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Biden signs record military budget

US President Joe Biden has signed the country’s largest ever military budget into law. The $886.3 billion bill gives American troops a pay raise, but includes only a fraction of the military aid requested by Ukraine. Biden signed the 2024 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) on Friday, after it passed …

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Coast Guard finds signs of missing Titanic sub

The US Coast Guard has announced the discovery of a “debris field” near the sunken wreck of the Titanic. The debris could provide clues as to the fate of a deep-sea submersible that vanished near the wreck on Sunday. “A debris field was discovered within the search area by [a …

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Russian city mulls getting rid of ‘unpatriotic’ signs

The Russian city of Krasnodar could soon remove all billboards and signs that use languages other than Russian, according to a new initiative floated by the local authorities. On Friday, the administration of the southern Russian city announced that the potential move, along with other amendments to the Rules on …

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Pentagon signs deal to make air defense systems for Ukraine

The Pentagon has signed a $182-million deal with US arms manufacturer Raytheon to produce NASAMS (National Advanced Surface-to-Air Missile Systems) for the Ukrainian military. The work on short-and medium-range air defense weaponry will be conducted at Raytheon’s facilities in Tewksbury, Massachusetts, with an estimated completion date of August 23, 2024, …

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Russian military signs contract for ‘uninterceptable’ missiles

The Russian military will receive state-of-the-art Sarmat intercontinental ballistic missiles, which, according to the manufacturer, can pierce through any existing air defense. The signing of a state contract “for the production and supply of the Sarmat strategic missile system” was announced on Tuesday during the Army 2022 forum, which is …

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Biden signs off on more weapons for Ukraine

US President Joe Biden has ordered an additional $550 million in weapons shipments to Ukraine, largely to restock ammunition for the HIMARS rocket launchers that Kiev has touted as a “game-changer” in its conflict with Russia. The latest round of weaponry for Ukraine was approved under Biden’s so-called “drawdown authority” …

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China signs new Pacific deal

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi has concluded his visit to Samoa on Saturday, after holding a series of talks with top officials on issues of “mutual interest and concern,” and signing a bilateral agreement on economic and technical cooperation.  “Samoa and the People’s Republic of China will continue to pursue greater collaboration …

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Biden signs $40 billion Ukraine aid package

US President Joe Biden signed into law a massive $40 billion military and economic aid package for Ukraine on Saturday. Biden inked the document during his visit to South Korea.The document, titled the “Additional Ukraine Supplemental Appropriations Act 2022,” was flown to Seoul specifically for Biden’s signature. The move appears …

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Swedish FM signs formal application to join NATO

Swedish Foreign Minister Ann Linde has signed a formal request to NATO to accept the country as a member, the country’s mission to the military alliance reported on Tuesday. The government made the decision one day earlier. Linde said that signing the application “felt big and serious” in terms of …

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