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Turkey 'downs' unidentified drone on Syria border

Sep 30, 2019 - 9:14 AM

The drone detected near the Syrian border by the military intrudes into Turkish airspace 6 times before being shot down by F-16 jets

Drones a game changer for emergency responders

Sep 28, 2019 - 8:00 AM

Drones have become an invaluable tool in firefighting, detecting toxic gas or locating missing people or suspects

DRONES. Drones are proving to be a game changer for emergency responders who are increasingly using the technology to spot fires, detect toxic gas or to locate missing people or suspects, experts say. Photo by Robyn Beck/AFP


Oil prices sink as quick Saudi output recovery seen

Sep 18, 2019 - 7:33 AM

'This time prices slumped on reports of sooner-than-expected return for oil production after the attacks,' says an analyst in reaction to the price drop

Saudi Arabia's Energy Minister Prince Abdulaziz bin Salman gives a press conference in the Red Sea coastal city of Jeddah on September 17, 2019. Saudi Arabia said on September 17 its oil output will be back to normal by the end of September and that half the production lost in attacks on two key facilities has been restored already. "The production will be back to normal by the end of September," the Energy Minister told a press conference. A Saudi official also said plans for the listing of oil giant Aramco will continue "as is". AFP

U.S. singles out Iran, readies response to Saudi oil attacks

Sep 17, 2019 - 8:59 AM

Trump says he is ready to help key ally Saudi Arabia counter the weekend drone attacks, which triggered a record leap in global oil prices, but would await a 'definitive' determination on who was responsible

This satellite overview handout image obtained September 16, 2019 courtesy of the US Government shows damage to oil/gas infrastructure from weekend drone attacks at Khurais oil field on September 15, 2019 in Saudi Arabia. Drone attacks on key Saudi oil facilities have halved crude output from OPEC's biggest exporter, catapulting oil prices by the largest amount since the first Gulf War. The crisis has focused minds on unrest in the crude-rich Middle East, with Tehran denying Washington's charge that it was responsible.Brent oil prices leapt 20 percent on Monday to chalk up the biggest intra-day daily gain since 1991.  HO / US Government / AFP

Iraq denies links to drone attack on Saudi oil plants

Sep 15, 2019 - 8:40 PM

Prime Minister Adel Abdel Mahdi says 'Iraq is constitutionally committed to preventing any use of its soil to attack its neighbors'

A picture taken on May 10, 2016 shows over Shaybah, the base for Saudi Aramco's Natural Gas Liquids plant and oil production in the surrounding Shaybah field in Saudi Arabia's remote Empty quarter desert close to the United Arab Emirates, on May 10, 2016. Despite collapsed global oil prices, production is expanding at Shaybah, as it is in other units of the company at the centre of the kingdom's Vision 2030 drive for diversification away from oil. The Saudi government plans to sell less than five percent of the company in what officials say will be the world's largest-ever share offering, while transforming Saudi Aramco into "a global industrial conglomerate". By 2020 the company says it will have tripled its gas processing capacity from levels at the turn of the century. / AFP PHOTO / IAN TIMBERLAKE

Drone strikes on Saudi Arabia ripple across oil market, diplomacy

Sep 15, 2019 - 7:43 PM

Here is what we know about the implications of the strike on the world's largest oil processing facility and nearby Khurais, which hosts a massive oil field

Iran unveils new reconnaissance and attack drone

Sep 01, 2019 - 7:25 PM

The drones are capable of 'surveillance and reconnaissance missions and continuous flight for precision missions'

Lebanon says Israel drone attack 'declaration of war'

Aug 26, 2019 - 11:46 PM

'This allows us to resort to our right to defend our sovereignty, independence and territorial integrity,' says Lebanese President Michel Aoun

'DECLARATION OF WAR.' In this file photo, Lebanese President Michel Aoun gestures upon his arrival at Tunis-Carthage international airport on March 30, 2019, to attend the Arab Summit tomorrow. File photo by Hussein Malla/Pool/AFP

Iran files complaint to U.N. over U.S. spy drone

Jun 29, 2019 - 12:01 AM

'The complaint states that Iran reserves the right to defend its airspace and confront any violation,' says Iranian deputy foreign minister Gholamhossein Dehghani

