Tianzhou-3 cargo spacecraft successfully docks with China’s space station

A Chinese robotic resupply cargo spacecraft successfully docked with an orbiting space station module on Monday in the fourth of 11 missions needed to finish building China’s first permanent space station by the end of next year. A Long March-7 rocket carrying the Tianzhou-3, or “Heavenly Vessel” in Chinese, blasted off at 3:10 p.m. Beijing… Read More Tianzhou-3 cargo spacecraft successfully docks with China’s space station

France cancels defence meeting with UK over submarine deal row

France has cancelled a meeting between Armed Forces Minister Florence Parly and her British counterpart planned for this week after Australia scrapped a submarine order with Paris in favour of a deal with Washington and London, two sources familiar with the matter said. Parly personally took the decision to drop the bilateral meeting with British… Read More France cancels defence meeting with UK over submarine deal row

France recalls envoys from U.S., Australia over submarine deal row

France plunged into an unprecedented diplomatic crisis with the United States and Australia on Friday after it recalled its ambassadors from both countries over a trilateral security deal which sank a French-designed submarine contract with Canberra. The rare decision taken by French President Emmanuel Macron was made due to the “exceptional gravity” of the matter,… Read More France recalls envoys from U.S., Australia over submarine deal row

Kazakhstan parliament approves bill on foreign social media restrictions

Kazakhstan’s parliament approved a bill on Wednesday requiring owners of foreign social media and messaging apps to set up offices in the country or risk being blocked as part of a campaign against cyberbullying. The draft law, which had passed its first reading in the lower house of parliament, focuses on protecting children’s rights but… Read More Kazakhstan parliament approves bill on foreign social media restrictions

Taiwan plans about $9billion defense spending over next five years

Taiwan proposed on Thursday extra defence spending of T$240 billion (an equivalent of $8.69 billion) over the next five years, including on new missiles, as it warned of an urgent need to upgrade weapons in the face of a “severe threat” from giant neighbour China. Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen has made modernising the armed forces… Read More Taiwan plans about $9billion defense spending over next five years

Australia to acquire nuclear submarines in security deal with U.S., Britain

The United States, Britain and Australia said on Wednesday they would establish a security partnership for the Indo-Pacific that will involve helping Canberra acquire nuclear-powered submarines, as Chinese influence over the region grows. Under the partnership, announced by President Joe Biden, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson and Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison, the United States… Read More Australia to acquire nuclear submarines in security deal with U.S., Britain

Thousands protest against President Nayib Bukele in El Salvador

Thousands of Salvadorans took to the streets on Wednesday to protest against President Nayib Bukele, who they accuse of a power grab aimed at weakening democratic institutions and consolidating his grip on power. A the heart of their complaints is the recent law making bitcoin legal tender alongside the U.S. dollar and the firing in… Read More Thousands protest against President Nayib Bukele in El Salvador

British communications firm OneWeb launches satellites into orbit in global internet services push

British-based firm OneWeb launched 34 satellites into orbit from a cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, expanding its in-orbit constellation to 322 satellites, it said on Wednesday. The satellites lifted off from Kazakhstan’s Baikonur cosmodrome at 1807 GMT on Tuesday, it said in a statement. OneWeb plans to launch a total of 648 low earth orbit satellites to… Read More British communications firm OneWeb launches satellites into orbit in global internet services push