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September 08, 2017
MISSILE DEFENSE
S. Korea, US deploy missile defence amid China protest



Seoul (AFP) Sept 7, 2017
South Korea and the United States on Thursday completed the deployment of a US missile defence system to counter North Korean threats, sparking demonstrations by residents and a diplomatic protest from Beijing. A convoy of US military trucks carrying four launchers for the Terminal High-Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) system made their way through an activists' blockade at a former golf course in the southern county of Seongju. Some 8,000 riot police were mobilised to help the convoy get through t ... read more

MILPLEX
Trump pushes hardware to allies -- and ups pressure on N.Korea
Washington (AFP) Sept 6, 2017
With global tensions spiraling over the North Korean nuclear crisis, President Donald Trump wants to pile extra pressure on Pyongyang by urging regional allies to dramatically boost spending on high-tech US military gear. ... more
NUKEWARS
Xi tells Trump Beijing firm on N. Korea denuclearisation, talks
Beijing (AFP) Sept 6, 2017
China's President Xi Jinping told Donald Trump Wednesday that Beijing remains committed to denuclearising North Korea as the US president warned again that any Pyongyang threat would trigger an "overwhelming" response. ... more
NUKEWARS
Japan, S.Korea push Putin over Pyongyang sanctions
Vladivostok, Russia (AFP) Sept 7, 2017
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Thursday echoed South Korea's demand for more pressure on Pyongyang after its nuclear tests as the leaders of the two countries looked to grind down resistance from Russia's Vladimir Putin. ... more
NUKEWARS
US reasserts 'ironclad' commitment to defend S.Korea
Washington (AFP) Sept 6, 2017
Defense Secretary Jim Mattis has reaffirmed Washington's commitment to defend its South Korean ally, warning once more that any North Korean threat would trigger an "overwhelming" response, the Pentagon said Wednesday. ... more
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NUKEWARS
Moon presses Putin over North Korea oil supplies
Vladivostok, Russia (AFP) Sept 6, 2017
South Korean President Moon Jae-In urged Russia on Wednesday to cooperate over cutting oil supplies to North Korea but President Vladimir Putin appeared to pour cold water on the idea. ... more
NUKEWARS
US pushes oil embargo on N. Korea, takes aim at Kim Jong-Un
United Nations, United States (AFP) Sept 6, 2017
The United States on Wednesday asked the United Nations to slap an oil embargo on North Korea and freeze the assets of leader Kim Jong-Un, setting up a potential clash with Russia and China over how to respond to Pyongyang's sixth and biggest nuclear test. ... more
NUKEWARS
N.Korea crisis sparks nuclear debate in Japan, S.Korea
Tokyo (AFP) Sept 7, 2017
Nuclear-armed North Korea's testing of long-range missiles that could possibly reach US soil has kindled debate in Japan and South Korea about developing their own nuclear deterrent, prompting fears of a North East Asian arms race. ... more
NUKEWARS
North Korea celebrates nuclear test
Pyongyang (AFP) Sept 7, 2017
North Korea held a mass celebration for the scientists involved in carrying out its largest nuclear blast to date, with fireworks and a mass rally in Pyongyang. ... more
TERROR WARS
Israel hits Syria site reportedly used for chemical weapons
Damascus (AFP) Sept 7, 2017
Syria said Israeli air strikes hit a military facility in the country's west on Thursday, killing two people at a site where the regime has been accused of developing chemical weapons. ... more
SUPERPOWERS
NATO on guard ahead of major Russian war games
Tapa, Estonia (AFP) Sept 7, 2017
NATO has put Moscow on notice that it will be keeping a close eye on a major military exercise with Belarus next week, in a region still on edge after Russia's annexation of Crimea in 2014. ... more


India's army chief says China 'testing limits' after stand-off

SUPERPOWERS
Russia-linked Facebook accounts stoked US divisions
San Francisco (AFP) Sept 6, 2017
Facebook said Wednesday an internal review showed that hundreds of Russia-linked fake accounts were used to buy ads aimed at inflaming political tensions ahead of and following the 2016 US presidential election. ... more
SUPERPOWERS
