Posted onDecember 9, 2015bysonymobi|Comments Off on U.S.-Japan funded Raytheon SM-three missile aces second test: sources
WASHINGTON The United States and Japan on Tuesday conducted a second successful test of Raytheon Co’s new Regular Missile-three (SM-3) Block IIA missile that is getting jointly created by the two nations, according to two sources familiar with the test.
In the course of the test off the coast of Southern California near Malibu, the missile opened its new sensor seeker in space for the 1st time and utilized new altitude control rockets to target a star, stated a single of the sources, who was not authorized to speak publicly.
No intercept was planned for this test and no target missile was launched, but numerous intercept tests will following in coming years, mentioned the source.
The United States spent just more than $ two billion on the SM-three IIA weapons system, although Japan contributed about $ 1 billion, according to the U.S. Missile Defense Agency.
The new missile is a 21-inch variant of an earlier SM-three missile and functions with the U.S. Aegis combat system built by Lockheed Martin Corp to destroy incoming ballistic missile threats in space.
Tuesday’s test marked yet another milestone toward deployment of the missile on U.S. Aegis destroyers and Japan’s Kongo ships in coming years, as properly as the U.S. Aegis Ashore site in Poland in 2018.
The test also validated the new sensor seeker developed for the redesigned kill car, or warhead, that will at some point replace the ones now used on the U.S. fleet of ground-based interceptors in Alaska and California that are component of the U.S. homeland missile defense technique, the sources mentioned.
Neither Raytheon nor the U.S. Missile Defense Agency had any quick comment.
Raytheon’s new SM-3 IIA missile has larger rocket motors and a much more capable kill vehicle that would permit the missile to engage threats sooner and safeguard bigger regions from quick- to intermediate-range ballistic missile threats.
On Tuesday, the Pentagon announced that Raytheon was awarded a contract for a lot more than $ 543 million for 17 SM-three IIA missiles.
(Further reporting by Idrees Ali Editing by Leslie Adler and David Gregorio)
UNITED NATIONS The United States is reviewing and in search of to confirm reports that Iran launched a ballistic missile last month in violation of U.N. Security Council resolutions, U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Samantha Power said on Tuesday.
“The U.S. is conducting a significant review of the reported incident,” Energy told reporters after a meeting of the Security Council on unrelated issues.
She added that if Washington confirmed the reports that Iran tested a medium-variety ballistic missile on Nov. 21 in violation of U.N. resolutions, the United States would bring the concern to the 15-nation council and seek appropriate action.
(Reporting by Louis Charbonneau and Michelle Nichols Editing by Alistair Bell)
BERLIN In past years, Angela Merkel has been feted like a superstar at annual meetings of her Christian Democratic Union (CDU) party, earning thunderous ovations for defending German interests in the euro crisis and facing down Vladimir Putin more than Ukraine.
But a CDU congress in the southwestern city of Karlsruhe next week is shaping up to be a really various affair. Under intense stress from conservative allies to reduce the flood of refugees into Germany, the 61-year-old chancellor faces the largest test of her authority from inside the celebration in years.
The influential youth wing of the celebration has openly defied her in the run-up to the glitzy two-day event by demanding she agree to an “Obergrenze”, or cap on the number of asylum seekers Germany accepts – a step she has repeatedly rejected on the grounds it would be not possible to enforce.
Her Bavarian allies, the Christian Social Union (CSU), have been pressing for a cap for months, and even some of Merkel’s personal ministers are lobbying openly for a tougher stance from the chancellor, who marked ten years in office final month and should make a decision by subsequent autumn no matter whether she will seek a fourth term in 2017.
“Merkel has in no way endured such sharp criticism from within her personal ranks since becoming chancellor,” study a front-web page editorial in conservative day-to-day newspaper Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung on Monday. “Below no circumstances can she allow the congress to approve a resolution on refugee policy that includes the word ‘Obergrenze’.”
Two recent developments are working in Merkel’s favor ahead of the meeting in Karlsruhe, a city which sits close to the border between Baden-Wuerttemberg and Rhineland-Palatinate, two of three German states that will hold elections in March.
1st, the number of migrants arriving in Germany has slowed significantly considering that late November, largely because of colder climate which has made it a lot more difficult for refugees to travel from Turkey to Greece and then up by way of the Balkans.
“It really is also early to declare a alter in the trend but it is positive,” Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere said on Monday.
Also, a sharp months-lengthy slide in support for Merkel and her conservative bloc seems to have come to a halt.
An Emnid survey last weekend put the CDU/CSU on 37 %, up from 36 percent a month ago, and nonetheless 12 points ahead of the rival Social Democrats (SPD). A separate poll from Infratest dimap showed Merkel’s recognition increasing 5 points to 54 percent.
