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April 29, 2016
India asks UK to extradite British 'middleman' in chopper scam
New Delhi (AFP) April 28, 2016
India's government said Thursday it has asked Britain to extradite British consultant Christian Michel James over a scandal-hit deal the previous government agreed with Anglo-Italian firm AgustaWestland to supply helicopters to Delhi. India suspended the deal in 2013 after Italian investigators began looking into accusations AgustaWestland paid bribes to win the 556-million-euro ($753 million) contract for 12 helicopters intended for use by the prime minister and other VIPs. The Central Bureau o ... read more

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China defence spending to rise '7 to 8%' in 2016: official
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