China holds military drill as North Korea tensions rise
Beijing (AFP) Sept 6, 2017
China's air force conducted military drills in seas adjacent to the Korean peninsula, an official report has said, as tensions soared over North Korea's pursuit of nuclear weaponry. ... more
TAIWAN NEWS
Detained Taiwan activist to stand trial in China
Taipei (AFP) Sept 7, 2017
A Taiwanese rights activist being held in China will soon face trial after being held incommunicado for more than 170 days, according to his wife, in a case that has deepened cross-strait tensions. ... more
THE STANS
Trump wins support for Afghan strategy in volatile Helmand
Camp Shorab, Afghanistan (AFP) Sept 7, 2017
Marines in Afghanistan's Helmand say Donald Trump's decision to keep boots on the ground indefinitely gives them "all the time in the world" to retake the province, once the symbol of US intervention but now a Taliban stronghold. ... more



S.Korea, US to deploy more anti-missile defences: Seoul
Seoul (AFP) Sept 4, 2017
South Korea and the United States will deploy more of the anti-missile defences hated by China in response to Sunday's nuclear test by North Korea, Seoul's defence ministry said Monday. Two launchers of the Terminal High-Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) system are already operational, but public concern about the possible environmental impact of the US system forced Seoul to suspend the install ... more
Seoul (AFP) Sept 4, 2017
S. Korea launches missile drill after North's nuclear test
Seoul (AFP) Sept 7, 2017
S. Korea, US deploy missile defence amid China protest
Washington (AFP) Sept 4, 2017
US cites its nuclear capabilities in defense against N.Korea
Lockheed completes intitial design of helicopter-mounted missile jammers
Washington (UPI) Sep 5, 2017
The Advanced Off-Board Electronic Warfare system for MH-60 Seahawk helicopters has completed its Preliminary Design Review, according to Lockheed Martin. The AEOW AMP AN/ALQ-248 is designed to work independently or with shipboard systems like the SEWIP Block 2 AN/SLQ-32(V)6 to detect incoming anti-ship missiles and determine their targets. It then uses radio-frequency electronic warfare ... more
Seoul (AFP) Sept 4, 2017
Trump, Moon agree to end limits on payload of S. Korean missiles
Washington (UPI) Sep 5, 2017
British Royal Navy test fires Sea Ceptor missile
Tehran (AFP) Sept 3, 2017
Iran tests home-grown air defence system: official
X-37B Flies Again In First SpaceX Launch
Sydney, Australia (SPX) Sep 08, 2017
The fifth launch of the X-37B robot spaceplane almost makes this vehicle look routine. This time, liftoff has come with a Falcon 9 rocket from SpaceX instead of an Atlas V, a change from old-school launchers to NewSpace. By itself, this was controversial, but the spacecraft is in orbit as requested. Security for this launch seems to have been just as tight as for previous launches, with no ... more
Washington (AFNS) Sep 01, 2017
Air Force preparing to launch fifth Orbital Test Vehicle mission
Arusha, Tanzania (AFP) Aug 31, 2017
TED: Phones and drones transforming healthcare
Washington (UPI) Aug 24, 2017
Lockheed pairs drone with counter-UAS system
Northrop awarded contract for support of Air Force communications system
Washington (UPI) Sep 5, 2017
The U.S. Air Force's Battlefield Airborne Communications Node system will continue to receive aircraft maintenance and logistics support from Northrop Grumman. The support is for four BACN E-11A aircraft operations and carries a $265 million price tag. The contract is for a one-year base period with four option years. Northrop Grumman's current BACN contract expires next year. "T ... more
Washington (UPI) Jul 21, 2017
82nd Airborne tests in-flight communication system for paratroopers
McLean, VA (SPX) Jul 14, 2017
North Dakota UAS Training Center Depends on IGC Satellite Connectivity
Washington (UPI) Aug 24, 2017
Industry team demonstrates Low Cost Terminal for AEHF satellites
General Dynamics receives contracts for upgraded Abrams tanks
Washington (UPI) Sep 5, 2017
General Dynamics Land Systems has received two contracts for upgrades to the M1A2 series of main battle tanks for the U.S. Army. The first contract would upgrade Abrams tanks from the M1A2 System Enhancement Package 3 into a SEPv4 variant. The SEPv4 includes upgrades of the Commander and Gunner's Primary Sights, thermal systems, and other enhancements to the tank's armor and mobi ... more
