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This simple model shows the importance of wearing masks and social distancing
This simple model shows the importance of wearing masks and social distancing

The Research Brief is a short take about interesting academic work.With the advent of an infectious disease outbreak, epidemiologists and public health officials quickly try to forecast deaths and infections using complex computer models. But with a brand new virus like the one that causes COVID-19, these estimates are complicated by a dearth of credible information on symptoms, contagion and those who are most at risk. My team at the Goldenson Center for Actuarial Research has developed a free, user-friendly computer model that has a different goal. It demonstrates how infections and deaths progress on a daily basis over a three-month period depending on how people behave in response to...

Philippine police kill 4 suspected militants in Manila raid
Philippine police kill 4 suspected militants in Manila raid

Philippine police killed four suspected Islamic State group-linked militants during a raid on a hideout in metropolitan Manila early Friday, security officials said. Metropolitan Manila Police Chief Debold Sinas said police and intelligence agents planned to serve a search warrant at a house in suburban Paranaque city after months of surveillance when the suspected militants opened fire.

Libya's NOC says Russian mercenaries entered oilfield, with output blocked

Libya's National Oil Corporation (NOC) said on Friday Russian and other foreign mercenaries had entered the Sharara oilfield on Thursday, adding that it completely rejects "attempts by foreign countries to prevent the resumption of oil production". It said the mercenaries had entered Sharara

Sen. Tom Cotton urges DOJ to charge criminals defacing statues and monuments
Sen. Tom Cotton urges DOJ to charge criminals defacing statues and monuments

Arkansas Sen. Tom Cotton, Republican member of the Armed Services Committee and an Iraq and Afghanistan war veteran, joins Martha MacCallum on 'The Story.'

UN urges Egypt, Ethiopia, Sudan to
UN urges Egypt, Ethiopia, Sudan to 'work together' in Nile dam dispute

The UN on Monday urged Egypt, Ethiopia and Sudan to "work together" to resolve differences over Addis Ababa's Nile River mega-dam which has been a long-running source of regional tension. At Egypt's request, the Security Council was scheduled to hold an informal videoconference Monday afternoon to address the dispute. Recent talks failed to produce a deal on the filling and operation of the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam, which will be the largest hydropower plant in Africa.

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Trump's Rally Was a 'Disaster.' But It Wasn't Even His Biggest One.

Shortly after Saturday night's less-than-packed rally in Oklahoma, President Donald Trump was handed pieces of printed paper that aides thought would cheer him up.The pages, according to an individual involved in the matter, included a collation of various copy-and-pasted live tweets by some of the president's most prominent allies and diehard fans lauding Trump's speech and celebrating the event as an unmitigated triumph against Joe Biden. The effort at ego-soothing, which came despite numerous Trump campaign and White House officials privately conceding that the Tulsa gathering had been a clear-cut debacle, didn't have its intended outcome. The president barely skimmed the papers. And...

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China 'returns captured Indian soldiers'

An Indian government source says China has returned 10 soldiers captured during the deadly border clash earlier this week that killed or wounded at least dozens. The Indian army did not comment on the release, instead referring to a government statement that said all of its soldiers were accounted for. According to the government, 20 Indian soldiers were killed and scores more wounded on Monday (June 15) night in the brutal hand-to-hand combat with Chinese troops in the Galwan Valley, the worst such loss of life in decades. India has said the Chinese side also suffered casualties too, but the Chinese government has not disclosed any....

The private jet industry has seen a wave of first-time plane buyers since the pandemic began. Here are the top 8 jets they
The private jet industry has seen a wave of first-time plane buyers since the pandemic began. Here are the top 8 jets they're buying.

Buyers in the Americas have shown a preference for large, wide-cabin jets while customers in other regions are sticking to light and mid-size jets.