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May 16, 2017
NUKEWARS
UN Security Council vows sanctions over N. Korea missile test



United Nations, United States (AFP) May 16, 2017
The UN Security Council has strongly condemned North Korea's latest ballistic missile test and vowed strong measures, including sanctions, to derail Pyongyang's nuclear weapons programme. North Korea's long-term bid to develop a credible nuclear attack threat to the US mainland saw it launch Sunday what appeared to be its longest-range missile yet. Pyongyang said the new weapon - called the Hwasong-12 - was capable of carrying a "heavy nuclear warhead". In a unanimous statement backed by t ... read more

NUKEWARS
Moon's win shows 'longing' for change: N.Korean envoy
Beijing (AFP) May 15, 2017
A North Korean diplomat said Monday the election victory by left-leaning South Korean President Moon Jae-In reflected the people's "longing" for change. ... more
SPACEWAR
How Gorbachev Destroyed the USSR's Military Space Program, and What It Cost Russia
Moscow (Sputnik) May 16, 2017
Thirty years ago, in May 1987, Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev arrived in the Baikonur Cosmodrome to personally order the closure of the USSR's military space program. Three decades on, Russian mili ... more
SUPERPOWERS
Putin the piano man plays Soviet-era tunes in Beijing
Beijing (AFP) May 15, 2017
Russia has shown off President Vladimir Putin as action man - bare-chested horse rider, black-belt judoka and ice hockey player. Now meet Putin the piano man. ... more
SUPERPOWERS
Philippines' Duterte open to South China Sea deals
Davao, Philippines (AFP) May 16, 2017
Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte said Tuesday he was open to exploring the South China Sea's natural resources with rival claimants China and Vietnam, after securing a "windfall" while in Beijing. ... more
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NUKEWARS
N. Korea says 'new missile' can carry nuclear warhead
Seoul (AFP) May 15, 2017
North Korea Monday celebrated the launch of what appeared to be its longest-range ballistic missile yet tested in a bid to bring the US mainland within reach, saying it was capable of carrying a "heavy nuclear warhead". ... more
CYBER WARS
Ransomware hits 'hundreds of thousands' of China PCs: firm
Shanghai (AFP) May 15, 2017
"Hundreds of thousands" of Chinese computers at nearly 30,000 institutions including government agencies have been hit by the global ransomware attack, a leading Chinese security-software provider has said, though the Asian impact has otherwise been relatively muted. ... more
CYBER WARS
World braces for more cyberattacks as work week begins
London (AFP) May 15, 2017
Governments and computer experts girded Monday for a possible worsening of the global cyberattack that has hit more than 150 countries, as Microsoft warned against stockpiling vulnerabilities like the one at the heart of the crisis. ... more
SUPERPOWERS
EU's Mogherini sees way past UK spat over military HQ
Brussels (AFP) May 15, 2017
EU foreign affairs chief Federica Mogherini said Monday she was confident of making progress on the bloc's defence ambitions and did not expect a Brexit-bound Britain to stand in the way. ... more
ROCKET SCIENCE
Winners Announced for NASA, Orbital ATK Rocketry Challenge
Huntsville AL (SPX) May 15, 2017
For the first time in four years, a new team has won NASA's Student Launch, the agency's high-powered rocketry challenge, hosted by and held near NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, A ... more
MILTECH
U.S. Army testing Saab camouflage
Washington DC (UPI) May 15, 2017
Saab's mobile camouflage system is undergoing field evaluation in Germany by the U.S. Army's 2nd Cavalry Regiment during its operational training. ... more


Elbit introduces upgraded vehicle mortar system

CYBER WARS
Putin says Russia not involved in cyberattack, blames US
Beijing (AFP) May 15, 2017
Russia had nothing to do with a massive global cyberattack, President Vladimir Putin said Monday, criticising the US intelligence community for creating the original software. ... more
CYBER WARS
Chelsea Manning prepares for freedom, as a woman
Washington (AFP) May 16, 2017
After seven years behind bars, Chelsea Manning will walk out of the security gates of the Fort Leavenworth military prison Wednesday, finally able to complete her transition as a free, openly transgender woman. ... more
