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    IRAN has launched a series of extensive war games - firing missiles, torpedoes and suicide drones, in a chilling threat to the West. The annual exercise known as Zolfaqar got underway on Sunday in the south of the country near the mouth of the Persian Gulf. 5Iran started its military exercises near the Persian Gulf on SundayCredit: Rex 5The Iranian war games started one day after the US Navy carried out its own drill in the Persian GulfCredit: Rex 5Iran's supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei speaking at an Islamic unity conference, in TehranCredit: Rex As part of the exercise a number of missiles were fired on Monday, including Qader, Qadir and Nasr anti-ship rockets, as well as the 15-Khordad and Mersad. The submarines IRIS Tariq and IRIS Qadir also fired Valfajr torpedoes. Suicide drones were also used to destroy simulated enemies. One drone model, known as the Arash, was seen in footage released by the Iranian military, which flew a long distance before it crashed into a predesignated target on the side of a mountain. Major General Gholam-Ali Rashid, commander...
    CHICAGO (CBS) — Gov. JB Pritzker on Wednesday signed sweeping clean energy legislation that sets goals to make Illinois carbon-free by 2050, and staves off the closure of two of the state’s six nuclear plants. “Together, we are making history today, taking a giant leap forward to mitigate the impacts of climate change, to establish the most aggressive clean energy standards in the Midwest, becoming the best state in the nation to manufacture and drive an electric vehicle, supporting the creation of thousands of clean energy jobs right here in Illinois, and protecting and advancing the interests of every Illinoisan,” Pritzker said. READ MORE: Mayor Lori Lightfoot Taps San Antonio Schools Superintendent Pedro Martinez As New CPS Chief Executive The legislation provides a $700 million subsidy to ComEd parent company Exelon, which had threatened to shut down its Byron nuclear power plant and the Dresden site in Morris without a state bailout, calling those plants unprofitable. Lawmakers spent months debating the details of the legislation, and agreed on the nuclear plant bailout in an effort to save hundreds of jobs,...
    China's DF-41 nuclear-capable intercontinental ballistic missiles are seen during a military parade at Tiananmen Square in Beijing on October 1, 2019, to mark the 70th anniversary of the founding of the People's Republic of China. GREG BAKER/AFP via Getty Images China's may have built up to 110 nuclear silos, reported The New York Times.  Researchers believe the new silos could potentially carry more than 875 warheads. China is the world's third-largest nuclear power, but its arsenal is still dwarfed by the US and Russia. Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. China is constructing a network of nuclear silos that could house up to 110 silos on a desert in the country's remote eastern Xinjiang province, according to scientists from the Federation of American Scientists (FAS), a non-profit global think tank. As first reported by The New York Times on Monday, scientists said construction likely began around March of this year. Using satellite images from geospatial data company Planet, they have discovered at least 14 silos and grounds cleared to build another 19. Judging from the network grid,...
    RUSSIA has deployed nuclear bombers and fighters in a show of strength as fears of war with Ukraine mount. Video of exercises ordered by Vladimir Putin show aerial strike training on a “mock enemy” as Russian troops continue to mass on the border. 6TU-160 nuclear bombers took part in the exerciseCredit: Defence Ministry 6Vladimir Putin ordered the exerciseCredit: AFP Satellite pics show thousands of Russian troops massing on the border with Ukraine ready to invade if the Kremlin strongman gives the order. The concentration of forces has been described as the biggest since the Russian seizure of Ukrainian territory sparked war between them seven years ago. In the exercises MiG-31BM high-altitude fighter is seen firing an air-to-air missiles. Pilots practiced carrying out air combat, interception and striking air targets at speeds of 1,550mph, and an altitude of 12.5 miles.  "Tactical techniques were performed at high, low and extremely low altitudes,” said the Russian defence ministry.  More footage shows heavyweight Tu-160 ‘White Swan’ and Tu-95MS strategic bombers as they take off to launch cruise missiles in exercises.  The planes are normally...
