That exact website says it’s heading to Illinois not Naples so you’re wrong or lying.EDIT : holy shit that comment history. 99% of it is nothing but Pro-Israel astroturfing. 8 years of only spouting propoganda. I found my first government shill account, guys, I’m so excited 😀
The U.S. Army is experimenting with a new type of small unmanned aircraft system that designed to launch from twin-tube launcher assembly mounted on a Polaris DAGOR ultra-light weight vehicle.The Future Vertical Lift Cross-Functional Team shared some footage from the Experimentation Demonstration Gateway Event 2021 – hold at Dugway Proving Ground, which apparently showed the launch of an Area-I small Agile-Launch Tactically Integrated Unmanned System drone, or ALTIUS, from a Dagor vehicle.One image provided by Army’s Future Vertical Lift Cross-Functional Team shows launched a small drone from a Dagor vehicle while driving. – ADVERTISEMENT – CONTINUE READING BELOW – Designed to be recoverable, ALTIUS – an orange tubular object with wings that unfold once it self-stabilizes after being launched – can be set to land on any relatively level surface.The ALTIUS has also been launched in the past from C-130, AC-130J, P-3 planes and UH-60 Black Hawk helicopters.Its exact capabilities are classified, but Army officials early said that the new drone will reach out “hundreds of kilometers.”According to open sources, the new ALTIUS drone system can be launched for a variety of missions, including electronic warfare, signals intelligence, counter-UAS, and intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance, and it can be outfitted to produce kinetic effects.The ALTIUS provides the ability to locate the enemy and relay information that will ultimately be used to protect the Warfighter.ALTIUS is launched from a UH-60 Black Hawk at Yuma Proving Ground, Photo by Amy Tolson
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Sharks use the Earth’s magnetic field as a sort of natural GPS to navigate journeys that take them great distances across the world’s oceans, scientists have found.Researchers said their marine laboratory experiments with a small species of shark confirm long-held speculation that sharks use magnetic fields as aids to navigation — behavior observed in other marine animals such as sea turtles.Their study, published this month in the journal Current Biology, also sheds light on why sharks are able to traverse seas and find their way back to feed, breed and give birth, said marine policy specialist Bryan Keller, one of the study authors.“We know that sharks can respond to magnetic fields,” Keller said. “We didn’t know that they detected it to use as an aid in navigation … You have sharks that can travel 20,000 kilometers (12,427 miles) and end up in the same spot.”The question of how sharks perform long-distance migrations has intrigued researchers for years. The sharks undertake their journeys in the open ocean where they encounter few physical features such as corals that could serve as landmarks.Looking for answers, scientists based at Florida State University decided to study bonnethead sharks — a kind of hammerhead that lives on both American coasts and returns to the same estuaries every year.Researchers exposed 20 bonnetheads to magnetic conditions that simulated locations hundreds of kilometers (miles) away from where they were caught off Florida. The scientists found that the sharks began to swim north when the magnetic cues made them think they were south of where they should be.That finding is compelling, said Robert Hueter, senior scientist emeritus at Mote Marine Laboratory & Aquarium, who was not involved in the study.Hueter said further study is needed to find how the sharks use the magnetic fields to determine their location and whether larger, long-distance migrating sharks use a similar system to find their way.Story continues“The question has always been: Even if sharks are sensitive to magnetic orientation, do they use this sense to navigate in the oceans, and how? These authors have made some progress at chipping away at this question,” he said.Keller said the study could help inform management of shark species, which are in decline. A study this year found that worldwide abundance of oceanic sharks and rays dropped more than 70% between 1970 and 2018.Researchers say the bonnethead’s reliance on Earth’s magnetic field probably is shared by other species of sharks, such as great whites, that make cross-ocean journeys. Keller said it’s very unlikely bonnetheads evolved with a magnetic sensitivity and other traveling sharks did not.___Follow Patrick Whittle on Twitter: @pxwhittle
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Light shines through the half-opened blinds. Baby powder fills the air. The door is locked.
You see her down there on the bed. You see her eyes and mouth wide open. You see the big boy with one hand under her dress. She looks solid as cement. Hands straight at her sides. You tell her to move. You shout at her to kick, to scream. You yell at her to get up, get out of there. When she doesn’t move, you look outside. You are high in the air, just below the ceiling. You see your sister and brother playing on the backyard swings. You see the purple lilacs and the frog-shaped sandbox. You hear a door slam and then you are standing in front of a mirror.
I did not recognise the girl in the mirror. I stared at her wondering why she had not done what I asked. I had seen her on the bed below me. She wore the same red dress I had on. I shook my head hard. Maybe it was a dream. But what had happened still did not make sense. I watched in the mirror as I zipped the dress up to my neck. I walked back to the bed, but I was wobbly. Something did not feel right. Everything was in slow motion. I looked down. My patent leather shoes were on my feet. I still had two arms and two hands. I touched my wrist. I could feel the cold skin. A black and white movie played on TV. I knew I was at the new babysitter’s house on Blueberry Lane. But who was that boy? My body shook. I knew my name was Joyce. I knew I was seven years old. I knew I had lost something, but I had no idea what.
