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At the Munich Security Conference, Trump isn't the only elephant in the room
At the Munich Security Conference, Trump isn't the only elephant in the room

At the Munich Security Conference, Trump isn't the only elephant in the room

The Munich Security Conference (MSC) is all about providing a space to address the elephant in the room and fostering discussion on that one big topic people would rather avoid, says Benedikt Franke, the forum’s vice-chairman and CEO. But there’s more than just one elephant this year — a herd.

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Handout photo dated January 14, 2020 shows an MQ-9 Reaper flies over the Nevada Test and Training Range.

William Rio Rosado via Abaca Press via Reuters Connect

What We’re Watching: Drone drama, DeSantis vs. Ukraine, Japan hearts South Korea, Pakistan-Khan standoff

Drone drama over the Black Sea

In what is so far the closest thing to a direct clash between the US and Russia over Ukraine, a Russian jet on Tuesday crashed into an American drone over the Black Sea, sending the unmanned craft hurtling into the water.

Moscow disputes the claim, saying its jets didn't hit the drone. The US accused the pilots of two Russian Su-27s of being “unprofessional” and “environmentally unsafe” for harassing and “dumping fuel” on the $32 million MQ-9 Reaper drone.

But scholars point out that the US didn’t call the act “unlawful.” Russia was evidently within its rights to disrupt a drone in international territory that was almost certainly gathering intel for Moscow’s adversaries in Kyiv. Still, the incident shows the dangers of US and Russian military hardware operating in such close proximity, even if they aren’t in direct conflict.

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HK media mogul denied bail under security law

December 13, 2020 5:00 AM

HONG KONG • Hong Kong media tycoon and Beijing critic Jimmy Lai appeared in court yesterday morning to face a charge under the city's national security law that could put him in jail for life.

Indian troops kill top Kashmiri militant commander

November 01, 2020 10:39 PM

The disputed region is riven once more by violence over a year after India withdrew its semi-autonomy.

Indonesia, Japan agree to boost security ties

October 20, 2020 10:56 PM

TOKYO - Japan and Indonesia have agreed to strengthen their security ties, through such measures as expediting talks on the export of Japanese defence technology and by having their defence and foreign ministers meet soon.

Australia to set up Pacific Islands security centre in Vanuatu

October 19, 2020 12:44 PM

SYDNEY (REUTERS) - A centre focusing on the security concerns of Pacific island nations will start work in Vanuatu next year, Australia said on Monday (Oct 19), hosting analysts and sharing information on issues from maritime risks to human trafficking and disinformation.

Japan to tighten checks on visa applications by Chinese students

October 06, 2020 5:00 AM

From April next year, Japan will tighten its inspection process in issuing visas, especially to Chinese students and researchers, over growing concerns of espionage and foreign interference, the pro-government Yomiuri newspaper said yesterday.

Beyond combat moves, bodyguards for the rich pick up digital skills

September 21, 2020 5:00 AM

TIANJIN • At the Genghis Security Academy, which bills itself as China's only dedicated bodyguard school, students learn that the threats to the country's newly rich in the technological age are more likely to emerge from a hacker than a gunman.

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