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Pakistan’s powerful army chief confirms retirement

Pakistan’s powerful army chief confirms retirement

Pakistan’s powerful army chief General Ashfaq Kayani on Sunday confirmed he will retire next month at the end of his second tenure, ending rumors he would seek to keep a key military role. Kayani, who oversaw Pakistan’s first democratic transfer […]


Global armada steams into Sydney for naval centenary

Global armada steams into Sydney for naval centenary

Warships from 17 countries steamed into Sydney Harbour Friday for a nautical extravaganza marking the centenary of Australia’s emergence as an independent sea power. Naval vessels from nations including China, France, Japan, Malaysia, Thailand, the United States and former colonial […]


US ally Turkey defends choice of Chinese missiles

US ally Turkey defends choice of Chinese missiles

Turkey on Wednesday defended its decision to enter talks with China to acquire its first long-range anti-missile system, in spite of protests from its ally Washington. It also made clear that no deal had yet been finalized. “The Chinese gave […]


Airbus delivers first A400M military transport plane

Airbus delivers first A400M military transport plane

After years of delays and huge cost over-runs, Airbus on Monday delivers its first A400M military transport plane, handing over the huge turboprop to France at its Spanish assembly plant. The pan-European aircraft maker expects the ceremony at the Airbus […]


Israel ‘angry’ with new Iran-West logic: Rouhani

Israel ‘angry’ with new Iran-West logic: Rouhani

Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani said Wednesday that Israel was “upset and angry” with signs of an emerging new relationship between the Islamic republic and the West. On Tuesday, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told a UN summit his country was […]


Israel ready to tackle nuclear Iran ‘alone’: Netanyahu

Israel ready to tackle nuclear Iran ‘alone’: Netanyahu

Israel is ready to act alone to stop Iran making a nuclear bomb, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Tuesday, in a warning against rushing into deals with Tehran’s new leaders. “Israel will not allow Iran to get nuclear weapons. If […]


US F-35 jet plagued by shoddy quality control: audit

US F-35 jet plagued by shoddy quality control: audit

The US military’s bureaucratic watchdog on Monday accused companies building the F-35 fighter of shoddy management that could jeopardize the reliability, performance and cost of the aircraft. The Pentagon inspector general cited 363 problems in the design and manufacture of […]


Iran unveils short-range reconnaissance drone

Iran unveils short-range reconnaissance drone

Iran’s army unveiled a highly mobile propellant-powered reconnaissance drone on Saturday, according to local media. The drone, named “Yasseer,” can fly for eight hours with a range of 200 kilometers (124 miles) and reach an altitude of 4,500 meters (15,000 […]


US troops won’t get paid during shutdown: Pentagon

US troops won’t get paid during shutdown: Pentagon

The US military’s nearly 1.4 million troops will stay on the job in the case of a government shutdown but they will not get paid, the Pentagon said Friday. And if Congress fails to agree on a new budget measure […]


 
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