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Several hours later, we were all watching The Wonderful World of Disney. The babysitter shouted she would “crack somebody’s ass” if we all were not quiet. Eventually, my parents retrieved me and my siblings. Even though we had all been yelled at by the babysitter, and even though the woman had spanked my younger brother, even though a strange boy had unzipped my red church dress, on the car ride home in the dark, when asked how the day had gone, all I could say was the food was terrible. That made everyone laugh. While my parents and siblings continued to talk, I turned my body to look out the back window of the car. I counted stars. The moon hung low, but never said a word. I could make no sense of how or if I had been in two places at once. I had no sense of what the teenage boy had done to me. I knew something bad had happened. I knew in my core that even if I knew how, I could not tell anyone. Even then, I knew something inside me would never be the same.
Ammonia wafts through the room. The walls are a dull green. Everything else is white.
You look down and see the top of the family doctor’s head: mostly bald but with a few grey splotches of hair. A pipe hangs from his lip. You cannot hear him, but he is speaking to you. One hand is on your not yet developed breast, the other inside you. You do not want him doing that. You look down and watch as you on the examining table squeeze your eyes shut. You see your rigid body, arms tight against your sides. You down there look like a corpse you have seen while watching Monster Movie Matinee on Saturday afternoons in your basement. The doctor’s body is swaying, his hands are moving in ways that make you cringe. On the ceiling you turn to avert your eyes. Looking down you can see your mother in the waiting room, a magazine in her hands. You focus on that. Is it Good Housekeeping? Family Circle? Redbook? How did you get up here? When will he stop? Why is your mother not with you? Why are you not yelling for help? Why are you allowing this to happen?
The doctor led me back to the waiting room, after giving me a lollipop and watching me dress. When my mother asked how I was doing, the doctor told her everything was in order. “Isn’t it?” he said, smiling with his hands firmly pressed on my shoulders.
I was 11 years old. I was well aware that my family doctor had scared me half to death with his touch, scared me out of my body and onto the ceiling. “What did I do,” I asked myself over and over as my mother drove us past Camillus Plaza and the high school. What had I done to make him touch me like that? Did I look into his eyes too many times? Did I smile too much? My skin slithered and crawled all the way home, all the way into the next day. A shower could not wash away the scum I felt covering my body. I started walking with my head down. I stopped looking people in the eye. I tried to make myself invisible so no one would see me.
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It is dark outside. The stereo is blaring. The dog paces and pants.
You are lifted in the air then thrown against the wall. You are lifted in the air then thrown against the door. Then the wall again. This time a mirror falls to the floor and cracks. The rug is covered with sharp shards. Looking down from your perch on the ceiling, you see your cheek fill one piece of shattered glass. Your bleeding lip fills another. Your tangled blonde hair tangles in a larger fragment of mirror. You are shocked at your boyfriend’s red face. The anger that spews off him like steam from a teapot. You can tell he is shouting but you are not able to hear. You hear a faraway roaring like an ocean or a train. You hang mid-air, the only safe place to be. You’ve been here before. You know this place well. The ceiling is home for you. It’s comfort for you. It’s like floating in a pool, this suspension from gravity.
I was 27 years old. I was so used to segments of time out of body that I was no longer frightened or confused on the ceiling. I was grateful for being up there. I still had no idea how it happened; I couldn’t consciously force myself to leave my body. The fear lived in the before and after. When my boyfriend became angry and violent, I became so frightened, I froze. I stood paralysed hoping he would calm down, leave the room. When he did not, when he shook me or hit me or threw me against walls, my mind knew to separate from the flesh. By now I knew that I was both the girl being hurt and the girl on the ceiling. I didn’t yell in my mind to the girl on the floor. I knew I would be back in her shoes, her throbbing bruises and bloody cuts soon enough. This is when I began to identify with the girl on the ceiling or, as I came to call myself, “the out of body girl”.
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It’s instantaneous. It’s a jolt. It’s fast. It’s furious. It’s a loud slam like bones being crushed. Like two tall trees trying to merge in a hurricane. Like dropping a cement block from a 50-storey building.
Re-entering the body doesn’t hurt. Once the world has settled again, once I feel my blood stop racing through my veins, I ask myself what happened? And always: What did I do? How did I cause this? That question never went away.
When I am back in body; when I am no longer hyperventilating, I usually try to stand up. My limbs are numb as if my whole body has been injected with Novocain and it is beginning to wear off. I am unsteady on my feet as if intoxicated. I am extremely tired. Humming helps. Sitting with my head down helps. Eating a small amount of solid food helps. What does not work is engaging with other people. I’ve always needed time to slow down, to breathe, and to stare at my feet on solid ground, to remind myself I am still in this world.
Your uncle is behind you. He snuck up again out of nowhere. His hands are inside your shorts. The main door to the cabin slams. Your father coughs. Oh no, oh no, oh no. If he sees you, he will hate you. If he finds you here like this, he will blame you.
