China, Russia, Saudi Arabia accelerate defense spending

Apr 13, 2015

China, Russia, Saudi Arabia accelerate defense spending

Chinese, Russian and Saudi Arabian defense spending increased the most last year, while U.S. expenditure declined, according to a report by the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute. China’s defense spending rose 9.7 percent from a year earlier to $216 billion, and Russia’s increased 8.1 ...

Apr 9, 2015

Abe stresses importance of strong Japan-U.S. alliance

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe stressed the importance of enhancing Japan’s alliance with the United States, at a meeting with U.S. Defense Secretary Ashton Carter in Tokyo on Wednesday. “Strengthening the Japan-U.S. alliance will without doubt contribute to the peace and prosperity of the Asia-Pacific ...

Apr 1, 2015

Defense rests in first phase of Boston Marathon bombing trial

Lawyers for Boston Marathon bomber Dzkokhar Tsarnaev rested their case in his federal death penalty trial Tuesday after presenting a brief case aimed at showing his late older brother was the mastermind of the 2013 terror attack. The defense admitted during opening statements that ...

Mar 31, 2015

South Korea creates cybersecurity post to counter threat from Pyongyang

Concerned by the growing threat of cyberattacks from North Korea, South Korea’s cabinet on Tuesday approved the creation of a new presidential post handling cyber-security. The post will provide a “control tower” for efforts to counter North Korean hackers, presidential spokesman Min Kyung-Wook told ...

Mar 25, 2015

Vietnam wants full lifting of U.S. arms embargo

Vietnam wants the U.S. to lift fully an embargo on arms sales that was eased last year, but Washington is calling for more progress by the communist-governed nation on improving human rights, their respective ambassadors said Tuesday. This year marks the 20th anniversary of ...