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February 07, 2020
DRAGON SPACE
China's Long March-5B carrier rocket arrives at launch site



Beijing (XNA) Feb 07, 2020
China's Long March-5B carrier rocket arrived at the launch site in southern China's Hainan Province Wednesday after a week of ocean and rail transport, according to the China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation. The rocket will take part in a joint rehearsal with the prototype of the Chinese space station's core module at the Wenchang Space Launch Center. It is scheduled to make its maiden flight and launch the prototype of China's new manned spaceship in April. The Long March-5B is ... read more

MOON DAILY
China's lunar rover travels 367 meters on moon's far side
Beijing (XNA) Feb 05, 2020
China's lunar rover Yutu-2 (Jade Rabbit-2) has driven 367.25 meters on the far side of the moon to conduct scientific exploration. Both the lander and the rover of the Chang'e-4 probe ended th ... more
CYBER WARS
US should buy control of Nokia, Ericsson to fight Huawei: attorney general
Washington (AFP) Feb 6, 2020
The United States and its allies should take controlling stakes in Nokia, Ericsson or both to battle Chinese telecoms giant Huawei's dominance of the 5G market, US Attorney general Bill Barr said Thursday. ... more
MILPLEX
China air force to appear at Singapore show despite virus
Singapore (AFP) Feb 6, 2020
China's air force will take part in the Singapore Airshow for the first time next week, organisers said, despite the city-state having banned travellers from China due to the coronavirus outbreak. ... more
CYBER WARS
Vodafone takes 200-mn-euro hit from Huawei 5G curbs
London (AFP) Feb 5, 2020
British telecoms giant Vodafone revealed Wednesday that it would cost about 200 million euros ($221 million) over five years to remove controversial Chinese group Huawei's equipment from core 5G European activities. ... more


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EPIDEMICS
China virus crisis deepens as whistleblower doctor dies
Beijing (AFP) Feb 7, 2020
A Chinese doctor who was punished after raising the alarm about China's new coronavirus died from the pathogen on Friday, sparking an outpouring of grief and anger over a worsening crisis that has now killed more than 630 people. ... more
EPIDEMICS
Coronavirus cases on Japan cruise ship treble to 61
Yokohama, Japan (AFP) Feb 7, 2020
Another 41 people on a cruise ship quarantined off Japan have the new coronavirus, the country's health minister said Friday, confirming more on board will now be tested for the illness. ... more
EPIDEMICS
China's Xi discusses coronavirus with Trump: state media
Beijing (AFP) Feb 7, 2020
Chinese President Xi Jinping spoke on Friday with US President Donald Trump on the novel coronavirus outbreak and urged Washington to respond "reasonably" to the epidemic, state media reported. ... more
AFRICA NEWS
Kenya leader warns against US, China rivalry in Africa
Washington (AFP) Feb 5, 2020
Kenya's president said Wednesday that African nations should be free to cooperate with both the United States and China, warning that foreign powers were exacerbating the continent's divisions. ... more
WATER WORLD
Thais spike China-led plan to dredge Mekong river
Bangkok (AFP) Feb 5, 2020
Thailand has spiked Chinese-led plans to open up a key stretch of the Mekong river, in a rare victory for activists fighting to preserve Southeast Asia's most important waterway. ... more
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CAR TECH
Coronavirus could close European factory: Fiat Chrysler
Milan (AFP) Feb 6, 2020
Fiat Chrysler could halt production at a European factory because of supply problems from China due to the coronavirus outbreak there, its boss told Thursday's Financial Times. ... more
TRADE WARS
Somber start to Fashion Week for Chinese label amid virus fears
New York (AFP) Feb 6, 2020
New York Fashion Week started on a gloomy note Thursday, with a Chinese designer showcasing its wares to a partially empty room amid fears the coronavirus could force labels from the Asian giant to cancel their catwalks. ... more
CAR TECH
Coronavirus claims world's biggest capacity car plant
Seoul (AFP) Feb 7, 2020
The most productive car factory in the world fell quiet on Friday as South Korea's Hyundai suspended operations at its giant Ulsan complex, hamstrung by a lack of parts with the coronavirus outbreak crippling China's industrial output. ... more
TRADE WARS
Virus won't prevent China from living up to trade deal: Mnuchin
Washington (AFP) Feb 6, 2020
The coronavirus outbreak in China will dent the economy but will not keep the country from buying US goods as part of the "phase one" trade deal signed last month, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said Thursday. ... more
CAR TECH
Toyota extends China plant closure over virus
Tokyo (AFP) Feb 7, 2020
Japanese auto giant Toyota said Friday it would keep its Chinese factories shut until February 16, extending its suspension by a week amid the growing coronavirus crisis. ... more


