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  • Removing deadly mines means ‘new horizons and hope’, clears a path to SDGs, says UN chief

    April 4, 2019

      “All people have the right to live in security, and not fear their next step”, António Guterres spelled out in his message, lauding mine action, which “clears paths and creates safe ground on which homes can be built or rebuilt” and “changes mindsets so that people know how to protect themselves”. Moreover, the UN chief described it as ...

  • U.S. Army is planning to test the effect of polymer additives on fuel exploded by impacts and projectiles, or by an IED

    April 4, 2019

    Scientists at Caltech have developed a new type of polymer that prevents fuel from misting during an explosion. The breakthrough could decrease the amount of damage caused by industrial accidents and terrorist attacks. Had the new polymers been added to the fuel of American Airlines Flight 11 and United Airlines Flight 175, the Twin Towers might ...

  • £2.5m injection for drone swarms

    April 3, 2019

    The ‘Many Drones Make Light Work’ project is the largest single contract awarded by DASA to date. The funding will steer the project for around 20 unmanned aerial systems (UAS) into the final stage of development, which will ultimately be managed by the Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (Dstl). UAS are currently in widespread use around ...

  • DHS S&T Seeks Partners for First Responder Technology R&D

    April 2, 2019

    The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology Directorate (S&T) invites industry, academia, laboratories, and the innovation community to submit white papers related to 12 first responder technology funding opportunities. The new Broad Agency Announcement (BAA) solicitation (BAA 18-02 Call 0001) will remain open until May 1st, 2019. “We want to help first responders of all disciplines do their ...

  • Hero dogs receive bravery awards: Canine OBEs for dogs who helped at scenes of terror attacks

    April 2, 2019

    A police mutt probably wouldn’t know what to do with a medal, unless you covered it in gravy or made it look like a tasty chihuahua. He or she is much more likely to appreciate an extra few biscuits for dinner – and would probably love you forever. That is probably what seven dogs from the Met ...

  • Clearing landmines in Ukraine, one careful step at a time

    April 2, 2019

    Ukraine is one of the most mine-affected countries in the world, limiting freedom of movement and posing a serious threat to civilians crossing the contact line. Sheltering in the basement of his family home in eastern Ukraine, Volodymyr Zayika, 71, was in the dark. Shelling had severed the electricity supply. Venturing out to check on some ...

  • All Eight Explosive Ordnance Disposal Group One Commands Receive “Green H” Award for Medical Excellence

    April 2, 2019

    Navy Expeditionary Combat Command (NECC) announced in a message to the force on March 26 that every Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) Group One subordinate command received the 2018 “Green H” Award for excellence in medical readiness. The “Green H” Award recognizes those commands that enhance battle readiness by promoting the health, fitness and mental well-being of ...

  • Explosion at Russia’s Military Space Academy leaves four seriously hurt after ‘bombs’ spark evacuation

    April 2, 2019

    Local news sites said a homemade bomb destroyed a staircase at the prestigious Mozhaisky Academy – as cops said they were treating it attempted mass murder. There were also unconfirmed reports of a second explosion from a TM-57 anti-tank mine which had been stored at the academy. Cadets and instructors were evacuated from the building before the ...

  • South Sudan: Safe ground, safe home as UN Mine Action Service clears the way for peace-driven returnees

    April 2, 2019

    “South Sudan is doable. We are into the endgame now, and we need support to see this one through. It isn’t a thousand-year problem. It isn’t a hundred-year problem. It is a three to five-year problem, and then this goes away.” “This” is the challenge posed by landmines and other unexploded ordnance littering the war-ravaged country. Richard ...

  • Bombs and arson attacks spark fears of return of terror campaign in Corsica

    April 2, 2019

    The Mediterranean territory, famed for its beaches and as the birthplace of Napoleon Bonaparte, was once a hotbed of anti-French militancy which led to thousands of bombings from  the 1970s to early 2000s. But since 2014, when local National Liberation Front of Corsica announced a ceasefire, French state infrastructure and the luxury holiday homes owned by wealthy mainlanders – still ...

  • Pipe bomb explodes in front garden in Derry – PSNI

    March 31, 2019

    A pipe bomb exploded in the front garden of a home in Derry in the early hours of this Sunday morning, the PSNI has said. Detectives in Strand Road are appealing for information on the incident, which was reported at about 2am. The bomb exploded in the front garden of a home in the Montgomery Close area. No damage ...

  • 19 Taliban militants killed, 4 IED manufacturing facilities destroyed in Helmand

    March 30, 2019

    At least 19 Taliban militants were killed and four Improvised Explosive Device manufacturing facilities were destroyed during the operations in southern Helmand province. According to informed military sources “A multi-day operation in Nahr-e Saraj district of Helmand killed 19 Taliban fighters and wounded 2 others.” The source further added that the Afghan security forces destroyed 4 IED ...

  • Train the trainers: Afghan explosive device experts graduated in Herat

    March 28, 2019

    IED’s are deceitful. Improvised explosive devices remain one of the biggest threats to Afghan civilians as well as armed forces. Thus, NATO continues to train experts for the purpose of reducing the hazard. A group of ten new Afghan trainers have recently completed their “Explosive Hazard Reduction” course at NATOs Train, Advise and Assist Command-West ...

  • Landmark terror finance resolution adopted by Security Council

    March 28, 2019

    Speaking via video-link from Rome, where he has been meeting specialist Italian law enforcement officials to discuss building closer ties to tackle the problem; The UN’s counter-terrorism chief, Vladimir Voronkov, said that the adoption comes at a “critical time,” with recent attacks demonstrating that terror groups continue to have access to both legal and illegal ...

  • 3 wounded in bomb attack on Chinese police station

    March 28, 2019

    Two police officers and a member of the public were wounded on Thursday afternoon when an unknown attacker detonated an improvised explosive device at a police station in northeast China. The incident happened at about 1.50pm when the bomber walked into the ground floor of the No 1 branch of the public security bureau in Shenyang, ...

  • Car bomb outside hotel kills at least eight in Somali capital

    March 28, 2019

    A car bomb exploded near a hotel and restaurant in the Somali capital on Thursday, killing at least eight people, police said. The afternoon explosion on a busy road in Mogadishu sent a huge could of smoke into the sky and destroyed two restaurants and cars parked in the area. A Reuters witness at the scene ...

  • Ridding Landscapes of Deadly Mines Could Have a Toxic Side Effect

    March 27, 2019

    Land mines are notorious for leaving a legacy of ongoing destruction from Southeast Asia to Africa, taking the lives and limbs of civilians decades after the wars and hostilities that brought them in the first place. As detonation is one of the main strategies for removal, clearing mines can be expensive and dangerous for people. ...

  • Two men plead not guilty to possession of 150kg of explosives found in car

    March 27, 2019

    Armed gardai found four bags of explosives in the boot of a car and 18 detonators under the front passenger seat when they stopped the vehicle on the Naas Road, the Special Criminal Court has heard. The driver and owner of the car told gardai in his interviews that he knew nothing about the 150kg of ...