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Wednesday December 9th, 2020 day edition

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BERLIN (Reuters) - Germany has blocked the takeover of satellite and radar technology firm IMST by a subsidiary of state-controlled missile maker China Aerospace and Industry Group (CASIC) due to national security concerns, a government document showed on Tuesday.

FILE PHOTO: German and Chinese national flags fly in Tiananmen Square ahead of the visit of German Chancellor Angela Merkel in Beijing, China, May 23, 2018.

The move comes amid increased tensions between Germany and China, whose trade ties have become very close in the past decade, over unfair competition caused by state-backed enterprises and restrictions on market access.

Berlin views IMST as an important provider of satellite communication, radar and radio technology, and its know-how is crucial for national security, according to the government document seen by Reuters.

IMST’s expertise is also needed for the construction of critical infrastructure in the future, including 5G and 6G networks, the document said.

In various cases, IMST’s products and services were also the subject of deliveries to the Bundeswehr armed forces,” it said.

Germany has lowered the threshold for screening and even blocking purchases of stakes in German firms by non-Europeans in a move to fend off unwanted takeover attempts mainly by state-backed Chinese investors in strategic areas. »

'Spider-Man 3': Alfred Molina Returning as Doctor Octopus

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Benedict Cumberbatch will appear in the film as Doctor Strange, while Spider-Man mainstays expected to return include Zendaya, Marisa Tomei, Jacob Batalon and Tony Revolori.

Jamie Foxx is returning as Electro after playing the role in 2014's The Amazing Spider-Man 2, which starred Andrew Garfield as the wall crawler, while Molina's Doc Oc terrorized Maguire's version of Spidey.

In October, Foxx suggested in a since-deleted Instagram post that three different Spider-Men could appear in the film. »

Kathy Sullivan: The woman who's made history in sea and space

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By the time they were five or six, it was already clear her brother wanted to grow up to fly aeroplanes.

Image copyright Kathy Sullivan Image caption Sullivan (pictured) grew up a self-described tomboy, fascinated with the world and how it worked.

As a little girl, Sullivan was already devouring every newspaper, magazine and television report she could find on the subject of exploration. »

Terry Pratchett's unfinished novels destroyed by steamroller

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Unpublished works are lost for ever with crushing of computer hard drive – as the late fantasy novelist had instructed.

The unfinished books of Sir Terry Pratchett have been destroyed by a steamroller, following the late fantasy novelist’s wishes.

Pratchett, famous for his colourful and satirical Discworld series, died in March 2015 after a long battle with Alzheimer’s disease. »