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Turkey deploys its latest air defense system to Al-Watiya airbase in Libya


Turkey has reportedly sent its latest self-propelled air-defense gun system, called the KORKUT, to Lybia.

Recent satellite imagery released by Twitter account who uses the nickname safsata14 showed that Korkut air defense systems were deployed to the Al-Watiya airbase in western Libya.

The airbase is now operated by both the Turkish Armed Forces and Forces of the Government of National Accord.

Libya has been torn by a civil war since the ouster of Muammar Gaddafi in 2011. The country’s new government was founded in 2015 under a UN-led agreement, but efforts for a long-term political settlement failed due to a military offensive by warlord Khalifa Haftar’s forces. It is worth mentioning that, Turkey provides politicks and military support country’s government.

The KORKUT is newly designed and developed for effective ground based air defense against modern air threats. The system consists of a platoon of three 35 mm Gun Systems and one Command Post that can operate full autonomously.

The Command and Control Vehicle detects and tracks targets with its 3D search radar and while developing a local air picture, evaluates threats and assigns targets to the Weapon System Vehicles. Meanwhile, the Weapon System Vehicles trace the target with fire control radar and generates firepower with two 35 mm guns using fragmentation ammunition.

Command and Control Vehicle

Both the Weapon System Vehicles and the Command and Control Vehicles were built on the ACV-30 chassis, the tracked carrying platform specially developed by FNSS to carry the command and control, large scale mobile radar, gunfire support, self-propelled artillery and missile systems. The ACV-30 is also used in the Low Altitude Air Defence Missile System (HİSAR-A) project.

Weapon System Vehicle

The Turkish Armed Forces have ordered 40 weapons systems, deliveries are scheduled to complete in 2022.



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‘Heartless’ officials bar fiance of cancer sufferer from coming into Canada


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To have to go through this alone has been one of the most difficult times in my life

Fiances are not on the list of immediate family members who can be allowed in. The order in council about the border closures was extended until August 31.

“It’s so ridiculous that we can fill bars and restaurants, we can have gatherings of 100 people outside, but my one fiance is still being barred entry into Canada as I undergo cancer treatment,” she said.

Taylor said he feels helpless because he is unable to physically be with Campbell.

“It’s been such a tough and trying time emotionally and mentally,” he said. “I’m just trying to always be there for Sarah as much as I can while being thousands of kilometres away.”

Campbell has been writing letters every day for about two weeks to politicians asking them to grant her fiance an exemption on compassionate grounds. She has been averaging three letters per day. The letters are going to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Minister of Health Patty Hajdu, MInister Blair, Minister of Immigration Marco Mendicino, and Minister of Foreign Affairs François-Philippe Champagne.

Taylor has also been tweeting at politicians, but he said he is unsure if they have seen his tweets. He has called and emailed the British High Commission in Canada, the High Commission of Canada in the United Kingdom, the Canada Border Services Agency, his MPs in the United Kingdom, and the British Foreign Office.

Campbell said all she wants is to be with her fiance.

“No one wants to hear that they have cancer, but to have to go through this alone has been one of the most difficult times in my life,” she said.



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Meghan Markle’s five pals who gave explosive interview to People mag could be named TODAY in High Court battle


MEGHAN Markle’s five pals who gave an explosive interview to People magazine could be named TODAY in a High Court battle.

The Duchess of Sussex is suing Associated Newspapers, the publisher of the Mail on Sunday, after a “private” letter she sent to her estranged father Thomas Markle was revealed.

⚠️ Read our Meghan and Harry blog for the latest news on the Royal couple.

Meghan Markle is suing the publisher of the Mail on Sunday for revealing the contents of a letter she sent to her estranged father

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Meghan Markle is suing the publisher of the Mail on Sunday for revealing the contents of a letter she sent to her estranged fatherCredit: AFP or licensors

But the publisher has argued that the existence of the letter had been discussed in an anonymous interview given by five of the former actress’ pals to People Magazine.

Meghan’s lawyers last week applied for the duchess’ friends to remain anonymous as part of the proceedings – something the paper’s legal team has opposed.

The 39-year-old says her friends gave the interview without her knowledge, and denies a claim made by ANL that she “caused or permitted” the People article to be published.

In the article published by People in February of last year, the friends spoke out against the bullying Meghan said she has faced, and have only been identified in confidential court documents.

In a written submission to the court, Justin Rushbrooke QC, representing the duchess, said it would be “cruel irony” for the friends to be identified in the privacy case.

