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Meet China’s Sharp Sword: A stealth drone that can likely carry 2 tons of bombs
Asia, ENGLISH

Meet China’s Sharp Sword: A stealth drone that can likely carry 2 tons of bombs

    The Sharp Sword UCAV is one of China's most high-tech drones, with a flying wing body and internal bomb bad that maximizes its stealth and range. This image is from its first flight on November 21, 2013. The Sharp Sword UAV (unmanned aerial vehicle), China's stealthy attack drone, just won second place in the National Science and Technology Advancement Prizes. Considering the secrecy surrounding stealth drones to come out of China—there are relatively few photos of the Sharp Sword available, particularly as opposed to, say, the J-20 fighter the Sharp Sword's victory is pretty noteworthy. The drone, known as Lijian in Mandarin Chinese, is being paraded as a huge win for Chinese aviation technology. And it is. The Lijian uses a flying wing body (just like the B-2 bomber and ...
EU citizens could face new hate crime wave after Article 50 triggered
ENGLISH, Europe

EU citizens could face new hate crime wave after Article 50 triggered

    The UK could see a fresh rise in hate crime against EU nationals after Article 50 is triggered, a UK watchdog has warned. Great Britain saw a surge in hate crime in the months following the decision to leave the EU on 23 June 2016. British Prime Minister Theresa May has promised to trigger Article 50 before the end of March, which will untangle the UK's relationship with the bloc. The process is expected to take at least two years, although trade deals are expected to take far longer. But Article 50 could be triggered earlier after May outlined on 17 January plans to leave the single market in order to secure immigration controls and to remove the UK from the jurisdiction of the European Court of Justice. We are hugely concerned about what might happen in relation to an in...
A Man aged 50 charged with murder after body of much loved mum found in a suitcase
ENGLISH, United Kingdom

A Man aged 50 charged with murder after body of much loved mum found in a suitcase

    A man has been charged with murder after the body of a much loved mum was found in a suitcase. Kiran Daudia, 46, was found dead in a Leicester alleyway yesterday morning. Leicestershire Police said last night they had charged Ashwin Daudia, 50, with murder and remanded him in custody. Daudia, of Lyme Road, Leicester, will appear at Leicester Magistrates' Court on Thursday. Ms Daudia's family paid tribute to her saying: Kiran was a much loved mum, daughter, sister and auntie, and she will be deeply missed by us all. We ask that our privacy be respected during this very difficult time. Neighbour Mohammed Asgar Pathan, 49, who lives just a few doors away from the Cromer Street, told the Leicester Mercury: It is very worrying so close to my home. I came home at about 12.30pm o...
Russian business world hopes for relief from Trump
America, ENGLISH

Russian business world hopes for relief from Trump

    Few people are more eager for Donald Trump's arrival in the White House than those who do business in Russia. Hacking scandals? They expect that to blow over. Conflict in Ukraine? An artificial problem invented by Barack Obama, they argue. Russian magnates and American investors alike are anticipating a Trump administration that removes punishing sanctions, frees up access to capital and encourages U.S. businesses pursuing profits in Russia's vast market  regardless of Russian President Vladimir Putin's policies. This may all be wishful thinking. With relations at a post-Cold War low, the Kremlin is cautious about the unpredictable new U.S. president  not least because of accusations of Russian hacking of the American election campaign. But in the business world, there's a...
America, ENGLISH

In final news conference Obama defends a free press his last acts in office

    President Obama held his final news conference at the White House on Wednesday, defending the importance of the free press and some of the final decisions he has made before leaving office. But even as touted some of the advances that had been made under his watch such as Americans’ growing acceptance of members of the LGBT community he warned of turmoil in the Middle East and unintended consequences of policy shifts President-elect Donald Trump might trigger once he takes office. Obama suggested the moment may be passing for a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, saying his administration took the unusual step last month of not vetoing a U.N. resolution criticizing the expansion of Israeli settlements in Palestinian territory in order to issue a wake-up...