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December 27, 2012
Northrop Grumman Supports USAF Minuteman Missile Test Launch
Herndon, VA (SPX) Dec 27, 2012
Northrop Grumman recently supported the successful flight testing of the U.S. Air Force's Minuteman III intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) weapon system last month. The tests demonstrate and support assessment of the accuracy, availability and reliability of the weapon system. This launch also marked the first test of a refurbished MK21 arming and fuzing assembly. The operational test was designated "Glory Trip 206GM" and proceeded as planned with the missile traveling approximately 4 ... read more
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Seoul says has other drone options than Global Hawks
South Korea is not necessarily committed to buying US Global Hawk surveillance drones, a spokesman said Wednesday, after the Pentagon requested congressional permission for such a sale. ... more

Outside View: Going over the decency cliff
The looming fiscal cliff has received almost as much publicity as the Mayan prediction of the end of the world. This column has warned that the nation also faces a strategic cliff that could pose even greater jeopardy than from the fiscal woes. But there is a third and possibly more precipitous cliff. ... more

Hawkish Abe elected as Japan's next prime minister
Shinzo Abe was elected Japan's prime minister by the lower house of parliament on Wednesday after he swept to power on a hawkish platform of getting tough on diplomatic issues while fixing the economy. ... more
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S. Korea stages live-fire drill near sea border
South Korean Marines staged a live-fire exercise Wednesday near the disputed Yellow Sea border with North Korea amid high tensions over a display of front-line Christmas lights. ... more


China calls on Japan to meet 'halfway' to fix ties
China called on new Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe Wednesday to meet Beijing "halfway" to try and improve relations that have been hurt by a debilitating territorial dispute. ... more
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Demos against PM block Iraq highway
Fresh protests against Iraq's premier in mostly Sunni cities on Wednesday closed off the main road to Syria and Jordan, with one speaker raising the prospect of taking up arms against the government. ... more

Syria military police chief defects to opposition
Syria's military police chief has announced his defection from President Bashar al-Assad's regime, accusing the army of having turned into "murderous gangs," in a video posted online. ... more
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Three Afghans killed in suicide attack on US base
A suicide car bombing at a US military base near a flashpoint city in eastern Afghanistan killed at least three Afghans and wounded seven others on Wednesday, officials said. ... more

China and emerging powers to pay more for UN
China, Brazil, India and other emerging powers agreed to major increases in their United Nations payments as the global body hammered out a new budget deal this week to avoid its own fiscal cliff. ... more

Netanyahu targets Iran in re-election bid
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Tuesday put Iran at the top of on his re-election campaign, pledging that halting Tehran's nuclear programme would be his first priority as premier. ... more
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Kazakhstan mourns deaths of elite guards in plane crash
Kazakhstan on Wednesday mourned the deaths of 27 people in one of its worst ever aviation disasters, a tragedy that wiped out much of the top echelon of the state border service including the acting chief. ... more

Outside View: Story unchanged in N. Korea
"The Neverending Story" is a German fantasy novel about a parallel world being destroyed by a force known as "the Nothing" - an entity representative of people's lack of imagination in the real world. The successful launch Dec. 12 by North Korea of a long-range missile has become a "never-ending story" of its own - i.e., one of a failed U.S. foreign policy representative of a lack of imagination in dealing with Pyongyang in the real world. ... more
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Australian kidnapped in Philippines in 'Abu Sayyaf video'
A new video emerged on Wednesday of an Australian man kidnapped by suspected Muslim extremists in the Philippines more than a year ago. ... more

Iran denies foiling cyber attack on industrial units: report
A local civil defence official denied an earlier account that a fresh cyber attack on industrial units in the southern province of Hormuzgan had been repelled, Iran's state broadcaster website reported Tuesday. ... more

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NATO to deploy Patriots in Turkey over next few weeks

U.S. seeks double Israel missile funding

NATO chief denounces Iran's allegations on Patriots

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NATO says Syria regime firing 'Scud-style missiles'

Raytheon awarded contract for SM-2 production

Pentagon to sell spy drones for $1.2bln to South Korea

Seoul says has other drone options than Global Hawks

Pakistani drone crashes in northwest: officials

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Russia to fight for the Indian market
Russia is ready to fight for the Indian market at a time when competition has escalated, Russian Ambassador to New Delhi Alexander Kadakin said in an interview with "Russia and India Business Repor ... more

Russia may soon draft new law on military service for women
A bill on voluntary military conscription for women could be introduced in the lower house of the Russian parliament by February 1, 2013, a Russian lawmaker said. "We will be surveying the pub ... more

Russia not to build Mistral class helicopter-carriers
Russia's new Defence Minister has made the decision that Russia will not build Mistral class helicopter-carriers, the Vedomosti newspaper reports with reference to sources in the Defence Ministry. ... more

Baghdad Christians attend mass at attacked church
Behind blast walls and with police nearby, 200 worshippers attended Christmas mass Monday at Baghdad's Our Lady of Salvation Church, which officially reopened this month after a massacre in 2010. ... more
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US troops to be deployed in dozens of African countries next year


17 killed as Yemen army, tribesmen clash: tribal sources


Iran pays Russian women to cover up in nuclear plant: MP


Russia's Kalashnikov in intensive care: reports


Netanyahu launches re-election bid centred on Iran


Japan's iconic A-bomb comic strip author dies


Twenty-seven believed dead in Kazakh military plane crash


Afghan policewoman fatally shoots foreign adviser


Air raids pound rebels near Damascus: watchdog


Putin signs helicopter, jet deals with Indian PM

Iran set to unveil new domestic satellite

Air strike 'kills 60' as peace envoy Brahimi in Syria

NATO to deploy Patriots in Turkey over next few weeks

Turkey lifts veto on NATO cooperation with Israel

US delivers two naval vessels to Iraq: embassy

Iran fighting 'smart economic war': Ahmadinejad

Russia widens anti-U.S. retaliation

Congress sends sweeping defense bill to Obama

Pakistani drone crashes in northwest: officials

Supacat opens Australian design facility

Cameron in Oman as BAE unveils $4bn defence deal

China ships in disputed waters, first since Japan poll

NATO says Syria regime firing 'Scud-style missiles'

Putin to push for arms deals in India

Park puts security top concern for Seoul

Syria 'firing Scud-style missiles,' Palestinians return

Japan's incoming PM pledges to mend ties with China

Iraq without key mediator as new crisis looms

Family planning official snared in China trafficking ring

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