Wednesday, 24 April 2019

Sputnik

Japan to continue buying F-35 jets despite recent plane crash

TOKYO: Earlier this month, Tokyo announced that the whole fleet of Japan Air Self-Defence Force (JASDF) F-35A stealth fighters would be temporarily grounded in the wake of a plane crash that happened during drills. Japanese Defence Minister Takeshi Iwaya announced on Saturday that Tokyo would continue buying American fighter jets despite the ...

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Armed groups attack Haftar-controlled air base in Libya

TRIPOLI: The World Health Organisation (WHO) stated that as many as 205 people have been killed and 913 more injured since the beginning of Field Marshal Khalifa Haftar’s Libyan National Army (LNA) offensive on Tripoli. An armed group attacked on Thursday a key air base in Southern Libya under the control of Field Marshal ...

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At least 29 dead after tourist bus crashes in Portugal

MADEIRA: According to the Lusa news agency, a tourist bus crashed on the Portuguese island of Madeira. The agency reported that many people have been injured and there’s a number of fatalities, while several ambulances are currently on the scene. “There are fatalities but information on the number of victims is still not certain,” Lusa ...

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Japan’s F-35s made seven precautionary landings before fighter went missing

A Japanese Air Self-Defense Force (JASDF) spokesperson also confirmed Wednesday that the search for the aircraft and its highly-experienced pilot, Major Akinori Hosomi — who has more than 3,200 hours of flight time – is still underway. US Air Force pilots, for example, currently average around 17.8 hours of flight time a month, amounting to around 213 flight ...

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US-Turkey deadlock over S-400 deal shows no sign of resolution

ANKARA: Turkish Finance Minister Berat Albayrak said after his talks with Donald Trump in Washington that the US President has demonstrated “a reasonable approach” toward Ankara’s purchases of Russian S-400 air defence systems. The US and Turkey have failed to resolve an impasse in talks over Ankara’s plans to deploy Russian-made S-400 missile systems, ...

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US federal affidavit against WikiLeaks’ Julian Assange unsealed

WASHINGTON: The US government’s affidavit for WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange was made public Monday, detailing exactly what criminal actions for which Washington investigators seek to prosecute him. Filed under seal on December 21, 2017, in the US District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia, FBI Special Agent Megan Brown’s affidavit was filed in support of a ...

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IMF to block $400 Mn worth of Venezuelan funds until ‘govt recognition’

CARACAS: The international financial body froze Venezuela’s access to its money earlier in January. The International Monetary Fund announced Wednesday it will continue to block Venezuela’s access to approximately $400 million of special drawing rights until the “issue of government recognition” is clarified. The IMF and the World Bank have stated they are ready to move ...

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Japanese military found F-35 debris, pilot still missing

TOKYO: An F-35 A stealth fighter belonging to the Japan Air Self-Defence Force’s (JASDF) fleet reportedly disappeared from radars on Tuesday, 135 kilometers (84 miles) east of the Misawa Air Base located in the country’s northern Aomori prefecture. The JASDF said Wednesday it has found what could be debris from the ...

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‘Pakistan defeated India in hybrid war’, admits India’s ex-general

LONDON: India’s former corps commander on Friday admitted that Pakistan had outclassed India in the battlefield of hybrid war. Former Indian corps commander Syed Ata Hasnain has admitted that Islamabad had defeated New Delhi in hybrid war. Addressing a British think tank, the Indian general said that they [India] should learn from ...

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Japan protests over planned Russian drills on Kuril Islands

TOKYO: The Japanese government has lodged a protest with Russia over Moscow’s plans to hold a military exercise in the area of the disputed Kuril Islands, referred to by Tokyo as the Northern Territories, the Kyodo news agency reported on Thursday, citing the Japanese Foreign Ministry. “This does not correspond ...

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