UN COUNCIL. In this file photo, the United Nations Security Council meets on January 26, 2019, at the United Nations in New York. File photo by Johannes Eisele/AFP

Iran reports previous incident with 'spy drone' in May

Jun 23, 2019 - 9:29 PM

Iran Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif says a 'spy drone' widely used for carrying out military strikes entered Iranian airspace

Amazon says drone deliveries coming 'within months'

Jun 06, 2019 - 1:30 PM

The drones are expected to shorten delivery times for many items to just one day for Amazon Prime members

AMAZON DELIVERIES. In this image released by Amazon, the company unveils its newest drone design for its 'Prime Air' fleet at the Machine Learning, Automation, Robotics and Space conference 're: Mars' in Las Vegas on June 5, 2019. Photo by Jordan Stead/Amazon/AFP


Saudi Arabia shuts main oil pipeline after Huthi drone attacks

May 14, 2019 - 9:48 PM

Saudi Arabia says two pumping stations had been targeted on May 14

ATTACKED. A picture taken on May 13, 2019, shows the crude oil tanker, Amjad, which was one of two Saudi tankers that were reportedly damaged in mysterious "sabotage attacks", off the coast of the Gulf emirate of Fujairah. Photo by Karim Sahib/AFP

Like Uber, but for organs: first kidney delivered by drone

May 04, 2019 - 10:55 PM

The specially designed high-tech drone was fitted with equipment to monitor the kidney along its 5-kilometer journey to its recipient: a 44-year-old woman from Baltimore who had spent 8 years on dialysis before the procedure

This image courtesy of the University of Maryland Medical Center (UMMC) shows a drone landin as it delivers a kidney for transplant at the UMMC in Baltimore, Maryland, on April 19, 2019. A kidney needed for transplantation has been delivered by a drone for the first time ever, the University of Maryland Medical Center said, a development that could herald faster and safer organ transport. The specially designed high-tech drone was fitted with equipment to monitor the kidney along its three mile (five kilometer) journey to its recipient HO / University of Maryland Medical Center / AFP

Above the concrete canopy: Hong Kong from the sky

Feb 02, 2019 - 8:29 PM

AFP photographer Dale de la Rey spends 3 months training his drone camera lens down on Hong Kong, in a bid to capture the rarely seen sides to the city

CONCRETE ALL OVER. A general view taken from Victoria Peak shows residential and commercial buildings in Hong Kong on September 27, 2018. Photo by Anthony Wallace/AFP

Pair freed without charge in London airport drones probe

Dec 23, 2018 - 7:58 PM

Authorities say the two previously arrested are no longer suspects in the drone incidents

Two held over London airport drone chaos as flights resume

Dec 22, 2018 - 7:38 PM

(UPDATED) Violators face up to 5 years in prison for endangering an aircraft

London airport reopens after drones sow chaos

Dec 21, 2018 - 4:27 PM

(UPDATED) Authorities have yet to find the owner of the drones, which affected airport operations for more than 2 days

Venezuelan president escapes drone 'attack'

Aug 05, 2018 - 9:33 AM

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro accuses Colombia of plotting this attempt to 'assassinate' him

LOUD BANG. This screenshot taken from a handout video released by Venezuelan Television (VTV) shows Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro (C), his wife Cilia Flores (L), and military authorities reacting to a loud bang during a ceremony to celebrate the 81st anniversary of the National Guard in Caracas on August 4, 2018. Photo courtesy of VTV/AFP

Google parent 'graduates' moonshot projects Loon, Wing

Jul 12, 2018 - 10:51 AM

Loon is Alphabet's radical project for global internet connectivity with balloons while Wing focuses on auto drone delivery technology to reduce fossil fuel use and urban congestion

LOON. The radical project from Google involves the use of balloons to deliver connectivity. Screenshot from Google.


Google retreating from military AI project: reports

Jun 02, 2018 - 3:35 PM

The collaboration with the US Department of Defense was said to have sparked rebellion inside the California-based company.

