General Valery Gerasimov (left) shakes hands with Japan's Defense Minister Itsunori Onodera Reuters

'Carrying out military training in regions surrounding North Korea will only heighten hysteria and make the situation unstable
Russia's military chief warned on Monday that military exercises by Japan, the United States and South Korea aimed at countering North Korea only raise hysteria and create more instability in the region.

Trump says he wants nukes 'in perfect shape' and calls First Amendment rights 'frankly disgusting'

Donald Trump doesn’t want to increase the U.S. nuclear arsenal tenfold, he claimed Wednesday afternoon after an NBC report that he wants to do exactly that. He just wants the existing nukes to be “in perfect shape.” (Like, could the military maybe look into slapping some gold leaf on those puppies?) But if there’s any comfort to be gained from Trump’s disavowal of massive nuclear growth—and there isn’t, because he lies—Trump’s renewed attacks on the media and the very notion of freedom of the press should have you all itchy and nervous again:

Violențe la Barcelona, de ziua națională a Spaniei

Zeci de persoane s-au încăierat în centrul Barcelonei, chiar când aveau loc ceremoniile oficiale de ziua națională a Spaniei. De o parte erau susţinătorii independenţei, de cealaltă cei ai unităţii statului spaniol. Cele două tabere au fost potolite de poliţie, înainte de a degenera în confruntări şi mai violente.

What Putin wants

Anne Applebaum, a Washington Post columnist, professor at the London School of Economics and author of the new book "The Red Famine," gave a concise description of what Vladimir Putin's Russia aims to achieve by interfering in elections in Germany and throughout the West this week on NPR's Fresh Air:

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