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Ban on Gays Opening Serving in US Military to End

Posted September 19th, 2011 at 7:35 pm (UTC-5)
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After years of court battles and contentious debate, the U.S. military on Tuesday formally ends its “Don’t ask, Don’t tell” policy, under which gays can serve as long as they do not openly acknowledge their sexual orientation. The policy was instituted during the Clinton administration as a compromise to the complete ban on homosexuals in […]

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China Denounces U.S. Report on Military

Posted August 26th, 2011 at 1:55 am (UTC-5)
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China’s Defense Ministry has rejected a Pentagon assessment of China’s military, calling the report “groundless,” and, ” a distortion of facts.” The annual report said China is on track to achieve its goal of building a modern, regionally-focused military by 2020, citing a new stealth fighter, an aircraft carrier and the development of an anti-ship […]

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China Slams Pentagon Over Critical Military Report

Posted August 25th, 2011 at 4:15 am (UTC-5)
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China is responding angrily to a new U.S. Defense Department report which describes the country’s military modernization as a threat to regional military balances. In a commentary Thursday, the official Xinhua news agency dismissed that suggestion as an “utterly cock-and-bull story” based on “a wild guess and illogical reasoning.” Xinhua also noted that U.S. military […]

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China Slams Pentagon Over Critical Military Report

Posted August 25th, 2011 at 1:35 am (UTC-5)
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China is responding angrily to a new U.S. Defense Department report which describes the country’s military modernization as a threat to regional military balances. In a commentary Thursday, the official Xinhua news agency dismissed that suggestion as an “utterly cock-and-bull story” based on “a wild guess and illogical reasoning.” Xinhua also noted that U.S. military […]

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US Military Holds Pacific Emergency Response Workshop

Posted August 25th, 2011 at 12:20 am (UTC-5)
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The U.S. military’s Pacific Command has completed its first-ever regional emergency response forum involving more than 20 Asia-Pacific nations and organizations. The command held its four-day Pacific Endeavor workshop at Singapore’s Changhai Naval Base last week. The workshop brought together national militaries from across the Pacific region, as well as non-governmental organizations and academic and […]

US Says China’s Military Expanding Rapidly

Posted August 24th, 2011 at 10:50 pm (UTC-5)
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The U.S. Defense Department says China is on pace to achieve its goal of building a modern military by 2020, a move it says could potentially destabilize the Asia-Pacific region. In its annual assessment to Congress, the Pentagon Wednesday said China is rapidly modernizing its military equipment and achieved several advances in the past year. […]

US Says China’s Military Expanding Rapidly

Posted August 24th, 2011 at 8:40 pm (UTC-5)
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The U.S. Defense Department says China is on pace to achieve its goal of building a modern military by 2020, a move it says could potentially destabilize the Asia-Pacific region. In its annual assessment to Congress, the Pentagon Wednesday said China is rapidly modernizing its military equipment and achieved several advances in 2010. It noted […]

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US, Egypt Cancel Planned Military Exercise

Posted August 17th, 2011 at 2:15 pm (UTC-5)
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The United States and Egypt are canceling plans for a joint military exercise this year because of the political unrest and political upheaval in Cairo since January. A U.S. military spokesman told VOA Wednesday that American and Egyptian forces normally hold joint exercises every two years, with the next round originally scheduled for the last […]

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US, Egypt Cancel Planned Military Exercise

Posted August 17th, 2011 at 2:00 pm (UTC-5)
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The United States and Egypt are canceling plans for a joint military exercise this year because of the political unrest and political upheaval in Cairo since January. An Army spokesman at the Pentagon, Major T.G. Taylor, told VOA Wednesday that “Bright Star” exercises by American and Egyptian forces normally are held every two years, and […]

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Alleged Military Coup Plotters Stand Trial in Turkey

Posted August 15th, 2011 at 2:45 pm (UTC-5)
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Twenty-eight military officers, including a four-star general, have gone on trial in Turkey in connection with an alleged plot to overthrow the country’s Islamic-rooted government — the first time a serving general has been brought in front of a civilian court. General Bilgin Balanli appeared Monday before the court, along with the 27 other officers, […]

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