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15 photos of the MiG-31, the Russian fighter jet that can chase away SR-71 Blackbirds

The CEO of Russia's Mikoyan aircraft company recently made some wild claims about the MiG-41 — the successor to the MiG-31 — saying it would fly in space, reach speeds of 2,800 mph, carry lasers, and more.<p>Despite these predictions, the MiG-41, if it's made, would not be ready for deployment until …

Military

Mattis reportedly threatened Sweden with retaliation over signing a nuclear-weapons ban

US Defense Secretary Jim Mattis reportedly warned Sweden of severe consequences if the country followed through on signing a UN treaty banning nuclear weapons.<p>The Scandinavian country is one of 122 states backing the treaty, and Stockholm also recently signed a statement of intent to increase …

Europe

Why Roman concrete still stands strong while modern version decays

Scientists have cracked the secret to Roman water-based structures’ strength – and findings could help today’s builders<p>Their structures are still standing more than 1,500 years after the last centurion snuffed it: now the Romans’ secret of durable marine concrete has finally been cracked.<p>The Roman …

Engineering

GETTYSBURG: Here's how the Civil War's most important battle was fought

The three-day Battle of Gettysburg, the bloodiest battle of the Civil War and one that tipped the scales in favor of the Union, ended 154 years ago on Monday.<p>The Union fielded 90,000 troops in the battle, and the Confederacy 75,000, according to historian James McPherson. Eleven thousand died, …

War

On this day in AD 455: the beginning of the end for Rome

On 2 June AD 455, Gaiseric and his Vandals arrived at Rome’s gates. What followed was two weeks that shook the world.<p>At least that’s how it’s often told. In fact, it was a lot less dramatic.<p>The Vandals were the second group of “barbarians” to sack Rome. The first attack had come on 24 August 410, …

Mass Grave from Thirty Years' War Battle Reveals Soldiers' Fatal Wounds

In November of 1632, the townspeople of Lützen, Germany, were stuck with a grim task: They had to bury some 9,000 soldiers who were left dead on a …

How U.S. Navy Radars Can Be Scaled for Any Size Ship

Raytheon's modular radar cubes can be stacked in a variety of configurations for different levels of coverage.<p>U.S. Navy vessels generally operate hundreds of miles from any friendly bases or stations. These large warships, or fleets of ships such as a carrier strike group, are tasked with …

How The U.S. Military Used Guns N' Roses To Make A Dictator Give Up

The U.S. military invaded Panama in hot pursuit of the country's dictator, Manuel Noriega, in December 1989. As he rapidly ran out of options, Noriega took refuge at the Vatican Embassy in Panama City.<p>In deference to diplomatic protocol, U.S. forces did not enter the embassy. But they did concoct a …

Panama City

Pentagon declares success for key test of missile defense

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Pentagon scored an important success Tuesday in a test of its oft-criticized missile defense program, destroying a mock warhead over the Pacific Ocean with an interceptor that is key to protecting U.S. territory from a North Korean attack.<p>Vice Adm. Jim Syring, director of the …

North Korea

Laser technology uncovers 1,600-year-old Christian frescoes in Rome's biggest catacomb

Deep in a labyrinth of dank tunnels, in the heart of Rome’s oldest and largest catacombs, archaeologists have discovered an exquisite set of 1,600-year-old frescoes painted to commemorate the city’s early Christians.<p>Experts used the latest laser technology to uncover the centuries of grime which …

Israeli Officers: You’re Doing ISIS Wrong

The United States is headed for disaster in Syria, some in Israel are warning.<p>ASSANIA MOUNTAIN, ON THE ISRAEL-SYRIAN BORDER—The Israeli military is not too impressed with President Donald Trump’s escalation against the Islamic State.<p>That, at least, is the distinct impression I got on a recent trip …

Middle East

The Planes of Air Force Special Ops

Air Force Special Operations Command flies some of the most sophisticated planes in the military, and none of them are fighter jets.<p>In 2009, Norwegian journalist Peter Refsdal embedded with the Taliban in Afghanistan during Operation Enduring Freedom, the United States' attempt to uproot al-Qaeda …

Egypt 'uncovers burial chamber of pharaoh's daughter'

<b>The 3,700-year-old burial chamber of a pharaoh's daughter is believed to have been found near the remains of a recently discovered pyramid in Egypt.</b><p>The ministry of antiquities said the chamber at the Dahshur royal necropolis, south of Cairo, contained a wooden box engraved with hieroglyphs.<p>Inside …

Archaeology

The Pentagon Is Bringing Back Air-Dropped Sea Mines

A single bomber can now lay a minefield deadly to enemy shipping.<p>The Pentagon has developed two kinds of inexpensive sea mines that could quickly lay down a minefield in the enemy's backyard. The new Skipjack and Flounder mines are aerial bombs modified to quietly wait undersea and destroy passing …

