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October 25, 2017
SUPERPOWERS
Xi joins Mao in Communist constitution, tightening grip on China



Beijing (AFP) Oct 24, 2017
Xi Jinping was elevated to the pantheon of China's most powerful leaders Tuesday as his name was enshrined in the Communist Party constitution alongside Chairman Mao. The inclusion of Xi's eponymous guiding philosophy at the end of a week-long congress could set him on course for an indefinite term as China's paramount leader. He will now have an even stronger hand to lead the nation into a "new era" in which he envisions it becoming a global superpower with a world-class military by mid-century ... read more

SUPERPOWERS
China, ASEAN eyeing trust-building naval exercise: Singapore
Clark, Philippines (AFP) Oct 24, 2017
China and Southeast Asian nations may hold a joint naval exercise next year to help build trust, Singapore's defence minister said Tuesday, following years of acrimony over rival claims in the South China Sea. ... more
SINO DAILY
What is Xi thinking? China's leader makes the constitution
Beijing (AFP) Oct 24, 2017
China's most powerful leader in decades entered Communist Party folklore on Tuesday when cadres voted overwhelmingly to engrave the Xi Jinping way into their constitution. ... more
NUKEWARS
Abe aims at N. Korea after storming to 'super-majority' vote win
Tokyo (AFP) Oct 23, 2017
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe pledged Monday to work with the US, China and Russia to contain North Korea's nuclear threat with "strong, resolute diplomacy", as he "humbly" accepted his landslide victory in a snap election. ... more
DRAGON SPACE
Space will see Communist loyalty: Chinese astronaut
Beijing (XNA) Oct 23, 2017
Jing Haipeng, the first Chinese astronaut to go into space three times, has voiced his desire to go into space again as a further demonstration of his loyalty to the Communist Party of China (CPC). ... more
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SUPERPOWERS
India welcomes Tillerson call for deeper ties to counter China
New Delhi (AFP) Oct 20, 2017
India on Friday welcomed US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson's comments that Washington would rather work with New Delhi than Beijing over the next century, saying it shared his optimism about their burgeoning relationship. ... more
SINO DAILY
Fact or fiction? Doubts over China's 'rising nationalism'
Shanghai (AFP) Oct 20, 2017
The Shanghai site of the first Chinese Communist congress 96 years ago might be expected to draw admiring crowds as the party gathers in Beijing for its 19th such meeting. ... more
CYBER WARS
Is facial recognition the stuff of sci-fi? Not in China
Shanghai (AFP) Oct 18, 2017
From toilet-paper dispensers to fast-food restaurants, travel and crime-fighting, China is taking the lead in rolling out facial-recognition technology. ... more
SINO DAILY
Echoes of Mao: China Communist Party fawns over 'Xi thought'
Beijing (AFP) Oct 20, 2017
As the Chinese Communist Party gathers for its most defining congress in decades, a new catchphrase is echoing through Beijing's cavernous Great Hall of the People: Xi Jinping's "new era thought". ... more
SINO DAILY
Xi's eyes and ears in Beijing: Red-armband army of 'volunteers'
Beijing (AFP) Oct 22, 2017
While Chinese President Xi Jinping and his cohorts chart the nation's future at their leadership conclave in Beijing, his citizen army of red-armbanded foot soldiers are keeping an eye out for trouble outside. ... more
FARM NEWS
McDonald's profits jump on better sales, China deal
New York (AFP) Oct 24, 2017
McDonald's reported a jump in third-quarter profit Tuesday, boosted by better sales in key markets and a one-time infusion of funds from refranchising Chinese and Hong Kong restaurants. ... more


Brie trade agreement: China lifts soft cheese ban

EARLY EARTH
Fossils from the world's oldest trees reveal complex anatomy never seen before
Cardiff UK (SPX) Oct 24, 2017
The first trees to have ever grown on Earth were also the most complex, new research has revealed. Fossils from a 374-million-year-old tree found in north-west China have revealed an interconn ... more
SINO DAILY
China's Xi sets eyes on more power as congress closes
Beijing (AFP) Oct 23, 2017
China's leader Xi Jinping is set to emerge from the most defining Communist Party congress in decades with tighter control of the aspiring superpower when the gathering wraps up Tuesday. ... more
SINO DAILY
In Communist China, it's a man's world at the top
Beijing (AFP) Oct 23, 2017
When Xi Jinping warned against "pleasure seeking" in a stern message to the Communist Party congress last week, the audience included few women and some notable absentees - officials ousted by graft scandals involving illicit affairs. ... more
SINO DAILY
Beijing garment industry resists Congress lockdown
Beijing (AFP) Oct 23, 2017
As China's Communist Party congress got under way, nervous garment factory owners were on high alert, running lookouts to evade inspectors as they continued to produce coats, jackets and button-down shirts in defiance of official orders to close. ... more