This was the only time I was capable of interrupting a traumatic encounter. I did not do it for me. I was always too paralysed to act on my own behalf. But the summer I was 13, our family rented a cabin on a lake in Central New York State. Everyone was outside except for me. I was looking for my swimsuit. My uncle slid silently into the room and grabbed me. Then I heard my father enter the cabin. I could not be caught like that. I would never be able to look my father in the eye again. I had already created a suicide plan in response to all the abuse from this uncle. If my father saw me, I would not be able to live. For the first time, I pushed away from my uncle as hard as I could. I flew out the cabin door. My mother and grandmother sitting at the picnic table saw me wide-eyed and frantic. They laughed and asked what was wrong. Every cell in my body vibrated. I could not form words, so I ran. I ran through the woods as fast I could. I ran down the hill and crossed the road. I ran through the swing sets and when I got to the lake, I dove in headfirst with all my clothes on. I swam past the safety ropes and turned onto my back. I floated there all afternoon, trying to keep my eyes open, trying to burn the shame from my skin.
A few years ago, I was living in Questa, New Mexico. I thought my “out of body days” were over. Then one Saturday, my sister called to tell me our mother had died. She was 93 but healthy so it was very unexpected, especially since I had spoken to her two days before. The following morning, I sat on my bed drinking coffee and writing which was my usual morning ritual. I went to lift my coffee cup and realised I was on the ceiling looking down at the top of my head. My hand reached for the mug of coffee. Tarot cards sat on top of a lined notebook. The world started spinning a bit and then I was back on the bed, my hips on the mattress, my toes sticking out of the blanket.
This time, I knew what to do. I dressed and grabbed my car keys. I stomped my feet on the floor. I held onto the kitchen table. I made sure I was connected to the physical objects in my house. I drove The Enchanted Circle that day. The road led me through Red River, Eagle Nest, and Taos. I white-knuckled the steering wheel. I slammed my feet into the car floor. I chanted over and over: Stay here. Stay here. And it worked the same way it had worked years before on the day I left my abuser. Hold on, feel your feet on the ground and chant long and loud.
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The night air is warm. Pinon drifts in through the window. Soft light brightens the corners.
You’re lying on the thick carpeted floor of a therapist’s office. She pushes on your chest. “Breathe in a circular motion,” she says. You nearly hyperventilate and then you’re inside a family photograph. You are reliving the day you learned what dead meant. You are 10 years old and your friend Laurie Gates has just asked you and your mother who the little baby boy is in the picture on the wall. You know it is the brother you never met. But it’s your mother who has to explain that he died when he was nine. He died when he was younger than you. And you’re on the ceiling again and you see Laurie and you see your mother. And you know now you will never see your brother. You know now he has not just gone somewhere. He’s gone for good. He’s gone forever.
I never told anyone about my out of body experiences until I began seeing a therapist in Santa Fe shortly after leaving my abuser. I had done a Transformational Breathwork session with her and in the process, I felt safe enough to explain to her how I had separated from my body during traumatic situations ever since I was seven years old. She told me that my coping mechanism was creative, that it saved me, and that I was not the only person who dealt with trauma by separating from the body. For the first time, I felt seen. I slowly began to imagine that I could begin to look people in the eye again and to move through the world without my constant hyper-vigilant perspective. I began to see that anything I wanted was possible.
For me, the answer to preventing dissociation always came down to keeping myself away from circumstances that would trigger an out-of-body experience. It was all or nothing for me. I was not able to stop traumatic situations once they started. Instead, I had to prevent the possibility to the best of my ability. Once I dissociate, I don’t know how to set in motion getting back into the body. In general, I cannot will myself to do it. The process happens on its own. So, what I learned to do over time was to consciously choose not to be in an unsafe situation. I knew even as a kid that I could only control that to a limited extent. I stopped going to my uncle’s house. I told my parents I had babysitting jobs and I stayed home. As an adult, I had to permanently leave my abuser because his behaviour was never going to change. I miss out on certain opportunities as a result. I no longer attend literary or musical events at night if I have to go alone. I refuse to park in parking garages. Even though I live at the end of a dirt road in the woods, if I have left something in my car at night, I wait until morning to retrieve it. I realise some of my decisions are fear-based. I am willing to pay that price for my safety.
There are a few different types of Dissociative Disorder. For the most part, my experience was as an “outside” observer, watching myself in traumatic situations as if I was viewing a movie from above and outside my body.
That I am still walking in this world, that I didn’t reach permanently for the razor blade, the rope, or the bullet is amazing to me. My life in fragments was one of self-witness, a long process of laying broken pieces together side by side, like squares in a quilt, to create a whole being.
What I really want to say is that for so many years I could not see this future that I live now in the present. Even amid a pandemic, I love the life I’ve created. I teach; I write; I make art; I visit loved ones. I dream again of travelling to Montana and Wyoming. To London and Paris. I am alone a lot by choice, but I am not lonely. It can take a lifetime of gathering the shards of a self together, of making connections with family, friends, and practitioners. With age and grounding techniques, I am now more aware and able to intervene on my own behalf in ways I never could as a child or a young adult, or even a woman in my 30s. It has taken time and practice to integrate my body and my mind, to ask them to live side by side, these two entities that for so long looked upon each other with disgust. These two entities that have learned to respect and honour each other’s strengths and abilities, grounded to the earth.