GOOGLE. A man walks past the logo of the US multinational technology company Google during the VivaTech trade fair ( Viva Technology), on May 24, 2018 in Paris. Photo by Alain Jocard / AFP

Your next pilot could be drone software

Apr 21, 2018 - 10:00 AM

By combining their enormous amounts of flight data and experience, drone-control software applications are poised to quickly become the world’s most experienced pilots

SAFETY QUESTION. Would you be – or feel – safer if one of these people were a robot? Image from Skycolors/Shutterstock.com

Congress seeks government regulation of drones

Mar 27, 2018 - 8:08 AM

Senate President Aquilino Pimentel III says drones must be regulated because they could also be used to violate people's rights, especially the right to privacy

DRONES. Philippine Congress seeks to regulate the use of drones, whether used for hobby or commercial purposes. File photo by Joseph Edelson/AFP

Australian lifesaving drone makes first rescue

Jan 18, 2018 - 11:23 PM

The drone drops a safety device to distressed teens caught in rough seas

LIFE SAVERS. A photo taken on December 10, 2017 shows a shark-spotting drone with a safety flotation device attached underneath flying over Bilgola beach north of Sydney. File photo by Peter Parks/AFP

Thailand says drone users must register or face jail, fines

Jan 09, 2018 - 5:01 PM

Anyone using an unregistered drone after Tuesday risks a 100,000 baht ($3,100) fine or a maximum of 5 years' imprisonment, according to the National Broadcasting and Telecommunication Office

DRONE REGISTRATION. A new GoPro Karma foldable drone is seen flying during a press event in Olympic Valley, California on September 19, 2016. File photo by Josh Edelson/AFP

GoPro considers selling company after weak holiday sales

Jan 09, 2018 - 10:59 AM

The action camera manufacturer also cuts staff and announces plans to exit the drone business

HOLDING ON. GoPro, makers of the eponymous action cameras seen here, goes through tough times after holiday sales disappoint. Photo by Josh Edelson/AFP


'Go home' drone seeks to stop overtime binge of Japanese workers

Dec 07, 2017 - 6:50 PM

The 'T-Frend' buzzes over those trying to work late, blasting out the strains of 'Auld Lang Syne,' a Scottish tune typically used in Japan to announce that a store is closing

No-fly zones for drones in Manila, Clark during ASEAN Summit – CAAP

Oct 28, 2017 - 3:53 PM

The Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines also reminds drone operators of a 2014 memoranda declaring no-fly zones in certain areas such as military training camps and Malacañang

RESTRICTED. Certain areas in Manila and Clark are off-limit to drones for the duration of the ASEAN Summit.

U.S. crucial to beating IS in Philippines, says ambassador

Oct 26, 2017 - 7:19 PM

Ambassador Sung Kim highlights American intelligence, urban warfare training, and drones as among the factors that helped end the conflict in Marawi City

DPWH to use drones, geotagging to combat ghost projects

Oct 10, 2017 - 6:26 PM

Under the new system, says Secretary Mark Villar, contractor claims will only be processed after they submit geo-tagged photos and geographic-based status reports

GoPro announces Hero 6 and spherical cam Fusion

Sep 29, 2017 - 10:35 AM

The new cameras arrive as GoPro faces intense pressure from low-cost competition in the mini-camera market

FUSION. The new line boasts spherical lenses to capture surroundings. Photo from GoPro


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Sep 11, 2017 - 9:06 PM

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SAKSIKAN: Aksi 300 drone di Countdown Asian Games 2018

Aug 19, 2017 - 1:01 PM

Ratusan drone membentuk berbagai formasi termasuk burung Garuda dan bendera merah putih

DRONE. 300 drone membentuk seorang atlet yang tengah membawa obor Asian Games 2018. Foto: screen shot Youtube

Singapore offers Manila drones, urban warfare training

Jul 19, 2017 - 6:05 PM

Singapore s defense ministry says its offer includes the use by Filipino troops of its urban warfare training facilities and a detachment of drones

URBAN WARFARE. A Philippine Marines truck speeds away as black smoke billows from burning houses after military helicopters fired rockets at militant positions in Marawi on May 30, 2017. Photo by Ted Aljibe/AFP

