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  • WASHINGTON, March 4- China's rapidly increasing defense spending is not a cause for alarm unless Beijing uses its resources to be provocative, the U.S. Army's commander in Asia said on Wednesday after China announced plans to boost its defense budget by 10 percent. Brooks said China's military expansion could be expected considering the country's rapid...

  • *Commercial space economy valued at $250 billion. HAIFA, Israel, March 4- Israel is embarking on a five-year mission to stake its claim on a crowded new frontier, the $250 billion a year commercial space market. China plans to build its own space station by 2022, and Google co-founder Larry Page is backing an asteroid mining company.

  • *China is world's second biggest defense spender. *Aircraft carriers, submarines seen among China's priorities. BEIJING, March 4- China's defense budget this year will rise about 10 percent compared with 2014, a top government official said on Wednesday, outpacing the slowing economy as the country ramps up investment in high-tech equipment such as...

  • BEIJING— China's official military budget will grow by about 10 percent in the coming year, a legislative spokeswoman said Wednesday, amid unease among Beijing's neighbors about its growing might and territorial ambitions. The spending reflects China's growing power and desire to assert itself in the region and globally. Fu told a news conference that...

  • BEIJING, March 4- China's defence budget this year will rise about 10 percent compared with 2014, a top government official said on Wednesday, outpacing the slowing economy as the country ramps up investment in high-tech equipment such as submarines and stealth jets. "Compared with great powers, the road of China's defence modernisation is more difficult.

  • BEIJING, March 4- China's defense budget this year will rise about 10 percent compared with 2014, the spokeswoman for the country's parliament said on Wednesday, outpacing the slowing Chinese economy as the country ramps up investment in high-tech equipment. National People's Congress spokeswoman Fu Ying told a news conference that the actual figure would...

  • BEIJING, March 4- China's defence budget this year will rise about 10 percent compared with 2014, the spokeswoman for the country's parliament said on Wednesday. Spokeswoman Fu Ying told a news conference that the actual figure would be released on Thursday, when the annual session of China's largely rubber-stamp parliament opens. Last year, defence spending...

  • ANKARA, Turkey— Turkey says a recent notice seeking to reserve a large swath of airspace over the Aegean Sea for military maneuvers was issued by mistake and then canceled. Bilgic said Turkey would not declare a new NOTAM for "a certain period of time" and said Turkey was willing to resolve the dispute through talks. The two NATO allies have been at odds for decades...

  • NEW DELHI, March 3- India has widened an investigation into leaks of confidential documents from its oil ministry to include the defence ministry, raising fears that other secrets vital to national security may have fallen into the wrong hands. So far, investigators have focused on how that information was, in turn, used by some of India's biggest oil companies to...

  • WASHINGTON— Bitterly admitting defeat, the Republican-controlled Congress sent legislation to President Barack Obama on Tuesday that funds the Department of Homeland Security without any of the immigration-related concessions they demanded for months. Obama promised to sign the bill as soon as he received it, while criticizing Congress for taking "far...

  • Sikorsky said it was still working out details, but any deal with the Army would likely include more government-handed depot maintenance than the $2 billion deal that Sikorsky and Lockheed Martin Corp were awarded on Friday by the U.S. Navy for servicing its MH-60 Sea Hawk helicopters. Mitchell said the talks with the Army were still in the early stages, but he...

  • ANKARA, Turkey— A Turkish court on Monday ordered a journalist arrested pending trial as part of an investigation into an alleged conspiracy against hundreds of military officers who were convicted in 2012 of plotting to overthrow the government, the state-run Anadolu Agency reported. Mehmet Baransu was detained for questioning in the probe into...

  • WASHINGTON— Congress' dysfunction isn't limited to the struggle to keep a Cabinet department running without interruption. The to-do list includes forestalling a 21 percent cut in Medicare payments to physicians, preventing a cutoff of highway and transit dollars in the middle of peak construction season this summer and renewing critical parts of the...

  • WASHINGTON, March 1- Congress narrowly averted a partial shutdown of the U.S. domestic security agency late on Friday night, but the forces behind the chaotic episode remain- fractious Republicans and House Speaker John Boehner's lack of control over them. In five to seven months, the federal debt ceiling will again be reached, and by October Congress must pass...

  • UKRAINE MILITARY SPOKESMAN SAYS UKRAINIAN JOURNALIST KILLED AS A RESULT OF SHELLING IN EAST UKRAINE.

  • Homeland Security gets one-week funding lifeline Saturday, 28 Feb 2015 | 7:28 AM ET

    Republicans only narrowly manage to avert a partial shutdown of the Department of Homeland Security, the New York Times reports.

  • NEW DELHI, Feb 28- India announced on Saturday a modest 7.9 percent increase in defence spending for the fiscal year starting April 1, suggesting that it will move only gradually with the military's long wish list for fighter jets, ships and artillery. After years of neglect, India is trying to narrow the military gap with China, which has been building up its fleet...

  • Pence: 'Dramatically increase' defense spending Friday, 27 Feb 2015 | 9:49 PM ET

    OXON HILL, Md.— Indiana Gov. The Republican state executive, who is considering a 2016 presidential bid, told conservatives that the next race for the White House would likely center on foreign policy for the first time in more than three decades. "With everything happening in the world, it is imperative, my fellow conservatives, that conservatives again embrace...

  • WASHINGTON, Feb 27- The Air Force urgently needs a new long-range bomber to replace its aging fleet and will keep costs at or below a $550 million cap for each warplane, top U.S. officials told lawmakers on Friday. Air Force Secretary Deborah James said the Air Force understood that runaway costs had to be contained, and noted that a sharp reduction from the planned...

  • Demir also said Turkey was in contact with Russia regarding the project but there have been no formal talks. NATO member Turkey chose China Precision Machinery Import and Export Corp in 2013 as the preferred bidder, prompting U.S. and Western concern about security and the compatibility of the weaponry with NATO systems. Turkey's defence minister said last...

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