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North and South Korea: A 'New Normal'?

Seoul (AFP) Aug 27, 2015
Of the many adjectives used to describe the singular nature of North and South Korean relations, “normal” is one that rarely, if ever, crops up. The complex, volatile and sometimes quite surreal geopolitics of the divided Korean peninsula are very far from ordinary, subject to wild mood swings between two countries that have technically been at war for the past 60 years. But judging what

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1 | A History of Video Games

Like all great things, video gaming started off as a simple tennis game created by scientist Willy Higinbotham on an analog computer in 1958 and although ‘Tennis for Two’ was non-influential it did lead to later games such as Spacewar, the first two-player, digital ‘Shoot ‘em Up’ game and Pong, one of the earliest arcade games which was released by Atari in 1972. In was not until 1978 the arcade game Space Invaders came into play, being the highest grossing entertainment of its time it became a dominant pop-cultural force.

As technology rapidly progresses, video games will continue to evolve.

S. Korea, US say North military easing off war-footing

Seoul (AFP) Aug 26, 2015
The North Korean military is slowly easing its battle-readiness posture, South Korean and US officials said Wednesday after Seoul and Pyongyang secured a deal allowing them to step back from the brink of an armed clash. Under the agreement reached after marathon, top-level negotiations in the border truce village of Panmunjom, the North undertook to shift down from a “semi war state” once th

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US, Philippines hold talks on boosting military capacity: spokesman

Manila (AFP) Aug 26, 2015
America’s Pacific commander held talks with the Philippine military Wednesday on ways to strengthen US capacity in the region to deter conflict and maintain freedom of navigation, a Filipino spokesman said. Admiral Harry Harris, head of the US Pacific Command, outlined a freshly drafted Pentagon report highlighting issues in the South China Sea, where China is in dispute with the Philippines

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Two Russian soldiers jailed for killing Tajik taxi driver

Dushanbe, Tajikistan (AFP) Aug 26, 2015
A Russian military court in Tajikistan on Wednesday sentenced two soldiers from Moscow’s largest foreign military base to lengthy prison terms for murdering a local taxi driver. Fyodor Basimov and Ildar Sakhapov, both 24, were stationed at Russia’s 201st military base in Tajikistan when they killed 36-year-old Rahimjon Teshaboev last year. On Wednesday, Basimov and Sakhapov were sentence

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Japan lawyers join opposition to controversial security bills

Tokyo (AFP) Aug 26, 2015
Japan’s national bar association on Wednesday threw its weight behind growing opposition to controversial security bills that could pave the way for Japanese troops to engage in combat for the first time since the end of World War II. Hundreds of demonstrators, including some members of the 36,000-strong Japan Federation of Bar Associations (JFBA), took part in a Tokyo rally with academics

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Prototype nEUROn combat drone put to the test

Rome (UPI) Aug 26, 2015
Fight testing of a European-made unmanned combat vehicle has been completed in Italy at an Italian Air Force base, Alenia Aermacchi reports. The full-sized UCAS prototype of the nEUROn was developed by an industry group led by Dassault Aviation of France. Other team members are Alenia Aermacchi, Saab, Airbus Defense and Space, RUAG and HAI. Alenia said 12 tests of the aircraft ve

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More than 1,000 NATO paratroopers mount exercise in Germany

Berlin (AFP) Aug 26, 2015
More than 1,000 NATO paratroopers jumped from aircraft above Germany Wednesday in one of the alliance’s largest airborne training exercise in Europe since the Cold War ended, the US army said. Amid a drive by NATO to boost its defences in light of the Ukraine crisis, 11 member countries are taking part in Exercise Swift Response at the US training area of Hohenfels in southern Germany. It wi

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Iran urges US to release 19 detainees

Tehran (AFP) Aug 26, 2015
Iran urged the United States Wednesday to release 19 Iranians detained on sanctions-related offences, a day after ruling out a prisoner swap with a Washington Post reporter accused of espionage. “We call on the American government and their judicial authorities to put an end to the detention of these individuals,” foreign ministry spokeswoman Marzieh Afkham said. “None of the human right

