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March 09, 2017
DRAGON SPACE
China Plans to Launch 1st Probe to Mars in Summer 2020



Beijing (Sputnik) Mar 09, 2017
China is expected to launch its first probe satellite to Mars in July or in August 2020, local media reported Tuesday. The People's Daily newspaper reported citing Wan Weixing, an academician at the Chinese Academy of Sciences, responsible for Beijing's Mars exploration program would arrive to Mars after seven months of flight and would start sending information back in 2021. The media outlet added that the satellite's life expectancy was about two years on Earth. Beijing has been deve ... read more

DRAGON SPACE
China's 1st cargo spacecraft to make three rendezvous with Tiangong-2
Beijing (XNA) Mar 07, 2017
China's first cargo spacecraft Tianzhou-1 is expected to dock with the orbiting Tiangong-2 space lab three times after its planned launch in April, sources said Saturday. Tianzhou-1 will be se ... more
DRAGON SPACE
Riding an asteroid: China's next space goal
Beijing (XNA) Mar 07, 2017
After sending a probe to Mars in 2020, China plans to explore three asteroids and land on one of them to conduct scientific research, according to a Chinese asteroid research expert. The "Chin ... more
INTERNET SPACE
Global Eagle to equip China-bound Boeing plane with Airconnect
Los Angeles CA (SPX) Mar 03, 2017
Global Eagle Entertainment has received a vendor Supplemental Type Certificate (vSTC) from the Civil Aviation Administration of China ("CAAC") to install GEE's Airconnect Global Satellite Connectivi ... more
NUKEWARS
US rebuffs China over N.Korea talks
United Nations, United States (AFP) March 8, 2017
The United States on Wednesday rebuffed China's appeal for talks with North Korea, saying leader Kim Jong-Un was behaving irrationally and that it was reassessing its approach to dealing with Pyongyang. ... more
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China launches experiment satellite "TK-1"
Jiuquan (XNA) Mar 07, 2017
China on Friday launched an experiment satellite, "TK-1", from northwestern Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center. The satellite, carried by the rocket "KT-2", blasted off from the launch center at ... more
WAR REPORT
Clashes empty out Myanmar town on China border
Yangon (AFP) March 8, 2017
Civilians abandoned a battle-scared town along Myanmar's border with China on Wednesday, saying they feared an imminent army crackdown in retaliation for a deadly raid by ethnic rebels. ... more
MISSILE DEFENSE
UN hopes for easing of tensions after Chinese anger over THAAD
United Nations, United States (AFP) March 7, 2017
The United Nations on Tuesday said it hoped for fresh efforts to reduce tensions on the Korean peninsula after China angrily responded to the US deployment of the THAAD missile-defence system in South Korea. ... more
NUKEWARS
China urges US-N.Korea deal to avert 'head-on collision'
Beijing (AFP) March 8, 2017
China on Wednesday called on North Korea to suspend its nuclear and missile activities in exchange for the US and South Korea halting military wargames, to prevent what it called a "head-on collision." ... more
DRAGON SPACE
China to launch space station core module in 2018
Beijing (XNA) Mar 03, 2017
China will launch a space station core module in 2018 as the first step in completing the country's first space outpost, according to a senior engineer with China Aerospace Science and Technology Co ... more
NUKEWARS
US fines China's ZTE $1.2 bn for violating Iran, N.Korea sanctions
Washington (AFP) March 7, 2017
The US government has slapped $1.2 billion in fines on Chinese telecom giant ZTE for violations of US export controls for selling goods to Iran and North Korea, officials announced Tuesday. ... more


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SUPERPOWERS
China defense budget rises at slowest pace in decades
Beijing (AFP) March 6, 2017
China's defence budget will rise seven percent to $151 billion this year, the slowest annual percentage increase since 1991 and roughly in line with decelerating economic growth, Bloomberg News reported Monday. ... more
NUKEWARS
Chinese protest against South Korea's Lotte
Beijing (AFP) March 5, 2017
