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North Macedonia joins NATO, adopts alliance’s COVID-19 response tool

North Macedonia joins NATO, adopts alliance’s COVID-19 response tool

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March 27 (UPI) -- North Macedonia became the newest member of NATO Friday. "North Macedonia is now part of the NATO family, a family of thirty nations and almost one billion people. A family based on the certainty that, no matter what challenges we face, we are all stronger and safer together," NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said Friday. U.S. Secretary of Defense Mark Esper welcomed the country to the alliance via Twitter. Welcome to North Macedonia as the 30th Member of the #NATO Alliance. Its shared sacrifice in combat and commitment to NATO as a partner over the years has been resolute. We are proud to officially call them a @NATO Ally today. #WeAreNATO— Secretary of Defense Dr. Mark T. Esper (@EsperDoD) March 27, 2020 On Tuesday, North Macedonia began the formal applicat
Navy postpones Large Scale Exercise 2020 in response to COVID-19

Navy postpones Large Scale Exercise 2020 in response to COVID-19

Business
March 25 (UPI) -- The Navy confirmed Wednesday that it has postponed its Large Scale Exercise 2020 as the Navy and the joint force respond to the COVID-19 pandemic. Inside Defense first reported that the exercise will be postponed until 2021 to keep the fleet healthy but also to allow the services to contribute to whole-of-government efforts around the country. The exercise was on track to continue as late as last week. According to the Pentagon, the cancellation was a joint decision made by U.S. Fleet Forces, U.S. Pacific Fleet and U.S. Naval Forces Europe. According to USNI News, this was to be the first fleet exercise that incorporated unmanned technologies, as well as information warfare. "We don't do anything in the U.S military today without leveraging space," CNO Admiral Mike Gild...
Brain response to pleasure, pain may inform new mental health treatments

Brain response to pleasure, pain may inform new mental health treatments

Health
Dec. 31 (UPI) -- The human brain is naturally trained to seek pleasure and avoid pain. Now, a new study in mice has provided some clues into how these processes occur. The findings, published Tuesday in the journal Neuron, may improve understanding of the way the brain performs in people with certain mental health disorders. "Behavioral changes in people with depression or stress-induced anxiety may be caused by changes" in how the brain responds to positive and negative stimuli, said Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory professor and study lead author Bo Li, in a press release. Li and his colleagues believe their work has revealed that different classes of neurons control positive and negative motivation and transmit opposing signals along a shared motivation-processing brain circuit. Ultimat...
Researchers map brain’s opioid response in mice

Researchers map brain’s opioid response in mice

Health
Dec. 24 (UPI) -- Researchers may be closer to solving some of the mysteries of the brain processes involved in opioid addiction, thanks to a new imaging approach tested in mice. In experiments performed at the Karolinska Institutet in Stockholm, scientists were able to visualize the organization of different opioid islands in the striatum, the inner part of the brain that regulates rewards, motivation, impulses and motor function. They published the so-called spatio-molecular map Tuesday in the journal Cell Reports. "Our map forms the basis for a new understanding of the brain's probably most important network for decision-making," lead author Konstantinos Meletis, associate professor of neuroscience at Karolinska Institutet, said in a statement. "It may contribute to an increased unders...
Bolivian mayor attacked in response to reports that protesters were killed

Bolivian mayor attacked in response to reports that protesters were killed

World
Nov. 7 (UPI) -- Protesters in Bolivia attacked the mayor of a small town on Thursday after reports that protesters had been killed. Masked men dragged Vinto Mayor Patricia Arce of the governing Mas Party barefoot through the streets, made her kneel down, cut her hair, doused her in red paint and forced her to sign a resignation letter before handing her over to police. People shouted "murderer, murderer" as she was dragged through the streets and protesters set her office on fire and smashed the town hall windows. The protesters accused Arce of bussing in supporters of Bolivian President Evo Morales to try to break a blockade of a bridge in Vinto set up by demonstrators protesting the results of the country's Oct. 20 election. Reports circulated that at least two protesters were killed i...