“I see a lot of support in the celebration for Angela Merkel’s course,” CDU Basic Secretary Peter Tauber stated at the weekend, dismissing ideas her authority was waning.
But some CDU members described the mood in the celebration as abysmal.
For the initial time in years, off-the-record conversations with lawmakers in Berlin are littered with criticisms of Merkel, echoing the era ahead of she became chancellor when a cabal of conservative guys worked behind the scenes to undermine the protestant pastor’s daughter from communist East Germany.
Last week, former Saxony justice minister Steffen Heitmann became the initial prominent member of the CDU to announce he was leaving the celebration. In a letter to Merkel which was leaked to the media, he mentioned he had never felt “so foreign in my personal country”.
The atmosphere could not be much more different than it was back in 2012, when at a CDU congress in Hanover, Merkel was re-elected celebration leader by 98 % of delegates, a score so higher that German reporters jokingly likened it to the sham elections of East German leaders in the course of Merkel’s youth.
“The mood among conservative members of parliament is really catastrophic correct now,” said a single senior CDU lawmaker, declining to be named. “Merkel is entirely isolated.”
“She demands to wake up,” said one more top ranking celebration member. “Merkel’s remedy to this crisis depends on the goodwill of men and women like (Russian President Vladimir) Putin and (Turkish President Tayyip) Erdogan. It basically won’t function.”
A close aide to the chancellor, speaking on situation of anonymity, played down the extent of the discontent, estimating that only a third of celebration members were really in favor of a tougher course, by means of caps, border closures or more radical measures.
Merkel has resisted such steps, arguing that the influx have to be tackled outside Germany, through negotiations to resolve the war in Syria and by encouraging neighboring Turkey to improve circumstances for refugees there and convincing European partners to accept quotas of asylum seekers.
“Merkel will not budge on this,” the aide stated. “If there truly is a majority at the congress for caps on refugees, this would point to a difficulty at the best, but we don’t expect this.”
(Further reporting by Paul Carrel Writing by Noah Barkin Editing by Pravin Char)
Chris Froome insists his “benefits will stand the test of time” after releasing physiological information in an try to answer these who doubt he twice won the Tour de France as a clean rider.
Esquire has published three sets of data on the web, with a full story in the next edition of the magazine on Monday.
The very first set is from 2007, the second from this year’s Tour and the third from August’s independent tests.
“Hopefully, it is going to satisfy some of the queries asked,” stated Froome.
“I know what I’ve done to get right here. I am the only a single who can genuinely [know] one hundred% that I’m clean.
“I haven’t broken the rules. I haven’t cheated. I have not taken any secret substance that isn’t identified of however.
“I know my outcomes will stand the test of time, that ten, 15 years down the line folks won’t say, ‘Ah, so that was his secret’. There is not a secret.”
The information from 2007 was collected by the sport’s planet governing body, the International Cycling Union, throughout the Kenyan-born rider’s stint at the World Cycling Centre, a programme for talented athletes from creating cycling nations.
The UCI blood information is incomplete by today’s requirements, as it predates the introduction of the biological passport in 2009.
Two essential tests at that point – his VO2 Max and threshold energy – indicate the sort of rider who could win 1 of cycling’s largest races, provided he lost weight to boost his climbing ability.
That is also the picture painted by the tests Froome underwent at the GSK High Performance Lab in London in August.
On that occasion his VO2 Max, which is the peak amount of oxygen an athlete can use, was 84.six (ml/kg/min) – readjusted for his Tour weight, that it is 88.2, a quantity that supports the energy data Team Sky released in July from his superb victory on stage ten at this year’s Tour.
That “data dump” was an try by Froome’s team to defuse what was becoming a toxic atmosphere at the race.
GSK HLP’s senior scientist Dr Phillip Bell described Froome’s VO2 Max values as getting “close to what we believe are the upper limits for humans”.
As well as his independent testing results, Froome has also given Esquire biological passport blood tests from 13 July, the day prior to that 10th stage win, and 20 August.
The initial sample shows Froome’s haemoglobin level (the molecule in red blood cells that carries oxygen) was 15.three grams per litre, with .72% of his red blood cells being immature cells known as reticulocytes (produced by bone marrow in response to the body’s wants).
This produces an OFF-score, an equation used in anti-doping to indicate attainable blood manipulation, of 102.1.
The second sample show haemoglobin of 15.3, with a reticulocyte count of .96%, and an OFF-score of 94.21.
On their own, there is practically nothing about these scores that reveals something untoward but, as British athletics star Paula Radcliffe has not too long ago discovered, they only give a snapshot of what is happening at a particular moment and definitive proof that somebody is clean calls for a lot more data, recorded more than time.
