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Russia ‘to train army to play badminton’

Russia will train its army to play badminton to improve its battle prowess after the racket sport won a surprise personal endorsement from President Dmitry Medvedev, a newspaper said Monday. Izvestia newspaper said the Russian defense ministry next year would purchase some 10,000 badminton rackets and tens of thousands of shuttlecocks, and snipers will be…

Taiwan crash sparks calls for U.S. jets sale

The crash of two Vietnam War-era jets in Taiwan that killed three sparked calls for the US to sell the island new planes and save its pilots from “risking their lives” in old aircraft. The defence ministry’s plea for advanced aircraft to defend the exposed island from its giant neighbour…

Twin car bomb attacks on Iraqi governor kill 26

DIWANIYAH, Iraq (AFP) – Two suicide car bombs ripped through a guard post killing 26 people outside the provincial governor’s home in Diwaniyah city on Tuesday, officials said, as violence surged across Iraq. Most of the dead were policemen, a medic said, while a defence ministry official said 29 people…

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