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October 16, 2017
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Xi to tighten clutch on power at Communist conclave



Beijing (AFP) Oct 15, 2017
Chinese leader Xi Jinping is expected to tighten his grip on power at a Communist Party conclave this week, cementing his stature as the country's most dominant ruler in decades. The five-yearly congress, which opens Wednesday, will give Xi an opportunity to enhance his control over the world's second largest economy by stacking the halls of power with loyalists. The 64-year-old supremo will undoubtedly be granted the customary second term as general secretary of the Communist Party, but analyst ... read more

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Mao or never: In Xi's China, a village clings to past
Nanjie , China (AFP) Oct 13, 2017
Disneyland has "Main Street, USA", a monorail and Mickey Mouse. China's Nanjie village has "East is Red Square", red trams and Mao Zedong. ... more
SINO DAILY
China's People's Daily launches English app in soft power push
Beijing (AFP) Oct 15, 2017
The People's Daily, the mouthpiece of China's ruling Communist Party, launched an English-language mobile application on Sunday in what it called a "strategic step" to strengthen Beijing's influence internationally. ... more
SINO DAILY
Five things to know about China's Communist congress
Beijing (AFP) Oct 15, 2017
China's Communist Party opens its 19th National Congress on Wednesday, a twice-a-decade political meeting to reshuffle leadership positions. ... more
TAIWAN NEWS
Taiwan president to visit Pacific allies amid China pressure
Taipei (AFP) Oct 13, 2017
Taiwan president Tsai Ing-wen will visit three Pacific nations in the next month, the foreign ministry said Friday, as fears grow of China influencing its dwindling list of allies. ... more
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China protests to US over sail-by in disputed waters
Beijing (AFP) Oct 11, 2017
China said Wednesday it has lodged a protest with the United States after an American warship sailed near disputed islands in the South China Sea. ... more
EARTH OBSERVATION
China launches remote sensing satellite for Venezuela
Beijing (XNA) Oct 10, 2017
China launched Venezuela's remote sensing satellite, VRSS-2, into a preset orbit from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center in northwest China's Gobi desert at 12:13 on Monday. The VRSS-2 was th ... more
AEROSPACE
F-35 stealth fighter data stolen in Australia defence hack
Sydney (AFP) Oct 12, 2017
Sensitive data about Australia's F-35 stealth fighter and P-8 surveillance aircraft programmes were stolen when a defence subcontractor was hacked using a tool widely used by Chinese cyber criminals, officials said Thursday. ... more
SINO DAILY
Model village shows cracks in Xi's fight to end China poverty
Lankao, China (AFP) Oct 12, 2017
When President Xi Jinping last came to central China's Lankao county, it was famous for two things: poverty and the government official who reputedly died trying to end it. ... more
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British human rights activist barred from entering Hong Kong
Hong Kong (AFP) Oct 11, 2017
A British human rights activist who has criticised the jailing of democracy campaigners in Hong Kong was barred Wednesday from visiting the semi-autonomous Chinese city. ... more
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More security, less soccer, for China Communist Congress
Beijing (AFP) Oct 11, 2017
Nightclubs have been raided, TV dramas targeted by censors and football matches postponed - China is tightening security and discipline to ensure a landmark Communist Party meeting passes off flawlessly. ... more


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FARM NEWS
Sustainable irrigation may harm other development goals
Washington DC (SPX) Oct 10, 2017
Pursuing sustainable irrigation without significant irrigation efficiency gains could negatively impact environmental and development goals in many areas of the world, a new study has found. O ... more
WEATHER REPORT
Twenty-three killed in China rainstorms: ministry
Beijing (AFP) Oct 9, 2017
Twenty-three people have been killed as rainstorms battered China over the past week, destroying more than 5,200 homes and forcing the evacuation of nearly 34,000 people, authorities said Monday. ... more
TRADE WARS
With a gilded cage visible from Trump Tower, Ai Weiwei honors pro-migrant New York
New York (AFP) Oct 11, 2017
He has worked his way through refugee camps, capturing the stories of migrants across the world. Now celebrated Chinese artist Ai Weiwei has brought the fruits of his labor to New York, scattering over 300 works across the metropolis. ... more
TRADE WARS
IMF raises China growth forecast for 2017 to 6.8 pct
Beijing (AFP) Oct 10, 2017
The International Monetary Fund raised its growth forecast for China on Tuesday but again warned of risks stemming from the build-up of debt in the world's second largest economy. ... more



China launches three satellites
Beijing (XNA) Oct 02, 2017
China launched three remote sensing satellites Friday on a Long March-2C rocket from Xichang Satellite Launch Center in southwest China's Sichuan Province. The Yaogan-30 01 satellites will conduct electromagnetic probes and other experiments. The launch is the 251st flight mission of the Long March rocket family. span class="BDL">Source: a href="http://news.xinhuanet.com">Xin ... more
Beijing (XNA) Oct 02, 2017
Mars probe to carry 13 types of payload on 2020 mission
Adelaide, Australia (XNA) Oct 03, 2017
UN official commends China's role in space cooperation
Beijing (XNA) Sep 22, 2017
China's cargo spacecraft separates from Tiangong-2 space lab
Russia marks win in bitcoin suspect tussle with US
Thessaloniki, Greece (AFP) Oct 11, 2017
