U.S. troops ‘dumped Russian convoy in mud’ in Syria – Defence Blog

A U.S. military patrol has blocked a Russian military convoy from using a main highway in northeast Syria on Monday.A number of photos released in social media have depicted American Oshkosh M-ATV vehicles interdicting and blocking Russian armored vehicles along strategic roads in northeastern Syria.A Russian military convoy attempted to go round an American checkpoint and got stuck in the mud...

UK weather forecast – Heavy rain to hit the UK as country prepares for wet and windy start to spring – The Sun

THE UK can expect a wet and windy start to spring, as heavy rain is set to hit the country this week. The Met Office has issued a three-day weather warning for the UK advising of heavy persistent rain which may lead to flooding. 8 The rain is expected to become heavy on Monday and persist through to WednesdayCredit: Getty Images - Getty8 The weather warnings are likely to add stress to the...

Best way to bail out airlines hit by the coronavirus impact on their business is still up in the air

Policymakers around the world are grappling with the question of how to save their airline industries as travel grinds to a halt in the face of the novel coronavirus pandemic.While there is consensus that some kind of assistance will be required in Canada, where Air Canada has already announced a temporary layoff of workers and both it and WestJet have grounded international routes, the form...

COVID-19 Olympics: Top Japan minister calls Tokyo Games 2020 the ‘cursed Olympics’

TOKYO, March 18 (Reuters) — First, the cancellation in 1940. Then, the mass boycott in Moscow in 1980.Forty years on, the upcoming Tokyo Games are the “cursed Olympics” once again, Japan’s finance minister said, in remarks that could stir controversy at a time when his government is scrambling to quash speculation that the coronavirus epidemic could derail the world’s biggest sporting...

Syrian troops blocked American convoy in northern al-Hasakah – Defence Blog

Syrian soldiers and government supporters have blocked American troops as their convoy drove through an army checkpoint in the northern al-Hasakah governorate, according to Step News Agency.Local media reported that residents of the village of al-Kuzliya in the al-Hasakah province threw stones at the American army personnel, prompting a rare clash.A video posted on Step News Agency’s website...

MSNBC star Chris Matthews mistakes black Senate challenger for South Carolina Sen. Tim Scott in uncomfortable interview – The Sun

MSNBC host Chris Matthews awkwardly confused the Democratic opponent of Sen. Lindsey Graham with Sen. Tim Scott live on air Friday night during a cringeworthy segment. Matthews was interviewing Jaime Harrison, a Democrat who's running for Graham's seat in Congress, when a clip of Graham and Scott, both South Carolina Republicans, appeared on air. 2 Chris Matthews confused Jaime Harrison, right,...

How the coronavirus could wreak havoc on the global supply chain

Decades of globalization have created supply chains so deeply interconnected that a shock event like the coronavirus is now harder to control and could have a dramatic ripple effect on global commerce, economists are warning.“We tend to think about the economy as countries selling to countries. But the reality of business today is that companies get their parts from other companies, and sell...

Coronavirus live updates: Death tolls rise in South Korea, Iran while Austria reports first COVID-19 cases

Austria reported its first two coronavirus cases on Tuesday as the outbreak apparently spread from neighbouring Italy, Europe’s worst-hit country, where hundreds have been infected.The two Austrian patients are Italians who live in the border province of Tyrol and recently traveled to Lombardy, one of the two regions at the epicentre of the Italian outbreak, Tyrol’s Governor Guenther Platter...

Italy reports 1st death from COVID-19 as cases more than quadruple to 19 – National

Italy reported its first death from COVID-19 from China early Saturday and the number of people infected more than quadrupled due to a cluster of cases that prompted officials to order schools, restaurants and businesses to close.State-run RAI television reported a 78-year-old man, one of two people in northern Veneto region to have been infected, died Friday. Italian news agencies ANSA and...

U.S. Army releases image of 40-foot hypersonic missile launcher – Defence Blog

The U.S. Army has released some footage that shows a new 40-foot Transporter Erector Launcher (TEL) vehicle fitted with launch tubes for new hypersonic missiles.Using virtual reality, Soldiers from Fort Sill, Okla. are getting a rare look at components of the Army’s new prototype Long Range Hypersonic Weapon (LRHW) and influencing how the system is designed.Through a mix of virtual reality,...