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Britain ‘to work on military drone with France’

PARIS — France and Britain plan to set up a joint team to oversee the possible development of an unmanned military aircraft, French Defence Minister Gerard Longuet said on Monday at the Paris Air Show. The team will be based in Britain and charged with drawing up requirements for a…

NATO shortcomings ‘could jeopardise Libya mission’

BRUSSELS (AFP) – US Defence Secretary Robert Gates warned on Friday that military shortcomings among NATO members could jeopardise the alliance’s air war in Libya. With half of the countries in the 28-member alliance not participating in the Libya campaign, Gates said it reflected a worrisome lack of military assets.…

NATO building special task force to respond to cyber attacks

TALLINN — NATO wants to beef up its cyber defence capabilities with the creation of a special task force to detect and respond to Internet attacks, an alliance expert said Wednesday at a conference on cyber security here. “NATO is planning to establish the Cyber Red Team (…) that would…

China denies cyber attack on Gmail accounts

SINGAPORE — China’s defence minister on Sunday denied that Beijing was behind Internet attacks on foreign targets and echoed US-British calls for international talks to toughen up cyber-security. “It is hard to attribute the real source of attacks and we need to work together to make sure that this security…

Britain trained Saudi troops that crushed protests in Bahrain

LONDON — Saudi troops sent into Bahrain to help quash protests received training from Britain, The Observer said Sunday, citing government documents. The Saudi Arabian National Guard was given weapons and public order training by a British military mission, according to documents obtained by the newspaper under the Freedom of…

Israel, Palestinians float Gaza ceasefire plan

JERUSALEM – Israeli and Palestinian officials floated a ceasefire on Sunday to end an upsurge of violence in Gaza, as Israel warned of a still stronger response if rocket fire from the coastal strip continues. Speaking shortly after a rocket fired from Gaza struck near the southern city of Ashkelon,…

U.S. combat troops may stay in Iraq beyond 2011, Gates admits

CAMP MAREZ, Iraq (AFP) – US Defence Secretary Robert Gates said Friday that American forces were prepared to stay in any role beyond a scheduled pullout late this year, but time was running out for Iraq to ask. Gates, who arrived in Baghdad late Wednesday on an unannounced visit, met…

Israel’s Barak meets with US Defense Secretary

TEL AVIV – Popular uprisings sweeping through Arab states will bring positive change in the “long run,” Israeli Defence Minister Ehud Barak said on Thursday, despite his country’s fears of instability. Accustomed to working with entrenched regimes for decades, Israel has looked on with dismay as mass protests toppled the…

Chinese military ‘growing fast’: think tank

LONDON — China is building its military capability at a rapid pace but it remains a “regional power with regional concerns”, the think tank IISS said in its annual report on the world’s armies on Tuesday. The respected International Institute for Strategic Studies said that despite the effects of the…

Lawmaker: Chinese hackers accessed South Korean military’s files

SEOUL (AFP) – Chinese computer hackers last June gained access to secret South Korean military files on a planned spy plane purchase from the United States, a Seoul lawmaker says. The hackers accessed information in defence ministry computers on the plan to buy unmanned Global Hawk aircraft, said Shin Hak-Yong,…

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