Second explosion heard near presidential palace in Yemen’s Aden after deadly blast at airport where unity govt arrived – reports

A security personnel and people react during an attack on Aden airport moments after a plane landed carrying a newly formed cabinet for government-held parts of Yemen, in Aden, Yemen December 30, 2020. ©  REUTERS / Fawaz Salman
Local news have reported yet another explosion in Yemen, this time near the presidential palace, to which the new cabinet fled following the blast at Aden airport.

Yemen’s new government was transferred to the palace right after an explosion disrupted their arrival to Aden airport earlier today. It occurred as the officials were arriving to Aden from Riyadh, where cabinet members had a swearing-in ceremony that followed prolonged coalition talks brokered by the Saudis.

The destructive explosion at the airport resulted in more than 20 people being killed, and at least 60 injured, according to Salem Al-Shabhi, a senior health official who spoke to the Independent.

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Months after Twitter shadow-bans RT, Putin signs law to fine & block social media giants that censor Russian media sources

Russian President Vladimir Putin has approved new legislation that could see foreign social media companies punished for discriminating against the country’s media outlets. This year, RT and Sputnik have been censored on Twitter.

The bill explicitly forbids censorship based on reasons such as nationality, language, and origin, as well as “in connection with the introduction of political or economic sanctions against Russia.”

Once found guilty, a foreign network, such as YouTube or Facebook, could be subject to sanctions in the form of fines, the slowing down of traffic, or even a complete block.

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Loeffler and Perdue Announce Support for $2000 Stimulus Checks

One week away from the January 5 Georgia U.S. Senate runoff election, incumbent Republican Senators Kelly Loeffler and David Perdue both came out on Tuesday in support of giving Americans the $2000 pandemic relief stimulus checks called for by President Trump. The move follows the House approving increasing the current $600 checks to $2000 by the needed two-thirds votes on Monday night.

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Horowitz: Gov. DeWine threatens to veto self-defense law as crime skyrockets in Ohio

As violent crime reaches record levels in Ohio’s major cities, Gov. Mike DeWine (R) appears to be more concerned with using law enforcement against peaceful citizens and business owners. Now, he doesn’t want you to defend yourself when the criminals he released from prison or the Antifa mobs attack you on the streets. Will Ohio Republicans stand up to this Republican in name only?4

The right to bear arms is not just about the Second Amendment. It’s rooted in the natural right to self-defense, which predated the Bill of Rights and was recognized by colonial governments since the settlement of the continent. As Sam Adams stated in 1772 regarding colonial rights, “Among the natural rights of the Colonists are these: First, a right to life. Secondly, to liberty. Thirdly, to property; together with the right to support and defend them in the best manner they can.” After all, without the right to self-defense, there are no rights to life, liberty, or property.

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Oregon mayor calls for small businesses to defy governor and open on New Year’s Day

The mayor of Sandy, Oregon, is calling on small businesses in his state to open on New Year’s Day in defiance of Democratic Gov. Kate Brown’s coronavirus restrictions, while still observing rules for social distancing and COVID-19 spread reduction. In an open letter to the governor sent earlier this month, Mayor Stan Pulliam called the governor’s lockdown orders “arbitrary” and accused her restrictions of bankrupting small businesses and sending “our neighbors to spiral into depression and anxiety.”

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How Diamonds Can Help Power Electric Vehicles

By MINING.com

Scientists at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in the US published a study in Applied Physics Letters where they present the idea of using diamonds as ultra-wide bandgap semiconductors to more effectively power the electrical grid, locomotives and even electric cars.

In their paper, the researchers said that diamonds have been shown to have superior carrier mobility, breakdown electric field and thermal conductivity, the most important properties to power electronic devices. The gems also became especially desirable after the development of a chemical vapor deposition process for the growth of high-quality single crystals.

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