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Japan & Australia consider submarine deal that could rattle China | Reuters

TOKYO/SYDNEY (Reuters) - Japan will get the chance to pursue an unprecedented military export deal when its defense and foreign ministers meet their Australian counterparts in Tokyo next month.<p>Japan is considering selling submarine technology to Australia – perhaps even a fleet of fully engineered, …

US brings together Japan and S Korea leaders after rift

<b>The Japanese and South Korean leaders have held their first official meeting following a rift over Japan's stance on its wartime aggression in Asia.</b><p>US President Barack Obama brought Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and President Park Geun-hye together at the nuclear summit in The Hague.<p>The United …

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The moments from the Royal wedding<p>Meghan Markle marries Prince Harry in a lavish spectacle at Windsor castle<p>More than 100 people killed in Cuban …

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Obama brokers Japan, South Korea talks as Pyongyang fires missiles | Reuters

THE HAGUE/TOKYO (Reuters) - U.S. President Barack Obama brought together the leaders of Japan and South Korea for their first face-to-face talks as a North Korean ballistic missile launch underscored the need for Washington’s two key Asian allies to repair their strained ties.<p>U.S. President Barack …

Left for dead: the mysterious disease killing thousands in Central America

A strange kidney ailment leaves scientists searching for answers<p><i>A sugarcane worker receives treatment for chronic kidney disease at his home in Nicaragua.</i><p>Ed Kashi arrived in Nicaragua last January to shoot some photos for a local nonprofit organization. At the time, it seemed like just another …

China decries U.S. comments on South China Sea as 'not constructive' | Reuters

BEIJING (Reuters) - China has accused the United States of undermining peace and development in the Asia-Pacific after a senior U.S. official said concern was mounting over China’s claims in the South China Sea.<p>China's Foreign Ministry spokesman Hong Lei asks journalists for questions during a news …

Japan considers constitutional changes to enhance defence capacity

A government panel will urge Japan to allow its military to help allies that come under attack, in a major reversal of the country's ban on collective defence under its pacifist constitution.<p>The panel on Tuesday discussed ways that Japan could improve its defence capability and said it would …

How To Design A Drone-Proof City

Conceptual artist and law student Asher J. Kohn envisions a gated community as a sanctuary from drones.<p>Humans have always built defenses to match the prevailing threat of the day, from medieval castles to Cold War fallout shelters. In his Shura City concept, Asher J. Kohn speculates on what it …

The networked car is no longer just an idea; it will be mandated in future vehicles

Advertisement<p>28 Comments<p>For the last two years, automakers and the U.S. Department of Transportation have been investigating the idea of cars talking …

North Korean diplomat: Kim Jong-un's executed uncle committed 'tremendous crimes'

A senior North Korean diplomat has called on the U.S. and South Korea to cancel planned joint military exercises and claimed that the executed uncle of North Korea leader Kim Jong-un was guilty of "tremendous crimes" against the Communist state.<p>North Korea's ambassador to the United Kingdom spoke …

US urges South Sudan to free last detainees

The United States has called on South Sudan to release the last four of a group of detainees held on suspicion of trying to stage a coup, a move that could clear a major sticking point in talks to end weeks of fighting.<p>The senior political figures were arrested after clashes broke out between rival …

Central African Republic clashes 'kill 43' in Bangui

<b>Fighting in the Central African Republic capital has left 43 people dead in four days, the country's Red Cross society says.</b><p>The violence in Bangui had also left 71 wounded, the country's Red Cross said.<p>There have been widespread reports of revenge attacks as mainly Muslim fighters withdraw from the …

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Panama To Free Crewmembers Of Seized North Korean Ship

Panama says it will release most of the crew of a North Korean ship that was seized six months ago after it was found to be carrying Soviet-era jet planes and weapons from Cuba in violation of U.N. sanctions on Pyongyang.<p>Panama says it will release 32 crew members, but that the captain and two …

Iran and North Korea: The Nuclear 'Axis of Resistance'

A new U.S. intelligence report warns North Korea could resume exporting nuclear technology and material. That could spell trouble for U.S. efforts to …

This is What Happens When You Teach Machines the Power of Natural Selection

Psychopathic machines? Lethal AI? These are the concepts we should be thinking about when we talk about the benefits of self-improving software. An …

South Sudan: MSF workers 'flee into bush'

<b>The medical charity MSF says 240 of its staff have been forced to flee into the bush in South Sudan because of continuing insecurity.</b><p>MSF said the workers were among thousands of people trying to escape fighting in Unity State between government forces and rebels.<p>Violence broke out in the world's …

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The Week In Drones: The Sound Of Stealth, Clearing The Robot Smog, And More

Here's a round-up of the week's top drone news, designed to capture the military, commercial, non-profit, and recreational applications of unmanned aircraft.<p><b>Beer Delivery</b><p>Lakemaid Beer, a brewery in Stevens Point, Wis., used a hexarotor drone to carry beer to some ice fishermen. It’s probably just …

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South Sudan: fears grow for 75,000 people fleeing violence

Humanitarian groups warn of dwindling supplies of clean water, food and shelter, as Oxfam urges warring factions to call truce<p>Relief groups have expressed alarm over the plight of 75,000 people who have fled to the town of Awerial amid clashes between government and rebel troops in South Sudan.<p>Tens …

South Sudan death toll rises sharply

Up to 500 people have been killed in violent clashes in the South Sudanese capital, Juba, a day after President Salva Kiir said security forces had put down an attempted coup by supporters of his former deputy.<p>The violence was the focus of an emergency UN Security Council meeting, which heard that …

China to regulate fishing in disputed South China sea

China has insisted it will regulate fishing in the disputed South China sea under its laws despite protests by neighbouring countries, a Philippine official said on Tuesday.<p>Chinese rules that took effect this month require foreign fishermen to seek Beijing's approval to operate in the disputed …

France 'underestimated' Central African Republic hatred

<b>France underestimated the level of hatred between Christian and Muslim communities in the conflict-riven Central African Republic, its ambassador to the UN has said.</b><p>Gerard Araud told a UN meeting on Wednesday that African Union and French forces were confronting a "nearly impossible" situation.<p>They …

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Nigeria 'Boko Haram' attacks leave scores dead

<b>Suspected Islamist militants have attacked two villages in north-eastern Nigeria, leaving 74 people dead, say police and witnesses.</b><p>Militants attacked Kawuri village in Borno state as a busy market was packing up on Sunday, setting off explosives and setting houses ablaze.<p>Witnesses said 52 people …

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Why is South Korea plugging unification?

<b>Unification has become something of a buzzword in South Korea this month. President Park Geun-hye emphasised it in her New Year press conference, the opposition Democratic Party did likewise, and journalists, pundits and government officials have followed suit.</b><p>But with relations on the peninsula as …

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U.S. Intel Chief Confirms Growing North Korean Reactor Relaunch

Diane Barnes<p>Jan. 29, 2014, 9:46 a.m.<p>North Korea ap­pears to have re­star­ted a So­viet-era plutoni­um pro­duc­tion re­act­or, the top U.S. …

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