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February 05, 2020
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 their work for the 14th lunar day on Saturday (Beijing Time), and switched to dormant mode for the lunar night, according to the Lunar Exploration and Space Program Center of the China National Space Administration. During the 14th lunar day, Yutu-2 continued to move along the planned route. The scientifi ... read more

SPACEWAR
US Navy Chief compares hypersonic 'hindsight' to 'Sputnik Moment'
Washington DC (Sputnik) Feb 04, 2020
Russia and China are the two leading countries in developing and producing hypersonic weapons. Russia was the first to deploy a hypersonic nuclear missile and recently deployed its first hypersonic ... 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
THE STANS
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. ... more
MILPLEX
Russia obtains ease on C.Africa arms embargo at UN Security Council
United Nations, United States (AFP) Jan 31, 2020
The UN Security Council on Friday approved a slight relaxation of the arms embargo on the Central African Republic, an issue that has been a source of friction between France and Russia. ... more


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THE STANS
Pompeo pushes against China, Russia in visit to 'Stans'
Tashkent (AFP) Feb 2, 2020
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo arrived in Uzbekistan on Sunday for the final stop of a five-country tour in which he is manoeuvring to undercut Chinese and Russian influence. ... more
EPIDEMICS
China virus deaths rise as WHO says 'opportunity' to halt spread
Beijing (AFP) Feb 5, 2020
The world has a "window of opportunity" to halt the spread of a deadly new virus, global health experts said, as the number of people infected in China jumped to 24,000 and millions more were ordered to stay indoors. ... more
EPIDEMICS
More Chinese cities shut down as virus death toll rises
Hangzhou, China (AFP) Feb 5, 2020
Millions more people have been ordered to stay indoors as China battles to curb the spread of a new virus that authorities said Wednesday has already killed nearly 500 people. ... more
EPIDEMICS
Vietnam setting up field hospitals for possible virus influx
Hanoi (AFP) Feb 5, 2020
Vietnam is setting up field hospitals with thousands of beds to handle a potential influx of coronavirus cases, health officials said, as it prepares to receive its nationals from China. ... more
EPIDEMICS
Europe could consider US-style coronavirus travel ban: ministers
Paris (AFP) Feb 4, 2020
European governments could consider a US-style ban on foreign visitors who have recently been to China, in a bid to impede the spread of the deadly coronavirus outbreak, the health ministers of France and Germany said Tuesday. ... more
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EPIDEMICS
China's stuttering economy braces for impact of deadly virus
Beijing (AFP) Feb 5, 2020
China's struggle to contain the deadly coronavirus is deepening concerns about the impact on the world's number-two economy, as factories stay closed and millions of consumers remain holed up at home. ... more
EPIDEMICS
Britain charters final Wuhan evacuation flight; US flies 2 more planes out
London (AFP) Feb 5, 2020
Britain will charter what it said was a "second and final" flight this weekend to evacuate nationals from China's Hubei province, the epicentre of the deadly novel coronavirus outbreak. ... more
EPIDEMICS
China virus deaths rise to 490 as more countries confirm local transmission
Beijing (AFP) Feb 4, 2020
The number of people infected in China by the coronavirus outbreak jumped on Wednesday to nearly 500, after Hong Kong reported its first death from the disease and millions more in China were ordered to stay indoors. ... 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
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


