TROOPS-1China unmanned car to ‘help driver sleep’: reports
Beijing (AFP) Jan 23, 2013 – The Chinese army is developing an unmanned road vehicle, official military media reported Wednesday, adding it could be put to civilian use to reduce fatigue at the wheel and allow drivers to “sleep in peace”. The Fierce Lion 3 is fitted with a sophisticated computer which can track nearby traffic, along with radar, video cameras and satellite navigation, enabling it to overtake and make oth … more

US military to lift ban on women in combat
Washington (AFP) Jan 23, 2013 – US Defense Secretary Leon Panetta will lift a ban on women serving in combat, officials said Wednesday – a ground-breaking move after a decade of war that saw female troops thrust onto the battlefield. The decision marks yet another sweeping change for the US military under President Barack Obama, who led a drive to end a prohibition on openly gay troops. Panetta and General Martin Demp … more

US charges East European cyber virus gang
New York (AFP) Jan 23, 2013 – The United States on Wednesday charged three young East European men with running an international cyber theft ring that broke into a million computers, including at the space agency NASA. The trio used a malicious computer code or malware, dubbed the Gozi Virus, to infiltrate computers across Europe, then America, causing “millions in losses by, among other things, stealing online banking c … more