New Mexico district attorney may charge Alec Baldwin in ‘Rust’ shooting

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The New Mexico state district attorney could file criminal charges against four people, including actor Alec Baldwin, for the fatal shooting on the movie set of “Rust.” In a recent letter to the state’s finance board, Santa Fe District Attorney Mary Carmack-Altwies said as many as four people could face criminal charges in connection with the accident last year that claimed the life of cinematographer Halyna Hutchins and injured director Joel Souza. The letter, first reported by the Santa Fe New Mexican, indicated that her office is considering charges, including homicide as well as gun violations, against four individuals. “One…

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Father of woman who splashed Xi Jinping poster with ink dies suddenly in jail

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This article was originally published by Radio Free Asia and is reprinted with permission. The father of a woman sent to a psychiatric hospital for defacing a poster of ruling Chinese Communist Party (CCP) leader Xi Jinping has died suddenly in detention, with the authorities moving to cremate his remains amid suspicions of violence. Authorities in the central Chinese province of Hunan incarcerated Dong Yaoqiong in a psychiatric hospital for splashing ink on a poster of China’s President Xi Jinping in a live-streamed protest on social media. Her father, Dong Jianbiao, was detained by local police after he spoke out…

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Zelenskiy says intense fighting showing ‘positive results,’ as West responds to Putin’s nuclear threat

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This article was originally published by Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty and is reprinted with permission. Ukraine’s president said late on September 25 that there was fierce fighting taking place on the front lines of its 7-month-old defense against Russia’s invasion, but that Kyiv was seeing “positive results.” President Volodymyr Zelenskiy’s battlefield assessment came after he warned in a broadcast interview earlier in the day against dismissing Russian President Vladimir Putin’s nuclear threats as Moscow’s forces lose ground. Meanwhile, new British Prime Prime Minister Liz Truss downplayed Putin’s recent statements as “saber-rattling” and “bogus threats,” and U.S. national-security adviser Jake Sullivan…

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Navy recruiter kills wife, dies after 2 shootouts with NCIS and police

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A senior enlisted Navy recruiter killed his wife and got into a shootout with the Naval Criminal Investigative Service Special (NCIS) agents she was speaking with before he too was fatally shot on Thursday. In a statement to American Military News, an NCIS spokesperson said agents were conducting a victim interview in connection with a domestic violence investigation. During the interview, a male suspect opened fire, fatally shooting the woman and injuring one of the NCIS agents. “We can confirm that an NCIS Special Agent was shot and wounded by a male subject on September 22 at a residence in…

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US on back foot with Pacific Island nations as Washington convenes leaders’ summit

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This article was originally published by Radio Free Asia and is reprinted with permission. President Joe Biden’s summit with Pacific island leaders this week is meant to show a deeper U.S. commitment to a region that is increasingly turning to China to meet its development needs, officials and analysts say. The Sept. 28-29 meetings will be the first-ever Washington summit for leaders of Pacific island nations. But it will need solid outcomes to overcome skepticism that U.S. attention to Pacific island nations is reactive rather than enduring, observers say. “We’ve seen quite a few attempts from the U.S. recently to…

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VP Harris to visit DMZ on North Korean border

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Vice President Kamala Harris will visit the demilitarized zone (DMZ) between North Korea and South Korea on Thursday, according to multiple White House officials. The visits was first revealed by South Korean Prime Minister Han Duck-soo during a meeting with Harris on Tuesday. “I think your visit to DMZ in Seoul is a real — a very symbolic demonstration of your strong commitment to the security and peace on the Korean Peninsula,” Han said. “And we are working with you and U.S. in dealing with North Korea when they actually made very public that they will be aggressive in using…

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Navy vet, Vietnamese refugee GOP candidate slams Biden for ‘demonizing’ GOP

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A Vietnamese refugee who went on to serve as a U.S. Navy captain and who is now running for Congress in Virginia slammed President Joe Biden for “demonizing” Republican voters as “a threat to democracy.” During an appearance on “America’s Newsroom,” retired Cpt. Hung Cao told Fox News host Bill Hemmer that he found Biden labeling Republican voters as “extremists” offensive. “This is a President of the United States, who started by demonizing people who don’t agree with him and calling us extremists or calling us a threat to democracy,” Cao said. “I came here as refugee. I fought for…

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Russian secret police blindfolded, interrogated Japanese diplomat, says Japan

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The Japanese government has accused members of the Russian Federal Security Service (FSB) of detaining, blindfolding and interrogating a Japanese diplomat. The FSB told the Russian state-run TASS news agency it caught Japanese diplomat Motoka Tatsunori “red-handed” receiving classified information. “The Federal Security Service in the Primorsky Territory stopped the espionage action of the Consul of the Consulate General of Japan in Vladivostok, Motoka Tatsunori,” the FSB told TASS. “A Japanese diplomat was detained red-handed while receiving limited distribution information for a monetary reward about topical aspects of Russia’s cooperation with one of the countries of the Asia-Pacific region, the…

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FL Gov. Desantis takes on China’s Communist Party

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Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis signed an executive order last week blocking government entities from obtaining technology and services from companies owned by, controlled by or located in China “or other foreign countries of concern.” DeSantis’ executive order, signed on Sept. 22, orders the Department of Management Services (DMS) to promulgate rules and take any additional agency action necessary to “ensure commodities and services used by state and local governments are not susceptible to exploitation by foreign countries of concern,” which includes China, Cuba, Iran, North Korea, Syria, Russia and Venezuela. “Today, I took action to protect Floridians from the bad…

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China’s focus on remote Pacific islands offers gains and heightened US rivalry

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This article was originally published by Radio Free Asia and is reprinted with permission. China’s security pact with the Solomon Islands has highlighted diplomatic gains made over two decades in a vast Pacific region neglected by the United States. The remote Pacific Island countries, small in population and lacking in economic clout, might not seem an obvious choice for China to influence, but both sides have benefited. China has become an important and welcome source of loans, infrastructure and aid for the region, which struggles to get finance and is frequently battered by natural disasters. For Beijing’s part, it has…

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