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July 22, 2019
Fort takes over as commander of Naval Forces Japan, Navy Region Japan

Washington (UPI) Jul 10, 2019
Rear Adm. Brian Fort was elevated to commander of U.S. Naval Forces Japan in a change of command ceremony Wednesday in Yokosuka, Japan. Fort, who also serves as commander of Naval Region Japan, relieved Rear Adm. Gregory J. Fenton. Fort will now oversee shore readiness of the fleet, all shore installations and is the primary liaison between the U.S. Navy and Japan's Maritime Self-Defense Force. The change of command comes as U.S. commitment to Japan and the Asia-Pacific region has been q ... read more

Ambassadors condemn China's treatment of Uighurs in Xinjiang
Geneva (AFP) July 10, 2019
More than 20 countries have written to top United Nations human rights officials condemning China's treatment of Uighur and other minorities in the western Xinjiang region, in a letter released Wednesday. ... more
37 countries defend China over Xinjiang in UN letter
Geneva (AFP) July 12, 2019
UN ambassadors from 37 countries released a letter Friday defending China's treatment of Uighur and other minorities in the Xinjiang region, in direct response to Western criticism earlier this week. ... more
Hayabusa-makes completes second asteroid touchdown to collect samples
Washington (UPI) Jul 11, 2019
Japan's asteroid-circling probe successfully executed a second touchdown on Thursday, collecting another sample from the surface of the space rock. ... more
Japan's Hayabusa2 probe makes 'perfect' touchdown on asteroid
Tokyo (AFP) July 11, 2019
Japan's Hayabusa2 probe made a "perfect" touchdown Thursday on a distant asteroid, collecting samples from beneath the surface in an unprecedented mission that could shed light on the origins of the solar system. ... more

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S. Korea warns of 'prolonged' export row with Japan
Seoul (AFP) July 10, 2019
South Korean President Moon Jae-in on Wednesday told top business leaders that Japan's ban on exports of chemicals crucial to the country's tech sector had caused an "unprecedented emergency" and warned of a drawn-out trade dispute. ... more
China says US trade issues are 'definitely' resolvable
Beijing (AFP) July 11, 2019
China said Thursday that the thorny trade issues plaguing relations with the United States are resolvable after fractious talks between the economic giants were kickstarted by the Trump-Xi meeting in Japan. ... more
US seeks to ease dispute between S.Korea, Japan
Washington (AFP) July 11, 2019
The United States promised Thursday to do "everything we can" to ease tensions between South Korea and Japan as Seoul raised its concerns over Tokyo's restrictions of crucial exports with Secretary of State Mike Pompeo. ... more
Japan's asteroid probe Hayabusa2 set for final touchdown
Tokyo (AFP) July 10, 2019
Japan's Hayabusa2 probe began descending on Wednesday for its final touchdown on a distant asteroid, hoping to collect samples that could shed light on the evolution of the solar system. ... more
US-China trade officials aim to talk next week, officials say
Washington (AFP) July 5, 2019
US and Chinese officials are working to schedule a top-level trade talks by telephone next week but a face-to-face encounter has not been scheduled yet, US officials said Friday. ... more
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More than a million ordered to shelters in rain-hit Japan
Tokyo (AFP) July 3, 2019
Japanese authorities have issued evacuation orders for more than one million people in southern parts of the country hit by heavy rains, a year after deadly floods that killed more than 200 people. ... more
Japan whale restaurants cheer hunt resumption
Tokyo (AFP) July 3, 2019
"Two sashimis, three steaks," cries the waitress at one of Tokyo's most famous whale restaurants during a frantic lunchtime service where Japan's resumption of commercial whaling has cooked up new hope. ... more
Xi urged Trump to ease North Korea sanctions in 'timely' fashion
Beijing (AFP) July 2, 2019
Chinese President Xi Jinping urged US President Donald Trump to "show flexibility" towards North Korea, including the "timely" easing of sanctions, at the G20 summit last week, China's foreign minister said Tuesday. ... more
Whales targeted by Japan face extinction threat
Paris (AFP) July 1, 2019
One of three species Japan has targeted in resuming commercial whaling Monday is threatened with extinction, and sub-populations of the other two are severely depleted as well, according to experts. ... more
Scientists teleport information inside a diamond
Yokohama, Japan (SPX) Jul 01, 2019
Scientists have successfully teleported quantum information inside a diamond. The breakthrough could provide a boost to quantum computing technologies. ... more

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Whaling ships set sail as Japan resumes commercial hunts
Kushiro, Japan (AFP) July 1, 2019
