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Japan postpones launch of new, cheaper rocket

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Spectators gather to watch an Epsilon rocket, seen in the background, before its launch at the Uchinoura Space Center in Kimotsuki town, Kagoshima, western Japan Tuesday, Aug. 27, 2013. The first Epsilon Launch Vehicle, a new type of solid-fuel rocket, is scheduled to launch later Tuesday carrying a space telescope designed to observe the planets. AP

Japan on Tuesday canceled the launch of a new rocket it hopes will be a cheaper and more efficient way of putting satellites into space, saying it suffered a problem 19 seconds before it was supposed to blast off.

Posted: August 27th, 2013 in Latest News Stories,Photos & Videos,World | Read More »

Despite tension, NKorea lets in tourists, athletes

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Despite North Korea’s warnings that the threat of war on the Korean Peninsula is so high it cannot guarantee the safety of foreign residents, it literally trotted out athletes from around the world on Sunday for a marathon through the streets of its capital — suggesting its concerns of an imminent military crisis might not be as dire as its official pronouncements proclaim.

Posted: April 15th, 2013 in Latest News Stories,World | Read More »

NKorean nuclear test may be intelligence windfall

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North Korean leader Kim Jong Un   AP FILE PHOTO

North Korea’s latest underground test shows it is making big strides toward becoming a true nuclear power. But the test may also reveal key clues the secretive nation might have hoped to hide about how close, or how far away, it is from fielding a nuclear weapon capable of striking the United States or its allies.

Posted: February 14th, 2013 in Latest News Stories,Photos & Videos,World | Read More »

Jets roar as US, Japan, Australia drill in Pacific

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An Australian fighter jet is readied for a training mission at the Cope North military exercises at Andersen Air Force Base on the U.S. island of Guam, Thursday, Feb. 7, 2013. Fighter jets from the U.S. and two key allies roared into Western Pacific skies Thursday in the combat phase of exercises that have gained importance as the region responds to the rise of China and other potential threats. The Cope North exercises—which could soon swell in participants—are aimed at preparing the air forces of the U.S., Japan and Australia to fight together if a military crisis erupts. AP Photo/Eric Talmadge

Fighter jets from the U.S. and two key allies roared into western Pacific skies Thursday in the combat phase of annual exercises that have gained importance as the region responds to the rise of China and other potential threats.

Posted: February 7th, 2013 in Latest News Stories,Photos & Videos,World | Read More »

Japan sees new Chinese actions near disputed isles

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A Japan Coast Guard's patrol boat, third from the top, and a Taiwanese patrol boat, 4th from the top, discharge water each other near disputed islands called Senkaku in Japan and Diaoyu in China, in the East China Sea, Tuesday, Sept. 25, 2012. AP FILE PHOTO

Chinese ships entered waters near a group of disputed islands for the first time in three weeks Thursday, prompting a strong protest from Japan, which says China’s air force has also sharply increased its operations in the area.

Posted: October 25th, 2012 in Latest News Stories,Photos & Videos,World | Read More »

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