Space will see Communist loyalty: Chinese astronaut
Beijing (XNA) Oct 23, 2017
Jing Haipeng, the first Chinese astronaut to go into space three times, has voiced his desire to go into space again as a further demonstration of his loyalty to the Communist Party of China (CPC). "I'm eager to go to space again, be a pioneer in the battle one more time," said the 51-year-old major general and delegate to the ongoing 19th National Congress of the CPC. "Let the vastn ... more
Beijing (XNA) Oct 02, 2017
China launches three satellites
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
Brie trade agreement: China lifts soft cheese ban
Beijing (AFP) Oct 23, 2017
Fans of soft cheeses in China have reason to celebrate after the country reversed a ban on mould-ripened cheeses, allowing imports of Camembert, Brie and Roquefort, European Union officials said Monday. From early September, businesses in the country were forbidden from importing cheeses made with certain moulds and bacteria. The ban was lifted following meetings last week between Europe ... more
Beijing (AFP) Oct 19, 2017
China's economic growth slows in Q3 but on course to beat target
Paris (AFP) Oct 18, 2017
Cognac craze in US, China prompts Hennessy expansion
Hong Kong (AFP) Oct 22, 2017
Cashing out: The end of Hong Kong's historic trading floor
NATO ill-prepared for a Russian attack: report
Berlin (AFP) Oct 20, 2017
NATO would be incapable of rebuffing an attack by Russia on its eastern flank, according to an internal report by the alliance cited Friday by German magazine Der Spiegel. The document, entitled "Progress Report on the Strengthened Deterrence and Defence Capability of the Alliance", identified significant deficiencies. "NATO's ability to logistically support rapid reinforcement in the st ... more
Beijing (AFP) Oct 24, 2017
Xi joins Mao in Communist constitution, tightening grip on China
Clark, Philippines (AFP) Oct 24, 2017
China, ASEAN eyeing trust-building naval exercise: Singapore
New Delhi (AFP) Oct 20, 2017
India welcomes Tillerson call for deeper ties to counter China
South Korea to push ahead with nuclear power plants
Seoul (AFP) Oct 20, 2017
South Korea on Friday decided to push ahead with the construction of two new nuclear reactors after months of heated debate over whether the country should start weaning itself off atomic energy. A state commission, based on a survey of 471 jurors selected across the country, recommended finishing construction of the Shin Kori-5 and Shin Kori-6 reactors near the southeastern city of Ulsan. ... more
Seoul, South Korea (SPX) Oct 20, 2017
AREVA NP awarded contract for safety upgrades in seven reactors
Daniken, Switzerland (SPX) Oct 20, 2017
AREVA NP installs a system allowing flexible electricity generation at Goesgen nuclear power plant
Paris (SPX) Oct 23, 2017
MATRIX pitched as a game changer for used fuel dry storage
NATO states open counter-espionage hub in Poland
Warsaw (AFP) Oct 19, 2017
NATO states opened a counter-espionage hub in Poland on Thursday aimed at expanding the alliance's intelligence-gathering capabilities amid tensions with Russia, a senior Polish official said. The new facility in the southern city of Krakow is focused on "developing the basic norms, principles and activities" for the spy agencies of NATO allies, Defence Minister Antoni Macierewicz said durin ... more
London (AFP) Oct 24, 2017
MP asks Facebook about Russian-linked ads in Brexit vote
Shanghai (AFP) Oct 18, 2017
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Beijing (AFP) Oct 18, 2017
Chinese social media block profile pic changes during congress
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South Korea to push ahead with nuclear power plants
Seoul (AFP) Oct 20, 2017
South Korea on Friday decided to push ahead with the construction of two new nuclear reactors after months of heated debate over whether the country should start weaning itself off atomic energy. A state commission, based on a survey of 471 jurors selected across the country, recommended finishing construction of the Shin Kori-5 and Shin Kori-6 reactors near the southeastern city of Ulsan. ... more
Seoul, South Korea (SPX) Oct 20, 2017
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Daniken, Switzerland (SPX) Oct 20, 2017
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Paris (SPX) Oct 23, 2017
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Construction to begin on $160 million Industry Leading Hybrid Renewable Energy Project
Canberra, Australia (SPX) Oct 20, 2017
Australia's international wind energy company Windlab Limited will begin construction of the innovative $160 million Kennedy Energy Park hybrid renewable energy project, after securing financing from the Clean Energy Finance Corporation and the Australian Renewable Energy Agency. The project is owned by Kennedy Energy Park Holdings Pty Ltd, a joint venture between Windlab and Eurus Energy Holdin ... more
Thuwal, Saudi Arabia (SPX) Oct 18, 2017
A kite that might fly
Washington (UPI) Oct 17, 2017
Scotland outreach to Canada yields wind energy investment
Edinburgh (AFP) Oct 18, 2017
