Russia may join forces with China to compete with US, European satnavs

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Russia and China are eyeing a number of joint high-tech projects, ranging from creation of a new long-range passenger plane to joining forces on a satellite navigation system to compete with American GPS and European Galileo.The range of prospects was outlined on Friday by Russian Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin, who met Chinese Vice-Premier Wang Yang in Siberian Novosibirsk. Rogozin said Russia would develop cooperation with BRICS members in defiance of any possible Western sanctions.“Our technological partnership should be directed at the countries that are close to us in mentality and which in general constitute an emerging geopolitical force that we could rely on in opposing the monopolar world. Those are BRICS countries first and foremost,” he said.BRICS are an informal group of developing economies comprised of Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa, with a combined economic and political power allowing them to defend their interests in a world dominated by US-led Western countries.

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Afghan election front-runner escapes assassination attempt

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Abdullah Abdullah, front-runner in Afghanistan’s presidential election, escaped assassination on Friday when two bombs blew up outside a hotel where he had just staged a rally, killing six people.The midday blasts, one caused by a suicide bomber, destroyed a car in Abdullah’s convoy, police spokesman Hashmat Stanekzai said. One of the dead was a bodyguard. Twenty-two people were injured.Television images showed the charred remains of the car alongside shattered shop fronts in a densely populated western district of Kabul.”When I was leaving the rally from the People’s Islamic Unity Party, our car was hit by a roadside bomb and destroyed,” Abdullah said at another rally soon afterwards.

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Beijing rebukes ‘biased’ Pentagon report on China’s military

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China is increasing military spending, particularly through “unprecedented” modernization of air force, the Pentagon said in a report. Beijing rebuked the document as “preposterous criticisms of China’s normal defense and military building.”Beijing’s military spending last year exceeded $145 billion, assessed the US Department of Defense on Thursday in its annual report to the Congress. The estimate is more than 20 percent higher than the official Chinese figure.“China has the fiscal strength and political will to support defense spending growth at comparable levels for the foreseeable future,” the report said. “Continued increases will support People’s Liberation Army (PLA) modernization efforts and facilitate China’s move toward a more professional force.”

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Yemen says 500 al Qaeda militants, 40 soldiers killed in campaign

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Five hundred al Qaeda militants and 40 soldiers have been killed since the military launched an offensive against the group in April, Yemeni army spokesman, Colonel Saeed al-Faquih, told a news conference on Thursday.Yemen’s military mounted a campaign in the south of the country to try to crush the Islamist group that has killed hundreds of people, and in response the militants have stepped up attacks on government facilities after being driven out of strongholds in the southern Shabwa and Abyan provinces.They have fled to the desert and the mountains from where they have been attacking army and government targets.”I want to stress that the military operations will also include the areas where some militants have fled and where sabotage is taking place, which is the other face of terrorism,” Faquih said, noting that there were preparations taking place in Maarib province for a major assault.

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Blast kills 4 officers in Afghanistan’s Ghazni

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A roadside bomb explosion in Afghanistan’s eastern Ghazni Province has killed four police officers who were trying to defuse the bomb, according to officials.The four, including a local police, were killed in Waghiz district on Thursday as they attempted to defuse one of two roadside bombs planted in the eastern district.“They defused the first bomb and while they were trying to defuse the second one nearby, it detonated and killed them,” provincial spokesperson Shafiq Nang said.Deputy police chief of Ghazni Assadullah Safi also confirmed the incident, saying another police officer was wounded in the attack and taken to a nearby hospital.No group has claimed responsibility for the attack yet.

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China sentences nine to death for terrorism in Xinjiang

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Authorities in China’s restive Xinjiang region sentenced nine people to death on Thursday for “violent terrorism” crimes, state media reported, as part of a nation-wide crackdown on separatist militants.China has launched a year-long “anti-terrorism” operation, and hundreds of suspects have already been detained.A total of 81 people from Xinjiang, home to a large Muslim Uighur minority, were handed sentences for crimes related to involvement in “terrorist organizations” to intentional homicide and arson, state broadcaster CCTV said on a microblog.”Among those, nine people were sentenced to death, and three people were given death sentences with a two-year reprieve,” CCTV said, the latter referring to a sentence that is often commuted to life in prison.

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China takes more assertive line in South Sudan diplomacy

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China is swapping its reserved diplomacy for a hands-on approach to help resolve a more than five-month-old rebellion in South Sudan that threatens Beijing’s oil investments.The subtle change has been evident in months of faltering peace talks in the Ethiopian capital, where Chinese officials have been in regular contact with Western diplomats to help regional African mediators push for a halt to fighting.Diplomats say the permanent Chinese presence at the Addis Ababa talks and their frequent lobby chats and closed-door consultations with diplomats from the United States, Britain and Norway – the main Western backers of newly independent South Sudan – shows China’s more proactive approach.When a first ceasefire deal was reached on Jan. 23, a month after fighting erupted, a senior Western diplomat said China’s Ambassador to Ethiopia, Xie Xiaoyan, joined other envoys by giving a speech at the signing that set the tone for Beijing’s involvement.

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