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World News: Russian anti-satellite missile test draws condemnation Updated: 2021-11-17 12:26:58 KST

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Russia on Tuesday confirmed that it conducted a missile test targeting an old space satellite, blowing up their target and creating debris that forced the International Space Station crew to shelter in capsules.
In response, Washington condemned Moscow's action, calling it a "dangerous and irresponsible" missile test.

"Russia's dangerous and irresponsible behavior jeopardizes the long term sustainability of outer space and clearly demonstrates that Russia's claims of opposing the weaponization of space are disingenuous and hypocritical. The United States will work with our allies and partners to respond to Russia's irresponsible act."

Experts also say that weapons that shatter satellites pose a space hazard, as the resulting clouds of fragments can collide with other objects, setting off a chain reaction of projectiles through the Earth's orbit.
The latest missile test reported created more than 15-hundred pieces of orbital debris.
However, in response,.. the Russian space agency downplayed the situation, saying that the missile test was incident-free.
The satellite targeted for the test was the Kosmos-1408, a spy satellite launched in 1982, which stopped working many years ago.

Myanmar's military authorities continue to add fresh charges against the ousted leader Aung San Suu Kyi, as well has members of her administration.
According to a state media announcement on Tuesday, the Nobel Prize winner is now facing a new electoral fraud charge, along with 15 others.
The 76-year-old faces 11 criminal charges, including two for corruption, and one for violating the Official Secrets Act, which could see her sentenced to a maximum of more than 100 years in prison.
She has been held captive by the military since the February coup, when the military justified their takeover by accusing her government of obtaining a landslide election victory through a manipulated vote.

Bitcoin on Tuesday slipped below 60-thousand US dollars, seeing losses from a record high of 69-thousand dollars recorded a week earlier.
The world's biggest cryptocurrency saw its price drop to as low as 58,568 dollars, the lowest in more than two weeks.
Ethereum also saw a huge drop in prices, down 6.8 percent at one point.
Analysts say they can't pinpoint any particular news driving the massive declines, but added it seems to be driven by profit taking after a recent sharp run-up.
Bitcoin has still more than doubled in value since June, thanks to mainstream adoption of cryptocurrencies.
Lee Seung-jae, Arirang News.
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