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Your Must-Do Assignment for 2014: Read This Chart and Pass It On

A chart makes it starkly clear that the Pentagon and Congress are ringing false alarm bells when they say that the Department of Defense can’t make any sequestration cuts. This chart, which was prepared by Winslow Wheeler of Project On Military Procurement in a blog post, shows that we are grossly spending more than all our perceived enemies combined. Our military budget has grown way beyond that which the British used as a yardstick while they were trying to control an empire.

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Russia, NATO tensions echo Cold War

Supreme Allied Commander says deployment of current troops and hardware may last until Christmas

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Arms exports not a ‘bad thing but important’ for China diplomacy, says defence contractor

<!– google_ad_section_start –> China’s defence exports are an important part of the nation’s foreign policy, the man at the helm of one of China’s biggest defence contractors said in a rare statement about the company’s secretive trade. Chen Hongsheng, chairman of Poly Group, spoke to the Chinese business magazine Talent for its upcoming June edition.   <!– google_ad_section_end –>

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Residents on US-armed Guam laugh off threat from North Korea

<!– google_ad_section_start –> It’s 3pm on Saturday on the front line of a conflict some experts believe might explode into a third world war. Young couples stroll and children play in the white sand and surf of an idyllic, palm-fringed tropical beach. <!– google_ad_section_end –>

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China replaces Britain in world’s top five arms exporters

<!– google_ad_section_start –> China has become the world’s fifth-largest arms exporter, a respected Sweden-based think tank said on Monday, its highest ranking since the cold war, with Pakistan the main recipient. China’s volume of weapons exports between 2008 and last year rose 162 per cent compared to the previous five year period, with its share of the global arms trade rising from 2 per cent to 5 per cent, the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) said. <!– google_ad_section_end –>

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Mainland’s consumer inflation hits 10-month high

<!– google_ad_section_start –> The consumer price index (CPI) rose 3.2 per cent last month from a year ago, pushed up by higher food prices during the Lunar New Year festival, the National Bureau of Statistics said yesterday. Consumer prices in February were 1.1 per cent higher than January. <!– google_ad_section_end –>

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China consumer inflation hits 10-month high

<!– google_ad_section_start –> The consumer price index (CPI) rose 3.2 per cent last month from a year ago, pushed up by higher food prices during the Lunar New Year festival, the National Bureau of Statistics said yesterday. Consumer prices in February were 1.1 per cent higher than January. <!– google_ad_section_end –>

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Chinese divorce to avoid property tax

<!– google_ad_section_start –> Chinese couples are flocking to divorce to evade a new tax on home sales after the government cracked down on property speculation, the Shanghai Daily newspaper reported on Wednesday. China’s central government last Friday issued rules to rein in house prices, including a nationwide capital gains tax of 20 per cent on profits owners make from selling residential property. <!– google_ad_section_end –>

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Toyota taps outsiders for board for first time under sprawling management changes

<!– google_ad_section_start –> TOKYO (AP) — Toyota taps outsiders for board for first time under sprawling management changes. <!– google_ad_section_end –>

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South Korea vows to retaliate if provoked by North

<!– google_ad_section_start –> South Korea warned on Wednesday that it would retaliate against any provocation from North Korea, a day after the North threatened to tear up the armistice that ended the Korean war in 1953. “If North Korea carries out provocations that threaten the lives and safety of South Koreans, our military will carry out strong and resolute retaliations,” Army General Kim Yong-hyun told reporters. <!– google_ad_section_end –>

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HIV infections up 17pc in 2012

<!– google_ad_section_start –> Hong Kong saw a record number of new HIV infection in 2012, the Department of Health said on Wednesday. 513 new infections of Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) were reported last year, a 17 per cent increase from the previous high of 438 cases recorded in 2011. The new cases take the cumulative total of HIV infections reported in Hong Kong to 5,783 since the first case in 1984. Dr Wong Ka-hing, a consultant with the Centre for Health Protection, said at a press conference that sexual contact was the major mode of transmission last year. <!– google_ad_section_end –>

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HIV infections in Hong Kong up 17pc in 2012

<!– google_ad_section_start –> Hong Kong saw a record number of new HIV infection in 2012, the Department of Health said on Wednesday. A total of 513 new infections of Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) were reported last year, a 17 per cent increase from the previous high of 438 cases recorded in 2011. The new cases take the cumulative total of HIV infections reported in Hong Kong to 5,783 since the first case in 1984. Dr Wong Ka-hing, a consultant with the Centre for Health Protection, said at a press conference that sexual contact was the major mode of transmission last year. <!– google_ad_section_end –>

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Australia confirms ‘Prisoner X’ worked for Israel

<!– google_ad_section_start –> Australia on Wednesday admitted for the first time that a man found hanged in a Tel Aviv jail worked for the Israeli government, but stopped short of confirming he was a Mossad spy. Dual Australian-Israeli citizen Ben Zygier, known as “Prisoner X”, died in 2010 in an allegedly suicide-proof cell with Israel going to extreme lengths to cover it up, sparking claims by Australian media that he worked for Mossad. <!– google_ad_section_end –>

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UN agency: Number of Syrians fleeing their country, seeking assistance hits 1 million

<!– google_ad_section_start –> BERLIN (AP) — UN agency: Number of Syrians fleeing their country, seeking assistance hits 1 million. <!– google_ad_section_end –>

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Chinese fishermen on front line of marine dispute in South China Sea

<!– google_ad_section_start –> The tropical waters of the South China Sea are among the most contested on earth, but Chinese fishermen who sail in them shrug off the dangers of navigating between multiple competing claimants. “It’s a little risky… but in Chinese regions we’re not afraid, we’re in sea which belongs to us, how could we be arrested?” asked Liang Min, 29, as he stood in his ship’s dank engine room, wearing yellow plastic shoes. <!– google_ad_section_end –>

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Hangzhou mayor Shao Zhanwei dies during NPC session

<!– google_ad_section_start –> Shao Zhanwei, China’s NPC deputy and mayor of Hangzhou, died of a heart attack on Wednesday morning during the annual parliamentary session in Beijing, reported Xinhua state news agency. Shao was born in 1956 and became the mayor of Hangzhou in February 2011, according to Hangzhou’s official website. The news shocked many netizens, who posted condolence messages on China’s social media sites. “He’s a good official with a good reputation – it’s a shame,” commented one netizen. <!– google_ad_section_end –>

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Bolshoi dancer confesses to acid attack

<!– google_ad_section_start –> One of the top dancers at Russia’s famed Bolshoi Theatre has confessed to plotting an acid attack that nearly blinded his artistic director Sergei Filin earlier this year, police were quoted as saying on Wednesday. <!– google_ad_section_end –>

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