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Russia to only use ISS until 2020: official

Russia to only use ISS until 2020: official

A senior Russian official said Tuesday that Russia will only need the International Space Station (ISS) until 2020, as previous plans by Washington to use it until 2024 were thrown into doubt amid the Ukraine crisis. “We are planning to […]


French foreign minister defends sale of warships to Russia

French foreign minister defends sale of warships to Russia

French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius defended Tuesday in Washington the sale of two warships to Russia, despite US opposition — while leaving open the door to re-examine the contract in October. Per a 2011 agreement worth $1.2 billion, France is […]


Parrot launching smartphone-controlled drones

Parrot launching smartphone-controlled drones

Wireless products maker Parrot unveiled a drone Sunday aimed squarely at smartphone or tablet owners keen on getting bird’s eye views of the world. Parrot billed its Bebop Drone as a flying high-quality camera that will land in the market […]


Pentagon chief to head to Saudi, Israel next week

Pentagon chief to head to Saudi, Israel next week

US Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel will fly to Saudi Arabia, Jordan and Israel next week for talks that are expected to focus on Iran’s nuclear program and Syria’s civil war, officials said Friday. “This trip will be the secretary’s third […]


Japan makes first arrest over 3D printer guns: reports

Japan makes first arrest over 3D printer guns: reports

A Japanese man suspected of possessing guns made with a 3-D printer has been arrested, reports said Thursday, in what was said to be the country’s first such detention. Officers who raided the home of Yoshitomo Imura, a 27-year-old college […]


US concerned at sale of French warships to Russia

US concerned at sale of French warships to Russia

US officials voiced concern Thursday at the sale of French warships to Moscow as they mulled tougher sanctions on Russia for the political upheaval triggered by the Ukraine crisis. “We have regularly and consistently expressed our concerns about this sale […]


US warship arrives in Georgia amid Ukraine crisis

US warship arrives in Georgia amid Ukraine crisis

A US warship arrived on Thursday in Georgia’s port of Batumi, the US embassy said, sending a message of support to NATO allies amid the spiraling crisis in neighboring Ukraine. The USS Taylor’s “presence in Georgia reaffirms the United States’ […]


Russia test-fires ‘several’ ballistic missiles

Russia test-fires ‘several’ ballistic missiles

Russia on Thursday test-launched several ballistic missiles during planned exercises overseen by President Vladimir Putin, news reports said, as a crisis raged in neighboring Ukraine. The Russian military fired a Topol intercontinental ballistic missile from its northern test site in […]


Canada revisiting ballistic missile defense: official

Canada revisiting ballistic missile defense: official

Canada is revisiting a decade-old decision not to join the US ballistic missile defense program, a top official in Ottawa said on Thursday. James Bezan, parliamentary secretary to the minister of national defense, told a defense summit in Ottawa that […]


 
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