28 Mar 2014

Qatar in $23b arms spending spree

“Qatar announced contracts worth about $23 billion (Dh84.5 billion) on Thursday to buy attack helicopters, guided missiles, tankers and other weapons from Boeing Co, Airbus and other arms makers as the Gulf state accelerates its military build-up.” Source: Qatar in $23b arms spending spree | GulfNews.com

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28 Mar 2014

Afghan Taliban insurgents attack foreign guesthouse in Kabul

“‘A suicide bomber detonated his car loaded with explosives in front of a guesthouse used by foreign and Afghan citizens and now a number of suicide bombers are apparently inside,’ said Hashmat Stanikzai, a spokesman for Kabul’s police chief. ‘A gunfight is under way. There are no reports of possible

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27 Mar 2014

Ninety still missing in Washington mudslide

“The number of people still missing in Saturday’s catastrophic mudslide in the US state of Washington has dropped to 90, authorities have said. The official death toll remained at 24 on Wednesday night, including eight bodies authorities say they have located but been unable to retrieve.” Source: BBC News –

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27 Mar 2014

South Korea, US launch massive landing drill amid tensions

“Nearly 15,000 South Korean and US troops kicked off a 12-day amphibious landing drill on Thursday, the largest for two decades, a day after North Korea launched two mid-range ballistic missiles. Code-named Ssang Yong (‘Twin Dragons’), the exercise on the South’s southeastern coast will last until April 7 and involve

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27 Mar 2014

WTO Confirms China Loses Rare-Earths Case

“The World Trade Organization confirmed that China had lost a case on rare-earth metals, the latest setback for Beijing in a dispute marked by price spikes and widespread concern among technology firms and defense-related users of the critical materials.” Source: WTO Confirms China Loses Rare-Earths Case – WSJ.com

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27 Mar 2014

China’s Navy Takes Great Leap Forward

“In February, two Chinese navy destroyers and a new amphibious vessel sailed through the Sunda Strait between the Indonesian islands of Java and Sumatra. Weeks later, they returned from exercises in the Indian Ocean by taking a more circuitous route through other straits in the island nation’s exclusive economic zone.

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27 Mar 2014

Ukraine’s loss of Crimea has NATO examining its core mission

“The reality of tens of thousands of Russian troops assembled along Ukraine’s border has forced the North Atlantic Treaty Organization to confront long-deferred issues about its capability — and collective will — to respond to aggressive moves by Moscow.” Source: Ukraine’s loss of Crimea has NATO examining its core mission

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27 Mar 2014

Hammond: Higher Defense Spending Would Not Have Stopped Russia in Crimea

“Russian President Vladimir Putin likely would not have been deterred from invading the Crimean peninsula even if European countries had spent more on defense in recent years, the UK defense secretary said Wednesday.” Source: Hammond: Higher Defense Spending Would Not Have Stopped Russia in Crimea | Defense News | defensenews.com

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27 Mar 2014

Denmark to send six fighter jets to Baltics in May

“Denmark is to send six F16 fighter jets to the Baltic countries Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia to help patrol their airspace, Foreign Minister Martin Lidegaard said.” Source: Denmark to send six fighter jets to Baltics in May | Reuters

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27 Mar 2014

IMF says it will provide Ukraine with up to $18B in assistance over next 2 years

“The International Monetary Fund said Thursday it will provide Ukraine up to $18 billion in assistance over the next two years, part of a far-reaching effort to keep the country from plunging into default, steadying the nation as it attempts to build democratic institutions.” Source: IMF says it will provide

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