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Drone's Find in Mountain Cave: Man on the Run for 17 Years

Chinese fugitive found barely able to communicate, his body 'devastated'

(Newser) - In 2002, Song Jiang broke out of a prison camp in China, where he was serving a sentence for human trafficking. He wasn't seen for 17 more years—until earlier this month, when a drone finally found him in a cave in Yunnan province, per the BBC and Sky... More »

Authorities: Man Used Drone to Drop Explosives at Ex's Place

Jason Muzzicato is also accused of illegally owning weapons while using meth

(Newser) - Authorities say a 44-year-old Pennsylvania man used a drone to drop explosive devices onto his ex-girlfriend's property. Jason Muzzicato of Washington Township hasn't actually been charged with detonating the devices, but the Morning Call reported back in June that he was suspected in a "series of explosions"... More »

Drones Strike Major Oil Facility

Iranian-backed Houthis strike in Saudi Arabia

(Newser) - Drones launched by Yemen's Houthi rebels attacked the world's largest oil processing facility in Saudi Arabia and another major oil field Saturday, sparking huge fires at a vulnerable chokepoint for global energy supplies, the AP reports. It remained unclear hours later whether anyone was injured at the Abqaiq... More »

The Middle East Has a New Kind of War

Israel, Iran, and Syria are involved in drone combat

(Newser) - From the vast deserts of Saudi Arabia to the crowded neighborhoods of Beirut, a drone war has taken flight across the wider Middle East, raising the stakes in the ongoing tensions between the US and Iran, the AP reports. Since the US withdrawal from the Iran nuclear deal last year,... More »

US Official: A Missile Downed Our Drone in Yemen

Houthis have claimed responsibility

(Newser) - Two US officials confirmed to Reuters what a Houthi military rep has claimed: that a US drone was shot down over Yemen on Tuesday night. What is less established is whether the Iran-allied Houthi rebels downed the MQ-9 drone. That's what the rep claims; one official tells CNN a... More »

Saudi Oil Field Attacked

Yemen's Houthi rebels cause a fire at the Shaybah oil field

(Newser) - Drones launched by Yemen's Houthi rebels attacked a massive oil and gas field deep inside Saudi Arabia's sprawling desert on Saturday, causing what the kingdom described as a "limited fire" in the second such recent attack on its crucial energy industry, the AP reports. The attack on... More »

He Headed Out With a Drone. Then, a Man 'Just Lying There'

Jason Blake Mabee had been missing for 5 days in Maryland woods

(Newser) - A Maryland man who was missing for five days was found severely injured in the woods Saturday with the help of a search party volunteer using his drone, the AP reports. Julian Bustos confirmed to WTTG he was using his personal drone to search for 44-year-old Jason Blake Mabee when... More »

Iran: 'We Haven't Lost a Drone'

Tehran denies there was confrontation with US vessel

(Newser) - Iran on Friday denied President Trump's statement that a US warship destroyed an Iranian drone near the Persian Gulf after it threatened the ship—an incident that marked a new escalation of tensions between the countries less than a month after Iran downed an American drone in the same... More »

Trump: US Warship Destroyed Iranian Drone

He's calling on other countries to condemn Iran

(Newser) - President Trump says a US warship destroyed an Iranian drone in the Strait of Hormuz amid heightened tensions between the two countries, the AP reports. Trump says it's the latest "hostile" action by Iran. He's calling on other countries to condemn what he says are Iran's... More »

Gender Reveal Goes Horribly Awry

Things didn't go quite as planned in Australia 'burnout'

(Newser) - It's natural to wonder about your baby's sex before the birth, and increasingly common to hold gender reveal parties. But as a story from Down Under shows, some of these revelations are getting out of hand, even downright dangerous. The Washington Post reports on a stunt in Australia'... More »

Dad's Drone Captured Good Old Beach Fun. Then, a 'Shadow'

Dan Watson says his drone picked up a shark swimming near 5 kids

(Newser) - Dan Watson hadn't originally planned to bring his drone to the beach, but he's now thankful he made the potentially lifesaving choice to do so. CBS News reports the professional photographer and dad of three was at Florida's New Smyrna Beach on June 23 with family and... More »

'Planes Were in the Air' When Iran Strike Called Off

Schumer warns US could be 'bumbling into war'

(Newser) - A US strike on Iran in retaliation for the downing of a US drone was reportedly abruptly called off Thursday night—but it was a plan firmly in motion at the time, according to the New York Times . Senior administration officials tell the Times that "planes were in the... More »

Report: Strike on Iran Was Abruptly Called Off Last Night

Sources say Trump initially approved measure

(Newser) - A US official says the military made preparations Thursday night for limited strikes on Iran in retaliation for the downing of a US surveillance drone , but approval was abruptly withdrawn before the attacks were launched. The official, who was not authorized to discuss the operation publicly and spoke on condition... More »

Trump on Drone: 'I Find It Hard to Believe It Was Intentional'

President says a rogue commander is likely to blame, rather than top leaders

(Newser) - Another day, another ratcheting up of the tension between the US and Iran. What's not in dispute is that Iran shot down an unmanned American drone over the Strait of Hormuz. Both sides disagree on a crucial point, however: Iran says the drone was over Iranian territory, while the... More »

Iran: Shooting Down Drone Sends 'Clear Message' to US

General says US drone shot down in Iranian airspace

(Newser) - An ominous development in the Middle East: Iran says it shot down an American "spy drone" Thursday, allegedly after the aircraft entered Iranian airspace. Iran's Revolutionary Guard says the drone was shot down over the Kouhmobarak district in the southern province of Hormozgan, near the Strait of Hormuz,... More »

This Is One of the Best Drone Deliveries Ever

In a first, a hospital receives a kidney needed for transplant

(Newser) - The University of Maryland Medical Center received a historic delivery at its Shock Trauma heliport last week: a human kidney, delivered by drone. The first-of-its-kind delivery was made by the LG-1,000, a 50-pound drone created by the university's School of Medicine specifically to transport organs, CBS Baltimore reports.... More »

'There Is No Better Proof to Deny Holocaust Denial'

Burial sites in countries where the Holocaust decimated Jewish populations mapped

(Newser) - A private organization that wants to preserve thousands of old Jewish cemeteries in Europe is using aerial drones to map burial sites in countries where the Holocaust decimated Jewish populations that existed before World War II. The European Jewish Cemeteries Initiative said Tuesday that teams of drone operators plan to... More »

Drone Shot Down as It Searched for Missing Dog

Long Island man was arrested over odd incident

(Newser) - A drone being used in the search for a missing dog ran into trouble Saturday in the form of a bullet. Police say Gerard Chasteen, 26, of Long Island, fired three shots from his yard to bring down the device as it was flying over his house. Missing Angels-Long Island... More »

More Drone Problems, This Time in Newark

Flights suspended at Newark Liberty International Airport after drones spotted nearby

(Newser) - Federal aviation authorities stopped flights from flying into and out of Newark Liberty International Airport due to reports of drones spotted above nearby Teterboro Airport, the AP reports. Multiple news reports cited the Federal Aviation Administration as saying drones were reported about 3,500 feet over Teterboro on Tuesday. Takeoffs... More »

Drone Closes World's 2nd Busiest Airport

London's Heathrow temporarily stops flights

(Newser) - London had another airport-drone mess on its hands Tuesday, but this time the problem was much bigger. Heathrow Airport stopped all departing flights for roughly an hour because of a drone sighting, reports the BBC . A rep for the airport described it as a "precautionary measure." Last month,... More »

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