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January 17, 2017
NATO, Russia, Merkel, Brexit: Trump unleashes broadsides on Europe

Berlin (AFP) Jan 16, 2017
NATO is "obsolete", Germany's Angela Merkel made a "catastrophic mistake" on refugees, Brexit will be "great" and the US could cut a deal with Russia: Donald Trump unleashed a volley of broadsides Sunday in interviews with European media. Five days before his inauguration as the 45th President of the United States, the billionaire populist let loose a torrent of controversial comments about European allies in interviews with British newspaper The Times and Germany's Bild. He extended a hand to R ... read more

Europe hits back at Trump over 'obsolete' NATO
Angela Merkel led a sharp European response to US President-elect Donald Trump on Monday after he branded the NATO alliance "obsolete" and criticised the German chancellor's open-door refugee policy. ... more
US Marines land in Norway for contested deployment
Some 300 US Marines arrived in Norway on Monday for a rotational deployment in the Scandinavian country, to neighbouring Russia's dismay amid rising tensions with the West. ... more
Obama warns Trump not to jettison Iran nuclear deal
US President Barack Obama on Monday marked the first anniversary of the nuclear deal with Iran by emphasizing its "significant and concrete results" and warning against undoing a pact supported by the world's major powers. ... more
Mogherini says EU to stand by Iran nuclear accord
EU foreign affairs head Federica Mogherini on Monday insisted the bloc will stand by the Iran nuclear accord, bluntly condemned by US President-elect Donald Trump, because it serves Europe's security needs. ... more
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China will 'take the gloves off' over Taiwan: media
China is running out of patience with Donald Trump's stance on Taiwan, state media said Monday, and will "take the gloves off" if he keeps challenging the One China policy. ... more
Lithuania to build fence on border with Russian exclave
Lithuania said Monday it plans to use EU funds to build a fence on the border with Russia's highly militarised Kaliningrad exclave to boost security and prevent smuggling. ... more
U.S. Navy helos getting Lockheed Martin counter-missile capability
Lockheed Martin is to provide enhanced electronic warfare surveillance and countermeasure capabilities against anti-ship missiles to U.S. Navy helicopters. ... more
EU 'has no need for outside advice,' France's Hollande says of Trump
French President Francois Hollande replied bluntly on Monday to Donald Trump's criticism of the European Union, saying the EU "has no need for outside advice" on its affairs. ... more
York Space Systems signs Cooperative Research and Development Agreement
York Space Systems, an aerospace company specializing in complete space segment customer solutions and the manufacture of small and medium class spacecraft, this week announced the execution of a Co ... more

Ruptured oxidant tank likely cause of Progress accident

NASA research is key to future of air transportation
In the future, aircraft will consume half as much fuel compared to today, generate one-fourth the emissions they do now, fly so quietly that airport neighbors won't hear annoying noise and fly passe ... more
Japan aborts mini-rocket mission shortly after liftoff
Japan's space agency Sunday aborted a mission to use a mini-rocket to send a satellite into orbit after the spacecraft stopped sending data to ground control shortly after liftoff. ... more

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Italy joins EUROSAM's Aster 30 B1NT program
EUROSAM, a consortium formed by Thales Group and MBDA Systems, has formally welcomed Italy to its Aster 30 Block 1 NT program. The B1NT program is an effort supported by the French and Italian defense ministries to develop new technology for the Aster missile in addition to modernizing SAMP/T systems currently in service. "The Italian notification strengthens the Aster program we ... more
SBIRS GEO Flight 3 encapsulated for launch

U.S. Air Force prepares SBIRS satellite for launch

US would 'not necessarily' shoot down NKorean missile: Pentagon

Raytheon, U.S. Navy complete Tomahawk flight tests
Raytheon and the U.S. Navy have recently completed two flight tests with the Tomahawk Block IV cruise missile. According to the company, the tests were conducted to demonstrate the missile's ability to engage time-sensitive targets. Raytheon officials praised their product's performance following the demonstration. "Tomahawk's tactics and procedures have evolved to support the ne ... more
U.S. Navy helos getting Lockheed Martin counter-missile capability

