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Semiconductor shortage has reached ‘crisis’ levels, Commerce Secretary says

U.S. Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo says it's high time for lawmakers to pass legislation that helps end a crippling pandemic-fueled semiconductor shortage...
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Intel to build $20B Ohio chip facility amid global shortage

This undated rendering provided by Intel Corporation shows early plans for two new Intel processor factories in Licking County, Ohio....
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Trump says Nancy Pelosi shouldn’t be allowed to trade stocks, as calls grow for a Congress-wide ban

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (L) and then-President Donald Trump (R) seen in 2017. Getty Images/Pool Donald Trump said Wednesday that Nancy...
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Supreme Court halts COVID-19 vaccine rule for US businesses

FILE - This artist sketch depicts lawyer Scott Keller standing to argue on behalf of more than two dozen business...
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Inflation at 40-year high pressures consumers, Fed and Biden

FILE - Housing activists march across town toward New York Gov. Kathy Hochul's office, calling for an extension of pandemic-era...
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A Com News Spotlight Business Covid-19 omicron variant Top News

Home COVID tests to be covered by insurers starting Saturday

FILE - Youngstown City Health Department worker Faith Terreri grabs two at-home COVID-19 test kits to be handed out during...
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Business Chile Energy Lithium Top News

Lithium was the hottest commodity of 2021

Workers use a boat to take samples from a brine pool at the Rockwood Lithium plant on the Atacama salt...
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Texas wins federal injunction against Biden’s vaccine, mask mandates

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton claims President Biden’s COVID vaccine mandate doesn’t have legal authority. #FoxNews
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Business Democrat Democrat Party Democratic Party Joe Manchin Top News United States West Virginia

Joe Manchin just killed Build Back Better — and saved the US economy in the process

In an interview on Sunday, Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) struck what will likely be a fatal blow to Democrats’ Build Back Better...
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Senator Ted Cruz secures vote for Nord Stream 2 sanctions

Senator Ted Cruz celebrated Saturday after his holdout tactics secured a vote in January. Slap new sanctions Nord Stream 2, Russia’s natural...
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5G Business Top News

Boeing and Airbus warn US over 5G safety concerns

Bosses from the world's two biggest plane makers have called on the US government to delay the rollout of new...
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Foreign shoppers swarm Turkey after lira crash

Bulgarian shoppers are stocking up on everything from underwear to walnuts at a fraction of their cost back home The...
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New buildings in NYC must go electric after gas hookup ban

NEW YORK CITY (TheRealDeal) – The City Council is poised to ban the use of gas in new buildings, requiring...
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4 dead in US tornadoes, storms; roof collapse at Amazon

The Amazon distribution center is partially collapsed after being hit by a tornado on Friday, Dec. 10, 2021 in Edwardsville,...
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Major outage hits Amazon Web Services; many sites affected

The Amazon Spheres on the company's corporate campus are shown near the Space Needle in downtown Seattle, Tuesday, Dec. 7,...
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New Twitter CEO steps from behind the scenes to high profile

In this image provided by Twitter, Parag Agrawal poses for a picture. Newly named Twitter CEO Agrawal has emerged from...
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Latest weekly jobless claims fall to 199,000, lowest level since 1969

Applicants are walked through their job offer by General Motors employees during a job fair on Nov. 16, 2021 in...
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Elon Musk Spars with Bernie Sanders, Offers to Sell More Tesla Stock

Tesla Inc Chief Executive Elon Musk got into a spat with Bernie Sanders on Sunday after the U.S. senator demanded...
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Johnson & Johnson to split into 2 public companies

Johnson & Johnson is splitting into two companies, separating the division that sells Band-Aids and Listerine, from its medical device...
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Why is Russia's Putin so focused on Ukraine?



