BRUSSELS, April 17- NATO is sending part of its naval rapid reaction force to the Baltic Sea as part of a drive to step up the defence of eastern European allies in response to the crisis in Ukraine, the military alliance said on Thursday.» Read More
MOSCOW, April 17- President Vladimir Putin on Thursday said Russia had been forced to respond to NATO enlargement and that its annexation of Crimea, home to its Black Sea Fleet, was partly influenced by the Western military alliance's expansion into eastern Europe.
PHUKET, Thailand— Thai authorities on Thursday charged two journalists with defaming Thailand's navy in an online news report about the trafficking of refugees from Myanmar, amid concerns about press freedom in the country.
WASHINGTON, April 16- The U.S. Navy on Wednesday said it would delay the commissioning of the North Dakota, a new Virginia-class submarine that was due to enter active service on May 31, to carry out more design work and resolve quality problems with certain components.
*Moscow, Kiev trade charges of "civil war" and "terrorism". KRAMATORSK/SLAVIANSK, Ukraine, April 16- S eparatists flew the Russian flag on armoured vehicles taken from the Ukrainian army on Wednesday, humiliating a Kiev government operation to recapture eastern towns controlled by pro- Moscow partisans.
SYRIAN MILITARY SOURCE SAYS VEHICLES DESTROYED BY THE JORDANIAN AIR FORCE DO NOT BELONG TO THE SYRIAN ARMY- SYRIAN STATE MEDIA.
BRUSSELS— NATO says it's reinforcing its military presence on eastern border on sea, land and in the air.
*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.
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.
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.
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.
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