China launches its first domestically-made aircraft carrier

April 27, 2017 8:21 am0 comments
China launches its first domestically-made aircraft carrier

China has launched its first aircraft carrier built entirely on its own, in a demonstration of the growing technical sophistication of its defense industries and determination to safeguard its maritime territorial claims and crucial trade routes. The 50,000-ton carrier was towed from its dockyard just after 9 a.m. Wednesday following […]

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Russia’s Hack Of Elections In France Requires Counterpunch

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Russia’s Hack Of Elections In France Requires Counterpunch

On April 25, cybersecurity experts said the same Russian hackers who allegedly targeted Hillary Clinton’s campaign, and likely torpedoed it, are targeting France’s centrist candidate, Emmanuel Macron. Russia’s targeting of Macron may sway the election to Putin’s ally, Marine Le Pen. Macron is pro-EU, pro-NATO and anti-Russia. Le Pen is […]

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Kremlin bans ‘Open Russia’ movement ahead of weekend protests

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Kremlin bans ‘Open Russia’ movement ahead of weekend protests

Russian authorities banned the independent political movement “Open Russia” Wednesday as an “undesirable organization” three days before its nationwide “Enough!” rallies aimed at opposing any re-election bid by President Vladimir Putin in 2018. The order by Russia’s prosecutor general was formally directed at three non-governmental organizations or NGOs: The British-registered “Open Russia,” the Russia-based “Open […]

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Taiwan to increase military presence on South China Sea island

April 19, 2017 10:39 am0 comments
Taiwan to increase military presence on South China Sea island

Taiwan continues to militarize an island in the South China Sea claimed by China, Vietnam and the Philippines. Taiwan’s Apple Daily reported Tuesday the Taiwanese military is proposing reinforcements on Taiping, also known as Itu Aba Island. A remote-controlled multiple rocket launcher with anti-landing capabilities would form the backbone of […]

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US skips out on Afghanistan-Taliban conference in Moscow

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US skips out on Afghanistan-Taliban conference in Moscow

The Trump administration’s decision not to attend could be yet another sign of an increasingly icy relationship between Washington and Moscow. The meeting came just after the US bombed targets in Afghanistan. Despite receiving an invitation, the Trump administration did not attend Friday’s meeting in the Russian capital aimed at facilitating […]

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Hand of U.S. Leaves North Korea’s Missile Program Shaken

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Hand of U.S. Leaves North Korea’s Missile Program Shaken

By David E. Sanger and William J. Board  When a North Korean missile test went awry on Sunday, blowing up seconds after liftoff, there were immediate suspicions that a United States program to sabotage the test flights had struck again. The odds seem highly likely: Eighty-eight percent of the launches […]

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