Dozens of people holding Chairman Mao posters protested in China's Jilin province on Sunday, calling for a boycott of South Korean goods as part of a backlash against the country's Lotte Group. ... more
EARLY EARTH
Ancient southern China fish may have evolved prior to the 'Age of Fish'
Washington DC (SPX) Mar 09, 2017
An ancient fish species with unusual scales and teeth from the Kuanti Formation in southern China may have evolved prior to the "Age of Fish", according to a study published March 8, 2017 in the ope ... more
WATER WORLD
Massive Hong Kong shark fin seizure as ban flouted
Hong Kong (AFP) March 7, 2017
Hong Kong authorities have seized more than a tonne of shark fins as activists warn traders are sneaking the sought-after delicacy into the city by mislabelling shipments to get around bans by major transporters. ... more

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Riding an asteroid: China's next space goal
Beijing (XNA) Mar 07, 2017
After sending a probe to Mars in 2020, China plans to explore three asteroids and land on one of them to conduct scientific research, according to a Chinese asteroid research expert. The "China's Space Activities in 2016" white paper, issued by the Information Office of the State Council recently, also mentioned asteroid exploration in outlining the major tasks of the country's space indus ... more
Beijing (XNA) Mar 07, 2017
China's 1st cargo spacecraft to make three rendezvous with Tiangong-2
Beijing (Sputnik) Mar 09, 2017
China Plans to Launch 1st Probe to Mars in Summer 2020
Jiuquan (XNA) Mar 07, 2017
China launches experiment satellite "TK-1"
Britain owes EU two billion euros after China import fraud: probe
Brussels (AFP) March 8, 2017
Britain owes the European Union budget two billion euros after turning a blind eye to a major scam by Chinese importers, the EU's fraud office said on Wednesday. "We recommended that the European Commission recovers the money from the United Kingdom," the EU's anti-fraud office OLAF said in an email to AFP, confirming a report by Politico. OLAF accuses Britain of ignoring rampant use of ... more
Washington (AFP) March 6, 2017
White House's Navarro: trade deficit threat to national security
Beijing (AFP) March 8, 2017
China imports surge almost 40% on-year in February
Paris (AFP) March 7, 2017
Navy, shiny leather and suits: the big Paris fashion week trends
Property and credit booms stablise China growth
Beijing (AFP) Oct 19, 2016
Chinese growth stabilised in the third quarter, data showed Wednesday, as ample credit and hot property markets propped up the world's second-largest economy. But while the forecast-beating reading was in line with state targets, it came as experts warned that authorities have relied too much on easy credit, which has in turn increased financial risks. The economy grew 6.7 percent in Jul ... more
New York (AFP) Oct 14, 2016
China data and US banks propel equities higher
Beijing (AFP) Oct 11, 2016
No debt-for-equity cure for zombie firms, says China
Beijing (AFP) Oct 13, 2016
China's ranks of super-rich rise despite economic slowdown
'Disloyal' Polish rival to Tusk loses EU party job
Brussels (AFP) March 6, 2017
The EU Parliament's biggest party Monday stripped Poland's last-minute candidate to replace Donald Tusk of a senior post, saying it regretted his "disloyalty" for standing against the European Council head. The centre-right European People's Party (EPP) said it had sacked Jacek Saryusz-Wolski as vice-president after Warsaw nominated him to succeed Tusk at an EU summit later this week. Po ... more
Moscow (AFP) March 7, 2017
Putin pardons woman jailed over 'treasonous' text message
Beijing (AFP) March 6, 2017
China defense budget rises at slowest pace in decades
Ottawa (AFP) March 6, 2017
Canada extends Ukraine troop training mission to 2019
UN nuclear chief set for third term
Vienna (AFP) March 8, 2017
The board of the UN atomic watchdog, which tracks Iran's compliance with the 2015 nuclear deal, Wednesday backed Yukiya Amano to serve a third term as director general, the board's chairman said. The appointment for four more years still has to be approved by all members of the International Atomic Energy Agency's in September but this is seen as a formality. Amano, 69, a veteran Japanes ... more
Paris, France (SPX) Mar 09, 2017
