National Security

Myanmar Junta Snubbed by ASEAN, Political Prisoners Freed

The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) announced over the weekend that General Min Aung Hlaing, leader of the military junta in Myanmar, will not be invited to the association’s October 26-28 summit. The unprecedented snub of Gen. Hlaing was welcomed by the Burmese opposition, which asked ASEAN to go even further and invite a representative from the civilian shadow government.

TOPSHOT - Myanmar's Chief Senior General Min Aung Hlaing, commander-in-chief of the Myanmar armed forces, arrives to pay his respects to Myanmar independence hero General Aung San and eight others assassinated in 1947, during a ceremony to mark the 71th anniversary of Martyrs' Day in Yangon on July 19, 2018. …

El Salvador: Opposition Protests Bitcoin Becoming Legal Tender

Thousands of people opposed to the populist government of El Salvador President Nayib Bukele staged demonstrations in the country’s capital city, San Salvador, on Sunday in which they denounced his recent legalization of Bitcoin as a national currency, the Associated Press (AP) reported Monday.

A Chivo Wallet Bitcoin ATM burns during a protest against President Nayib Bukele's policies on Independence Day in San Salvador, on September 15, 2021. - Thousands of Salvadorans demonstrated on Wednesday to demand that President Nayib Bukele respect the separation of powers and reject the introduction of bitcoin as legal …

China Stuns U.S. Intelligence with Hypersonic Missile Test

The Financial Times reported on Saturday that U.S. intelligence agencies were caught by surprise when China secretly tested a nuclear-capable low-orbit hypersonic missile in August. The weapon circled the globe before descending upon its target, missing by about two dozen miles.

A US unarmed prototype hypersonic missile launches from Pacific Missile Range Facility, Kauai, Hawaii

Nigeria Claims Local Islamic State Leader Killed

The Nigerian military on Thursday announced that Abu Musab al-Barnawi, leader of the Islamic State in West Africa Province (ISWAP), has been killed. No details of Barawi’s death were provided, and there was no immediate confirmation from ISWAP.

NIGERIA, UNKNOWN : A screen grab made on January 20, 2015 from a video of Nigerian Islamist extremist group Boko Haram obtained by AFP shows the leader of the Islamist extremist group Boko Haram Abubakar Shekau holding up a flag as he delivers a message. Boko Haram has claimed a …

China: U.S. ‘Covering Up’ South China Sea Submarine Collision

China on Monday accused the U.S. of purposefully delaying the release of information detailing a mysterious collision by one of its nuclear submarines with an unknown object in the South China Sea on October 2, claiming Washington seeks to “cover up” the incident, Radio Free Asia (RFA) reported Wednesday.

Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian takes a question at the daily media briefing in Beijing on April 8, 2020. (Photo by GREG BAKER / AFP) (Photo by GREG BAKER/AFP via Getty Images)