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Israel jet crashes after ‘Iranian targets’ attacked in Syria

JERUSALEM: An Israeli F-16 fighter jet crashed in Israel Saturday as the air force was carrying out attacks against “Iranian targets” in Syria after intercepting a drone, a spokesman said. “IDF (Israel Defence Force) has targeted the Iranian control systems in Syria that sent the UAV (unmanned aerial vehicle) into Israeli airspace. Massive Syrian anti-air…

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Myanmar frees journalists working for Turkish broadcaster

FILE PHOTO: Cameraman Lau Hon Meng from Singapore (L) and reporter Mok Choy Lin from Malaysia arrive for their first appearance in the court after they were detained for attempting to fly a drone near parliament in the capital, Naypyitaw, Myanmar November 10, 2017. REUTERS/Stringer NEWS DESK: Myanmar on Friday freed two journalists for Turkey’s…

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China criticizes India for crashed drone near border

BEIJING: China expressed “strong dissatisfaction” with India on Thursday after the recent crash of an Indian drone in what the Chinese military said was Chinese territory, an incident that could cause further friction along the two countries’ disputed border, reported Reuters. “This action by India violated China’s territorial sovereignty. We express strong dissatisfaction and opposition,”…

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Drone kills seven Al-Qaeda suspects in Yemen

ADEN: A drone strike has killed seven suspected members of Al-Qaeda in southern Yemen, a security official said on Sunday. The United States is the only force known to operate armed drones over Yemen. “A drone likely to be American” killed all seven overnight as they were aboard three vehicles on the road from the…

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Wonder Woman sword, Spider-Man drone land on ‘Worst Toys’ list

BOSTON – A plastic version of comic-book superhero Wonder Woman’s sword and a Spider-Man drone showed up as villains on a U.S. child safety advocacy group’s annual list of potentially hazardous toys. The group, World Against Toys Causing Harm, released its “10 Worst Toys” list on Tuesday, around the start of the holiday shopping season,…

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Myanmar: Foreign journalists charged over parliament drone flight

NEWS DESK: Myanmar police have charged two foreign journalists and two Burmese with breaking import laws after they flew a drone near the country’s parliament, reported BBC. They are being held in custody until their first hearing and could face up to three years in jail. The Malaysian and Singaporean were working for Turkish broadcaster…

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Indian drone shot down by Pakistan army

ISLAMABAD: An Indian quadcopter spying across the Line of Control (LoC) in Rakhchikri Sector was shot down by Pakistan army on Friday. In a statement on Twitter, DG ISPR Maj-Gen Asif Ghafoor said that the wreckage of spying drone shot down by shooters was held by Pakistan army. “Indian quadcopter spying across LOC in Rakhchikri…

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Pakistan shoots down Iranian drone near border area

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan on Monday (June 19) shot down an Iranian Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) in Panjgur sector on the Pak-Iran border. According to Foreign Office statement, the drone was hit by Pakistan Air Force as it was unidentified and was flying at around 3 to 4 km inside the Pakistani territory. Pakistan has already shared…

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US-led coalition downs Iran-made drone in Syria

A US warplane shot down an Iranian-made drone operated by pro-regime forces in southern Syria early Tuesday, officials said, in the latest incident in rising tensions between the two sides. It comes days after a US warplane shot down a Syrian government fighter jet in the north of the country, prompting a furious reaction from…

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Suspected U.S. drone strike targets Pakistani Taliban militants: sources

A suspected U.S. drone strike killed several Pakistani Taliban militants in North Waziristan close to the Afghanistan border, one militant commander and intelligence sources said on Thursday, in a rare strike on Pakistani soil. If confirmed, the air strike, which happened on Wednesday, would only be the second drone attack inside the nuclear-armed nation since…

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Iran fires anti-aircraft cannons at media drone

Iranian authorities said they fired anti-aircraft cannons at a media drone flying over Tehran University on Monday, local media reported. Shots from several air defence guns were heard in the west of the city after a drone was spotted in a no-fly zone. There were conflicting reports from the governor’s office and Revolutionary Guards as…

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China rejects Trump claim it stole drone

China on Monday rejected US President-elect Donald Trump’s claim that it had “stolen” an American research drone, as state media said his diplomatic inexperience could spark a confrontation between the two nations. Beijing’s seizure of the marine probe in international waters in the South China Sea raised already heightened tensions between the world’s two largest…

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Pakistan shoots down Indian drone

RAWALPINDI: Pakistan army says it has shot down an Indian drone in Rakhchari Sector along the Line of Control (LoC). In a message on micro-blogging website Twitter today (Saturday), DG ISPR Lt-Gen Asim Bajwa said that the Indian Quad Copter was shot down by own Aagahi Post in Rakhchakri Sector. The Indian unmanned surveillance copter…

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Drone halts traffic at Dubai airport

DUBAI: A drone forced Dubai international airport, one of the world’s busiest, to halt air traffic for an hour and a half Saturday evening, the third such incident in less than five months. Air space around the airport was closed from 7:25 pm to 8:49 pm (1525-1649 GMT) “due to unauthorised drone activity resulting in…

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US releases redacted drone strike ‘playbook’

Washington: The US government has released a once-secret policy document once dubbed “the playbook” that shows how officials select drone targets in areas outside war zones and the key role the president has in the process. The 18-page Presidential Policy Guidance (PPG), published Saturday by the American Civil Liberties Union, provides more details than the…

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Facebook’s solar-powered internet drone takes flight

SAN FRANCISCO: Facebook Inc (FB.O) said on Thursday it had completed a successful test flight of a solar-powered drone that it hopes will help it extend Internet connectivity to every corner of the planet. Aquila, Facebook’s lightweight, high-altitude aircraft, flew at a few thousand feet for 96 minutes in Yuma, Arizona, Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg…

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US reveals death tolls from drone and air strikes

WASHINGTON: The United States on Friday lifted the lid on one of the most controversial tactics of President Barack Obama’s secretive counter-terror campaign, detailing for the first time the number killed in air strikes in countries like Pakistan and Libya. At the same time, the White House released an executive order outlining the steps that…

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Pakistan raises drone issue at UN Human Rights Council

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan has forcefully raised the issue of US drone strikes at UN Human Rights Council. Speaking at the Human Rights council in Geneva, Permanent Representative of Pakistan, Ambassador Tehmina Janjua stressed that the Human Rights Council and its mechanisms should respond to human rights violations and the loss of precious lives as a result…

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Drone forces hour-long closure of Dubai airport

DUBAI: A rogue drone disrupted air traffic at Dubai International Airport for more than an hour on Saturday, said the operator of one of the world’s busiest aviation hubs. “DXB airspace was closed due to unauthorised UAV (unmanned aerial vehicle) activity for 69 minutes resulting in a number of diversions,” Dubai Airports said in a…

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Samaa traces Wali Muhammad

Samaa has successfully traced the residence of Wali Muhammad, one of the two people who were killed in a suspected drone attack in Balochistan Sunday. A destroyed vehicle was found in the vicinity, in which Taliban leader Mullah Akhtar Mansour is believed to have been killed. Two charred bodies were found from the same area;…

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Obama confirms Mansour’s death

HANOI, Vietnam: U.S. President Barack Obama on Monday confirmed that Taliban chief Mullah Akhtar Mansour was killed in a US air strike. Obama has hailed the Taliban leader’s death as an “important milestone” in efforts to bring peace to Afghanistan. “We have removed the leader of an organisation that has continued to plot against and…

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