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Japan to add six submarines to fleet: reports

Japan to add six submarines to fleet: reports

Tokyo: Japan’s navy plans to add six new submarines to its fleet, in a major boost to its defence capability prompted by increasing military activity by neighbouring China, according to reports on Thursday. The defense ministry wanted the larger submarine […]


US announces massive arms sale to Saudi Arabia

US announces massive arms sale to Saudi Arabia

Washington: In its biggest arms deal ever, the United States announced Wednesday it will sell up to 60 billion dollars worth of warplanes, helicopters and other weapons to Saudi Arabia, partly to help it counter Iran. The plan allows for […]


US takes up Pakistan military wish-list

US takes up Pakistan military wish-list

Washington: The United States said Tuesday it was in talks with Pakistan about new military assistance as part of a partnership against Islamic extremism, in a step sure to trigger unease in India. The United States and Pakistan on Wednesday […]


US military ends gay ban

US military ends gay ban

WASHINGTON: The US military is ready to accept openly gay recruits for the first time in the country’s history, officials said, as a judge upheld an order ending a controversial ban on homosexuals serving in the armed forces. But the […]


Turkey faces tough call on NATO missile shield

Turkey faces tough call on NATO missile shield

Ankara: Turkey’s Islamist-rooted government faces making a difficult decision that pits maintaining good relations with its neighbours against joining a NATO missile shield directed against Iran. Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan has sought in recent years to boost Turkey’s ties […]


Some private security firms to stay in Afghanistan

Some private security firms to stay in Afghanistan

KABUL: The Afghan government rolled back its plan to disband all private security firms, declaring that those protecting embassies and military bases could maintain those operations in the country. President Hamid Karzai’s office said firms “providing security for embassies, transport […]


Maiden flight for Indian military drone: official

Maiden flight for Indian military drone: official

New Delhi: India said Sunday it had completed a maiden test flight of an indigenously-built unmanned drone developed as part of the country’s efforts to reduce military imports. “The aircraft was flown in a manner exactly as planned, up to […]


US presses allies on missile shield

US presses allies on missile shield

BRUSSELS: The United States urged NATO allies to invest in a missile shield and avoid harmful budget cuts at a meeting of defence and foreign ministers clouded by the war in Afghanistan. US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Defence […]


UN troops to be moved to Sudan border

UN troops to be moved to Sudan border

UNITED NATIONS: UN troops are to be moved to the tense north-south Sudan frontier to head off violence ahead of a referendum that could break up Africa’s biggest nation, a top UN official said. But cracks in international unity over […]


 
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