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April 21, 2014
Bloomberg arms US gun control with $50 mn
New York (AFP) April 16, 2014
Former New York mayor Michael Bloomberg announced plans Wednesday to spend $50 million this year on the fight to tighten gun control laws and counter America's powerful gun lobby. Bloomberg's money will help bankroll a new campaign to reduce gun violence across the United States and the billionaire philanthropist hopes the initiative can eventually outdo the might of the National Rifle Association (NRA). The creation of "Everytown for Gun Safety" comes after Congress failed to pass a hotly conte ... read more

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Global military spending drops, led by US: SIPRI
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Japan orders Australian armored vehicles
Bushmaster armored personnel carriers from Thales Australia have been ordered by Japan's Ministry of Defense for its Ground Self-Defense Force. ... more
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British defence minister in Saudi talks
British defence minister Philip Hammond held talks in Riyadh Tuesday, just weeks after BAE Systems announced an agreement with Saudi authorities on the spiralling costs of a multi-billion-dollar fighter deal. ... more
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Volvo suspends Russia tank project over Ukraine 'uncertainty'
Volvo on Monday said it had suspended a project to build an armoured infantry fighting vehicle with a Russian company due to uncertainty over the Ukraine crisis. ... more
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French-Russian tank project on hold due to Ukraine crisis
Renault Trucks Defense said Wednesday its project to develop an armoured infantry fighting vehicle together with a Russian manufacturer is on hold due to the Ukraine crisis. ... more
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Eighteen countries ratify UN treaty on arms trade
A total of 18 countries filed documents Wednesday ratifying a UN treaty to regulate the $80-billion-a-year conventional arms trade. ... more
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Japan lifts own blanket arms export ban
Japan on Tuesday lifted a self-imposed ban on weapons exports, introducing new rules covering the arms trade in a move supporters say will boost Tokyo's global role, but which unnerved China. ... more
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Turkey sacks defence official involved in China arms talks
Turkey has sacked a top defence official who had been involved in negotiations over a multi-billion-dollar missile deal with a Chinese firm, media said Friday. ... more
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Baltic states tackle defence spending after Crimea takeover
Wary of their powerful neighbour Russia, the Baltic states of Lithuania and Latvia plan to double defence spending while Estonia will maintain its strong level after watching Moscow take over Crimea. ... more
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Lithuanian leader calls to double military spending by 2019
Lithuanian President Dalia Grybauskaite on Thursday urged the government to more than double its defence budget over five years amid tension following Russia's takeover of Crimea. ... more
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Russia slams Germany for halting arms deal over Crimea
Russia's Deputy Defence Minister Anatoly Antonov on Sunday said Germany's decision to halt a major arms deal over Moscow's takeover of Crimea was "unconstructive" and taken under pressure from the United States. ... more
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Japan draws up overhaul of arms-export ban
Japan's ruling Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) has drawn up plans to overhaul the pacifist country's self-imposed ban on arms exports, an official said Thursday, in a move that could anger China. ... more
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China will not stop increasing military spending: media
Chinese state-run media said Thursday the nation's defence budget would keep expanding but was not evidence of a mounting threat, after the government announced a 12.2 percent rise for 2014. ... more
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US gun lobby sees media as enemy
The head of the powerful US gun lobby railed against American media Thursday, saying it was biased and lying about the heated debate on regulating weapons. ... more
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China unveils fresh double-digit spending boost for PLA
China on Wednesday extended its spending spree on the world's largest armed forces, unveiling a 12.2 percent increase in the 2014 defence budget and provoking fresh concern in rival Japan. ... more
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Pentagon plans little change to war budget despite Afghan exit
The Pentagon has proposed only a slight decrease in war funding in 2015, even though most or all US troops are due to withdraw from Afghanistan by the end of the year, officials said Tuesday. ... more
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Rolls-Royce says facing US corruption probe
British aircraft engine maker Rolls-Royce revealed Thursday that it is facing a corruption probe in the United States as well as Britain. ... more
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Iraq hosts arms exhibition as it battles militants
Iraq on Saturday hosted an international arms exhibition for the third year in a row, as it seeks to obtain weapons to bolster its forces in their battle against militants. ... more
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India orders bribery probe into Rolls-Royce deal: official
India's defence ministry has ordered an investigation into the purchase of jet fighter engines from Britain's Rolls-Royce in a deal reportedly worth $1.6 billion, an official said Monday. ... more
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US top court rules against military-base protester
The US Supreme Court ruled unanimously Wednesday that the military had the right to fine an anti-war protester for demonstrating near a sensitive Air Force base. ... more
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Japan moves to relax arms-export ban: report
Japan's ruling party wants to loosen self-imposed rules banning arms exports in a bid to boost the country's defence influence, a report said Wednesday, a move that would mark a major shift from its pacifism and could irritate China. ... more
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Despite political rift, Germany boosts military aid to Israel
Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu pledged to advance peace efforts with the Palestinians after talks with Chancellor Angela Merkel of Germany, whose government says it will pay one-third of the cost of Israel's sixth German-built submarine. ... more
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Pentagon plans to shrink US Army to pre-WWII level
The Pentagon plans to scale back the US Army by more than an eighth to its lowest level since before World War II, signaling a shift after more than a decade of ground wars. ... more
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India drops anti-piracy charges against Italian marines
India has dropped a plan to use a tough anti-piracy law to prosecute two Italian marines who killed two fishermen, the Supreme Court heard on Monday, amid a diplomatic row. ... more
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Pentagon proposes to shrink US Army to pre-WWII level
The Pentagon plans to scale back the US Army by more than an eighth to its lowest level since before World War II, signaling a shift after more than a decade of ground wars. ... more
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