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Strong 5.6 earthquake reported in Tokyo

An earthquake measuring 5.6 on the Richter scale shook buildings in Tokyo late Monday night. According to the U.S. Geological Survey, the quake was centered at about two kilometers west/northwest of Iwai, Japan, and hit at about 11:28 p.m. ET. The agency reported the temblor registered a 5.6. Reuters sent out a headline at about 11:30 p.m. ET saying the ... Read More »

Imagery shows Liaoning, J-15 mockup at Dalian shipyard

Satellite imagery provided by Airbus Defence and Space has confirmed media reports that Chinese aircraft carrier Liaoning recently undertook a four-month maintenance period in the Dalian shipyard, which refurbished the ship after its acquisition from Ukraine. The Kuznetsov (Orel) (Project 1143.5/6)-class carrier, which completed its first sea trials in the South China Sea in January, was shown alongside at Dalian ... Read More »

Myanmar interested in Indonesian defence equipment, industrial collaboration

Indonesia is looking to expand defence industrial ties with Myanmar as part of an effort to boost military exports to its Southeast Asian neighbour. A delegation from Indonesia’s Defence Industrial Policy Committee (KKIP) visited Myanmar from 11-13 September to promote closer industrial ties as well as a selection of Indonesian defence products, said a statement by the Ministry of Defence ... Read More »

‘It’s despair on all fronts,’ says Ebola aid worker

For Lance Plyler and the other health workers treating Ebola patients at the small missionary hospital in Liberia, exhaustion came in many forms. The physical demands of working under layer upon layer of protective gear, sweating profusely in the sweltering African heat. The mental challenge of staying alert to the risk of infection while caring for patients suffering bouts of ... Read More »

UN takes over C. African Republic peacekeeping

The United Nations took over a regional African peacekeeping mission in Central African Republic on Monday, nine months after sectarian violence erupted that has left at least 5,000 people dead and has forced tens of thousands of Muslims to flee into exile in neighboring countries. About 1,800 additional peacekeepers and police joined the mission as the United Nations took over, ... Read More »

Former Libyan general claims new air strike in western Libya

Forces loyal to former Libyan army general Khalifa Haftar claimed an air strike on an armed group near Tripoli on Monday, a senior commander said, in what would be the first air strikes in western Libya for three weeks. A resident of Gharyan town, south of Tripoli, heard jets attacking targets. Arab TV channel al-Arabiya also reported a strike on ... Read More »

Rocket Engine Presents Unexpected Budget Challenge

Renewed tensions with Russia has made it clear the US Air Force will have to develop a homegrown rocket engine to launch military equipment. The question is: What does that mean for the rest of the service’s budget? Following Moscow’s annexation of Crimea, the Obama administration issued sanctions against top Russian officials. In retaliation, Russia’s Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin ... Read More »

Can Obama wage war without consent of Congress?

On the cusp of intensified airstrikes in Iraq and Syria, President Barack Obama is using the legal grounding of the congressional authorizations President George W. Bush relied on more than a decade ago to go to war. But Obama has made no effort to ask Congress to explicitly authorize his own conflict. The White House said again Friday that Bush-era ... Read More »

Three Ways House Work on CR, Syrian Rebels Plan Could Play Out

Whether or not the federal national security apparatus shuts down in October suddenly is all about Saudi Arabia, the Islamic State, Syrian rebel forces and lawmakers’ feelings about President Barack Obama. The clock is ticking on whether the House will approve a massive government-wide funding bill to avert a federal shutdown at 12 a.m. EDT on Oct. 1. The lower ... Read More »

Fate of Obama’s ISIS Plan Hangs on the House

Now that President Obama has made his case for military action against the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, it falls to those in Congress who have worked to stymie his agenda at every turn to round up support for a key piece of his strategy. House Speaker John Boehner and his lieutenants will ask their restive conference to vote ... Read More »

GOP Member Offers Window Into Lawmakers’ Concerns Over Syrian Rebel Authorities, Funds

A conservative US House member on Friday provided a window into concerns about a White House counterterrorism request that has delayed a bill to avert a government shutdown. After years of “fiscal cliffs,” shutdowns and other dramatics, Capitol Hill on Thursday again descended into chaos and confusion. This time, members were questioning President Barack Obama’s request that a continuing resolution ... Read More »

For Defense in Georgia, Novice or Progeny

WHY IT MATTERS After a defense industry favorite went down in the primary, a political neophyte battles the daughter of a former Senate Armed Services Committee chairman for a Senate seat in one of the most defense-heavy states. THE RACE The retirement of Sen. Saxby Chambliss leaves big shoes to fill for the defense community in Georgia. Vice Chairman of ... Read More »

Rights group calls for probe into Iraqi airstrike

An international rights group called Sunday for an investigation into an Iraqi airstrike on a school housing displaced families that killed 31 civilians, including 24 children, a day after the country’s new prime minister ordered the army to stop shelling militant-held populated areas to minimize civilian casualties. New York-based Human Rights Watch said in a statement that the Sept. 1 ... Read More »