Russia's new nuclear-capable missile not only violates the 1987 Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces treaty (INF) that the country signed with the United States but makes it easier for nuclear war to break out, North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg warned on Thursday. "We do what we can to preserve the INF treaty. This treaty has banned a whole category of weapons, intermediate range weapons. Russia is in violation of that treaty, they have developed a new category of weapons that are mobile and hard to detect, and have a short warning time, so they are reducing the threshold for the use of nuclear weapons," Stoltenberg told a reporter from CNBC on the sidelines of the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. "So we call on Russia to come back into the definable, transparent compliance with that treaty, because this is really important for all of us." The Trump administration announced in October that it plans to cancel its participation in … [Read more...] about Russia’s new nuclear-capable missile stokes fear as arms treaty falls apart
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Researchers have been awarded £1.8 million to study how a long-term implantable seizure recorder could help people with epilepsy. The clinical trial, led by the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience at King’s College London , will establish whether the small implant, which records brain activity, can improve care and treatment for people whose epilepsy cannot currently be controlled by drugs. The monitor may be able to predict patterns in epileptic seizures, recording the data for medics to look at remotely over a period of up to 15 months. It removes the need for people to keep a diary of their seizures, works while they are asleep, and allows them to go about their daily lives. The Real World Testing and Cost-effectiveness Analysis of Subcutaneous EEG (Real-Ase) trial is recruiting 33 patients, backed by a grant from the National Institute for Health and Care Research (NIHR). Implanting the miniaturised electroencephalogram (EEG) device just under … [Read more...] about Epilepsy patients to wear new impant that could improve care
Harry and Meghan 's private secretary "kept trying to warn Charles and the Queen " about the pair's deteriorating relationship with Palace staff, a new book has claimed. Valentine Low's upcoming book Courtiers: The Hidden Power Behind The Crown details how the warnings were there as the Sussexes' relationship with Palace staff deteriorated. An extract Low's book, published by the Daily Mail , details a time when the Sussexes' private secretary, Sam Cohen, reportedly told the palace that it needed evidence of the duty of care the institution had shown them, amid strained relationships. READ MORE: Meghan Markle wanted to be 'queen bee' of Royal Family amid staff clashes, expert claims Cohen allegedly told two key courtiers — the private secretaries to both Prince Charles and the Queen — that if it all went wrong with Harry and Meghan, the Palace would need to show effective steps had been taken to maintain harmony. The "duty of care" was crucial: "[Sam] was a … [Read more...] about Harry and Meghan’s private secretary ‘kept trying to warn’ top royals, claims new book
King Charles 'will pay William rent for Highgrove' says Nikkah SUBSCRIBE Invalid email We use your sign-up to provide content in ways you've consented to and to improve our understanding of you. This may include adverts from us and 3rd parties based on our understanding. You can unsubscribe at any time. More info Prince William can now charge his father rent by virtue of his new position of Duke of Cornwall. The King has been renting Highgrove House since the Duchy bought the property in 1980 and spent years developing his vision of a perfectly sustainable royal residence. But as he passed on the title of Duke of Cornwall to William upon his accession to the throne, Charles III is now facing a rather hefty annual bill because of rental fees. Related articles Prince Harry's body language 'showing anger' during Queen's funeral Netflix behind decision to stall Sussexes docuseries, expert claims Lorraine … [Read more...] about Prince William ‘charging his father rent’ as new role unlocks £700k payment from King
Enlarge this image Collection of the Supreme Court of the United States/Getty Images Collection of the Supreme Court of the United States/Getty Images After a tumultuous term that ended in June, the U.S. Supreme Court returns Monday to officially open a second potentially stormy term. It may be hard to beat last term's sustained and dramatic turn to the right, which included most prominently the overturning of a half century of precedents that had guaranteed women the right to terminate most pregnancies. But the court may well rock the boat again, despite the fact that it finds its approval ratings plummeting to historic lows. So much so that Chief Justice John Roberts sought to defend the court's legitimacy while speaking to a conference of judges and lawyers in Colorado. "Decisions have always been subject to intense criticism, and that is entirely appropriate," he said, "but lately, the criticism is phrased in terms of ... the legitimacy of the … [Read more...] about The Supreme Court will begin a new term with more contentious cases on its docket
