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U.S. can’t rule out aliens as spy balloons saga widens



U.S. officials say they have been unable to determine who or what is behind the airborne objects

The U.S. military has been unable to determine the country of origin or uncover any further information relating to the three airborne objects shot down over North America.

The head of the Northern Command and North American Airspace, Glen VanHerck, is even reluctant to call them balloons, noting officials are “labeling them [as] objects for a reason.

This has sparked further speculation over who or what is responsible for the devices.

VanHerk was asked about the possibility of aliens as the source behind the objects.

Earlier, The U.S. Pentagon confirmed a fighter jet shot down an airborne object over Lake Huron.

Officials say the object was not assessed to be a military threat, but was a flight hazard and had potential surveillance capabilities.

A team has been sent out to recover the device and examine the wreckage.

Washington has been on high alert since its military destroyed a suspected Chinese spy balloon just days ago.

The balloon was tracked across the continental U.S. before it was shot down off the coast of South Carolina.

China is continuing to deny it was being used for spying.

Here’s a timeline for you:

On February 4 the U.S. military shoots down suspected surveillance balloon off the coast of South Carolina.

On the 10th Biden orders officials to destroy another object off northern Alaska. This device lacked any propulsion capabilities or control.

A day later on the 11th, an American fighter jet shoots down a “high-altitude airborne object” over Canada. This was smaller than the first balloon.

Canadian PM Justin Trudeau says it “violated Canadian airspace.”

And on the 12th, the military shoots down a fourth high-altitude object near Lake Huron “out of an abundance of caution”.

U.S. Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer says Beijing was likely using a “crew of balloons” that have “probably been all over the world.” #trending #featured

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U.S. Fed Reserve raises interest rates, hikes may be ending



Jerome Powell has admitted a pause may be coming

Jerome Powell has announced interest rates in the U.S. will be going up by a quarter of a per cent.

The move will see rates move closer to the 4.75-5 per cent range.

The Fed has been raising rates since the middle of last year to try and get inflation down to a controlled level of two per cent.

Meanwhile, during the announcement, Powell acknowledged the central bank’s hikes may be coming to an end.

It follows a turbulent few weeks in the banking sector.

“We have to bring down inflation down to 2%,” he said. “There are real costs to bringing it down to 2% but the costs of failing are much higher.

“My colleagues and I are acutely aware that high inflation imposes significant hardship as it erodes purchasing power, especially for those least able to meet higher costs of essentials.

“We believe however that events in the banking system over the past two weeks are likely to result in tighter credit conditions for households and businesses which would in turn affect economic outcomes,” Powell said.

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Boris Johnson: No rules broken during infamous lockdown parties



The former U.K. Prime Minister could be suspended from Parliament, if found guilty

Following a hearing spanning more than three hours – former U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson has testified as to whether he misled Parliament about breaking Covid lockdown rules in Downing Street.

With a “hand on [his] heart” Johnson reiterated his previous statements made to the House were in “good faith” and is adamant he did not knowingly lie.

The U.K.’s Committee of Privileges is investigating whether Johnson intentionally or recklessly misled his colleagues in a series of statements made to Parliament.

In these statements, Johnson said no rules were broken during the infamous Downing Street gatherings.

If found guilty, Johnson could face a suspension from Parliament.

Any suspension longer than 10 days could prompt an election to remove him from his seat and essentially end his political career.

But the former PM didn’t go down without swinging.

Johnson believes the process being used to decide whether he is in contempt of Parliament is “manifestly unfair”.

He says the MPs have “found nothing to show that [he] was warned in advance the events in [Downing Street] were illegal”

Finally, Johnson argued that if it was so “obvious” there was rule-breaking in Number 10, then it would also have been obvious to others, including Rishi Sunak.

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The ever-changing security landscape



Leaders from Russia and Moscow are meeting in one location, while Tokyo and Kyiv’s are in another, and there’s an AUKUS alliance that was agreed to recently

Leaders from China and Russia are meeting in Moscow for talks on Ukraine.

Western leaders will be keeping a close eye on the developments.

It follows the U.S., U.K. and Australia signing a nuclear-powered submarine agreement under the AUKUS alliance.

This all comes amid a changing security landscape. So, how do we make sense of it all?

For more, Adjunct Professor Olena Lennon from the University of New Haven joined to discuss.

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