HNKC News

Japan Sets Out New Defense Strategy

japan_new_security_policy

Japan’s cabinet has approved a new national security strategy and increased defense spending in a move widely seen as aimed at China. Over the next five years, Japan will buy hardware including drones, aircraft and amphibious vehicles. The military will also build a new marine unit, an amphibious force capable of retaking islands. The move comes with Tokyo embroiled in a bitter row with B...

Merkel Confirmed for New Term

germany_merkel_1

Angela Merkel has been confirmed as German chancellor for a third term, at the head of a grand coalition, by a vote in parliament. Her centre-right CDU/CSU bloc fell short of an overall majority in September’s polls and will share power with the Social Democrats (SDP). Merkel received 462 votes out of 621 in the Bundestag (parliament) on Tuesday. The SPD’s membership voted on Sunday to back...

UN Seeks $6.5 Billion for Syria Crisis in 2014

syria_refugee_lebanon

The United Nations appealed for a record $6.5 billion for Syria and its neighbors on Monday to help 16 million people, many of them hungry or homeless victims of a conflict that has lasted 33 months with no end in sight. The Syrian appeal accounted for half of an overall funding plan of $12.9 billion for 2014 to help 52 million people in 17 countries, announced by UN emergency relief coordinator ...

NSA Data Grab ‘Against Constitution’

us_nsa

A US judge has ruled the National Security Agency’s mass collection of telephone data unconstitutional. Federal District Judge Richard Leon said the electronic spy agency’s practice was an “arbitrary invasion”. The agency’s collection of “metadata” including telephone numbers and times and dates of calls was exposed by ex-NSA contractor Edward Snowden. In his ruling in a Was...

Portugal Passes Bailout Inspection

portugal_demo_austerity

Portugal has moved a step closer to exiting its bailout program after the international lenders that saved the country from bankruptcy approved a review of the economy six months early. The European Union and International Monetary Fund have been monitoring the country’s economic reforms, a condition of the 2011 78bn-euro (£66bn) bailout. Portugal hopes to leave the bailout agreement in the...

Scientists Discover Super Greenhouse Gas

env_greenhousegas

Scientists say they have discovered a man-made greenhouse gas 7,100 times as strong as carbon dioxide. More bad news: It has a lifetime of hundreds of years. Researchers at the University of Toronto in Canada say the chemical – perfluorotributylamine (PFTBA) – is the most radiatively efficient chemical found to date, breaking all other chemical records for its potential to impact climate. Ac...

Scientists Grow Lung Cells from Stem Cells

health_stem_cell

Scientists say they have been able to transform human stem cells into functioning lung and airway cells in what they’re calling a first. The results could eventually lead to growing lung material that could be transplanted with a much smaller chance of rejection. “Researchers have had relative success in turning human stem cells into heart cells, pancreatic beta cells, intestinal cells, ...

BSF Man Acquitted in Felani Killing Case

bd_felani

India Border Security Force (BSF) jawan Amiya Ghosh has been exempted from the charge of killing a Bangladeshi teenage girl Felani Khatun. A special BSF court of India found Amiya Ghosh of 181 battalion “not guilty” of shooting dead 15-year-old Bangladeshi girl. The judgment is subject to approval from the competent authority of the BSF. Felani was shot dead by the BSF man while she w...

Bone Marrow Transplant Frees Two Men of HIV

HIV_Blood

Two more HIV patients have no signs of the virus in their blood following bone marrow transplants, according to the Boston researchers who treated them. However, experts stopped short of calling the two cured and said the treatment is not a viable option for the majority of HIV patients. The findings were presented Wednesday at the International AIDS Society Conference in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia....

Bolivia Threatens to Close US Embassy

bolivia_latin_leaders (1)

President Evo Morales has warned that he could close the US Embassy in Bolivia as South America’s leftist leaders rallied to support him after his presidential plane was rerouted amid suspicions that NSA leaker Edward Snowden was on board. Morales again on Thursday blamed Washington for pressuring European countries to refuse to allow his plane to fly through their airspace on Tuesday, forcing ...