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In this file photo provided by U.S. Navy, Ensign Grayson Sigler, from Corpus Christi, TX., scans the horizon while standing watch in the pilot house as guided-missile destroyer USS John S. McCain conducts routine underway operations in support of stability and security for a free and open Indo-Pacific, at the Taiwan Strait, Wednesday, Dec. 30, 2020. China accused the U.S. of staging a show of force by sailing two Navy warships through the Taiwan Strait on Thursday morning. The Navy said the Arleigh Burke-class guided missile destroyers USS John S. McCain and USS Curtis Wilbur conducted a routine Taiwan Strait transit in accordance with international law. (Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Markus Castaneda/U.S. Navy via AP)  **FILE**

Navy warship challenges China with Taiwan Strait voyage

- The Washington Times

A U.S. Navy guided-missile destroyer sailed through the disputed Taiwan Strait on Tuesday in the latest show of force aimed at keeping the status of the 100-mile waterway as international waters and challenge claims by China.

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Screen capture of Christopher Fonzone's profile page at Sidley Austin LLP. Mr. Fonzone was confirmed by the U.S. Senate on June 22, 2021, to general counsel for the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, over the objections of Senate Republicans who expressed concern about his previous legal work for Huawei, a Chinese technology firm. (www.sidley.com)

Fonzone wins Senate approval despite GOP concerns about China links

- The Washington Times

The Senate on Tuesday confirmed Christopher Fonzone as general counsel of the Office of the Director of National Intelligence over objections from several Republicans because of his previous legal work for the Chinese Ministry of Commerce and Chinese telecom company Huawei Technologies.

Ukrainian (blue), Donetsk People’s Republic (bright red), and Russian passports are shown here. Photo: ARA Network

Russian 'passport' crosses a line in Ukraine conflict

Tensions on the border with Ukraine are already sky-high, but analysts and locals say Russia has embraced a potent new strategy in its efforts to destabilize and potentially absorb a chunk of its neighbor -- by turning locals into Russian nationals.