Space 

Cambodia to buy Chinese satellite as relations tighten on Belt and Road Initiative

WASHINGTON —  China Great Wall Industry Corp. landed a new satellite order Jan. 11 on the back of a bilateral meeting between Chinese and Cambodian officials that included an agreement to increase trade between the two countries. The Chinese satellite manufacturer inked a “framework agreement” with the Royal Group of Cambodia, an investment firm with companies in transportation, telecommunications and other fields, to build and launch a communications satellite called Techo-1. CGWIC will also provide the launch, ground systems, arrange insurance and facilitate technology transfer for its Cambodian customer. The…

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Science 

Ukraine to launch its first solar plant at Chernobyl

Solar power is a way to make use of the area around Chernobyl that is still heavily polluted after the 1986 catastrophe (AFP Photo/Genya SAVILOV) Chernobyl (Ukraine) (AFP) – At ground zero of Ukraine’s Chernobyl tragedy, workers in orange vests are busy erecting hundreds of dark-coloured panels as the country gets ready to launch its first solar plant to revive the abandoned territory. The new one-megawatt power plant is located just a hundred metres from the new “sarcophagus”, a giant metal dome sealing the remains of the 1986 Chernobyl accident,…

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Russia launched ‘full-scale war’ simulation against Nato, commander claims

General Riho Terras said the Zapad (or ‘West’) exercises that were held last year were used to simulate a large-scale conflict with the US-led alliance as well as to show off Russia’s ability to deploy a large amount of troops at short notice in the event of an outbreak of conflict. The exercises, which were held in Belarus and the Baltic Sea as well as Kaliningrad between 14-20 September last year, took place to test the response to an attack from militants, according to Russia’ defence ministry. But Mr Terras…

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Dogs of war! Putin’s military unveils latest puppy recruits in adorable New Year’s video

Russia may have long prided itself on the bravery and skill of its armed forces, but not every soldier starts out a war machine. The 470th Dog Breeding Center outside Moscow trains up canine companions to serve in Russia’s military. The Russian MoD released footage of its adorable puppy recruits as they play in the snow before starting their military training. They can be seen bounding across the frozen terrain, only stopping for treats and belly rubs. The clip – titled “Loyal Friends” – was posted on the Russian Ministry…

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Lifestyle 

New Year’s Day: Top 10 facts about January 1

1. From the 12th century until Britain adopted the Gregorian calendar in 1752, the official new year was not on January 1 but on March 25.  2. Officially in England, 1751 was the shortest year ever, lasting only from March 25 to December 31.  3. Scotland had changed its New Year’s Day to January 1 in 1600.  4. January is named for the two-headed god Janus who could look backward and forward, to the old year and the new, at the same time.  5. If you don’t want to be…

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UN Jerusalem vote by country: What countries voted against US call on Israel’s capital?

An overwhelming majority of United Nations member states opposed the United States regarding the disputed status of Jerusalem on Thursday. In what was seen as a massive blow to the US, a total of 128 of the 193-member UN General Assembly agreed to resolve the Holy City dispute through “negotiations in line with relevant UN resolutions”. The vote followed President’s Trump decision on December 6 to move the US embassy in Israel to Jerusalem.   The official UN position is that East Jerusalem is part of the occupied Palestinian territory –…

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Science 

GEMINIDS IN PICTURES: Dazzling meteor shower lights up the night sky

The spectacular light show is set to illuminate the sky this year on its annual arrival. And the Geminids meteor shower has already dazzled stargazers in eastern Europe.  Stunning images show the meteor shower light up the sky behind an Orthodox church near the village of Zagorie in Belarus. And in Van, eastern Turkey, stargazers have been spotted watching the meteor shower as it shoots across the sky.  In Britain the shower will be best seen between midnight and dawn on Thursday when the bright meteors are at their most…

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Space 

Chinese Long March 3B launches Algeria’s first telecom satellite

PRINCETON, New Jersey — China Great Wall Industry Corp. launched Algeria’s first telecommunications satellite, Alcomsat-1, aboard a Long March 3B rocket at 11:40 a.m. Eastern to geostationary transfer orbit, the Algerian press agency APS said today. The 5,225-kilogram satellite carries a 33-transponder payload comprised of 19 in Ku-band, 12 in Ka-band and two in L-band, according to a statement from China Great Wall Industry Corp. (CGWIC). Similar to China’s other foreign satellite deals, CGWIC built the satellite and provided the launch vehicle, sidestepping manufacturing and rocket restrictions tied to U.S.…

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Lifestyle 

Frontiers: Top 10 facts about borders

1. The world’s longest international land border is the 5,525 mile border between Canada and the USA of which 1,538 is the Canada-Alaska border.  2. The longest continuous land border is the 4,254 miles between Russia and Kazakhstan.  3. The town of Derby Line, Vermont, is bisected by the US-Canada border, even cutting some houses in half. The entrance to the opera house, for example, is in the US but the stage is in Canada.  4. The border between China and Nepal passes through the summit of Mount Everest.  5.…

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Panic for Putin as Ukraine push to JOIN EU and NATO – ‘We want Euro-Atlantic integration’

Ukraine and Russia remain, unofficially, at war, with fighting continuing at Ukraine’s borderlands on the edge of Europe.  Russian leader Vladimir Putin is continuing to push for control over the contested eastern parts of Ukraine and Crimea, where Russian identity is highest.  But in a blow to the Kremlin, Ukraine has looked west and is working towards greater influence in the eurosphere, receiving financial backing an military aid in return from the EU and the United States.  After becoming an EU associate member in 2014, Ukraine is now pushing for…

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