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Spain: Eight members of Spanish Legion prosecuted for covering up the death of a soldier
Spain: Eight members of Spanish Legion prosecuted for covering up the death of a soldier
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A military judge has tried a sergeant, a captain, two lieutenants, a corporal and three soldiers of the Spanish Legion for crimes such as concealment, disloyalty, disobedience and obstruction of justice. The Legion members had previously shot tried to cover up after the tried sergeant had shot another soldier.

In a 150-page ruling, the military judge details the accumulation of irregularities that surrounded the exercise in which 21-year-old Mallorcan Legionnaire Alejandro Jiménez Cruz lost his life, and the lies concocted to obstruct the investigation.

Politics • World
US Space Comnmand warns of possible armed Russian satellite
Representative picture of a NASA satellite
Representative picture of a NASA satellite Credit: unsplash.com / Nasa

The US Space Command has stated that they have evidence of Russia testing an anti-satellite weapon in space. According to them "a projectile was launched from" the Cosmos 2543 Russian satellite, that has been tailing a US spy satellite.

Russia claims the object that has been dispatched from the satellite was an inspector satellite. Stephen Kitay, the deputy assistant secretary of defense for space policy, rejected that explanation and stated that "the behavior of that satellite looked nothing like an inspector satellite and looked like something much more concerning".

Politics • European
Finland's air force quietly drops swastika symbol
F/A-18 from the Finnish Air Force
F/A-18 from the Finnish Air Force Credit: Airwolfhound (Creative Commons Attribution 2.0)

The Finnish Air Force Command removed the swastika from its emblem without making any announcement. The symbol had been in use since 1918 when Swedish Count Eric von Rosen gifted a plane to the nascent air force of Finland.

While the air force had stopped using the swastika on its planes after World War II, the symbol featured on unit emblems, unit flags and uniforms until recently.

Politics • Asian • Russia
Russia stages military parade one day ahead of referendum to extend Putin's rule until 2036
2018 Moscow Victory Day Parade
2018 Moscow Victory Day Parade Credit: kremlin.ru (Creative Commons Attribution 4.0)

Russia is showing it's military in a parade on Wednesday one day ahead of the constitutional referendum that would enable President Vladimir Putin to extend his reign until 2036. The military parade is happening in honour of the 75th anniversary of the World War II defeat of Nazi Germany. The annual parade was originally scheduled for the beginning of May but delayed due to the Covid-19 pandemic. This year 14,000 soldiers and different kinds of weapons will be shown in it.

Science • Physics & Engineering
US Navy shoots down drone with high-energy laser during military test
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Screenshot Youtube Credit: United States Naval Institute

The US Navy has announced that the test of a high-energy laser has been successful. The transport dock ship USS Portland manage to shoot down a drone from mid-air with a high-energy laser for the first time.

Politics • American • US
U.S. Navy dismisses Captain who sounded the alarm on Coronavirus

The U.S. Navy relieved Capt. Brett Crozier of the U.S.S. Theodore Roosevelt of his command after he wrote a memo sounding the alarm on an exploding coronavirus infection on board the cramped quarters of the aircraft carrier.

Last week, the aircraft carrier was ordered to port in Guam after five sailors tested positive for Covid-19.