However, Antony White QC, acting for ANL, said the unnamed friends are “important potential witnesses on a key issue”.

“Reporting these matters without referring to names would be a heavy curtailment of the media’s and the defendant’s entitlement to report this case and the public’s right to know about it,” he said.

“No friend’s oral evidence could be fully and properly reported because full reporting might identify her, especially as there has already been media speculation as to their identities.”

Mr Justice Warby is due to deliver his ruling on the duchess’s application at 10.30am today.

Meghan Markle wrote a letter to her father after he missed her wedding

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Meghan Markle wrote a letter to her father after he missed her weddingCredit: Splash News
Thomas Markle was not at the 2018 wedding of the couple

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Thomas Markle was not at the 2018 wedding of the coupleCredit: PA:Press Association
The interview with People magazine is at the centre of the legal battle

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The interview with People magazine is at the centre of the legal battle

ANL, publisher of the Mail on Sunday and MailOnline, won the first skirmish in the legal action on May 1, when Mr Justice Warby struck out parts of Meghan’s claim.

This included allegations that the publisher acted “dishonestly” by leaving out certain passages of the letter.

Court papers have since shown Meghan has agreed to pay ANL’s £67,888 costs for that hearing in full.

Meghan is suing ANL over five articles, two in the MoS and three on MailOnline, which were published in February 2019 and reproduced parts of a handwritten letter she sent to her father in August 2018.

The headline on the article read: “Revealed: The letter showing true tragedy of Meghan’s rift with a father she says has ‘broken her heart into a million pieces’.”

The duchess is seeking damages from ANL for alleged misuse of private information, copyright infringement and breach of the Data Protection Act.

ANL wholly denies the allegations, particularly the duchess’s claim that the letter was edited in any way that changed its meaning, and says it will hotly contest the case.

Meghan and Harry now live in the US

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Meghan and Harry now live in the USCredit: Getty Images
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‘One-sided relationship’: Food suppliers feeling pinched as grocers hike fees


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Retailers are also likely to try to negotiate the same cost reductions their competitors receive, Graydon said.

A Metro grocery store in Ottawa.
A Metro grocery store in Ottawa. David Kawai/Bloomberg

This week, for instance, United Grocers Inc. — a national procurement group that buys products for retailers such as Metro, Save-on-Foods and Circle K — told its suppliers in a letter that it would expect the same cost reductions that Walmart will receive. The letter came days after Walmart Canada asked its suppliers, on July 24, to pay an extra fee to help a five-year, $3.5-billion infrastructure upgrade. The fee will charge suppliers 1.25 per cent on the cost of goods they sell to Walmart, plus an additional five per cent on goods sold through e-commerce. Walmart says the fees are reasonable, since the investment will lead to sales growth for suppliers. The retailer stressed that the fees will only cover “a very small portion” of the $3.5 billion.

In an interview last week, Walmart Canada chief merchandizing officer Kieran Shanahan said he didn’t believe the new fee structure would widen the gap between big players and small ones in the sector.

“I disagree with that,” he said. “We think this is really fair and reasonable to share in the benefits in the growth of our investments (and) to share some of the costs of that.”

But the FCPC said retailer fees hit harder for small manufacturers, who operate on slimmer margins than multinational producers.

We think this is really fair and reasonable to share in the benefits in the growth of our investments (and) to share some of the costs of that

Kieran Shanahan, Walmart Canada chief merchandizing officer

“The small-to-medium manufacturer in this country is not making a profit. They are working at a loss,” Graydon said. “But they do have a profit plan as their volumes increase and as they get to a point where they improve efficiencies. So it might be a five-year plan.”

But when retailers add new fees, it upends the plan — making it less feasible for small producers to expand into big-box grocery stores.

“When you start on this plan, and then all of these incremental costs fall down on you, it becomes harder and harder for them to sustain,” Graydon said. “In many cases, they’re not doing business with the big guys to any great magnitude because they can’t afford to get in the door.”

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Turkey deploys T129 attack helicopters to Azerbaijan


The Turkish Armed Forces have deployed T129 attack helicopters to Azerbaijan, according to the Ministry Of Defence Of Azerbaijan.

According to a recent service news release, a group of servicemen and the aircraft of the Turkish Armed Forces participating in the Azerbaijani-Turkish Live-Fire Joint Large-Scale Tactical and Flight-Tactical Exercises arrived in Nakhchivan.

