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  • It is the first such port call to Iran by the People's Liberation Army Navy and highlights the efforts both China and Iran are making to counterbalance the power of the United States in the Middle East and along the sea lanes connecting the oil fields of the Gulf with major energy-consuming centers in Asia.

  • US military tries to keep options in ISIS fight Sunday, 21 Sep 2014 | 5:26 PM ET
    Militant Islamist fighters on a tank take part in a military parade along the streets of northern Raqqa province June 30, 2014.

    President Barack Obama has ruled out a combat mission, but military officials say the reality of a protracted campaign may require US troops.

  • WASHINGTON, Sept 21- As America re-engages with Iraq and deepens its involvement in the region's web of sectarian conflicts, the Pentagon has made a practical assessment of the brutal job of stabilizing Baghdad: in the future, U.S. forces may be needed on the front lines.

  • HONG KONG, Sept 19- China shares rose for a third straight day on Friday, bolstered by strength in shipbuilders and aviation firms, which are expected to benefit from plans to let private capital enter the defense industry.

  • Senate approves arming Syrian rebels to fight ISIS Thursday, 18 Sep 2014 | 7:08 PM ET
    Iraqi security forces pull down a flag belonging to Sunni militant group Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) during a patrol in the town of Dalli Abbas in Diyala province, June 30, 2014.

    Senate passage, by a vote of 73-22, came a day after approval by the House of Representatives.

  • NEW YORK, Sept 18- Arab Bank Plc never provided material support for the Palestinian group Hamas, a lawyer for the bank told jurors on Thursday during closing arguments at the bank's civil trial on charges of financing terrorism.

  • WASHINGTON, Sept 18- Ukraine President Petro Poroshenko secured $53 million in assistance from the United States on Thursday but President Barack Obama for now turned down his appeals for weapons to fight Russian-backed separatists.

  • NEW YORK, Sept 18 (Reuters)- Arab Bank Plc never provided material support for the Palestinian group Hamas, a lawyer told jurors on Thursday during closing arguments at the bank's trial on civil charges under the U.S. anti-terrorism law.

  • NEW YORK, Sept 18- A lawyer for Arab Bank Plc urged U.S. jurors to find that it never provided material support for the Palestinian group Hamas, as closing arguments began on Thursday in a closely-watched terrorism financing trial.

  • *Army has shrunk by 30-50 percent. *Army faced setbacks since June. Western officials believe the Syrian army, already stretched, has been under growing strain since Islamic State staged lightening advances in Syria and Iraq in June: insurgents this week briefly pushed into an area of Damascus that had not seen fighting for 18 months, the Observatory reported.

  • WASHINGTON, Sept 17- Hackers associated with the Chinese government have repeatedly infiltrated the computer systems of U.S. airlines, technology companies and other contractors involved in the movement of U.S. troops and military equipment, a U.S. Senate panel has found.

  • WASHINGTON, Sept 17- Hackers associated with the Chinese government have repeatedly infiltrated the computer systems of U.S. airlines, technology companies and other firms involved in the movement of U.S. troops and military equipment, a U.S. Senate panel has found.

  • WASHINGTON, Sept 17- Hackers associated with the Chinese government have repeatedly breached the computer systems of U.S. companies, including airlines and technology firms, that are involved in the movement of U.S. troops and military equipment, a U.S. Senate panel has found.

  • Officials in the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative and the National Security Council have each held internal talks about potential free-trade challenges from South Korea and NATO allies, two sources familiar with the matter said.

  • Boeing-Lockheed to team with Bezos to take on space Tuesday, 16 Sep 2014 | 7:22 AM ET

    A joint venture of Boeing and Lockheed Martin plans to develop a new rocket engine with a company run by Amazon.com founder Jeff Bezos.

  • ANKARA, Sept 15- The Turkish military is drawing up plans for a possible "buffer zone" on Turkey's southern border, where it faces a threat from Islamic State militants in Iraq and Syria, Turkish media quoted President Tayyip Erdogan as saying on Monday.

  • TURKISH MILITARY LOOKING INTO POSSIBILITY OF ESTABLISHING "BUFFER ZONE" ON SOUTHERN BORDER IF NEEDED- TURKISH MEDIA, CITING ERDOGAN.

  • WASHINGTON, Sept 12- Images of two Americans being beheaded and of Russian tanks rolling through Ukraine have boosted pressure on Congress to roll back $1 trillion in mandatory defense cuts that the defense industry blames for almost 100,000 job cuts in recent years.

  • Battle against ISIS could boost Pentagon’s budget Friday, 12 Sep 2014 | 10:06 AM ET
    President Barack Obama delivers a prime time address from the Cross Hall of the White House on September 10, 2014 in Washington.

    Speculators suggest a boost in the Pentagon's budget after president Obama's televised speech regarding his plans for ISIS.

  • MOSCOW, Sept 12- President Vladimir Putin took a break from his official duties to slip into a Russian Orthodox Church this week and light a candle for fighters killed in eastern Ukraine. "I left a candle for those who died defending people in Novorossiya," he told reporters after emerging from the Church of the Holy Trinity on a Moscow hilltop.

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