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December 11, 2012
Mystery Air Force space plane launched
Cape Canaveral, Fla. (UPI) Dec 11, 2012
A secret U.S. Air Force space plane has been launched from Cape Canaveral in Florida on its third classified mission, officials said. The unmanned X-37B orbital vehicle, which resembles a mini space shuttle, was launched atop an Atlas V rocket Wednesday at 1:03 EST, Universe Today reported. As wit previous missions, the Air Force has declined to discuss any details of the spacecraft's equipment or what the goal of the current mission may be. United Launch Alliance, in charge of th ... read more
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N. Korea removes rocket from launch pad: report
North Korea's heavily-criticised long range rocket launch looked set for a lengthy delay Tuesday, with reports that the entire rocket had been removed from the launch pad for repair. ... more

Missiles on Syria border prelude to intervention: report
NATO's deployment of Patriot missiles on Turkey's restive border with Syria is a prelude to military intervention in the country to help "terrorist groups," a pro-regime newspaper reported on Tuesday. ... more
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Tehran denies Iranian missile experts in North Korea
Iran on Tuesday denied a South Korean report that its missile experts were in North Korea offering technical assistance for the planned launch of a long-range rocket. ... more


US military to keep 'strong' role in Mideast: Panetta
The US military will retain a "strong presence" in the Middle East despite a strategic shift to Asia, Defence Secretary Leon Panetta said on Tuesday during a visit to Kuwait. ... more
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Israeli forces raid offices of West Bank NGOs
Israeli forces raided the West Bank offices of three Palestinian non-governmental organisations overnight, confiscating computers and other material, one of them said on Tuesday. ... more

More F-16s for Egypt fuels arms debate
The U.S. decision to send Egypt 20 Lockheed Martin F-16 fighter jets as the new Islamic president in Cairo is making dictatorial moves will fuel growing criticism in the United States and Europe of arming regimes that shun democracy. ... more
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Canada announces new sanctions against Iran
Canada's Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird announced more sanctions against Iran Tuesday, ramping up pressure on Tehran to scrap its nuclear program. ... more

India minister: we must accept China in our backyard
India's foreign minister has said New Delhi must accept China's growing presence in its own backyard as Beijing steps up its investments and diplomatic efforts in South Asia. ... more

Iran says ready for IAEA talks on issues of 'concern'
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World powers keen to re-start diplomatic efforts to resolve the Iranian nuclear crisis will be closely watching a UN atomic agency trip to Tehran on Thursday for any indications of a change in mood. ... more

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