Japan began its first commercial whale hunts in more than three decades on Monday, brushing aside outrage over its resumption of a practice that conservationists say is cruel and outdated. ... more
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G20 summit lays bare growing climate change division
Osaka, Japan (AFP) June 29, 2019
Four years after the landmark Paris deal, international consensus on strong action to tackle climate change risks crumbling, with the issue among the biggest sticking points at this week's G20 summit. ... more
After decades, Japan courts controversy resuming commercial whaling
Tokyo (AFP) June 30, 2019
Japanese fishermen set sail on Monday to hunt whales commercially for the first time in more than three decades after Tokyo's controversial withdrawal from the International Whaling Commission (IWC) triggered outrage from environmental groups. ... more
Uighur leader urges G20 pressure to end China 'genocide'
Osaka, Japan (AFP) June 28, 2019
An exiled advocate for China's ethnic Uighur minority Friday urged world leaders gathered in Japan for the G20 summit to confront Chinese President Xi Jinping over the "genocide" of her Muslim people. ... more
US President Trump to visit Seoul after letters with Kim
Seoul (AFP) June 24, 2019
US President Donald Trump will visit South Korea at the weekend after the G20 summit to discuss deadlocked nuclear talks with the North with President Moon Jae-in, Seoul's presidential office said Monday. ... more
Trump to meet Xi, Putin at G20 in Japan
Washington (AFP) June 25, 2019
President Donald Trump will meet an array of world leaders on the sidelines of this week's G20 summit in Japan, including China's Xi Jinping and Russia's Vladimir Putin, a US official said Monday. ... more
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Bolsonaro says claims of hunger in Brazil 'a big lie'
Brasilia (AFP) July 20, 2019
Brazil's President Jair Bolsonaro said Friday there was no hunger in the country, citing the lack of rail-thin poor people in the streets as proof. Speaking to foreign journalists, Bolsonaro blamed "populists" for propagating "a big lie" that some of Brazil's 209 million people did not have enough to eat. "There is no hunger," the far-right leader said, noting Brazil "was rich in practic ... more
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Mapping the Moon and Worlds Beyond
Tucson AZ (SPX) Jul 18, 2019
In 1972, it took an astronaut going on a spacewalk to do what Lynn Carter now can do with a few mouse clicks over lunch. Carter, a planetary science professor at the Univerity of Arizona Lunar and Planetary Laboratory, points to a small, framed photograph above her desk. It shows the Apollo 17 spacecraft, the last crewed mission to the moon, cruising high above the grey, cratered expanse below. ... more
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Navy seeks proposals for unmanned surface vessel
Washington (UPI) Jul 17, 2019
A U.S. Navy request for proposals calls for a new class of unmanned surface vessels. While the Navy floated performance specifications in February for a fleet of "medium unmanned surface vehicles," the request was officially announced Tuesday. It seeks developers for a craft of up to 164 feet long, to function as a sensor and communications relay in part of a family of unmanned surface ... more
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DARPA Announces Microsystems Exploration Program
Washington DC (SPX) Jul 17, 2019
Over the past few decades, DARPA's Microsystems Technology Office (MTO) has enabled revolutionary advances in electronics materials, devices, and systems, which have provided the United States with unique defense and economic advantages. To continue its path of successful electronics innovation, DARPA has announced a new MTO effort called the Microsystems Exploration program. The Microsyst ... more
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China tested new anti-ballistic missile in South China Sea
Washington (UPI) Jul 19, 2019
China demonstrated a new anti-ship ballistic missiles, with nuclear capabilities, last month, the U.S. Indo-Pacific Command chief said. Adm. Philip Davidson told the Aspen Security Forum on Thursday that six missiles fired into the South China Sea included a new, submarine-launched anti-ship ballistic missile called the JL-3. The tests came after Wei Fenghe, China's defense minister, of ... more
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China's space lab Tiangong 2 destroyed in controlled fall to earth
Beijing (AFP) July 19, 2019
China's Tiangong-2 space lab successfully re-entered the Earth's atmosphere Friday under controlled conditions, completing the latest round of experiments in Beijing's ambitious space programme. Tiangong-2 - or "Heavenly Palace" - was launched into orbit in 2016 and re-entered the earth's atmosphere under control at around 9:06 pm local time (1306 GMT) on Friday, China Manned Space Agency ... more