    TOKYO (AP) — The board of Toshiba Corp. is meeting Wednesday, amid Japanese media reports that the president is stepping down as the technology conglomerate studies an acquisition proposal from a global fund where he previously worked. Toshiba said decisions on directors will be discussed at the board meeting, and an announcement will be made, but declined to comment on the resignation. Nobuaki Kurumatani was the head of the Japan operations of CVC Capital Partners, which proposed the acquisition last week, before taking his post as chief executive of Toshiba in 2018. Some questions had been raised, both within and outside the Tokyo-based company, about Kurumatani leading the board discussions on the acquisition. The CVC deal, received last week, is estimated to be worth 2 trillion yen ($18 billion) and will turn Toshiba private. Toshiba said it was giving it “careful consideration.” Trading in the company’s shares was suspended when the news hit last week. Shares of Toshiba, whose sprawling business includes making elevators and railways, shot up on the CVC news, and have been...
    TOKYO (AP) — Japan’s government said Tuesday it has decided to start releasing massive amounts of radioactive water stored in tanks at the wrecked Fukushima nuclear plant in two years after treatment. The decision, long speculated but delayed for years due to safety concerns and protests, came Tuesday at a meeting of related ministers who endorsed the release as the best option. The water has been accumulated and stored in tanks at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant since its 2011 meltdown after a massive earthquake and tsunami, causing cooling water to leak from the damaged reactors. Its operator, Tokyo Electric Power Co., says its storage capacity will be full in the fall of 2022. Copyright © 2021 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, written or redistributed.
    IRAN’S president has told Joe Biden that the “ball is in your court” over the nuclear deal. Hassan Rouhani’s comments come as the Islamic Republic staged huge war games and US nuclear bombers flew over the Middle East. 20Hassan Rouhani promised to fully respect the 2015 nuclear dealCredit: Getty Images - Getty 20Joe Biden has said the US will rejoin the nuclear pact with IranCredit: Rex Features Biden has said the United States will rejoin the pact, which includes restrictions on Iran’s nuclear work, if Tehran resumes strict compliance. The Iran nuclear deal was meant to restrict Iran to developing a peaceful nuclear capability in return for sanctions being lifted. But it was torn up by President Donald Trump in 2018, who argued it was one-sided and didn’t cover Iran’s ballistic missile development or its destabilising behaviour in the Middle East. In a televised cabinet meeting, Rouhani welcomed the end of “tyrant” Trump’s era. “The ball is in the U.S. court now. If Washington returns to Iran’s 2015 nuclear deal, we will also fully respect our commitments under the pact....
    IRAN has promised to "crush its aggressors" after US B-52H Stratofortress bombers flew over the Middle East in a show of military strength. The "presence patrol" mission took place just a day after two Iranian missiles reportedly landed within 100 miles of a US aircraft strike group in the northern Indian Ocean. 12US Stratofortress bombers flew over the Middle East in a display of military strengthCredit: US AF 12The air mission was slammed by the Iranian government, pledging to 'crush its aggressors' Credit: Getty Images - Getty 12Troops engaged in military drills in the Gulf of Oman as tensions escalate between the US and IranCredit: Getty Images - Getty It is the fifth time in recent months the US has flown similar missions as tensions between Washington and Tehran continue to escalate. The Boeing aircraft is capable of carrying 32,000kg (70,000 pounds) of weapons including nuclear bombs. The successful mission came a day after the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps tested long-range missiles and drones against land and sea targets, Al Jazeera reports. Iranian foreign minister Mohammad Jadif...
    President Donald Trump tweeted about what he calls the 'Russia hoax' Friday morning – amid new revelations of what appears to be a massive hack being traced to Moscow that compromised huge swaths of the government. Trump's tweet came as he is facing political criticism for failing to publicly acknowledge, no less counter, a cyber attack that officials suspect is yet another breach driven by a Russian foreign intelligence unit. Republican Sen. Mitt Romney of Utah compared the attack, which went undetected for months, to a long-range bomber. President Donald Trump railed against the Russia probe Friday – but has yet to comment on a massive hack of U.S. government agencies that officials believe Moscow was behind 'What I find most astonishing is that a cyberhack of this nature is really the modern equivalent of almost Russian bombers reportedly flying undetected over the entire country,' he said Thursday. Trump retweeted an article in the conservative Federalist website with a tag saying the FBI had been 'lying for years' about its crossfire hurricane probe of Trump associates with Russia ties....
