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    China Accelerates Arms Race as it Beefs Up Defense Spending
    Mar06

    China Accelerates Arms Race as it Beefs Up Defense Spending

    At a major Communist Party congress in October, Xi vowed to build a “world-class” fighting force by 2050. Photo Ng Han Guan – BEIJING – China announced on Monday an 8.1 percent defense budget increase for 2018, giving a boost to the modernization of the world’s largest military after spending slowed in the previous two years. Beijing will...

    Ex-Georgian leader Saakashvili 'kidnapped' in Kiev – his Facebook page
    Feb12

    Ex-Georgian leader Saakashvili 'kidnapped' in Kiev – his Facebook page

    KIEV (Reuters) – Ukrainian opposition leader Mikheil Saakashvili has been detained in Kiev by unknown “kidnappers”, according to a post on the former Georgian leader’s official Facebook page and his spokeswoman. …read more Source: The...

    Investigators search snow for clues to deadly Russian plane crash
    Feb12

    Investigators search snow for clues to deadly Russian plane crash

    Rescuers on Monday searched through deep snow for body parts and debris after a Russian passenger plane crashed near Moscow minutes after take-off, killing all 71 people on board, in the country’s deadliest air crash since 2016. The Antonov An-148 plane went down in a snow-covered field, making it difficult to access, with emergency workers...

    Russian airliner crashes moments after takeoff, killing 71
    Feb12

    Russian airliner crashes moments after takeoff, killing 71

    In this screen grab provided by the Life.ru, the wreckage of a AN-148 plane is seen in Stepanovskoye village, about 40 kilometers from the Domodedovo airport, Russia, Sunday, Feb. 11. (Life.ru via AP)Moscow (AP) — A Russian airliner that had just taken off from the country’s second-busiest airport crashed Sunday, killing all 71 people...

    ‘Cyborgs’ war drama replays real-life Ukraine battle
    Feb12

    ‘Cyborgs’ war drama replays real-life Ukraine battle

    KIEV: A new Ukrainian feature film called “Cyborgs” has become the first to depict the bloody war against Russian-backed separatists, focusing on a battle for a highly symbolic airport. The patriotic drama details the clash for Donetsk airport, a gleaming international hub rebuilt as the eastern industrial city prepared to host the...

    Saakashvili detained in Kiev
    Feb12

    Saakashvili detained in Kiev

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    Investigators search snow for clues to deadly Russian plane crash
    Feb12

    Investigators search snow for clues to deadly Russian plane crash

    STEPANOVSKOYE: Rescuers on Monday searched through deep snow for body parts and debris after a Russian passenger plane crashed near Moscow minutes after take-off, killing all 71 people on board, in the country’s deadliest air crash since 2016.The Antonov An-148 plane went down in a snow-covered field, making it difficult to access, with...

    Pundits, publications predict medals for Kazakhstan at Winter Olympics
    Feb10

    Pundits, publications predict medals for Kazakhstan at Winter Olympics

    The Astana Times provides news and information from Kazakhstan and around the world. ASTANA – International media and experts expect Kazakh sportsmen to win medals in mogul and 50K Mass Start at the upcoming Winter Olympics in South Korea. The Associated Press (AP) and Gracenote Virtual Medal Table (VMT) predict bronze for freestyle skier Dmitry...

    Estonia, Russia swap spies at border
    Feb10

    Estonia, Russia swap spies at border

    TALLINN: Estonia and Russia swapped convicted spies on Saturday after the two men both received presidential pardons, Estonian authorities said.Estonian businessman Raivo Susi was exchanged for Russian national Artyom Zinchenko at the Koidula border post in southeast Estonia.”The Estonian state helps its citizens whenever it can,”...

    Estonia, Russia swap spies at border
    Feb10

    Estonia, Russia swap spies at border

    TALLINN: Estonia and Russia swapped convicted spies on Saturday after the two men both received presidential pardons, Estonian authorities said.Estonian businessman Raivo Susi was exchanged for Russian national Artyom Zinchenko at the Koidula border post in southeast Estonia.”The Estonian state helps its citizens whenever it can,”...

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