China’s Anti-Terror Law Mandates Tech Firm Cooperation

China passed a new, wide ranging anti-terror law this week that includes provisions requiring telecom operators and Internet service providers to provide technical assistance, including decryption, to government authorities investigating terrorist activities. According to the report by China's official Xinhua news agency, those firms will also be called on to "prevent dissemination of information on terrorism and extremism." Li Shouwei, deputy head of the parliament's criminal law division...
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What China’s Anti-Terrorism Legislation Actually Says

On December 27, China’s National People’s Congress passed the country’s much-debated anti-terrorism legislation. Although the text is still being translated into English, numerous analyses have already emerged, some based on apparently outdated versions of the law. As a service to future commentators, below is a brief analysis—based on the original Mandarin—on which portions of the legislation did, and did not, make the final cut. Foreign observers have been most concerned by Beijing’...
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Winter Survival Tips From US Marine Corps

Despite 2015's freakishly warm holiday weather, winter is one of the worst conditions to endure. That's why the US military has courses designed to teach its people how to survive in arctic temperatures. Here are a few tips from the Winter Survival Course handbook and some items the Marine Corps consider essential to combating the cold. Here's what the Marines say to take with you if you venture deep into the cold (somewhere other than New York) this winter. Key Items: Water/Food: At ...
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Obama to Announce New Executive Action on Guns

President Barack Obama is expected to announce in the coming days a new executive action with the goal of expanding background checks on gun sales, people familiar with White House planning said. Described as "imminent," the set of executive actions would fulfill a promise by the President to take further unilateral steps the White House says could help curb gun deaths. Plans for the action are not yet complete, and those familiar with the process warn that unforeseen circumstances could...
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Army Looking for Volunteers to Eat MREs for 21 days Straight

Three weeks, nothing but packaged, ready-to-eat meals.  It's not a far-flung mission, nor is it a lost wager — it's how Army researchers hope to discover how new knowledge of the digestive process could improve future Meals, Ready-to-Eat (MREs.) The work could even help protect soldiers from sickness while deployed. Here's what you need to know about the ongoing study, run by the Army Research Institute of Environmental Medicine's military nutrition division: 1. "Gut health" goals. ...
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China’s Anti-Terror Law Permits Troop Deployment Abroad

China on Sunday adopted its first counter-terrorism law that grants overarching powers to security agencies, allows the military to venture overseas on counter-terror operations and requires technology firms to give sensitive data like encryption keys to the government. Much on the expected lines, 159 legislators of the National People's Congress (NPC) Standing Committee unanimously adopted the draft law earlier approved by the ruling Communist Party of China (CPC). The new law makes it legal...
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