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January 15, 2017
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NATO obsolete says Trump as he suggests Russia nuclear deal



Frankfurt Am Main (AFP) Jan 16, 2017
President-elect Donald Trump, in remarks published on Sunday, described NATO as "obsolete" and suggested a deal with Russia that would reduce nuclear arsenals and ease sanctions on Moscow. He also hailed Britain's exit from the EU and backed a speedy trade deal with the UK, but condemned as "catastrophic" Chancellor Angela Merkel's decision to open Germany's doors to a flood of refugees. "I said a long time ago that NATO had problems," Trump told The Times of London and Bild, Germany's biggest-s ... read more

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Beijing warns Trump: One China 'not negotiable'
Beijing on Saturday warned the US that the One China policy was non-negotiable, after Donald Trump suggested he could abandon the decades-old diplomatic principle and boost ties with Taiwan. ... more
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Poles welcome US troops as NATO eyes Russia
Polish authorities and ordinary Poles welcomed Saturday US troops who arrived this week as part of an unprecedented deployment to NATO's eastern flank aimed at deterring Russia. ... more
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Indonesia, Japan to deepen defence ties amid China challenge
Indonesian President Joko Widodo and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe Sunday reaffirmed their commitment to cooperate on maritime security and deepen defence ties, as both nations feud with China over sea territory. ... more
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Trump says cabinet picks free to express own ideas
US President-elect Donald Trump on Friday shrugged off the strikingly divergent positions his cabinet picks have taken on Russia, torture, and a host of other issues, saying he wanted them to express their own ideas. ... more
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Swiss police detain Tibet protesters as Xi arrives
Swiss police on Sunday detained 32 people protesting conditions in Tibet as Chinese President Xi Jinping began a state visit in the wealthy Alpine nation. ... more
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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. ... more
ROCKET SCIENCE
SpaceX launches, lands rocket for first time since Sept blast
SpaceX on Saturday successfully launched and landed its first unmanned Falcon 9 rocket since a costly and complicated launchpad explosion in September. ... more
WAR REPORT
26 killed as Yemeni forces push rebels back
At least 26 Yemeni fighters died in fresh clashes and an air strike as government forces advanced against Shiite Huthi rebels near a key shipping strait, medics and officials said Saturday. ... more
IRAQ WARS
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. ... more


Turkey arrests two Uighurs over nightclub attack

TERROR WARS
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. ... more
NUKEWARS
A year after nuclear deal, Iran wary of rising US 'hostility'
A year after its nuclear deal took effect, Iran is increasingly concerned over the arrival of US President-elect Donald Trump, who has threatened to tear up the historic accord. ... more

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SBIRS GEO Flight 3 encapsulated for launch
The U.S. Air Force's next Space Based Infrared System (SBIRS) Geosynchronous Earth Orbit (GEO) satellite, built by Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT), was encapsulated on Jan. 7 at Cape Canaveral, Florida, where it will launch on Jan. 19 aboard a United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket. Encapsulation refers to the sealing of the satellite in a protective launch vehicle fairing-one of the last steps a sat ... more
US would 'not necessarily' shoot down NKorean missile: Pentagon

U.S. Air Force prepares SBIRS satellite for launch

S. Korea vows US missile system as opposition lawmakers head to China

India test-fires guided Pinaka Rocket Mark-II
India's Defense Research and Development Organization test-fired a guided variant of its Pinaka rocket in a recent demonstration. The Pinaka Rocket Mark-II is a follow up to the Pinaka Mark-I. The newer variant, which the DRDO says has a longer effective range than its predecessor, is equipped with navigation and guidance technology. "The test-firing has met all mission objective ... more
Raytheon, U.S. Navy complete Tomahawk flight tests

Raytheon's Standard Missile-6 approved for international sale

Pakistan test-fires first nuclear-capable submarine cruise missile

UAV performs first ever perched landing using machine learning algorithms
The very first unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) to perform a perched landing using machine learning algorithms has been developed in partnership with the University of Bristol and BMT Defence Services (BMT). The revolutionary development of a fixed wing aircraft that can land in a small or confined space has the potential to significantly impact intelligence-gathering and the delivery of aid in a h ... more
GenDyn offers Bluefin SandShark mini-drone for sale online

Britain sets out legal basis for drone killings

Liteye, Tribalco to deliver AUDS systems to U.S. armed forces

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
Poland's senate approves defense budget hike

US troops arriving in Poland draw Russian ire

Trump's Pentagon pick takes aim at Russia

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
Life and business return to parts of Iraq's Mosul

IS resistance in Mosul is weakening: commander

Suicide bombers kill 18 in Baghdad market attacks

A year after nuclear deal, Iran wary of rising US 'hostility'
A year after its nuclear deal took effect, Iran is increasingly concerned over the arrival of US President-elect Donald Trump, who has threatened to tear up the historic accord. Analysts say it is unlikely the Trump administration will completely dismantle the agreement, which he described as "the worst deal ever negotiated". A series of cabinet appointments, however, have signalled Trum ... more
N. Korea has plutonium for 10 nuclear bombs: S. Korea

Trump, top diplomat pick differ on nukes

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 deputy announces leadership bid
Hong Kong's tough pro-Beijing number two Carrie Lam announced her bid to lead the deeply divided city Thursday after stepping down from her current post. Lam is deputy to Hong Kong's unpopular leader Leung Chun-ying and rose through the ranks as a career civil servant before taking public office. The city has become sharply polarised under Leung, whose term has been marked by anti-Beij ... more
Lessons in respect at China's Confucius kindergartens

Human rights in Hong Kong at worst level for 20 years

China graft drive has punished 1.2 million: watchdog

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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