First floating wind farm starts operation in Scotland
German utility sees potential in rooftop solar
Washington (UPI) Oct 24, 2017
A German wholesale retailer will get about 9 percent of its total electricity needs met through an agreement on rooftop solar installations, utility E.ON said. German utility E.ON said it was teaming up with wholesale and food retailer METRO Deutschland on a rooftop solar initiative. The utility company said it would install rooftop solar installations on 30 of METRO's wholesale centers ... more
Washington DC (SPX) Oct 23, 2017
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East Lansing MI (SPX) Oct 24, 2017
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Cayce SC (SPX) Oct 20, 2017
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Abe aims at N. Korea after storming to 'super-majority' vote win
Tokyo (AFP) Oct 23, 2017
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe pledged Monday to work with the US, China and Russia to contain North Korea's nuclear threat with "strong, resolute diplomacy", as he "humbly" accepted his landslide victory in a snap election. Fresh from clinching a two-thirds "super-majority" that enables the nationalist premier to realise his dream of revising Japan's pacifist constitution, Abe vowed t ... more
Baghdad (AFP) Oct 23, 2017
Iraq PM challenges Tillerson on Iran remarks
Clark, Philippines (AFP) Oct 24, 2017
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Seoul (AFP) Oct 19, 2017
N. Korea cloud has silver lining for South's armsmakers
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Automated Processes Drive Down Costs Increase Precision of Critical Military Containers
Los Angeles CA (SPX) Oct 25, 2017
When military equipment such as weapons, ammunition, ordinance, missiles, PCs, or radio/communication gear is shipped or stored, special containers must keep it secure, prevent damage, and ensure it is ready when needed, anywhere around the world. This often requires protection from shock, vibration, temperature, moisture, pressure, dust, or other environmental intrusions, which can compro ... more
Washington (UPI) Oct 20, 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
Robot wars: US smashes Japan in giant days-long duel
Tokyo (AFP) Oct 19, 2017
In scenes reminiscent of films like "Transformers", a giant US robot fighting machine swung a "chainsaw sword" to chop a Japanese opponent into submission in a battle watched by tens of thousands online. The two massive and heavily armed machines went claw-to-claw at an abandoned steel mill in Japan, firing cannons and smashing each other in a days-long duel. California-based firm MegaBo ... more
Laguna Beach, United States (AFP) Oct 17, 2017
Intel working with Facebook on chips for AI
Paris (AFP) Oct 18, 2017
Self-taught, 'superhuman' AI now even smarter: makers
Sussex UK (SPX) Oct 18, 2017
Liquid metal brings soft robotics a step closer
Nobel laureate wants global environment court
Tegucigalpa (AFP) Oct 24, 2017
Nobel Peace Prize laureate Tawakkul Karman proposed in Honduras on Tuesday the creation of a global tribunal to prosecute executives of multinational firms who damage the earth. Karman, of Yemen, made the suggestion in the Central American country that Amnesty International last year described - along with its neighbor Guatemala - as the most dangerous in the world for environmentalists. ... more
Washington (UPI) Oct 24, 2017
Levels of microplastics in the Baltic have remained constant for 30 years
New Delhi (AFP) Oct 24, 2017
India top court bans dirty fuel to fight Delhi's bad air
New Delhi (AFP) Oct 20, 2017
Delhi chokes on toxic haze despite Diwali fireworks ban
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China ready to 'defeat' Taiwan independence: Xi
Beijing (AFP) Oct 18, 2017
Chinese President Xi Jinping delivered a stern warning to Taiwan Wednesday, saying that Beijing has the will and power to thwart any attempts at independence. Addressing a twice-a-decade gathering of the Communist Party in Beijing, Xi warned that China has "the resolve, the confidence, and the ability to defeat separatist attempts for Taiwan independence in any form". "We will never allo ... more
Taipei (AFP) Oct 13, 2017
Taiwan president to visit Pacific allies amid China pressure
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
Kurd disarray highlights Iraq army's newfound prowess
Baghdad (AFP) Oct 20, 2017
The speed with which Iraqi troops this week overwhelmed Kurdish forces in oil-rich Kirkuk, days after ousting the Islamic State group, marks a radical change in the balance of power, analysts say. For 14 years since the US-led invasion, the Kurds had taken advantage of the weakness of the federal army to slowly chip away at territory they had long claimed outside their autonomous region in n ... more
Arbil, Iraq (AFP) Oct 24, 2017
Iraqi Kurd parliament delays elections for 8 months
Baghdad (AFP) Oct 23, 2017
Iraq's Barzani isolated by his drive for Kurdish independence
Altun Kupri, Iraq (AFP) Oct 20, 2017
Clashes as Iraq army takes last Kurd-held area of Kirkuk province
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