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December 04, 2017
NUKEWARS
North Korean coal piles up as Russian product sails away



Rason, North Korea (AFP) Dec 4, 2017
A three-metre-high metal fence topped with razor wire in a North Korean port marks the front line of the United Nations' ban on coal exports by Pyongyang. A mountain of North Korean coal - which would once have been bound for China - is piled up on one side of the barrier in Rajin harbour, stranded by the interdiction. On the very next dock, around two million tonnes of Russian coal has come in by train and been shipped on to China this year by Russian port operator RasonConTrans. Its acti ... read more

NUKEWARS
Wife of US academic held by Iran begs Trump for help
Beijing (AFP) Dec 1, 2017
The Chinese wife of a US academic serving a 10-year term in Iran on espionage charges pleaded for help from the White House Friday after Tehran issued fresh accusations against her husband. ... more
SUPERPOWERS
US battles for global push on N.Korea amid Russia, China doubts
Washington (AFP) Dec 1, 2017
The United States is battling to maintain international solidarity in the face of North Korea's nuclear threat after Russia warned that sanctions have failed and China side-stepped talk of an oil embargo. ... more
NUKEWARS
China reluctant to cut off oil to North Korea
Beijing (AFP) Nov 30, 2017
The United States has renewed pressure on China to stop crude oil shipments to North Korea to close a crucial economic lifeline to the regime following its latest missile threat. ... more
NUKEWARS
N. Korea trade sanctions bite on borders with China, Russia
Rason, North Korea (AFP) Nov 30, 2017
At the northeastern tip of North Korea, where the isolated, nuclear-armed country meets its giant neighbours China and Russia, United Nations sanctions on the regime over its weapons programmes are having an impact. ... more
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DEMOCRACY
Joshua Wong leads 'anti-authoritarian' march in Hong Kong
Hong Kong (AFP) Dec 3, 2017
Around 1,000 people marched through Hong Kong Sunday, led by some of the city's high-profile democracy campaigners including Joshua Wong, in what they billed an "anti-authoritarian" protest. ... more
ICE WORLD
Arctic, major fishing nations agree no fishing in Arctic, for now
Ottawa (AFP) Dec 1, 2017
Arctic and major fishing nations, including China, announced Friday that they have agreed to a moratorium on commercial fishing in Arctic waters before a fishery in the icy region is even feasible. ... more
FLORA AND FAUNA
China seizes 12 tonnes of endangered pangolin scales
Beijing (AFP) Nov 30, 2017
Nearly 12 tonnes of smuggled pangolin scales have been confiscated by Chinese officials - the country's largest-ever seizure of the endangered mammal's prized parts as it seeks to curb illegal trafficking. ... more
DISASTER MANAGEMENT
China, Myanmar hail close ties amid Rohingya outcry
Beijing (AFP) Dec 1, 2017
Chinese President Xi Jinping and Aung San Suu Kyi touted their nations' close ties on Friday as Myanmar's civilian leader, under fire over the Rohingya refugee crisis, visited Beijing on Friday. ... more
DISASTER MANAGEMENT
Beijing bans fireworks, evil spirits rejoice
Beijing (AFP) Dec 1, 2017
China may have invented fireworks but Beijing banned them from the capital Friday ahead of Lunar New Year celebrations, as authorities clamp down on potentially dangerous activities. ... more
FIRE STORM
Ten dead in northern China apartment fire
Beijing (AFP) Dec 1, 2017
Ten people were killed in a fire that broke out in a residential building in northern China Friday morning, local authorities said. ... more


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SINO DAILY
Tibetan monk self-immolates in China: campaigners
Beijing (AFP) Dec 1, 2017
A 63-year-old Tibetan monk has self-immolated in southwest China in protest against Beijing's presence in Tibet, campaigners said, the fifth person to do so this year. ... more
TRADE WARS
Trump administration rejects China's bid for market economy status
Washington (AFP) Dec 1, 2017
The Trump administration has confirmed it rejects China's bid to be considered a market economy in the World Trade Organization, making it subject to more onerous trade penalties. ... more
CAR TECH
GM recalling 1 million cars in China
Beijing (AFP) Dec 1, 2017
US auto giant General Motors and its partners in China will recall nearly one million vehicles over a fuel tank issue, a Chinese regulator said Friday. ... more
CAR TECH
Traffic-weary Chinese man fined for repainting road lines
Shanghai (AFP) Dec 1, 2017
A Chinese man fed up with sitting in traffic during his daily bus commute came up with a brazen way of solving the problem - repainting the lines on the road. ... more



Nation 'leads world' in remote sensing technology
Beijing (XNA) Nov 27, 2017
China is now the world leader in remote sensing technologies for scientific purposes and is able to provide an unprecedented amount of data to support research and development for the world, officials said on Tuesday. Remote sensing refers to aerial or satellite-based technologies to detect and measure objects on Earth's surface, atmosphere and oceans. On Tuesday, the Ministry of Sci ... more
