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Kamaz/Minsk Wheel Tractor Plant merger talks stutter

The merger of Belarus heavy military vehicle manufacturing plant Minsk Wheel Tractor Plant (MZKT) into Russian technologies holding group Rostec appears to have been delayed by “differences of opinion” between the Russian and Belarusian...

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The Manifestos of the Islamic State, Part II

The Manifestos of the Islamic State: Part I is available here. By Eric Goepner Potential recruits hear at least two different messages from the Islamic State. The first is a grievance-based message that can,...

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How Presidents Arm and Disarm

The Obama administration has cut fewer nuclear weapons than any other post-Cold War administration. Click graph to view full size. By Hans M. Kristensen [updated] It’s a funny thing: the administrations that talk the...

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How Presidents Arm and Disarm

The Obama administration has cut fewer nuclear weapons than any other post-Cold War administration. Click graph to view full size. By Hans M. Kristensen It’s a funny thing: the administrations that talk the most...

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US R&D: Looking backwards to see forwards

In August the Pentagon’s second-highest official began describing a new effort to develop leap-ahead technologies that included developing a special report to serve as the guiding document for the push. That report is to...

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Week in DC: Events

October 14, 2014 U.S. Postal Inspection Service: Managing Global Threats to U.S. National Security and International Commerce Date: October 14, 4:00pm Location: Institute of World Politics, 1521 16th Street NW, Washington DC U.S. Mail...

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US, Iran keep pushing for elusive nuclear deal

Vienna (AFP) Oct 14, 2014 – Iran’s foreign minister warned Tuesday of “numerous” gaps in troubled nuclear talks with world powers but both he and US counterpart John Kerry, due in Vienna Wednesday, insisted...

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Rouhani says Iran and West will solve nuclear crisis

Tehran (AFP) Oct 13, 2014 – Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani said Monday that even if there is no comprehensive deal with the West on its nuclear programme by next month’s deadline, neither side would...

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N. Korea’s Kim Jong-Un reappears with walking stick

Seoul (AFP) Oct 14, 2014 – North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un has finally resurfaced with the help of a walking stick after a prolonged, unexplained absence that fuelled rampant speculation about his health and...

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Iran nuclear talks could be extended again: negotiator

Tehran (AFP) Oct 10, 2014 – One of Iran’s top nuclear negotiators signalled on Friday that talks with world powers could be extended beyond November’s deadline, given big barriers standing in the way of...

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Iran issues ‘red lines’ ahead of key nuclear talks

Tehran (AFP) Oct 08, 2014 – Iran’s supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei reiterated on Wednesday his country’s “red lines” in negotiations with world powers over its controversial nuclear programme due to resume next week...

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Iran hails ‘constructive’ talks with UN nuclear agency

Tehran (AFP) Oct 09, 2014 – Iran said Thursday it held “constructive” talks with a visiting delegation of the UN nuclear watchdog seeking to resolve outstanding issues in Tehran’s disputed atomic programme. Tero Varjoranta,...

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Funding procudure for ICBM parts changes

Barksdale Air Force Base, La. (UPI) Oct 6, 2014 – The U.S. Air Force is modernizing sustainment of intercontinental ballistic missiles through a centralized funding program for missile system parts. As of the first...

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