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Pakistan Tests Nuclear-Capable Missile

GEO NEWS (Pakistan), DAINIK BHASKAR (India), AP

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Pakistan's military successfully test fired a missile Monday that is capable of carrying nuclear warheads and has a range of 700km, reports Geo News.

A statement from the Inter Services Public Relations announced: "The test consolidates and strengthens Pakistan's deterrence capability and national security."

The statement described the Hatf-VII, or Babur, as an indigenously developed multi-tube cruise missile that has the ability to hit targets with "pin point accuracy."

The low-flying missile is equipped with terrain contour matching and has the added feature of real-time monitoring of the missile's flight path.

The Babur cruise missile was launched from an unspecified location, reports the Associated Press.

The news of the missile is likely to provoke heightened tensions with neighboring India, with whom they have fought three wars since gaining independence from the British Empire in 1947. Many Indian newspapers, including Hindi daily Dainik Bhaskar, speculated as to whether India could become a target.

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The Trumpian Virus Undermining Democracy Is Now Spreading Through South America

Taking inspiration from events in the United States over the past four years, rejection of election results and established state institutions is on the rise in Latin America.

Two supporters of far-right Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro dressed in Brazilian flags during a demonstration in Belo Horizonte, Brazil.

Bolsonaro supporters dressed in national colours with flags in a demonstration in Belo Horizonte, Brazil, on November 4, 2022.

Ivan Abreu / ZUMA
Carlos Ruckauf*

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BUENOS AIRES — South Africa's Nelson Mandela used to say it was "so easy to break down and destroy. The heroes are those who make peace and build."

Intolerance toward those who think differently, even inside the same political space, is corroding the bases of representative democracy, which is the only system we know that allows us to live and grow in freedom, in spite of its flaws.

Recent events in South America and elsewhere are precisely alerting us to that danger. The most explosive example was in Brazil, where a crowd of thousands managed to storm key institutional premises like the presidential palace, parliament and the Supreme Court.

In Peru, the country's Marxist (now former) president, Pedro Castillo, sought to use the armed and security forces to shut down parliament and halt the Supreme Court and state prosecutors from investigating corruption allegations against him.

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