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Israel ‘exchanges fire with Hezbollah’ as tensions on border escalate

Israel ‘exchanges fire with Hezbollah’ as tensions on border escalate

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Israel’s military says it has exchanged fire with gunmen linked to Lebanon’s Hezbollah militant group. The incident on Monday afternoon represents an escalation of tension along the border shared by the two countries. According to the Israeli Defence Force (IDF), a "terror squad" crossed the UN administered Blue Line on Israel's northern border with Lebanon on Monday afternoon. Image: Israeli soldiers by the Blue Line that separates Israel and Lebanon A spokesman for the IDF said that Israeli soldiers had "successfully thwarted an infiltration attempt... a group of terrorists crossed Blue Line. [We] monitored and tracked them."The spokesman said Israeli forces "engaged... with small arms and tank fire". Artillery was also used to crea
North Korea locks down border city over suspected virus case

North Korea locks down border city over suspected virus case

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North Korea says leader Kim Jong Un has placed the city of Kaesong near the border with South Korea under lockdown over coronavirus concernsBy HYUNG-JIN KIM Associated PressJuly 26, 2020, 10:09 AM5 min readShare to FacebookShare to TwitterEmail this articleSEOUL, South Korea -- North Korean leader Kim Jong Un placed the city of Kaesong near the border with South Korea under total lockdown after a person was found there with suspected COVID-19 symptoms, saying “the vicious virus” may have entered the country, state media reported Sunday. If the person is officially declared a coronavirus patient, he or she would be North Korea’s first confirmed case. The North has steadfastly said it has had no cases of the virus, a claim questioned by outside experts. The lockdown was declared Friday aft
BFBC nabs $569M for border wall construction in California

BFBC nabs $569M for border wall construction in California

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April 14 (UPI) -- The Army has awarded BFBC a $ 569 million contract modification to build sections of wall on the U.S.-Mexico border near San Diego and El Centro, Calif. Under the deal, announced Monday by the Department of Defense, BFBC, an affiliate of Bozeman, Mont.-based Barnard Construction is contracted to design and build 17.17 miles of border wall in southern California. This week's deal modifies a contract awarded in May 2019 for wall construction in El Centro and Yuma, Ariz. Construction on the Yuma sector of the wall began in September 2019, and the San Diego project was underway by December. The Arizona Republic reported in December that that group of wall projects were funded after 128 military projects were canceled under Section 2808, which gives the Pentagon emergency c...
Southwest Valley awarded $524M for border wall construction in Arizona

Southwest Valley awarded $524M for border wall construction in Arizona

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March 24 (UPI) -- The U.S. Army has awarded $ 524 million to Southwest Valley Constructors for design and build of a section of wall along the U.S. Mexico border, the Department of Defense announced. The deal modifies an earlier contract, originally awarded in May 2019, for design build replacing the section of the wall near Tucson, Ariz. In February, Southwest Valley received a $ 175.4 million contract for border wall construction in the Rio Grande Valley of Texas. The Arizona Daily Star has reported that the Albuquerque, N.M.-based contractor was formed in 2017 in Delaware by officers with the Omaha-based, multibillion-dollar construction firm Kiewit. Kiewit has also received about $ 1.8 billion in border wall contracts. The project has an estimated completion date of Sept. 7, 2021. ...
UN says 13,000 migrants mass at Turkey’s border with Greece

UN says 13,000 migrants mass at Turkey’s border with Greece

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KASTANIES, Greece -- The United Nations said Sunday that at least 13,000 people were massed on Turkey’s land border with Greece, after Turkey officially declared its western borders were open to migrants and refugees hoping to head into the European Union. Turkey's decision to open the borders with Greece came amid a military escalation in Syria's northwest that has led to growing direct clashes between Turkish and Syrian forces. In Syria, the government said it was closing its airspace for any flights or drones across the country's northwestern region. It said any aircraft that penetrates Syrian airspace will be treated as hostile and shot down. The announcement came after two days of Turkish drone attacks in Idlib province that Syrian activists said caused heavy losses to Syrian govern