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Iran may deploy warships in Atlantic

The Iranian navy plans on deploying warships to the Atlantic Ocean as part of a programme to ply international waters, Rear Admiral Habibollah Sayari said in statements published Tuesday. But the commander of the navy, quoted by Kayhan newspaper, said he was waiting for “final approval” before launching the operation.…

Shuttle Endeavour lands after final mission

CAPE CANAVERAL, Florida (AFP) – The space shuttle Endeavour glided home for its final landing early Wednesday and the conclusion of the next to last mission of the 30-year-old US shuttle program. Endeavour and its crew of six astronauts — five Americans and one Italian — made a nighttime touchdown…

Obama orders U.S. agencies to buy green vehicles

WASHINGTON — The US administration will only buy vehicles using alternative energy sources to equip its fleet by the end of 2015, President Barack Obama announced Tuesday. The timeline is part of Obama’s plan to cut US oil imports by a third by 2025 and put a million advanced vehicles…

Japan brings home embattled whaling fleet

by Frank Zeller TOKYO (AFP) – Japan recalled its Antarctic whaling fleet a month early Friday, citing the threat posed by militant environmentalist group Sea Shepherd and demanding foreign countries crack down on the activists. Tokyo told Australia, New Zealand and the Netherlands to take action against the US-based group,…

Bat-winged drone bomber in test flight, US Navy says

LOS ANGELES — A robotic, bat-winged bomber designed to take off from a US aircraft carrier has passed its first test in a debut flight in California, the US Navy said. The X-47B jet, which looks like a smaller version of the B-2 stealth bomber, stayed in the air for…

US, Japan discussed ‘action’ against anti-whaling groups, leaked cable reveals

Japanese and American officials discussed taking action to weaken a prominent anti-whaling group, with Tokyo insisting that Sea Shepherd’s confrontations on the high seas actually hurt efforts to reduce whaling, U.S. diplomatic cables show. The U.S. representative to the International Whaling Commission, Monica Medina, discussed revoking the U.S.-based conservation group’s…

Anti-whaling activists clash with Japanese whalers

Japanese whalers shot water cannons at anti-whaling activists on Saturday, the conservationist group’s founder claimed, hours after the activists tracked down the whaling fleet in the remote and icy seas off Antarctica. The Sea Shepherd Conservation Society is chasing the fleet in the hopes of interrupting Japan’s annual whale hunt,…

No, Pentagon says, Obama will not be guarded by 34 ships

WASHINGTON (AFP) – President Barack Obama will not be protected by a vast armada of 34 US warships when he visits Mumbai this weekend, officials said, calling reports from India on security preparations “comical.” The claim that many of the 288-ship US naval fleet would be deployed to waters off…

Military, gov’t increase investment in algae fuels

To wean itself off petroleum, military increases investment in algae fuels The forest green algae bubbling in a stainless steel fermenting tank in a suburban warehouse may look like primordial pond scum, but it is a promising new source of domestically produced fuels being tested on the nation’s jets and…

French charity files legal complaint after Gaza fleet raid

PARIS — A French charity said Friday it had lodged a legal complaint for kidnapping, false imprisonment, armed violence and ship hijacking after Israeli forces captured its members on the Gaza aid flotilla. “The victims are French. The French legal system is competent” to deal with the case, said Liliane…

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