A tug-of-war between the US and Russia over the extradition of a Russian national suspected of bitcoin-related fraud went into a new round on Wednesday when a Greek court backed Russia's claim. Alexander Vinnik, who headed BTC-e, an exchange he operated for the cyber currency, was indicted by a US court in July on 21 charges ranging from identity theft and facilitating drug trafficking to mo ... more
Shanghai (AFP) Oct 12, 2017
Evergrande boss is wealthiest as China's rich get richer
Washington (AFP) Oct 11, 2017
US, Turkish military relations good amid diplo spat: Mattis
New York (AFP) Oct 11, 2017
With a gilded cage visible from Trump Tower, Ai Weiwei honors pro-migrant New York
Lithuania hikes defence budget to meet NATO target
Vilnius (AFP) Oct 11, 2017
Lithuania said Wednesday it would raise its defence spending to 2 percent of gross domestic product (GDP) next year to meet a NATO target amid security concerns over neighbouring Russia. The government of the Baltic state formally endorsed a rise from the current 1.8 percent of GDP to 2.006 percent for 2018. "In the light of the current global security situation, it is important that eac ... more
Moscow (AFP) Oct 12, 2017
Moscow accuses US of 'quietly' adding troops in Eastern Europe
Brussels (AFP) Oct 11, 2017
Ex-NATO chief urges allies to boost help for Ukraine
Washington (AFP) Oct 15, 2017
Trump puts America first, but more and more alone
Greenpeace fireworks shine light on French nuclear safety concerns
Metz, France (AFP) Oct 12, 2017
Greenpeace activists set off fireworks inside a nuclear plant in eastern France early Thursday after breaking into the facility to underline its vulnerability to attack. The anti-nuclear group, known for its daring and often spectacular publicity stunts, said the fireworks were set off at the foot of a spent fuel pool - where nuclear plants store highly radioactive fuel rods that are remove ... more
Tokyo (AFP) Oct 10, 2017
Japan government, TEPCO liable for Fukushima crisis: court
Winston Salem NC (SPX) Oct 09, 2017
New 'molecular trap' cleans more radioactive waste from nuclear fuel rods
Paris (AFP) Oct 10, 2017
French, Belgian nuke plants vulnerable to attack: Greenpeace
Hacking the election: security flaws need fixing, researchers say
Washington (AFP) Oct 10, 2017
Hackers could have easily infiltrated US voting machines in 2016 and are likely to try again in light of vulnerabilities in electronic polling systems, a group of researchers said Tuesday. A report with detailed findings from a July hacker conference which demonstrated how voting machines could be manipulated concluded that numerous vulnerabilities exist, posing a national security threat. ... more
Washington (UPI) Oct 10, 2017
Engility to help protect DOD technology networks
Washington (UPI) Oct 10, 2017
Aircraft cyber-defense capabilities on BAE drawing board
Washington (AFP) Oct 2, 2017
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Greenpeace fireworks shine light on French nuclear safety concerns
Metz, France (AFP) Oct 12, 2017
Greenpeace activists set off fireworks inside a nuclear plant in eastern France early Thursday after breaking into the facility to underline its vulnerability to attack. The anti-nuclear group, known for its daring and often spectacular publicity stunts, said the fireworks were set off at the foot of a spent fuel pool - where nuclear plants store highly radioactive fuel rods that are remove ... more
Tokyo (AFP) Oct 10, 2017
Japan government, TEPCO liable for Fukushima crisis: court
Winston Salem NC (SPX) Oct 09, 2017
New 'molecular trap' cleans more radioactive waste from nuclear fuel rods
Paris (AFP) Oct 10, 2017
French, Belgian nuke plants vulnerable to attack: Greenpeace
OX2 hands over Ajos wind farm to IKEA Finland
Stockholm, Sweden (SPX) Oct 10, 2017
In December 2015, IKEA Finland signed a purchase agreement with OX2 for 13 wind turbines in Kemi, northern Finland. All the terms of the agreement have now been met and IKEA Finland has taken ownership. "The renewal of the Kemi Ajos wind farm has been an important project for us on our path to gain energy independence. The IKEA vision is to create a better everyday life for the many people ... more
Washington DC (SPX) Oct 10, 2017
Huge energy potential in open ocean wind farms in the North Atlantic
Miami (AFP) Oct 9, 2017
Wind farms in Atlantic could power the world: study
Washington (UPI) Sep 22, 2017
Germany gets economic lift with wind energy
Solar panels shine in darkest Amazon, the 'last frontier'
Ituxi Extractive Reserve, Brazil (AFP) Oct 11, 2017
In the darkest reaches of Brazil's Amazon, solar panels are bringing light - and could help save the rainforest. Aurelio Souza is working to install solar panels in villages along the remote Purus and Ituxi rivers in the western Amazonas state. "The Amazon is the last big frontier for electricity in the country," says the consultant for a joint program of the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) a ... more
Washington (UPI) Oct 11, 2017
Total moves deeper into solar energy market
Adelaide, Australia (AFP) Oct 12, 2017
Flying Dutch win world solar car race in Australia
Washington (UPI) Oct 5, 2017
Statoil taps solar market in Brazil
Iranians mock 'ridiculous' Trump speech
Tehran (AFP) Oct 14, 2017
Iranians responded with anger and mockery on Saturday to the bellicose speech against their country by US President Donald Trump and his threats to tear up the landmark nuclear deal. "I was so angry last night," said Layla, 42, who runs an artisan shop in Tehran. "This person hates Iran so much that even if we don't support the ideas of the regime, we find ourselves supporting them and t ... more
Washington (AFP) Oct 15, 2017
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Geneva (AFP) Oct 13, 2017
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Australia seeks small diameter bombs from U.S.
