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Saturday August 7th, 2021 day edition

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Dozens of gifts went missing from the State Department's gift vault, according to Politico.

Two U.S. officials familiar with the matter told Politco the gifts vanished during the transition between the Trump and Biden administrations.

Among the missing items is a $5,800 bottle of Japanese whiskey.

Dozens of items went missing from the State Department's gift vault during the transition from the Trump to Biden administrations, Politico reported Friday.

According to Politico, most of the missing items are gifts the U.S. was planning to give to other countries.

Many of the items bore Donald Trump's insignia, the outlet reported, adding that "possibly hundreds" of items are missing.

State Department policy allows its diplomats to keep gifts under $390, with the option to purchase gifts over that price. »

Half of Americans are now fully vaccinated against COVID-19

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Half of Americans are fully vaccinated against the coronavirus, the White House said.

The US hit a milestone on Friday: Half of Americans are now fully vaccinated against the coronavirus, the White House said.

Data from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention showed at midday on Friday that 49.9% of Americans had been fully vaccinated against COVID-19. »

State Dep. Investigating Missing $5,800 Bottle of Japanese Whiskey Gifted to Mike Pompeo

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The U.S. State Department is currently looking into the whereabouts of a $5,800 bottle of Japanese whiskey gifted to former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo by the government of Japan in June 2019.

The State Department filing says the department "is looking into the matter and has an ongoing inquiry" into the whiskey's location.

"Pompeo has no idea what the disposition was of this bottle of whiskey," Burck told the outlet. »

Why the Quad Alarms China

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This gathering of “the Quad,” as the grouping was known, was merely “a headline-grabbing idea,” scoffed Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi.

Since then, Beijing has concluded that the Quad represents one of the most consequential challenges to Chinese ambitions in the years ahead.

Abe saw the Quad as a way to build the four countries’ capacity to work together to meet shared regional security challenges. »

Studios behind Duke Nukem, Deep Rock Galactic, and more get bought all at once

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Formerly known as Nordic Games, the company owns a selection of publishers including THQ Nordic, Gearbox, Coffee Stain, Koch Media, and Saber Interactive.

Embracer has just announced another round of acquisitions, including the studios behind everything from Deep Rock Galactic to Duke Nukem.

Ghost Ship Games, the developer of Deep Rock Galactic, is joining Coffee Stain, the publisher of Deep Rock Galactic. »