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North Korea tests ballistic missile – Seoul

North Korea has test-fired a short-range ballistic missile ahead of US Vice President Kamala Harris’ trip to the region, Seoul says. The projectile, launched from around Taechon in North Korea’s northwest, traveled around 600km (373 miles) before landing in the Sea of Japan, the South Korean Joint Chiefs of Staff …

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China tests hypersonic missiles in Taiwan blockade drill – media

The large-scale military drills Beijing launched around Taiwan in response to US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s visit to the island involve the “use of advanced weapons,” including China’s state-of-the-art hypersonic DF-17 missiles, China’s Global Times newspaper reported on Wednesday. The ongoing exercises involve a “joint blockade, sea assault and land and …

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Biden tests positive for Covid-19

US President Joe Biden has tested positive for Covid-19 and is working remotely from the White House. Biden, who has received a total of four vaccine doses, is taking antiviral medication. The president tested positive for the disease on Thursday morning, White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre announced, adding that he …

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India tests nuke-capable missile

India has successfully tested its nuclear-capable Agni-4 ballistic missile, with the country’s Defense Ministry calling the trial a “routine” launch. The locally-developed munition is said to be capable of striking targets thousands of miles away.  Carried out from Abdul Kalam Island in the state of Odisha on Monday, the missile …

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China tests sanctions scenario – media

The Chinese government has ordered a comprehensive “stress test” to see how the country would handle sanctions like the ones imposed by the West on Russia, the UK’s Guardian newspaper reported Wednesday, citing sources. An unnamed person with direct knowledge of the matter told the paper that an extensive exercise …

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Top US diplomat tests positive for Covid

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken tested positive for Covid-19 on Wednesday afternoon, the State Department announced. Blinken is experiencing only mild symptoms and will work from home until he can return to Foggy Bottom, his spokesman added.  “The Secretary is fully vaccinated and boosted against the virus and is …

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NASA tests ‘Son of Concorde,’ hopes to avoid ‘sonic boom’

NASA has hailed progress in developing “quiet” supersonic travel technology on January 25. Together with Lockheed Martin, the US space agency is working on a new jet capable of surpassing the speed of sound without generating the infamous sonic boom.’ Called X-59, the new jet is being developed by Lockheed …

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DNA tests on remains of murdered Russian royals reveal match

After decades of disputes over the authenticity of remains believed to be those of Russia’s former imperial family, who were murdered by Bolshevik revolutionaries in 1918, the Russian Orthodox Church has concluded a new six-year investigation into the matter, and will issue an official decision later this year. On Thursday, …

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Expiration date on nearly 1 million old Covid tests extended

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has lengthened the shelf-life for around 800,000 expired coronavirus tests that have sat in a warehouse in Florida for months, giving state health officials more time to use them up. The FDA allowed the extension after Abbott Diagnostics, the firm that produced the …

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