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    • An F/A-18F Super Hornet jet flies over the USS Gerald R. Ford as the U.S. Navy aircraft carrier tests its EMALS magnetic launching system, which replaces the steam catapult, and new AAG arrested landing system in the Atlantic Ocean
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      Military & Intelligence

      US Navy, Boeing May Upgrade Old F/A-18 Super Hornets During Maintenance

      When the US Navy’s Block 2 F/A-18E/F Super Hornets start returning to maintenance facilities in 2018 for planned service-life-extension modifications to allow the heavily used aircraft to log more flight hours, it may be an ideal opportunity to add new capabilities to the jet as well, Boeing officials said this week.

    • Laptop
      Last update: 23:50 20.10.2017
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      US Proposes Laptop Ban on International Flights Around the World as ‘Severe’ Threat Looms

      A US regulatory agency is pushing for the United Nations to implement a ban on laptops in checked bags during international flights, one day after Acting Department of Homeland Security Secretary Elaine Duke said “the intelligence is clear” that terrorists groups “want to have a big explosion like they did on 9/11.”

    • Troops parade with Turkish flag on August 30, 2013 in Ankara during celebrations for the 91st anniversary of Victory Day, with ceremonies held at Ataturk's Mausoleum known as Anitkabir in Ankara, Turkey
      Last update: 20:03 20.10.2017
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      How Moscow Convinced Ankara to Join Russo-Iranian Axis in Syria

      Ankara's previous foreign strategy backed by the US has proven ineffective, Turkish commentators have told Sputnik, explaining how Russia's involvement in the Syrian war prompted Turkey to reconsider its policy and join the Russo-Iranian axis. While Ankara is not going to cut off its ties with the West and NATO, their mutual distrust is growing.

    • French riot police officers stand guard as migrants wait with their luggage to leave the Jungle migrant camp in Calais
      Last update: 20:14 20.10.2017
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      'Double Penalties for Migrant Criminals': What's Behind Macron's Rightward Swing

      French President Emmanuel Macron has vowed to "take the most severe measures" against migrant criminals, saying that foreigners who commit crimes should not only be sentenced but deported. Political observers Michel Taube and Jean-Paul Gourevitch tell Sputnik what the president's apparent rightward swing means for French politics.

    • The Hammer & Sickle
      Last update: 21:58 20.10.2017
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      Poland Set to Erase Iconic Soviet Symbol From Red Army War Graves

      World War II Red Army graves in Poland will be expunged of references to the hammer and sickle, the symbol which served as the Soviet Union's official state symbol, and was used by the Soviet military, Polish Institute of National Remembrance representative Daniel Markowski has said.

    • A view of a damaged site is seen in Raqqa, Syria September 16, 2017
      Last update: 21:42 20.10.2017
      21:42 20.10.2017

      Bittersweet Victory: Raqqa's Liberation Marred By Reports That US Evacuated Daesh Leaders

      Brigadier General Ali Maqsud, a prominent Syrian military analyst, has provided Sputnik with his assessment of the Syrian Army's recent advances against Daesh in the Deir ez-Zor area, and on the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces' operation to liberate Raqqa.

    • US 100 dollar banknotes and Chinese 100 yuan banknotes are seen in this picture illustration in Beijing, China, January 21, 2016.
      Last update: 18:47 20.10.2017
      18:47 20.10.2017

      Is Foreign Aid Flow a Political 'Competitive Tool' for US and China?

      A recent report revealed that 'in just a few decades, China has gone from aid recipient to net aid donor and one of the most important foreign policy players in the world', which is set to soon outmatch the US. Mei Xinyu, Chinese researcher in international trade has told Sputnik that the findings reveal foreign aid is a political tool.

    • A hooded man holds a laptop computer as cyber code is projected on him in this illustration picture taken on May 13, 2017
      Last update: 18:22 20.10.2017
      18:22 20.10.2017

      'This Is Very Serious': You May Be Sharing the Same IP Address as a Terrorist or Pedophile

      Europol has urged internet service providers to take action to stop innocent individuals being forced to share IP addresses with pedophiles and terrorists. Sputnik spoke to Professor David Stupples, Director of Electronic Warfare Systems Research at City, University of London, who said new EU laws were needed to force companies into action.

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