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October 17, 2017
SUPERPOWERS
China's Xi caught between Kim nukes, Trump tweets



Beijing (AFP) Oct 16, 2017
As Chinese leader Xi Jinping prepares to embark on a second five-year term this week, the impulsive leaders of North Korea and the United States could spoil his party. The stability-obsessed Chinese Communist Party has left nothing to chance, ramping up security in Beijing ahead of Wednesday's opening of a congress to re-anoint Xi as general secretary. Beyond China's borders, Xi has less control. There, he is at the mercy of two unpredictable men, US President Donald Trump and North Korean s ... read more

SUPERPOWERS
India, Russia to hold first 'tri-service' war games
New Delhi (AFP) Oct 16, 2017
India and Russia will hold large-scale military exercises engaging their armies, navies and air forces for the first time, the defence ministry in New Delhi said Monday. ... more
SPACEMART
Turkey, Russia to Enhance Cooperation in the Field of Space Technologies
Moscow (Sputnik) Oct 10, 2017
Turkey is set to develop its space agency following the passing of a draft law by the Turkish Parliament. According to some experts, Turkey will collaborate with Russia, China and India in order to ... more
SINO DAILY
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. ... more
SINO DAILY
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
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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
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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
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
Jailed Hong Kong activist Wong found guilty of contempt of court
Hong Kong (AFP) Oct 13, 2017
Jailed Hong Kong activist Joshua Wong spent his 21st birthday in court Friday where he was found guilty of contempt for obstructing the clearance of a major encampment during the city's 2014 mass Umbrella rallies. ... 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
SINO DAILY
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
ROBO SPACE
Emma the robot masseuse gets to work in Singapore
Singapore (AFP) Oct 13, 2017
A robot masseuse named Emma is offering Singaporeans high-tech back rubs with a gigantic metal arm and warm silicone tips which its creators say perfectly mimic the human touch. ... more
TRADE WARS
S. Korea, China renew $56 bn currency swap deal despite diplomatic tensions
Seoul (AFP) Oct 13, 2017
South Korea and China have renewed a $56 billion currency swap deal, Seoul said Friday, despite tensions over the controversial deployment of a US anti-missile system in the South. ... 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
US inflation jumps in the wake of Hurricane Harvey
Washington (AFP) Oct 13, 2017
Soaring fuel prices drove US inflation to an eight-month high in September, with the cost of gasoline hitting an eight-year record, the Labor Department reported Thursday. The spike in gasoline costs was likely tied to Hurricane Harvey, which idled much of US energy production in late August and created shortages, officials said. Otherwise, US price pressures remained tame, suggesting th ... more
Washington (UPI) Oct 13, 2017
Energy-hungry China takes step to buffer against economic shocks
Beijing (AFP) Oct 13, 2017
China's imports from North Korea fall as trade with world surges
Seoul (AFP) Oct 13, 2017
S. Korea, China renew $56 bn currency swap deal despite diplomatic tensions
India, Russia to hold first 'tri-service' war games
New Delhi (AFP) Oct 16, 2017
India and Russia will hold large-scale military exercises engaging their armies, navies and air forces for the first time, the defence ministry in New Delhi said Monday. The two countries have held annual naval exercises since 2003 but this is the first occasion that both will combine all military services. They come on the back of regional tensions, with New Delhi and China ending a mon ... more
Beijing (AFP) Oct 16, 2017
China's Xi caught between Kim nukes, Trump tweets
Washington (AFP) Oct 15, 2017
Trump puts America first, but more and more alone
Vilnius (AFP) Oct 11, 2017
Lithuania hikes defence budget to meet NATO target
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
Paris (AFP) Oct 10, 2017
French, Belgian nuke plants vulnerable to attack: Greenpeace
Winston Salem NC (SPX) Oct 09, 2017
New 'molecular trap' cleans more radioactive waste from nuclear fuel rods
Engility to help protect DOD technology networks
Washington (UPI) Oct 10, 2017
The U.S. Department of Defense has contracted Engility Holdings to help safeguard acquisition programs and technologies from foreign exploitation. Engility Holdings said the contract to support the Pentagon's Damage Assessment Management Office and Joint Acquisition Protection and Exploitation Cell is worth $28 million. It is for one base year and has four option years. "Protecti ... more
Washington (UPI) Oct 10, 2017
Aircraft cyber-defense capabilities on BAE drawing board
Washington (AFP) Oct 10, 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
Paris (AFP) Oct 10, 2017
French, Belgian nuke plants vulnerable to attack: Greenpeace
