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August 28, 2019
Australia set to welcome JAXA's Hayabusa2

Adelaide, Australia (SPX) Aug 27, 2019
To learn more about the solar system's origin and evolution, the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) is investigating typical types of asteroids. Analysing samples from asteroids enables us to study organic matter and water in the solar system. JAXA's asteroid explorer, Hayabusa2, is on an asteroid sample-return mission that started on 3 December 2014, from Japan's Tanegashima Space Center. The 3.5 year voyage spanned nearly 3.2 billion kilometres (over 8,000 times the average distance from ... read more

New images from asteroid probe yield clues on planet formation
Washington (AFP) Aug 22, 2019
Photographs snapped by a shoebox-sized probe that explored the near-Earth asteroid Ryugu offer new clues about its composition, insights that are expected to help scientists understand the formation of our solar system. ... more
The near-Earth asteroid Ryugu - a fragile cosmic 'rubble pile'
Berlin, Germany (SPX) Aug 23, 2019
In the summer of 2018, the asteroid Ryugu, which measures only approximately 850 metres across, was visited by the Japanese Hayabusa2 spacecraft. On board was the 10-kilogram German-French Mobile As ... more
US approves $3.3bn sale of anti-ballistic missiles to Japan
Washington (AFP) Aug 27, 2019
Washington approved the $3.3 billion sale of anti-ballistic missiles to Japan Tuesday, following close behind a series of new ballistic missile tests by North Korea that could threaten the US ally. ... more
Tokyo: North Korea aims to 'break through' Japan's missile defense zone
Washington DC (UPI) Aug 28, 2019
Japan released more information on the North Korean missile that was launched on Saturday, when Pyongyang tested what it has described as a "super large multiple rocket launcher." Japanese Def ... more

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South Korea slams Japan as 'white list' removal takes effect
Seoul (AFP) Aug 28, 2019
South Korea on Wednesday slammed Japan for effectively downgrading Seoul's trade status and accused Prime Minister Shinzo Abe of treating the neighbour as an "adversary". ... more
S.Korea scrapping Japan pact helps China: US official
Washington (AFP) Aug 27, 2019
South Korea's decision to end a military intelligence-sharing pact with Japan will benefit China and reduce the allies' ability to respond in crises with North Korea, US officials said Tuesday. ... more
Japan to host Africa aid forum as China looms large
Tokyo (AFP) Aug 27, 2019
Japan hosts development talks with African leaders this week, looking to boost its presence on the continent and offer an alternative to investments by an increasingly assertive China. ... more
Two dead as Japan orders 870,000 to flee heavy rains
Tokyo (AFP) Aug 28, 2019
Two people were confirmed dead on Wednesday as heavy rains pounded southwest Japan, prompting flood and landslide warnings and orders for 870,000 people to seek safety. ... more
Iran turns to Asian allies to seek relief from US sanctions
Beijing (AFP) Aug 26, 2019
Iranian foreign minister Mohammad Javad Zarif kicked off his Asian tour in Beijing Monday, presenting a 25-year plan to cement Iran's ties with its biggest Asian trading partner amid biting US sanctions. ... more
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In high-tech Japan, cash is still king
Tokyo (AFP) Aug 21, 2019
Once a pioneer in cashless transactions, Japan is now lagging behind as the world's biggest economies increasingly embrace electronic payments - because its ageing population still prefers physical money. ... more
Trump sparks confusion before doubling down on China tariffs
Biarritz, France (AFP) Aug 25, 2019
President Donald Trump doubled down Sunday on his hard line against China after sowing confusion with statements that he might be willing to soften a trade war G7 partners fear threatens the world economy. ... more
South Korea to scrap military intel-sharing pact with Japan
Seoul (AFP) Aug 22, 2019
South Korea said Thursday it will terminate its military intelligence-sharing pact with Japan, sparking protest from both Tokyo and Washington amid an intensifying trade and diplomatic dispute between the Asian neighbours. ... more
S. Korea says will share military intel with Japan through US
Seoul (AFP) Aug 23, 2019
South Korea said Friday it will share military intelligence with Japan through the United States after terminating a pact that enabled the two key Washington allies to exchange such information directly. ... more
China hosts Japan and South Korea in show of regional unity
Beijing (AFP) Aug 21, 2019
Foreign ministers of China, Japan and South Korea made commitments Wednesday to diffuse regional tensions and make progress towards the denuclearisation of the Korean Peninsula, although there was no sign of improving ties between Tokyo and Seoul. ... more

