China says not scared after reported U.S. bomber trip over South China Sea

China says not scared after reported U.S. bomber trip over South China SeaNo military ship or aircraft can scare China away from its resolve to protect its territory, China’s Foreign Ministry said on Wednesday after two U.S. Air Force B-52 bombers were reported to have flown near disputed islands in the South China Sea. CNN reported that the two aircraft flew within the vicinity of the Spratly Islands, where China has reclaimed land and built runways and other facilities on disputed reefs and small islands. The United States was willing to work with China on a “results-oriented” relationship, but its actions in the South China Sea were coercive and the Pentagon would “compete vigorously” if needed, U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said on Saturday.


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Suicide bomber kills 14 after Afghan clerics outlaw suicide bombings

Suicide bomber kills 14 after Afghan clerics outlaw suicide bombingsBy Qadir Sediqi KABUL (Reuters) – A motorcycle suicide bomber killed 14 people near a gathering of Muslim clerics in the Afghan capital on Monday after they had issued a fatwa against suicide bombings, officials said, in the latest in a series of attacks to hit Kabul. The bomb exploded at the entrance to a giant tent, near residential buildings in the west of Kabul, after most the clerics had left, a witness said. The Taliban, fighting to restore strict Islamic rule after their 2001 ouster at the hands of U.S.-led troops, denied involvement.


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America revisits 'Pizza Bomber' mystery with new Netflix series

America revisits 'Pizza Bomber' mystery with new Netflix seriesNetflix has now come out with a mini-series on the robbery and returns to a question that has divided opinion for 15 years: was that man, one Brian Wells, a willing accomplice, or was he the unwitting victim of a bizarre plot? The four fast-moving episodes of “Evil Genius,” directed by Barbara Schroeder and Trey Borzillieri, look back at all the puzzles that made up this heist in Erie, a small city in the Great Lakes region. In his hand he carries pages of rambling, hand-written instructions for a sort of a scavenger hunt for keys and combinations hidden around Erie that would remove the collar.


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Taiwan scrambles fighter jets to track China bomber drill

Taiwan scrambles fighter jets to track China bomber drillTaiwan on Friday scrambled fighter jets to shadow Chinese bombers conducting a drill around the island, just hours after Beijing welcomed Burkina Faso’s move to sever diplomatic ties with Taipei. Taiwan’s defence ministry said it had dispatched fighter jets to monitor two Chinese H-6 bombers that were flying over the Bashi Channel south of Taiwan and the Miyako Strait, near Japan’s Okinawa Island. The scrambling comes a day after Burkina Faso became the second of Taiwan’s dwindling number of formal allies to jump ship to Beijing in a month.


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China's H-6K: The 'Old' Bomber That Could 'Sink' the U.S. Navy

China's H-6K: The 'Old' Bomber That Could 'Sink' the U.S. NavyIn recent days, the Chinese People’s Liberation Army Air Force (PLAAF) has stepped up its activities in the South China Sea. For the first time ever, the PLAAF has landed Xian H-6K bombers on Woody Island in the disputed Paracel archipelago. The Pentagon decried the Chinese move as a part of “China’s continued militarisation of disputed features in the South China Sea,” U.S. Pacific Command spokesman Lt. Col. Christopher Logan said.


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