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US envoy to Syria to hit road in push for progress

Washington (AFP) Aug 26, 2015
The newly appointed US special envoy for Syria will travel to Geneva, Moscow and Riyadh this week as American efforts to find a political solution to the conflict intensify, the State Department said Wednesday. Michael Ratney will meet Russian, Saudi and UN officials “to try to come up with options for some sort of political process, a political process that we know is going to have to inclu

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Two American soldiers killed in Afghan 'insider attack'

Kabul (AFP) Aug 26, 2015
A man wearing an Afghan military uniform shot dead two American soldiers in the country’s south Wednesday, the coalition said, the first insider attack on foreign troops since an embittered succession to the Taliban leadership. No group has so far claimed responsibility for Wednesday’s attack in Helmand, which coincided with the fall of a strategic district in the volatile opium-rich provinc

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Military may have skewed IS analysis: report

Washington (AFP) Aug 26, 2015
The Pentagon is investigating whether military officials have improperly rewritten intelligence assessments to give a more optimistic view of the US-led campaign against the Islamic State group in Iraq, the New York Times reported Wednesday. The inspector general probe began after at least one civilian analyst at the Defense Intelligence Agency said he had evidence that US Central Command of

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Israel air strike hits Gaza after rocket fire

Jerusalem (AFP) Aug 27, 2015
An Israeli air strike hit a Hamas facility in Gaza overnight after Palestinians fired a rocket into southern Israel, the army said in a statement early Thursday. “In response, the Israel Air Force targeted a Hamas weapon manufacturing facility located in the central Gaza Strip,” it said. There were no reports of casualties in either attack. The statement said it was the eighth incid

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Iraq president says constitution should not be bypassed

Baghdad (AFP) Aug 26, 2015
Iraqi President Fuad Masum said Wednesday Iraq’s constitution should be amended rather than bypassed, in an apparent criticism of the premier’s plan to abolish the constitutionally mandated vice presidency. Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi has ordered Iraq’s three vice presidential positions to be scrapped and their funding reallocated as part of a reform drive aimed at curbing rampant corrupt

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Air Force Research Lab Announces MUOS Satellite Communications Testing in Antarctica

Wright-Patterson AFB OH (SPX) Aug 25, 2015
Instant and easy connectivity for mobile devices is often taken for granted, but modern cellular networks are tied to cell towers. How do you make a call when cell towers are not available? To answer this question, teams from the Air Force Research Laboratory’s Information Directorate, the United States Navy and Lockheed Martin came together to design, build and test the Mobile User Object

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Brazil, Sweden signing funding deal for Gripen buy

Brasilia, Brazil (UPI) Aug 25, 2015
Brazilian and Swedish officials are signing the financial contract for the procurement of Gripen NG fighters by the Brazilian Air Force. The signing by representatives of the Brazilian Air Force Command and the General Counsel of the National Treasury and the Swedish Export Credit Corporation is taking place in London following negotiations setting the interest rate on borrowed funds fo

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Major Western leaders shun China WWII military parade

Beijing (AFP) Aug 25, 2015
From Belarus to Vanuatu, China on Tuesday issued a list of world leaders attending next week’s huge military parade to mark Japan’s defeat in World War II that was notable for its absences. The display, a show of strength which comes as Beijing takes a more assertive stance regionally, will see 12,000 soldiers and 500 pieces of hardware roll through Tiananmen Square, with almost 200 aircraft

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Middle Eastern leaders flood to Moscow for Syrian talks, aerospace salon

Moscow (AFP) Aug 25, 2015
Russian President Vladimir Putin is to host the Jordanian King and the Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi in Moscow Tuesday to discuss the Syrian crisis and take part in a showcase of Russia’s military industry. Jordanian King Abdullah II and the strongman of the United Arab Emirates, Crown Prince Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed al-Nahyan, will visit Moscow one day before Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al

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