The head of Armenia’s National Security Service, who has led high-profile investigations into former president Robert Kocharyan and other former high-level officials, has resigned. The resignation was the highest-level leadership shakeup since the government led by Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan took power last spring. And while Pashinyan suggested the decision to leave was amicable, a spokesman later suggested that the hand of the former government may be involved. The NSS head, Artur Vanetsyan, became a well-known figure for his accessibility to the press and his aggressive statements against oligarchs connected with the former leadership. NSS became a sort of brand, with caps and t-shirts being made with the agency’s logo. Announcing his resignation, he made a vague statement that nevertheless indicated that he had differences with Pashinyan. “Let my resignation be a sobering ‘Stop’ step,” Vanetsyan said. “State-building has its … [Read more...] about Top Armenian security official resigns
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Two organizations and two Government of Guam agencies are receiving about $1.8 million in federal grant funding for various AmeriCorps programs on island. According to Serve Guam Commission Executive Director Doris Aguon, they received the $1.8 million in grant funds from the Corporation for National and Community Service. The grants will go to Sanctuary Inc., Victim Advocates Reaching Out or VARO, Guam Homeland Security and the University of Guam. The money will also help to recruit 200 members to address critical issues and provide a living allowance and scholarships to those who serve. In addition, Aguon says Americorps grants help provide services to different focus areas through volunteer recruitment and management of volunteers. “The whole point about writing this grant is to ensure that the people of Guam benefits from it. This is all coming from Magahåga. Magahåga says this is for the people of Guam. So, let’s keep writing the federal grants and … [Read more...] about Groups, agencies to get $1.8 million in federal grants
US technology companies including Facebook, Alphabet's Google, Microsoft and Twitter met with US intelligence agencies to discuss security strategies ahead of the November 2020 election.The companies' security teams met representatives from the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, and the Department of Homeland Security at Facebook's headquarters in Menlo Park."The purpose was to build on previous discussions and further strengthen strategic collaboration regarding the security of the 2020 US state, federal, and presidential elections," Nathaniel Gleicher, Facebook's head of cybersecurity policy, said in a statement."Specifically, attendees talked about how industry and government could improve how we share information and coordinate our response to better detect and deter threats."Social media companies are under pressure to ramp up security after what US intelligence agencies have called an extensive Russian cyber-influence operation … [Read more...] about Tech firms meet on 2020 election security
Nerve agents like novichok, sarin and VX can produce symptoms similar to a heavy cold at first, but they kill in minutes and spread fear almost as toxic as the substances themselves. Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share on Reddit Share on WhatsApp Share on Google+ Share by Email Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share on Reddit Share on LinkedIn Share on Google+ Share by Email By Richard Gray 8 July 2019 The battered white van looks like it has been abandoned – its front bumper is missing and one of the rear tyres is partially deflated. A few people mill around nearby, talking and laughing in the otherwise quiet square. They don't notice the wisp of smoke curling out from beneath the vehicle.Within a couple of minutes, it has turned into a torrent, pouring around the doors and from an exhaust pipe protruding below the van. Those standing nearby are … [Read more...] about What is it like to be caught up in a chemical attack?
John Diedrich Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Published 3:28 PM EDT Jun 13, 2019 ATF agents across the country are working to track down thousands of guns and firearms parts that were seized by law enforcement and supposed to be destroyed but were stolen first. The agents are searching for some of their own retired service weapons as well as guns from other federal law-enforcement agencies, including the FBI and DEA. All of the weapons were sent to the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives' National Firearms and Ammunition Destruction Branch in Martinsburg, West Virginia, to be shredded, according to court documents and congressional letters. A longtime contract employee at the ATF facility admitted carting off thousands of firearms, gun parts and ammunition and selling them over several years. Guard Christopher Yates was charged in federal court in West Virginia. He pleaded guilty in April to possession of a stolen gun and … [Read more...] about ATF agents search for guns stolen from WV facility.