Iran Denies Involvement in Baghdad Embassy Attack

Iran has denied allegations that it was involved in last week’s US Embassy attack in Bagdad in which 21 rockets were fired. The attack led to one Iraqi casualty. A building in Baghdad’s Green Zone was also damaged during the attack. In the aftermath, US President Donald Trump issued a warning to Tehran cautioning that if one America gets killed, there will be a huge price to pay.

The Possible SWIFT Disconnection and the Russian Economic Impact

The experts predict new sanctions will be laid against Russia within a year. The predictions are based on Joe Biden favoritism to the Ukraine.  Ukraine has been vocal to remove Russia from the Swift payment system. SWIFT is a vast messaging network used by banks and other financial institutions to quickly, accurately, and securely send and receive information, such as money transfer instructions.

Afghanistan- Two Soldiers Killed in Explosion

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Two soldiers were killed and four others wounded after a car bomb explosion hit an army camp in Arghandai in the outskirts of Kabul in Afghanistan. According to reports, the explosion is said to have destroyed the army outpost. No group claimed responsibility for the attack.

US Government Issues New Visa Regulations

The Trump administration announced a comprehensive reform of the H1-B visa program early this month. The Department of Labor has led to a substantial increase in the minimum wage that U.S. companies need to pay to H-1B employees, while the Department of Homeland Security has reduced the types of degrees eligible to apply and shortened the visa period for certain contract workers.

Play Games, Discover Planets for NASA or Fauna for Russia

This week, NASA announced the creation of the Planet Patrol Website. The purpose of the website to aid scientists in the research of the new exoplanets in the data of the TESS space telescope. The Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite is a space telescope for NASA’s Explorers program, designed to search for exoplanets using the transit method in an area 400 times larger than that covered by the Kepler mission.