SpaceX cleared for U.S. military launches

May 28, 2015

SpaceX cleared for U.S. military launches

Billionaire Elon Musk’s firm SpaceX has won long-waited approval from the U.S. Air Force to launch military satellites, opening the way to a lucrative market that has been a virtual monopoly for a Boeing and Lockheed Martin joint venture. With the certification, California-based SpaceX ...

Airstrike option alone seen not working against fluid Islamic State

May 28, 2015

Airstrike option alone seen not working against fluid Islamic State

It is the modern era’s military strategy of choice: overwhelming air power delivering precision-guided punishment backed by intelligence on the ground, with minimal exposure for soldiers of the striking side. Seductive though it is to risk-averse governments with war-weary publics, the approach has its ...

May 27, 2015

South Korea's Park to meet Obama at White House next month

President Barack Obama will host his South Korean counterpart, Park Geun-hye, at the White House on June 16, officials announced Tuesday. The meeting, which White House officials said was designed to “underscore the strength and breadth” of relations, comes amid rising tensions with North ...

Sanders kicks off '16 bid from Clinton's left

May 27, 2015

Sanders kicks off '16 bid from Clinton's left

Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders kicked off his longshot presidential campaign Tuesday with a pitch to liberals in the Democratic Party and others who want change from a “rigged economy” that favors the rich. Sanders vowed to make income inequality, a campaign finance overhaul and ...

May 26, 2015

China's army compares South China Sea moves to road-building

China’s military on Tuesday compared its controversial island-building in the South China Sea to ordinary construction such as road-building going on elsewhere in the country, trying to deflect criticism over an issue seen as inflaming tensions in the region. Defense Ministry spokesman Yang Yujun’s ...