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October 02, 2017
NUKEWARS
Thinking the unthinkable in China: Abandoning North Korea



Beijing (AFP) Oct 1, 2017
North Korea's nuclear antics have rattled its alliance with China to the point that Beijing is allowing the previously unthinkable to be discussed: Is it time to prepare for the renegade regime's collapse? While China's official goal is to bring Washington and Pyongyang to the negotiating table, it is also permitting once taboo debate on contingencies in case war breaks out in the isolated nation across its northeast border. Observers say the public debate might be a tactic to try and coerce Py ... read more

NUKEWARS
Negotiating with North Korea a waste of time: Trump
Washington (AFP) Oct 1, 2017
US President Donald Trump warned Sunday that negotiating with North Korea over its nuclear program would be a waste of time, after it emerged that Washington has channels of contact with Pyongyang. ... more
SUPERPOWERS
Trump accepts Duterte's ASEAN summit invite after all
Washington (AFP) Sept 29, 2017
President Donald Trump has backed away from a threat to skip a summit with South East Asian leaders in the Philippines later this year, with the White House saying it had accepted an invitation from host Rodrigo Duterte. ... more
SUPERPOWERS
Hong Kong lawmaker guilty of desecrating Chinese flag
Hong Kong (AFP) Sept 29, 2017
A Hong Kong pro-democracy lawmaker on Friday was found guilty of "desecrating" the Chinese and Hong Kong flags by turning them upside down in parliament, but escaped a prison sentence. ... more
NUKEWARS
Norway agrees to host Israeli nuclear whistleblower
Oslo (AFP) Oct 1, 2017
Norway has agreed to host former Israeli nuclear technician and whistleblower Mordechai Vanunu, his Norwegian wife has told local television. ... more
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THE STANS
Israel denies Turkish claim of involvement in Kurd vote
Jerusalem (AFP) Oct 1, 2017
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Sunday denied Turkish claims of covert involvement in Iraqi Kurdistan's recent independence vote, reiterating however his "sympathy" for the Kurdish people. ... more
THE STANS
Iraq allows foreigners to leave Kurdistan via Baghdad
Baghdad (AFP) Oct 2, 2017
Iraq on Monday authorised foreigners stranded in Iraqi Kurdistan after an international flight ban to leave the country via Baghdad despite not having a federal visa. ... more
NUKEWARS
Iran's Zarif urges Europe to defy Trump on sanctions
London (AFP) Sept 30, 2017
Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif has warned that the only way to stop its nuclear deal from collapsing is for Europe to defy any US reimposition of sanctions. ... more
MICROSAT BLITZ
GomSpace and AISTECH sign supply deal for 100 nanosatellite platforms
Aalborg, Denmark (SPX) Oct 02, 2017
GomSpace A/S - a subsidiary of GomSpace Group AB (the "Company") and the Spanish company AISTECH have signed a Framework Delivery Agreement for the supply of up to 100 Nanosatellite platforms for a ... more
SPACEWAR
China builds world's first space-ground integrated quantum communication network
Beijing, China (SPX) Oct 02, 2017
The first quantum-safe video conference was held between President Chunli Bai of the Chinese Academy of Sciences in Beijing and President Anton Zeilinger of the Austria Academy of Sciences in Vienna ... more
SPACEWAR
New DARPA radar sensor captures video through clouds
Washington (UPI) Sep 29, 2017
A new radar sensor that can capture real-time video through clouds has been developed and demonstrated by the U.S. military. ... more


