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  • *Russia says Ukraine on brink of civil war. Russia declared Ukraine on the brink of civil war as Kiev began a "special operation" against pro-Russian separatists in the eastern town of Kramatorsk and retook a main airfield there.

  • Shooting reported in Ukraine's east. By Richard Balmforth and Gabriela Baczynska. KIEV/ KRAMATORSK, Ukraine, April 15- Ukrainian armed forces on Tuesday launched a "special operation" against militiamen in the country's Russian speaking east, authorities said, recapturing a military airfield from pro- Moscow separatists.

  • Warnings fly in tense call between Obama and Putin Tuesday, 15 Apr 2014 | 9:38 AM ET
    President Barack Obama speaks in the East Room of the White House April 14, 2014 in Washington.

    President Obama said to President Putin during a phone call that Russia would have to face further sanctions if it continues its actions in Ukraine.

  • SLAVIANSK/DONETSK, Ukraine, April 14- Armed pro-Russian separatists seized more buildings in eastern Ukraine on Monday, expanding their control after the government failed to follow through on threatened military crackdown leaving Moscow's partisans essentially unopposed.

  • SLAVIANSK/ KIEV, April 14- Pro-Russian separatists on Monday ignored an ultimatum to leave occupied government buildings in eastern Ukraine while another group of rebels attacked a police headquarters as a threatened military offensive by government forces failed to materialise.

  • *Fears of further confrontation with Russia. SLAVIANSK/ KIEV, April 14- Ukraine's president on Monday threatened military action after pro-Russian separatists occupying government buildings in the east ignored an ultimatum to leave and another group of rebels attacked a police headquarters in the troubled region.

  • *Russia warns Kiev not to use force against militants.

  • *Ukraine gives separatists until 0600 GMT Monday to lay down arms. KIEV/ SLAVIANSK, Ukraine, April 13- Ukraine has given pro-Russian separatists a Monday morning deadline to disarm or face a "full-scale anti-terrorist operation" by its armed forces, raising the risk of a military confrontation with Moscow.

  • *NATO alarmed by well organised armed men in east Ukraine. KIEV/ SLAVIANSK, Ukraine, April 13- Ukraine's armed forces plan to launch a "full-scale anti-terrorist operation" against pro-Russian separatists, acting president Oleksander Turchinov said on Sunday, raising the risk of a military confrontation with Moscow.

  • NSC backs disclosing software vulnerabilities Saturday, 12 Apr 2014 | 8:24 PM ET

    WASHINGTON— Disclosing vulnerabilities in commercial and open source software is in the national interest and shouldn't be withheld from the public unless there is a clear national security or law enforcement need, President Barack Obama's National Security Council said Saturday.

  • New US Navy destroyer Zumwalt christened in Maine Saturday, 12 Apr 2014 | 8:19 AM ET

    BATH, Maine— The U.S. Navy on Saturday christened the first ship of its newest class of destroyers, a more than $3 billion, 610- foot-long warship sporting advanced technology and a stealthy shape designed to minimize its visibility on enemy radar and reduce the size of its crew.

  • GOVT ASKS ORGANIZATIONS TO REPORT ANY HEARTBLEED-RELATED ATTACKS TO DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY.

  • KUALA LUMPUR, April 11- Malaysia's government has begun investigating civil aviation and military authorities to determine why opportunities to identify and track Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 were missed in the chaotic hours after it vanished, two officials said.

  • WASHINGTON, April 10- The U.S. Navy hopes to smooth out the impact on Lockheed Martin Corp and Australia's Austal of a budget-driven decision to order three Littoral Combat Ships instead of four in fiscal year 2015, the Navy's top weapons buyer said on Thursday.

  • Oshkosh Corp. laying off 760 from defense division Thursday, 10 Apr 2014 | 3:00 PM ET

    MILWAUKEE— Oshkosh Corp. said Thursday it plans to eliminate about 760 jobs from its defense division this summer, or 29 percent of the group's workforce, a decision driven by lower demand for its mine-resistant trucks and other military vehicles.

  • WASHINGTON, April 10- The chairman of the U.S. House Armed Services Committee said on Thursday that intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance capabilities would be top priorities as the panel puts together this year's massive defense policy bill.

  • Ahead of the Bell: US Budget Deficit Thursday, 10 Apr 2014 | 6:06 AM ET

    WASHINGTON— The Treasury Department reports on the federal budget deficit for March. SMALLER GAP: The nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office estimates that the deficit narrowed to $36 billion in March from $107 billion in the same month a year ago. Spending by the Defense Department fell $7 billion and the cost of unemployment benefits dropped $2 billion.

  • Call of cyber duty: Military academies take on NSA Thursday, 10 Apr 2014 | 3:08 AM ET

    WEST POINT, N.Y.— If MacArthur or Grant went to the U.S. Military Academy today, they might be testing their defensive skills hunched in front of a computer screen. The academies for Army, Navy, Air Force, Coast Guard and Merchant Marine compete, and the one that does the best job fending off the barrage of cyberattacks is declared the winner.

  • WASHINGTON, April 9- Sikorsky Aircraft said on Wednesday the U.S. Navy's plan to skip orders for 29 MH-60 helicopters in the final year of a five-year contract could undermine the industry's willingness to sign such cost-saving agreements in the future.

  • Nigerian Air Force buying new fighters, choppers Wednesday, 9 Apr 2014 | 12:05 PM ET

    ABUJA, Nigeria— The chief of Nigeria's air force says it is buying new fighter jets and helicopters. The air force has been pivotal in an offensive to curb an Islamic uprising in the northeast with near-daily bombing raids on insurgent hideouts in forests and caves along the border with Cameroon.

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