Completion of dismantling of nuclear facilities at the Cadarache MOX plant
Brussels (AFP) March 6, 2017
EU approves Hungary's Kremlin-backed nuclear plant
Paris (AFP) March 1, 2017
Areva narrows losses in 2016
Tech sector scrambles after CIA hacking allegations
Washington (AFP) March 8, 2017
The tech sector was scrambling to understand the implications of an alleged broad CIA hacking arsenal, capable of spying on phones and other connected devices. Major tech firms said Wednesday they were looking at the allegations raised in the documents released by WikiLeaks on Tuesday. "While our initial analysis indicates that many of the issues leaked today were already patched in the ... more
Tarragona, Spain (SPX) Mar 07, 2017
The Darknet protects itself by being more robust against attacks
Beijing (AFP) March 2, 2017
Beijing pushes 'China solution' for governing web
Pullman WA (SPX) Mar 01, 2017
WSU mathematician breaks down how to defend against quantum computing attacks
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UN nuclear chief set for third term
Vienna (AFP) March 8, 2017
The board of the UN atomic watchdog, which tracks Iran's compliance with the 2015 nuclear deal, Wednesday backed Yukiya Amano to serve a third term as director general, the board's chairman said. The appointment for four more years still has to be approved by all members of the International Atomic Energy Agency's in September but this is seen as a formality. Amano, 69, a veteran Japanes ... more
Paris, France (SPX) Mar 09, 2017
Completion of dismantling of nuclear facilities at the Cadarache MOX plant
Brussels (AFP) March 6, 2017
EU approves Hungary's Kremlin-backed nuclear plant
Paris (AFP) March 1, 2017
Areva narrows losses in 2016
Wind energy gaining traction, U.S. trade group says
Washington DC (UPI) Mar 07, 2017
Wind energy in the United States is making a case for itself as a cheap source of energy that steers revenue to rural America, an industry trade group said. Federal data show five state - Iowa, Kansas, Oklahoma, North Dakota and South Dakota - each sourced more than 20 percent of their electricity from wind power last year to lead the nation. "Wind is now cheaply and reliably s ... more
Paris (UPI) Mar 06, 2017
French, Spanish companies set for more wind power off coast of France
Essen, Germany (UPI) Mar 3, 2017
German company to store US wind energy in batteries in Texas
Washington DC (SPX) Mar 01, 2017
Breakthrough research for testing and arranging vertical axis wind turbines
King County Metro signs Urban Solar on for rare 10 year contract
Seattle WA (SPX) Mar 07, 2017
In an unprecedented move, King County Metro (Metro) granted Urban Solar a decade-long contract to provide solar LED lighting solutions for its transit shelters and stops. The relationship began in 2011 when Metro signed Urban Solar on for a five-year contract for its PV-Shelter solar systems. Urban Solar was able to transform Metro's flat shelter roof solar lighting systems and implement a ... more
Baton Rouge LA (SPX) Mar 09, 2017
New study shines light on photosynthesis
Montreal, Canada (SPX) Mar 09, 2017
Gaz Metro Acquires Standard Solar
Bloomington IN (SPX) Mar 09, 2017
Chemists create molecular 'leaf' that collects and stores solar power without solar panels
Russia to arm Antey nuclear subs with Kalibr missiles
Moscow (UPI) Mar 07, 2017
Russian Project 949A Antey submarines will be armed with Kalibr missile systems following an upgrade project, according to state media reports. The vessels, also known by their NATO reporting names Oscar I and Oscar II, are currently armed with P-700 Granit cruise missiles in addition to various anti-ship and anti-submarine weapons. The Kremlin's plans to improve the Soviet-era ships we ... more
Beijing (AFP) March 8, 2017
China urges US-N.Korea deal to avert 'head-on collision'
Seoul (AFP) March 8, 2017
N. Korea goes 'my way' with missiles and murder row
Washington (AFP) March 6, 2017
Pentagon blasts 'unprofessional' Iranian navy
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European Defense Agency completes artillery accuracy project
Brussels (UPI) Mar 06, 2017
