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Analysis: New Israeli deal heralds realigning of US aid

Changes to the ‘special relationship’ between the United States and Israel, along with US efforts to bolster its relationship with other countries in the region, are set to alter the tenor of how the...

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Non-nuclear states advance push for UN treaty to ban nukes

Despite arm-twisting and vocal opposition from nuclear powers like the United States, six non-nuclear countries urged the U.N. General Assembly Wednesday to work toward a “legally-binding” accord to ban nuclear weapons in hopes of...

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Amnesty accuses Sudan of using chemical weapons in Darfur

Sudan’s government has carried out at least 30 likely chemical weapons attacks in the Jebel Marra area of Darfur since January using what two experts concluded was a probable blister agent, Amnesty International said...

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Expanding forces increase risk of LAC conflict

Key Points China and India are expanding and modernising their military deployments and supporting infrastructure in the area around their disputed borders in Aksai Chin and Arunachal Pradesh. The balance of military forces favours...

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Sudan accused of widespread chemical weapons usage

There is “horrific evidence” that Sudan’s military has repeatedly used chemical weapons (CW) in the country’s eastern region of Darfur, Amnesty International said in a report released on 29 September. The claim was made...

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RFI – Cooperative Biological Engagement in Thailand

The Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA) Cooperative Biological Engagement Program (CBEP) is conducting market research to source a contractor to support CBEP’s mission of enhancing the biosafety, biosecurity, and biosurveillance capacity in [Read more]...

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3D Gene Sequencing Technology for Drug Discovery and Diagnostics

The Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering at Harvard University today announced that its FISSEQ (fluorescent in situ sequencing) technology will be commercialized by a newly formed company, ReadCoor, Inc. FISSEQ is [Read more]...

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US hits Chinese firm with sanctions over N. Korea trade

Washington (AFP) Sept 26, 2016 – The United States moved to tighten the economic noose around North Korea Monday, charging and sanctioning a firm owned by a prominent Chinese businesswoman for extensive trade ties...

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US Air Force set to replace intercontinental nuke arsenal

Washington (AFP) Sept 25, 2016 – Hidden underground in steel-and-concrete silos across rural America, more than 400 intercontinental ballistic missiles point to the skies, poised for launch — and ready to obliterate cities across...

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No plans to change US nuke strike rules: Pentagon chief

Kirtland Air Force Base, United States (AFP) Sept 27, 2016 – US Defense Secretary Ashton Carter said Tuesday the Pentagon has no plans to pursue a “no-first-use” nuclear weapons policy. His remarks at a...

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Blasts kill at least 17 in Baghdad: police, medics

Three blasts killed at least 17 people and wounded more than 50 in predominantly Shi’ite Muslim districts of Baghdad on Tuesday, police and medical sources said. A suicide bomber detonated his explosive vest in...

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US to deploy THAAD to South Korea ‘as soon as possible’

Given the accelerated pace of North Korea’s ballistic missile tests, Washington intends to deploy the US Army’s Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) system to South Korea “on an accelerated basis” and “as soon...

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U.S. Navy Licenses Dahlgren Decon to First Line Technology

The U.S. Navy signed an exclusive license agreement with First Line Technology on Sept. 7 for the manufacture of a lifesaving decontamination technology. ‘Dahlgren Decon’ was developed to defend servicemembers against chemical, [Read more]...

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