The 11 countries expected to buy F-35 fighter jet

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Canada is poised to buy 65 F-35 fighter jets built byLockheed Martin Corp, sources familiar with the process told Reuters, which would make it the 11th country to join the program. [ID:nL1N0OM2PI]The United States and its allies plan to buy more than 3,100 F-35s in coming years to replace aging F-16s, F/A-18s and other warplanes.Following is a list of the expected purchases, according to data provided by Lockheed, the prime contractor for the $398.6 billion weapons program, and defense officials in the United States and other purchasing countries.Lockheed is developing three models of the plane for the U.S. military and eight partner countries that helped fund the plane’s development – Britain, Australia, Italy, Turkey, the Netherlands, Denmark, Norway and Canada.South Korea, Japan and Israel have also placed orders for the jet.

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China lodges protest with U.S. over Tiananmen remarks

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China has lodged a diplomatic protest over U.S. remarks on the 25th anniversary of the Tiananmen Square crackdown, issuing a sterner rejection of Washington’s call for it to account for those killed in pro-democracy protests.Tens of thousands of people held a candlelight vigil in Hong Kong on Wednesday to mark the anniversary of the crackdown, while mainland China authorities sought to whitewash the 1989 event.The White House had honored those who gave their lives in the action to crush the protests and said in a statement that it would always speak out in support of the fundamental rights that the protesters sought.Foreign Ministry spokesman Hong Lei said China was “strongly dissatisfied” and “firmly opposed” to the U.S. statement, the official Xinhua news agency said in an English-language report late on Wednesday, adding that it had “lodged solemn representations” with Washington.

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Lockheed to deliver first of 36 F-16s to Iraq this week

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Lockheed Martin Corp this week will deliver the first of 36 F-16 fighter jets to Iraq, marking what Baghdad’s envoy to the United States called a “new chapter” in his country’s ability to defend its vast borders with Iran and other neighbors.Iraqi Ambassador Lukman Faily will travel to Lockheed’s Fort Worth, Texas, plant on Thursday for a ceremony at which Lockheed and the U.S. government will formally deliver the first F-16 to Iraq.A group of three or four new jets will be ferried to Iraq before the end of the year.”Iraq is a large country with over 3,600 km of borders, and we need to protect them,” Faily told Reuters in a telephone interview. “We as a country didn’t have that capability before.”Iraq has had no real air force since the U.S.-led invasion in 2003 that eventually toppled Saddam Hussein.

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G7 powers meet without Russia in summit snub over Ukraine

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The world’s leading industrialized nations meet without Russia for the first time in 17 years on Wednesday, leaving President Vladimir Putin out of the talks in retaliation for his seizure of Crimea and Russia’s part in destabilizing eastern Ukraine.The two-day Group of Seven summit, taking place in Brussels rather than the previously planned Russian Black Sea resort of Sochi, will cover foreign policy, economics, trade and energy security.The latter is an issue of particularly high sensitivity to Europe after months of tension with Moscow, which supplies nearly a third of Europe’s oil and gas.While it is the first time Russia will not be at the table since joining the club in 1997, Putin will still hold one-on-one talks with German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Britain’s David Cameron and French President Francois Hollande this week, on the sidelines of the 70th anniversary of the D-Day landings.

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U.S. vacates base in Central Asia as Russia’s clout rises

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The United States on Tuesday handed back its only Central Asian airbase to the government of Russia’s close ally Kyrgyzstan, as President Barack Obama winds down U.S. involvement in Afghanistan and Moscow makes a comeback in its old imperial backyard.In a move aimed at pleasing its former overlord Russia, parliament in Kyrgyzstan voted a year ago to give Washington until July 11 to vacate the Manas Transit Center, which has served U.S. operations in Afghanistan since 2001.The base, at the main civilian airport in the former Soviet republic, moved more than 5.3 million servicemen in and out of Afghanistan and handled tens of thousands of cargo shipments and refueling missions.”We were known as the gateway to Afghanistan on freedom’s frontier,” Colonel John Millard, commander of the 376th Air Expeditionary Wing and Manas base head, told a group of visiting media on Monday.

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Gunman kills Virginia police officer, teenager in shooting spree

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 A gunman in Norfolk, Virginia, shot a passing motorist to death and killed a police officer in a shooting spree before dying in a struggle with another officer on Friday night, authorities said on Saturday.James Brown, 29, fired randomly out of his vehicle on Friday night, striking Mark Rodriguez, 17, who died of his injuries at the scene, Norfolk Police Chief Michael Goldsmith said at a news conference. Brown kept firing randomly and police received several 911 calls, Goldsmith said.Police found Brown’s vehicle at his house and he began firing a high-powered weapon from inside the house, striking officer Brian Jones several times, Goldsmith said. Jones, who had worked for the department for five years, died at a hospital while an off-duty officer shot by Brown is expected to fully recover, Goldsmith said.

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US-led air raid kills eight in southeastern Afghanistan

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At least eight people have been killed in an airstrike carried out by US-led forces in Afghanistan’s southeastern province of Paktika, local authorities say.The provincial police chief, General Nabi Jan Malakhel said the victims were all Taliban militants in the Thursday night attack.Malakhel added that a vehicle carrying militants was targeted in the airstrike.The Taliban has not yet commented on the event.The incident marks the latest in a series of US-led airstrikes in volatile Afghanistan.On Thursday, local officials in Afghanistan’s eastern province of Kunar said five Taliban members were killed in a US drone attack.

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