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Libya no-fly zone would require bombing raids: US

Libya no-fly zone would require bombing raids: US

Enforcing a no-fly zone over Libya would first require bombing the north African nation’s air defense systems, top US commander General James Mattis warned Tuesday. The general told a Senate hearing there should be “no illusions” about what would be […]


Delusional Kadhafi insists Libya loves him

Delusional Kadhafi insists Libya loves him

Libyan leader Moamer Kadhafi has insisted his people loved him but was slammed as “delusional” as the United States slapped a record-breaking $30 billion in sanctions on his brutal regime. US and European leaders weighed the use of NATO air […]


EADS ‘disappointed and perplexed’ by US tanker decision

EADS ‘disappointed and perplexed’ by US tanker decision

Senior European leaders and EADS head Louis Gallois expressed disappointment Friday after the Airbus plane maker lost out to arch US rival Boeing on a massive US Air Force tanker contract. “We’re disappointed and perplexed. We wonder about the reasons […]


Gbagbo forces fire at UN experts amid arms embargo fury

Gbagbo forces fire at UN experts amid arms embargo fury

Forces loyal to Ivory Coast strongman Laurent Gbagbo on Monday opened fire on UN sanctions experts who tried to check on a suspected breach of the international arms embargo of the country, a UN source said. UN chief Ban Ki-moon […]


World powers edge closer to Libya solution

World powers edge closer to Libya solution

Western nations prepared to ramp up further pressure Tuesday to prevent a full-blown catastrophe in Libya where strongman Moamer Kadhafi said his followers were ready to die to save his regime. British Prime Minister David Cameron and French President Nicolas […]


Russia could lose billions in Libya arms deals

Russia could lose billions in Libya arms deals

Russia could lose almost $4.0 billion in arms export contracts to Libya after Moscow joined other world powers in slapping an arms embargo on Moamer Kadhafi’s regime, a report said on Sunday. The Interfax news agency quoted a military source […]


Libya arms embargo halts boom for defence contractors

Libya arms embargo halts boom for defence contractors

The arms embargo on Libya agreed by the UN Security Council this weekend puts an official block on a flourishing trade for Russian and European defense contractors worth billions of euros (dollars). Libyan leader Moamer Kadhafi’s international spending spree in […]


Tanker contract victory spells risks for Boeing

Tanker contract victory spells risks for Boeing

Boeing’s triumph over European rival EADS for a major US Air Force tanker contract poses risks amid defense spending cutbacks and multiple delays to its commercial projects. The Defense Department declared Thursday Boeing the “clear winner” of a $30-plus billion […]


Taiwan to relax China high-tech investment limits

Taiwan to relax China high-tech investment limits

Taiwan is to relax controls on investments from mainland China in the island’s high-tech companies, a senior economic official said Sunday. The move is yet another sign of fast-warming ties with Beijing. According to the state Central News Agency, Chinese […]


 
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