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NATO/Russia Tensions, Neutrinobel, Goat's Blood

NATO WARNS RUSSIA ON INCURSIONS IN TURKISH AIRSPACE

Nato has strongly condemned Russian violations of Turkey's airspace, after Ankara reported two incursions in two days. The rising tensions between Moscow and the West come as Russia has launched air raids in support of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

  • The NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said Tuesday that Russia's incursions into the Turkish airspace do "not look like an accident," adding that Moscow had not provided "any real explanation" for the incidents. He called on Russian authorities to avoid further escalation with NATO.
  • The 28 NATO members, including Turkey, delivered a statement Monday night warning of the extreme danger of such irresponsible behavior" and urged Russia "to cease and desist."
  • Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet DavutoÄŸlu warned that his country's military will react if Russia crosses the border again, Hürriyet reports.
  • The U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said Turkey would have been within its rights to shoot the jets down, the AFP reports.
  • Turkey says a Russian warplane operating in Syria briefly entered its airspace Sunday, after a first violation was reported Saturday, near Yayladagi, in the southern Hatay region. Ankara summoned the Russian ambassador Andrey Karlov both times, the BBC reports.
  • Moscow said the first incursion was a "navigation error" due to bad weather, the news agency TASS quoted the Russian Defense Ministry's spokesman Igor Konashenkov as saying. He also warned against attempts to find some conspiracy motives behind the incident.

ISRAEL RAZES HOMES OF PALESTINIAN MILITANTS

Israel's government has followed through on threats to destroy the homes of Palestinians responsible for terror attack. At least two residences in East Jerusalem were razed on Tuesday in the midst of rising violence, Israeli daily Yedioth Ahronoth reports.


YEMEN PM HOTEL STRUCK BY ROCKET

A rocket has struck a hotel being used as headquarters by the deposed government of Yemen. Prime Minister Khaled Bahah, who was in the hotel at the time, was not hurt in Tuesday morning's attack in the city of Aden, even as casualties continue to climb in the Saudi-led coalition attacks on Yemen. Read more from Al Jazeera.


ON THIS DAY


The first "talkie" turns 88 today! This and more in your 57-second shot of history.


NEUTRINOBEL

This year's recipients of the Nobel Prize in physics are Takaaki Kajita of the University of Tokyo and Arthur B. McDonald of Queen's University for their discovery of neutrino oscillations, which show that neutrinos — a kind of subatomic particle — have mass.


AFGHAN FORCES CALLED IN KUNDUZ HOSPITAL AIRSTRIKE

Afghan forces had asked for U.S. air support while fighting the Taliban in Kunduz shortly before an airstrike killed 22 people in an Afghan hospital run by aid group Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) Saturday, the American commander of international forces in Afghanistan John Campbell said Monday, according to Reuters. Meanwhile, MSF has reiterated a call for an independent investigation into the incident.


EXTRA!

Angry workers and union members stormed Air France's headquarters at Charles de Gaulle airport, north of Paris, to protest some 2,900 proposed layoffs — nearly lynching two company executives on Monday. See how French daily Le Parisien featured the violence on its front page here.


25 MILLION

Photo: Andrew Patron/ZUMA

One-fifth of the Japanese population — 25 million people — watched their national rugby team beat Samoa in the World Cup on Saturday, making it the biggest national viewing audience in the sport's history, Japan Today reports. This victory means the "Brave Blossoms" still have a chance of reaching the quarterfinals. Japan will host the rugby World Cup in 2019.


WORLDCRUNCH-TO-GO

German daily Süddeutsche Zeitung sees the massive Volkswagen emission scandal as part of the broader battle over the future of the automobile, which now includes some of the major technology companies from Silicon Valley. "So as Tesla, Apple and Google push with all their might on to the global automobile market, the longtime colossus of the German car industry has never looked so old. The coincidence of these events, from California to Wolfsburg, might sound the bell for a whole new era."

Read the full article, How Volkswagen Scandal Could Change Global Auto Industry Forever.


MY GRAND-PÈRE'S WORLD



VERBATIM

"Yes, I drank the goat's blood." Augustus Sol Invictus, a Libertarian candidate for the U.S. Senate seat in Florida has fessed up, after criticism for once allegedly "sacrificing" a goat and drinking its blood as part of a pagan ritual, the Orlando Sentinel reports. "I did sacrifice a goat. I know that's probably a quibble in the mind of most Americans," he said. "I sacrificed an animal to the god of the wilderness." The 32-year-old candidate, who changed his name to a Latin phrase meaning "majestic unconquered sun," has been accused of trying to recruit white supremacists in to the Libertarian Party. Adrian Wyllie, the state party's chairman, has resigned to draw attention to Invictus' candidacy.

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How China's Race To Boost Low Birth Rates Backfires Into Teenage Pregnancy

In an attempt to counter an aging population, China announced its "three-child policy" last year. It has also cracked down on sex education and contraception. The move has meant that abortion is often the only option for Chinese girls and women in the post-family planning era.

China now encourages women to have three children to boost low birth rates.

Qiliu Zhao

In 2018, the phrase "family planning" disappeared from the names of Chinese State Council ministries and commissions. Three years later, China announced the "third-child policy", allowing one family to have up to three children.

The same year, a public service gynecology clinic serving teenagers in Xi'an was asked to move from the premises provided by the local family planning department, and was no longer invited to host contraceptive education outreach activities. Anqin Zhou, the founder of the clinic, understood clearly that the government was taking contraception much less seriously than before. She was even asked, "Why are you still talking about contraception now that we are encouraging childbirth?"

But alongside the current indifference to contraception is the troubling question of teenage abortion in China.


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