High-stakes mission to avert Russian
invasion of Ukraine




Business

Semiconductor shortage has reached ‘crisis’ levels, Commerce Secretary says

U.S. Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo says it's high time for lawmakers to pass legislation that helps end a crippling pandemic-fueled semiconductor shortage...
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Semiconductor shortage has reached ‘crisis’ levels, Commerce Secretary says



Technology

Semiconductor shortage has reached ‘crisis’ levels, Commerce Secretary says

U.S. Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo says it's high time for lawmakers to pass legislation that helps end a crippling pandemic-fueled semiconductor shortage...
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Semiconductor shortage has reached ‘crisis’ levels, Commerce Secretary says
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Democrat Attempt at Voting Agenda

Tucker:
This is not allowed



McConnell tears into Biden's '
unpresidential' attacks



Science

Out-of-control SpaceX rocket on collision course with moon

Space observers believe the Falcon 9 rocket, seen launching in February 2015, is on course to hit the moon in...
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Out-of-control SpaceX rocket on collision course with moon


Education
Joe Concha: Democrats are becoming
the 'anti-parent' party



Biden education secretary solicited
NSBA domestic terrorists letter



LAW
At least 1 dead, 38 missing after smuggling boat capsizes off Florida coast

At least 1 dead, 38 missing after smuggling boat capsizes off Florida coast

Man rescued after 25-foot boat overturns 45 miles east of Fort Pierce Inlet MIAMI BEACH, Fla. — The U.S. Coast...
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2nd NYPD officer, Wilbert Mora, dies from injuries in Harlem shooting

2nd NYPD officer, Wilbert Mora, dies from injuries in Harlem shooting

NEW YORK CITY (WABC) -- NYPD officer Wilbert Mora, who was shot and his partner killed while responding to a...
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Woman arrested for giving car keys to intoxicated friend who caused deadly crash

Woman arrested for giving car keys to intoxicated friend who caused deadly crash

A Florida woman was arrested for giving a set of car keys to her intoxicated friend. Nine minutes later, that...
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Seditious conspiracy: 11 Oath Keepers charged in Jan. 6 riot

Seditious conspiracy: 11 Oath Keepers charged in Jan. 6 riot

FILE - In this Sunday, June 25, 2017 file photo, Stewart Rhodes, founder of the Oath Keepers, speaks during a...
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Abortion grows as priority issue for Democrats: AP-NORC poll

Abortion grows as priority issue for Democrats: AP-NORC poll

WASHINGTON (AP) — With Roe v. Wade facing its strongest threat in decades, a new poll finds Democrats increasingly view protecting...
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Supreme Court skeptical of Biden’s workplace vaccine rule

Supreme Court skeptical of Biden’s workplace vaccine rule

This artist sketch depicts lawyer Scott Keller standing to argue on behalf of more than two dozen business groups seeking...
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Lara Trump blasts ‘bumbling’ Biden: He’s a liability

Lara Trump blasts ‘bumbling’ Biden: He’s a liability

Fox News contributor Lara Trump argues Biden 'can't handle' the presidency and says everything in America has 'downgraded' since he...
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Semiconductor shortage has reached ‘crisis’ levels, Commerce Secretary says

Semiconductor shortage has reached ‘crisis’ levels, Commerce Secretary says

U.S. Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo says it's high time for lawmakers to pass legislation that helps end a crippling pandemic-fueled semiconductor shortage...
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Out-of-control SpaceX rocket on collision course with moon

Out-of-control SpaceX rocket on collision course with moon

Space observers believe the Falcon 9 rocket, seen launching in February 2015, is on course to hit the moon in...
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DeSantis Hits Biden Over ‘SOB’ Hot Mic Moment About Fox News Reporter Peter Doocy

DeSantis Hits Biden Over ‘SOB’ Hot Mic Moment About Fox News Reporter Peter Doocy

Gov. Ron DeSantis (R-FL) mocked President Biden's hot mic comment Monday referring to Fox News reporter Peter Doocy as a...
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At least 1 dead, 38 missing after smuggling boat capsizes off Florida coast

At least 1 dead, 38 missing after smuggling boat capsizes off Florida coast

Man rescued after 25-foot boat overturns 45 miles east of Fort Pierce Inlet MIAMI BEACH, Fla. — The U.S. Coast...
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Navy to salvage stealth F-35 that crashed on carrier landing in South China Sea