    Photo credit: Joe Raedle, Newsmaker As part of a massive cyber attack that hit numerous parts of the U.S. government, suspected Russian hackers penetrated into the agencies that control the nation’s nuclear weapons stockpile. According to an exclusive report by Politico, both the Department of Energy and the National Nuclear Security Administration were found in recent days to have been compromised and are now briefing Congress about the breadth and depth of the security breach. They found suspicious activity in networks belonging to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), Sandia and Los Alamos national laboratories in New Mexico and Washington, the Office of Secure Transportation and the Richland Field Office of the DOE. The hackers have been able to do more damage at FERC than the other agencies, the officials said, but did not elaborate. The DOE and NNSA are charged with maintaining and securing the the vast archipelago of nuclear weapons deployed across the country. Federal investigators are now diagnosing how far the hackers penetrated, but sources told Politico that the true extent of the damage won’t be know...
    This image made from video broadcasted by North Korea’s KRT, shows a military parade with what appears to be a possible new solid-fuel missile at the Kim Il Sung Square in Pyongyang, Saturday, Oct. 10, 2020. North Korean leader Kim Jong Un warned Saturday that his country would “fully mobilize” its nuclear force if threatened as he took center stage at a massive military parade to mark the 75th anniversary of the country’s ruling party. AP In this image made from video broadcasted by North Korea’s KRT on Saturday, Oct. 10, 2020, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un delivers a speech during a ceremony to mark to celebrate the 75th anniversary of the country’s ruling party in Pyongyang. AP In this image made from video broadcasted by North Korea’s KRT on Saturday, Oct. 10, 2020, military parade is held during a ceremony to celebrate the 75th anniversary of the country’s ruling party in Pyongyang. AP In this image made from video broadcasted by North Korea’s KRT, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, center, smiles as he...
    Hong Kong (CNN)North Korea unveiled what analysts believe to be one of the world's largest ballistic missiles at a military parade celebrating the 75th anniversary of the Workers' Party broadcast on state-run television on Saturday.The massive weapon was carried by an 11-axle truck at the climax of the almost two-hour ceremony and military parade in the capital of Pyongyang.Analysts said the new missile is not known to have been tested, but a bigger weapon would allow North Korea to put multiple warheads on it, increasing the threat it would pose to any targeted foe."Largest *road-mobile* liquid-fueled missile anywhere, to be clear," tweeted Ankit Panda, senior fellow in the Nuclear Policy Program at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace."Liquid fuel, Huuuuge, capable of carrying MIRV nuclear warheads," tweeted Melissa Hanham, deputy director of Open Nuclear Network at Stanford University.Read More"What North Korea has shown us, what appears to be a new liquid-fueled ICBM that seems to be a derivative of what was tested back in late 2017, known as the Hwasong-15, is much bigger and clearly more powerful than anything in...
    The national page for the Black Lives Matter movement has updated several sections of their website, including the removal of a page that features a paragraph about the disruption of the 'Western nuclear family.' The grassroot organization - that works mostly in local, chapter-based, groups - removed several pages from their about section in the cleanup, according to an archive of their website.  Included in the removal was the site's 'What We Believe' page and pages providing biographies of the national chapter leadership and co-founders. Internet archives suggest that the website was updated on September 17. The now-deleted What We Believe page touts that the organization works to 'acknowledge, respect, and celebrate differences and commonalities.' ‹ Slide me › Black Lives Matter has done a massive revamp of their website, removing several sections from their About section The now-deleted What We Believe page touts that the organization works to 'acknowledge, respect, and celebrate differences and commonalities.' It also highlights the importance of 'villages' and disrupting the 'Western Nuclear Family' 'We are unapologetically Black in our positioning. In affirming...
    North Korea is believed to have between 20 and 60 nuclear bombs — as well as a 2,500- to 5,000-ton stockpile of 20 types of chemical weapons, the world’s third-largest, according to reports. The US Department of the Army headquarters made the assessment in its recent report, titled “North Korean tactics,” saying Pyongyang is unlikely to give up the weapons in its bid to prevent a regime change, the South Korean Yonhap News Agency reported. “Estimates for North Korean nuclear weapons range from 20-60 bombs, with the capability to produce 6 new devices each year,” the US Army said, noting that some reports state that the rogue regime could obtain as many as 100 by the end of 2020. “North Korea sought nuclear weapons because its leaders thought the threat of a nuclear attack would prevent other countries from contemplating a regime change,” the US military said. The report also pointed out that North Korean leader Kim Jong Un witnessed the case of Libya’s Moammar Gaddafi and “does not want something similar to happen in North Korea.” “External powers intervened...
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