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French fighter jet tycoon arrested for allegedly buying mayoral votes in his pet suburb

French industrialist Serge Dassault, the billionaire manufacturer of fighter jets, was in custody Wednesday for alleged vote buying, a judicial source said. The move comes a week after Dassault’s parliamentary immunity was lifted. The senator is suspected of buying votes in Corbeil-Essonnes, east of Paris, where he was formerly mayor.…

Tokyo says Russian fighter jets breached Japan airspace

Two Russian fighter jets violated Japanese airspace on Thursday, as Tokyo scrambled jets to chase off the planes, the defence ministry said. The Russian planes were detected off the coast of northernmost Hokkaido island for just over a minute, shortly after Japan’s new prime minister said he wants to find…

Iran unveils futuristic-looking warplane

Iran on Saturday unveiled a fighter jet it said was designed and built domestically, with President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad touting it as “one of the most advanced” aircraft in the world. State television footage showed the grey, futuristic-looking aircraft, code-named Qaher (Conqueror) F-313, displayed in a hangar. The warplane “is among…

BREAKING: US fires missiles against Libyan air defense

Despite concern about Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s cool language that the United States would “support” international military action against Libya, the U.S. launched its first missiles in Libya just after 3:30 p.m. EST Saturday, according to CNN, which cites Pentagon officials. The missiles landed near Tripoli and Misrata, in…

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