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  • *Bill Gates urges UK not to cut back overseas aid. *Defence minister says outlook darker, eyes Russia threat. LONDON, June 21- British finance minister George Osborne has said he will press ahead with hefty cuts to welfare in a budget statement next month, a day after tens of thousands of people marched against austerity in central London.

  • WASHINGTON, June 19- The United States has sued a Texas- based subsidiary of global defense company BAE Systems Plc for overcharging the U.S. Army in a contract to build 20,000 military trucks, the Department of Justice said on Friday. BAE Systems Inc, the U.S. unit of London- based BAE Systems Plc, did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

  • KUALA LUMPUR, June 19- The hijacked oil tanker Orkim Harmony has been released by pirates, who fled in the ship's rescue boat, Malaysian navy and maritime officials said on Friday. The Orkim Harmony, hijacked on June 11 off the Malaysian coast by pirates reportedly armed with pistols and machetes, was now being escorted by the navy to Malaysia's Kuantan Port.

  • KUALA LUMPUR, June 19- The hijacked oil tanker Orkim Harmony is being shadowed by a Malaysian naval ship and has been redirected east to Indonesia's Natuna Island, and should arrive on Saturday, the Malaysian navy and media said on Friday. State news agency Bernama quoted navy official Rear Admiral Azhari Abdul Rashid as saying the hijackers, reportedly armed...

  • NEW YORK, June 18- Richard Zabel, the top deputy to Manhattan U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara, is leaving the Justice Department to become general counsel at the hedge fund Elliott Management, according to an internal Elliott memo seen by Reuters on Thursday. Attorney in Manhattan since 2011, helping to oversee a broad-based crackdown on insider trading,...

  • WASHINGTON, June 18- The U.S. Senate passed an annual defense policy bill on Thursday that authorizes some $600 billion in defense spending for the 2016 fiscal year and starts reforms that could help curb costs over the long run. The White House has threatened to veto the measure over issues including a Republican-led plan to use $38 billion in special war funds...

  • WASHINGTON, June 18- The White House on Thursday said President Barack Obama's advisers would recommend a veto of a U.S. Senate bill to fund the Department of Defense if lawmakers pass it, saying it uses gimmicks to get around budget caps.

  • WHITE HOUSE SAYS OBAMA'S ADVISERS WOULD RECOMMEND VETO OF DEFENSE DEPARTMENT APPROPRIATIONS BILL NOW IN U.S. SENATE.

  • Help James Bond see through walls, win $1M Thursday, 18 Jun 2015 | 10:17 AM ET

    The U.K.'s defense body is offering £650,000 ($1 million) in an effort to crowdsource technologies that will boost state surveillance.

  • KUALA LUMPUR, June 18- A Malaysian naval vessel has located the hijacked tanker Orkim Harmony in Vietnamese waters and is trying to persuade the pirates onboard to surrender, promising them they will be unharmed, Malaysian maritime officials said on Thursday. Both the crew and the cargo are safe, and the navy is in the midst of negotiations with the robbers,...

  • KUALA LUMPUR, June 18- Malaysia's Chief of Navy Admiral Abdul Aziz Jaafar has said on his Twitter account that a Malaysian naval vessel has been shadowing the hijacked tanker Orkim Harmony and is trying to persuade the pirates aboard to surrender. Both the crew and the cargo on board is safe, and the navy is in the midst of negotiations with the robbers, officials...

  • KUALA LUMPUR, June 18- The small oil tanker that was hijacked off the southeast coast of Malaysia last week has been detected in Cambodian waters, according to local media reports on Thursday. State news agency Bernama, quoting Malaysia's Chief of Navy Admiral Abdul Aziz Jaafar, reported that the MT Orkim Harmony has been repainted and renamed.

  • PARIS, June 17- American weapons makers this week welcomed a push by U.S. government agencies to better coordinate on arms sales policies, but say most deals still take far too long to process, frustrating potential customers. The United States sent about 400 people to the biennial arms and aerospace bazaar, including Air Force Secretary Deborah James and NASA...

  • BOGOTA, June 17- Colombia's Cano Limon-Covenas oil pipeline, the country's second biggest by volume, has been shut due to damage from bomb attacks by leftist FARC rebels which caused a significant spill that has contaminated two rivers, the army said on Wednesday. Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia rebels, known as FARC, have intensified attacks on...

  • PARIS, June 17- American weapons makers have welcomed a push by U.S. government agencies to better coordinate on arms sales policies, but say most deals still take far too long to process, frustrating potential customers. The United States sent about 400 people to the biennial arms and aerospace bazaar, including Air Force Secretary Deborah James and NASA...

  • WASHINGTON, June 17- The United States and Spain signed a defense agreement on Wednesday giving U.S. Marines permanent use of Moron air base, near Seville, from which they can be quickly deployed to Africa. The mission of the 850 Marines in the Special Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force based at Moron is to intervene in crises in Africa, including humanitarian...

  • PARIS, June 16- Lockheed Martin Corp announced on Tuesday that it will team with Raytheon Co and Canadian planemaker Bombardier to develop a new surveillance and command and control aircraft for a future U.S. Air Force competition. Northrop and Boeing Co have also said they plan to compete for the contract when the Air Force launches a competition in the coming...

  • PARIS, June 16- Saudi Arabia has ordered four Airbus C295W medium transport and patrol aircraft, Airbus Defence and Space said at the Paris air show on Tuesday. The C295Ws join the Airbus A330 MRTT multi-role tanker transport and CN235 transports previously ordered by Saudi Arabia, Airbus said. The order adds to C295 purchases by Algeria, Egypt, Jordan and Oman,...

  • Sales of pre-fab bomb shelters are on the rise Thursday, 11 Jun 2015 | 1:23 PM ET
    Military personnel inspect segments from a Terramil bomb shelter.

    The conflict in Ukraine has sparked interest in an Estonian company's lightweight, pre-fab bomb shelters.

  • Army's public website hacked by unknown intruders Monday, 8 Jun 2015 | 4:04 PM ET
    Syrian Electronic Army logo.

    Defense officials confirm the public Army website has been hacked by unknown intruders demanding the U.S. stop training Syrian fighters.

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