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December 28, 2012
China launches rival GPS satellite system
Beijing (AFP) Dec 28, 2012
China has launched commercial and public services across the Asia-Pacific region on its domestic satellite navigation network built to rival the US global positioning system. The Beidou system started providing services to civilians in the region on Thursday and is expected to provide global coverage by 2020, state media reported. Ran Chengqi, spokesman for the China Satellite Navigation Office said the system's performance was "comparable" to GPS, the China Daily said. "Signals from Beidou ... read more
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N. Korea is nuclear test-ready: US think-tank
North Korea has repaired extensive rain damage at its nuclear test facility and could conduct a detonation on two weeks notice, a US think-tank said Friday, citing satellite imagery analysis. ... more

Australia plans war games with China: report
Australia and China are planning joint military exercises which may also include the United States as the nations work to ensure stability in the region, Canberra's defence chief said Thursday. ... more

N. Korea's China trade nearly triples in four years
North Korea's trade with China has nearly tripled since 2007, data published by South Korea showed Thursday, underlining the isolated state's deepening dependence on its only major ally. ... more
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Iraqis wistful for a golden age in politics, often labelled divided and cynical now, have been able to harken back to such a time through an exhibition on their inaugural parliament 87 years ago. ... more


Japan security firm to offer private drone
A Japanese security company plans to rent out a private drone that takes off when intruder alarms are tripped and records footage of break-ins as they happen, a spokeswoman said Thursday. ... more
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Syrian warplanes raid Damascus province
Syrian warplanes launched air raids in Damascus province on Friday after overnight bombardments and clashes across the country, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights watchdog said. ... more

Philippines objects to new Chinese gunboat
The Philippines on Friday said it "strongly objects" to China's deployment of a new patrol vessel in the South China Sea, where the two countries have a seething maritime territorial dispute. ... more
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Philippines to buy three naval helicopters
The Philippines said Thursday it would buy three naval helicopters from an Anglo-Italian manufacturer as part of its military modernisation programme amid a territorial dispute with China. ... more

Blast kills two teens in Algeria's Bouira: reports
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Russia's ousted defence minister is to be questioned by investigators as part of a probe into multimillion dollar embezzlement by his former employee, an official said Thursday. ... more

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