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Internet outage affects worldwide news sites

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Content delivery network Fastly reported an outage Tuesday that affected apps and websites worldwide. Among those affected were CNN, the New York Times, Twitch, Reddit, Target, Amazon and even the UK government website among others.

Sites were down for about an hour because of a “Global Content Delivery Network Disruption” according to the website. Most sites started coming back online at seven o’clock EST Tuesday morning.

”Fastly’s network has built-in redundancies and automatic failover routing to ensure optimal performance and uptime,” their communication site reads. But, even though the issue is resolved, Fastly warned their clients of “increased origin load and lower Cache Hit Ratio.” Which means sites might still be loading slower and see fewer site visits.

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Pentagon puts 8,500 American Troops on ‘Heightened Alert’ over Russia Threats

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During a news briefing Monday, Pentagon spokesman John Kirby said Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin has placed 8,500 troops on “heightened alert.” Kirby stated, “I want to reinforce that as of now, the decision has been made to put these units on higher alert and higher alert only. No decisions have been made to deploy forces form the United States at this time.”

Kirby is referring to a possible deployment of American military forces to Eastern Europe in order to aid our NATO allies as potential options against Russia’s threats to invade Ukraine. Conversations are underway with NATO countries that could receive American support, he added.

NBC News reports “NATO said Monday that it was sending sh9ps and fighter jets to Eastern Europe and that Washington ‘has also made clear that it is considering increasing its military presence in the eastern part of the Alliance.”

White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki told reporters Monday that President Biden plans to speak to European leaders including NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, Polish President Andrzej Duda, French President Emmanuel Macron, German Chancellor Olaf Scholz and Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi by video conference.

Psaki said “we expect they will discuss diplomacy, deterrence and defense efforts” and there will “certainly” be discussion about sanctions. “We have been consulting with allies and deployments and refining plans for all scenarios” she added.

“We have always said we would reinforce our allies on the eastern flank and those conversations and discussions have certainly been part of what our national security officials have been discussing with their counterparts now for several weeks.”

NBC News reports that “among the options presented for the U.S. military in advance of an invasion were bomber fights over the region, ship visits into the Black Sea and the moving of troops and some equipment from other parts of Europe into Poland, Romania and other countries neighboring Ukraine.”

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