If you or someone you know needs help with Dissociation or another mental health issue, these organisations may be able to help.
John Kerry told the BBC technologies that don’t yet exist will play a huge role in stabilising the climate.
France’s top policeman has blasted nearly a hundred of his former colleagues who signed an open letter asking the president to better defend the police from “hordes of masked individuals.”
Striking a similar tone to earlier open letters that were signed by retired and active military personnel, a petition signed by 93 former police officers urged President Emmanuel Macron, the government, and lawmakers to “do everything possible to put an end to the extremely serious situation that France is going through in terms of security and public peace.”France must not fall into chaos. The French police cannot allow that armed forces replace them tomorrow in order to avoid a civil war.The signatories wrote that attacks on police constitute “the rejection of our republican values, our customs and our model of society.” The letter mentioned the death of Eric Masson, an officer who was killed during a drug raid in the southern city of Avignon this month.“Open attacks on police stations by the hordes of armed and masked individuals are spreading across our territory with impunity,” the letter said, adding that the country “has fragmented into enclaves.”The signatories asked to “rearm [the police] materially, morally and legally,” so they can continue performing their duties without “risking their lives on every street corner.”“It’s time for effective measures to take back our own country and restore the authority of the State wherever it fails,” they wrote.As of the time of publication, the petition posted on the website mesopinions.com received around 39,000 signatures.
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Frederic Veaux, France’s top police official, responded in a letter of his own, which was cited by the French media. Veaux argued that former police officers are still bound by the ‘duty of restraint’ – a law that demands civil servants show “restraint and moderation” when expressing personal opinions in public.Veaux wrote that, regardless of the motives behind the petition, “your initiative weakens our institution more than it strengthens it.” He argued that the French police force “more than ever needs self-confidence, unity and cohesion within its ranks, without the spirit of partisanship.”At the same time, Veaux said that the government has made “important steps both in terms of protection of police officers and equipment.”The exchange came after two similarly-worded open letters were published by the French conservative news magazine Valeurs Actuelles. The first appeal came in April and was signed by 25 retired generals and more than 1,000 former and active-duty soldiers. It spoke about a possible civil war and urged authorities to intervene against the “disintegration” of the country. The letter specifically asked Macron to fight “Islamism and the hordes of the suburbs,” and as well as “masked individuals” that attack police stations.The second petition was anonymous, with the authors describing themselves as soldiers belonging to the younger generation. They urged that steps be taken to prevent France from becoming “a failed state.” Valeurs Actuelles said that the letter, which was published on May 11, has been read by more than 2.4 million unique users on their website and received 287,578 signatures as of Friday.
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The letters attracted a lot of media attention and sparked debate in France. Marine Le Pen, who leads the conservative National Rally party, said she shared the concerns expressed by the soldiers. Government officials and top army brass argued that the tone of the petitions was inappropriate, and that the military should remain neutral in political affairs.Armed Forces Chief of Staff General Francois Lecointre said that active-duty military personnel should resign if they wish to make such statements in public. He also said that active-duty servicemen who are identified as signatories to the April letter will be court-martialed for breaking the neutrality rule. Think your friends would be interested? Share this story!
Liz Cheney has become the figurehead of the Never Trumpers, Republicans seeking to loosen the former president’s grip on their party, but the Wyoming congresswoman was for him in the last election.Newly removed from House leadership, Cheney spoke to ABC’s This Week. Asked if she voted for Trump in 2020, she replied: “I did.”Asked if she regretted it, she said: “I was never going to support Joe Biden and I do regret the vote. I think that it was based on policy, based on sort of substance and what I know in terms of the kinds of policies [Trump] put forward that were good for the country. But that I think it is fair to say I regret the vote.”Cheney came out against Trump after the deadly attack on the US Capitol on 6 January, by supporters he told to “fight like hell” in service of his lie that his conclusive defeat by Joe Biden was the result of mass electoral fraud.Most of the congressional GOP has stayed behind Trump – to the extent that one representative claimed this week those who entered the Capitol were as orderly as regular tourists.“It’s indefensible,” Cheney said. “I will never forget seeing the law enforcement officers, the members of the Swat team, the rapid response forces, seeing them and their exhaustion. And they had been through hand-to-hand combat – and you know, people died.