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  • 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.

  • Much of 'used' military equipment given to police is new Thursday, 11 Sep 2014 | 10:04 AM ET
    A police officer keeps watch over demonstrators protesting the shooting death of teenager Michael Brown on August 13, 2014 in Ferguson, Missouri.

    Politicians are criticizing a Defense Department program that outfitted local police with new military equipment.

  • WASHINGTON, Sept 10- The U.S. Navy's planned unmanned plane for use on aircraft carriers should eventually be able to take on additional roles besides just surveillance, Navy Secretary Ray Mabus said on Wednesday.

  • WASHINGTON, Sept 10- U.S. Navy Secretary Ray Mabus said more women should be serving in the Navy and Marine Corps, and plans to take action to boost their presence in those military branches.

  • WASHINGTON, Sept 10- The U.S. Navy is completing its recommendations after a detailed study of possible options for the Navy's next small warship, and plans to brief Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel soon, Navy Secretary Ray Mabus said on Wednesday.

  • Putin promises new weapons to fend Western threats Wednesday, 10 Sep 2014 | 9:22 AM ET

    MOSCOW— Russia will counter military moves by the U.S. and NATO with an array of new nuclear and conventional weapons, President Vladimir Putin said Wednesday as the military successfully test-fired an intercontinental ballistic missile from a nuclear submarine.

  • RUSSIA SUCCESSFULLY TESTS NUCLEAR MISSILE, TWO MORE TESTS PLANNED- HEAD OF NAVAL FORCES.

  • NATO rattles cybersabers—but experts have doubts Tuesday, 9 Sep 2014 | 12:07 PM ET

    NATO announced that a cyberattack against one of its members could trigger a military response, but experts say that's unlikely.

  • MH17 hit with ‘high-energy objects’: Report Tuesday, 9 Sep 2014 | 7:15 AM ET
    Debris from Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 is shown smoldering in a field on July 17, 2014, in Grabovo, Ukraine, near the Russian border.

    Malaysian Airline System Flight MH17 crashed over eastern Ukraine after it was hit by "high-energy objects", an official report found.

  • SYDNEY, Sept 9- Australia would be risking both its national security and damaging its economy by buying next-generation submarines from Japan instead of building them at home, the opposition leader said on Tuesday, amid growing speculation over a possible deal.

  • *U.S. forms coalition of willing to combat IS in Iraq. NEWPORT, Wales, Sept 7- NATO leaders emerged from a summit in Wales with a plan to protect eastern members from a resurgent Russia, a pledge to reverse the decline in their defence spending, and an embryonic Western coalition to combat Islamic militants in Iraq.

  • The failure of a Pratt& Whitney F135 engine in June grounded the entire fleet of Lockheed Martin Corp's F-35s for several weeks during the summer, thwarting the advanced warplane's international debut at two UK air shows.

  • WASHINGTON, Sept 5- U.S. lawmakers have urged the Department of Homeland Security to withdraw a $190 million border security contract awarded to a company which checks government employees' backgrounds and suffered a cyber attack disclosed last month.

  • U.S. agency urged to yank vetting firm contract Friday, 5 Sep 2014 | 8:12 PM ET

    WASHINGTON, Sept 5- U.S. lawmakers have urged the Department of Homeland Security to withdraw a $190 million border security contract awarded to a company which checks government employees' backgrounds and suffered a cyber attack disclosed last month.

  • 'SUPSHIP Bath' gets new commanding officer Friday, 5 Sep 2014 | 4:47 PM ET

    Known as "SUPSHIP Bath," the command monitors design and construction Navy warships. All told, it keeps tabs on five Navy ship classes at private shipyards in Bath, Maine; San Diego, Calif.; Marinette, Wis.; and Anacortes, Wash.. Crowe is retiring after a 27- year career serving the Navy.

  • Should NATO protect non-member states?     Friday, 5 Sep 2014 | 4:40 AM ET

    Alexandra de Hoop Scheffer, director of the Paris office for the German Marshall Fund of the United States, says NATO's "very big challenge" is trying to find a way to protect non-member states.

  • UK PM champions NATO rapid response force     Friday, 5 Sep 2014 | 4:40 AM ET

    U.K. Prime Minister, David Cameron, says the NATO alliance must evolve and focus on new capabilities - including a rapid response force and a reaffirmation of defense commitments.

  • Europe to boost defense spending: Min     Friday, 5 Sep 2014 | 1:16 AM ET

    Erkki Tuomioja, Finland's foreign minister, says that Finalnd is in favour of developing European defense capabilities.

  • 'Big important' tensions in Europe: Barroso     Thursday, 4 Sep 2014 | 11:40 AM ET

    Jose Manuel Barroso, president of the European Commission, discusses the EU's position on the Ukrainian crisis, highlighting that Russia is dependent on Europe for its energy orders.

  • MAIDUGURI, Nigeria, Sept 4- Hundreds of civilians are fleeing Nigeria's northeastern city of Maiduguri as fears grow that Islamist Boko Haram militants may try to assault the Borno state capital after seizing towns and territory around it, residents said on Thursday.

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