That, nonetheless, is some thing that very couple of athletes have been willing or capable to make.
Froome’s former Team Sky group-mate Sir Bradley Wiggins told BBC Radio five reside on Thursday that the Briton faced an virtually not possible job in attempting to convince everybody he is clean.
“I do not feel [releasing his information] is going to adjust perceptions or what folks feel but at the same time that is what men and women have referred to as for and he’s carried out it,” stated Wiggins, who has also had to deal with speculation about his successes on the road – speculation he has dismissed.
“Hats off to him for undertaking it and I’m confident it’s not going to be some thing that [he and Team Sky] are going to live and die by.
“I never consider it is going to change anything but it’s a modest step maybe.”
Froome 1st announced his intention to release the outcomes of independent physiological testing throughout this year’s Tour.
As in 2013, his first victory, he was subjected to intense media scrutiny over the veracity of his performances, which spilled more than into some deeply unpleasant scenes on the roadside.
His team-mate and close buddy Richie Porte was punched by a fan for the duration of 1 stage, Group Sky’s vehicles have been regularly pelted with drinks and rubbish by spectators and Froome himself was spat at and had urine thrown at him on one particular particularly ugly day.
Froome told Esquire that the accusations of doping did bother him – “it really is challenging not to get angry” – but denied they detracted from his joy at becoming the 1st British rider to win a second Tour title.
“Absolutely nothing is going to taint that for me,” he mentioned.
“All that stuff, it was an added challenge and did make it tougher, but in a way it feels like an even greater achievement.”
Provided what is known now about the sport’s current history of endemic doping, Froome added that he understands why a lot of cycling fans are so sceptical and accepts that “inquiries do need to have to be asked”.
“As extended as the concerns are fair, I am satisfied to answer them,” he stated.
The benefits of his testing at GSK HPL are expected to be published in an unspecified scientific journal at a later date and Froome is also believed to be open to the concept of further testing in the future.
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RIYADH Saudi Arabia’s effort to unite Syrian rebels in Riyadh next week will be a massive test of its regional ambitions soon after years of bickering amongst opposition groups and severe misgivings about the initiative amongst major powers with a stake in the war.
Since King Salman took energy in January, Riyadh has attempted to position itself as leader of the Middle East’s Sunni Muslims, most of whom want to see Syrian President Bashar al-Assad toppled and the influence of his Shi’ite ally, Iran, curbed.
Riyadh now sees an opportunity to shape the war in Syria right after the Russian intervention, the European refugee crisis and the Paris attacks reawakened international engagement with the conflict and the threat posed by Islamic State.
“This conference is meant to change the predicament on the ground,” mentioned a senior Western diplomat in the Gulf, pointing to the want to strengthen what he referred to as the “moderate opposition” in Syria, which opposes both Assad and Islamic State.
Subsequent week’s gathering will be attended by around 65 members of the political and armed opposition, which includes about 15 representatives from armed groups. Of the two most strong armed groups, Islamic State has not been invited and the al Qaeda offshoot Nusra Front is also not expected.
Even so, with Iran decrying the meeting as dangerous to peace prospects, Turkey alarmed by the likely presence of Kurds, and Western nations concerned by the function that Islamists will play, Saudi Arabia might struggle to obtain that.
For Saudi Arabia, Syria has been secondary to Yemen this year as the major cockpit in an overarching struggle for regional influence with Iran, but the ruling Al Saud continue to regard the Syrian civil war as the rivalry’s pivotal battlefield.
The war pits the Syrian army and allied militias including Lebanese Hezbollah fighters backed by Iran and Russia, against an array of competing rebel and jihadi fighters, who incorporate Arabs and Kurds.
The rebel splits on the ground have been exacerbated by rival agendas of their supporters in the Gulf states, Turkey and Western nations. Syria’s political opposition in exile also has tiny influence inside the country, further complicating efforts to type a united front against Assad.
While the rebels’ external backers are united in describing Islamic State as a bitter enemy, Western countries see it as the largest and most urgent threat, even though Turkey and the Gulf states continue to regard Assad as the underlying dilemma.
Despite the fact that Saudi Arabia final year helped bring with each other a group of Arab nations to assistance U.S.-led air strikes against Islamic State, its military role in the coalition was mainly symbolic.
While it has continued flying some missions against the group this year, say diplomats, its part has been significantly decreased as a outcome each of unease with the coalition’s method and Riyadh’s overwhelming military concentrate on the war in Yemen.
The most current Saudi air strikes in Syria that the diplomat and a Saudi insider could don’t forget came more than a month ago, they stated. A second senior Western diplomat in the Gulf stated Saudi Arabia was nonetheless flying some missions.