The European Defense Agency recently completed the Course Correction Fuze project, an effort aimed at improving the accuracy for artillery munitions. The Course Correcting Fuze, or CCF, is designed to provide near-precision capabilities for conventional munitions by placing fins in the fuze body. Researchers say this approach can be used along with GPS technologies to make strikes with ... more
Archbald, Pa. (UPI) Mar 2, 2017
Lockheed Martin introduces Paragon direct attack bomb
Dulles, Va. (UPI) Feb 27, 2017
Orbital ATK production of artillery shell guidance kits tops 10,000
Linkoping, Sweden (UPI) Mar 2, 2017
Unidentified country orders Saab target vehicle system
Trump to press Congress for defense spending boost
Washington (AFP) Feb 28, 2017
President Donald Trump will address Congress for the first time on Tuesday, selling his policies and laying out the case for a $54 billion boost in military spending and cuts in domestic programs and foreign aid. Previewing measures designed to back up campaign promises with dollars and cents, Trump promised a fiscal plan focused on "public safety and national security." "We are going to ... more
London (AFP) Feb 23, 2017
BAE Systems eyes defence spending by Trump
Abu Dhabi (AFP) Feb 23, 2017
UAE signs over $5 bln in deals at arms fair
Abu Dhabi (AFP) Feb 19, 2017
Pentagon chief says military running smoothly amid turbulent transition
DARPA robotic servicing program has become stalled
Bethesda MD (SPX) Mar 07, 2017
DARPA has been developing a program that will leverage successes in space robotics in order to accelerate in-orbit servicing of satellites. Of particular interest are the satellites that populate the geosynchronous orbit at about 36,000 km above Earth. There are hundreds of these vehicles that operate as military, civil and commercial satellite assets. However, once launched, there is no w ... more
Providence RI (SPX) Mar 07, 2017
Robot uses social feedback to fetch objects intelligently
Washington (UPI) Mar 2, 2017
Switzerland taps Kongsberg for Protector weapon system
Sendai, Japan (SPX) Mar 03, 2017
Shape-shifting molecular robots respond to DNA signals
Environmental risks kill 1.7mn kids under 5 a year: WHO
Geneva (AFP) March 6, 2017
More than one in four deaths in children under five are linked to polluted environments, according to two new World Health Organization reports published Monday. Each year, environmental risks such as indoor and outdoor pollution, second-hand smoke, unsafe water and poor sanitation kill around 1.7 million children between the ages of one month and five years, the reports found. Harmful e ... more
Paris (AFP) March 3, 2017
City noise linked to hearing loss: study
Dhaka (AFP) March 6, 2017
Bangladesh orders shutdown of city tanneries
Karachi (AFP) March 5, 2017
Pakistan's financial capital Karachi turned 'into rubbish bin'
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Protests in Taiwan as island marks 70 years since massacre
Taipei (AFP) Feb 28, 2017
Hundreds of protesters rallied in Taiwan on Tuesday to mark the 70th anniversary of a massacre by nationalist Chinese troops, calling for justice as the island's leader vowed to investigate the killings. The 1947 massacre, also known as the "228 Incident", was a crackdown on island-wide riots that began on February 28 after an inspector beat a woman selling untaxed cigarettes in Taipei. ... more
Taipei (AFP) Feb 18, 2017
Taiwan protests over Spain deportations to China
Taipei (AFP) Jan 25, 2017
Taiwan economy rallies thanks to electronics demand
Washington (AFP) Jan 21, 2017
Taiwan envoy hails US ties after Trump inauguration
Iraqi Kurds, PKK fight proxy battle in north Iraq
Sulaimaniyah, Iraq (AFP) March 3, 2017
Iraq's main Kurdish party and a Turkish rebel group fought a proxy battle Friday in the country's north, officials said, a conflict combining political rivalry and disagreement over territorial control. Syrians Kurds tied to the Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) clashed with members of Iraq's Yazidi minority affiliated with Turkey's Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK), which has a long-running pre ... more
Beijing (AFP) March 1, 2017
Bloody Islamic State video puts China in cross-hairs
Peshawar, Pakistan (AFP) March 2, 2017
US drone kills two on motorbike in Pakistan: officials
Kunduz, Afghanistan (AFP) Feb 27, 2017
Air strike kills key Afghan Taliban commander


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