Beijing (XNA) Nov 19, 2017
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Buy it with bitcoin in New York, but it's not cheap
New York (AFP) Dec 3, 2017
At Melt Bakery, a hole in the wall that sells ice cream sandwiches in New York's upscale Manhattan neighborhood, you can pay for your guilty pleasure in bitcoin. And while a few swipes of a mobile app are all it takes to fill your electronic wallet, the novelty, for now, comes at a hefty cost. Melt is one of several small stores in America's biggest city now accepting the bitcoins, haile ... more
Washington (AFP) Dec 1, 2017
Trump administration rejects China's bid for market economy status
Beijing (AFP) Nov 29, 2017
China warns of retaliation after fresh US trade probe
Beijing (AFP) Nov 30, 2017
China factory activity accelerates in November
Under Trump's shadow, Tillerson heads for Europe
Washington (AFP) Dec 3, 2017
US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson embarks this week on a diplomatic mission to shore up alliances in Europe and their defenses against Russian aggression and subversion. But as he prepares to set off Monday for Brussels, Vienna and Paris, his authority to speak for Washington has been called into question by a rift with President Donald Trump. Anonymous leaks from the White House sugg ... more
Washington (AFP) Dec 1, 2017
US battles for global push on N.Korea amid Russia, China doubts
Sydney (AFP) Dec 4, 2017
New Australia laws to deal with foreign political meddling
Kiev (AFP) Dec 1, 2017
Ukraine plans NATO, EU referendums in 'near future'
For Gabon's sickly uranium miners, a long quest for compensation
Mounana, Gabon (AFP) Nov 29, 2017
"We are all sick. It's our health, and we are being conned," Moise Massala says angrily. The 82-year-old is a retired geochemist who used to work in a uranium mine in Gabon owned by French nuclear giant Areva. He and hundreds of other former workers say they fell ill from their work to extract the uranium - a source of nuclear power and warheads, but toxic and potentially carcinogenic. ... more
Ostrovets, Belarus (AFP) Nov 26, 2017
Belarus nuclear power plant stirs fears in Lithuania
Charlotte NC (SPX) Nov 22, 2017
Lightbridge and AREVA NP Sign Agreements to Immediately Advance Fuel Development
London (AFP) Nov 22, 2017
UK made grave errors over Hinkley nuclear project: MPs
The ultimate defense against hackers may be just a few atoms thick
Brooklyn NY (SPX) Nov 30, 2017
The next generation of electronic hardware security may be at hand as researchers at New York University Tandon School of Engineering introduce a new class of unclonable cybersecurity security primitives made of a low-cost nanomaterial with the highest possible level of structural randomness. Randomness is highly desirable for constructing the security primitives that encrypt and thereby secure ... more
Durham NC (SPX) Nov 28, 2017
Quantum computers help create hack-proof forms of data encryption
Washington (AFP) Nov 27, 2017
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Shanghai (AFP) Nov 22, 2017
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For Gabon's sickly uranium miners, a long quest for compensation
Mounana, Gabon (AFP) Nov 29, 2017
"We are all sick. It's our health, and we are being conned," Moise Massala says angrily. The 82-year-old is a retired geochemist who used to work in a uranium mine in Gabon owned by French nuclear giant Areva. He and hundreds of other former workers say they fell ill from their work to extract the uranium - a source of nuclear power and warheads, but toxic and potentially carcinogenic. ... more
Ostrovets, Belarus (AFP) Nov 26, 2017
Belarus nuclear power plant stirs fears in Lithuania
Charlotte NC (SPX) Nov 22, 2017
Lightbridge and AREVA NP Sign Agreements to Immediately Advance Fuel Development
London (AFP) Nov 22, 2017
UK made grave errors over Hinkley nuclear project: MPs
U.S. wind turbines getting taller and more efficient
Washington (UPI) Nov 30, 2017
U.S. federal data show installed wind turbines are taller and more efficient than in the past, though hydroelectric power still holds a slight edge. The U.S. Energy Information Administration found that the average height and power generating capacity for wind turbines installed in the country are taller and more efficient that in years past. "Since 2012, the average height of wi ... more
Washington (UPI) Nov 22, 2017
New wind farm in service off the British coast
Washington (UPI) Nov 15, 2017
End tax credits for wind energy, Tennessee Republican says
Washington (UPI) Oct 26, 2017
New York sets high bar for wind energy
NREL develops switchable solar window
Golden CO (SPX) Nov 29, 2017
Thermochromic windows capable of converting sunlight into electricity at a high efficiency have been developed by scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL). Relying on such advanced materials as perovskites and single-walled carbon nanotubes, the new technology responds to heat by transforming from transparent to tinted. As the window darkens ... more
Zagtouli, Burkina Faso (AFP) Nov 29, 2017
Burkina, France launch W.Africa's biggest solar plant
