09 Feb 2016

China offers latest FT-series precision-guided bombs for export

“With the release of the improved FT-3A, FT-6A, and FT-7 variants earlier this year, Aerospace Long-March International Trade Co Ltd (ALIT), an intermediary subsidiary of the China Aerospace Science & Technology Corporation (CASC), is now promoting the complete Fei Teng (FT) series of precision-guided bombs (PGBs) to the international market.”

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05 Feb 2016

China says 49 detained for Tianjin blasts, losses at $1 billion

“A total of 49 people have been detained in connection with chemical blasts in the Chinese port city of Tianjin last August that killed 165 people, the government said in a report on Friday while putting losses at more than $1 billion.” Source: China says 49 detained for Tianjin blasts,

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03 Feb 2016

Carter Unveils Budget Details; Pentagon Requests $582.7 Billion

“President Obama’s fiscal year 2017 budget will request $582.7 billion in funding for the Pentagon, including $71.4 billion for research and development, $7.5 billion to fight the Islamic State group, $8.1 billion for submarines, and $1.8 billion on munitions, Secretary of Defense Ash Carter announced Tuesday morning.” Source: Carter Unveils Budget

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02 Feb 2016

Turkey refuses entry to Russian trucks amid sour relations

“Russia’s long-haul trucks are no longer allowed into Turkey, a Russian trucking union and lobby group said on Monday.” Source: Turkey refuses entry to Russian trucks amid sour relations – Yahoo Finance

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01 Feb 2016

Venezuela is on the brink of a complete economic collapse

“The only question now is whether Venezuela’s government or economy will completely collapse first. The key word there is ‘completely.’ Both are well into their death throes. Indeed, Venezuela’s ruling party just lost congressional elections that gave the opposition a veto-proof majority, and it’s hard to see that getting any better for

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31 Jan 2016

‘State-of-the-art’ subterfuge: how Iran kept flying under sanctions

“The methods used to evade sanctions mirror those used in other countries that are or have been under international sanctions in recent decades, such as South Africa, Cuba, Zimbabwe, Iraq and North Korea. After the lifting of nuclear-related sanctions on Jan. 16, Iran’s aviation industry is coming out of the

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30 Jan 2016

The esoteric debate that’s tearing the Bitcoin world apart, explained

“The basic problem is this: The Bitcoin network is getting too popular; a growing number of payments is outstripping the network’s ability to process those payments. And the leaders of the Bitcoin community can’t agree about how to solve this problem — or whether it’s even a problem at all.

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29 Jan 2016

Huge gas reserves found off Senegal

“Senegal on Thursday hailed the discovery of offshore gas reserves estimated at 450 billion cubic metres as a game changer for the west African nation.” Source: Huge gas reserves found off Senegal | News24

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28 Jan 2016

Botswana ‘least corrupt’ sub-Saharan state

“Transparency International has ranked Botswana as the least corrupt county in sub-Saharan Africa. Botswana emerged tops with a score of 63 in this year’s global Corruption Perception Index released by Transparency International Wednesday. It was followed by Cape Verde (57) and Seychelles (55).” Source: Botswana ‘least corrupt’ sub-Saharan state –

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28 Jan 2016

France Asks EU Partners for New Sanctions on Iran

“France has asked its European Union partners to consider new sanctions on Iran for its recent missile tests, officials have told The Associated Press, even as Paris welcomed the president of the Islamic Republic, which is flush with funds from the lifting of other sanctions over Tehran’s nuclear program.” Source:

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