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AEROSPACE
Virgin Australia axes flights to crisis-hit Hong Kong
Sydney (AFP) Feb 6, 2020
Virgin Australia said on Thursday it would scrap flights between Sydney and Hong Kong, just 18 months after launching the route, blaming reduced demand caused by anti-government protests and the coronavirus outbreak. ... more
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INTERNET SPACE
Huawei promises 'Made in Europe' 5G for EU
Brussels (AFP) Feb 4, 2020
Chinese telecom giant Huawei said on Tuesday it would set up manufacturing hubs in Europe, as it tries to fight off US pressure on EU nations to stop it from operating. ... more
INTERNET SPACE
Staff making iPhones in central China plant to be quarantined
Taipei (AFP) Feb 6, 2020
Workers making iPhones at tech giant Foxconn's plant in central China will be quarantined for up to two weeks, the company said Thursday, as cities on the mainland tighten their defences against the deadly coronavirus outbreak. ... more
TRADE WARS
China to cut tariffs on $75 billion in US imports
Beijing (AFP) Feb 6, 2020
China said on Thursday it will halve punitive tariffs on $75 billion in US imports from February 14, a month after Beijing and Washington signed a truce in their long-running trade war. ... more
OIL AND GAS
Iraq says OPEC weighing output cut over virus outbreak
Baghdad (AFP) Feb 4, 2020
OPEC members and their ally Russia are discussing a further cut to crude oil output at a meeting in Vienna because of China's coronavirus epidemic, Iraq's oil ministry said Tuesday. ... more
TRADE WARS
World Bank to lower global growth forecast over virus outbreak
Washington (AFP) Feb 4, 2020
The World Bank will revise its global growth forecast downwards due to the new coronavirus, the president of the multilateral lender said Tuesday, amid fears the epidemic in China will harm global supply chains. ... more
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China's Long March-5B carrier rocket arrives at launch site
Beijing (XNA) Feb 07, 2020
China's Long March-5B carrier rocket arrived at the launch site in southern China's Hainan Province Wednesday after a week of ocean and rail transport, according to the China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation. The rocket will take part in a joint rehearsal with the prototype of the Chinese space station's core module at the Wenchang Space Launch Center. It is scheduled to make i ... more
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+ China's space-tracking vessels back from missions
+ China may have over 40 space launches in 2020
+ China launches powerful rocket in boost for 2020 Mars mission
+ China's Xichang set for 20 space launches in 2020
Virus outbreak to delay Chinese purchase of US goods: Trump aide
Washington (AFP) Feb 4, 2020
The new coronavirus outbreak in China will delay Beijing's plans to purchase goods from the United States under the terms of a trade deal, a top US trade official said Tuesday. The US and China agreed in January to a deal that ended their trade war, with Beijing agreeing to buy an additional $200 billion in American goods over the next two years, including agricultural and manufacturing prod ... more
+ China to cut tariffs on $75 billion in US imports
+ Pope says poverty can be beaten if rich play their part
+ Somber start to Fashion Week for Chinese label amid virus fears
+ Nike says virus to have 'material impact' on China operations
+ World Bank to lower global growth forecast over virus outbreak
+ China to halve tariffs on $75 bn of US imports
+ Virus won't prevent China from living up to trade deal: Mnuchin


Russia not target in US army's massive Europe deployment: NATO
Brussels (AFP) Feb 3, 2020
NATO chief Jens Stoltenberg insisted Monday that a massive transfer of US and allied troops to Eastern Europe as part of a military exercise was not aimed at Russia. About 37,000 soldiers from 18 countries are to participate in the US-run manoeuvre dubbed Defender Europe 2020. This is "the largest deployment of US troops to Europe in more than 25 years," Stoltenberg told AFP. The exe ... more
+ US has lost its 'moral leadership,' actor Harrison Ford says
+ UN marks 75th anniversary year in world of distrust, shifting power
+ Pompeo vows unwavering US support during delicate Ukraine visit
+ Greece ratifies US defence deal amid anti-war protest
+ U.S., Japan kick off Northern Viper exercise in Hokkaido
+ Women grab limelight at India's Republic Day pageantry
+ Divided EU leaders to hammer out budget at February summit


