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September 29, 2017
US presses for more Iran nuclear inspections

United Nations, United States (AFP) Sept 28, 2017
The United States pressed Thursday for the International Atomic Energy Agency to carry out more nuclear inspections in Iran, warning that failure to do so would make the nuclear deal with Tehran "an empty promise." US Ambassador to the United Nations, Nikki Haley, said that some countries were trying to shield Iran from more inspections by the IAEA, which is charged with verifying Tehran's compliance with the 2015 nuclear accord. "Without inspections, the Iran deal is an empty promise," she said ... read more

N. Korean firms in China ordered to close by January
Beijing (AFP) Sept 28, 2017
China said Thursday North Korean companies operating in the country will have to shut down by January as Beijing applies UN sanctions imposed following Pyongyang's sixth nuclear test. ... more
Seesaw US-China ties on an upswing as Trump plans trip
Washington (AFP) Sept 28, 2017
The often difficult relations between the world's greatest powers, China and the United States, appear to be improving again as the pair work to resolve the North Korea nuclear stand-off. ... more
Putin in Turkey for talks on weapons deal, Syria
Ankara (AFP) Sept 28, 2017
Russian President Vladimir Putin on Thursday met his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan for talks on Syria and a key weapons deal, hoping to strengthen an increasingly active relationship that has troubled the West. ... more
After long silence, IS says chief calls on jihadists to 'resist'
Beirut (AFP) Sept 28, 2017
The Islamic State group released a recording Thursday of what it says is its leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, calling on jihadists under pressure in Syria and Iraq to "resist" their enemies. ... more
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Baghdad cranks up pressure on Kurds with flight ban
Arbil, Iraq (AFP) Sept 28, 2017
Iraq has suspended all international flights to and from the Iraqi Kurdish capital Arbil from Friday, sending anxious foreigners rushing to the airport, as Baghdad cranked up the pressure on the Kurds over their independence referendum. ... more
US destroys old chemical weapons left in Panama
Panama City (AFP) Sept 28, 2017
The United States has started destroying a stock of old, World War II-era chemical weapons it left in Panama decades ago, the foreign ministry said. ... more
Navy contracts Orbital ATK for additional AARGM missiles
Washington (UPI) Sep 27, 2017
Orbital ATK announced Wednesday a U.S. Navy contract to continue full-rate production of AGM-88E advanced anti-radiation guided missiles. ... more
Turkey wants summit with Iran and Iraq; Kurds reject 'collective punishment'
Ankara (AFP) Sept 28, 2017
Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim said on Thursday he wants to hold a summit with Iranian and Iraqi leaders to coordinate how to respond to the controversial Iraqi Kurdish independence referendum. ... more
Russia, US shoot for the moon with joint lunar station project
Moscow (AFP) Sept 27, 2017
Russia and the United States agreed Wednesday to cooperate on a NASA-led project to build the first lunar space station, part of a long-term project to send humans to Mars. ... more
Australia to create national space agency
Sydney (AFP) Sept 25, 2017
Australia on Monday committed to creating a national space agency as it looks to cash in on the lucrative and fast-evolving astronautical sector. ... more

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US carries out more airstrikes in Libya
Washington (AFP) Sept 28, 2017
The US military has carried out more air strikes against the Islamic State group in Libya, killing several fighters, the US Africa Command said Thursday. ... more
Erdogan, Putin agree joint push to end Syria war
Ankara (AFP) Sept 28, 2017
President Vladimir Putin and Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan Thursday agreed to step efforts to bring peace to Syria, with the Russian leader declaring the right conditions now existed to end the over six-year civil war. ... more
Twitter reveals Russia-backed ads ahead of US election
