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February 09, 2016
Pope says he angered Merkel with comments on Europe
Vatican City (AFP) Feb 8, 2016
Pope Francis has revealed that he received an angry phone call from German Chancellor Angela Merkel after he compared Europe to a "barren woman", in an interview published Monday. In a speech to the European Parliament in November 2014, Pope Francis delivered a withering attack on a "haggard" Europe which he said is "now a 'grandmother', no longer fertile and vibrant." In an interview with Italy's Corriere della Sera, Francis said he had received an angry phone call from Merkel afterwards. " ... read more

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Latvia up in arms over BBC's Russian invasion drama
A BBC television drama depicting a Russian-backed rebellion in Latvia has triggered an outcry in the small Baltic NATO and EU state, with the foreign minister slamming the plot as "rubbish". ... more
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Ukraine economy minister resigns citing stalled reforms
Ukraine's Lithuanian-born Economy Minister Aivaras Abromavicius abruptly submitted his resignation Wednesday citing his inability to push through vital restructuring measures essential to getting growth in the cash-strapped country on track. ... more
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US Air Force, Boeing begin work on new Air Force One
Air force officials and Boeing engineers have started the years-long process of replacing Air Force One, the legendary aircraft that whisks the American president and his entourage around the world. ... more
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Pope reaches out to China with New Year praise
Pope Francis hailed China's "great history of wisdom" on Tuesday, holding out the prospect of reconciliation with Beijing sought by some Chinese Catholics but feared by many others. ... more
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US open to joint patrols in South China Sea with Philippines: envoy
The United States will consider joint patrols with the Philippines in the South China Sea as part of efforts to ensure freedom of navigation in waters claimed by China, the US ambassador said Wednesday. ... more
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Pope Francis under fire over China 'Realpolitik'
Pope Francis came under fire Wednesday after lavishing praise on China in a move widely seen as part of Vatican moves to improve relations with Beijing. ... more
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China's major military restructuring aimed at closing the gap with US
The People's Liberation Army is going through a major reorganization on a scale unseen since the 1950s, which is aimed at creating a modern fighting force to "close the gap with US capabilities," Wy ... more
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Xi consolidates military control: Chinese media
The official reorganization of China's military will enhance both its ability to win wars and the Communist Party's control over it, state-run media said Tuesday. ... more
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China says US island sail-by 'dangerous and irreponsible'
China on Monday condemned as "dangerous and irresponsible" the weekend transit of a US warship within 12 nautical miles of a disputed island in the South China Sea. ... more
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Japan doubles number of F-15s on southern island of Okinawa
Japan has doubled the number of F-15 fighter jets deployed on the southern island of Okinawa, near disputed islands in the East China Sea, the defence ministry said Sunday. ... more
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Boeing tapped new Air Force One work
Boeing is to conduct risk-reduction activities for an Air Force program to field a new aircraft for the President of the United States. ... more
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China arrests fourth Japanese over spying: Tokyo
Japan on Monday denied that it carries out espionage activities abroad as it announced that Chinese authorities have formally arrested a fourth Japanese citizen on suspicion of spying. ... more
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US warship sails by island claimed by China: Pentagon
A US warship sailed within 12 nautical miles of a disputed island in the South China Sea Saturday to assert freedom of navigation, drawing a protest from Beijing, officials said. ... more
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NATO mulls first Russia talks since 2014: Stoltenberg
NATO head Jens Stoltenberg confirmed Thursday the alliance is discussing whether to hold its first formal talks with Russia since 2014 when the Ukraine crisis plunged relations into a deep freeze. ... more
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Polish minister urges stronger NATO presence in eastern Europe
Poland's defence minister said on Thursday that NATO's presence must be boosted in eastern Europe to counter the threat posed by Russia. ... more
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German military overstretched: commissioner
Germany's military is overstretched and underfunded as its troops are engaged in anti-jihadist missions from Syria and Afghanistan to Mali while also aiding refugees at home, the defence commissioner said Tuesday. ... more
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India marks Republic Day with camels and stunt-riders
Thousands gathered in New Delhi amid tight security Tuesday for India's annual Republic Day parade, a pomp-filled spectacle of military might featuring camels and daredevil stunt riders, with French President Francois Hollande the chief guest. ... more
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Lithuania, Poland, Ukraine to launch joint brigade in 2017
Lithuania, Poland and Ukraine on Monday said a joint brigade of 4,000 troops would be operational next year, as the region maintains a wary eye on Russia and its role in the Ukraine conflict. ... more
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Why does China need its mysterious new combat force
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MEPs say EU should strengthen defence ties after Paris attacks
France's decision to invoke the EU's mutual defence clause after the Paris attacks should serve as an incentive to step up security ties across the bloc, EU lawmakers said Thursday. ... more
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Iran, China vow tighter ties as Xi visits
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani on Saturday hailed a "new chapter" in relations with China after talks with President Xi Jinping, who is touring the region to boost Beijing's economic influence. ... more
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Anti-base candidate loses key mayoral poll in Okinawa: media
A candidate backed by Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe claimed victory in a mayoral election in Okinawa on Sunday, beating an opponent of a planned new US military base there. ... more
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Xi signs Egypt deals as China looks to boost Mideast clout
Chinese President Xi Jinping signed a slew of multi-billion-dollar deals with Egypt Thursday as part of a regional tour aimed at bolstering Beijing's economic ties and clout in the Middle East. ... more
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US Army secretary nominee worries about force size
President Barack Obama's pick for the next secretary of the US Army said Thursday he is worried about broad cuts to the service, which is set for a dramatic downsizing. ... more
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