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Chinese spacecraft lands on moon

CNN, By Sophie Brown, December 14

China’s first lunar rover landed on the moon Saturday, less than two weeks after it blasted off from Earth, Chinese state news reported.

The landing makes China one of only three nations — after the United States and the former Soviet Union — to “soft-land” on the moon’s surface, [...]

China scrambles fighter jets towards US and Japan aircraft in disputed air zone

Escalation of response in South China Sea is the first time China is known to have sent military jets in zone alongside foreign craft

The Guardian, By Tania Branigan & Ed Pilkington, November 29

Beijing / New York – China scrambled fighter jets to investigate US and Japanese aircraft flying through its new air defence [...]

Scientists discover SARS-like virus in Chinese bats

Finding provides clues about how SARS spreads, and has wide implications for public health measures, researchers say

Al Jazeera America, November 1

Scientists have discovered that bats in China are a source of a respiratory virus similar to SARS, which infected 8,000 people and killed more than 770 during a global pandemic a decade ago.


US Covered-Up For Decades The Largest Use Of Biological And Chemical Weapons In History

The Public Record, By Jeffrey Kaye, September 10

There are many reasons why one should oppose the military action against Syria being planned by the Obama administration. But given that the action is being trumpeted as a righteous response to the alleged use of chemical weapons by the Syrian government, there is one reason to [...]

Russian President Vladimir Putin says he may seek 4th presidential term in 2018

AP, September 19

Valdai, Russia — President Vladimir Putin said Thursday he may run for a fourth presidential term in 2018, confirming the expectations of most Russians and frustrating those now working to restore free elections in Russia.

If Putin runs and wins, it would keep him in power for about a quarter century and [...]

Recovery is slow in rural China’s ‘cancer villages’

McClatchy / Penn State University, By Brittany Horn, August 19

Nanmen, China — In this small village about 25 miles from Shanghai, the smell of paint and gasoline hangs heavy in the stagnant afternoon air. Small dogs run in streets wide enough for only a small car. Children with worn Disney backpacks walk home from [...]

China and Russia start largest-ever joint military drills

The joint maritime drills in the Sea of Japan will include 11 Russian warships and 7 Chinese vessels, including four destroyers, two guided missile frigates and a support ship.

Global Post, By Daniel DeFraia, July 5

Russia and China began joint naval exercises in the Sea of Japan on Friday, as Beijing’s non-violent territorial disputes [...]

China Is Reaping Biggest Benefits of Iraq Oil Boom

New York Times, By Tim Arango & Clifford Krauss, June 2

Baghdad— Since the American-led invasion of 2003, Iraq has become one of the world’s top oil producers, and China is now its biggest customer.

China already buys nearly half the oil that Iraq produces, nearly 1.5 million barrels a day, and is angling [...]

U.S. Military Plane Crashes in Kyrgyzstan

(NYT) — An American tanker airplane used for midair refueling over Afghanistan crashed soon after departure on Friday from the Manas airport in the Central Asian state of Kyrgyzstan, according to an American official and local media reports.

A crew of five people were flying the airplane, a KC-135 Stratotanker, according to AKI Press, [...]

United States, China reach critical deal on climate change

Postmedia News, William Marsden, April 14

WASHINGTON – The world’s two biggest polluters have signed what could be a groundbreaking agreement and “call to action” on the fight against escalating climate change.

The United States and China announced Sunday they would accelerate action to reduce greenhouse gases by advancing cooperation on technology, research, conservation, and [...]

Bird flu reaches Beijing

Sydney Morning Herald, April 14

A seven-year-old girl is Beijing’s first human case of H7N9 bird flu, local authorities say as China’s outbreak of the disease spreads to the capital.

The girl, whose parents are poultry traders, was in a stable condition in hospital, the Beijing health bureau said on Saturday. Her mother and father [...]

China claims most cyber-attacks on its military websites have US origin

Beijing says defence ministry and another site subjected to 1.7m attacks last year, two-thirds of which came from within America.

Reuters, February 28

Beijing – Two Chinese military websites were subject to about 144,000 hacking attacks a month last year, almost two-thirds of which came from the US, China’s defence ministry has said.

Earlier this [...]

Brian Downing: U.S. special forces leave key Afghan province as all war-weary sides look for clues

Special to

By Brian M Downing

Afghan President Hamid Karzai has ordered U.S. special forces out of Wardak province. It lies southwest of and near to Kabul, where he resides – isolated and dependent on foreign protection.

The U.S. soldiers are said to have assisted local forces in kidnapping locals and beheading one of [...]

The heart weeps

Globe and Mail reader Maggy Carter astutely comments on the death of the New Dehli gang rape victim.

According to the hospital head, the victim “passed away peacefully”. A curious phrase to describe death from such a horrific, violent, depraved, evil, inhuman atrocity. Is it the passage of time, the fact that she was heavily [...]

Will a Horrific Bus Gang-Rape in Delhi Finally Change India’s Culture of Rape?

Slate, By Jen Swanson

India may be the world’s largest democracy, but it’s also one of the most dangerous countries for women.

As if the Haryana rape spree earlier this year, and the religious and political leadership’s indifference to it, weren’t awful enough, this week brought news of a horrific gang-rape of a 23-year-old [...]