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  • We think of the military as getting more high-tech, but soldiers on the ground will still play a key role in fighting. CNBC's Allison Linn explains why military leaders are worried that there won¿t be enough physically fit recruits to serve the U.S. in the future.

  • NEW DELHI, May 16- If prime minister-elect Narendra Modi can revive a faltering economy, as his people clearly believe he can, India may finally be able to deal with overseas allies, foes and rivals from a position of strength. Dating back to the Cold War, India has tended to avoid close alliances.

  • CARTAGENA, Colombia, May 15- Attacks on Colombia's oil pipeline network by the country's leftist guerrillas have fallen by half so far this year, Mines and Energy Minister Amylkar Acosta said late on Wednesday, as surveillance has been stepped up.

  • *Army has held base throughout civil war. BEIRUT, May 15- Rebels detonated 60 tonnes of explosives packed underneath a large Syrian army base, blowing a hillside hundreds of metres into the air, an insurgent in the operation who provided footage of the attack said on Thursday.

  • Sisi warns Syria risks becoming another Afghanistan. *Says will take Egypt two years to recover from turmoil. CAIRO, May 15- Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, the general who ousted an elected Islamist president and is set to become Egypt's next head of state, called on the United States to help fight jihadi terrorism to avoid the creation of new Afghanistans in the Middle East.

  • The Pentagon is ready for ... zombies? Wednesday, 14 May 2014 | 1:20 PM ET

    The U.S. federal government has a contingency plan in the event zombies ever overrun the country, according to Foreign Policy Magazine.

  • Egypt national elections offer hope: EFG co-head Wednesday, 14 May 2014 | 7:03 AM ET
    Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi

    The co-chief executive of EFG Hermes told CNBC that Egypt was undergoing political rejuvenation, meaning it had a lot to offer investors.

  • SINGAPORE, May 14- Platinum and palladium retained on Wednesday sharp gains made overnight on worries that increasing labour tensions in major producer South Africa could hurt supply, while gold edged up on escalating violence in Ukraine.

  • *Russia retaliates for U.S. sanctions on high-tech exports. KIEV/ MOSCOW, May 13- Pro-Russian separatists ambushed Ukrainian troops on Tuesday, killing seven in the heaviest loss of life for government forces in a single clash since Kiev sent soldiers to put down a rebellion in the country's east.

  • Meet the man with the Pentagon checkbook Tuesday, 13 May 2014 | 8:56 AM ET
    Lockheed Martin Advanced Extremely High Frequency (AEHF) satellite

    It's Frank Kendall's job to write checks for programs that will shape U.S. defense forces for the next quarter century.

  • F-35: A flying computer     Tuesday, 13 May 2014 | 8:30 AM ET

    Steve O'Bryan and Art Tomassetti of Lockheed Martin's F-35 program explain how the F-35 changes combat, and changed flying.

  • Flying Lockheed's F-35 jet     Tuesday, 13 May 2014 | 8:30 AM ET

    USAF Lt. Col. Matt Renbarger has been testing out the new F-35, which should be the backbone of air defenses by 2039.

  • DONETSK/SLAVIANSK, Ukraine, May 12- Pro-Moscow rebel leaders in eastern Ukraine called on Monday for their region to become part of Russia, the day after staging a referendum on self-rule, although Moscow stopped short of endorsing their bid for annexation.

  • DONETSK/SLAVIANSK, Ukraine, May 12- Pro-Moscow rebel leaders in eastern Ukraine called on Monday for their region to become part of Russia after declaring victory in a weekend referendum on self-rule.

  • *Markets focus on reaction to east Ukraine referendum. *Nickel, Oil rises on Ukraine concerns. Caution about unrest in eastern Ukraine, where rebels declared victory in a referendum on self-rule, had all but evaporated as U.S. trading neared.

  • TOKYO, May 12- Japanese stocks slipped on Monday morning as worries about the Ukraine crisis curbed investors' appetite for risk, although companies that have issued upbeat earnings forecasts, such as Olympus Corp, attracted buying. Pro- Moscow rebels on Sunday declared a resounding victory in a referendum on self-rule for eastern Ukraine.

  • DONETSK/SLAVIANSK, Ukraine, May 12- Pro-Moscow rebels declared a resounding victory in a referendum on self-rule for eastern Ukraine, with some saying that meant independence and others eventual union with Russia as fighting flared in a conflict increasingly out of control.

  • *Vote organised on ad hoc basis, ballot paper confusion. MARIUPOL/SLAVIANSK, Ukraine, May 11- Pro-Moscow rebels pressed ahead with a referendum on self-rule in east Ukraine on Sunday and fighting flared anew in a conflict that could dismember the country and pitch Russia and the West into a new Cold War.

  • *Vote organised on ad hoc basis, ballot paper confusion. *West fears slide into civil war. MARIUPOL/SLAVIANSK, Ukraine, May 11- Rebels pressed ahead with a referendum on self-rule in east Ukraine on Sunday and fighting flared anew in a conflict that has raised fears of civil war and pitched Russia and the West into their worst crisis since the Cold War.

  • *U.S. says no sign Russia pulling troops back from Ukraine border. Barricades of tyres and scrap metal blocked streets in the port city of Mariupol and in Slaviansk, centres of an uprising that has unleashed the worst crisis between the West and Russia since the Cold War.