Navy to salvage stealth F-35 that crashed on carrier landing in South China Sea

USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) The F-35's stealth technology would have been a prize for China. The U.S. Navy has...
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2nd NYPD officer, Wilbert Mora, dies from injuries in Harlem shooting

2nd NYPD officer, Wilbert Mora, dies from injuries in Harlem shooting

NEW YORK CITY (WABC) -- NYPD officer Wilbert Mora, who was shot and his partner killed while responding to a...
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Ukrainian leaders: Stay calm, Russian invasion not imminent

Ukrainian leaders: Stay calm, Russian invasion not imminent

A serviceman checks his machine-gun in a shelter on the territory controlled by pro-Russian militants at frontline with Ukrainian government...
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Ukrainian leaders: Stay calm, Russian invasion not imminent

Ukrainian leaders: Stay calm, Russian invasion not imminent

A serviceman checks his machine-gun in a shelter on the territory controlled by pro-Russian militants at frontline with Ukrainian government...
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US puts 8,500 troops on heightened alert amid Russia tension

US puts 8,500 troops on heightened alert amid Russia tension

Pentagon spokesman John Kirby speaks during a briefing at the Pentagon in Washington, Monday, Jan. 24, 2022. The Pentagon says...
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Britain says Russia seeking to replace Ukraine government

Britain says Russia seeking to replace Ukraine government

FILE - A convoy of Russian armored vehicles moves along a highway in Crimea, Tuesday, Jan. 18, 2022. With tens...
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German navy chief resigns following Ukraine comments

German navy chief resigns following Ukraine comments

Kay-Achim Schönbach (R) said President Putin wanted respect BERLIN (AP) — The head of the German navy resigned late Saturday...
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Where Ukraine’s sunflowers once sprouted, fears now grow

Where Ukraine’s sunflowers once sprouted, fears now grow

This June 4, 1996, photo provided by William Perry, shows, from left, Russian defense minister Pavel Grachev, Ukrainian Defense Minister...
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Germany blocks NATO ally Estonia from giving military support to Ukraine as it faces a possible Russian invasion: report

Germany blocks NATO ally Estonia from giving military support to Ukraine as it faces a possible Russian invasion: report

Ukrainian soldiers patrol on the frontline in Zolote, Ukraine on January 20, 2022. Germany is blocking Estonia from providing military...
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Biden predicts Russia will invade Ukraine, warns Putin

Biden predicts Russia will invade Ukraine, warns Putin

President Joe Biden speaks during a news conference in the East Room of the White House in Washington, Wednesday, Jan....
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Britain says Russia seeking to replace Ukraine government

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Members of Ukraine's Territorial Defense Forces, volunteer military units of the Armed Forces, train in a city park in Kyiv, Ukraine, Saturday, Jan. 22, 2022. Dozens of civilians have been joining Ukraine's army reserves in recent weeks amid fears about Russian invasion. (AP Photo)

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FILE - A Russian army soldier takes part in drills at the Kadamovskiy firing range in the Rostov region in southern Russia, Friday, Dec. 10, 2021. With tens of thousands of Russian troops positioned near Ukraine, the Kremlin has kept the U.S. and its allies guessing about its next moves in the worst...

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Members of Ukraine's Territorial Defense Forces, volunteer military units of the Armed Forces, train in a city park in Kyiv, Ukraine, Saturday, Jan. 22, 2022. Dozens of civilians have been joining Ukraine's army reserves in recent weeks amid fears about Russian invasion. (AP Photo)

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Members of Ukraine's Territorial Defense Forces, volunteer military units of the Armed Forces, train in a city park in Kyiv, Ukraine, Saturday, Jan. 22, 2022. Dozens of civilians have been joining Ukraine's army reserves in recent weeks amid fears about Russian invasion. (AP Photo)

