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China plans to sell 'combat, surveillance drones' to Pak, Middle East, Africa: Report
With an accelerating drone industry, China is fast catching up to the United States and plans to sell combat and surveillance drones to Pakistan, the Middle East and Africa, according to a news report. The large number of drones at recent exhibitions underlines not only China's determination to catch up in that sector by building equivalents to the leading US combat and surveillance models, the Predator and the Global Hawk, but also its desire to sell this technology abroad, The Washington Post reports.
As Plastic Reigns, the Treasury Slows Its Printing Presses
The number of dollar bills rolling off the great government presses here and in Fort Worth fell to a modern low last year. Production of $5 bills also dropped to the lowest level in 30 years. And for the first time in that period, the Treasury Department did not print any $10 bills. The meaning seems clear. The future is here. Cash is in decline.
Tony Blair and Ben Page discuss new IpsosMORI research on faith and globalisation
Yesterday Tony Blair spoke at an Tony Blair and Ben Page, CEO of Ipsos MORI led a discussion on globalisation, development, and the role of religion in London. They explored new research by Ipsos MORI highlights how much religion matters in the world.
US warns airlines of threat of 'implanted bombs'
The US has warned airlines of a potential threat from militants surgically implanting explosives. It came after the Department of Homeland Security issued a memo to security officials and foreign counterparts alerting them to the threat of "body packing". ...Air passengers could now face even tougher screening measures.
US and Mexico end cross-border trucking dispute
US and Mexico have signed a deal to allow their trucks to use each other's roads, after a 17-year dispute. The 1994 North American Free Trade Agreement called for Mexican trucks to have full access to US highways, but they were kept to a border buffer zone. In 2009, Mexico imposed higher tariffs on dozens of US products in response.
'Gay' illegal allowed to stay
federal officials recently cancelled deportation proceedings of an illegal immigrant from Venezuela who is involved in a homosexual relationship. The ruling comes in the wake of Attorney General Eric Holder's announcement that the administration views the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) as unconstitutional and will not defend it in court.
UN: Israel, protesters at fault in Nakba Day clash
Israel used force "not commensurate to the threat" when it fired live ammunition during a Palestinian Nakba Day demonstration in May, but the protesters also behaved in a provocative and violent way, a UN report released on Wednesday said. The IDF fired on a demonstration at a Lebanese border village on May 15, security sources and the Lebanese army told Reuters at the time. Israel claimed that the Lebanese army was responsible for much of the shooting.
IAEA worried over Iran plans to triple uranium production
The UN nuclear chief said on Wednesday that he planned to meet with Iran's foreign minister next week and that he was "quite concerned" over plans by Tehran to triple uranium production capacity. Yukiya Amano, director general of the UN International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), told Reuters in the Colombian capital, Bogota, that he planned to meet Iranian Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi next week, but had no firm details.
Gov't announces measures on entities dealing with Iran
The Bank of Israel, Finance Ministry and Israel Securities Authority published new draft directives on Thursday regarding the risks entailed in dealing with entities designated on international lists as aiding Iran’s nuclear program and programs related to it. The directives, coordinated between the regulators, are part of a range of steps being taken by Israel in its struggle against Iran’s nuclear program, the three bodies said.
'French Gaza-bound flotilla ship halted by Greeks in Crete'
A French boat participating in the flotilla hoping to break the naval blockade on the Gaza Strip was detained along with its crew by Greek authorities in Crete on Thursday, CNN reported. On Tuesday afternoon, organizers announced that the small French yacht Dignity had left waters near Greece with eight passengers on board en-route to Gaza. The Dignity was stopped while attempting to refuel in Crete, CNN quoted Maxime Gimberteau of "A Boat for Gaza" as saying.
The Singularity is Here
One of Kurzweil's central ideas is the "The Law of Accelerating Returns" which describes the exponential rate of growth that information technology follows, eventually leading towards a Singularity in which we transcend the limitations of biology.
Ashton: Quartet meeting aim to set framework for talks
... foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton on Wednesday said that the goal at a Quartet meeting in Washington scheduled for Monday will be "to try and adopt a statement that will help the Israelis and Palestinians to bridge the gap, and allow for a return to the negotiating table."
China state media dismiss reports of Jiang's death
China on Thursday dismissed as rumor reports that retired President Jiang Zemin, who led the country through massive changes after the crushing of the 1989 Tiananmen Square democracy movement, has died.
Glenn Beck and Knesset Member to Ascend Temple Mount
Beck added, “The only power broker, the only seat of government that can and will solve this problem with or without us is G-d. It is time to return inside the walls that surround Jerusalem and stand with people of all faiths, all around the world.
Israel fears Iran and North Korea strengthening ties
Iran and North Korea are tightening their relations after a lull, defense sources have told Haaretz. Israeli defense officials are concerned about the development, saying it may reflect an expansion of North Korean aid to Iran's nuclear and missile programs.
Abbas postpones formation of unity government in bid to appease Western allies
Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas may hold off on the formation of a unity government with the Islamic militant group Hamas to avoid alienating his Western allies ahead of a UN vote on statehood, a senior PLO official said Thursday.
Palestinian official: UN vote on statehood won't contradict peace process
Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat attended a meeting with U.S. officials at the U.S. State Department Wednesday, at which U.S. officials were expected to push the PA negotiator to accept American terms for an Israeli-Palestinian peace agreement.
Iceland's 'Gateway To Hell' Ready To Erupt
One of Iceland's most feared volcanoes looks ready to erupt, raising fears of a new ash cloud over Europe. "The movements around Hekla have been unusual in the last two to three days," University of Iceland geophysicist Pall Einarsson said. While this might not necessarily mean an immediate blast, "the volcano is ready to erupt," he stressed.
Oil rises to above $97 after US crude supply drop
Oil prices rose to above $97 a barrel Thursday in Asia as a report showed U.S. crude supplies fell more than expected for a second week, suggesting demand is improving. Benchmark oil for August delivery was up 73 cents to $97.38 a barrel at midday Singapore time in electronic trading on the New York Mercantile Exchange. Crude lost 24 cents to settle at $96.65 on Wednesday.
EU slams ratings agencies after Portugal downgraded
European politicians accused credit rating agencies on Wednesday of anti-European bias after Moody's downgrade of Portugal's debt to "junk" cast new doubt on EU efforts to rescue distressed euro zone states without debt restructuring. European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso said the decision to cut Lisbon's rating by four notches so soon after it became the third country to receive an EU/IMF bailout was fuelling speculation in financial markets.
Court orders immediate end to ‘Don’t ask, don’t tell’
The Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled that the U.S. government must immediately stop enforcing the military ban on openly gay service, despite the Pentagon's insistence it needs time to gradually implement the change.
“Officer Of The Year” Suspected Of Drug Dealing
Considered a role model by his peers and named “Officer of the Year” in 2010, Boynton Beach police officer David Britto has been charged with conspiring to sell more than 500 grams of methamphetamines between June 2009 and March 2011.
Yes! Jesus is Coming!