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Abe says new unit will defend Japan from space tech threats

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Tokyo (Net) — Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said Monday that Japan will form a space defense unit to protect itself from potential threats as rivals develop missiles and other technology and the new unit will work closely with its American counterpart recently launched by President Donald Trump.
The Space Domain Mission Unit will start in April as part of Japan's Air Self-Defense Force, Abe said in a policy speech marking the start of the year's parliamentary session.
He said Japan must also...

Virginia's capital braces for gun-rights rally

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Richmond, (Net) — Virginia's capital city is bracing for the expected arrival of thousands of gun-rights activists and other groups that have vowed to descend on Richmond to protest Democrats' plans to pass gun-control legislation.
Gov. Ralph Northam declared a temporary state of emergency days...

Shooting kills 2 officers before Hawaii homes catch fire

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Honolulu, Jan 20 (Net) — A Hawaii man with a history of run-ins with police and neighbors was facing eviction when he stabbed his landlord and killed two officers before the house he and two women were believed to be in burned, authorities and neighbors said Sunday.
Police responding to a call...

At least 13 wounded in violence in Baghdad

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Baghdad, Jan 20 (Net) — Iraqi security forces fired tear gas and live rounds during clashes with anti-government protesters overnight and on Monday morning in Baghdad, wounding at least 13 demonstrators and prompting authorities to close key streets and thoroughfares leading to the city center...

Ex-police chief on trial for role in Catalan secession bid

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Madrid, Jan 20 (Net) — The former head of Catalonia's regional police and three others are standing trial on charges of rebellion and sedition for their alleged roles in the illegal bid by the Catalan regional government to break away from Spain in 2017.
The trial starting Monday in the...

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