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A member of Ukraine's Territorial Defense Forces, volunteer military units of the Armed Forces, trains in a city park in Kyiv, Ukraine, Saturday, Jan. 22, 2022. Dozens of civilians have been joining Ukraine's army reserves in recent weeks amid fears about Russian invasion. (AP Photo)

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A member of Ukraine's Territorial Defense Forces, volunteer military units of the Armed Forces, trains in a city park in Kyiv, Ukraine, Saturday, Jan. 22, 2022. Dozens of civilians have been joining Ukraine's army reserves in recent weeks amid fears about Russian invasion. (AP Photo)

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Members of Ukraine's Territorial Defense Forces, volunteer military units of the Armed Forces, train in a city park in Kyiv, Ukraine, Saturday, Jan. 22, 2022. Dozens of civilians have been joining Ukraine's army reserves in recent weeks amid fears about Russian invasion. (AP Photo)

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Servicemen march leaving a memorial ceremony to honor the memory of civilians who died during shelling at a crowded bus stop in 2015, in Donetsk, controlled by Russia-backed separatists, eastern Ukraine, Saturday, Jan. 22, 2022. (AP Photo)

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A member of Ukraine's Territorial Defense Forces, volunteer military units of the Armed Forces, throws a hand grenade during training in a city park in Kyiv, Ukraine, Saturday, Jan. 22, 2022. Dozens of civilians have been joining Ukraine's army reserves in recent weeks amid fears about Russian invas...

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Members of Ukraine's Territorial Defense Forces, volunteer military units of the Armed Forces, train in a city park in Kyiv, Ukraine, Saturday, Jan. 22, 2022. Dozens of civilians have been joining Ukraine's army reserves in recent weeks amid fears about Russian invasion. (AP Photo)

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A member of Ukraine's Territorial Defense Forces, volunteer military units of the Armed Forces, trains in a city park in Kyiv, Ukraine, Saturday, Jan. 22, 2022. Dozens of civilians have been joining Ukraine's army reserves in recent weeks amid fears about Russian invasion. (AP Photo)

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FILE - In this image taken from video and released by Russian Defense Ministry Press Service, Russian army's self-propelled howitzers fire during military drills near Orenburg in the Urals, Russia, Thursday, Dec. 16, 2021. With tens of thousands of Russian troops positioned near Ukraine, the Kremlin...

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A Ukrainian serviceman patrols a street near frontline with with Russia-backed separatists in Verkhnotoretske village in Yasynuvata district, Donetsk region, eastern Ukraine, Saturday, Jan. 22, 2022. Russia on Thursday announced sweeping naval drills in several parts of the world this month, and cla...

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FILE - Russian tanks T-72B3 take part in drills at the Kadamovskiy firing range in the Rostov region in southern Russia, Wednesday, Jan. 12, 2022. With tens of thousands of Russian troops positioned near Ukraine, the Kremlin has kept the U.S. and its allies guessing about its next moves in the worst...

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Members of Ukraine's Territorial Defense Forces, volunteer military units of the Armed Forces, train in a city park in Kyiv, Ukraine, Saturday, Jan. 22, 2022. Dozens of civilians have been joining Ukraine's army reserves in recent weeks amid fears about Russian invasion. (AP Photo)

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FILE - Secretary of State Antony Blinken, left, greets Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov before their meeting, Friday, Jan. 21, 2022, in Geneva, Switzerland. With tens of thousands of Russian troops positioned near Ukraine, the Kremlin has kept the U.S. and its allies guessing about its next mo...

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A member of Ukraine's Territorial Defense Forces, volunteer military units of the Armed Forces, trains in a city park in Kyiv, Ukraine, Saturday, Jan. 22, 2022. Dozens of civilians have been joining Ukraine's army reserves in recent weeks amid fears about Russian invasion. (AP Photo)

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Members of Ukraine's Territorial Defense Forces, volunteer military units of the Armed Forces, train in a city park in Kyiv, Ukraine, Saturday, Jan. 22, 2022. Dozens of civilians have been joining Ukraine's army reserves in recent weeks amid fears about Russian invasion. (AP Photo)

