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China Concerned by India's Moves to Secure Northeastern Border
Moscow (RIA Novosti) Oct 31, 2014
The Chinese Defense Ministry warned India against the planned construction of new borderline outposts in the impugned territory of the eastern part of India's Arunachal Pradesh region, saying New Delhi would only complicate the situation instead of sustaining peace in what Beijing calls a "disputed area". Chinese authorities have once more asserted their territorial claim on part of India
Japanese aircraft scrambles endangering safety: China
Beijing (AFP) Oct 30, 2014
Japan's increased scrambling of military aircraft in response to Chinese flights is endangering safety between the Asian powers in the air and at sea, Beijing's defence ministry said Thursday. The defence ministry in Tokyo announced earlier this month that the country's military had scrambled aircraft a total of 207 times to respond to incursions by Chinese aircraft between April and Septemb
Back to Cold War as Russia probes NATO defences
Brussels (AFP) Oct 31, 2014
Nuclear-capable Russian bombers in European airspace, NATO intercepts, a foreign submarine in Swedish waters - the fall-out from the Ukraine crisis feels like a return to Cold War days. NATO has intercepted Russian aircraft on more than 100 occasions so far this year, three times more than all 2013, its new head Jens Stoltenberg said on Thursday. "We have seen a substantial increase
Israel backing out of US V-22 aircraft sale: report
Jerusalem (AFP) Oct 30, 2014
Israel's defence minister is dropping the purchase of US V-22 Osprey aircraft, raising concerns that this could further chill already frosty relations with Washington, Israel Hayom daily said Thursday. The mass-circulation freesheet, considered close to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, said Moshe Yaalon's decision went against the Israeli military's wishes. The paper linked the move to
Iran talks should weigh fatwas on nuclear arms: US bishops
Washington (AFP) Oct 29, 2014
Less than a month before a deadline to reach a nuclear deal with Iran, US Catholic bishops are urging negotiators not to underestimate the power of fatwas by Islamic leaders banning atomic weapons. In a ground-breaking visit, a six-strong delegation from the US Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) travelled in April to the holy city of Qom to meet with top Shiite leaders in a bid to bridge
Iraq Sunni exiles say bombs cannot defeat IS
Amman (AFP) Oct 29, 2014
As US-led warplanes pound jihadists in Iraq, prominent Sunni exiles say that empowering their marginalised minority will be more important than bombs and missiles in defeating the Islamic State extremist group. Deadly sectarian tensions have riven Iraq since the fall of Saddam Hussein more than a decade ago, with Sunni anger at the Shiite-led authorities seen as a key factor behind the rise
Canadian military receiving satellite-on-the-move communications system
Haifa, Israel (UPI) Oct 29, 2014
Elbit Systems Ltd. is supplying is Elsat 2100 mobile satellite-on-the move communications system to Rheinmetall Canada for use by the Canadian military. Elsat 2100 can be used on a variety of vehicle platforms and provides high data broadband capabilities. "The SOTM (satellite-on-the-move) contract is an important milestone in our satellite communication activity," said Yehuda (U
Chinese Communist leadership 'fundamental' to rule of law: party
Beijing (AFP) Oct 30, 2014
Communist power is a "fundamental requirement" to ensure the rule of law in China, a party official said Thursday, days after a meeting of the organisation's top leaders in Beijing. The ruling party's Central Committee announced a series of moves to centralise power and combat corruption following its Fourth Plenum meeting in the capital, saying it was pursuing the "rule of law with Chinese
China punishes HK lawmaker for criticising leader
Hong Kong (AFP) Oct 29, 2014
A senior Hong Kong lawmaker was expelled from a prestigious Chinese government body Wednesday, in a sign that Beijing will not tolerate dissent from loyalists over pro-democracy protests in the semi-autonomous city. James Tien had his "qualifications revoked" as a member of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC), the state-run China News Service said. The promine
Surplus Department of Defense rolling stock on auction block
Pleasanton, Calif. (UPI) Oct 30, 2014
Department of Defense rolling stock surplus assets are for sale in mid-November in an online auction conducted by GovPlanet, an online marketplace. The company, which has inspected the items for their operational condition, was contracted last July by the Defense Logistics Agency to manage and market the department's suplus rolling stock, which includes items such as trucks, forklifts a
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