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Russia Grants $1 Billion Loan to Bangladesh for Weapons

Posted January 15th, 2013 at 12:00 pm (UTC-5)
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Russia has granted a $1 billion loan to Bangladesh for the purchase of Russian-made weapons. The deal was signed Tuesday in Moscow during a meeting between Russian President Vladimir Putin and visiting Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina. Details on the possible weapons purchases were not released, but reports say the new agreement could include orders […]

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UN Votes to Re-Open Arms Treaty Debate

Posted December 25th, 2012 at 1:05 am (UTC-5)
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The U.N. General Assembly has voted overwhelmingly to restart talks on a treaty regulating the global trade of conventional arms, after a similar effort failed in July. The assembly has agreed to hold a conference in March to try to reach a consensus on a plan that would set global standards for the international transfer […]

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Pentagon Plans to Sell $6.7 Billion in Aircraft to Saudi Arabia

Posted November 9th, 2012 at 7:50 pm (UTC-5)
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The Pentagon has announced plans to sell $6.7 billion in military aircraft and other equipment to Saudi Arabia. The sale would include 20 C-130 cargo planes and five refueling aircraft. The Pentagon says Saudi Arabia requested the planes. Officials say the sale would contribute to U.S. national security by helping improve the security of a […]

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US To Expand Missile Defense In Asia

Posted August 23rd, 2012 at 6:25 pm (UTC-5)
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U.S. defense officials say the United States is planning to expand its missile defenses in Asia, in response to threats from North Korea and aggressive moves by China. News reports Thursday quoted officials as saying the buildup could include a new radar in southern Japan and possibly another one in Southeast Asia. The X-band radars […]

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European Foreign Ministers Want ‘Decisive’ Effort to Regulate Arms Trade

Posted July 2nd, 2012 at 5:25 am (UTC-5)
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Britain, France, Germany and Sweden are urging United Nations members to support a “decisive effort” to regulate conventional weapons trade. Delegates from more than 150 countries are gathering in New York Monday to begin a month-long meeting to draft a global arms trade treaty. Ahead of the conference, British Foreign Secretary William Hague, French Foreign […]

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Asian Nations Top Arms Buyers; China Seen as Threat

Posted April 18th, 2012 at 1:15 pm (UTC-5)
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Russia’s state agency for arms sales says Asian nations have become Russia’s top military technology buyers, a development some arms experts blame on China. The Rosoboronexport company, part of a Russian delegation to an international arms exhibition in Malaysia, says 43 percent of Russia’s arms exports last year were to Asian countries. The Stockholm International […]

Asian Nations Top Arms Buyers; China Seen as Threat

Posted April 18th, 2012 at 11:50 am (UTC-5)
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Russia’s state agency for arms sales says Asian nations have become Russia’s top military technology buyers, a development some arms experts blame on China. The Rosoboronexport company, part of a Russian delegation to an international arms exhibition in Malaysia, says 43 percent of Russia’s arms exports last year were to Asian countries. The Stockholm International […]

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Sierra Leone Ruling Party Dismisses Arms Intimidation Concerns

Posted April 16th, 2012 at 5:20 am (UTC-5)
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The secretary-general of Sierra Leone’s ruling party has dismissed suggestions that a shipment of arms may be used to intimidate political opponents, and says President Ernest Bai Koroma is committed to holding fair elections in November. Victor Foe told VOA the arms are necessary to equip Sierra Leone’s growing police force, which has swelled from […]

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US, South Korea Close on New Missile Deal, Says South Korea President

Posted March 21st, 2012 at 11:05 pm (UTC-5)
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South Korean President Lee Myung-bak says his government is nearing a deal with the United States to expand the range of its ballistic missiles to counter the threat from North Korea. President Lee told reporters in comments published Thursday he believes a deal will be reached in the “near future” to extend the current 300-kilometer […]

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Report: Russia, China Close to $4 Billion Arms Deal

Posted March 8th, 2012 at 3:50 am (UTC-5)
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Russian media reports say China is close to reaching a major arms deal with Moscow that would bolster its air force with 48 new Russian fighter jets. The Kommersant daily quotes Russian defense officials as saying the financial terms of the $4 billion deal have already been agreed upon. If signed, it would be one […]

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