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Wednesday, 20 November 2019 19:24

Russia deploys "Arctic" radar in the Arctic

By: Nadeemy Haded

According to the Russian news agency "TASS" that Russia deployed radar "Resonance-N", during the month of November, in the archipelago "Novaya Zemlya", and is working to put it on combat alert.

The radar will be able to detect ballistic targets as well as cruise missiles, hypersonic targets and stealth aircraft, the agency said, citing armystandard.

The radar has been specially upgraded to operate in the far north, and will greatly enhance the combat capabilities of the Arctic anti-aircraft group, to protect the Ural, Siberia and Central Russia regions, the agency said, citing the website.

It noted that the radar capabilities allow detection of air targets at distances from 600 km to 1200 km, and at the same time, it detects targets at altitudes up to 100 km.

The agency said that the exported version of this radar is located in Egypt called "Resonance-NE", and can detect the movement of all objects in the airspace not only on the territory of Egypt, but also in Israel and Syria.

The RESONANCE-NE radar station is called OVER THE HORIZON OTH and operates within the METRIC WAVE BAND. Its principle is based on the reflection of the radar waves on the ionosphere in the atmosphere, which increases its effectiveness on reflective surfaces. Ghosts of flying objects, and enables them to detect targets from very long distances unlike other radars whose waves spread in a straight line making their range short.

Source: TASS


By: Nadeemy Haded

Russian President Vladimir Putin said that Kiev is seeking to take steps that we consider unacceptable to reach a settlement in Donbass.

The Russian president said on the sidelines of his participation in the economic forum "Russia calls", on Wednesday, that Ukraine is seeking to review the agreements of Minsk and also wants to replace the law passed by the (Ukrainian) Parliament, which gives Donbass a special status, with another law, explaining that any action may be taken Ukraine without coordination with Donbass will not be effective and will lead to a dead end.

The French presidency announced last week that the leaders of the "Normandy Quartet" concerned with the settlement of the Ukrainian crisis, will meet in Paris on 9 December.

The Elysee Palace said in a statement that the aim of the summit is to "start a new phase of implementation of the Minsk agreements" on the settlement of the Ukrainian crisis.

Source: Agencies

Wednesday, 20 November 2019 19:16

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe hits a record


By: Nadeemy Haded

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's term in office, 2887 days, marked a record as the longest term for a Japanese prime minister.

"When governments changed every year, as was the case in my first election, the most important political problems were postponed to a later date," Abe told a news conference, during which he presented his most important activities and achievements during his time as prime minister. This was the will of the people. "

"Every day efforts for political stability ... and efforts to deliver on promises, all these factors have led us to where we are today," he said.

Shinzo Abe, chairman of the Liberal Democratic Party of Japan, is scheduled to remain prime minister until September 2021.

Source: RIA Novosti


By: Nadeemy Haded

The dollar rose on Wednesday, and currencies exposed to trade fell after the US president threatened to escalate the trade war, and China's condemnation of a measure by the US Senate in support of protesters in Hong Kong.

The Chinese yuan fell to a new low in two weeks in overnight trading, after President Donald Trump threatened to raise new tariffs on Chinese imports if the ongoing trade negotiations fail, according to "Reuters."

China condemned what it called "US intervention" in Hong Kong and said Washington should stop such practices.

After four days of decline, the dollar rose 0.1 percent against the euro and a basket of currencies.

The Canadian dollar fell to its lowest level since October 11 after a speech by a senior deputy governor of the Bank of Canada, "the central bank", supported expectations of cutting interest rates.

The highly exposed currencies on trade have been hit by a deterioration in US-China relations, with the Australian and New Zealand dollars falling 0.4 percent against the US dollar.

Norwegian krone fell 0.9 percent against the dollar and 0.7 percent against the euro.

The Swedish krona fell, but at a slower pace, falling 0.4 percent against the dollar and 0.7 percent against the euro.

Demand for safe-haven currencies was little changed, with the yen gaining around 0.1 percent against the dollar and the Swiss franc steady at around 0.9905.

Source Sky News

 By: Nadeemy Haded

US President Donald Trump has mocked House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, calling her crazy.