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Gore Mountain ski resort completes massive solar farm
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Gold trader implicates Turkey's Erdogan in US Iran sanctions trial
New York (AFP) Dec 1, 2017
A Turkish-Iranian gold trader testifying at trial in New York on Thursday implicated Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in a multi-billion-dollar gold-for-oil scheme allegedly designed to subvert US sanctions on Iran. Reza Zarrab, 34, who was arrested in Miami in 2016 before agreeing to cooperate with US prosecutors, implied that Erdogan knew how he and a Turkish banker, now on trial, c ... more
Rason, North Korea (AFP) Nov 30, 2017
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Artificial muscles give 'superpower' to robots
Miami (AFP) Nov 27, 2017
Inspired by the folding technique of origami, US researchers said Monday they have crafted cheap, artificial muscles for robots that give them the power to lift up to 1,000 times their own weight. The advance offers a leap forward in the field of soft robotics, which is fast replacing an older generation of robots that were jerky and rigid in their movements, researchers say. "It's like ... more
Washington (UPI) Nov 22, 2017
Marines roll out new anti-tank weapon system
Washington (UPI) Nov 20, 2017
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Raytheon, Saab to develop improved shoulder-launched weapon systems
U.S. sales to foreign militaries top $41 billion in fiscal year 2017
Washington (UPI) Nov 30, 2017
The United States logged $41.93 billion in military equipment and services sales to other countries in Fiscal Year 2017, according to the Pentagon. The figure was released Wednesday by the U.S. Defense Security Cooperation Agency, or DSCA, which manages the U.S. Foreign Military Sales program. According to DSCA, the total sales included $6.04 billion of deals funded by the State ... more
Riyadh (AFP) Nov 29, 2017
Britain's May in Riyadh after surprise Baghdad visit
Athens (AFP) Nov 27, 2017
Greek PM defends controversial Saudi arms sale
Washington (AFP) Nov 16, 2017
Congress sends $700 bn defense bill for Trump's signature
Amputees can learn to control a robotic arm with their minds
Chicago IL (SPX) Nov 29, 2017
A new study by neuroscientists at the University of Chicago shows how amputees can learn to control a robotic arm through electrodes implanted in the brain. The research, published in Nature Communications, details changes that take place in both sides of the brain used to control the amputated limb and the remaining, intact limb. The results show both areas can create new connections to l ... more
Dallas TX (SPX) Dec 04, 2017
Lockheed Martin autonomous driving system tops 55,000M in extended test
Washington (AFP) Nov 30, 2017
Amazon brings Alexa from the home to the office in a new AI push
Corvallis OR (SPX) Nov 30, 2017
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UN makes global bid to end 'rampant' pollution
Paris (AFP) Dec 1, 2017
Environment ministers from about 100 countries gather in Nairobi next week to issue a clarion call against air, land and water pollution blamed for some nine million deaths in 2015. Ministers under the UN Environment Assembly (UNEA) will finalise a global declaration vowing to combat "rampant pollution" as a growing threat to human life, economies and ecosystems. Seven million of those d ... more
Beirut (AFP) Dec 1, 2017
Serious health risks from Lebanon waste burning: report
New Delhi (AFP) Dec 4, 2017
Cricketers flounder in New Delhi's hazardous smog
Warwick UK (SPX) Nov 29, 2017
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Taiwanese activist jailed in China for five years for 'subversion'
Beijing (AFP) Nov 28, 2017
A Chinese court sentenced Taiwanese democracy activist Lee Ming-cheh to five years in prison on Tuesday on charges of attempting to subvert state power, further souring cross-strait ties. Lee sat nervously as the three-judge panel read the sentence at the Yueyang intermediate people's court in central Hunan province, according to a video posted on the tribunal's social media account. Ta ... more
Beijing (AFP) Oct 27, 2017
China warns US not to allow Taiwan stopover
Taipei (AFP) Oct 26, 2017
Taiwan leader hopes for 'breakthrough' with China
Beijing (AFP) Oct 18, 2017
China ready to 'defeat' Taiwan independence: Xi
US-funded border inspection gear sits idle in Afghanistan
Washington (AFP) Dec 1, 2017
Expensive inspection scanners that the Pentagon bought for Afghanistan to improve border security quickly fell into disrepair and are not being used, a US government watchdog said Friday. In 2006, the US military's Central Command purchased eight "non-intrusive inspection" scanners, designed to detect narcotics, chemicals and other illicit goods, for use at border locations across Afghanista ... more
Islamabad (AFP) Dec 4, 2017
US defense chief lands in Pakistan as ties between allies fray
Ankara (AFP) Nov 29, 2017
Turkey claims over 80 'terrorists' killed in northern Iraq
Arbil, Iraq (AFP) Nov 27, 2017
Kurds accuse Baghdad of refusing dialogue
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