Europe’s second wave of COVID-19 continue to worsen

(STL.News) Europe second wave of COVID-19 cases continue to worsen.  In Spain, for instance, mass testing is underway in Southern region of Andalusia.

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US, Taiwan deployed troops to an archipelago near the South China Sea

(STL.News) Taiwan’s military has dispatched more of Marine Corps to China-claimed Dongsha Islands in the South China Sea after reports surfaced that Beijing is planning to carry out a simulated invasion in the atolls, according to Taiwan News.

Earlier on Thursday, the US defense minister, warned China not to threaten other countries and also guard international routes not to create disputes.

On the same day the PLA Navy will conduct live fire drills near China’s Hainan Island to simulate an invasion of Dongsha Islands.

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US Department of State: This Week At State Video

(STL.News) US Department of State released “This Week at State.”

Secretary Pompeo addresses the NATO 2030 Youth Summit.

Secretary Pompeo delivers remarks at the Virtual Launch of the Ronald Reagan Institute’s Center for Freedom and Democracy.

Secretary Pompeo provides an update on U.S. efforts to advance international religious freedom.

Secretary Pompeo discusses successes in bringing countries and companies together in the Clean Network – a group that pledges to use only trusted vendors in their 5G networks.

Secretary Pompeo discusses China during an interview on Fox Network’s Special Report with Bret Baier.

On Veterans Day, Secretary Pompeo joined Americans in honoring those who have served in the Armed Forces.  Secretary Pompeo: “I know the sacrifices you make for America.  We thank you for your service today and every day.”

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Al-Qaeda’s second chief-in-command killed by Israel in Iran’s Tehran

(STL.News) In a huge success, Al-Qaeda’s second-in-command Abdullah Ahmed Abdullah, who was also known as ‘Abu Muhammad al-Masri’, has been reportedly killed by Israel in a “secret operation”.

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US Department of State: Fact Sheet Released

Release of the U.S. Indo-Pacific Strategy-Republic of Korea New Southern Policy Joint Fact Sheet

Washington, DC (STL.News) The US Department of State released the following statement:

Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Japan and Korea Marc Knapper and Republic of Korea Director-General for North American Affairs Ko Yunju met in Seoul on November 13.  They discussed the release of the U.S. Indo-Pacific Strategy-ROK New Southern Policy Joint Fact Sheet and our countries’ enduring commitment to creating a safe, prosperous, and dynamic Indo-Pacific region based on the principles of openness, inclusiveness, transparency, respect for international law, and ASEAN centrality.

DAS Knapper and DG Ko agreed that the U.S.-ROK Alliance, which serves as the linchpin for regional peace and security, should continue to be utilized to enhance the region’s economic prosperity; champion good governance and invest in human capital; and ensure peace and security.

The Joint Fact Sheet can be found here: https://www.state.gov/the-united-states-of-america-and-the-republic-of-korea-on-working-together-to-promote-cooperation-between-the-indo-pacific-strategy-and-the-new-southern-policy/

 

SEC – Administrative Proceeding against Benjamin F. Edwards & Company

Washington, DC (STL.News) The US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has filed an Administrative Proceeding against Benjamin F. Edwards & Company, Inc. pursuant to Section 15(b) of the Securities and Exchange Act of 1934, and Sections 203(e) and 203(k) of the Investment Advisers Act of 1940, making findings and imposing remedial sanctions in addition to a Cease-and-Desist Order.

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Gabriel Orlando Ramirez Sentenced for Conspiracy to Distribute Meth

Sioux Falls, SD (STL.News) United States Attorney Ron Parsons announced that a Sioux Falls, South Dakota, man convicted of Conspiracy to Distribute a Controlled Substance was sentenced on November 9, 2020, by U.S. District Judge Karen E. Schreier.

Gabriel Orlando Ramirez, a/k/a “Cheech,” age 43, was sentenced to 240 months in federal prison, followed by 5 years of supervised release, and a special assessment to the Federal Crime Victims Fund in the amount of $100.

Ramirez was indicted by a federal grand jury on May 8, 2019.  A federal jury found him guilty on July 23, 2020.

