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Russia fires on and seizes Ukrainian ships near annexed Crimea

A Ukrainian warship.Russia seized three Ukrainian naval ships off the coast of Russia-annexed Crimea on Sunday after opening fire on them and wounding several sailors, a move that risks igniting a dangerous new crisis between the two countries.


Pentagon to cut troops in Africa

US troop cuts in AfricaThe US military will withdraw hundreds of troops focused on counter-terrorism operations in Africa over the next few years to support the Pentagon’s increased focus on countering threats from China and Russia, officials said.

Turkey signs deal for production of Turkish-designed Altay battle tank

An Altay main battle tank.Turkey signed an agreement on Friday with military vehicle producer BMC for the mass production of the Turkish-designed Altay battle tank, part of the country’s efforts to expand its defense industry.


US arms exports up

US arms exportsUS arms sales to foreign governments rose 13% to $192.3 billion (£147.2 billion) in the year ending September 30, the State Department said, a result of looser restrictions on sales coupled with high-level efforts to close deals.

Supreme Court divided over USS Cole bombing lawsuit

USS Cole lawsuitUS Supreme Court justices appeared divided as they weighed an effort by Sudan, backed by the US government, to avoid paying $314.7 million (£239.5 million) in damages to American sailors injured in a 2000 bombing of the Navy destroyer USS Cole by the al Qaeda militant group.

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