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Indonesia, Russia bolster military ties

Russia and Indonesia signed a $1 billion defense deal Thursday that will allow Indonesia to buy dozens of helicopters, tanks and submarines — part of visiting Russian President Vladimir Putin’s efforts to boost his country’s military clout in Asia. The two nations, which together have nearly 380 million people, also sent a pointed message to the United States: They oppose Washington on many key international issues, including the war in Iraq. Full Story

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