IRAQ WARS
Rescued 'human shields' tell of Mosul horror
Hammam Al-Alil, Iraq (AFP) May 15, 2017
Fear and hunger are driving an ever-growing number of Iraqi civilians into a camp in Hammam al-Alil, where they share harrowing tales of deadly violence and jihadist tyranny in Mosul. ... more
WAR REPORT
Syria talks open overshadowed by rival track, rebel losses
Geneva, Switzerland (AFP) May 15, 2017
A new round of Syrian peace talks opens in Geneva on Tuesday, overshadowed by a competing process in Astana and with rebels reeling from a major setback in Damascus. ... more



State Dept. approves UAE for possible PAC-3 missile buy
Washington (UPI) May 12, 2017
The Defense Security Cooperation Agency announced Thursday the possible sale of Patriot PAC-3 and GEM-T missiles to the United Arab Emirates. The proposed sale, approved by the U.S. State Department, is worth an estimated $2 billion. "The proposed sale will enhance the UAE's capability to meet current and future aircraft and missile threats," the agency said in a press release. " ... more
Washington (AFP) May 11, 2017
US approves sale of $2 billion in missiles to UAE: Pentagon
Moscow (Sputnik) May 08, 2017
Russia's RS-28 Sarmat ICBM: Hypersonic Disaster for US Missile Defense Shield
Beijing (AFP) May 2, 2017
China demands halt to US missile shield in S.Korea
China says it tested new missile in northeastern sea
Beijing (AFP) May 9, 2017
China has recently tested a new type of guided missile in a northeastern sea near the Korean peninsula, the defence ministry said Tuesday, hours after South Korean elections held amid regional tensions. The test in the Bohai Sea was conducted to "raise the operational capability of the armed forces and effectively respond to threats to national security," the ministry said in a brief stateme ... more
Moscow (Sputnik) May 08, 2017
Purchase of S-400 From Russia 'Might Signal Turkey's Estrangement From NATO'
Tokyo (AFP) April 29, 2017
Tokyo subway halt for 10 minutes over NKorea scare
Washington (UPI) Apr 28, 2017
Sweden orders additional anti-ship missiles from Saab
Airbus creates new commercial drone services start-up "Airbus Aerial"
Dallas TX (SPX) May 11, 2017
Airbus has launched its U.S. base and operations of a new commercial drone start-up, named Airbus Aerial, at the AUVSI Xponential tradeshow and conference in Dallas. With bases both in the U.S. and in Europe, Airbus Aerial's initial business will focus on developing new imagery services. These services will leverage the best software and aerospace technology from across the globe to offer action ... more
Taurene, Latvia (AFP) May 12, 2017
Latvian daredevil in 'drone-diving' world first
Washington DC (UPI) May 11, 2017
U.S. Army awards contract for extended range drone
Kennedy Space Center FL (Sputnik) May 08, 2017
Newest Secret US Spacecraft Returns to Earth After Over 700 Days in Space
European country orders Harris tactical radios
Washington DC (UPI) May 11, 2017
An undisclosed European country has ordered tactical radio systems for its communications readiness program from Harris Corporation. The contracts, received in the company's third 2017 quarter, carry a combined value of $90 million, the company said. "Harris is committed to supporting this nation's readiness effort with solutions that deliver expanded and reliable communications ... more
Washington DC (UPI) May 8, 2017
Israel orders satellite-on-the-go for military vehicles
(UPI) May 10, 2017
Elbit Systems receives Brazilian contract for C4ISR
(UPI) May 10, 2017
Genereal Dynamics stages successful test of military 4G network
U.S. Army testing Saab camouflage
Washington DC (UPI) May 15, 2017
Saab's mobile camouflage system is undergoing field evaluation in Germany by the U.S. Army's 2nd Cavalry Regiment during its operational training. The mobile camouflage, made by the company's Barracuda business unit, provides protection to stationary vehicles as well as vehicles on the move. "Mobile camouflage and signature management is more important now than at any time in the ... more
Washington DC (UPI) May 11, 2017
CAE wins UAV training contract
Washington DC (UPI) May 15, 2017
Elbit introduces upgraded vehicle mortar system
Washington (UPI) May 12, 2017
India seeks CBRN protective equipment
Dutch court jails Charles Taylor arms-supplier for 19 years
The Hague (AFP) April 21, 2017