“And the notion that this was somehow a tourist event is disgraceful and despicable. And I won’t be part of whitewashing what happened on 6 January. Nobody should be part of it. And people ought to be held accountable.”Cheney was one of 10 Republicans in the House to vote for Trump’s impeachment, on a charge of inciting an insurrection. Trump was acquitted at trial after only seven Republican senators followed suit.Cheney also told ABC Kevin McCarthy, the House minority leader, should either voluntarily testify before any 6 January commission about his conversation with Trump as the attack happened, or be compelled to do so.Cheney is a staunch conservative and a daughter of Dick Cheney, a former congressman, secretary of defense and vice-president. As such she is a member of a party establishment either beaten into near-silence by Trump’s harangues, like Senate minority leader Mitch McConnell; vilified by Trump’s supporters, like Utah senator and 2012 nominee Mitt Romney; or simply acquiescent.Trump remains excluded from social media over his role in the Capitol riot but on Saturday he issued statements replete with rants about supposed electoral fraud.On ABC, interviewer Jonathan Karl asked if Cheney would stay in her party should Trump decide to run for president again and win the nomination in 2024.“I will do everything that I can to make sure he’s not the nominee,” Cheney said. “And, you know everything necessary to make sure he never gets anywhere close to the Oval Office again.”But, Karl repeated, would she remain in the party if Trump were the nominee?“I will not support him,” said Cheney. “And we’ll do everything I can to make sure that doesn’t happen.”Asked if she would run for president herself, Cheney said she was focused on re-election in Wyoming, where she will be challenged from the right. Asked if her father would want her to run, she laughed and said: “Well, yeah, but he’s my dad, so he’s not objective.”Some Republicans outside Congress have mooted a new conservative party. Most observers think such a move unlikely to succeed. Karl pointed out that other Republicans who have stood up to Trump, including senators Bob Corker and Jeff Flake, have been swiftly run out of town.Cheney said only a “handful” of Republicans actually believed Trump’s lies. But, she said, “I know that there are many members who have expressed concern about their own security. And I think that’s an important point to think about as well, that we now live in a country where members’ votes are affected because they’re worried about their security, they’re worried about threats on their lives.“But there’s no question that at this moment, the majority of the Republican party is not where I am. But it’s my responsibility as an elected official, it’s my responsibility as a leader to lead and, and to tell the truth.”The brewing Republican civil war was set to dominate the political talk shows.Cheney was also due to be interviewed on Fox News Sunday. Another anti-Trump House Republican, Adam Kinzinger of Illinois, was booked by NBC’s Meet the Press. NBC also booked Dan Crenshaw of Texas, a Trump loyalist.Adam Kinzinger speaks to the media on Capitol Hill. Photograph: Evelyn Hockstein/ReutersCBS’s Face the Nation was due to feature Joni Ernst of Iowa, the only woman in Republican Senate leadership, who this week criticised the House GOP for “cancelling” Cheney. CNN’s State of the Union booked Fred Upton, a Michigan representative who has been close to Biden.Cheney’s replacement as the No3 House Republican, Elise Stefanik, was due to speak to Fox Business. The New Yorker is a former moderate who swiftly moved to the hard right. Stefanik backed a formal objection to electoral college results in Pennsylvania, one of two states Republicans challenged on the day of the Capitol riot. She indicated a willingness to challenge other states but no senator followed suit.Cheney told ABC there was “no question” an event like the Capitol attack could happen again.“We’ve seen how far President Trump was willing to go,” she said. “We’ve seen not only his provocation of the attack, but his refusal to send help when it was needed, his refusal to immediately say, ‘Stop.’ And that in and of itself, in my view, was a very clear violation of his oath and of his duty.”“I think the issue really is Donald Trump and it really is the party and whether we’re going to be a party that’s based on the truth,” she said.
This is the best tl;dr I could make, original reduced by 65%. (I’m a bot)Egyptian authorities said this week they plan on widening and deepening parts of the Suez Canal to avoid a repeat of the Ever Given blunder in March, according to Bloomberg.In a televised address on Tuesday, the head of the Suez Canal Authority, Osama Rabie, said an 18.6 mile stretch of the waterway would be widened by about 131 feet and deepened by 32 feet to improve the movement of ships in the area.The Suez Canal, an artificial sea-level waterway, is one of the world’s most heavily used shipping lanes, facilitating about 12% of all global trade.Extended Summary | FAQ | Feedback | Top keywords: ship#1 Canal#2 Suez#3 days#4 waterway#5
BAE Systems Land &Armaments LP, part of the BAE Systems, was awarded a $15,7 million contract modification for spare parts necessary for initial training and fielding for Armored Multi-Purpose Vehicles.The work, which is is expected to be complete in Jan. 2023, will be performed in York, Pennsylvania, where BAE Systems builds the armored vehicles and its modernized howitzers.U.S. Army Contracting Command, Detroit Arsenal, Michigan, is the contracting activity. – ADVERTISEMENT – CONTINUE READING BELOW – The Armored Multi-Purpose Vehicle, also known as AMPV, is a family of next-generation, highly survivable vehicles essential to the future of the U.S. Army. The AMPV would replace 5 variants of the M113 Armored Personnel Carrier family of vehicles, which have been in service since the Vietnam-era.The program is essential to the future of the Armored Brigade Combat Team (ABCT) and will fulfill the Army’s strategy of protection, mobility, reliability, and interoperability. The AMPV will be integrated with the ABCT and is required to operate alongside the M1 Abrams tank and the M2 Bradley.The Army has identified the AMPV as its top priority for the safety and survivability of soldiers and therefore meets tough protection requirements. The AMPV leverages aspects of the Bradley Infantry Fighting Vehicle and M109A7 self-propelled howitzer, furthering commonality in the ABCT fleet of vehicles.The BAE Systems-manufactured AMPV has already begun production qualification testing and has continued live-fire testing ahead of the operational evaluation.The first fielding for AMPV is projected in the second quarter of FY23, roughly a year after the start of the IOT&E, according to the Army’s Program Executive Office for Ground Combat Systems (PEO GCS).
GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip — The Gaza Health Ministry says the death toll from Israeli strikes on a main thoroughfare in Gaza City has climbed to 33, including 12 women and eight children.It was the deadliest single attack since heavy fighting between Israel and Gaza’s Hamas rulers erupted nearly a week ago. The airstrikes hit Wahda Street, a major thoroughfare.The ministry says another 50 people were wounded in the strikes early Sunday, mostly women and children.There was no immediate comment from the Israeli military.___TOP NEWS IN THE ISRAELI-PALESTINIAN CONFLICT:— Israeli airstrikes on Gaza City flatten three buildings and kill at least 23 people on Sunday— An AP reporter documents the terrifying final minutes of leaving the Gaza office before it is blow up by the Israelis— An Israeli airstrike destroys a high-rise building that housed The Associated Press office in the Gaza Strip despite urgent demands by the new agency to halt— Protesters in major US cities urge Israelis to halt attacks on the Gaza Strip— French police use tear gas to quell pro-Palestinian march that was banned in Paris___ISTANBUL — Turkey’s state-run Anadolu news agency has offered to share its Gaza offices with The Associated Press and Al Jazeera after Israel bombed the building that housed the media offices.Anadolu said its Director-General Serdar Karagoz made the offer in letters to AP President and CEO Gary Pruitt and Al-Jazeera’s chairman.Karagoz said the Turkish wire service was “appalled” by the Israeli military’s targeting of media offices.“Since this recent conflict has escalated over the past week, there is an apparent pattern of targeting journalists who are carrying out their professional duties so as to block coverage of the situation on the ground,” Karagoz said.___PARIS — France’s minister for European Affairs, Clement Beaune, has cautioned against making a hasty judgement about Israel’s destruction of a high-rise building in the Gaza Strip that housed the bureaus of The Associated Press and broadcaster Al-Jazeera.Story continuesThe tower was pulverized by a bombing raid on Saturday as part of Israel’s offensive against Hamas and its Gaza stronghold. Journalists and residents were given about an hour to evacuate before the building was destroyed.Beane, asked during a talk show on CNews his reaction to the targeting of a building housing international media, said the bombing is “very worrisome.” But he added, “It is also true, we know, that Hamas sometimes strategically uses places that have media, civilians to take in some of its leaders.” Israel has claimed that was the case with the media tower. The Associated Press has asked Israel for evidence.“So I think we should always avoid a hasty judgment on these subjects,” Beaune said.___BRUSSELS — The European Union’s foreign policy chief says the 27-nation bloc’s foreign ministers will talks Tuesday about what the EU can do to help end the current round of Israeli-Palestinian violence.Josep Borrell tweeted Sunday that he convened the special videoconference “in view of the ongoing escalation between Israel and Palestine and the unacceptable number of civilian casualties.”He added that “we will coordinate and discuss how the EU can best contribute to end the current violence.”The latest outbreak of violence began in east Jerusalem earlier this month, when Palestinians protested attempts by settlers to forcibly evict a number of Palestinian families from their homes and Israeli police measures at Al-Aqsa Mosque. Gaza’s militant Hamas rulers fired rockets toward Jerusalem late Monday, triggering an Israeli assault on Gaza.___VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis has denounced the “unacceptable” spiral of violence between Israel and the Palestinians, saying the deaths in particular of children was a “sign that they don’t want to build the future but want to destroy it.”Francis prayed for peace, calm and international help to open a path of dialogue during his Sunday blessing, delivered from his studio window overlooking St. Peter’s Square.The pope said: “I ask myself: this hatred and vendetta, what will it bring? Do we truly think that we can build peace by destroying the other?”In unusually pointed comments, Francis added: “In the name of God, who created all human beings equal in rights, duties and dignity and are called to live as brothers, I appeal for calm” and an end to the violence.Israeli airstrikes have been pounding Gaza City for days as heavy fighting has broken out between Israel and the territory’s militant Hamas rulers. The Gaza Health Ministry said 10 women and eight children were among the 26 people killed in Sunday’s airstrikes, with another 50 people wounded in the attack.—-BEIRUT — The 57-member Organization of Islamic Cooperation held an emergency virtual meeting Sunday over the situation in Gaza calling for an end to Israel’s military attacks on the Gaza Strip.Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan urged the international community to work on ending Israel’s military operations against Gaza and to allow aid to reach the coastal region.Speaking from Ramallah in the West Bank, Palestinian Foreign Minister Riad Malki blasted Israel calling it an “apartheid state” that is practicing “crimes and brutality against our people in Gaza.” He added that the latest round of violence that began on Monday has displaced 10,000 people.“The rise of the Palestinian people has made it clear that Jerusalem is a red line,” Malki said. He added that “our people will not be exhausted by Israel’s killing machine.”Malki said all of Israel’s attempts to make demographic changes in Sheik Jarrah neighborhood in Jerusalem will fail.Malki urged Muslim countries to support the Palestinian people by all means urging them to impose political and economic sanctions against Israel.