India test-fires guided Pinaka Rocket Mark-II

Raytheon's Standard Missile-6 approved for international sale

GenDyn offers Bluefin SandShark mini-drone for sale online
A small autonomous underwater vehicle for defense and commercial use in now available for purchase online from General Dynamics Mission Systems. The new Bluefin SandShark weighs less than 11 pounds - before adding a mission payload - fits in a backpack, can swim up to five knots and dive down to 656 feet, the company said. Its tail section houses the battery and system electron ... more
Liteye, Tribalco to deliver AUDS systems to U.S. armed forces

UAV performs first ever perched landing using machine learning algorithms

IS using hobby drones to bomb Iraqi forces in Mosul: US official

Sharing battlefield information at multiple classification levels via mobile handheld devices
Troops in remote regions around the world often struggle to operate with limited networks for data sharing and communication-an encumbrance that is amplified when U.S. troops need to share classified or otherwise secure data with each other and coalition partners. The usual process for sharing such information requires an end-to-end connection to secure servers via a dedicated digital "pip ... more
BAE Systems contracted for radio frequency countermeasure services

Harris secures $403 million tactical radio support contract

U.S. Navy selects Raytheon for tactical radio production

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Retired US generals to Trump: 'Torture is unnecessary'
Dozens of retired top military brass have written to President-elect Donald Trump urging him not to follow through on campaign pledges to reinstate waterboarding, the New York Times reported Tuesday. Trump said while campaigning that "waterboarding is fine, but it's not nearly tough enough" and said he would "bring back a hell of a lot worse than waterboarding." In a letter dated Januar ... more
What Russia's railgun can really do

Safran to design new inertial navigation system

Leidos to support counter-IED organization

Saudi unblocks military aid to Lebanon: Lebanese source
Saudi Arabia and Lebanon agreed Tuesday to hold talks on restoring a $3-billion military aid package, opening a "new page" in relations, a Lebanese official source said. "The blockage is lifted," said the official in the delegation of Lebanese President Michel Aoun, who held talks over lunch with King Salman in the Saudi capital. After a tense year which saw Saudi Arabia freeze the aid d ... more
Pro-Iraqi militias using arms from 16 countries: Amnesty

Estonia consolidates military procurement process

Croatia charges top official over military contract bribe

China muted after Tillerson vows islands blockade
China offered a muted response Thursday after Donald Trump's secretary of state pick Rex Tillerson warned the US would stop it from using its artificial islands in the South China Sea. Tillerson's comments, during his confirmation hearing in the US senate, are the latest salvo the Trump team has aimed at Beijing. "We're going to have to send China a clear signal that, first the island ... more
Lithuania to build fence on border with Russian exclave

EU 'has no need for outside advice,' France's Hollande says of Trump

US troops arriving in Poland draw Russian ire

Zeroing in on the true nature of fluids within nanocapillaries
Shrinking the investigation of objects down to the nanometer scale often reveals new properties of matter that have no equivalent for their bulk analysis. This phenomenon is motivating many current studies of nanomaterials which can reveal fascinating new phenomena. It inspired a group of researchers at the French National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS) to explore the extent of our ... more
Nano-chimneys can cool circuits

The researchers created a tiny laser using nanoparticles

Nanoscale 'conversations' create complex, multi-layered structures

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In Iraq's Mosul, university a casualty of anti-IS war
Some buildings at the University of Mosul are charred by fires, others rigged with explosives, and bullets still periodically fly past a campus scarred by the battle for the city. The sound of a jet, the whoosh of a descending missile and the explosion as it hits home mark an air strike nearby that sends a stream of black smoke rising toward the grey clouds blanketing the sky over Mosul. ... more
Iraq forces retake IS-bombed 'Jonah's tomb' in Mosul