"Nancy Pelosi has just stated that it is dangerous to allow voters to determine the fate of Trump," Trump tweeted on his official Twitter page.

"In other words, she thinks I will win and she doesn't want to let the voters decide," he said. "She wants to change our voting system. Wow, she's crazy!"

Trump's remarks came against the backdrop of Pelosi's dialogue with "CBS", during which she called on President Trump to personally testify in the House of Representatives, in the context of achieving the isolation launched by the Democrats in the House, noting that "all opportunities available to him to raise his case ".

The speaker of the US House of Representatives renewed a comparison between Trump and former Republican President Richard Nixon, saying that Nixon, who was followed by the eavesdropping scandal on the Democratic Party headquarters and the subsequent cover-up, at least interested in his country, as he preferred to leave power before being questioned in Congress.

"What Trump did was a lot worse than Richard Nixon did," she said.

The Democrat-controlled House of Representatives Intelligence Committee will hold public hearings in the second week of Trump's impeachment, and a number of key witnesses, including US Ambassador to the European Union Gordon Sunland, are due to appear in the coming days.

Tuesday, 19 November 2019 19:19

Oil falls amid fears of China-US talks

 By: Nadeemy Haded

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - US oil prices fell for a second day on Tuesday as market concerns over limited progress in Sino-US trade talks on abolishing trade duties as well as increased US inventories.

US West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude was down 27 cents, or 0.47 percent, at $ 56.78 a barrel by 05:49 GMT, further away from Friday's eight-week high when hopes of a trade deal grew.

Brent crude futures were down 20 cents, or 0.32 percent, at $ 62.24.

CNBC television quoted a Chinese government source as saying on Monday there was pessimism in Beijing over the prospects of a trade deal, with Chinese officials worried about US President Donald Trump's statement that no agreement was reached on a phasing out of the duties.

Meanwhile, a preliminary Reuters poll on Monday predicted that US crude oil inventories will rise for the fourth consecutive week, putting pressure on prices.

The American Petroleum Institute is due to release data on the latest week by 20:30 GMT on Tuesday, while the US Energy Information Administration's weekly official report is due on Wednesday.

Source Sky News

By: Nadeemy Haded

NEW YORK (Reuters) - The dollar suffered losses on Tuesday as US currency demand was hurt by hopes of a preliminary trade deal between the United States and China.

The yuan has also struggled, touching a two-week low against the US currency, with doubts over efforts to end the US-China trade war.

The yuan has also struggled, touching a two-week low against the US currency, with doubts over efforts to end the US-China trade war.

The Australian dollar weakened after the release of the minutes of the Reserve Bank of Australia's monetary policy meeting, which showed that central bank officials are considering a rate cut this month.

There were high expectations that the United States and China would sign the so-called "phase one" deal this month to reduce the escalation in their 16-month trade war.

But the dollar took a hit on Monday after CNBC said China was pessimistic about agreeing a deal, suggesting a compromise on the world's biggest potential threat to the world economy was still a long way off.

The dollar fell slightly to 108.62 yen, after falling 0.09 percent on Monday. The dollar traded at $ 1.1074 to the euro on Tuesday in Asia after falling to a two-week low.

Against the pound, the dollar was steady at $ 1.2956, near a one-month low. Sterling was supported by opinion polls indicating that the ruling Conservative Party would win in the next election.

The dollar index, which tracks the performance of the greenback versus a basket of six rival currencies, was not at 97.808 near a two-week low.

In domestic market trading, the yuan fell to a two-week low of 7.0295 per dollar.

Washington and Beijing have imposed tariffs on each other's goods in a bitter dispute over Chinese trade practices, which the US government says are unfair.

On the other hand, the Australian dollar fell 0.16 percent to 0.6799 US dollars and fell 0.26 percent to 73.82 yen.

The minutes of the Bank's meeting, released on Tuesday, showed that the Reserve Bank of Australia agreed that a further 0.75 percent rate cut could be justified at its November meeting due to unwelcome weakness in wage growth and inflation.

Source Sky News

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