During the solemn welcoming ceremony for the servicemen participating in the exercises, which took place at the military airfield of the Combined Arms Army, the national anthems of the Republic of Turkey and the Republic of Azerbaijan were performed.

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Military, attack and combat helicopters of the Turkish Armed Forces arrived on a military transport aircraft, are brought to a state of readiness for Live-Fire Flight-Tactical Exercises at the military airfield of the Combined Arms Army.

According to Army-technology.com, the T129 multirole attack helicopter is being developed jointly by AgustaWestland and Turkish Aerospace Industries (TAI) for the Turkish Land Forces Command (TLF) under the attack and tactical reconnaissance helicopter (ATAK) programme. The helicopter is based on the AW129 and its predecessor the A129 Mangusta.

Nevertheless, Turkey deployed troops to Azerbaijan after an Armenian attack took place on Azerbaijan’s border on July 12.

The recent rise in tensions was triggered when the Armenian army attempted to attack Azerbaijani positions with artillery fire in the direction of the northwestern Tovuz border district, withdrawing after suffering losses following retaliation from the Azerbaijani military.

Twelve Azerbaijani soldiers, including a major general and a colonel, were killed and four others were injured in the recent border clashes.

Azerbaijan has blamed Armenia for the “provocative” actions, with Turkey throwing its weight behind Baku and warning Yerevan that it would not hesitate to stand against any kind of attack on its eastern neighbor.

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Third motorcycle crash in July closes Hwy 99 for hours near Pemberton


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PEMBERTON — For the third time in one month police have been called to a serious crash along Highway 99 near Pemberton.

RCMP say the latest collision happened Sunday afternoon about eight kilometres west of the community and involved several motorcycles and vehicles.

Police have released few details about the crash, which affected traffic through the area for hours, but they say several people were hurt and one person was airlifted to hospital in Vancouver.

Squamish RCMP Sgt. Sascha Banks says the Sea-to-Sky Highway corridor is regularly seeing above-normal summer volume and she urged caution on highways and backroads through the region.

A 31-year-old motorcyclist died in a crash near Pemberton on July 3.

Another collision on July 5, involving three motorcycles and a car on Highway 99 near Joffre Lake, killed one rider and injured three other people, including a passenger in the vehicle.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published July 27, 2020



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Paid leave for public service during pandemic cost $623M, well above estimates: budget watchdog


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Taxpayers spent $311 million covering paid leave for CRA officials alone, over 40,000 of whom accepted paid leave. The next largest cost was for employees at Correctional Service Canada ($33 million), the Canada Border Services Agency ($15 million) and Employment and Social Development Canada ($14 million).

Researchers at the PBO suggested the high proportion of CRA officials is possibly a result of tighter reporting requirements at the agency, which would in turn suggest that current data “is likely an underestimate of the number of hours of work lost during that period,” suggesting that true costs could be higher still.

Aaron Wudrick, director of the Canadian Taxpayers Federation, said costs for paid leave could reach the $1 billion marker by the time the pandemic has run its course, which he says underscores the overly generous nature of public extended leave.

“The 699 was not designed to cover indefinitely for massive numbers of people,” Wudrick said. “And so going forward, when they’re negotiating with the unions, the government needs to put some parameters around this.”

Both Wudrick and the PBO suggested that similar leave provisions did not exist in the private sector. As of July 12, more than eight million Canadians had applied for the $2,000-per-month CERB program, after private businesses went through successive rounds of widespread layoffs.

“The PBO was not able to find a leave policy of a similar scope in the private sector,” the report said.



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Paul Pogba lifts lid on his initial response to Bruno Fernandes transfer


Manchester United star Paul Pogba has hit the ground running alongside Bruno Fernandes – and he insists that is no co-incidence.

The signing of midfielder Fernandes from Sporting Lisbon in a big-money January move led to questions over Pogba’s future at Old Trafford.

But the Frenchman, who was sidelined after ankle surgery at the time, has now opened up on his initial response to the news.

And he says his first reaction was to gain an understanding of his new team-mate and analyse his game so they could strike up an instant chemistry on the pitch.

It certainly appears to have done the trick, with the pair being the driving force behind a stunning run of form since the Premier League restart.

Bruno Fernandes joining Man Utd in January led to questions over Paul Pogba’s future

“When Bruno arrived, I get that I need to understand him straight away,” Pogba told BT Sport.

