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February 11, 2013
White House defends decision not to arm Syrian rebels
Washington (AFP) Feb 8, 2013
The White House Friday said it had been motivated by shielding Syrian civilians, Israelis and its own security, when President Barack Obama nixed an administration plan to arm Syrian rebels. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said during a congressional hearing Thursday that he backed plans to arm and train vetted rebel groups fighting President Bashar al-Assad's forces, in an initiative also supported by former secretary of state Hillary Clinton and ex-CIA chief David Petraeus. But White House spok ... read more
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Kerry urges Iran to be serious about nuclear talks
New US Secretary of State John Kerry held out an olive branch to sanction-hit Iran on Friday, saying the world would respond if Tehran seriously addressed its nuclear program at upcoming talks. ... more

US drones kill nine in Pakistan: officials
US drones fired two missiles into a compound in Pakistan's northwestern tribal belt Friday, killing at least nine militants and wounding more than five others, local security officials said. ... more

Assad reshuffles cabinet, warplanes raid Damascus
President Bashar al-Assad reshuffled his cabinet Saturday as regime warplanes raided rebel areas in a bid to end the stalemate in Syria's deadly civil war and hopes for a political solution appeared to founder. ... more
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Dunford takes charge of NATO in Afghanistan
US General Joseph Dunford assumed command of NATO forces in Afghanistan on Sunday, taking over from General John Allen as the coalition prepares to withdraw the bulk of its combat troops by next year. ... more


Report: Defense graft plagues Mideast
Governments and regimes across the Middle East and North Africa, a major arms-buying region, are plagued by military corruption, including weapons deals with major powers, the global watchdog Transparency International says. ... more
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Mortar attacks kill five at Iran exile camp in Iraq
Assailants fired dozens of mortars and rockets Saturday at an Iranian exiles camp in Iraq in an attack that killed five people, the first violent deaths since they resettled near Baghdad last year. ... more

Pakistan displays armaments at IDEX
Pakistan will showcase its arms industry at the IDEX exhibition in Abu Dhabi. ... more
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Looming budget cuts would damage US military: Obama
President Barack Obama on Friday warned that looming budget cuts would damage the US military's readiness and urged lawmakers to strike a deal to avoid the massive spending reductions. ... more

Iraq TV bombed after airing criticism of Kurd leader
A bomb exploded on the roof of an Iraqi satellite channel's offices a day after the broadcaster aired a caller's criticism of a revered Kurdish leader, an official said on Sunday. ... more

First EU military trainers arrive in Mali: French army
The first group of 70 EU military instructors, deployed to train Mali's deeply divided and underfunded army to take on Islamist rebels, arrived Friday in the capital, a French officer said. ... more
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US 'jumped to conclusions' on nuke test: N. Korea media
A North Korean state media outlet has accused the United States of "jumping to conclusions" that the North would soon stage a nuclear test, adding to the confusion over its immediate intentions. ... more

Iranians feel sanctions pain but back nuclear drive: poll
The vast majority of Iranians feel the pain of sanctions but still support a civilian nuclear program, a poll said, as a study on Friday charged that Western efforts have caused medicine shortages. ... more
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India parliament attack plotter hanged
A Kashmiri separatist was executed Saturday over his role in a deadly attack on the Indian parliament in 2001 - an episode that brought nuclear-armed India and Pakistan to the brink of war. ... more

Saudi Arabia mulls German patrol boat deal: report
Saudi Arabia is planning to buy German patrol boats for a total of around 1.5 billion euros ($2 billion) despite some opposition in Germany, a newspaper reported on Sunday. ... more

Tokyo man arrested over bizarre hacking campaign: reports
Japanese police Sunday arrested a man suspected of being behind a computer hacking campaign following an exhaustive hunt that at one stage had authorities tracking down a cat for clues, reports said. ... more
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Israel deploys 3rd missile system to north: reports

Lockheed Martin Receives US Army Contract for Guided MLRS Rocket Production

Boeing Phantom Eye Completes Taxi Tests, Readies for Return to Flight

US drones kill nine in Pakistan: officials

Iran TV airs video of captured US drone

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Republican vows to block US defense, CIA picks
A Republican lawmaker threatened Sunday to block the confirmations of President Barack Obama's nominees for defense secretary and CIA director over the deadly attack on the US consulate in Libya. ... more

Japan summons China envoy over radar denial; suggests hotline
Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Friday demanded Beijing apologise and admit that a Chinese frigate got a radar lock on a Japanese destroyer in international waters, a report said. ... more

Commentary: Close but no SIGAR -- yet
He's a composite of Perry Mason, Hercule Poirot, Sam Spade, Sherlock Holmes and Jules Maigret from the Golden Age of detective fiction. John F. Sopko is a formidable detective who stalks the halls of power in Washington - and, for the past seven months, Kabul, Afghanistan. ... more

Boeing Phantom Eye Completes Taxi Tests, Readies for Return to Flight
Boeing's liquid hydrogen-powered Phantom Eye unmanned aircraft system has completed taxi testing at Edwards Air Force Base in California as it progresses toward its second flight. During the t ... more
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Swiss nuclear plant finds defective tubes from France's Areva

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China accuses Japan of 'smear' over radar incident


White House demands quick Senate action on Hagel


US spy chief warns cuts will hurt morale


Two Russian fighters breach Japanese airspace


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N. Korea nuclear test could 'tie hands' of South: Ban


US defense chiefs backed arming Syria rebels


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Kerry warns against N. Korea nuclear test


UN investigating Iran link to Yemen arms seizure

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Terror charge adds to Hezbollah's problems

EU considers cybercrime reporting plan

Hacker 'botnet' hijacked online searches: Microsoft

US defense chiefs defend Benghazi response

Iran leader rejects US offer of talks 'at gunpoint'

Militants attack Algerian barracks: report

Iran TV airs video of captured US drone

Japan PM says China dialogue window must stay open

What will North Korea's nuclear test reveal?

Iranians can 'wipe out' Israel if attacked: Ahmadinejad

Kurds' feud could ruin independence dream

Four dead in attacks on Iraq security forces

India uses Russian avionics in new fighter

N. Korean nuclear test could be tricky to detect

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US expands sanctions on Iran to press nuclear case

'Dysfunction' in Congress puts US at risk: Panetta

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