Framatome signs contracts with Tennessee Valley Authority
Washington DC (SPX) Feb 04, 2020
Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) awarded Framatome several multimillion-dollar contracts for work across the company's reactor fleet. This includes fuel for the Browns Ferry Nuclear Plant, fuel handling equipment upgrades across the fleet and steam generator replacements at the Watts Bar Nuclear Plant. "Framatome's long-standing relationship with TVA is the result of our U.S. and global te ... more
+ Deep Isolation shares its nuclear waste disposal solution
+ GE Hitachi Nuclear Energy and CEZ signs small modular reactor tech deal with Czech Republic
+ GE Hitachi Nuclear Energy begins NRC licensing process for BWRX-300 Small Modular Reactor
+ Molecule modification could improve reprocessing of spent nuclear fuel
+ Current model for storing nuclear waste is incomplete
+ Stress relieving heat treatment processes: Framatome continues its works
+ GE Hitachi and TerraPower collaborate for versatile test reactor program
DoD says it will require some contractors to prove they're safe from hackers
Washington (UPI) Jan 31, 2019
The Department of Defense announced Friday that by the end of September it will require at least some contractors bidding on defense contracts to certify that they meet "at least a basic level of cybersecurity standards" in their proposals. A Pentagon press release issued Friday said the DoD had released its new Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification and will begin adding the requir ... more
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+ BT reports 500m pound hit as UK limits Huawei 5G role
+ US says EU understands 5G risks but pushes on Huawei
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+ EU announces strict 5G rules, but no Huawei ban
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Framatome signs contracts with Tennessee Valley Authority
Washington DC (SPX) Feb 04, 2020
Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) awarded Framatome several multimillion-dollar contracts for work across the company's reactor fleet. This includes fuel for the Browns Ferry Nuclear Plant, fuel handling equipment upgrades across the fleet and steam generator replacements at the Watts Bar Nuclear Plant. "Framatome's long-standing relationship with TVA is the result of our U.S. and global te ... more
+ Deep Isolation shares its nuclear waste disposal solution
+ GE Hitachi Nuclear Energy and CEZ signs small modular reactor tech deal with Czech Republic
+ GE Hitachi Nuclear Energy begins NRC licensing process for BWRX-300 Small Modular Reactor
+ Molecule modification could improve reprocessing of spent nuclear fuel
+ Current model for storing nuclear waste is incomplete
+ Stress relieving heat treatment processes: Framatome continues its works
+ GE Hitachi and TerraPower collaborate for versatile test reactor program
UK looks to offshore wind for green energy transition
London (AFP) Jan 19, 2020
Britain, a global leader in offshore wind energy, plans to make the sector one of the pillars of its transition to carbon neutrality in the coming decades. The country aims to quadruple its offshore electricity production capacity by 2030 by utilising the windswept North Sea and a favourable policy environment. "It's more conducive to build offshore in the UK than anywhere else in Europe ... more
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Anti-solar cells: A photovoltaic cell that works at night
Davis CA (SPX) Feb 03, 2020
What if solar cells worked at night? That's no joke, according to Jeremy Munday, professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at UC Davis. In fact, a specially designed photovoltaic cell could generate up to 50 watts of power per square meter under ideal conditions at night, about a quarter of what a conventional solar panel can generate in daytime, according to a concept p ... more
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+ Lasers etch a 'perfect' solar energy absorber
+ Engineering a Better World Using Mirrors, Sun, and Steam
+ NEXTracker releases NX Navigator Control System for utility-scale solar power plants
+ Yotta to install SolarLEAF at CSU Dominguez Hills
+ Researchers develop a roadmap for growth of new solar cells
+ Hungarian 150MW solar power plant project obtains $125m investment proposal
Lockheed Martin Space wins $473.8M contract for Trident II upgrades
Washington DC (UPI) Feb 03, 2020
Lockheed Martin Space was awarded a $473.8 million contract for the U.S. Navy's Trident II life extension program, the Pentagon announced Friday. The Trident II (D5) Life Extension 2 Strategic Systems Programs Alteration Advanced Development Program is involved in modernization of subsystems of the submarine-based ballistic missiles, first deployed in 1990. The improvement of the missil ... more
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+ Iran Space Agency Says Country Capable of Producing 3rd-Generation Satellite Carriers
+ US tests ICBM as it works to overhaul aging weaponry
+ France to spell out post-Brexit nuclear weapons strategy
+ Air Force tests Minuteman III strike missile in Vandenberg launch
+ Top EU diplomat to visit Tehran amid nuclear tensions