World Bank to lower global growth forecast over virus outbreak

TRADE WARS
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. ... more
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AEROSPACE
Chinese tourism, the main engine of global travel
Paris (AFP) Feb 3, 2020
The impact of the current health crisis on Chinese foreign tourism is likely to be worse than during the SARS epidemic in 2002/2003 or the swine flu crisis in 2009, simply because so many more Chinese people travel abroad for pleasure than back then. ... more
TRADE WARS
Nike says virus to have 'material impact' on China operations
Washington (AFP) Feb 4, 2020
Nike said Tuesday it has closed about half of its stores in China and reduced hours at others due to the worsening outbreak of a new coronavirus, while warning it expects further impacts on its operations in the country. ... more
CAR TECH
Hyundai suspends domestic production over China outbreak
Seoul (AFP) Feb 4, 2020
South Korea's largest automaker Hyundai Motor will suspend all domestic production because of a lack of parts due to the coronavirus outbreak in China, it said Tuesday. ... more
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
TCL set to end deal making BlackBerry smartphones
San Francisco (AFP) Feb 3, 2020
Chinese electronics group TCL will stop producing BlackBerry-branded smartphones this year, the companies said Monday, leaving it unclear whether that will be the end of the line for the once-dominant handsets. ... more
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China to launch more space science satellites
Beijing (XNA) Jan 28, 2020
China plans to launch more space science satellites in the coming three to four years, according to the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS). The satellites will be used to detect electromagnetic signals associated with gravitational waves, solar eruption activities, astronomy and the interaction between solar wind and the Earth's magnetosphere. Four new missions include the Gravitation ... more
+ China's space station core module, manned spacecraft arrive at launch site
+ China to launch Mars probe in July
+ 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
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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
+ Nike says virus to have 'material impact' on China operations
+ World Bank to lower global growth forecast over virus outbreak
+ Panasonic April-December operating profit hit by China sales
+ Hong Kong economy shrinks for first time in a decade
+ China exempts US imports from tariffs for virus fight
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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
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+ Greece ratifies US defence deal amid anti-war protest
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GE Hitachi Nuclear Energy begins NRC licensing process for BWRX-300 Small Modular Reactor
Wilmington NC (SPX) Feb 03, 2020
GE Hitachi Nuclear Energy (GEH) has officially begun the regulatory licensing process for its BWRX-300 small modular reactor. On December 30, 2019 the company submitted the first licensing topical report (LTR) for the BWRX-300 to the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC). GEH expects such LTRs to serve as a foundation for the development of a Preliminary Safety Analysis Report that coul ... more
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+ Current model for storing nuclear waste is incomplete
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+ Stress relieving heat treatment processes: Framatome continues its works
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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
+ US charges Harvard chemistry head over China link
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+ UK approves restricted 5G role for China's Huawei
+ UK 'to decide on Huawei 5G next week'
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GE Hitachi Nuclear Energy begins NRC licensing process for BWRX-300 Small Modular Reactor
Wilmington NC (SPX) Feb 03, 2020
GE Hitachi Nuclear Energy (GEH) has officially begun the regulatory licensing process for its BWRX-300 small modular reactor. On December 30, 2019 the company submitted the first licensing topical report (LTR) for the BWRX-300 to the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC). GEH expects such LTRs to serve as a foundation for the development of a Preliminary Safety Analysis Report that coul ... more
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+ Current model for storing nuclear waste is incomplete
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+ 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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A consensus statement establishes the protocols to assess and report stability of perovskite photovoltaic devices
Moscow, Russia (SPX) Feb 03, 2020
The existing characterization procedures to evaluate emerging photovoltaic devices are not appropriate for halide perovskite solar cells, a new generation of solar cells called to overcome the present state-of-the-art technologies. A vast group of scientists with Prof. Pavel A. Troshin representing Skoltech has reached a consensus on the suitable procedures and the variables to be reported ... more
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Iran says new US sanctions will have 'no effect'
Tehran (AFP) Jan 31, 2020
New American sanctions against Iran's nuclear programme will have "no effect", Iranian foreign ministry spokesman Abbas Mousavi said Friday. Washington announced new sanctions on Thursday against the Atomic Energy Organisation of Iran and its head Ali Akbar Salehi. Brian Hook, the US pointman on Iran, accused them of playing "a big role in Iran breaching its key nuclear commitments" and ... more
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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
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Russia obtains ease on C.Africa arms embargo at UN Security Council
United Nations, United States (AFP) Jan 31, 2020
The UN Security Council on Friday approved a slight relaxation of the arms embargo on the Central African Republic, an issue that has been a source of friction between France and Russia. A resolution drafted by France that extends the embargo by only six months to July 31 was approved by 13 votes with Russia and China abstaining. It allows the CAR to acquire military vehicles mounted wit ... more
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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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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
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+ 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
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+ 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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