The conviction was the result of coordinated efforts of the Sioux Falls Area Drug Task Force. “Cheech” Ramirez had been suspected of selling large quantities of methamphetamine in Sioux Falls as early as 2017.  Through surveillance of Ramirez’s residence, law enforcement officers gathered information of suspected drug purchasers.  In all, Gabriel “Cheech” Ramirez sold over 40 pounds of methamphetamine in Sioux Falls before he was arrested in May 2019.

This case was investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, the South Dakota Division of Criminal Investigation, the Minnehaha County Sheriff’s Office, the Sioux Falls Police Department, the Drug Enforcement Administration, and the South Dakota Highway Patrol.  Assistant U.S. Attorneys Jennifer D. Mammenga and Jeffrey C. Clapper prosecuted the case.

Ramirez was immediately turned over to the custody of the U.S. Marshals Service.

Gabriel Orlando Ramirez Sentenced for Conspiracy to Distribute Meth

Sioux Falls, SD (STL.News) United States Attorney Ron Parsons announced that a Sioux Falls, South Dakota, man convicted of Conspiracy to Distribute a Controlled Substance was sentenced on November 9, 2020, by U.S. District Judge Karen E. Schreier.

Gabriel Orlando Ramirez, a/k/a “Cheech,” age 43, was sentenced to 240 months in federal prison, followed by 5 years of supervised release, and a special assessment to the Federal Crime Victims Fund in the amount of $100.

Ramirez was indicted by a federal grand jury on May 8, 2019.  A federal jury found him guilty on July 23, 2020.

The conviction was the result of coordinated efforts of the Sioux Falls Area Drug Task Force. “Cheech” Ramirez had been suspected of selling large quantities of methamphetamine in Sioux Falls as early as 2017.  Through surveillance of Ramirez’s residence, law enforcement officers gathered information of suspected drug purchasers.  In all, Gabriel “Cheech” Ramirez sold over 40 pounds of methamphetamine in Sioux Falls before he was arrested in May 2019.

This case was investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, the South Dakota Division of Criminal Investigation, the Minnehaha County Sheriff’s Office, the Sioux Falls Police Department, the Drug Enforcement Administration, and the South Dakota Highway Patrol.  Assistant U.S. Attorneys Jennifer D. Mammenga and Jeffrey C. Clapper prosecuted the case.

Ramirez was immediately turned over to the custody of the U.S. Marshals Service.

SEC files Administrative Proceeding against John G. Stumpf

Washington, DC (STL.News) The US Securities and Exchange Commission has filed an Administrative Proceeding against John G. Stumpf pursuant to Section 8A of the Securities Act of 1933, and imposing a Cease-and-Desist Order.

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Indian Army hits back at Pakistan, 7-8 Pak Army soldiers killed near LoC

(STL.News) Pakistan troops opened fire along the Line of Control (LoC) in Gurez sector on Friday November 13, 2020, including in Uri in Jammu and Kashmir(J&K).  Indian Army retaliated destroying Pakistan Armies bunkers along the LoC.

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US Navy Placed a $9.4 B Order for Submarines

(STL.News) The U.S. Navy has placed a $9.4 billion order with General Dynamics Electric Boat for the first Columbia-class ballistic missile submarine.

The deal includes funds to finish construction of the future USS Columbia and buy materials for the second one – the future USS Wisconsin.

Rear Adm. Scott Pappano, program executive officer for Columbia, said during a briefing with reporters that the Columbia-class “will be the largest, most advanced, most capable submarine ever produced by this nation,”

The U.S Navy and Electric Boat have been building prototypes of unique parts of the new submarine for a number of years.

Pappano said. “We’ve done quite a bit of early advanced procurement and construction to shake out the defense industrial base,”

The Columbia-class is being built by General Dynamics Electric Boat in Groton, Connecticut and U.S. shipbuilder Huntington Ingalls Industries Newport News Shipbuilding division in Virginia as part of a joint venture.

Kevin Graney president of General Dynamics Electric Boat said that the contract will allow Electric Boat to continue hiring workers.  The company is expected to hire about 3,000 new workers over the next decade for both the Columbia and Virginia-class submarine undertakings.

In this video, Defense Updates analyzes why the U.S Navy’s Columbia Class submarine will be unsurpassed in decades to come?

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