Washington (UPI) Oct 3, 2017
Australia has received U.S. State Department approval to purchase GBU-53/B Small Diameter Bomb Increment II weapons from the United States. The possible sale of the bombs through the U.S. Foreign Military Sales program carries the estimated value of $815 million and was reported to Congress by the Defense Security Cooperation Agency. "The proposed sale of SDB II supports and comp ... more
Washington (UPI) Oct 9, 2017
Israeli artillery shells becoming precision guided weapons
Washington (UPI) Oct 4, 2017
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Greenbelt, MD (SPX) Oct 06, 2017
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UK defence giant BAE Systems to axe almost 2,000 jobs
London (AFP) Oct 10, 2017
British military equipment maker BAE Systems said Tuesday it plans to cut almost 2,000 jobs, mainly owing to weaker demand for Hawk and Eurofighter Typhoon fighter jets. There will be cutbacks in BAE's military, maritime and intelligence services divisions under moves to streamline the group overall. "To ensure production continuity at competitive costs... and based on the profile of cu ... more
Washington (UPI) Oct 3, 2017
Leonardo opens new site in Australia
Washington (UPI) Oct 4, 2017
Australia to upgrade submarines, frigates
Washington (UPI) Oct 1, 2017
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US spacewalkers repair aging ISS robotic arm
Miami (AFP) Oct 5, 2017
Two NASA astronauts wrapped up a successful spacewalk Thursday to repair the International Space Station's aging robotic arm, the US space agency said. The outing by Americans Randy Bresnik and Mark Vande Hei ended at 3 pm (1900 GMT), marking a "very successful day," a NASA spokesman said. The spacewalk lasted six hours and 55 minutes, almost a half hour longer than planned because the p ... more
Raleigh NC (SPX) Oct 09, 2017
Sensitivity to time improves performance at remotely controlling devices
Washington (AFP) Oct 5, 2017
Mattel scraps plan for digital assistant for kids
Hong Kong (SPX) Oct 03, 2017
Servosila introduces Mobile Robots equipped with Software Defined Radio payloads
Air pollution kills over 500,000 Europeans a year: report
Copenhagen (AFP) Oct 11, 2017
Air pollution causes more than 500,000 premature deaths across Europe each year despite "slowly" improving air quality on the continent, the EU's environment authority said Wednesday. Although data from the Copenhagen-based European Environment Agency (EEA) reveals some encouraging signs, in large part the result of new technologies, air pollution remains the leading environmental cause of ... more
Washington (UPI) Oct 11, 2017
Scientists trace path of inland plastic pollution from rivers to oceanw/ll
Tipitapa, Nicaragua (AFP) Oct 5, 2017
Polluted lake is poor Nicaraguans' lifeline
Tokyo (AFP) Oct 4, 2017
Olympics: Tokyo 2020 water venue polluted
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Taiwan president to visit Pacific allies amid China pressure
Taipei (AFP) Oct 13, 2017
Taiwan president Tsai Ing-wen will visit three Pacific nations in the next month, the foreign ministry said Friday, as fears grow of China influencing its dwindling list of allies. It comes after Panama cut official ties with Taiwan in June, choosing instead to form diplomatic relations with China - leaving the island with only 20 nations worldwide that recognise it as a country. Beijin ... more
Taipei (AFP) Oct 10, 2017
Taiwan to bolster military but still seeks peace: president
Taipei (AFP) Sept 19, 2017
Fishermen 'kept like slaves' in Taiwan
Taipei (AFP) Sept 15, 2017
Taiwan jails Chinese grad student for recruiting spies
Clashes between Iraqi, Kurdish troops close to Kirkuk city
Kirkuk, Iraq (AFP) Oct 16, 2017
Iraqi and Kurdish forces exchanged artillery fire early Monday south of the city of Kirkuk, after central government forces began a "major operation" to take control of a Kurdish military base and oil fields. Shortly before, state television announced that government troops had taken "large areas" of the province from Kurdish peshmerga fighters "without fighting", although military sources o ... more
Sulaimaniyah, Iraq (AFP) Oct 15, 2017
Iraq, Kurds in crisis talks over Kirkuk standoff
Arbil, Iraq (AFP) Oct 15, 2017
Iraqi Kurds deny PKK forces posted in Kirkuk
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