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U.S. sends ‘strong message’ with Saudi fighter deal

HONOLULU, Hawaii — The United States announced Thursday the signing of a $30 billion arms deal to provide Saudi Arabia with 84 new fighter jets, a move it said sent a “strong message” to the Gulf region. The announcement came with tensions between Iran and the United States on the…

Gunman kills two foreign aid workers in Mogadishu attack

MOGADISHU — A gunman killed two foreign aid workers after opening fire at a Doctors Without Borders compound in Mogadishu on Thursday, police and medics said. Somali security forces arrested the man, a witness told AFP, while a police officer identified him as a Somali employee with Medicins Sans Frontieres…

Dark horse conservative Santorum rides Iowa surge

Republican presidential hopeful Rick Santorum, surging in Iowa thanks to the state’s social conservatives, declared Thursday that the party must not compromise its core beliefs to win back the White House. “We don’t need someone who can just be a little better” than embattled Democratic President Barack Obama, the long-shot…

U.S. warships cross Hormuz despite Iran threats

Two American warships have crossed through the Strait of Hormuz without incident despite Iranian threats to close the strategic oil route, the US Navy said Thursday. The aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis and the guided-missile cruiser USS Mobile Bay “conducted a pre-planned, routine transit through the Strait of Hormuz”…

Russian nuclear submarine catches fire at dockyard

A navy spokesman said all the weapons had been removed from the Yekaterinburg nuclear submarine, which launched a ballistic missile from the Barents Sea as recently as July, before repair work started, Interfax news agency reported. The Defence Ministry said the nuclear reactor had been shut down. The fire is…

U.S. to sell fighter jets to Saudi Arabia: White House

White House spokesman Josh Earnest said the government to government deal included production of 84 new aircraft and upgrades to 70 existing aircraft as well as munitions, spare parts, training, maintenance and logistics. “This agreement reinforces the strong and enduring relationship between the United States and Saudi Arabia, and demonstrates…

Zimbabwe MP ‘detained for calling Mugabe gay’

A Zimbabwean parliamentarian was held in custody for seven days after saying President Robert Mugabe had gay sex with another politician, state media reported Thursday. The state charged Lynette Karenyi, of the Movement for Democratic Change, with saying “Robert Mugabe, president of Zanu-PF, had homosexual relations” with another politician, according…

U.S. jobless claims may confirm improving labor market

New claims for US unemployment benefits rose for the first time in four weeks, but the trend still pointed to a steady decline in job layoffs across the country, the Labor Department said Thursday. Initial jobless claims climbed to 381,000 in the week ending December 24, an increase of 15,000…

2011 a ‘horrible year for elephants’

The past 12 months have seen a record number of large ivory seizures across the world, a leading wildlife watchdog said Thursday, saying it had been a “horrible year for elephants”. TRAFFIC, which runs the ETIS database of illegal ivory trades, said there had been at least 13 large-scale seizures…

Twin NASA probes approach lunar orbit

Twin NASA spacecraft are set to blast into lunar orbit at the weekend on a mission to study the subterranean structure of the Moon in order to better understand the origins of planets. The first Gravity Recovery and Interior Laboratory (GRAIL-A) will begin orbiting the Moon at 2121 GMT on…

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