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Members of Ukraine's Territorial Defense Forces, volunteer military units of the Armed Forces, train in a city park in Kyiv, Ukraine, Saturday, Jan. 22, 2022. Dozens of civilians have been joining Ukraine's army reserves in recent weeks amid fears about Russian invasion. (AP Photo)

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Members of Ukraine's Territorial Defense Forces, volunteer military units of the Armed Forces, train in a city park in Kyiv, Ukraine, Saturday, Jan. 22, 2022. Dozens of civilians have been joining Ukraine's army reserves in recent weeks amid fears about Russian invasion. (AP Photo)

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Members of Ukraine's Territorial Defense Forces, volunteer military units of the Armed Forces, train in a city park in Kyiv, Ukraine, Saturday, Jan. 22, 2022. Dozens of civilians have been joining Ukraine's army reserves in recent weeks amid fears about Russian invasion. (AP Photo)

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Members of Ukraine's Territorial Defense Forces, volunteer military units of the Armed Forces, train in a city park in Kyiv, Ukraine, Saturday, Jan. 22, 2022. Dozens of civilians have been joining Ukraine's army reserves in recent weeks amid fears about Russian invasion. (AP Photo)

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FILE - A convoy of Russian armored vehicles moves along a highway in Crimea, Tuesday, Jan. 18, 2022. With tens of thousands of Russian troops positioned near Ukraine, the Kremlin has kept the U.S. and its allies guessing about its next moves in the worst Russia-West security crisis since the Cold Wa...

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Russia announces sweeping naval drills amid Ukraine tensions

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A convoy of Russian armored vehicles moves along a highway in Crimea, Tuesday, Jan. 18, 2022. Russia has concentrated an estimated 100,000 troops with tanks and other heavy weapons near Ukraine in what the West fears could be a prelude to an invasion. The Biden administration is unlikely to answer a...

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Two Russian Su-30 fighter jets take off taking part in a training mission in Krasnodar Region, Russia, Wednesday, Jan. 19, 2022. (AP Photo)

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A view from the cockpit of a Russian Su-30 fighter jet as it takes part in a training mission in Krasnodar Region, Russia, Wednesday, Jan. 19, 2022. (AP Photo)

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A Russian air force pilot walks to aSu-30 fighter jet before a training mission in Krasnodar Region, Russia, Wednesday, Jan. 19, 2022. (AP Photo)

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In this photo taken from video provided by the Russian Defense Ministry Press Service, A Russian armored vehicle drives off a railway platform after arrival in Belarus, Wednesday, Jan. 19, 2022. In a move that further beefs up forces near Ukraine, Russia has sent an unspecified number of troops from...

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Secretary of State Antony Blinken departs Boryspil International Airport, Thursday, Jan. 20, 2022, in Kyiv, Ukraine. (AP Photo)

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This satellite image provided by Maxar Technologies shows battle group deployments at the Pogonovo training area in Voronezh, Russia, Sunday, Jan. 16, 2022. President Joe Biden said Wednesday, Jan. 19, he thinks Russia will invade Ukraine and warned President Vladimir Putin that his country would pa...

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A view from the cockpit of a Russian Su-30 fighter jet as it takes part in a training mission in Krasnodar Region, Russia, Wednesday, Jan. 19, 2022. (AP Photo)

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Russian Su-34 bombers parked to take part in a training mission in Krasnodar Region, Russia, Wednesday, Jan. 19, 2022. (AP Photo)

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A Russian Su-30 fighter jet taxies before takeoff for a training mission in Krasnodar Region, Russia, Wednesday, Jan. 19, 2022. (AP Photo)

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A Russian Su-34 bomber takes off for a training mission in Krasnodar Region, Russia, Wednesday, Jan. 19, 2022. (AP Photo)

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Russian Su-30 fighter jets taxi before take off for a training mission in Krasnodar Region, Russia, Wednesday, Jan. 19, 2022. (AP Photo)

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Biden 'bears a lot of the blame' for Russia's
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On volatile China- India border
a high-altitude military buildup is underway



On volatile border between India and China, a high-altitude military buildup is underway

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A close-up of a heliport under construction in Rutog County.