Washington (UPI) Sep 5, 2017
Black Hills receives $49.9M contract for special 5.56mm
Washington (UPI) Sep 1, 2017
British air force opens ground combat to women
Washington (UPI) Jul 17, 2017
LOC Performance receives $49.1 million Bradley upgrade contract
United Technologies buying Rockwell Collins for $30 billion
Washington (UPI) Sep 5, 2017
United Technologies is to acquire Rockwell Collins for $140.00 per share in cash and UTC stock - about $30 billion - the companies have announced. The deal is subject to a number of conditions, including approval by Rockwell Collins shareholders, customary conditions and regulatory approvals. "This acquisition adds tremendous capabilities to our aerospace businesses and strengt ... more
Washington (AFP) Sept 6, 2017
Trump pushes hardware to allies -- and ups pressure on N.Korea
Sofia (AFP) Aug 31, 2017
Middle East conflicts boost Bulgarian arms exports
New Delhi (AFP) Aug 20, 2017
Defence firms eye billion-dollar chance for 'made in India'
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Russia-linked Facebook accounts stoked US divisions
San Francisco (AFP) Sept 6, 2017
Facebook said Wednesday an internal review showed that hundreds of Russia-linked fake accounts were used to buy ads aimed at inflaming political tensions ahead of and following the 2016 US presidential election. The review triggered by concerns about organized efforts to deceptively use the leading social network to influence US politics uncovered accounts that may have been part of an orche ... more
New Delhi (AFP) Sept 7, 2017
India's army chief says China 'testing limits' after stand-off
Beijing (AFP) Sept 6, 2017
China holds military drill as North Korea tensions rise
Tapa, Estonia (AFP) Sept 7, 2017
NATO on guard ahead of major Russian war games
UMass Amherst environmental chemist flashes warning light on new nanoparticle
Amherst MA (SPX) Aug 31, 2017
When environmental and soil chemist Baoshan Xing at the University of Massachusetts Amherst began reading in 2014 that a new, two-dimensional material known as layered black phosphorous (BP) was gaining the attention of biomedical researchers for use in drug delivery systems and tumor photothermal therapy, he was both intrigued and concerned. "I am not only a soil chemist, but an environme ... more
Bethlehem PA (SPX) Aug 28, 2017
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Washington DC (SPX) Aug 28, 2017
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Iraq faces vast challenges despite victories over IS: experts
Baghdad (AFP) Sept 1, 2017
Iraq's victory over the Islamic State group in Tal Afar was the latest in a string of gains against the jihadist group, but Iraqi forces still face massive challenges, experts say. In 2014, as IS staged a rapid advance across northern Iraq, police and military personnel abandoned their posts to the jihadists with barely a fight. That allowed the group to establish its "caliphate" across ... more
Baghdad (AFP) Aug 31, 2017
Iraq strikes major victory over Jihadists; As IS slides from defeat to defeat
Amman (AFP) Aug 30, 2017
Jordan, Iraq reopen only border crossing; Iraqi forces close in on last jihadist ISIS stronghold
Tal Afar, Iraq (AFP) Aug 28, 2017
Iraq fighters take 'victory selfies' at Tal Afar citadel
Big Bang Theory for North Korea's Nukes
Sydney, Australia (SPX) Sep 04, 2017
North Korea has previously boasted of possessing thermonuclear weapons, or H-Bombs. Their claims were not taken seriously by most boffins in the past. North Korea has demonstrated the ability to build relatively simple "fission" weapons (A-Bombs), which split the atoms of a heavy element (uranium or plutonium) into smaller atoms, thus releasing energy. By contrast, a thermonuclear weapon i ... more
Beijing (AFP) Sept 6, 2017
Xi tells Trump Beijing firm on N. Korea denuclearisation, talks
Tokyo (AFP) Sept 7, 2017
N.Korea crisis sparks nuclear debate in Japan, S.Korea
Tokyo (AFP) Sept 6, 2017
N. Korea nuclear test 10 times more powerful than Hiroshima: Japan
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Goldman Sachs halts advising work on HNA unit: source
New York (AFP) Sept 6, 2017
