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Gates defends arms sales to Taiwan

Gates defends arms sales to Taiwan

Washington: US Defense Secretary Robert Gates defended US arms sales to Taipei on Wednesday, citing China’s “extraordinary” deployment of cruise and ballistic missiles opposite Taiwan. Both Gates and Admiral Michael Mullen, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, acknowledged […]


French fighter sale talks with UAE moving forward

French fighter sale talks with UAE moving forward

Paris: Technical talks on the sale of Rafale fighters to the United Arab Emirates are wrapping up, Defence Minister Herve Morin said Tuesday, adding that France was likely to pick up part of modernization costs. Regarding the improvements that the […]


Thousands flee ethnic bloodshed in Kyrgyzstan

Thousands flee ethnic bloodshed in Kyrgyzstan

BISHKEK: Tens of thousands of Uzbek refugees have fled raging violence in Kyrgyzstan that left 113 dead as the interim government struggled to stem the worst ethnic clashes since the end of the Soviet Union. Gunbattles between rival groups turned […]


Saudis test clearing skies for Israel to bomb Iran

Saudis test clearing skies for Israel to bomb Iran

London: Saudi Arabia has conducted tests to stand down its air defences to allow Israeli warplanes to use its airspace in any bombing raid on Iran’s nuclear facilities, The Times newspaper reported Saturday. “The Saudis have given their permission for […]


Kyrgyzstan orders deadly force to quell ethnic clashes

Kyrgyzstan orders deadly force to quell ethnic clashes

MARKHAMAT, Kyrgyzstan: Kyrgyzstan’s interim government Saturday gave the the military and police shoot-to-kill powers to quell ethnic unrest in the country’s south as it partially mobilized the army. Lethal force will be authorised to repel attacks against the authorities, stop […]


Myanmar denies nuclear cooperation with North Korea

Myanmar denies nuclear cooperation with North Korea

Yangon: Myanmar’s ruling junta said Friday it had no intention of building an atomic bomb, brushing aside Western concerns about possible nuclear cooperation with North Korea. The denial came after the United States raised concerns about “growing military ties” following […]


Seven dead as gunmen torch NATO trucks in Pakistan

Seven dead as gunmen torch NATO trucks in Pakistan

ISLAMABAD: Gunmen attacked trucks carrying supplies to NATO forces in Afghanistan, gutting several dozen vehicles in an inferno and killing seven people in a brazen assault near Islamabad, police said Wednesday. The overnight attack was unprecedented for its proximity to […]


Myanmar nuclear arms drive under way

Myanmar nuclear arms drive under way

Bangkok: Military-ruled Myanmar has begun a nuclear weapons programme with the help of North Korea, according to an investigation Friday, citing a senior army defector and years of “top secret material”. A new documentary shows thousands of photos and defector […]


Offices searched in French arms sale to Malaysia: source

Offices searched in French arms sale to Malaysia: source

PARIS: French financial police have searched the offices of naval arms manufacturer DCNS and industrial group Thales in connection with a probe into the sale of submarines to Malaysia, a judicial source said Tuesday. Documents were seized in the operation, […]


 
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