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On volatile border between India and China, a high-altitude military buildup is underway

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Construction crews are now scattered around Ladakh as Indian authorities speed up their infrastructure race with China.

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An overview of a heliport under construction near Aksai Chin Lake, in a region administered by China but contested by India, on May 28.

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An overview of a heliport under construction in Rutog County in the Ngari Prefecture of the Tibet Autonomous Region of China, on Nov. 28.

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BEIJING’S ISLAND-BUILDING IN THE SOUTH CHINA SEA

Runway

Runway

China is expanding the construction of its facilities on Fiery Cross Reef. Provided by the Asia Maritime Transparency Initiative (AMTI), this June 28, 2015 photo reveals Beijing has nearly completed a 3,000 meter (9,800-foot) airstrip, long enough to accommodate most Chinese military aircraft. Two h...

Expansion

Expansion

Reclamation on Fiery Cross Reef, which lies on the west side of the Spratly Islands, began in August of 2014 and its principal landmass was finished by November. Dredgers have created a land mass that spans the entire existing reef and is approximately 3,000 meters long and 200-300 meters wide.

Facilities

Facilities

This picture taken last November shows construction work being carried out on Fiery Cross Reef. The reef reportedly already houses a helicopter landing pad, a 300-meter-long wharf, a harbor large enough to dock military tankers, barracks and artillery emplacements.

South Johnson Reef

South Johnson Reef

This reef was one of the first facilities to finish principal land reclamation. This recent picture shows that a radar tower is nearing completion at the north end of the land mass. According to AMTI, a new large multi-level military facility has been built in the center of the island. Up to six sur...

A naval base?

A naval base?

Beginning in early 2015, Mischief Reef - also located in the Spratlys - has undergone extensive reclamation activity. Experts say that the recent widening of the southern entrance to the reef, coupled with sightings of Chinese navy vessels, may suggest a future role for the reclaimed reef as a naval...

From reef to island

From reef to island

Significant construction on Gaven Reef began in 2014, with a total of 114,000 square meters of land already created. Satellite pictures show just how fast construction has progressed on the reef. A new artificial island was created between March (left) and August (right) 2014.

Troop garrison

Troop garrison

According to AMTI, China has had a troop garrison on Gaven Reef since 2003, which has included a large supply platform where ships can dock. Experts say a new main square building in the reef appears to be an anti-aircraft tower.

A standardized process

A standardized process

As seen in this image, the basic process of expanding these features involves dredging sand from the seafloor and dumping it onto the reefs. The structure is raised above the high water line, hiding the status of the bank or reef beneath. The sand is then smoothed out and workers surround the island...

'Historic rights'

'Historic rights'

China claims most of the potentially energy-rich waterway, through which $5 trillion in ship-borne trade passes every year. The US Pacific Fleet commander recently said China was "creating a great wall of sand" in the South China Sea, causing serious concerns about its territorial intentions. Beijin...

Territorial disputes

Territorial disputes

The Philippines, Vietnam, Malaysia, Brunei and Taiwan also have overlapping claims, which have led to territorial disputes in the area. Last summer, China's deployment of a massive oil rig in waters also claimed by Hanoi escalated tensions in the region, sparking a standoff at sea and violent anti-C...

US concerns

US concerns

Washington is concerned China's efforts carry a military dimension that could undermine the US' naval and economic power in the Pacific, and has weighed sending warships and surveillance aircraft within 12 nautical miles of the new artificial islands. Washington has repeatedly called on Beijing and ...

Ecological impact

Ecological impact

The Philippines filed a formal plea at the UN last year, challenging Beijing's territorial claims. Manila said China's reclamation activities are causing "irreversible and widespread damage to the biodiversity and ecological balance of the South China Sea." It also claimed that the destruction of co...

Runway Expansion Facilities South Johnson Reef A naval base? From reef to island Troop garrison A standardized process 'Historic rights' Territorial disputes US concerns Ecological impact