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Russia's Humanoid Robot FEDOR Renamed to Skybot Ahead of Its First Space Mission
Moscow (Sputnik) Jul 22, 2019
Russia's humanoid robot FEDOR has been renamed to Skybot ahead of its first space mission scheduled in August, Rocket and Space Corporation Energia told Sputnik. "Anthropomorphic robot Skybot F-850 and its control equipment have been delivered to corporation Energia," the corporation said, referring to FEDOR. Energia is the operator of the Russian segment of the International Space S ... more
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Anger soars over vicious mob attack on Hong Kong protesters
Hong Kong (AFP) July 22, 2019
Anger soared in Hong Kong on Monday over a vicious assault against pro-democracy protesters by a mob of suspected triad gangsters that left dozens wounded, one critically, in a dramatic escalation of the political violence plaguing the financial hub. The city's roiling unrest took a dark turn late Sunday when gangs of men - most wearing white t-shirts and carrying bats, sticks and metal pol ... more
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Earth's Shining Upper Atmosphere - From the Apollo Era to the Present
Greenbelt MD (SPX) Jul 22, 2019
In 1972, Apollo 16 astronauts John Young and Charles Duke stood on the Moon and looked back at Earth. From the lunar surface, they took a picture of Earth like none before: the first view of our planet in far ultraviolet light. This picture highlights Earth's ionosphere, a region of the upper atmosphere that is mostly invisible to our eyes - aside from aurora or airglow, if you're in the r ... more
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Lavender back in fashion with French farmers
Chatuzange-Le-Goubet, France (AFP) July 21, 2019
Working its way across a purple-green field in southern France, a claw-fitted tractor harvests plants of lavender destined to become essential oil as a traditional sector stages a modest comeback. "They are slightly grey because they are starting to wilt, it is the best point for the quantity and quality of essential oils," explains Vincent Jamonet who runs the operation in the Drome region ... more
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Super salty, subzero Arctic water provides peek at possible life on other planets
Seattle WA (SPX) Jul 13, 2019
In recent years, the idea of life on other planets has become less far-fetched. NASA announced June 27 that it will send a vehicle to Saturn's icy moon, Titan, a celestial body known to harbor surface lakes of methane and an ice-covered ocean of water, boosting its chance for supporting life. On Earth, scientists are studying the most extreme environments to learn how life might exist unde ... more
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In eastern DR Congo, influx of Ebola money is source of friction
Butembo, Dr Congo (AFP) July 18, 2019
The UN is about to pound the drum for millions of dollars to stiffen the fight against Ebola in DR Congo, but at the heart of the epidemic, a money influx may worsen grassroots problems. On Wednesday, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared that the nearly year-old outbreak was a "public health emergency of international concern" - a rarely-invoked step to beef up global response. ... more
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S.Sudan fighters told to report to camps for integration
Juba (AFP) July 19, 2019
South Sudan's armed forces and rebels were on Friday ordered to report to military camps, a much-awaited step towards creating a unified national army as part of a peace accord. The deal, signed in September 2018 in a bid to end almost six years of conflict, has suffered heavy delays. One of its biggest hurdles has been the logistics of creating so-called cantonment sites, where troops a ... more
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Aiming higher: Airmen contribute to human spaceflight from Apollo to tomorrow
Washington DC (AFNS) Jul 22, 2019
What's the first thought or word that comes to your mind when you hear Apollo 11? Is it NASA, moon landing, Armstrong or Aldrin? While all of those are perfectly logical and correct answers, there's one response that's equally as valid, though not often given: U.S. Air Force or Airmen. From Air Force Col. Nick Hague, who is currently aboard the International Space Station, all the wa ... more
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Air Force releases request for proposals for new ICBM system
Kirtland AFB NM (AFNS) Jul 17, 2019
The Air Force released a request for proposals for its Ground Based Strategic Deterrent intercontinental ballistic missile weapon system program July 16. The request is for the weapon system's Engineering and Manufacturing Development phase and includes five production lot options to produce and deploy the weapon system. The two contractors for GBSD's current Technology Maturation an ... more
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