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The find during construction work near Potsdam central railway station also halted local bus, tram and train services and led authorities to clear ministry buildings and the parliament of Brandenburg state.

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The main train station is cordoned off after a 250-kilogramme World War II bomb was found in Potsdam near Berlin. (AFP/Georg-Stefan Russew)


BERLIN: About 10,000 people had to be evacuated on Thursday (Dec 18) after an unexploded 250-kilogramme World War II bomb was discovered in a city near the German capital.

The find during construction work near Potsdam central railway station also halted local bus, tram and train services and led authorities to clear ministry buildings and the parliament of Brandenburg state.

A bomb disposal squad was seeking to defuse the explosive, believed to hail from a major British bombing raid that destroyed much of the inner city of Potsdam on Apr 14-15, 1945.

The ground below many German cities remains littered with unexploded ordnance dropped by Alli…

As Russia unveils nuclear subs with underwater drones and robots, the stealth race heats up: governments pour cash into secret armies

World’s military giants are no longer spending money on spectacular armies, but invisible ones



Russia, apparently not wanting to be overshadowed by yesterday’s announcement that China has built a long-range heat ray weapon, has revealed plans for its nuclear submarines — including on-board battle robots and underwater drones.


Through small, unmanned drones in the air, to the invisible pain gun like that made by China, the race in military tech is to create weapons that can go mostly unnoticed, while at the same time managing for control on the battlefield and during civil unrest.

Russia’s new submarine takes that battle underwater, too.

The country’s new fifth generation submarines could feature drones that can be released by submarines and stay still, while the ship itself moves away. That would allow the submarine to evade anyone watching by giving the impression it has stayed in place, while only the drone has done so.

“They’ll be released by the submarine and stay offline before being …

Understanding the NATO Bombing of Yugoslavia

On March 24, 1999, NATO bombed Yugoslavia in order to stop egregious human rights violations against Kosovo. But this is a very complicated and contentious topic - learn more about what drove NATO to take action in this board. What is Yugoslavia?

Pakistan takes on the Taliban as grief over Peshawar school massacre gives way to rage

Following the Peshawar school massacre in which 132 children died, the military have bombed militant targets in tribal areas amid a new-found resolve and hardening of attitudes towards extremism




The grief has given way to rage. Three days after Pakistan suffered its worst ever terrorist attack, with the massacre of 132 schoolchildren in Peshawar, the country has hit back.


In the tribal areas of North Waziristan and Khyber along the Afghan border, Pakistani jets strafed militant targets as troops combated militants on the ground. The military says that it has killed 77 as the assault presses on. For days, Pakistanis in major cities held candlelit vigils, placing flowers under portraits of the pupils who were killed in their school on Tuesday. Yesterday, they took to the streets to protest against pro-Taliban preachers and declare their resolve to end the threat that the militants pose.

Schools and colleges across the country have been closed until the new year. Major cities were on high a…