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Malaysia Airlines MH17 crashes in Ukraine

A Malaysia Airlines passenger plane crashes in Ukraine, near Russian border, on Thursday, killing all 298 people aboard, mostly Dutch. It’s widely believed that the plane was shot down by pro-Russian separatist.

My condolences to the families and relatives. Like many people around the world, I’m shocked and saddened by the news. Can’t comprehend the reason behind the attack, and can’t understand how it was deemed safe to fly over the region.

This is the second disaster involving Malaysia Airlines this year. The flight MH370, which gone missing in March, has yet to be found.

Female models pose for Japanese military calendar

Scanned images of the 2014 calendar for Japan Self-Defense Forces, featuring some pretty models-actresses to “boost morale” of the military forces. Not sure if it’s an annual practise or a one-off thing; the 2014 girls are Anna Konno, Azusa Yamamoto, Narumi Konno, Erina Matsui, Mai Fuchigami, Mai Hakase and Rina Nagai.

Anna Konno Japanese military calendar 2014

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China’s first aircraft carrier on sea trial

China’s first aircraft carrier has begun its sea trial on August 10. The 300m vessel is overhauled from an old Soviet warship and will be used for “research and training.”

Chinese aircraft carrier

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Black Friday for Somali pirates

January 21 was a bad day for the Somali pirates as two of their hijacks were thwarted by the Malaysian and South Korean navies.

The Malaysian navy commandos rescued a Malaysian chemical tanker and its 23 crew members in the Gulf of Aden just after midnight following a distress signal from the vessel. A total of 18 pirates were captured, three being injured.

Hours later in a separate operation, the Korean navy special forces stomped a vessel which was hijacked on January 15 in the Arabian Sea and rescued its 21-person crew. Eight pirates were killed and five were captured.

There’s no serious injuries among the navies and crews. Job well done for both, which were aided by the fact that most of those less equipped Somali pirates had decided to surrender instead of going berserk.

The piracy off the Somali coast has been a threat to international shipping for the past few years. Some countries have sent out military escorts for their cargo vessels as countermeasure, which together with other anti-piracy efforts, have managed to cut the piracy activities in 2010.

The bad news is that the piracy activities will not be completely halted despite the fresh setbacks. There’s other complicated social-political issues involved.

Korean War (1950-1953) Photos

Photo story. All contents taken from the United States Department of Defense to commemorate the 60th anniversary of the Korean War.

Korean War

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