Washington (AFP) Sept 29, 2017
Twitter on Thursday revealed that nearly 2,000 ads were placed on the messaging service in 2016 by a Russian media group suspected of trying to interfere with the US presidential election. ... more
USS Ronald Reagan air wing completes certification
Washington (UPI) Sep 14, 2017
The Carrier Air Wing aboard the USS Ronald Reagan has completed qualification exercises following certification sorties from Sept. 9 to Sept. 12, the U.S. Navy announced on Thursday ... more

PAC-3 MSE Test Successful from Remote Launcher
Dallas TX (SPX) Sep 26, 2017
A Lockheed Martin PAC-3 Missile Segment Enhancement (MSE) interceptor successfully intercepted a tactical ballistic missile target on Saturday in the first-ever MSE test from a remote launcher. As part of a U.S. Army-led missile defense flight test at the Reagan Test Site at the Kwajalein Atoll in the Marshall Islands, the test demonstrated the expanded defended footprint available by depl ... more
Riyadh (AFP) Sept 24, 2017
Saudi intercepts Yemen rebel missile
Washington (UPI) Sep 25, 2017
Lockheed Martin to replace USS Fitzgerald's SPY-1D AEGIS radar
Washington (UPI) Sep 21, 2017
Orbital ATK launches Patriot system target vehicle
Irish Army conducts exercises with RBS 70 surface-to-air missiles
Washington (UPI) Sep 25, 2017
The Irish Army has completed a series of live-fire exercises using the RBS 70 and RBS 70 NG man-portable surface-to-air missiles. The exercises were recently conducted over a period of four days by soldiers and technicians from the Irish Army at Saab Bofors Test Center in Karlskoga, Sweden. Soldiers fired 10 RBS 70 and RBS 70 NG missiles at aerial target drones and static surface ... more
Ankara (AFP) Sept 28, 2017
Putin in Turkey for talks on weapons deal, Syria
Washington (UPI) Sep 27, 2017
Navy contracts Orbital ATK for additional AARGM missiles
Tehran (AFP) Sept 23, 2017
Iran tests new medium-range missile, defying US warnings
Driverless hover-taxi makes first 'concept' flight in Dubai
Dubai (AFP) Sept 25, 2017
Dubai has edged closer to its goal of launching a pioneering hover-taxi service, with the authorities announcing a successful "concept" flight was made on Monday without passengers. Safety features for the two-seater air taxi include emergency parachutes and nine independent battery systems, according to Dubai's Road and Transport Authority (RTA). It said the prototype, supplied by Germa ... more
New Delhi (AFP) Sept 24, 2017
Drones, Fighter jets on table as Mattis visits key ally India
Washington DC (SPX) Sep 25, 2017
Wanted: Novel Approaches for Detecting and Stopping Small Unmanned Air Systems
Blacksburg VA (SPX) Sep 21, 2017
Landmark study suggests risks vary widely in drone-human impacts
82nd Airborne tests in-flight communication system for paratroopers
Washington (UPI) Jul 21, 2017
The U.S. Army's Global Response Force composed of the 1st Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division successfully conducted an airborne exercise using the En route Mission Command tactical networking system. The system, mounted on C-17 cargo planes, provided plane-to-plane and plane-to-ground audio, video, and data communications to the 1st Brigade's commander and subordinate commander ... more
London, UK (SPX) Sep 12, 2017
Spectra Airbus SlingShot Partnership Extension
Paris (SPX) Sep 12, 2017
Airbus prepares the future European Governmental Satellite Communications programme
Washington (UPI) Sep 5, 2017
Northrop awarded contract for support of Air Force communications system
African country orders Elbit defense electronic systems
Washington (UPI) Sep 26, 2017
Israel's Elbit Systems is providing a wide array of electronic defense systems to an unidentified country in Africa under a $240 million contract. The contract has a two-year period of performance, Elbit Systems said. "We are proud to have won this contract, allowing us to provide our customer with a variety of systems and capabilities from different fields, a growing trend we ha ... more
Washington (UPI) Sep 20, 2017
Meggitt touts small arms training systems
Washington (UPI) Sep 13, 2017
Norway signs deal with Saab for Carl-Gustaf ammunition
Washington (AFP) Sept 25, 2017
In first, woman becomes US Marine Corps infantry officer