“I didn’t want one month to adapt to his game so I watched him, watched his position, how he used the ball, what he’s good at so when I came back we could do well together.

“Straight away when I get to him [Bruno], I know ‘I can make this run’, ‘I know I have to pass him the ball there because he is dangerous there’.

“I try to analyse how he plays with the team, how to improve my positioning and stuff like that.”

The two superstars have flourished in the same line-up together

Speaking last month, Pogba outlined how he is enjoying playing alongside Fernandes and the rest of United’s attacking talent.

“From behind I just enjoy it,” he told United’s website.

“I’m enjoying just watching Bruno, Rashford, Martial and Mason, who all played the last game, and seeing them score goals.

“You just keep applauding, it’s beautiful – they make me enjoy football every time.”

Fernandes also addressed his on-field relationship with Pogba after they beat Brighton but insisted the focus should be on their team-mates.

Pogba closely analysed his new team-mate and it has seemingly paid off

Fernandes said: ”Paul is an amazing player but I don’t want to talk too much about me and Paul. It is not fair enough on the other team-mates.

“Of course Paul has such good qualities and is so much important for us and I think we can combine together.

“We have qualities and we can play together, but also we know we have some team-mates who can do very well when we are out.

“I think it’s not fair on the other guys if we talk just about me and Paul.

“There are so many good players here. Look at the work of Scotty [McTominay], Nemanja [Matic]… these guys have done so well. Then you have Juan [Mata] and Jesse [Lingard] all excellent players, great No. 10s.”





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U.S. Army deploys Abrams tanks to Poland


The U.S. Army has begun deploying Abrams main battle tanks and Bradley fighting vehicles to Poland as part of the final phase of training linked to DEFENDER-Europe 20, July 14 – Aug. 22.

The Baltic Security has reported that the equipment, to include approximately 55 Abrams main battle tanks and Bradley fighting vehicles, was originally moved from Army Prepositioned Stock sites in Germany and Belgium to Bergen-Hohne Training Area, Germany, in February as part of the original DEFENDER-Europe 20 exercise. The equipment will move via commercial and military line-haul to Drawsko Pomorskie Training Area, Poland, for the second phase of the modified exercise.

As part of the training, the unit will also mount the Trophy system on Abrams tanks. Trophy is an active protection system that is designed to detect and defeat rocket propelled grenades, recoilless rifles and anti-tank guided missiles. The fielding of Trophy systems provides the U.S. Army’s logistics teams with the opportunity to assess and experience the dynamics of moving and installing the system in a field environment.

Approximately 550 Soldiers from the 2nd Battalion, 12th Cavalry Regiment, 1st Armored Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division, out of Fort Hood, Texas, will participate in the exercise. The 1st Cavalry Division Headquarters (Forward) out of Poznan, Poland, will serve as mission command for the exercise while the 7th Army Training Command out of Grafenwoehr, Germany, will provide exercise control.

All appropriate COVID-19 prevention ad mitigation measures will be taken prior to and during the deployment to ensure the health and protection of participating armed forces and the local population.

DEFENDER-Europe 20 was designed as a deployment exercise to build strategic readiness in support of the U.S. National Defense Strategy and NATO deterrence objectives. In response to COVID-19, DEFENDER-Europe 20 was modified in size and scope. The first phase was linked exercise Allied Spirit, which took place at Drawsko Pomorskie Training Area, Poland, June 5-19, with approximately 6,000 U.S. and Polish Soldiers.

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Jeet Heer, Margaret Atwood, David Frum, Malcolm Gladwell and other defenders of open debate get their wish


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An open letter denouncing social restrictions on free speech and public debate, signed by more than 150 writers, academics, public intellectuals and other specialists, is sparking ample debate, although not all of it the sort its authors likely hoped for.

Published online by Harper’s magazine, “A Letter on Justice and Open Debate” was signed by people as famous as author J.K. Rowling, Noam Chomsky, Margaret Atwood and Salman Rushdie, and as unexpected as jazz musician Wynton Marsalis and choreographer Bill T. Jones.

As befits a manifesto, the current wave of protest and social activism is described as “a moment.” The anti-racism movement is “powerful,” demands for police reform are “overdue” and calls for wider inclusion across society is part of a “needed reckoning,” the letter declares.

But there’s a “but.”

“But this needed reckoning has also intensified a new set of moral attitudes and political commitments that tend to weaken our norms of open debate and toleration of differences in favor of ideological conformity.”



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