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WAR REPORT
US-led strikes claim another 50 civilian lives: coalition
Washington (AFP) Sept 29, 2017
US-led air strikes in Iraq and Syria have killed another 50 civilians, the international coalition against the Islamic State group announced on Friday. ... more
IRAQ WARS
Shiite pilgrims throng Iraq's Karbala for mourning ritual
Karbala, Iraq (AFP) Oct 1, 2017
Hundreds of thousands of Shiite Muslim pilgrims gathered in the Iraqi shrine city of Karbala on Sunday for ceremonies marking the seventh-century killing of the Prophet Mohammed's grandson. ... more
TERROR WARS
Russian women desperately seek daughters who joined IS
Moscow (AFP) Sept 27, 2017
Three years ago, Petimat Atagayeva's daughter Zalina secretly left Russia for Syria, taking her 10-month-old baby boy with her, to join the Islamic State group. ... more
IRAQ WARS
Iraq forces attack IS-held town of Hawija
Baghdad (AFP) Sept 29, 2017
Iraqi forces Friday launched an assault on the northern town of Hawija, one of the last bastions in the country still held by the Islamic State group, which is also under attack in neighbouring Syria. ... 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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Hong Kong lawmaker guilty of desecrating Chinese flag
Hong Kong (AFP) Sept 29, 2017
A Hong Kong pro-democracy lawmaker on Friday was found guilty of "desecrating" the Chinese and Hong Kong flags by turning them upside down in parliament, but escaped a prison sentence. Cheng Chung-tai upended small Chinese and Hong Kong flags that some pro-Beijing legislators had displayed on their desks in the legislative assembly last October. The incident happened during a feisty sess ... more
Washington (AFP) Sept 28, 2017
Seesaw US-China ties on an upswing as Trump plans trip
Washington (AFP) Sept 29, 2017
Trump accepts Duterte's ASEAN summit invite after all
Tokyo (AFP) Sept 28, 2017
Japan opposition unites in election bid to topple Abe
Application of air-sensitive semiconductors in nanoelectronics
Tomsk, Russia (SPX) Sep 25, 2017
A research group consisting of scientists from Tomsk Polytechnic University, Germany and Venezuela proved vulnerability of a two-dimensional semiconductor gallium selenide in air. This discovery will allow manufacturing superconducting nanoelectronics based on gallium selenide, which has never been previously achieved by any research team in the world. The study was published in Semiconduc ... more
Washington DC (SPX) Sep 27, 2017
Creative use of noise brings bio-inspired electronic improvement
Helsinki, Finland (SPX) Sep 27, 2017
Assembly of nanoparticles proceeds like a zipper
Washington DC (SPX) Sep 19, 2017
A new kind of optical nanosensor uses torque for signal processing
Shiite pilgrims throng Iraq's Karbala for mourning ritual
Karbala, Iraq (AFP) Oct 1, 2017
Hundreds of thousands of Shiite Muslim pilgrims gathered in the Iraqi shrine city of Karbala on Sunday for ceremonies marking the seventh-century killing of the Prophet Mohammed's grandson. Some 25,000 members of the security forces were deployed to protect the pilgrims, who in the past have faced attacks from Sunni extremists including the Islamic State group. This year's ceremonies wer ... more
Baghdad (AFP) Sept 29, 2017
Iraq forces attack IS-held town of Hawija
Ramadi, Iraq (AFP) Sept 27, 2017
Iraq says defeats IS infiltration near Ramadi
Baghdad (AFP) Sept 25, 2017
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Negotiating with North Korea a waste of time: Trump
Washington (AFP) Oct 1, 2017
US President Donald Trump warned Sunday that negotiating with North Korea over its nuclear program would be a waste of time, after it emerged that Washington has channels of contact with Pyongyang. Only hours after Secretary of State Rex Tillerson revealed that US officials are in exploratory contact with their North Korean counterparts, Trump appeared to undercut his top diplomat by declari ... more
Stockholm (AFP) Sept 28, 2017
2017 Nobels to turn page on Dylan, anti-nuke buzz for peace prize
Oslo (AFP) Oct 1, 2017
Norway agrees to host Israeli nuclear whistleblower
Beijing (AFP) Sept 28, 2017
N. Korean firms in China ordered to close by January
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US commerce secretary hopeful about Trump-Xi trade talks
Hong Kong (AFP) Sept 27, 2017
US Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross on Wednesday said he was optimistic about trade talks between President Donald Trump and his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping when they meet in November. The US tycoon regularly bashed China during last year's presidential election campaign, accusing it of unfair trade practices, stealing US jobs and threatening to label it a currency manipulator. But sinc ... more
Beijing (AFP) Sept 30, 2017
Chinese manufacturing accelerates for second straight month
Bangkok (AFP) Sept 28, 2017
Myanmar's conflict-hit Rakhine a magnet for Chinese cash
Beijing (AFP) Sept 26, 2017
US commerce secretary says to focus on reducing defict with China
NASA Damage Map Aids Puerto Rico Hurricane Response
Pasadena CA (JPL) Oct 02, 2017
A NASA-produced map showing areas of eastern Puerto Rico that were likely damaged by Hurricane Maria has been provided to responding agencies, including the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). The hurricane, a Category 4 storm at landfall on Puerto Rico on Sept. 20, caused widespread damage and numerous casualties on the Caribbean island, an unincorporated U.S. territory with a populatio ... more
Mexico City (AFP) Sept 30, 2017
Signs of corruption emerge from rubble of Mexico quake
Cox'S Bazar, Bangladesh (AFP) Sept 30, 2017
Fear of epidemic disaster as disease stalks Rohingya camps
Comerio , Puerto Rico (AFP) Sept 29, 2017
Water from a rock: Puerto Ricans cope with hurricane aftermath
Mars probe to carry 13 types of payload on 2020 mission
Beijing (XNA) Oct 02, 2017
China's Mars probe will carry 13 types of payload, including six rovers, in its first mission to the planet, scheduled for 2020. "The Mars exploration program is well underway," said Zhang Rongqiao, chief architect of the Mars mission, at the Beijing International Forum on Lunar and Deep-space Exploration, which opened Wednesday. "The payloads will be used to co ... more
Beijing (XNA) Oct 02, 2017
China launches three satellites
Beijing (XNA) Sep 22, 2017
China's cargo spacecraft separates from Tiangong-2 space lab
Beijing (AFP) Sept 20, 2017
Work on China's mission to Mars 'well underway'
Hundreds mark third anniversary of Hong Kong's Umbrella Movement
Hong Kong (AFP) Sept 28, 2017
Hundreds gathered outside the government headquarters in Hong Kong Thursday to mark the third anniversary of mass pro-democracy rallies known as the Umbrella Movement, as fears grow over Beijing's tightening grip on the city. Tens of thousands blocked major thoroughfares in the city for 79 days starting September 28, 2014 to call for fully free leadership elections in the city, in a movement ... more
Beijing (AFP) Sept 29, 2017
China's Communist Party expels top member ahead of congress
Taipei (AFP) Sept 25, 2017
'Sing! China' concert in Taiwan halted amid protests
Beijing (AFP) Sept 26, 2017
Interpol meets in Beijing as China hunts for fugitives
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Russian women desperately seek daughters who joined IS
Moscow (AFP) Sept 27, 2017
Three years ago, Petimat Atagayeva's daughter Zalina secretly left Russia for Syria, taking her 10-month-old baby boy with her, to join the Islamic State group. Since then, her mother has led an agonising search, desperate for any trace of her daughter and grandchild. "She was a beautiful and intelligent young woman. She was the best of the family. How could she have done this?" Atagaye ... more
Washington (AFP) Sept 29, 2017
US says on track to destroy chemical weapons by 2023
Moscow (AFP) Sept 27, 2017
Russia to destroy 'last chemical weapons', Putin says
Panama City (AFP) Sept 28, 2017
US destroys old chemical weapons left in Panama
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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