NATO commander warns critical undersea cables and pipes ‘under threat’ from Russia and other foes

Important deep sea cables and pipelines are at risk, warns NATO’s Allied Maritime Command’s deputy commander Vice Adm. Didier Maleterre. “It’s a security issue for nearly 1 billion NATO-nation civilians. We need to be protected and well supplied by our vital undersea infrastructures,” Maleterre told the Guardian on April 16. NATO allies have detected several…

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Biden visit to bridge collapse announced as channel opens to Baltimore port

President Biden will visit Baltimore on Friday to survey the Francis Scott Key Bridge collapse, the White House announced Monday, as authorities said they have opened a small channel that will allow limited shipping at the Port of Baltimore for the first time since the disaster. Biden plans to meet with local and state officials…

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Russia Attacks Ukrainian Electrical Power Facilities, Including Major Hydroelectric Plant

Russia attacked electrical power facilities in much of Ukraine, including the country’s largest hydroelectric plant, causing widespread outages and killing at least three people, officials said Friday. Energy Minister German Galushchenko said the nighttime drone and rocket attacks were “the largest attack on the Ukrainian energy sector in recent times. The goal is not just…

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French police arrest activists after break-in at ‘forever chemicals’ plant

Around 300 people from the Extinction Rebellion and Youth for Climate groups cut through fences to reach the Arkema site at Pierre-Benite factory near Lyon in southeast France, a spokesman for the organisers said. Once inside they deployed banners and spray-painted graffiti including “PFAS tell the truth” and “Arkema is poisoning us”. Police counted around…

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Justice Department to Implement Groundbreaking Executive Order Addressing National Security Risks and Data Security

On Feb. 28, the President will issue a groundbreaking Executive Order (E.O.) addressing the extraordinary and unusual national security threat posed by the continued effort of certain countries of concern to access Americans’ bulk sensitive personal data and certain U.S. Government-related data. The first of its kind, the E.O., entitled “Preventing Access to Americans’ Bulk…

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Iran’s main gas pipeline hit by sabotage, oil minister says

Two explosions along Iran’s main south-north gas pipeline network on Wednesday were caused by sabotage, the Iranian oil minister told state TV, without naming any suspects. Authorities also denied reports that the incident caused gas cuts to industries and offices in some provinces, state media reported. “This terrorist act of sabotage occurred at 1 a.m.…

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