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German, Indian companies sign accord on possible India submarine project

Jun. 07, 2023 12:00 PM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — German and Indian companies signed an agreement Wednesday that envisions the possible building of six military submarines for India. The memorandum of understanding was signed in the presence of German Defense Minister Boris Pistorius, who was in India on a visit. ...

Fiji reconsiders security ties with China amid Pacific tensions

Jun. 06, 2023 23:11 PM EDT

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — Fiji's leader indicated Wednesday his nation is reconsidering its security ties with China at a time that geopolitical tensions in the Pacific are rising. Prime Minister Sitiveni Rabuka said Fiji was reviewing a contentious police cooperation...

Sonic boom heard over Washington is a rare sound with a rich history

Jun. 05, 2023 18:53 PM EDT

NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — People living in and around the nation’s capital experienced a rare, if startling, sound that has a rich history in American aviation and possibly a muted future: A sonic boom. The boom was heard Sunday after the U.S. military dispatched six fighter jets to...

US defense secretary discusses upgrading ties with India to counter China

Jun. 05, 2023 08:30 AM EDT

NEW DELHI (AP) — U.S. Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin on Monday discussed upgrading partnership with India, a major arms buyer, and set a roadmap for cooperation for the next five years as both countries grapple with China’s economic rise and increased belligerence, officials said. ...

Boeing signs alternative fuel deal with Los Angeles startup to cut carbon footprint

Jun. 01, 2023 15:37 PM EDT

SAN DIEGO (AP) — As the aviation industry seeks to cut its carbon footprint, Boeing has just signed a deal to help its quest for a sustainable jet fuel, and it's tied to an unlikely source: the ocean. The aerospace giant has signed a deal with a Los Angeles-based startup to buy...

Private flight with 2 Saudi astronauts returns from space station with Gulf of Mexico splashdown

May. 31, 2023 02:03 AM EDT

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — A private flight carrying two Saudi astronauts and other passengers returned to Earth late Tuesday night after a nine-day trip to the International Space Station. The SpaceX capsule carrying the four parachuted into the Gulf of Mexico, just off the...

Virgin Galactic completes final test flight before launching paying customers to space

May. 25, 2023 20:31 PM EDT

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M (AP) — Virgin Galactic completed what is expected to be its final test flight Thursday before taking paying customers on brief trips to space, marking what the space tourism company described as a “fantastic achievement” in what has been a long road to commercial operations....

Virgin Orbit to cease operations, sell assets of Richard Branson's satellite launcher

May. 24, 2023 11:25 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Richard Branson’s Virgin Orbit is shutting down less than two months after the satellite launch start-up filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection, according to a Tuesday company announcement. Virgin Orbit will cease operations and sell its assets to four...

Biden gets low ratings on economy, guns, immigration in AP-NORC Poll

May. 22, 2023 11:31 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — As President Joe Biden embarks on his reelection campaign, just 33% of American adults say they approve of his handling of the economy and only 24% say national economic conditions are in good shape, according to a new poll from The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public...

US signs new security pact with Papua New Guinea amid competition with China

May. 22, 2023 06:45 AM EDT

PORT MORESBY, Papua New Guinea (AP) — The United States signed a new security pact with Papua New Guinea on Monday as it competes with China for influence in the Pacific. Papua New Guinea's location just north of Australia makes it strategically significant. It was the site of...