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US Navy 'ready' for Venezuela mission: top commander
Rio De Janeiro (AFP) Aug 19, 2019
The US Navy is ready to "do what needs to be done" on Venezuela, a top commander said Monday, as America ramps up pressure on the crisis-wracked country. ... more
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Japan under pressure over past hunting of endangered whales
Geneva (AFP) Aug 16, 2019
Japan insisted Friday it no longer hunts endangered sei whales in international waters, but faced accusations of still violating a wildlife treaty by allowing commercialisation of meat from past catches. ... more
Japan Hirohito 'prevented from voicing remorse over war'
Tokyo (AFP) Aug 20, 2019
Japan's wartime emperor Hirohito wanted to express his regret and remorse shortly after World War II but the prime minister at the time stopped him, local media reported Tuesday, citing newly disclosed documents. ... more
Powerful Japan storm turns deadly, snarls holiday travel
Tokyo (AFP) Aug 15, 2019
A powerful tropical storm lashed Japan on Thursday, bringing strong winds and torrential rain that claimed at least one life, prompted warnings of landslides and flooding, and sparked evacuation advisories and travel chaos at a peak holiday period. ... more
Japan's new emperor speaks of 'deep remorse' in 1st speech marking WWII
Tokyo (AFP) Aug 15, 2019
Japan's new emperor spoke Thursday of "deep remorse" over the country's wartime past, in his first speech to commemorate the end of World War II since his enthronement in May. ... more
Powerful Japan storm turns deadly, snarls holiday travel
Tokyo (AFP) Aug 15, 2019
A powerful tropical storm lashed Japan on Thursday, bringing strong winds and torrential rain that claimed at least one life, prompted warnings of landslides and flooding, and sparked evacuation advisories and travel chaos at a peak holiday period. ... more
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Morales under pressure over Bolivia's Amazon fires
La Paz (AFP) Aug 27, 2019
Like his far-right rival President Jair Bolsonaro in neighboring Brazil, Bolivia's leftist leader Evo Morales is facing mounting fury from environmental groups over voracious wildfires in his own country. While the Amazon blazes in Brazil have attracted worldwide attention, the blazes in Bolivia's forest and grassland have raged largely unchecked over the past month, devastating more than 9, ... more
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China's Tianhe-2 Supercomputer to Crunch Space Data From New Radio Telescope
Beijing (Sputnik) Aug 23, 2019
In anticipation of the world's largest astronomical instrument, Beijing is set to construct a permanent regional data hub that will house its Tianhe-2 supercomputer to make sense of reams of data acquired from space. A recent Xinhua report revealed that China's Tianhe-2, once known as the world's fastest supercomputer, will work on astronomical data following the 2020 construction of the S ... more
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NASA Ocean Ecosystem Mission Moves Forward
Greenbelt MD (SPX) Aug 28, 2019
After passing a key review hurdle, NASA's newest mission to study the health of Earth's ocean ecosystems and atmosphere is ready to move from design to reality. The Plankton, Aerosol, Cloud, ocean Ecosystem (PACE) mission will study phytoplankton - microscopic plants and algae that live in the ocean - as well as the clouds and atmospheric aerosol particles above the water. Every mission go ... more
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Physicists create world's smallest engine
Dublin, Ireland (SPX) Aug 23, 2019
Theoretical physicists at Trinity College Dublin are among an international collaboration that has built the world's smallest engine - which, as a single calcium ion, is approximately ten billion times smaller than a car engine. Work performed by Professor John Goold's QuSys group in Trinity's School of Physics describes the science behind this tiny motor. The research, published in intern ... more
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US approves $3.3bn sale of anti-ballistic missiles to Japan
Washington (AFP) Aug 27, 2019
Washington approved the $3.3 billion sale of anti-ballistic missiles to Japan Tuesday, following close behind a series of new ballistic missile tests by North Korea that could threaten the US ally. Japan will buy up to 73 of the Raytheon-made SM-3 Block IIA missiles, which are designed to be fired by the ship-board Aegis system to intercept incoming ballistic missiles, the Pentagon said. ... more
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China's newly launched communication satellite suffers abnormality
Beijing (XNA) Aug 21, 2019