Saab eyes possible U.S. factory location
Washington (UPI) Sep 19, 2017
A manufacturing capability will be established in the United States by Saab if it wins a contract with the U.S. Air Force for advanced T-X trainer aircraft. Saab, who is bidding with partner Boeing for the award, said it has already started the process to identify sites for the production facility. "The Boeing and Saab T-X is designed and purpose-built for the USAF training missi ... more
London (AFP) Sept 19, 2017
Britain suspends Myanmar training; Britain, Saudi Arabia sign military deal
Washington (UPI) Sep 14, 2017
L3 Technologies acquires Doss Aviation
Washington (AFP) Sept 19, 2017
US Senate passes $700 bn defense spending bill
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US defence chief in India to boost military ties
New Delhi (AFP) Sept 25, 2017
Stronger military ties between India and the United States should not affect relations with neighbours such as Pakistan, US Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said ahead of a visit to New Delhi. The Pentagon chief arrived Monday for a 48-hour trip - the first to India by any member of President Donald Trump's cabinet. "This is a historic opportunity for our two democracies at a time of strate ... more
Istanbul (AFP) Sept 28, 2017
Putin heads to Turkey for talks on weapons deal, Syria
Washington (AFP) Sept 28, 2017
Seesaw US-China ties on an upswing as Trump plans trip
Tokyo (AFP) Sept 28, 2017
Japan opposition unites in election bid to topple Abe
Assembly of nanoparticles proceeds like a zipper
Helsinki, Finland (SPX) Sep 27, 2017
It has always been the Holy Grail of materials science to describe and control the material's structure-function relationship. Nanoparticles are an attractive class of components to be used in functional materials because they exhibit size-dependent properties, such as superparamagnetism and plasmonic absorption of light. Furthermore, controlling the arrangement of nanoparticles can result ... more
Tomsk, Russia (SPX) Sep 25, 2017
Application of air-sensitive semiconductors in nanoelectronics
Washington DC (SPX) Sep 27, 2017
Creative use of noise brings bio-inspired electronic improvement
Washington DC (SPX) Sep 19, 2017
A new kind of optical nanosensor uses torque for signal processing
Iraq says defeats IS infiltration near Ramadi
Ramadi, Iraq (AFP) Sept 27, 2017
Islamic State group fighters seized areas around Ramadi, west of Baghdad, on Wednesday in an apparent attempt at a diversion from offensives on its last Iraqi footholds but were swiftly defeated, security sources said. The jihadist infiltrators briefly occupied three areas near the city, which is the capital of mainly Sunni Arab Anbar province, long a bastion of insurgency, the sources said. ... more
Baghdad (AFP) Sept 25, 2017
Iraq since the US-led invasion
Baghdad (AFP) Sept 25, 2017
Iraq hangs 42 prisoners on death row: ministry
Sharqat, Iraq (AFP) Sept 22, 2017
Iraq forces oust IS from northern town in drive on Hawija
N. Korean firms in China ordered to close by January
Beijing (AFP) Sept 28, 2017
China said Thursday North Korean companies operating in the country will have to shut down by January as Beijing applies UN sanctions imposed following Pyongyang's sixth nuclear test. The commerce ministry said the companies, including joint ventures with Chinese firms, have 120 days to close from the date the United Nations resolution was adopted, September 11. The sanctions spare, on a ... more
United Nations, United States (AFP) Sept 28, 2017
US presses for more Iran nuclear inspections
New York (AFP) Sept 26, 2017
US labels N. Korea 'war' claim absurd, as Pyongyang boosts defences
Pyongyang (AFP) Sept 25, 2017
Chinese traders get down to business at Pyongyang trade show
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Japan raising up to $11.6 bn in postal giant share sale
Tokyo (AFP) Sept 25, 2017
Japan said on Monday that it expects to raise more than $11.6 billion by selling off another chunk of the country's massive postal service. The government will sell 914 million Japan Post shares at 1,322 yen apiece, it said in a regulatory filing, with the offering set to raise as much as 1.3 trillion yen ($11.6 billion) if domestic and foreign investors snap up an extra allotment of stock. ... more
