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  • BENGALURU, INDIA, Feb 18- India's prime minister has asked global defence contractors to transfer more technology to the country as part of the lucrative deals that they win to modernise its armed forces. The country's offsets policy, which requires contractors to invest a percentage of the value of the deal in India, will be tweaked to encourage more technology...

  • Did NSA plant spyware in computers around world? Tuesday, 17 Feb 2015 | 5:47 PM ET

    SAN FRANCISCO— Did the National Security Agency plant spyware deep in the hard drives of thousands of computers used by foreign governments, banks and other surveillance targets around the world? A new report from Russian cybersecurity firm Kaspersky Lab said its researchers identified a new family of malicious programs or worms that infected computers in...

  • NIAMEY, Feb 17- Soldiers shot dead a suicide bomber suspected of belonging to Islamist militant group Boko Haram on Monday after he tried to detonate an explosive belt near a military post in the southern Niger town of Bagara, the army said on Tuesday. Boko Haram has launched attacks into Cameroon, Niger and Chad from Nigeria as part of a six-year insurgency that...

  • BUDAPEST- RUSSIAN PRESIDENT PUTIN SAYS SEES ON THE WHOLE SIGNIFICANT REDUCTION IN MILITARY ACTIVITY IN UKRAINE.

  • WASHINGTON— The Homeland Security Department will cease preparations for a program intended to protect millions of immigrants from deportation in the wake of a federal court ruling halting it, Secretary Jeh Johnson said Tuesday. District Judge Andrew Hanen in Texas temporarily blocked the program and a second effort to shield young immigrants from...

  • Defense hawks want to wipe out previous spending cuts to steer more money to the military, but the GOP is divided over how to do it without piling billions onto the deficit. Lawmakers who want to rein deficit spending insist that any increases for the military should be financed by cuts to domestic programs— even as GOP pragmatists warn that could cause a budget...

  • SAN FRANCISCO, Feb 16- The U.S. National Security Agency has figured out how to hide spying software deep within hard drives made by Western Digital, Seagate, Toshiba and other top manufacturers, giving the agency the means to eavesdrop on the majority of the world's computers, according to cyber researchers and former operatives. That long-sought and closely...

  • SAN FRANCISCO, Feb 16- The U.S. National Security Agency has figured out how to hide spying software deep within hard drives made by Western Digital, Seagate, Toshiba and other top manufacturers, giving the agency the means to eavesdrop on the majority of the world's computers, according to cyber researchers and former operatives. That long-sought and closely...

  • Boehner: Shutdown of Homeland Security possible Monday, 16 Feb 2015 | 9:52 AM ET
    House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, holds his weekly news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, Feb. 5, 2015.

    House Speaker John Boehner is raising the possibility that the Department of Homeland Security may shut down because of a budget impasse.

  • WASHINGTON— House Speaker John Boehner is raising the possibility that the Department of Homeland Security may shut down at month's end because of a budget impasse, and he's blaming Senate Democrats if that happens. The department is caught up in a fight over President Barack Obama's immigration actions, with Feb. 27 as the date when the $40 billion budget would...

  • KIEV, Feb 15- Ukraine's military said on Sunday pro-Russian rebels had shelled Ukrainian positions ten times since a ceasefire came into effect at midnight, but that the truce was in general being observed. "As of the morning of February 15, there have been ten shelling attacks on our positions by rebels- mainly in the area of Debaltseve," spokesman Anatoly Stelmach...

  • KIEV, Feb 15- The Ukrainian military said on Sunday a ceasefire between government troops and pro-Russian separatists in east Ukraine is being observed "in general" and that rebel attacks are infrequent and not widespread. "In the conflict zone the ceasefire has been observed in general... Shelling has been not regular and localized, "military spokesman Vladyslav...

  • UKRAINE MILITARY SAYS CEASEFIRE IS BEING OBSERVED "IN GENERAL," REBEL ATTACKS ARE NOT REGULAR.

  • UKRAINE MILITARY SPOKESMAN SAYS REBELS HAVE SHELLED UKRAINIAN POSITIONS 10 TIMES SINCE CEASEFIRE CAME INTO EFFECT.

  • World needs more German spending -Obama aide Friday, 13 Feb 2015 | 10:28 AM ET

    LONDON, Feb 13- The latest European growth data underline the case for Germany to spend and invest more both at home and abroad, a senior economic advisor to President Obama told a public discussion in London on Friday. Caroline Atkinson, Deputy Assistant to President Obama and Deputy National Security Advisor for International Economics, also said European...

  • WASHINGTON, Feb 12- The U.S. unit of Europe's Airbus Group was awarded a contract worth $221 million to build 41 more UH-72A Lakota light utility helicopters for the U.S. Army, the Pentagon said in its daily digest of major contracts on Thursday. The contract, which runs through July 31, 2017, marks a modification of Airbus's existing Army contract, and covers...

  • SAN FRANCISCO, Feb 12- President Barack Obama is expected to announce an executive order directing the government and companies to share more information about cybersecurity threats in response to attacks like that on Sony Entertainment. As in other policy areas where Obama has been unable to get legislation through the now Republican-controlled...

  • PARIS, Feb 12- France and Egypt have agreed a deal worth more than 5 billion euros for the sale of Dassault Aviation- built Rafale fighter jets, a naval frigate and missiles, a French source close to the matter said on Thursday. The deal would make Egypt, which has been looking to upgrade its military hardware over fears the crisis in neighbouring Libya could spill...

  • *Niger's military says 260 Boko Haram fighters killed. NIAMEY, Feb 12- Thousands of civilians fled their homes in the southeastern Niger town of Diffa this week, officials said on Thursday, following waves of cross-border raids and suicide bombings by Nigerian militant group Boko Haram. The area, struggling to feed some 150,000 people who have run to escape...

  • WASHINGTON, Feb 12- Former top U.S. officials have urged Congress to keep the Export-Import Bank alive to shore up the United States' economic and security interests. "From our prior experience in government, each of us has seen how commercial and economic diplomacy have become critical elements of US national security," said the letter, whose signatories include...

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