Winston Salem NC (SPX) Oct 09, 2017
New 'molecular trap' cleans more radioactive waste from nuclear fuel rods
Huge energy potential in open ocean wind farms in the North Atlantic
Washington DC (SPX) Oct 10, 2017
There is considerable opportunity for generating wind power in the open ocean, particularly the North Atlantic, according to new research from Carnegie's Anna Possner and Ken Caldeira. Their work is published by Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Because wind speeds are higher on average over ocean than over land, wind turbines in the open ocean could in theory intercept more ... more
Stockholm, Sweden (SPX) Oct 10, 2017
OX2 hands over Ajos wind farm to IKEA Finland
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
Futuristic solar-powered Dutch family car hailed 'the future'
Adelaide, Australia (AFP) Oct 15, 2017
A futuristic Dutch family car that not only uses the sun as power but supplies energy back to the grid was hailed as "the future" Sunday as the World Solar Challenge wrapped up. The innovative bi-annual contest, first run in 1987, began in Darwin a week ago with 41 vehicles setting off on a 3,000-kilometre (1,860-mile) trip through the heart of Australia to Adelaide. Dutch car "Nuna 9" w ... more
Ituxi Extractive Reserve, Brazil (AFP) Oct 11, 2017
Solar panels shine in darkest Amazon, the 'last frontier'
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
EU ministers close ranks to support Iran deal
Luxembourg (AFP) Oct 16, 2017
The EU is to dispatch its chief diplomat Federica Mogherini to Washington next month to fight for the Iran nuclear deal after US President Donald Trump threatened to tear it up. EU foreign ministers meeting in Luxembourg on Monday joined a chorus of international support for the landmark 2015 accord, warning that Trump's hardline stance jeopardised efforts to find a peaceful solution to the ... more
United Nations, United States (AFP) Oct 16, 2017
North Korea tells UN will not negotiate with a 'hostile' US
Washington (AFP) Oct 15, 2017
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Geneva (AFP) Oct 13, 2017
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Israeli artillery shells becoming precision guided weapons
Washington (UPI) Oct 9, 2017
Israel Aerospace Industries is to further develop, produce and supply the Israeli Army with course correction artillery fuzes, the company announced on Monday. The work comes under a tender issued by the Israeli Ministry of Defense's Directorate of Defense Research and Development. Its financial value was not disclosed. "Following years of challenging technological development ef ... more
Washington (UPI) Oct 4, 2017
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Washington (UPI) Oct 3, 2017
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Whistleblower protection bill sent to President as complaints of retaliation grow
Washington (UPI) Oct 13, 2017
In a rare occurrence amid the polarized Congressional body, a bill aimed at strengthening protection for government whistleblowers passed with overwhelming bipartisan support Thursday as retaliation cases continue to be problematic across the federal government. Senate bill 585, the Dr. Chris Kirkpatrick Whistleblower Protection Act of 2017, which was introduced by Sen. Ron Johnson, R-W ... more
London (AFP) Oct 10, 2017
UK defence giant BAE Systems to axe almost 2,000 jobs
Washington (UPI) Oct 3, 2017
Leonardo opens new site in Australia
Washington (UPI) Oct 4, 2017
Australia to upgrade submarines, frigates
Emma the robot masseuse gets to work in Singapore
Singapore (AFP) Oct 13, 2017
A robot masseuse named Emma is offering Singaporeans high-tech back rubs with a gigantic metal arm and warm silicone tips which its creators say perfectly mimic the human touch. The robot, the brainchild of local startup AiTreat, began work at a clinic in the city-state this week and performs "tui na", a type of massage practised in traditional Chinese medicine. Emma, which stands for Ex ... more
Miami (AFP) Oct 5, 2017
US spacewalkers repair aging ISS robotic arm
Raleigh NC (SPX) Oct 09, 2017
Sensitivity to time improves performance at remotely controlling devices
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Mattel scraps plan for digital assistant for kids
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
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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
Baghdad accuses Kurds of 'declaration of war'
Baghdad (AFP) Oct 15, 2017
Baghdad said Sunday that foreign Kurdish forces were present in the province of Kirkuk in what amounted to a "declaration of war", dramatically raising the stakes in its dispute with Iraq's Kurds. Kurdish officials denied Baghdad's claim that forces from Turkey's outlawed Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) were among its peshmerga fighters in an armed standoff with Iraqi troops in the oil-rich p ... more
Kirkuk, Iraq (AFP) Oct 16, 2017
Iraqi forces seize Kirkuk governor's office in push against Kurds
Kirkuk, Iraq (AFP) Oct 16, 2017
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