Saudi Arabia to Announce Country’s First Nuclear Reactor Soon, Insiders Say

The nuclear power industry took an enormous blow after the 2011 Fukushima Daiichi disaster which forced the relocation of 100,000 people in Japan. Not only did this increase regulatory scrutiny on the nuclear power industry, it galvanized public opinion against them. However, Saudi Arabia has no considerable anti-nuclear movement, and is one of the world’s largest economies to not have any nuclear […]

India plans to fell ancient forest to create 40 new coalfields

The coal auction has already proved controversial at both the local and political level. At least seven of the coal blocks up for auction were previously deemed “no go” areas for mining due to their environmentally valuable status and about 80% of the blocks are home to indigenous communities and thick forest cover. Four state […]

India, China hold Major General-level talks at Ladakh’s Daulat Beg Oldi over Depsang tensions

The IAF Vice Chief also held talks with Lt Gen Harinder Singh, the commander of the Leh-based 14 Corps of the Indian Army. Lt Gen Singh has held five rounds of high-level military talks with Chinese army’s Major General Liu Lin, the commander of the South Xinjiang military region, in an attempt to resolve the […]

Russian Space-Age Stealth Bomber to Hit the Skies With Hypersonic Weapons

The PAK-DA, which is being developed by Tupolev, is expected to be a subsonic flying-wing aircraft that is roughly analogous to the Northrop Grumman B-2 Spirit and the US Air Force’s forthcoming Long Range Strike-Bomber, National Interest wrote. The PAK-DA is likely to feature many of the technologies that are expected to be incorporated into the new Tu-160M2 version.

Postal Service overhauls leadership as Democrats press for investigation of mail delays

“As I said in the video remarks released on my first day, ‘I am decisive, and . . . when I see problems, I work to solve them.’ Early on, I concluded that our organizational structure was just such a problem to solve,” DeJoy wrote in his memo to employees. “I have decided we need […]

Argos reveals top 12 toys for Christmas 2020 – but the cheapest is still £33

Poopsie Dancing Unicorn, £65 – buy now Fisher-Price Rollin’ Rovee Activity Toy  The Fisher-Price Rollin’ Rovee activity toy has four interactive play modes and is filled with music and fun activities that encourage little bodies to get moving.

Virus aid talks collapse; no help expected for jobless now

Friday’s Capitol Hill session followed a combative meeting Thursday evening that for the first time cast real doubt on the ability of the Trump administration and Democrats to come together on a fifth COVID-19 response bill. Pelosi summoned Mnuchin and Meadows in hopes of breathing life into the negotiations, which have been characterized by frustration […]

Belarus’ leader faces toughest challenge yet in Sunday vote

“Moscow is interested not in Lukashenko’s ouster, but his maximal weakening so that he comes out of that campaign with undermined legitimacy, spoiled relations with the West and the economy in a poor shape,” Klaskovsky said. “A weakened and emaciated Lukashenko would be a gift for Moscow.”

Artful by Ali Smith – review

Still, this book is not a novel, nor even short stories, but rather a collection of four essays – lectures that Smith gave at Oxford University under the headings “On Time”, “On Form”, “On Edge” and “On Offer and On Reflection”. So it is, in a way, even more unsettling that here in the book […]

Belarus’ leader faces toughest challenge yet in Sunday vote

“Moscow is interested not in Lukashenko’s ouster, but his maximal weakening so that he comes out of that campaign with undermined legitimacy, spoiled relations with the West and the economy in a poor shape,” Klaskovsky said. “A weakened and emaciated Lukashenko would be a gift for Moscow.”