China's new communication satellite ChinaSat 18, sent into space on Monday, has experienced abnormalities, and space engineers are investigating the cause. The ChinaSat 18 satellite was launched at 8:03 p.m. (Beijing Time) on a Long March-3B carrier rocket from the Xichang Satellite Launch Center in southwest China's Sichuan Province. The satellite separated with the carrier rocket a ... more
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Russian humanoid robot boards space station after delay
Moscow (AFP) Aug 27, 2019
It was second time lucky on Tuesday as an unmanned spacecraft carrying Russia's first humanoid robot docked at the International Space Station following a failed attempt over the weekend. "Sorry for the delay. Got stuck in traffic. Am ready to carry on with work," the robot's Twitter account said in a jokey first tweet from space. Copying human movements and designed to help with high-ri ... more
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Australian arrested in China for 'espionage'
Sydney (AFP) Aug 27, 2019
An Australian pro-democracy academic held for seven months in China has been formally arrested for spying, Foreign Minister Marise Payne said Tuesday as she demanded Beijing uphold "basic standards" of justice. Payne said she was "very concerned" that Chinese-born Yang Hengjun - a former official turned author - had been arrested on "suspicion of espionage". Yang had been detained afte ... more
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+ Beijing confirms arrest of Australian for spying
+ HK police say radical protesters forced use of water cannon, warning shot
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+ Family of detained UK consulate worker rejects 'made-up' report
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Philippine Airborne Campaign Targets Weather, Climate Science
Greenbelt MD (SPX) Aug 27, 2019
NASA's P-3B science aircraft soared into the skies over the Philippines on Aug. 25 to begin a nearly two-month-long investigation on the impact that smoke from fires and pollution have on clouds, a key factor in improving weather and climate forecasts. The Cloud, Aerosol, and Monsoon Processes Philippines Experiment (CAMP2Ex) is the most comprehensive field campaign to date in Maritime Sou ... more
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Global appetite for beef, soy fuels Amazon fires
Rio De Janeiro (AFP) Aug 24, 2019
Two of the industries involved in the infernos consuming the Amazon rainforest and drawing the attention of global powers gathered at the G7 meeting in France are familiar to diners worldwide: soy and beef. - Beef - Brazil is the world's largest exporter of beef, with a record 1.64 million tons sent to its top markets China, Egypt and the European Union in 2018, according to the Brazili ... more
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Study shows some exoplanets may have greater variety of life than exists on Earth
Barcelona, Spain (SPX) Aug 23, 2019
A new study indicates that some exoplanets may have better conditions for life to thrive than Earth itself has. "This is a surprising conclusion", said lead researcher Dr Stephanie Olson, "it shows us that conditions on some exoplanets with favourable ocean circulation patterns could be better suited to support life that is more abundant or more active than life on Earth." The discovery of ... 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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Japan to host Africa aid forum as China looms large
Tokyo (AFP) Aug 27, 2019
Japan hosts development talks with African leaders this week, looking to boost its presence on the continent and offer an alternative to investments by an increasingly assertive China. Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has said he wants the latest round of the Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD) to help "launch impactful Japanese action" on the continent. And t ... more
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Spacecraft carrying Russian humanoid robot docks at ISS
Moscow (AFP) Aug 27, 2019
An unmanned spacecraft carrying Russia's first humanoid robot to be sent into orbit successfully docked at the International Space Station on Tuesday, following a failed attempt over the weekend, Moscow's space agency said. The lifesize robot called Fedor copies human movements and can help astronauts carry out tasks remotely. "Contact confirmed, capture confirmed," a NASA commentator an ... more
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Iran-US ties since Trump came to power
Tehran (AFP) Aug 27, 2019
Relations between Tehran and Washington have spiralled since US President Donald Trump came to power and promptly quit the international deal on Iran's nuclear programme, reimposing sweeping sanctions on the country. Here is a recap. - 'Isolate' Iran - In a landmark address to Middle Eastern leaders in Saudi Arabia on May 21, 2017, just months after taking office, Trump urges nations ... more
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