Life and business return to parts of Iraq's Mosul

IS resistance in Mosul is weakening: commander

Mogherini says EU to stand by Iran nuclear accord
EU foreign affairs head Federica Mogherini on Monday insisted the bloc will stand by the Iran nuclear accord, bluntly condemned by US President-elect Donald Trump, because it serves Europe's security needs. "It is proof that diplomacy works and delivers... The European Union will continue to work for the respect and implementation of this extremely important deal, most of all for our securit ... more
Obama warns Trump not to jettison Iran nuclear deal

A year after nuclear deal, Iran wary of rising US 'hostility'

Iran to buy 130 tonnes of uraniaum: nuclear official

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Amazon to deliver 100,000 new US jobs
Amazon on Thursday unveiled plans to create 100,000 US jobs over the next 18 months, as President-elect Donald Trump presses the business world to boost activities on American soil. The US tech and retail giant's plan to bring its American workforce to over 280,000 is the latest - and largest - of a string of job-creation announcements as Trump prepares to take office on a promise to boost ... more
Chinese leader meets Davos elite as voters revolt

Bitcoin plunges as China investigates exchanges

Seagate to cut more than 2,000 China jobs: reports

Nepal sacks quake reconstruction chief
Nepal on Wednesday sacked the chief of its earthquake reconstruction body, a move seen by critics as politically motivated and likely to further delay rebuilding following the April 2015 disaster. Sushil Gyewali was appointed head of the National Reconstruction Authority (NRA) a year ago after months of political wrangling over who should lead the agency. The NRA is tasked with spending ... more
Memory of lost Cyprus home haunts three generations

Six climbers die of cold climbing Guatemala volcano

Debt traps threaten Nepal quake victims

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China launches commercial rocket mission Kuaizhou-1A
The rocket Kuaizhou-1A (KZ-1A) has sent three satellites into space in its first commercial mission on Monday. The rocket, carrying the satellite JL-1 and two CubeSats XY-S1 and Caton-1, blasted off from northwestern China's Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center at around 12:11 p.m. Monday Beijing Time, according to a statement from the center. The KZ-1A was developed from the Kuaizhou-1 r ... more
China Space Plan to Develop "Strength and Size"

Beijing's space program soars in 2016

China Plans to Launch 1st Mars Probe by 2020 - State Council Information Office

Hong Kong leadership hopeful pledges to heal city's 'heartache'
Hong Kong's tough former deputy leader Carrie Lam, widely seen as China's favourite in an upcoming election for the top post, pledged Monday to end the divided city's "heartache" as she announced her candidacy. Lam was deputy to the unpopular current chief executive Leung Chun-ying until she resigned to contest the poll, but is a less disliked figure. Leung is vilified by the city's pro ... more
Hong Kong activists declare 'war' after appeal bid snub

Lessons in respect at China's Confucius kindergartens

Taiwan says gang links in protest against HK activists

IS gains ground near key eastern Syrian city: monitor
The Islamic State group gained ground around a key eastern Syrian city on Sunday, a monitor said, despite a heavy air strikes by government warplanes. The jihadists pressed their brutal assault on Deir Ezzor for the second day, seizing territory near an air base on the city's edges, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights. "IS seized several hilltops that overlook the airpor ... more
Senegal to extradite Guinean soldier wanted over massacre

Mauritania, Saudi Arabia strengthen military cooperation

US air strikes in Syria kill Al-Qaeda militants: Pentagon

U.K. Defense Ministry finalizes laser weapon system contract
Britain's Ministry of Defense has awarded MBDA and other industry partners a $36 million contract to produce a Laser Directed Energy Weapon demonstrator. The contract, which aims to allow Britain's first laser weapon to enter service by the mid-2020s, will task contractors to assess the technology's capabilities. Project leaders hope to demonstrate the system in 2019. "The U.K. h ... more
U.S. Air Force issues RFP for aircraft laser weapons

Northrop Grumman to develop next-gen fighter laser system

UK to start laser gun program

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