On 5 March 1946, in a small college gym in Missouri, Winston Churchill warned about Europe: "From Stettin in the Baltic to Trieste in the Adriatic, an Iron Curtain has descended across the continent." Seventy years after Churchill gave that speech, a new Iron Curtain is descending across Europe, made of razor wire and of failed asylum policies. It can be seen at Spanish enclaves Ceuta and Melilla in the Mediterranean and at Idomeni in northern Greece, where this week Macedonian riot police tear-gassed families of refugees trying to cross the border between the two countries. he old Iron Curtain kept people in, the new one keeps people out. EU member states have built more than 235 kilometers of fences at the EU's external borders: between Hungary and Serbia, Greece and Turkey, Bulgaria and Turkey, and, this week, Austria and Slovenia. Neighbors such as Turkey have become Europe's border guards, pushing migrants and refugees back, sometimes even shooting them . With almost … [Read more...] about Refugee Crisis: Borders Are The New Iron Curtain
When she was 19, writer Emily Maloney found herself facing about $50,000 in medical debt after hospital treatment for a mental health crisis. The debt followed her throughout her twenties, hurting her credit and leading to stressful calls from collection agencies. Her experience is all too common. The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau reports that about 1 in 5 U.S. households carries medical debt. People with medical debt are more likely to face anxiety, stress or depression and avoid filling prescriptions because of the cost. "We didn't have any hope left": Medical debt crippling U.S. families Investigation finds 40% of all adults in U.S. struggle with health care debt Americans often "forced" to pay medical bills they don't owe, feds say The risk of "medical debt looms over every consumer and impacts their lives," said John McNamara, assistant director of consumer credit, payments and deposits markets at the CFPB. He added that recent changes to the way … [Read more...] about How to take control of your medical bills
This is an edition of Up for Debate, a newsletter by Conor Friedersdorf. On Wednesdays, he rounds up timely conversations and solicits reader responses to one thought-provoking question. Later, he publishes some thoughtful replies. Sign up for the newsletter here. Last week I asked, “If you could change one thing about the culture of your country by adopting a practice or attitude or folkway from another country, what would you change and why?” Meg recommends “the Japanese practice of bowing, not only to each other as a way of greeting or farewell, but also to the rooms one enters and exits.” Here’s her pitch for wider adoption: This moment of mindful respect for the people and spaces we encounter strikes me as a way to affect all of our interactions in ways that foster a deeper connection and a pathway to peace. On the giving or receiving end of this simple gesture, I feel blessed and honored. Simone wants people in the United States to eat like the French: If … [Read more...] about 12 Readers on What the Rest of the World Does Better Than the U.S.
Ukraine: Russian attack repelled by Special Operations Forces SUBSCRIBE Invalid email We use your sign-up to provide content in ways you've consented to and to improve our understanding of you. This may include adverts from us and 3rd parties based on our understanding. You can unsubscribe at any time. More info Senior MP Oleg Morozov has claimed outgoing UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson has been in cahoots with Ukraine to blow up the Crimean Bridge, which links the annexed part of Ukraine to mainland Russia. Speaking on Russian state-backed television, Mr Morozov said: “The Crimean bridge from a military strategic view is similar to Tower Bridge in London. “If the UK is discussing a Crimean bridge attack with Ukraine, why don’t we discuss using Kalibr missiles to attack Tower Bridge in return?” In response, host Yevgeny Popov said: “I should discuss a Tower bridge attack with the Minister of Defence in China.” There is no evidence the … [Read more...] about Ukraine: Chilling threat issued to London as Russian MP vows to BLOW UP Tower Bridge
Amid senior leadership turmoil, substantial job vacancies and a new report that shows prescription practices may be hindering suicide prevention efforts, congressional members expressed concern Tuesday that the Department of Veterans' Affairs was using a recently passed law to target agency employees. Passed last year, the VA Accountability and Whistleblower Protection Act was intended to remove federal barriers to fire inadequate performing employees. But members of both parties suggested in a hearing that in reality it was being used to create a two-tier system within the VA that unfairly punishes rank-and-file employees while protecting senior leadership that largely remains in place. "I have real concerns with how the VA is using the tools that Congress provided in the accountability act," said Democratic Representative Mark Takano, of California. "Of the 1,096 removals of the first five months of 2018, the majority of those fired were housekeeping aids...this has contributed … [Read more...] about Is the VA Using a Law to Target Low-Level Workers?