A Dutch court on Friday sentenced a businessman to 19 years in prison for arms trafficking and aiding war crimes in Liberia and Guinea by armed forces of ex-Liberian leader Charles Taylor. Guus Kouwenhoven, 74, was found guilty of delivering weapons to Taylor's regime between 2000 and 2003 in return for preferential treatment and lucrative contracts for his logging business, in violation of ... more
Ottawa (AFP) April 13, 2017
Canada moves to join treaty curbing foreign arms sales
New Delhi (AFP) April 7, 2017
India inks weapons deal worth nearly $2 bn with Israel
Washington (UPI) Apr 6, 2017
U.S. lawmakers push for Pentagon reforms
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Manila, Beijing to open South China Sea talks next week: envoy
Manila (AFP) May 13, 2017
The Philippines and China will open bilateral talks on their dispute over the South China Sea next week, Manila's ambassador to Beijing said on Saturday. Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has sought to deepen relations with China despite its extensive island-building in disputed parts of the South China Sea, in the hopes of securing billions of dollars' worth of investments from Beijing. ... more
Colombo (AFP) May 11, 2017
Sri Lanka refuse Chinese submarine docking: official
Beijing (AFP) May 15, 2017
Putin the piano man plays Soviet-era tunes in Beijing
Brussels (AFP) May 12, 2017
Britain blocking EU military HQ: sources
Scientists print nanoscale imaging probe onto tip of optical fiber
Berkeley CA (SPX) May 16, 2017
Combining speed with incredible precision, a team of researchers has developed a way to print a nanoscale imaging probe onto the tip of a glass fiber as thin as a human hair, accelerating the production of the promising new device from several per month to several per day. The high-throughput fabrication technique opens the door for the widespread adoption of this and other nano-optical st ... more
Upton, NY (SPX) May 02, 2017
Scientists set record resolution for drawing at the one-nanometer length scale
Osaka, Japan (SPX) May 04, 2017
X-ray microscope optics resolve 50-nm features while eliminating chromatic aberrations
Helsinki, Finland (SPX) Apr 27, 2017
Self-assembled nanostructures can be selectively controlled
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Brisk business for Mosul's first post-IS liquor store
Mosul, Iraq (AFP) May 16, 2017
Abu Haidar tries to keep a low profile and there is no sign on his shop, the first liquor store to reopen in Mosul since the jihadists were beaten back. But it's hard not to notice the steady stream of customers walking out with black plastic bags filled with Turkish beer, Iraqi arak liquor and cheap whisky. The young man said he could get up to 1,000 customers a day at his tiny shop in ... more
Hammam Al-Alil, Iraq (AFP) May 15, 2017
Rescued 'human shields' tell of Mosul horror
Habbaniyah, Iraq (AFP) May 15, 2017
Militants kill two Iraqi police in anti-IS stronghold
Mosul, Iraq (AFP) May 13, 2017
Number of civilians fleeing Mosul swells: aid group
Iran's delayed gold rush disillusions voters
Tehran (AFP) May 14, 2017
The investment gold rush that was supposed to follow Iran's nuclear deal with world powers and revitalise the economy has not materialised, leaving many voters disillusioned ahead of Friday's election. The figures say it all - President Hassan Rouhani wanted $50 billion a year in foreign investment to reach his target of eight-percent growth. But since the nuclear deal came into force i ... more
Seoul (AFP) May 14, 2017
N. Korea test-fires missile in bid to test South, US
Beijing (AFP) May 15, 2017
Moon's win shows 'longing' for change: N.Korean envoy
Beijing (AFP) May 13, 2017
NKorea might meet with US; Wants extradition of SK's spy chief
Red tape and taxes put brakes on 'Make In India' push
New Delhi (AFP) May 14, 2017
When Saurabh Ahuja tried to import a $600 3D printer for manufacturing drones in his Delhi workshop, he ended up spending another $900 in taxes and bribes and waited three months for it to clear customs. "We lack in technology and industry to make the smallest things, so we have to import," Ahuja said as he listed the frustrations entrepreneurs still encounter since the government launched i ... more
Beijing (AFP) May 15, 2017
China decries protectionism, but some raise concerns
Washington (AFP) May 14, 2017
US-China trade pact: a Trump triumph or rehashed news?
