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Iran claims successful test flight of replica US drone

Iran claims successful test flight of replica US drone

Iran said Monday that a copy of an American drone downed over its territory in 2011 had successfully completed its first test flight, promising to release footage of the experiment. Tehran captured the US RQ-170 Sentinel in December 2011 while […]


Rising China, geopolitical tensions take stage at APEC

Rising China, geopolitical tensions take stage at APEC

World leaders including Barack Obama arrived in Beijing Monday for an Asia-Pacific summit hosted by China’s Xi Jinping and including Russia’s Vladimir Putin, against a backdrop of growing big-power rivalries. Obama arrives wounded by the Democrats’ defeat in the mid-term […]


The dragon and the bear: Xi, Putin form power duo at APEC

The dragon and the bear: Xi, Putin form power duo at APEC

China’s authoritarian President Xi Jinping and Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin share similar views on issues from human rights to Mikhail Gorbachev, in an increasingly close personal relationship that mirrors their countries’ converging interests. Putin arrives in Beijing Sunday for the […]


Iran, Russia to sign nuclear plants deal Tuesday: media

The head of Iran’s atomic energy agency will travel to Russia Tuesday to sign a construction deal for two nuclear power plants on Iran’s southern Gulf shores, media reported. Ali Akbar Salehi’s visit will cap months of negotiations between Iran […]


South Korea suspends $1.6 bn deal to upgrade fighter jets

South Korea suspends $1.6 bn deal to upgrade fighter jets

South Korea has suspended a $1.61 billion deal to upgrade its fleet of F-16 fighter jets because of delayed work and cost over-runs, a government agency said Thursday. The US unit of London-based BAE Systems had been chosen over US […]


Britain, France launch feasibility study for joint military drones

Britain, France launch feasibility study for joint military drones

Britain and France Wednesday tasked two major defence contractors with a two-year feasibility study over a joint military drone project, with the aim of getting it off the ground by 2030. The British and French government tasked BAE Systems and […]


Saudi, France seal $3 bn weapons deal for Lebanon army

Saudi, France seal $3 bn weapons deal for Lebanon army

Saudi Arabia and France sealed an agreement Tuesday for Riyadh to finance the delivery of $3 billion worth of French weapons to the Lebanese army, which has come under mounting jihadist attack. French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius hailed the conclusion […]


Poland to buy armed drones amid Ukraine crisis

Poland to buy armed drones amid Ukraine crisis

NATO member Poland said Tuesday it will acquire combat drones as part of a multi-billion-euro revamp of its armed forces amid heightened tensions with Russia over its role in the Ukraine crisis. “We will use these drones to defend our […]


Antique submarines still key to struggling Taiwan fleet

Antique submarines still key to struggling Taiwan fleet

At 70 years old, Taiwan’s World War II-era “Hai Pao” submarine would not be out of place in a museum, but the antique vessel is still part of the navy — a sign of the island’s ongoing struggle to strengthen […]


 
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