+ EU top diplomat holds talks in Iran 'to de-escalate tensions'
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Trump lifts US restrictions on anti-personnel landmines
Washington (AFP) Feb 1, 2020
US President Donald Trump's administration on Friday lifted US restrictions on landmines, saying new technology made them safer, outraging campaigners for the abolition of the explosives that maim thousands of civilians each year. In the latest reversal of a policy of his predecessor Barack Obama, Trump gave the green light to a new generation of "non-persistent" landmines that can be switch ... more
+ Pentagon to roll back restrictions on land mine use
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+ 41st Field Artillery Brigade conducts live fire exercise in Germany
+ Companies chosen to pitch ideas for Army's artillery autoloader program
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+ BAE nabs $400.9M contract to deliver armored multi-purpose vehicles to Army
+ Israel starts to install sensors along Lebanon border
Modi eyes arms export tag in 'Made in India' push
Lucknow, India (AFP) Feb 5, 2020
India is targeting defence exports worth $5 billion in the next five years in a bid to boost local manufacturing, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said Wednesday. The country is the world's second-largest arms importer after Saudi Arabia, according to the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute, but Modi wants to turn that around under an ambitious "Made in India" initiative. "In th ... more
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+ Russia obtains ease on C.Africa arms embargo at UN Security Council
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+ China now world's second biggest weapons producer: researchers
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NASA contracts Maxar to supply robotic arm for lunar lander
Westminster CO (SPX) Feb 05, 2020
Maxar Technologies has finalized a contract with NASA to deliver a robotic arm called Sample Acquisition, Morphology Filtering and Probing of Lunar Regolith (SAMPLR). The arm, which will be built in Pasadena, California, and has a contract value of $5 million, will be used to explore Earth's Moon by acquiring samples and determining the geotechnical properties of lunar regolith. Maxar will provi ... more
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Multiple eco-crises could trigger 'systemic collapse': scientists
Paris (AFP) Feb 5, 2020
Overlapping environmental crises could tip the planet into "global systemic collapse," more than 200 top scientists warned Wednesday. Climate change, extreme weather events from hurricanes to heatwaves, the decline of life-sustaining ecosystems, food security and dwindling stores of fresh water - each poses a monumental challenge to humanity in the 21st century. Out of 30 global-scale ... more
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+ 'Open bar' for rats as Paris pension strikes hit waste collection
+ UD study maps areas of high Microplastic concentrations in the Delaware Bay
+ Uruguayan project uses virtual money to encourage plastic recycling
+ How your clothes become microfibre pollution in the sea
+ Bangladesh capital awash with plastic-coated posters
+ Vegan meals and old tuxedos: Hollywood red carpets go green
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Virus exposes Beijing campaign to isolate Taiwan on global bodies
Taipei (AFP) Jan 22, 2020
The emergence of a deadly new virus in China has ignited fresh anger in neighbouring Taiwan about how the island has been squeezed out of international bodies, including the World Health Organization. Modern Taiwan has been a de facto sovereign nation for the last seven decades and has emerged as one of Asia's most progressive democracies. But it is quarantined on the world stage, only r ... more
+ Taiwan 'already independent', Tsai warns China
+ China says Taiwan separatists will 'stink for eternity'
+ Shanghai cuts Prague ties after mayor announces Taipei twinning
+ China slams US for congratulating Tsai on Taiwan poll win
+ The state of Taiwan: Five things to know
+ Beijing loathe to ease pressure despite Taiwan election landslide
+ Prague, Taipei ink sister deal in snub to Beijing
Pakistan bucks trend and resumes flights to virus-hit China
Islamabad (AFP) Feb 3, 2020
Airlines in Pakistan resumed flights to and from China Monday after health authorities said they were confident they had systems in place to keep the deadly coronavirus out of the country. The move comes as dozens of global airlines are halting flight services with China, and governments are increasingly barring entry to anyone who has recently visited the country. China has long been an ... more
+ Pompeo pushes against China, Russia in visit to 'Stans'
+ Start me up: Young Pakistanis face uphill climb in tech innovation
+ Pentagon releases names of Airmen killed in Afghanistan jet crash
+ Chinese Uighurs in Saudi face impossible choice
+ US bombing of Afghanistan hits 10-year high
+ UN says six civilians killed in Afghanistan airstrike
+ US military jet crashes in Taliban territory in Afghanistan


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