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Iran: US botched retaliatory cyberattack, faces 'crushing response' to drones
News ImageSecretary of State Mike Pompeo arrived in Saudi Arabia for talks ahead of aplanned announcement of new economic sanctions targeting Iran.
Tue, 25 Jun 2019 12:23:40 -0400
Skydiver of previous wreck on Hawaii plane 'extremely upset'
News ImageA man who was involved in a terrifying 2016 skydiving accident on the same plane that crashed and killed 11 people in Hawaii on Friday says he wishes he could have done more to prevent the tragedy. Asawa was aboard the same plane three years ago when it stalled and went into a spinning nosedive. Asawa said skydiving is generally safe, but participants need to be able to trust the aircrafts they fly in.
Tue, 25 Jun 2019 00:37:20 -0400
U.S., Taliban aim to firm up date for foreign force exit from Afghanistan
News ImageUpcoming peace talks between the United States and the Taliban will focus on working out a timeline for the withdrawal of U.S.-led troops from Afghanistan and on a Taliban guarantee militants won't plot attacks from Afghan soil, sources said on Monday. A seventh round of talks between the warring sides begins on Saturday in Qatar's capital of Doha, where U.S. and Taliban negotiators have been trying to hammer out a deal to end to the 18-year-long war since October. "Once the timetable for foreign force withdrawal is announced, then talks will automatically enter the next stage," said Sohail Shaheen, a spokesman for the Taliban's political office in Doha.
Mon, 24 Jun 2019 07:01:19 -0400
Taking a Closer Look at Japan's Futuristic Attack Submarine
News ImageThe sleek underwater warship will ensure the country is defended by the best non-nuclear submarines around.
Tue, 25 Jun 2019 14:40:00 -0400
2021 Ford Bronco to Get 2.3-Liter EcoBoost Engine, according to an Online Parts Configurator
News ImageMulti-line retailer Canadian Tire inadvertently revealed the future Bronco's engine on its website.
Tue, 25 Jun 2019 12:30:00 -0400
FedEx sues US government over shipment restrictions
News ImageAmerican logistics giant FedEx sued the US government on Monday, saying Washington's restrictions on exports and imports due to growing trade disputes and sanctions created an "impossible burden" for delivery firms. The announcement of the lawsuit comes as Beijing and Washington face off in a trade war that has seen both sides exchange steep tariffs on hundreds of billions in exports. A statement by the delivery firm said the restrictions placed "an unreasonable burden on FedEx to police the millions of shipments that transit our network every day" or face heavy fines.
Tue, 25 Jun 2019 04:09:50 -0400
Weird: India Sent a Really Old MiG-21 to Battle an U.S. Made F-16. Why?
News ImageOn Feb. 26, 2019 Indian planes crossed the line of control at India's border with Pakistan and bombed what New Dehli described as a terrorist training camp near Balakot.The Indian air force defended its decision to send old MiG-21 fighters up against much more modern Pakistani F-16s during recent aerial skirmishes.(This first appeared in March 2019.)Several days of aerial fighting followed the bombing raid. On Feb. 27, 2019, Pakistani F-16s and other planes crossed the line of control to attack Indian forces, New Delhi claimed.Indian MiG-21s and other fighters intercepted the Pakistanis and shot down one F-16, killing its pilot, according to the Indian government. Islamabad claimed its forces shot down two MiG-21s, but New Delhi copped to losing just one jet.Pakistani forces captured the MiG-21 pilot, Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman, and held him for two days before handing him over to Indian officials.India's MiG-21s, while featuring some key upgrades, still are more than 30 years old. The Pakistani F-16 that the Indians shot down reportedly was a Block 52D model that Islamabad in 2005 ordered from the United States."The MiG-21 is in our inventory, why will we not use it?" Indian Air Chief Marshal BS Dhanoa rhetorically asked reporters when questioned about the aerial disparity.To be fair, India in the 1990s upgraded its MiG-21s to the "Bison" standard with Western-style avionics, a new radar and radar warning receiver and compatibility with modern weapons. "[It] has got better weapons system, better air-to-air missiles," Dhanoa pointed out.But the main reason India sent the MiG-21 into battle is that the type is still one of the most numerous in Indian air force service. "We fight with all the aircraft in our inventory," Dhanoa said.Indeed, the aerial battle in which the MiG-21 and F-16 were shot down involved, on both sides, mixed formations of old and new fighters."The MiG-21 that was shot down on Feb. 27, 2019, was part of a formation of eight Indian fighters which included four Sukhoi 30s, two upgraded Mirage 2000s and two MiG-21 Bisons that were dispatched to engage a package of 24 [Pakistani air force] jets that included eight F-16s, four Mirage III aircraft, four JF-17 Thunders," David Cenciotti reported at The Aviationist.India for years has been struggling to replace a large fleet of old, Russian-made warplanes. In 2018 the Indian air force operated 244 1960s-vintage MiG-21s and 84 MiG-27s that are only slightly younger.The MiG-21s, in particular, are accident-prone. Since the first of 874 MiG-21s entered Indian service in 1963, around 490 have crashed, killing around 200 pilots.
Mon, 24 Jun 2019 06:57:00 -0400
Pete Buttigieg: Im Proud to Be Standing on the Shoulders of Giants in a Tradition That Goes Back to Stonewall
News ImagePhoto Illustration by Sarah Rogers/The Daily Beast/Photos GettyIn this special series, LGBT celebrities and public figures talk to Tim Teeman about the Stonewall Riots and their legacysee more here.Pete Buttigieg, mayor of South Bend, Indiana, is running to be the Democratic Partys candidate in the 2020 presidential election. If successful, he would be the first openly gay president of the United States.Buttigieg did not respond to these four questions sent to him by The Daily Beast: When and how did you first hear about the Stonewall Riots and what did you make of them? What is their significance for you? How far have LGBT people come since 1969? What would you like to see, LGBT-wise, in the next 50 years?Bill T. Jones: We Must Work Harder to Connect Stonewall to the Worlds Other Liberation StrugglesInstead, Buttigieg sent this statement:In the 50 years since Stonewall, its been extraordinary to see the awakening of the LGBTQ+ community. As the first out elected official running for president, its hard to believe how quickly these changes have come to our society, but also hard to live with just how much work remains ahead of us. And in those 50 years weve seen a remarkable transformation: the awakening of an identity that learned how to exert political force and issue a moral callfor our nation to do better when it comes to equality. Im proud to be a part of that, standing on the shoulders of giants in a tradition that goes back to Stonewall and before, and Im eager for the gains to be made on the road ahead.Read more at The Daily Beast.Got a tip? Send it to The Daily Beast hereGet our top stories in your inbox every day. Sign up now!Daily Beast Membership: Beast Inside goes deeper on the stories that matter to you. Learn more.
Tue, 25 Jun 2019 04:39:09 -0400
Donald Trump threatens 'overwhelming force' against Iran if it attacks 'anything American'
News ImageDonald Trumpsaid he would use "overwhelming force" against Iran if it attacks the U.S. again, a threat that comes days after he called off strikes.
Tue, 25 Jun 2019 16:24:19 -0400
Hawaii skydiving crash victims included young couple, sailor
News ImageAll 11 people on board a skydiving plane died when it crashed and burned at a small airfield north of Honolulu last week. The Honolulu Medical Examiner's office has identified seven victims, including a young couple from Colorado celebrating their first wedding anniversary, several skydiving instructors and a Navy sailor. The Navy said Lt. Joshua Drablos, 27, was "an invaluable member" of the U.S. Fleet Cyber Command, based in Kunia, Hawaii.
Tue, 25 Jun 2019 22:08:33 -0400
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