___JERUSALEM — Israeli police say they have arrested two suspects who snuck into the country from neighboring Jordan and were carrying knives.Israeli police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld said Sunday the two were on their way to Jerusalem to carry out an attack.Jordan’s Foreign Ministry confirmed that two of its citizens had been arrested in Israel and said it was in contact with Israeli authorities to work on their release.Jerusalem has seen weeks of Palestinian protests against heavy-handed tactics by Israeli police and Jewish settlers’ attempts to evict dozens of Palestinian families from their homes. Nightly clashes boiled over a week ago, triggering heavy fighting between Israel and Hamas, the Palestinian militant group ruling Gaza.The violence has also spread within Israel itself, with Arabs and Jews attacking each other in several mixed cities, setting vehicles ablaze and destroying property.Jordan, a close Western ally that made peace with Israel in 1994, has a large Palestinian population.___JERUSALEM — Israeli airstrikes on Gaza City flattened three buildings and killed at least 23 people on Sunday, medics said, making it the deadliest single attack since heavy fighting broke out between Israel and the territory’s militant Hamas rulers nearly a week ago.The Gaza Health Ministry said another 50 people were wounded in the attack. Rescuers were racing to pull survivors and bodies from the rubble.Earlier, the Israeli military said it destroyed the home of Gaza’s top Hamas leader in a separate strike. It was the third such attack in the last two days.Israel appears to have stepped up strikes in recent days to inflict as much damage as possible on Hamas as efforts to broker a cease-fire accelerate. A U.S. diplomat is in the region to try to de-escalate tensions, and the U.N. Security Council is set to meet Sunday.The military said it struck the homes of Yehiyeh Sinwar, the most senior Hamas leader inside the territory, and his brother Muhammad, another senior Hamas member. On Saturday it destroyed the home of Khalil al-Hayeh, a senior figure in Hamas’ political branch.Brig. Gen. Hidai Zilberman confirmed the strike on Sinwar’s house in the southern Gaza town of Khan Younis to army radio.___BERLIN — German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas said in comments to Sunday’s edition of the Bild am Sonntag newspaper that “Israel is using its right to self-defense to protect its population from Hamas’ rocket terror.”He said there needs to be “1. An end to the rocket terror. 2. An end to the violence and 3. a return to talks on concrete confidence-building steps between Israelis and Palestinians and a two-state solution.”A pair of tweets from his ministry Sunday expanding on those comments quoted Maas as saying that he has made that clear in his talks over recent days with counterparts in the region. He voiced concern about “the reports about ongoing violence, and people’s fear and desperation. This is an explosive mixture that could lead to unpredictable consequences, including for the region overall. We must prevent this happening.”There has been no specific German government comment so far about Saturday’s Israeli strike that destroyed the high-rise building in Gaza that housed the offices of The Associated Press and other media.___JERUSALEM — The Israeli military said Sunday it destroyed the home of Gaza’s top Hamas leader, the third such attack in as many days, after nearly a week of heavy Israeli airstrikes on the territory. The Palestinian militant group ruling Gaza has fired hundreds of rockets into Israel.Israel appears to have stepped up strikes in recent days to inflict as much damage as possible on Hamas as efforts to broker a cease-fire accelerate. A U.S. diplomat is in the region to try to de-escalate tensions, and the U.N. Security Council is set to meet Sunday.The military said it struck the homes of Yehiyeh Sinwar, the most senior Hamas leader inside the territory, and his brother Muhammad, another senior Hamas member. On Saturday it destroyed the home of Khalil al-Hayeh, a senior figure in Hamas’ political branch.___GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip — Israeli warplanes have struck several buildings and roads in a vital part of Gaza City early Sunday.According to photos circulated by residents and journalists, the airstrikes created a crater that blocked one of the main roads leading to Shifa, the largest hospital in the strip.The Health Ministry said the latest airstrikes left at least two dead and 25 wounded, including children and women. It said rescuers are still digging through the rubble and had so far pulled up five more wounded.Two hours into the heavy bombardment, there has been no comment from the Israeli military.___BEIJING — Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi has called on the U.N. Security Council to seek an early de-escalation of violence between Israel and Gaza’s Hamas rulers. He also blamed the U.S. for the council’s lack of action so far.“Regrettably, the council has so far failed to reach an agreement, with the United States standing on the opposite side of international justice,” the state-run Xinhua News Agency quoted Wang as saying in a phone conversation Saturday with Pakistani Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi.He expressed support for a two-state solution, and said China, which holds the Security Council presidency this month, expects all parties to speak with a unified voice when the council discusses the conflict later Sunday.Wang said the Security Council should reconfirm a two-state solution and urge Palestinians and Israelis to resume talks on that basis as soon as possible.