“All-Clear” Asteroid Will Miss Earth in 2040
Hilo HI (SPX) Dec 24, 2012 – Using the Gemini North telescope on Mauna Kea, Hawai’i a team of astronomers from the University of Hawaii’s Institute for Astronomy (IfA) have confirmed that the chance of asteroid 2011 AG5 impacting Earth in 2040 is no longer a significant risk – prompting a collective sigh-of-relief. Previously, scientists estimated that the risk of this 140-meter-diameter (about the length of two Ameri … more

Pakistani drone crashes in northwest: officials
Peshawar, Pakistan (AFP) Dec 21, 2012 – A Pakistani reconnaissance drone has crashed in a restive northwestern tribal region after developing a technical fault, security officials said on Friday. The unmanned military aircraft was on a surveillance mission when it came down on Thursday night in Azam Warsak area, west of Wana, the main town of the South Waziristan tribal region, a senior security official told AFP on condition of a … more

Japan’s incoming PM pledges to mend ties with China
Tokyo (AFP) Dec 22, 2012 – Japan’s incoming premier Saturday pledged to seek a thaw in ties with China after a report said he will send a special envoy on a fence-mending mission to Beijing. Ties between Japan and China have become increasingly strained over a disputed island chain – the Tokyo-controlled Senkakus, which Beijing calls the Diaoyus – with neither side willing to budge after months of bitter wrangling. …more