Watch the US missile defense in Korea that has China spooked knock out an incoming missile

US defense officials confirmed on Tuesday that the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense, or THAAD missile defense system has been successfully deployed in South Korea.<p>THAAD, the world's most advanced missile defense system, has both China and North Korea spooked, as its powerful radar could …

North Korea

Terror Suspect Armed With Knives Arrested Near U.K. Parliament

LONDON — A man carrying several knives was seized near Britain's Parliament Thursday and arrested on suspicion of planning a terrorist act, officials said.<p>The 27-year-old suspect was detained just yards from where another attacker last month killed five people, including an American tourist and a …

Extremism

The story of 'Patton's Panthers,' the black WWII tank unit that crushed Nazi forces on the Western front

"Patton's Panthers" was one of the most effective tank battalions in World War II, fighting a continuous 183 days at the front and inflicting heavy casualties on the Germans while crews racked up accolades from their peers, including three Medal of Honor nominations in their first month of …

Military

China just launched a new aircraft carrier — here's how it stacks up to other world powers'

China cracked a bottle of Champagne on the hull of its second aircraft carrier Wednesday as it took to the seas for the first time. China built the carrier as part of a massive push to modernize its navy and imitate the power-projection capabilities of the US Navy.<p>While the new, unnamed carrier …

Military

North Korea’s Special Operations forces are numerous, mysterious and formidable

Dozens of Special Operations troops marched in North Korea’s military parade this month, covered from head to toe in green, brown and black camouflage. Carrying variants of the Kalashnikov rifle with high-capacity “helical” magazines, they shouted slogans in support of Kim Jong Un, seemingly …

North Korea

Syria: At least 112 killed as car bomb destroys buses that were evacuating citizens

The attack took place in the Rashdin area, close to Aleppo.<p>At least 112 people were killed near Aleppo in Syria on Saturday after a car bomb struck a …

41 Facts About the 41 Kings and Queens Since 1066

Queen Elizabeth II is the …

Wallis Simpson

What Happened to the Cross Jesus Died On?

For 2,000 years, Christians have sought a piece of the cross Jesus died on—and some have been willing to use their teeth.<p>Last week, Christians around …

Ancient History

It's been 76 years since one of World War II's worst atrocities — the Bataan Death March

After the surprise attack on the US fleet at Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941, Japan turned its focus to elsewhere, sweeping through the Pacific.<p>In early January, Japanese forces landed in the Philippines, a US territory where tens of thousands of American and Filipino soldiers were …

World History

War veterans: Confessions of a Japanese kamikaze pilot, Nazi officer, Russian war hero and more...

Photographer Sasha Maslov has tracked down more than 100 Second World War veterans over the last decade - and has travelled around the world to photograph them at home. Among his subjects are a Japanese pilot who was recruited at just 14, a German officer who risked execution by his own country to …

Roman emperor's 2,000-year-old summer palace discovered in Turkey

The Roman Empire had lucrative contracts exporting wine and pottery goods from its Eastern provinces.<p>Archaeologists have discovered a Roman emperor's …

Grave of medieval priest with mysterious head injury uncovered in Lincolnshire

The body of a medieval priest with a mysterious head injury has been discovered, 700 years after he died, in a grave at Thornton Abbey.<p>Archaeologists from the University of Sheffield uncovered the coffin and skeleton at the abbey, which was founded as a monastery in 1139 and went onto become one of …

How the remains of five 'missing' Archbishops of Canterbury were found by accident

It is a perfect Easter story – except, unlike Jesus’s empty tomb after the Resurrection, this tomb is crammed with the remains of former Archbishops of Canterbury.<p>Last year, during the refurbishment of the Garden Museum, which is housed in a deconsecrated medieval parish church next to Lambeth …

North Korean Missile Launch Fails, and a Show of Strength Fizzles

SEOUL, South Korea — North Korea launched a ballistic missile Sunday morning from near its submarine base in Sinpo on its east coast, but the launch was the latest in a series of failures just after liftoff, according to American and South Korean military officials.<p>The timing was a deep …

North Korea

Russian warships escorted through the English Channel tonight- for the third time in six months

Russian warships are being escorted through the English Channel by the Royal Navy for the third time in six months.<p>Navy frigate HMS Sutherland is today escorting two Russian warships which are expected to sail through the English Channel overnight tonight.<p>The Type 23 frigate located the two Russian …

'Mother of all bombs' killed 94 ISIS fighters, Afghan official says

<b>Kabul (CNN) —</b> At least 94 Islamic State fighters were killed when the US military dropped America's most powerful non-nuclear bomb on ISIS targets in Afghanistan, an Afghan official said Saturday.<p>"The number of Daesh fighters killed in the US bomb in Achin district jumped to 94, including four …

Afghanistan