Now Riyadh wants to concentrate on forging from the Syrian opposition a coherent physique that can function as a significant interlocutor, and dismiss the argument made by Assad, Iran and Russia that it is dominated by militants.
Gaining some kind of agreement at the meeting in between a wide selection of opposition groups will not be the only dilemma, nonetheless. A bigger task may possibly be persuading Riyadh’s allies to accept any outcome from the talks.
“Just to be organizing this is a large deal. There has been a lot of hedging over who to invite. It really is an evolving discussion between the Saudis, the U.S., the Turks and other individuals. There are lots of concerns with numerous groups,” mentioned the second senior Western diplomat.
Turkey has clear factors for concern. Ankara faces not only the threat from Islamic State, but also the prospect of Assad, shielded by Russia and Iran, holding on to power, while Kurdish rebels backed by the United States make territorial gains.
It has warned each the United States and Russia that it will not tolerate any such gains by the Washington-backed Kurdish YPG militia close to its frontiers in north-western Syria and privately deprecates Saudi efforts to contain the group.
Western nations fret about potent Islamist groups like Ahrar al-Sham, which are ideologically similar to al Qaeda but which Turkey and Gulf states view as moderate since they voice no ambitions to wage a wider regional jihad.
Renewed tensions in between Turkey and Russia after the shooting down of a Russian jet present another obstacle to reaching a broader agreement on Syria, but Riyadh nonetheless regards engagement with Moscow as important.
Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman has visited Russia twice this year, and according to both Western diplomats and Gulf diplomats, still thinks there is a possibility that Moscow will at some point drop its assistance for Assad.
According to Mustafa Alani, an Iraqi security professional with close ties to Riyadh’s Interior Ministry, it was simply because of Russia that Riyadh agreed to host the meeting, functioning to deliver a group that can negotiate opposite Assad.
“They understand the complexity of their job. How tough it will be to come up with some thing tangible,” he stated. “So they will not aim to create a centralized leadership that reflects who controls the ground due to the fact this will be impossible. They will aim to create a centralized leadership that has reasonable, rational thinking and can sit at the table.”
(Further reporting by Yara Bayoumy in Dubai and John Irish in Paris Editing by Giles Elgood)
Posted onDecember 3, 2015bysonymobi|Comments Off on MIDEAST STOCKS-Oil’s tumble might dampen Gulf Egypt may possibly test resistance
DUBAI Dec 3 A fresh tumble of oil rates overnight looks probably to dampen Gulf stock markets on Thursday, even though Egypt may continue testing technical resistance.
Brent oil, hit by expectations that OPEC will preserve its output ceiling unchanged at this week’s meeting, sank far more than four % to under $ 43 a barrel overnight – to just above a six-year low.
Also, hawkish comments by U.S. Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen reinforced the case for a U.S. interest rate hike later this month.
The markets had already been expecting a rate hike, but it could be damaging for the Gulf by slightly increasing pressure for capital outflows and top eventually to tighter monetary policy in the area.
Saudi Arabia’s index, which last closed at 7,347 points, is technically brief-term bullish and has been in an uptrend given that mid-November, but the threat of oil hitting fresh lows could hurt sentiment at least temporarily. The index has technical help at its mid-November high of 7,161 points.
In Egypt, the index, which jumped 3.5 percent on Wednesday to 6,650 points, is set to test minor chart resistance on the late November peak of six,642 points. Any clean break would trigger a double bottom formed by the November lows and pointing up to just beneath 7,000 points.
Egypt’s central bank plans to inject dollar liquidity into the market this month and plans an exceptional foreign exchange auction, the Egyptian presidency said late on Wednesday, the latest move to end a lengthy-running currency crisis.
Authorities’ new energy in tackling the crisis is welcome to the industry, but it remains unclear exactly where Egypt will acquire the difficult currency to improve dollar supplies, and a lot of economists consider a devaluation at some point remains inevitable. So foreign investors could stay cautious.
Speculation might continue more than the fate of Global Telecom , which surged its ten % limit to 1.87 Egyptian pounds on Wednesday in its heaviest trading in five weeks.
In a brief statement, it mentioned a newspaper, which it did not name, had published a story on rumours that European firm Vimpelcom had offered to buy out Global at a price of two.30 pounds per share. Vimpelcom currently owns about 52 % of International, according to the most current data.
The business does not respond to rumours and confirms that the business does not have any material events unannounced,” Global mentioned with no elaborating. Contacted by Reuters in Amsterdam, Vimpelcom stated: “As a matter of policy, we do not comment on market rumours and speculation.”
Final Thursday, Vimpelcom mentioned it and Worldwide would combine their organization in Pakistan with Warid Telecom, which may have prompted speculation about further consolidation. (Added reporting by Anthony Deutsch in Amsterdam Reporting by Andrew Torchia)
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