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Navy chiefs from 21 countries ban locking weapons radar in peacetime

Navy chiefs from 21 countries meeting in the northeastern port city of Qingdao on Tuesday adopted a resolution banning warships of member countries from locking weapons-targeting radar on other warships during peacetime. The measure was adopted on the first day of a three-day meeting of the Western Pacific Naval Forum, attended by naval chiefs from the United States, China, Japan and countries from Southeast Asia. The resolution, described as a "code of behavior" for the navies, has no binding power.

S. Korean military testing U.K.-made, multipurpose radars

SEOUL, April 10 (Yonhap) -- South Korea has introduced 24 multi-purpose radars from Britain and has been conducting combat experiments as part of efforts to step up its air defense, a military source said Thursday. In the wake of recent border incursions by suspected North Korean spy drones that have emerged as a new security challenge, the Seoul government has been mulling introducing ground surveillance radars for deployment in front-line areas and northwestern border islands.

U.S. plans balanced cuts to nuclear launchers under treaty with Russia: officials

By David Alexander WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States will scale back its land, sea and air nuclear missile launchers under the New START treaty with Russia, but it will not retire a ballistic missile squadron as some lawmakers had expected, U.S. officials told Reuters.

U.S. welcomes Japan's easing of weapons export ban

A U.S. government spokeswoman on Wednesday welcomed Japan's decision to ease a decades-old self-imposed ban on arms exports under the war-renouncing Constitution. "We believe this is a good step. We welcome this step," State Department spokeswoman Marie Harf told reporters, referring to the decision Tuesday which enables Japan to conditionally develop arms with the United States and other allies and access new arms technology.

U.S. demands sharp rise in price of F-15K's sensor parts

By Kim Eun-jung SEOUL, March 27 (Yonhap) -- The United States has demanded that South Korea accept a six-fold increase in the purchase price of F-15K's night sensors, citing discontinued production, a senior defense ministry official said Thursday. The South Korean Air Force currently operates 60 F-15K Slam Eagles acquired from U.S. aerospace contractor Boeing through two deals in 2002 and 2008. It received the last jet in 2012.

U.S. demands sharp rise in price of F-15K's censor parts

By Kim Eun-jung SEOUL, March 27 (Yonhap) -- The United States has demanded that South Korea accept a six-fold increase in the purchase price of F-15K's night censors, citing discontinued production, a senior defense ministry official said Thursday. The South Korean Air Force currently operates 60 F-15K Slam Eagles acquired from U.S. aerospace contractor Boeing through two deals in 2002 and 2008. It received the last jet in 2012.

Libya rebels given 2 weeks to lift oil blockade

The president of Libya's congress, the country's highest political authority, on Wednesday gave rebels blockading oil terminals in the east two weeks to stand down. "We have decided to give an ultimatum of two weeks at the most" to lift the blockade, Nuri Abu Sahmein said, adding that a military operation to retake the terminals was being suspended for now. bur-ila/al/srm

Libya rebels given 2 weeks to lift oil blockade

The president of Libya's congress, the country's highest political authority, on Wednesday gave rebels blockading oil terminals in the east two weeks to stand down. "We have decided to give an ultimatum of two weeks at the most" to lift the blockade, Nuri Abu Sahmein said, adding that a military operation to retake the terminals was being suspended for now. bur-ila/al/srm

Japan to keep arms embargo on states in conflict under new rules

Japan plans to maintain its ban on arms exports to countries involved in conflicts, government sources said Thursday, in a bid to dispel concerns about a drastic overhaul of the country's policy to restrict shipment of weapons. In crafting new principles on arms export controls, the government will also likely use the term "defense equipment" rather than "weapons," the sources said.

Fear, death and futility: the hell of WWI trench warfare

For three years during World War I, millions of soldiers holed up in a warren of trenches, fighting and dying in nightmarish conditions along a barely moving frontline. For the French, British, Germans and others fighting this futile fight, the rain, biting cold and thick mud, the awful stench of death and scourge of rats would haunt their daily lives as much as the constant onslaught from the enemy.
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