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Chinese state media slams South Korea's Moon Jae-in for THAAD

Chinese state media slams South Korea's Moon Jae-in for THAAD

World
Aug. 4 (UPI) -- China's state-owned Xinhua news agency slammed the South Korean government on Friday over its decision to deploy additional THAAD launchers.President Moon Jae-in's administration recently announced the decision to strengthen missile defense in the wake of North Korea's recent tests, but Xinhua characterized the decision as a "confused" move that aggravates bilateral relations, News 1 reported.In the statement that read like an indirect warning to Seoul, Xinhua suggested Moon's decision to deploy four additional THAAD launchers does not help with peace and stability in the region.The Chinese state news agency quoted excerpts from South Korea's left-leaning newspaper Hankyoreh in order to drive home the point the U.S. missile defense system is controversial for some South Kor...
State Department approves sale of A-29 Super Tucanos to Nigeria

State Department approves sale of A-29 Super Tucanos to Nigeria

Business
Aug. 3 (UPI) -- The State Department has approved a $ 593 million sale to Nigeria of A-29 Super Tucano attack planes with associated parts, training, facilities and weapons.The Defense Security Cooperation Agency delivered their certification of the foreign military sale to Congress, as required by law, on August 2.The twelve A-29s will be used by Nigeria to combat the Islamist militia Boko Haram and other extremist groups, such as the Islamic State West Africa splinter group. It will also serve to counter smuggling and other trafficking in Nigeria and the Gulf of Guinea.The DSCA has determined that U.S. security interests are served by assisting Nigeria in its counter-insurgency operations and that the A-29 sale will not significantly alter the military balance of power in the region.The ...
Syrian state TV: Car bombs rock capital, 8 killed

Syrian state TV: Car bombs rock capital, 8 killed

World
A series of car bomb explosions rocked Syria's capital Sunday, killing at least eight people and wounding 12, as officials claimed to have foiled a plot to target crowded areas during the first morning commute after a Muslim holiday. State media said a suicide car bomber detonated his payload after being surrounded by security forces, and that two other car bombs were intercepted before entering the city, suggesting those blasts were controlled detonations. Damascus Governor Bashr al-Sabban said two attackers were stopped before rush hour at security checkpoints on the airport road at the entrance to the city, where forces "dealt with them," without elaborating. He said the attackers were heading to the city center where they hoped to cause maximum damage. The Syrian Minister of Local Adm...