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White House condemns Syria’s chemical weapons use

The White House is condemning the Syrian government Thursday after having announced that a year-long UN-backed investigation found that both the Assad regime and ISIS had used chemical weapons. “It is now impossible to...

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Army, Coast Guard hardest hit by Zika

The Army and Coast Guard are bearing the brunt of Zika infections among military personnel and their families, accounting for more than half the 75 cases since May, according to data released by the...

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Chemical attack through eyes of a child

The BBC’s Quentin Sommerville speaks to the surviving members of a family caught up in Ghouta’s 2013 chemical attack which left hundreds of Syrians dead. Watch here. …read more From:: CBRNe (CBRN)

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Second victim of Thai coastal town bombings dies

A second person has died from injuries sustained when two bombs exploded earlier this week at a hotel in Thailand’s southern coastal town of Pattani, officials said on Friday. The attack late on Tuesday...

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Zika Is Just the First Front in the 21st-Century Biowar

There are many national security challenges facing the United States, but too often our focus is exclusively on threats from terrorism, geopolitics and cyberattacks. As the country confronts the arrival of the Zika virus...

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North Korea missile test earns Kim Jong Un’s praise

orth Korean leader Kim Jong Un considers Wednesday’s test firing of a submarine-based ballistic missile the “greatest success and victory,” the country’s state-run news agency reported. “He (Kim Jong Un) noted with pride that...

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North Korea releases footage of SLBM launch

North Korea’s state-run Uriminzokkiri website has released video footage of what is believed to be the 24 August test-firing of a submarine-launched ballistic missile (SLBM). The site also shows images of the missile, thought...

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Germany to update its civil defence plans

On 24 August the German parliament passed a proposal by the interior ministry to update the country’s civil defence concept some 20 years after its previous update, when it was geared towards a Cold...

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U.S. and Europe Say Assad May Have Kept Some Chemical Weapons

The world’s chemical weapons watchdog has repeatedly found traces of deadly nerve agents in laboratories that Syria insisted were never part of its chemical weapons program, raising new questions about whether Damascus has abided...

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Reamda tasked with developing controller for multiple UGVs

Ireland-based robotics specialist Reamda has been contracted to modify its unmanned ground vehicle (UGV) controller to support a variety of platforms. The contract falls under an award to US company JGW International by the...

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Rules of Engagement for Positive-Pressure Attack

Amidst all the studies, hype, and hysteria, there are proven methodologies for putting positive-pressure attack into operation safely and effectively. This class looks at the decades worth of practical application of using fans for...

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More of Kremlin’s Opponents Are Ending Up Dead

From a certain perspective, certainly the Kremlin’s, Vladimir Kara-Murza’s behavior in Washington could be seen as treasonous, a brazen betrayal of his homeland. In a series of public meetings on Capitol Hill, Mr. Kara-Murza,...

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Is China Losing South Korea?

The recent tensions between China and South Korea have led some analysts to believe that China might be losing South Korea as a reliable partner or even a potential ally. Indeed, since South Korea...

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Juvenile Suicide Bomber Foiled in Kirkuk

A juvenile would-be suicide bomber was apprehended in the northern Iraqi city of Kirkuk before he was able to detonate his explosive belt, Iraqi police said Monday. Local television footage aired on Kurdistan 24...

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