WATCH: Crashes and slow-mo drone racing shots in China

Jul 04, 2017 - 9:10 PM

See high speed drones captured in slow motion at the recently concluded Mobile World Congress Shanghai 2017

WATCH: UK drone racer on first-person-view racing and building drones

Jul 04, 2017 - 10:29 AM

Once you ve flown for a week or a few days you forget that you re looking at a screen and it becomes your eyesight and you forget about the controls says XBlades drone pilot Gary Kent

XBLADES. Kent is one of 11 pilots in the multinational team with members from the UK, Poland, Spain and the US. Photo by Gelo Gonzales/Rappler


Japan scrambles jets after China allegedly flies drone

May 19, 2017 - 7:02 PM

The two countries are at odds over a group of small uninhabited islands in the East China Sea administered as the Senkakus by Japan but claimed as the Diaoyus by China

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FAST FACTS: All about the drones at Lady Gaga's Super Bowl halftime show

Feb 06, 2017 - 6:06 PM

Called Shooting Stars the 300 performance drones are part of Intel s program to transform the devices from individual working units to fleets that can be used in other practical applications

ISIS using drones to drop grenades

Jan 17, 2017 - 2:25 PM

In Mosul the terror group transforms an off the shelf gadget into a weapon targeting civilians and the military

AIM HIGH. An Iraqi special forces Counter Terrorism Service (CTS) member shoots at a drone flown by Islamic State group jihadists (IS) in Mosul's al-Rifaq neighbourhood on January 8, 2017, during an ongoing military operation against the militants. Photo by Dimitar Dilkoff/AFP

Alphabet drops dream of drones providing internet

Jan 12, 2017 - 1:44 PM

Google s parent company says high altitude balloons may be the more feasible solution

China rejects Trump claim it stole drone

Dec 19, 2016 - 9:15 PM

Trump s accusation that China had stolen the drone was not accurate says foreign ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying

TRUMP. This picture taken on December 14, 2016 shows a advertisement for a magazine featuring US President-elect Donald Trump on the cover at a news stand in Shanghai. Photo by Johannes Eisele/AFP

China to return seized U.S. naval probe

Dec 18, 2016 - 8:24 AM

China defense ministry: The hyping up from the American side is inappropriate and unhelpful to the swift resolution of the problem

U.S. alerts PH after China seized its underwater drone off Subic

Dec 17, 2016 - 11:12 AM

Philippine Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenza says the security cluster has yet to discuss how the Philippines will react to the incident between the US and China that happened within its exclusive economic zone

China seizes U.S. naval underwater probe in South China Sea – defense official

Dec 17, 2016 - 12:49 AM

3rd UPDATE The probe a US Navy vessel operated by civilians was taken by China a US defense official says adding the craft was seized about 50 miles off Subic Bay

The Year In Tech: Tech toys we wanted in 2016

Dec 05, 2016 - 6:25 PM

These cool gears and gadgets made the trying year a far more colorful place

Another U.S. drone found off Zambales – report

Nov 13, 2016 - 9:04 AM

The yellow drone contains labels by the National Oceanographic Office of the United States

6 gadgets worth spending on during payday

Sep 30, 2016 - 9:15 AM

Get your hard work’s worth with these useful and handy gadgets

GoPro captures action from the sky with Karma drone

Sep 20, 2016 - 10:32 AM

The action cam maker also reveals the Hero5 Black and Hero5 Session – ultra high definition GoPros with voice control

Donuts in flight in 1st US-approved drone delivery

Jul 23, 2016 - 8:45 AM

This delivery marks the first time a retailer has worked with a drone delivery company to transport immediate consumables from store to home

DRONE DELIVERY. The first drone delivery on US soil made by convenience retailer 7-Eleven and the drone startup Flirtey includes a chicken sandwich, hot coffee and donuts.  Photo from Flirtey's Twitter account

US opens up skies for commercial drone operators

Jun 22, 2016 - 8:55 AM

Under the FAA s rules drone operators will be allowed to fly commercial craft weighing less than 55 pounds 25 kilograms during daylight hours

DELIVERY BY DRONE. The "octocopter" delivery drone in action. Image courtesy Amazon