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  • Sep 23, 2014
  • Updated: 11:13am


Police arrest four in Beijing after mysterious drone forces diversion of civilian planes

Four employees at a Beijing company were detained by police pending a criminal investigation on Monday after they flew an unmanned aircraft near the Chinese capital's airport, forcing the diversion of two airplanes and causing multiple flight delays.

Tuesday, 31 December, 2013, 4:33pm

'US drone kills' six Qaeda suspects in Yemen

An apparent US drone strike killed six suspected Al-Qaeda militants overnight, a Yemeni military source told AFP on Sunday.

The six suspects were travelling in a two-vehicle convoy in Mahfad in the southern province of Abyan, much of which was held by the jihadists before an army counter-offensive last year, the source said, speaking on condition of anonymity.

28 Jul 2013 - 2:04pm

When it comes to unmanned warfare it's nothing personal

Throughout history, some forms of war and weaponry are viewed with greater horror than others. Even ancient civilisations tried to codify the rules of war - jus in bello.

2 Jun 2013 - 5:03pm

UN urged to replace peacekeepers with drones in fragile Ivory Coast

Ivory Coast, whose security situation is described as "fragile" after a decade of turmoil that culminated in a brief civil war in 2011, has asked the UN to consider deploying the unmanned aerial systems when its peacekeeping forces are reduced later this year.

19 Apr 2013 - 4:28am

US jails Chinese engineer for taking files on missile guidance system to China

Measured in millimetres, the tiny device was designed to allow drones, missiles and rockets to hit targets without satellite guidance. An advanced version was being developed secretly for the United States military by a small firm and L-3 Communications, a major defence contractor.

27 Mar 2013 - 3:47am

New arms treaty could ease 'robot' drone fears

For a species that loves new technology - that lives and dies by it - it's strange how we sometimes demonise our own creations. Last time, it was genetically modified foods. They might just save the world, except that there's something "sciencey" and unnatural about them. Hard-to-understand foods? No, thank you.

15 Mar 2013 - 3:31am

John Brennan finally confirmed as head of CIA

The US Senate has finally confirmed John Brennan as CIA director after the White House doused a fierce debate over the potential use of domestic drones that could have delayed filling the crucial post.

9 Mar 2013 - 2:49am

Urgent need for international rules on drones

Drones, the unmanned aircraft that can spy and kill, are most associated with US President Barack Obama's administration, which has used them extensively in its fight against terrorists, staking out and claiming targets in Pakistan, Somalia and Yemen. So versatile and successful have they been that there is burgeoning demand among other governments to acquire or develop them.

5 Mar 2013 - 4:00am 1 comment

Iran says it brought down 'enemy' spy drone

Iran’s Revolutionary Guards have brought down a foreign surveillance drone during a military exercise, the official Islamic Republic News Agency said on Saturday.

24 Feb 2013 - 10:16am

US unveils medal to honour troops in cyberattacks and drone strikes

The Pentagon unveiled a new medal to honour "extraordinary" troops who launch cyberattacks or drone strikes from their consoles, even if they do not risk their lives in combat.

15 Feb 2013 - 4:23am