Today's Headlines and Commentary

Today’s Headlines and Commentary

By Hadley Baker
Monday, August 12, 2019, 3:09 PM

The Hong Kong airport canceled more than 150 flights after thousands of demonstrators flooded the airport on Monday in continuing protests over opposition to the Hong Kong government, following demonstrations on Sunday in which the police fired tear gas at protestors, reports the New York Times.

United States intelligence officials suspect a new type of nuclear-propelled cruise missile was the cause of an explosion off the coast of northern Russia last week that killed at least seven people and caused a radiation spike in the atmosphere, according to the Times. The missile is believed to be part of a new class of weapons boasted about by Russian President Vladimir Putin and designed to evade U.S. missile defense systems.

North Korea launched two short range ballistic missiles into the sea on Saturday, the fifth round of such launches in under three weeks, likely another protest of U.S.-South Korea joint military exercises and stalled nuclear negotiations with the U.S, writes the Associated Press. The South Korean military alerted reporters to the launches hours after President Trump commented on a letter he received from North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, predicting that the two leaders will have more talks in the near future to discuss the nuclear standoff.

U.S. Army Gen. Richard Clarke, head of Special Operations Command, is initiating a comprehensive review of the culture and ethics of all Special Operations Forces following several high profile incidents involving Navy SEALs, Green Berets and Delta Force, reports NBC News.

Conservative Alejandro Giammattei defeated former first lady Sandra Torres in the Guatemalan presidential elections on Sunday, promising to seek better terms in the third country migration deal with the U.S. during his time in office, according to Reuters.

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