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Guns, not roses: Conflicts fire up Bulgaria arms trade

Bulgaria - Spiralling conflicts in Syria and the Middle East have sparked a flurry of activity in Bulgarian arms factories not seen since the collapse of communism.The small EU member specialises in the production of affordable, lightweight Soviet-style weapons.

EU seeks UN backing to enforce Libya arms embargo

New York - EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini asked the UN Security Council Monday to authorize the EU naval force in the Mediterranean to enforce the arms embargo on Libya.

Dutch F-35 jets touch down for European air show debut

Leeuwarden - Two US-assembled F-35A fighter jets destined for the Dutch air force have landed for the first time in northern Europe, ahead of the stealth plane's continental air show debut over the summer.

Obama weighs lifting Vietnam arms embargo

Washington - The White House is considering lifting a decades-old arms embargo against Vietnam in time for President Barack Obama's visit to the booming Southeast Asian nation this month.

South Africa inquiry clears officials of arms deal graft

Cape Town - A South African judicial inquiry has cleared all government officials of long-standing charges of corruption in a multi-billion dollar arms deal, President Jacob Zuma said Thursday.

EU lawmakers urge Saudi arms embargo

Brussels - European lawmakers on Thursday called for an EU arms embargo against Saudi Arabia over its military campaign in conflict-torn Yemen which has caused "thousands of deaths.

U.S. dominates arms trade as Asia, Mid-East boost imports

Stockholm - The global transfer of major arms has risen in recent years, with the United States increasing its dominance of the trade while the flow of weaponry to Africa, Asia and the Middle East has increased, a new study published Monday showed.

China summons US envoy over warship sales to Taiwan

Bejing - China has summoned the US envoy to protest Washington's sale of warships to Taiwan, as part of a massive $1.8 billion arms package, Beijing said on Thursday.

US plans to sell warships to Taiwan

Washington - The US State Department informed Congress on Wednesday of a proposed sale of two warships to Taiwan as part of a $1.8 billion arms deal already angrily denounced by China.

UAE armed Libya factions, wooed envoy with job offer: report

New York - The United Arab Emirates shipped weapons to Libyan factions fighting Islamists while offering a $50,000-month job to the UN envoy negotiating a peace deal for Libya, according to leaked emails reported by the New York Times.

U.S. says Russia 'arming, bankrolling, and fighting' alongside Ukraine rebels

Kiev - Washington's UN envoy accused Russia on Thursday of "training, arming, bankrolling, and fighting alongside" pro-Moscow insurgents fighting government forces in eastern Ukraine.

Russia's sale of missile defence to Iran could help secure nuclear deal

Paris - Russia's decision to supply Iran with the S-300 missile air defence system was seen by critics in Israel and the United States as proof this month's framework nuclear agreement was already making Tehran more of a threat.

Iran vows 'irreversible steps' on nuclear programme if matched by West

Madrid - Iran will resume talks with world powers on a final nuclear agreement on April 21 and is ready to take "irreversible steps" if the West does the same, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said Tuesday in Spain.

Iran says Russia could deliver missiles this year

Moscow - A senior Iranian official said Tuesday that Russia could deliver sophisticated missile systems to Tehran this year after Moscow lifted a ban on supplying the weapons.

Israel slams Russia decision to lift Iran missile ban

Jerusalem - Israel on Monday denounced Russia's decision to lift a ban on supplying Iran with sophisticated S-300 air defence missile systems as proof of Tehran's newfound "legitimacy" following nuclear talks.

Russia lifts ban on supplying S-300 missiles to Iran

Moscow - President Vladimir Putin on Monday lifted a ban on supplying Iran with sophisticated S-300 air defence missile systems after Tehran's landmark framework deal with the West over its nuclear programme.

NASA announces next steps on its ARM mission for Journey to Mars

On Wednesday, NASA announced additional details for future human expeditions into deep space, which will include going to Mars. The mission is ARM, or Asteroid Redirect Mission, which will test new astronaut capabilities by the mid-2020s.

Swiss firm sells camouflage nets to sanctions-hit Russia

Ginebra - Russia has acquired high-tech camouflage netting from Switzerland for a record 85 million euros, having placed the order before Bern imposed sanctions against Moscow over the Ukraine conflict, reports said Sunday.

Egypt urges lifting embargo to arm Libya forces

Cairo - Egypt called Wednesday on the United Nations to lift an arms embargo on Libya as Cairo pushes for greater international efforts to combat jihadists in its war-torn neighbour.

Japan opens up to exporting weapons worldwide

Japan, which for 70 years since the end of World War 2, has restrained itself from aggression or building a full-scale army, has now changed its policy and is willing to sell weapons to certain countries.

Man uses only his mind to control two prosthetic arms

A man from Colorado, who lost both his arms in an electrical accident 40 years ago, has succeeded in controlling two prosthetic arms using only his mind.

US lifts 40-year arms ban to boost Vietnam sea defense

Washington - In a decision likely to anger China, the US is partly lifting a 40-year ban on arms sales to former foe Vietnam to help boost defenses in the tense South China Sea.

Rights groups call for S. Sudan arms embargo to end 'atrocities'

Addis Ababa - South Sudanese rights groups demanded Thursday an international arms embargo for their conflict-wracked nation, as millions of dollars worth of newly-bought weapons fuel an almost nine-month long civil war.

Russia slams Germany for halting arms deal over Crimea

Moscow - Russia's Deputy Defence Minister Anatoly Antonov on Sunday said Germany's decision to halt a major arms deal over Moscow's takeover of Crimea was "unconstructive" and taken under pressure from the United States.Berlin on Wednesday blocked German defenc...

Germany halts major arms deal with Russia

Berlin - Germany on Wednesday halted a major deal to provide a fully equipped training camp to Russian forces, saying any arms trading with Moscow was currently "indefensible".Vice-Chancellor Sigmar Gabriel announced the suspension of the Rheinmetall project as...

Indian arms imports almost triple China, Pakistan: study

Delhi - India remains the biggest buyer of arms in the world, importing nearly three times as many weapons as its nearest competitors China and Pakistan over the last five years, a Swedish think tank said.

Egypt seeking advanced Russian S-300 air defense missiles

The Egyptian government is reportedly seeking to purchase advanced S-300 mobile air-defense missile systems from Russia along with new jets and anti- tanks weapons.

Saudi 'seeking Pakistan arms for Syrian rebels'

Dubai - Saudi Arabia is in talks with Pakistan to provide anti-aircraft and anti-tank rockets to Syrian rebels to try to tip the balance in the war to overthrow President Bashar al-Assad, a Saudi source said Sunday.The United States has long opposed arming the...

General Dynamics gets $10 billion Saudi arms order

Ottawa - The Canadian subsidiary of US arms maker General Dynamics has won a $10 billion order for armored vehicles for Saudi Arabia, Canada's Trade Minister Ed Fast announced Friday.The deal comes as Saudi Arabia is accumulating weapons at a rapid pace and ami...

General Dynamics gets $10 billion Saudi arms order

Ottawa - The Canadian subsidiary of US arms maker General Dynamics has won a $10 billion order for armored vehicles for Saudi Arabia, Canada's Trade Minister Ed Fast announced Friday.The vehicles will be produced by General Dynamics Land Systems-Canada (GDLS) i...
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