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1/27/2020

United Nations officials have been directed not to use the Whatsapp messaging service since June of 2019 because of the security risks it poses, United Nations spokesperson Farhan Haq said last week. UN experts last week accused Saudi Arabia of using the platform to hack the phone of Amazon owner Jeff Bezos.

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1/27/2020

Montana Air National Guard member Ian McBeth was one of three American firefighters who died in last week's crash of a Canadian firefighting company's C-130 tanker as it fought wildfires in Australia. In addition to McBeth, who was the C-130's captain, the others who died in the crash were Marine Corps veteran Paul Hudson and Air Force veteran Rick DeMorgan.

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1/27/2020

Sens. Catherine Cortez Masto, D-Nev., and Mitt Romney, R-Utah, have called on the Defense Department to clarify its mission strategy in Syria. "Until now, the administration has not articulated a coherent and consistent strategy to Congress," they wrote in a letter to Defense Secretary Mark Esper and Gen. Mark Milley, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

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1/27/2020

Kansas Army National Guard captain Edward Raschen has filed a federal lawsuit against the Kansas school district he works for as a vice principal, claiming the district refused to reinstate him in his secondary role as athletic director after he returned from a deployment. He is also claiming the situation has resulted in a hostile work environment.

1/27/2020

Spc. Antonio Moore, 22, died last week as the result of a vehicle rollover while serving in his first deployment in Syria. Moore -- who served with the 346th Engineer Company, 363rd Engineer Battalion, 411th Engineer Brigade -- was taking part in a route clearance operation when the accident, which is under investigation, occurred.

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1/27/2020

Master Sgt. Ericka Tew was named Noncommissioned Officer USAR Instructor of the Year for Fiscal Year 2020 and Lt. Col. Jeffrey Gunlicks was named the Officer USAR IOY by Army Reserve Headquarters-Fort Bragg. Both are with the 100th Training Division-Leader Development, and will next vie for the Army Instructor of the Year honors with the Army Training and Doctrine Command, set for next month.

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1/27/2020

Youngstown Air Reserve Station and Peterson Air Force Base are under consideration as sites for the Air Force Reserve's new C-130Js, which were recently approved in military funding approved by Congress. "We are now conducting research and planning site visits in conjunction with the secretary of the Air Force to determine the best location for the new C-130Js," says Air Force Reserve Command commander and Air Force Reserve Chief Lt. Gen. Richard Scobee.

1/24/2020

Nonprofit grants and donor contributions have become important revenue streams for many for-profit publications, including The Guardian, The New York Times and the Chicago Tribune, with some journalism organizations choosing to secure nonprofit status. McClatchy regional editor Lauren Gustus is also teaching the publishing company's newsrooms how to ask for donations and says the shift is important for their ongoing operations.

1/24/2020

The best leaders invest time in their people to help them grow instead of simply "spending time" to correct mistakes, writes Steve Keating. This is an example of managing versus leading, he argues, wherein leaders look to grow people rather than oversee and correct them.

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1/24/2020

The Internet Society's proposed $1.1 billion sale of the .org domain must be stopped, wrote the directors of Greenpeace, Amnesty International and eight other organizations in an open letter. "Should the governance and stewardship of .ORG end up under the control of private or other actors that could lead to financial or other barriers that would irreparably harm global civil society," they wrote.

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Reuters