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Zimbabwe awaits next steps after military takeover

Media playback is unsupported on your device Zimbabweans are waiting to see what steps the military will take next after seizing control of the country. President Robert Mugabe is said to be confined to his home in Harare but unconfirmed reports says his wife Grace, who was bidding to succeed him as president, has fled to Namibia. The military’s action followed the sacking of Vice-President Emmerson Mnangagwa, a fierce rival of Mrs Mugabe. His whereabouts are also unclear. President Mugabe, 93, has been in control of Zimbabwe since it gained ...

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Killer Robot Drones are Coming to a Military Near You

This site may earn affiliate commissions from the links on this page. Terms of use. Weaponized drones aren’t new. The US military, and more recently that of other countries, have been using large, expensive, missile-equipped models for remote strikes for many years. But lightweight drones have been limited by the amount of gimbal required to deal with recoil, and the weight of a weapon plus ammunition. Startup Duke Robotics says it is changing all that. Its TIKAD system combines a remote-control weapon system with a purpose-built, eight-rotor drone. The combination ...

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Trump warns N Korea that US military is 'locked and loaded'

President Donald Trump says the US military is “locked and loaded” to deal with North Korea, ramping up the rhetorical brinkmanship. “Military solutions are now fully in place, locked and loaded, should North Korea act unwisely. Hopefully Kim Jong-un will find another path!” he tweeted. He spoke as Pyongyang accused him of “driving” the Korean peninsula to the “brink of a nuclear war”. North Korea has announced plans to fire missiles near the US territory of Guam. The Pacific island’s homeland security agency issued a fact sheet on Friday with ...

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'From crazy to cruel': Late night reacts to Trump's transgender military ban

LGBT Laws: Tech CEOs speak out again Stephen Colbert and the rest of late night didn’t hold back on President Donald Trump following his announcement on Twitter of a plan to reinstate a ban on transgender individuals from serving in the U.S. armed forces. The host of CBS’ “The Late Show” kicked off his broadcast Wednesday night by describing Trump’s announcement as “cruel.” “I began my day today as I often begin my days by checking Donald Trump’s Twitter feed to see how far the crazy has spread,” Colbert said ...

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Trump: Transgender people 'can't serve' in US military

US President Donald Trump says transgender people cannot serve in “any capacity” in the military. He tweeted that he had consulted with military experts and cited “tremendous medical costs and disruption”. The Obama administration decided last year to allow transgender people to serve openly in the military. But in June, Defence Secretary James Mattis agreed to a six-month delay in the recruitment of transgender people. The Pentagon said this was to allow the different branches of the military to “review their accession plans and provide input on the impact to ...

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Brazilian aircraft takes on an American military icon

Embraer’s new KC-390 military transport jet shows off at the 2017 Paris Air Show. Perched in the cockpit of one of the newest military aircraft in the world as it streaksthrough the sky, I’ve gota front row seat for a Brazilian sales pitch aimed at unseating an American icon. Brazilian aircraft manufacturer Embraer brought its all-new prototype jet-powered KC-390 military cargo hauler to the Paris Air Show to woo the world’s military brass and convince them it’s time to give up Lockheed Martin’s C-130 Hercules. The C-130 is the world’s ...

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South Korea proposes rare military talks with North Korea

Media playback is unsupported on your device South Korea has proposed holding military talks with the North, after weeks of heightened tension following Pyongyang’s long-range missile test. If they were to go ahead, they would be the first high-level talks since 2015. A senior official said talks should aim to stop “all hostile activities that raise military tension” at the fortified border between the Koreas. South Korea’s President Moon Jae-in has long signalled he wants closer engagement with the North. North Korea has not responded to the South’s proposal yet. ...

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China launches aircraft carrier, boosting military presence

Media playback is unsupported on your device China has launched a new aircraft carrier, boosting its military presence amid rising tensions in the region. It is the country’s second aircraft carrier, after the Liaoning, and the first to be made domestically. State media said the unnamed ship was “transferred from dry dock into the water” in the north-eastern port of Dalian. Previous reports said it would be operational by 2020. It comes amid heated rhetoric between the US and North Korea in recent days. China has had only one operational ...

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