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Afghan Lawmakers Approve Defense, Intelligence Chiefs Ahead of NATO Summit

KABUL, June 20 – The Afghan parliament approved President Ashraf Ghani’s choices for defense minister and intelligence chief on Monday, ensuring continuity in command at a┬átime when the Taliban insurgency has intensified and more U.S. troops are preparing to go home. Parliament approved General Abdullah Khan Habibi as new defense minister, to replace Masoom Stanekzai,

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China Says U.S. Looking for Excuses to Raise Defense Budget

BEIJING, Feb 3 – China said on Wednesday the United States was just looking for excuses to pump taxpayers’ money into its military, after U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter named China as a reason for seeking a $582.7 billion defense budget next year. Carter said the funding request was in line with last year’s congressional

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U.S. Defense Chief Seeks More Turkish Help Against Daesh

By Yeganeh Torbati INCIRLIK, Turkey, Dec 15 – U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter urged Turkey on Tuesday to do more to help destroy Daesh militants as he kicked off a tour of the Middle East that aims to drum up regional support for the military campaign. Speaking during a visit to the Incirlik air base

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Russia Beefs up its Armenia Base with Army Helicopters

MOSCOW, Dec 8 – Russia has deployed attack and transport helicopters to reinforce its military base in Armenia, RIA news agency quoted Russian Defense Ministry as saying on Tuesday. A total of seven helicopters MI-24 and Mi-8 have been deployed at the base near the capital city of Yerevan, and one more batch would be

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Saudi Deputy Crown Prince Says Kingdom Considering Subsidy Cuts

RIYADH, Nov 25 – Saudi Arabia may reduce energy and water subsidies for wealthy citizens, impose a value added tax (VAT) and taxes on unhealthy goods like cigarettes and sugary drinks, Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman was quoted as saying on Wednesday. The world’s top oil exporter has previously said it was studying increases

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Libyans Need to Fight Daesh, Not Each Other: French Minister

PARIS, Nov 22 – Libya’s main armed factions will be committing suicide unless they stop fighting each other and take on Daesh’s growing presence in the North African country, France’s defence minister said on Sunday. Daesh militants have tightened their grip on central Libya and carried out summary executions, beheadings and amputations, the United Nations

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