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China threatens ‘countermeasures’ against U.S.



Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs spokesperson Wang Wenbin made the remarks during a press conference

The People’s Republic of China threatened to take action against agencies in the United States responsible for destroying and recovering one of its surveillance balloons.

After being shot down by the U.S. government on February 4 over the Atlantic Ocean off the coast of South Carolina—the surveillance balloon has been a topic of discussion daily for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in China.

However, the spokesperson remained vague regarding the proposed countermeasures.

Meanwhile, the U.S. Navy is collecting debris from the shot down Chinese spy balloon and the FBI continues to analyse it.

Since then, three mysterious objects were shot down over the United States.

Crews continue efforts to locate those downed balloons in northern Alaska, the Yukon and Lake Huron.

National Security Council Strategic Communication Coordinator John Kirby discussed the possible nature of the mysterious objects: “These balloons very well could be of a completely benign nature perhaps a commercial or scientific research is sort of a focus there.”

On Capitol Hill there are more questions than answers surrounding all of the incidents.

Bipartisan calls are growing louder for President Joe Biden to formally address the American people on this serious issue regarding America’s national security.

“The President needs to find the courage to get in front of the American public and tell them what he knows,” said Kansas Senator Roger Marshall.

Marshall continued, “The President can get in front of America and tell them firsthand that we’re safe, that everybody’s gonna be ok, that we’ve got this under control—but America needs a strong leader to step forward.”

Veronica Dudo is the U.S. Correspondent for Ticker News covering America’s biggest headlines. As an Emmy® Award nominated global journalist, Veronica has traveled across the country and around the world reporting on historical events that connect all citizens. Lauded as an award-winning international journalist, Veronica has executed stellar news coverage for NBC News, CBS News, The Hill, ME-TV Network and AOL. Her stories have highlighted a plethora of topics ranging from breaking news and politics to economic affairs across the USA, European Union, and Asia; cultural affairs; globalization; governance; education; and sustainability.

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BREAKING: Shots ring out at Trump rally



Donald Trump was whisked off the stage at a rally in Butler, Pennsylvania after loud noises rang through the crowd.

Trump was showing off a chart of border crossing numbers when bangs started ringing through the crowd. Trump could be seen reaching with his right hand toward his neck. There appeared to be blood on his face.

He quickly ducked behind the riser as agents from his protective detail rushed the stage and screams rang out from the crowd. The bangs continued as agents tended to him on stage.

His motorcade has left the venue.

In a statement, Trump says he is “fine” and says he is being checked at a medical facility.

Donald Trump was safe, the U.S. Secret Service and his campaign said on Saturday after multiple shots rang out at a rally by the Republican presidential candidate in Pennsylvania as video showed Trump grimacing and raising a hand to his right ear.
The former president had just started his speech when gunshots erupted and Trump and other rally attendees hit the deck. Secret Service agents swarmed around him and live video showed blood on the right side of Trump’s face and ear.
Trump repeatedly raised his fist in the air, with an American flag visible behind him, as security ushered him away.
“The Secret Service has implemented protective measures and the former president is safe,” a spokesperson for the agency said on X after what it called an incident.
“This is now an active Secret Service investigation and further information will be released when available.”

A map of the site, showing where the alleged gunman was situated compared to Donald Trump.

CNN reported that Trump was injured, but gave no other details. It was not clear how or what injuries he may have sustained.

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NASA astronauts phone home, confident Boeing’s Starliner will return to Earth safely



Stranded NASA astronauts express confidence in Boeing’s Starliner spacecraft, assuring its capability to safely transport them back to Earth from the International Space Station.

The astronauts, over a video call to NASA, highlighted Starliner’s enhanced safety features and testing protocols as reassuring factors for their safe return.

“I have a real good feeling in my heart that this spacecraft will bring us home, no problem…”, said Sunita “Suni” Williams, one of the stranded NASA astronauts.

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Franchising vs. Independent: key differences to choosing the right SMB model



With latest Australian Federal budget, many SMB’s are weighing their options when selecting a suitable business model.

Franchising provides brand recognition, operational support, and economies of scale but involves ongoing fees.

Independent businesses offer full control and profit retention but face higher costs and regulatory challenges.

For risk and reward, the franchising model reduces risk through established practices and support but involves ongoing fees and profit-sharing with the franchisor.

On the alternative, independent businesses retain full control of profits but face higher risks and responsibilities in managing the business.

Sonia Shwabsky, CEO at Kwik Kopy Australia, joins to share her key insights on SMB’s. #featured

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