Beijing (AFP) May 14, 2017
China hosts Silk Road summit in shadow of N.Korea missile
Healthcare bill inspires road rage: Tenn. woman tries to run Congressman off road
Washington (UPI) May 14, 2017
Outrage over the GOP's healthcare bill spilled out of a town hall event and onto the roads in Tennessee over the weekend. On Saturday, Wendi Wright, a 35-year-old woman from Obion County, followed a car carrying Congressman David Kustoff, R-Tenn., and his aide. When Kustoff's ride finally stopped, Wright got out of her car, screamed at the politician and attacked his vehicle, banging on ... more
Washington DC (SPX) May 10, 2017
New fiber-based sensor could quickly detect structural problems in bridges and dams
Paris (AFP) May 7, 2017
Marine Le Pen: far-right firebrand who has shaken up French politics
Beijing (AFP) May 6, 2017
20 sentenced to prison for deadly 2015 China landslide
A cabin on the moon? China hones the lunar lifestyle
Beijing (XNA) May 12, 2017
While it remains unclear exactly how long China's first lunar explorers will spend on the surface, the country is already planning for longer stays. Eight Chinese volunteers will live in "Yuegong-1," a simulated space "cabin" in Beijing for the next year, strengthening China's knowledge and technical know-how, and helping the country's scientists understand exactly what will be required fo ... more
Beijing (AFP) May 11, 2017
China tests 'Lunar Palace' as it eyes moon mission
Beijing (XNA) May 01, 2017
China to conduct several manned space flights around 2020
Beijing (Sputnik) May 01, 2017
Reach for the Stars: China Plans to Ramp Up Space Flight Activity
China frees human rights lawyer on bail: Amnesty
Beijing (AFP) May 10, 2017
China has freed a prominent human rights lawyer on bail, Amnesty International said Wednesday, after he admitted to his crimes in what critics called a show trial. Xie Yang, who had worked on cases considered politically sensitive by China's ruling Communist Party, was among hundreds of legal staff and activists detained in the so-called "709 crackdown" in 2015. He pleaded guilty Monday ... more
Beijing (AFP) May 10, 2017
China lawyer's wife seeks US asylum after brazen escape
Beijing (AFP) May 9, 2017
China wants its anthem sung, but maybe not at parties
Beijing (AFP) May 8, 2017
Chinese human rights lawyers seen as enemies of the state
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No US involvement in deal with IS fighters: Pentagon
Washington (AFP) May 12, 2017
The Pentagon said Friday it played no part in an unusual deal in which Islamic State jihadists were allowed to leave a key town in Syria - only for some of them to be killed anyway. The US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces had independently cut a deal with the jihadists that let a group of about 70 of them leave Tabqa, an important city by a dam near the IS stronghold of Raqa. But as soon ... more
Hong Kong (AFP) May 11, 2017
Dramatic terror drill ahead of China visit
Copenhagen (AFP) May 9, 2017
Turkey to play role in Raqa fight: Mattis
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Anti-IS coalition meets in Denmark to assess campaign
Laser weapons edge toward use in US military
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A sci-fi staple for decades, laser weapons are finally becoming reality in the US military, albeit with capabilities a little less dramatic than at the movies. Lightsabers - the favored weapon of the Jedi in "Star Wars" films - will remain in the fictional realm for now, but after decades of development, laser weapons are now here and are being deployed on military vehicles and planes. ... more
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German scientists focus radiation of 10,000 suns with new light array
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