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Joe Biden Officiated His First Marriage — a Same-sex Union at His House

August 2, 2016 When White House staffers Joe Mahshie and Brian Mosteller tied the knot Monday, US vice president Joe Biden officiated, at their request. The small wedding ceremony took place in the vice presidential residence at the US Naval Observatory, and Biden tweeted about the event. Proud to marry Brian and Joe...

Beijing Announces New Plans to Break International Law in South China Sea

July 18, 2016 China appears to have timed military activities in the South China Sea to take place in the days both before and after a ruling that largely invalidated its sweeping claims to the strategic waterway. The country’s maritime safety agency announced today (July 18) that military exercises will be held in...

Now China's Fake Island Has a Farm

June 7, 2016 China is clearly militarizing in the strategic South China Sea—causinginternational alarm and increased defense spending among neighbors. But as it asserts its claim to the region, it’s also throwing some softer elements in amid the militaristic buildup—including lighthouses, a tourist resort, and a hospital. The latest awkwardly placed civilian outpost...

Critics of Obama’s Hiroshima Visit Have Called Him Everything From an Apologist to a 'Lunatic'

May 27, 2016 Barack Obama’s visit to Hiroshima, Japan, today (May 27) was seen by many as a poignant gesture—not quite an apology for the US’s devastating atomic bomb attack on the city during World War II, but at least an important acknowledgement of the human cost of that military action. But around...

Beijing Is Setting the Stage for War in the South China Sea

May 13, 2016 All any nation needs to go to war is a good provocation, and China is no exception. With its sweeping territorial claims, island-building, militarization, patriotic fervor, and prickly rhetoric, Beijing is setting itself up to be repeatedly provoked in the South China Sea—it might even be counting on it.All any...

The US Is Being 'Dangerous and Irresponsible' in the South China Sea, Beijing says

February 1, 2016 A U.S. guided-missile destroyer sailed within 12 nautical miles of Triton island in South China Sea on Saturday (Jan. 30). The freedom-of-navigation operation drew rebuke, predictably, from Beijing. That’s because China considers not only the island but nearly the entire sea to be its own. It justifies its claim to...

Indonesia Blames ISIS for Suicide Bombs in Jakarta

January 14, 2016 This post was updated at 2:20pm GMT. Indonesia’s capital Jakarta was hit by a series of bombings today (Jan. 14) that killed two civilians, including one Canadian. Officials blamed the attack on Islamic State militants, some of whom have allegedly been captured. Related: Why Indonesia is Immune to ISIS A...

Tokyo Police Use Nets to Capture Rogue Drones

December 11, 2015 FROM NEXTGOV arrow In April, a drone landed radioactive material atop the Japanese prime minister’s official residence. (Its operator was angry about plans to restart the nation’s nuclear reactors.) After that incident, Tokyo’s police department has now announced drone counter-measures involving—you guessed it—drones. Starting this month, the police drones will carry nets through...

MIT Researchers Develop Device That Can Identify People Through Walls

October 29, 2015 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Paranoid about technology chipping away at our privacy? You might want to skip this article. If all goes to plan, a product will become commercially available in 2016 that can pick up wireless reflections off the human body to see the silhouette of a person standing behind a wall. It...

US Navy Revives Ancient Navigation as Cyber Threats Grow

October 17, 2015 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Sometimes old school is best. In today’s U.S. Navy, navigating a warship by the stars instead of GPS is making a comeback. The Naval Academy stopped teaching celestial navigation in the late 1990s, deeming the hard-to-learn skill irrelevant in an era when satellites can relay a ship’s location with remarkable...