The Daily Populous

Monday June 26th, 2023 day edition

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A majority of Americans support an increase to the U.S. military's presence around Taiwan as the democratic island faces an increased threat from China, a new poll indicates.

More than half of Americans, 56%, said that they would support an increase in U.S. military presence as a way to discourage China from invading Taiwan and 30% indicated they would oppose such a move, according to the results of a Reagan Institute poll shared with Fox News on Sunday.

The poll comes as tensions between China and the self-governing island of Taiwan have continued to increase over the last year, with China staging multiple military drills in the Taiwan Strait in response to meetings between Taiwanese and American officials.


Fears over a potential Chinese invasion of Taiwan have grown since Russia's invasion of Ukraine last year.

Because of the threat facing Taiwan, the Reagan Institute poll found that 52% of Americans support the idea of increasing U.S. arms sales to Taiwan in an effort to deter China, compared to 31% who oppose such a move.

Overall, respondents showed overwhelming support for the ideas of strong American leadership abroad and increasing the strength of the military. »

Russian agents’ threat to family made Prigozhin call off Moscow advance

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Russian intelligence services threatened to harm the families of Wagner leaders before Yevgeny Prigozhin called off his advance on Moscow, according to UK security sources.

The Russian Defence Ministry released this photograph of Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu visiting the advanced control post of Russian troops on Monday - RUSSIAN DEFENCE MINISTRY via REUTERS.

It also remains unclear if Sergei Shoigu, the Russian defence minister, is set to be demoted or fired, as Prigozhin demanded. »

Greg Abbott Duped by Fake News Story Mocking Garth Brooks

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On Sunday, social media users mocked Abbott after he was duped by a satirical website and tweeted about a fake news story.

The above photo captured by Newsweek shows Governor Greg Abbott's now-deleted tweet on the fake Garth Brooks story.

"Greg Abbott posts a fake item from the 'Dunning Kruger Times' written by 'Flagg Eagleton – Patriot,'" he tweeted. »

A man and his stepson die after hiking in Big Bend National Park in 119-degree heat

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Two people died Friday after hiking in extreme heat at Big Bend National Park in southwest Texas, the National Park Service said in a news release.

“The Marufo Vega Trail winds through extremely rugged desert and rocky cliffs within the hottest part of Big Bend National Park.

The Big Bend National Park’s Communications Center received a call requesting emergency assistance at about 6 p.m., the park service said. »

Australian earless dragon last seen in 1969 rediscovered in secret location

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The Victorian grassland earless dragon, Tympanocryptis pinguicolla, has now been rediscovered in the state, according to a joint statement issued by the Victorian and federal Labor governments on Sunday.

The last confirmed sighting of the dragon was in the Geelong area in 1969.

It’s such exciting news that the Victorian grassland earless dragon has been rediscovered. »