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Sanctions cited for drop in Russian arms exports

Vladimir Kozhin.

Special to MOSCOW — Russia has reported a decline in arms exports in 2014. The Kremlin said Russian defense exports reached $13 billion in 2014, the second largest after the United States. The figure marked a 18 percent decline […]

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Holiday cheer here, but gloom in Russia, as fuel prices dip and Obamacare Grinch lurks

Vladimir Putin

Special to By John J. Metzler UNITED NATIONS — The precipitous fall in petroleum prices has brought an unexpected holiday season bonus to oil and gasoline consumers throughout North America. And it’s not a moment too soon that the […]

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NORAD tracks Russia’s Object 2014-28E as possible satellite killer


Special to By Miles Yu, Six months ago, Russia launched a mysterious space device called the Object 2014-28E but no one knew exactly what it was and what it was supposed to do until the last couple of […]

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Choe returns as No. 2 leader, visits Russia as envoy of Kim Jong-Un


Special to By Lee Jong-Heon, SEOUL — Choe Ryong-Hae has reemerged as North Korea’s No. 2 man, six months after he was replaced by Hwang Pyong-So, multiple sources here said. Choe has recently been cited by Pyongyang’s tightly-controlled […]

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Tit-for-tat diplomat expulsions by Russia and West recalls Cold War


Special to By Miles Yu, A diplomatic war between Moscow and the West has flared up, the old fashioned Cold War way. The exchange occurred on the eve of the European Union’s meeting in Brussels to discuss further […]

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ISIL receives planeloads of arms at northern Iraq airport

Tal Afar in northern Iraq.

Special to BAGHDAD — Iraq has detected air shipments of weapons to Islamic State of Iraq and Levant. A leading parliamentarian said ISIL was receiving planeloads of weapons from unspecified foreign suppliers. Hakim Zalmi, chairman of parliament’s Defense and […]

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Ukraine appeals to Israel, U.S. for assistance on unconventional warfare

Oleh Mahnitskiy in London. / Andrew Winning / Reuters

Special to WASHINGTON — Ukraine has reached out to Israel military for discussions on military training as it faces an unremitting challenge from Moscow-backed rebels. Officials said Kiev has invited Israel to provide training for Ukraine’s military and security […]

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Gorbachev blames West for post-Cold War monopoly leadership


Special to By Miles Yu, On the joyous occasion of the 25th anniversary of the collapse of the Berlin Wall, former Soviet Union leader Mikhail Gorbachev made a highly-charged speech at the Brandenburg Gate on Nov. 8, which […]

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Multiple Russian intrusions seen as test of NATO warning system


Special to By Miles Yu, In its most provocative maneuver since the end of the Cold War, Russia dispatched waves of combat aircraft in a bid to penetrate NATO member states’ air space. No fewer than 26 Russian […]

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As U.S. shifts toward Iran, Bahrain turns to Russia for arms


Special to ABU DHABI — Bahrain, which hosts the U.S. Navy’s Fifth Fleet, is preparing for the delivery of Russian weapons. Bahrain began to examine a rapprochement with Russia in 2012 in wake of U.S. weapons sanctions over its […]

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