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Religious Tensions Rise in Sri Lanka: World in 60 Seconds

Are religious tensions rising in Sri Lanka?


They certainly are now on the back of almost 300 people killed in terrorist bombing attacks - Christians by Muslims - worst attacks we've seen since the Civil War. There has been more extremism. There's been more Buddhist extremism over the past years as well. Social media technology making it easier to align, to coordinate, to organize. But I wouldn't have said that Sri Lanka was more vulnerable to this sort of thing than a lot of other countries out there. I do think if the government is unable to respond very strongly, the potential for this to lead to reprisals of course is really significant.

Will tighter sanctions on Iranian oil increase gas prices in the US?

Yeah it will for two reasons. First of all because the Saudis and others in the Gulf, on the American side, have to actually ensure that they are pumping enough oil to make up for whatever comes off from Iran but also because when you're squeezing Iran that much economically the markets are also going to price in the potential that you end up with confrontation between Iran and the Saudis, between Iran and the Israelis, Iran the United States and that they leave the nuclear deal. I don't think that's actually going to happen. In the near-term, prices are going up.

What's the most important thing to watch for at China's Belt and Road form this week?

Well, 37 heads of state, I would say watch for to what extent it looks like China is acting like the global leader and how many major leaders out there treat the Chinese with more deference than they treat the Americans. Always interesting to watch. That's the balance of power these days. It's in Beijing it's in the United States. See where it goes.



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Microsoft released a new annual report, called the Digital Defense Report, covering cybersecurity trends from the past year. This report makes it clear that threat actors have rapidly increased in sophistication over the past year, using techniques that make them harder to spot and that threaten even the savviest targets. For example, nation-state actors are engaging in new reconnaissance techniques that increase their chances of compromising high-value targets, criminal groups targeting businesses have moved their infrastructure to the cloud to hide among legitimate services, and attackers have developed new ways to scour the internet for systems vulnerable to ransomware. Given the leap in attack sophistication in the past year, it is more important than ever that steps are taken to establish new rules of the road for cyberspace: that all organizations, whether government agencies or businesses, invest in people and technology to help stop attacks; and that people focus on the basics, including regular application of security updates, comprehensive backup policies, and, especially, enabling multi-factor authentication. Microsoft summarized some of the most important insights in this year's report, including related suggestions for people and businesses.

Read the whole post and report at Microsoft On The Issues.

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But while he has correctly identified some big challenges — adapting NATO to the 21st century, managing a more assertive China, or ending America's endless wars in Afghanistan and Iraq — his impulsive style, along with his restrictions on trade and immigration, have alienated many world leaders. Global polls show that favorable views of the US have plummeted to all-time lows in many countries, particularly among traditional American allies in Europe.

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GZERO Media, in partnership with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and Eurasia Group, today hosted its second virtual town hall on the hunt for a COVID-19 vaccine and the challenges of its distribution.

The panel was moderated by New York Times science and health reporter Apoorva Mandavilli and featured Gates Foundation's Deputy Director of Vaccines & Human Immunobiology, Lynda Stuart; Eurasia Group's Rohitesh Dhawan, Managing Director of Energy, Climate & Resources; Gates Foundation CEO Mark Suzman; and Gayle E. Smith, the president & CEO of ONE Campaign and former Administrator of the U.S. Agency for International Development.

Watch the full video above.

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