Washington Sept 22, 2017
US says NAFTA helps Chinese goods reach American market
Hong Kong (AFP) Sept 27, 2017
US commerce secretary hopeful about Trump-Xi trade talks
Beijing (AFP) Sept 25, 2017
US commerce secretary in Beijing ahead of Trump trip
SES: Re-establishes Critical Connectivity in the Caribbean Following Hurricanes Irma and Maria
Luxembourg (SPX) Sep 27, 2017
The Rapid Response Kit has been deployed by the Government of Luxembourg to provide vital satellite-enabled connectivity to the coordination center in Dominica, following the devastation brought by the Category 5 Hurricane Maria, announced SES and its partners today. The connectivity provided on an SES satellite is used for broadband and voice communication, to ensure that eme ... more
Oslo (AFP) Sept 29, 2017
Nobel's shining stars who lost their lustre
Washington (AFP) Sept 29, 2017
Trump lifts barriers to Puerto Rico hurricane aid
Mexico City (AFP) Sept 29, 2017
Mexican economy to bounce back fast from quake: analysts
China's cargo spacecraft separates from Tiangong-2 space lab
Beijing (XNA) Sep 22, 2017
China's first cargo spacecraft, Tianzhou-1, separated from Tiangong-2 space lab at 4:15 p.m. on Sunday. At 3:29 p.m. on Sunday, the cargo ship started to separate from the space lab under orders from the ground. After separation, it operated at an orbit of about 400 kilometers above the earth. Tianzhou-1 will continue to carry out experiments before it leaves orbit, and will gain exp ... more
Beijing (AFP) Sept 20, 2017
Work on China's mission to Mars 'well underway'
Los Angeles CA (SPX) Sep 19, 2017
Chinese company eyes development of reusable launch vehicle
Beijing (XNA) Sep 15, 2017
Spacecraft passes docking test
'Sing! China' concert in Taiwan halted amid protests
Taipei (AFP) Sept 25, 2017
A music concert in Taiwan descended into chaos over the weekend when independence activists clashed with pro-China groups, with three people injured in the scuffles. The incident comes amid heightened tensions between the self-ruled island and the mainland since Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen took office in May last year, with Beijing cutting off all official communications. The event ... more
Hong Kong (AFP) Sept 28, 2017
Hundreds mark third anniversary of Hong Kong's Umbrella Movement
Beijing (AFP) Sept 26, 2017
Interpol meets in Beijing as China hunts for fugitives
Hong Kong (AFP) Sept 23, 2017
Universities battleground for latest row over Hong Kong freedoms
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Russia to destroy 'last chemical weapons', Putin says
Moscow (AFP) Sept 27, 2017
President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday announced that Russia was destroying its last chemical weapons, hailing the move as a "historic event" and accusing the United States of not following suit. The world's global chemical weapons watchdog praised the step as a "major milestone", ridding Russia of one of the last vestiges of the Cold War. "Today the last chemical ammunition from Russia's ... more
Panama City (AFP) Sept 28, 2017
US destroys old chemical weapons left in Panama
Beirut (AFP) Sept 28, 2017
After long silence, IS says chief calls on jihadists to 'resist'
Washington (AFP) Sept 24, 2017
US strikes IS camp in Libya, killing 17: official
Upgraded Lockheed Martin Laser Outguns Threat in Half the Time
White Sands Missile Range NM (SPX) Sep 21, 2017
A Lockheed Martin prototype laser weapon system proved that an advanced system of sensors, software and specialized optics can deliver decisive lethality against unmanned aerial vehicle threats. In tests conducted with the U.S. Army's Space and Missile Defense Command in August, the 30-kilowatt class ATHENA (Advanced Test High Energy Asset) system brought down five 10.8' wingspan Outlaw un ... more
Washington (UPI) Sep 20, 2017
ATHENA laser testbed system successfully shoots down drones
Washington (UPI) Aug 24, 2017
DOD to invest $17M on laser weapons research in New Mexico
Washington DC (AFNS) Jul 25, 2017
'Eyes in space' and more powerful lasers will enhance US Army's arsenal

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