___UNITED NATIONS — A U.N. spokesman says Secretary-General Antonio Guterres is “deeply disturbed” by the Israeli airstrike that destroyed a high-rise building in Gaza City housing offices of several international media organizations and residential apartments, and is “dismayed” by the increasing number of civilian casualties.“The secretary-general reminds all sides that any indiscriminate targeting of civilian and media structures violates international law and must be avoided at all costs,” spokesman Stephane Dujarric said Saturday.Earlier Saturday, an Israeli airstrike pulverized a high-rise building that housed The Associated Press, Al Jazeera and other media after warning that it was being targeted.Guterres singled out the death of 10 members of the same family including children as a result of an Israeli airstrike Friday in the al-Shati refugee camp in Gaza, spokesman Stephane Dujarric said Saturday.___LOS ANGELES — Hundreds of protesters shut down traffic as they took to the streets of Los Angeles, calling for an end to Israeli airstrikes over the Gaza Strip.The protesters waved flags and signs that said “free Palestine” and shouted “long live intifada,” or uprising. They marched from outside the federal building to the Israeli Consulate in the western part of the city on Saturday.Police shut down traffic on Wilshire Boulevard, a major thoroughfare, and urged motorists to avoid the area. Police from multiple agencies were monitoring the ongoing demonstration.Also on Saturday, hundreds of protesters gathered in Boston’s Copley Square and walked a short distance through the streets to the location of the Israeli Consulate for New England, blocking traffic.Footage on social media shows protesters then unfurled a banner in the colors of the Palestinian flag with the words “Free Palestine” while standing on top of the awning of the building where the consulate is located.Other smaller protests in support of Palestinians took place in Hartford and Pittsburgh.___JERUSALEM — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu says the ongoing campaign against Palestinian militants, now in its sixth day, will “continue as long as needed.”The prime minister spoke on Saturday from Israel’s defense ministry headquarters in Tel Aviv and issued a warning to leaders of Gaza’s militant Hamas group after a series of airstrikes targeted high-level officials and commanders.Netanyahu says: “You cannot hide — not above ground, and not underground. Nobody is immune.”The Israeli leader added that there was “no more just or moral campaign” than Israel’s against Hamas in the Gaza Strip, and thanked President Joe Biden and other world leaders for their support.Netanyahu’s remarks came at the end of a day that saw Israeli airstrikes target and destroy a high-rise building in Gaza City that housed offices of The Associated Press and other media outlets. Everyone was safely evacuated from the building before the strike hit.___JERUSALEM — Israel’s Electric Company says that high voltage lines supplying the Gaza Strip with electricity were damaged by rocket fire by Palestinian militants.The company released a statement on Saturday saying five of the 10 lines have been damaged, in the latest escalation of fighting and that the company cannot fix them because there is no access to the area.Damage to the power lines came amid days of intense fighting between Palestinian militants and Israel in the Gaza Strip.Gaza’s only other source of electricity — besides the power provided by Israel — is its single power plant, which has been working only partially due to fuel shortages. However, both sources are insufficient to cover Gazans’ needs.Outages of at least eight hours have long been a daily occurrence in the strip and with the power plant not working at regular capacity, rolling blackouts have increased to 12-15 hours per day recently.With the latest hits on the power line, more outages are expected.___BEIRUT — A top Hamas leader says militant groups in the Gaza Strip will not retreat in the face of attacks by Israeli troops, warning that their fighters still haven’t used all their force at their disposal.Ismail Haniyeh spoke during a rally attended by hundreds in the gas-rich nation of Qatar on Saturday night. He said that “resistance is the shortest road to Jerusalem” and that Palestinians will not accept anything less than a Palestinian state with Jerusalem as its capital.He added that “the Zionist enemy struck Gaza, flattened towers and carried out massacres,” thinking that this will make militant groups retreat. He said that as the Israeli attacks escalate, “the resistance will increase (its force) to a higher level.”Haniyeh also said that despite the fact that Gaza has been under siege for nearly 15 years, militant groups will not retreat.___WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden has expressed “strong support” for Israel’s strikes in Gaza in retaliation for Hamas missile attacks on its territory, but raised concerns about civilian casualties and the protection of journalists on a call with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.The White House says Biden on Saturday also shared his “grave concern” about intercommunal violence within Israel and escalating tensions in the West Bank. Biden and Netanyahu also discussed Jerusalem, with Biden saying it should “be a place of peaceful coexistence for people of all faiths and backgrounds.”Biden also held his first call since taking office with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas to discuss the violence, in which he called for Hamas, the PA’s rival, to stop firing rockets into Israel.The White House says Biden “expressed his support for steps to enable the Palestinian people to enjoy the dignity, security, freedom, and economic opportunity that they deserve” and highlighted the resumption of U.S. aid to the Palestinians under his administration.