Goldman Sachs suspended work for an affiliate of Chinese conglomerate HNA that has been under increased scrutiny by the Chinese government, a person familiar with the situation said Wednesday. The US investment bank had been enlisted in August to manage a stock offering of HNA outsourcing business Pactera. But Goldman Sachs concluded the financial structure of the Pactera business was too o ... more
Seoul (AFP) Sept 4, 2017
Trump's turn on S.Korea risks alliance: analysts
Managua (AFP) Sept 4, 2017
Nicaraguan anti-canal activist says held without charge
Managua (AFP) Sept 6, 2017
Nicaragua renews environmental permit for Chinese canal project
US House of Representatives approves Harvey emergency relief
Washington (AFP) Sept 6, 2017
The US House of Representatives Wednesday approved in a nearly unanimous vote $7.85-billion in emergency aid for victims of Hurricane Harvey, a rare show of unity by the bitterly divided chamber. Lawmakers in the lower house of Congress voted 419-3 in favor of releasing the funds, which will mostly go to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). The House also approved $450 millio ... more
Chicago (AFP) Sept 5, 2017
'Dreamer' died rescuing Houston flood victims
Miami (AFP) Sept 6, 2017
Shelves stripped bare as Irma barrels towards Miami
Houston (AFP) Sept 4, 2017
Texas chemical plant area declared safe after controlled blaze
China, Russia to Have Smooth Space Cooperation, Says Expert
Washington DC (Sputnik) Aug 31, 2017
China and Russia plan to sign an agreement in October on joint space exploration from 2018 and 2022, which would benefit both nations particularly in manned and future missions to the moon, CGTN reported on Monday. The bilateral agreement will cover five areas including lunar to deep space exploration, special materials development, collaborations in the area of satellite systems, Earth re ... more
Beijing (XNA) Aug 31, 2017
Kuaizhou-11 to send six satellites into space
Moscow (Sputnik) Aug 29, 2017
Russia, China May Sign 5-Year Agreement on Joint Space Exploration
Paris (ESA) Aug 28, 2017
ESA and Chinese astronauts train together
Student backlash in Hong Kong independence row
Hong Kong (AFP) Sept 7, 2017
Hong Kong students have accused their universities of suppressing freedom of speech after banners and signs calling for the city's independence from China were taken down from campuses. The move has fuelled fears that freedoms are being squeezed in the semi-autonomous city and that Beijing is tightening its grip in a range of areas, from politics to media and education. Since the failure ... more
Shanghai (AFP) Sept 6, 2017
'Oldest jazz band' a constant in fast-modernising Shanghai
Hong Kong (AFP) Sept 5, 2017
Hanergy tycoon gets 8-year ban in Hong Kong
Shenyang, China (AFP) July 15, 2017
Chinese dissident Liu Xiaobo's ashes buried at sea
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Israel hits Syria site reportedly used for chemical weapons
Damascus (AFP) Sept 7, 2017
Syria said Israeli air strikes hit a military facility in the country's west on Thursday, killing two people at a site where the regime has been accused of developing chemical weapons. The site near the Syrian town of Masyaf, between the central city of Hama and a port used by the Russian navy, includes a training camp and a branch of the Scientific Studies and Research Center (SSRC). Th ... more
Moscow (AFP) July 17, 2017
Kremlin says 'contradictory' reports on Baghdadi death
Moscow (AFP) Sept 1, 2017
Chechen leader evacuates 8 children and mothers from Iraq
Washington (AFP) Aug 31, 2017
Islamic State chief Baghdadi likely still alive: US general
DOD to invest $17M on laser weapons research in New Mexico
Washington (UPI) Aug 24, 2017
The Department of Defense is investing $17 million in directed energy laser weapons, Sen. Martin Heinrich, D-N.M., announced at the Boeing facility in Albuquerque, N.M., on Wednesday. "With our state's unique expertise in directed energy work, this funding will jump start the deployment of this critical technology and bring more high-paying jobs to the state," said Heinrich, a member of ... more
Washington DC (AFNS) Jul 25, 2017
'Eyes in space' and more powerful lasers will enhance US Army's arsenal
Washington (UPI) Jun 26, 2017
Raytheon successfully fires high-energy laser from helicopter
Washington (UPI) Jun 14, 2017
Missile Defense Agency seeks laser-armed drone


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