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Asian Powers Increase Military Spending

Posted October 15th, 2012 at 8:20 pm (UTC-5)
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A new study shows that over the past decade, five Asian powers have increased military spending to levels among the highest in the world, with China leading the way. The study released Monday by the Washington-based Center for Strategic and International Studies says China has quadrupled its defense budget since 2000. It also says India, […]

China’s Top Officials Attend Launching of First Aircraft Carrier

Posted September 25th, 2012 at 5:15 pm (UTC-5)
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Chinese President Hu Jintao has launched the country’s first aircraft carrier into service, raising new concerns about Beijing’s growing military strength. Premier Wen Jiabao and other high-ranking officials joined hundreds of navy personnel in the ceremony Tuesday at Dalian port in northeastern China. China bought the 300-meter Soviet-built vessel in 1998 from Ukraine and had […]

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China Commissions First Aircraft Carrier

Posted September 25th, 2012 at 2:45 am (UTC-5)
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China’s first aircraft carrier officially entered service Tuesday, amid a worsening territorial dispute with Japan and regional concerns over Beijing’s rapidly modernizing navy. The defense ministry said in a statement that the Soviet-built aircraft carrier, named Liaoning after China’s northeast province, is an important step in “raising the overall fighting capacity” of its naval forces. […]

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S.Korea Fires Warning Shots at N.Korean Fishing Boats

Posted September 21st, 2012 at 5:50 am (UTC-5)
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South Korea says it has fired warning shots toward six North Korean fishing boats that crossed the disputed Yellow Sea border between the two countries. Seoul’s defense ministry, which confirmed the incident to VOA, says two South Korean navy patrol ships fired multiple rounds near the North Korean boats. Officials say none of the shots […]

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S.Korea Fires Warning Shots at N.Korean Fishing Boats

Posted September 21st, 2012 at 4:20 am (UTC-5)
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South Korea says it has fired warning shots at North Korean fishing boats that crossed the disputed border between the two countries. Seoul’s defense ministry tells VOA that the South Korean navy fired the shots in response to the North Korean vessels, which were operating south of the volatile Yellow Sea maritime boundary off the […]

S.Korea Fires Warning Shots at N.Korean Fishing Boats

Posted September 21st, 2012 at 4:15 am (UTC-5)
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South Korea says it has fired warning shots at North Korean fishing boats that crossed the disputed border between the two countries. Seoul’s defense ministry tells VOA that the South Korean navy fired the shots in response to the North Korean vessels, which were operating south of the volatile Yellow Sea maritime boundary off the […]

Mali Orders Probe Into Shooting Death of 16 Islamic Preachers

Posted September 9th, 2012 at 8:25 pm (UTC-5)
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Mali’s government says it has launched an investigation into the shooting deaths of 16 Islamic preachers at a military checkpoint in the country’s central region. In a statement Sunday, the government said eight Malians and eight Mauritanians had been killed by gunshot in an overnight Saturday incident at the Diabaly checkpoint in the Segou region. […]

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Mali Military: Army Killed 16 Islamic Preachers

Posted September 9th, 2012 at 6:45 pm (UTC-5)
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Mali’s government says it has launched an investigation into the shooting deaths of 16 Islamic preachers at a military checkpoint in the country’s central region. In a statement Sunday, the government said eight Malians and eight Mauritanians had been killed by gunshot in an overnight Saturday incident at the Diabaly checkpoint in the Segou region. […]

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Mali Military: Army Killed 16 Islamic Preachers

Posted September 9th, 2012 at 6:20 pm (UTC-5)
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Mali’s military says army troops killed 16 Islamic preachers for failing to stop at a military checkpoint. Officials said Sunday that the dead include 12 preachers from Mauritania, 2 from Pakistan and 2 from Mali. They did not say if the preachers were armed. The shooting took place late Saturday in a small community called […]

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Mali Military: Army Killed 16 Islamic Preachers

Posted September 9th, 2012 at 2:50 pm (UTC-5)
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Mali’s military says army troops killed 16 Islamic preachers for failing to stop at a military checkpoint. Officials said Sunday that the dead include 12 preachers from Mauritania, 2 from Pakistan and 2 from Mali. They did not say if the preachers were armed. The shooting took place late Saturday in a small community called […]

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