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France’s nuclear-energy champion is in turmoil

These are difficult times for Electricité de France (EDF), the country’s quasi-monopolistic electricity provider, serving 88% of homes. Outages at no fewer than 18 of the 58 EDF-owned nuclear reactors that provide three-quarters of...

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ROK-U.S. Alliance: “Forged in the Fire of War”

n an effort to keep strengthening ties, leaders from the 20th Chemical Biological Radiological Nuclear and Explosives Command sat with members of the Republic of Korea’s (ROK) army for a Command Overview brief at...

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Images show PLAAF testing possible new air-to-air missile

China’s People’s Liberation Army Air Force (PLAAF) has been flight testing what appears to be a new long-range air-to-air missile (AAM), according to images posted on Chinese online forums. Published on the social media...

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States divided on nuclear disarmament initiative

Key Points For the first time since the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) was concluded in 1970, a new multilateral nuclear disarmament negotiation is set to commence in 2017 with the aim of prohibiting all...

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US, South Korea begin joint aerial exercise

Units from the Republic of Korea (RoK) and the United States commenced the six-day ‘Vigilant Ace 17’ aerial exercise on 30 November, an official of the Ministry of National Defense (MND) in Seoul told...

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Cracking the Code of Deadly Venezuelan Equine Encephalitis

Venezuelan equine encephalitis virus (VEEV) has a mortality as high as 80 percent in infected animals. It causes rapid, catastrophic swelling of the brain and spinal cord, leading to severe neurological symptoms [Read more]...

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IBC Threat Assessment November 2016

This is the 21st issue of the feature called the IBC Threat Assessment (IBC-TA) that we initiated in November 2014. It is intended to inform our readers about ongoing and emerging CRBNe-threats that need...

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