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Defcon 2017 a playground for hackers

July 27, 2017 - UNITED STATES

Thousands of hackers descend on Las Vegas, Nevada, for 25th Defcon (DC25) fun and games. No real names are required at the cash-only event.

Venezuela to vote on constituent assembly as international isolation deepens

July 30, 2017 - VENEZUELA

Venezuela's government is set to press ahead with a vote to elect a constituent assembly, prompting the opposition to blast the body as a sham designed to keep embattled President Nicolas Maduro in power.

European Space Agency launches project with Moon outpost in distant view

July 31, 2017 - GERMANY

The European Space Agency (ESA) opens a lunar analogue facility in Cologne, with an eventual Moon Village - and possible Chinese collaboration - in its sights.

People’s Liberation Army turns 90 amid modernisation drive

August 1, 2017 - CHINA

The People's Liberation Army (PLA) turns 90, an occasion for a massive military parade and for more news about President Xi Jinping's blueprint for "building a strong army through reforms."

Russia announces plan to ramp-up naval presence in the Arctic

August 1, 2017 - ARCTIC

Against a backdrop of Cold War-like tensions with the West, Russia announced in June that it will expand its presence in the Arctic with new ships and intense patrolling in the second half of 2017, as part of an effort to phase NATO out of the region.

President Zuma faces another parliamentary no-confidence vote

August 3, 2017 - SOUTH AFRICA

Parliamentarians vote on a no-confidence motion in President Jacob Zuma. The scandal-tainted Zuma has survived eight previous no-confidence votes.

Blade Runner faces bleak fifth anniversary of his Olympic tour de force


Five years ago, in London, Oscar Pistorius became the first amputee runner to compete in the able-bodied Olympics. Since then, ignominy has replaced glory for the South African athlete nicknamed the Blade Runner, who will serve the anniversary in prison.

Rwanda presidential vote sees Paul Kagame with seeming lock on new term

August 4, 2017 - RWANDA

President Paul Kagame, who has held the presidency since 2000 and informally controlled the country since 1994, is expected to romp to victory in the 2017 election. Another term gives him a road to achieving his aim of creating a Singapore in Africa.

Edinburgh International Festival opens – British Army hosts the Fringe

August 4, 2017 - UNITED KINGDOM

The Edinburgh International Festival (EIF), billed as the world's biggest cultural extravaganza, turns 70. It shares its birthday with the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, which is sponsored for the first time by the British Army.

Rio de Janeiro paying the price one year after staging successful Olympics

August 5, 2017 - BRAZIL

Rio de Janeiro hosted a successful Summer Olympics in 2016, and the first anniversary will remind Cariocas -- Rio citizens -- that the promised post-Games good times never arrived. The city and state are broke and broken.

Anniversaries of atomic bomb attacks in 1945 frame attempt to prevent another

August 6, 2017 -

August 6, 2017, JAPAN A United States plane dropped an atomic bomb on Hiroshima on Aug 6, 1945, and another on Nagasaki three days later, the first and last nuclear weapons attacks in history. A treaty passed recently at the United Nations aims to prevent a third attack.

ASEAN turns 50 with notable successes

August 8, 2017 - PHILIPPINES

Turning 50, the 10-member Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) is courted by a host of non-members and is celebrating the second year of its ASEAN Economic Community (AEC). The Philippines, the 2017 ASEAN chair, is in charge of commemorative events that include the Visit [email protected]: Golden Celebration campaign.

Tribalism again a concern in Kenyan general election

August 8, 2017 - KENYA

President Uhuru Kenyatta and opposition leader Raila Odinga, the sons of Kenya's founding fathers, face off again for the presidency in the country's general election. The challenge will be containing the tribal and ethnic rivalries that can spill into the contest.

Two men seeking glider altitude record study ozone layer

August 10, 2017 - ARGENTINA

Two pilots will attempt to reach 90,000 feet above Patagonia in Airbus Perlan II, a carbon-fiber glider with an 84-foot wingspan, a height that would break the 2006 record of 50,726 feet set by the late aeronaut Steve Fossett in Perlan I.

Military reprisals a window on state of Myanmar democracy?

August 15, 2017 - MYANMAR

The Saffron Revolution, the vast monk-led protests in Yangon that started on Aug 15, 2007, opened the way to democracy in the former Burma after half a century of military rule. Ten years on, the ongoing crackdown on an uprising in the north suggests the generals are back in charge.