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India clears $700 million defence purchase

India clears $700 million defence purchase

India’s defence ministry cleared Wednesday proposals worth nearly $700 million to buy military equipment but deferred a key multi-billion dollar decision on replacing the country’s aging air transport fleet. India, the world’s largest buyer of weapons, is in the midst […]


Danger in the skies as Russia, NATO play cat-and-mouse

Danger in the skies as Russia, NATO play cat-and-mouse

Recent close shaves between Russian fighters and civilian aircraft highlight the dangers of the cat-and-mouse game being played out between Moscow and the West in European skies amid the crisis in Ukraine, analysts say. In the latest incident, Sweden said […]


Israel, US in abortive missile defence test

Israel, US in abortive missile defence test

Israel and the United States on Tuesday tested the Jewish state’s Arrow 3 ballistic missile interception system, the defence ministry said, with local media reporting the trial was cut short. “A target missile was successfully launched and tracked by the […]


Hackers invoke 9/11 in new chilling Sony threat

Hackers invoke 9/11 in new chilling Sony threat

Hackers invoked the 9/11 attacks Tuesday in their most chilling threat yet against Sony Pictures, again warning the Hollywood studio not to release a film which has angered North Korea. The threat came as lawyers filed a class action suit […]


US Congress passes $584 billion defense bill

US Congress passes $584 billion defense bill

The US Congress adopted a massive US defense spending bill for 2015 Friday which includes emergency funding for military operations against Islamic jihadists in Iraq and Syria, as requested by President Barack Obama. The legislation passed 89 votes to 11 […]


Russian arms sales soar on domestic spending

Russian arms sales soar on domestic spending

Sales by Russian arms manufacturers continue to expand thanks to Moscow’s investments despite a downturn in global defence spending, a Stockholm-based think-tank said Monday. “The remarkable increases in Russian companies’ arms sales in both 2012 and 2013 are in large […]


Desperate shortages leave Ukraine ill-prepared for trauma of war

Desperate shortages leave Ukraine ill-prepared for trauma of war

With Ukraine still trapped in a Soviet-era approach to mental health and psychiatric hospitals so under-funded that some have less than 10 cents a day to feed patients, the country has been left ill-prepared for the trauma of war. As […]


Assertive Russia causes military rethink in Sweden

Assertive Russia causes military rethink in Sweden

With an assertive Russia next door, Sweden has started to beef up its military after a decade of downsizing, but a credible deterrent may take years to achieve, analysts warn. In one of Sweden’s most dramatic steps since the end […]


Brazil’s Rousseff inaugurates nuclear sub shipyard

Brazil’s Rousseff inaugurates nuclear sub shipyard

Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff inaugurated Friday a naval shipyard that will oversee construction of a nuclear-powered submarine and four others to patrol Brazil’s long coastline and deepwater oil reserves. The project in southeastern Rio state, with the first vessel set […]


 
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