‘ DEMOC­RACY AND UNITY’

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U. S. FIN­ISH­ING PLANS TO RE­VAMP CY­BER COM­MAND

The Trump ad­min­is­tra­tion is com­plet­ing plans to re­vamp the na­tion’s mil­i­tary com­mand for de­fen­sive and of­fen­sive cy­ber op­er­a­tions in hopes of in­ten­si­fy­ing Amer­ica’s abil­ity to wage cy­ber war against the Is­lamic State group and other foes, ac­cord­ing to U. S. of­fi­cials.

Un­der the plans, U. S. Cy­ber Com­mand even­tu­ally would be split off from the in­tel­li­gence- fo­cused Na­tional Se­cu­rity Agency. De­tails are still be­ing worked out, but of­fi­cials say they ex­pect a de­ci­sion and an­nounce­ment in the com­ing weeks.

GIRLS RO­BOT­ICS TEAM FROM AFGHANISTAN AR­RIVES

Twice re­jected for U. S. visas, an all- girls ro­bot­ics team from Afghanistan ar­rived in Wash­ing­ton early Satur­day af­ter an ex­tra­or­di­nary, last- minute in­ter­ven­tion by Pres­i­dent Trump.

The six- girl team and their chap­er­one com­pleted their jour­ney just af­ter mid­night from their home­town of Herat, Afghanistan, to en­ter their ball- sort­ing ro­bot in the three- day high school com­pe­ti­tion start­ing Sun­day in the U. S. cap­i­tal.

Their visa ap­pli­ca­tions were de­nied twice be­fore Trump in­ter­vened.

FOR­EIGN AGRI­CUL­TURAL IN­VESTORS TAR­GET TEXAS

Texas has led the na­tion over the last 10 years in for­eign pur­chases of its agri­cul­tural land, rais­ing food se­cu­rity fears.

Data ob­tained by the Mid­west Cen­ter for In­ves­tiga­tive Re­port­ing found for­eign com­pa­nies and in­di­vid­u­als have bought 1.7 mil­lion acres of agri­cul­tural land land in Texas over the last decade, far more than in any other state, the Austin Amer­i­can- States­man re­ported Satur­day.

MCCAIN HAS SURGERY FOR BLOOD CLOT ABOVE EYE

U. S. Sen. John McCain on Fri­day un­der­went a med­i­cal pro­ce­dure at Mayo Clinic Hos­pi­tal in Phoenix to re­move a blood clot from above his left eye, the 80year- old Ari­zona Repub­li­can’s of­fice an­nounced Satur­day.

McCain’s re­cov­ery from the pro­ce­dure will cause him to be ab­sent from the Se­nate next week, forc­ing an un­ex­pected de­lay in Se­nate Repub­li­cans’ ef­forts to pass their con­tro­ver­sial health­care leg­is­la­tion.

Se­nate Ma­jor­ity Leader Mitch McCon­nell an­nounced Satur­day that while McCain “is re­cov­er­ing, the Se­nate will ... de­fer con­sid­er­a­tion of the Bet­ter Care Act.”

OZAN KOSE, AFP/ GETTY IM­AGES

Turkey marked one year since the de­feat of the coup aimed at oust­ing Pres­i­dent Re­cep Tayyip Er­do­gan, seek­ing to show­case na­tional unity and his grip on power in an in­creas­ingly po­lar­ized so­ci­ety. July 15 was de­clared an an­nual na­tional hol­i­day of “democ­racy and unity.”

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