for a year. Now that Chauvin is off to prison, and a likely, lengthy appeals process, the Department of Justice is now hoping to find out exactly what went wrong in Minneapolis, and whether or not there is some systemic issue with the police department itself. Attorney General Merrick Garland announced Wednesday that the Justice Department will be conducting an investigation of law enforcement in Minneapolis following the death of George Floyd. The announcement comes one day after a Hennepin County jury found former police officer Derek Chauvin guilty of second degree murder for killing Floyd. “Yesterday’s verdict in the state criminal trial does not address potentially systemic policing issues in Minneapolis,” Garland said during a press conference. Garland said the probe will be a “fully comprehensive review” that will look into whether the Minneapolis Police Department has a “pattern or practice of unconstitutional or unlawful policing.” He specificed that this includes “using excessive force, including during protests,” as well as “discriminatory conduct and whether its treatment of those with behavioral health disabilities is unlawful.” The DOJ will utilize their civil rights division in the investigation, and the Attorney General said that the move could protect “good cops” from their not-so-pristine peers in the precinct. “I strongly believe that good officers do not want to work in systems that allow bad practices,” Garland said. “Good officers welcome accountability because accountability is an essential part of building trust with the community and public safety requires public trust.” Chauvin was moved to prison on Wednesday, and promptly…

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