Joaquin Kadtsyn

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Defiant Iran ignores UN ban, hits up Putin for high-tech tanks, fighter jets

Iran’s defense minister met Tuesday in Moscow with Russian President Vladimir Putin about delivery of the advanced S-300 air defense system -- and the purchase of powerful offensive weapons, including Russia's most sophisticated tank and jet fighters.<p>Russian media and two intelligence officials …

Iraqi man caught with guns, 200,000 bullets at Greece-Turkey border

Greek police say they arrested a British citizen on the main border crossing to Turkey carrying a large weapons cache.<p>The 40-year-old suspect is an Iraqi Kurd, a police official told The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because he wasn't authorized to speak about an ongoing investigation. …

Air Force crew refueling plane saves pilot in emergency over ISIS territory

A quick-thinking refueling plane crew saved a fighter pilot who faced having to eject over Islamic State territory.<p>The F-16 had been trying to refuel in mid-air when the pilot discovered a malfunction with his fuel system, which meant he could only fly for 15 minutes - nowhere near enough to reach …

North Korean dictator Kim orders more rocket launches

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has praised scientists involved in the country's recent rocket launch that he said struck a "telling blow" to enemies and ordered them to press ahead with more launches, state media reported Monday.<p>Earlier this month, North Korea ignored repeated international …

Israel's Olmert becomes first Israeli prime minister to go to prison

Israel's former Prime Minister Ehud Olmert started serving a 19-month prison sentence for bribery and obstruction of justice on Monday, becoming the first Israeli premier to be imprisoned and capping a years-long legal saga that forced him to resign in 2009 amid the last serious round of …

Russian airstrikes destroy Doctors Without Borders-backed hospital in Syria, activists say

Russian warplanes are being blamed for carrying out what is being called a "deliberate attack" on two makeshift hospitals and a school in northern Syria Monday that killed nearly 50 people, according to the United Nations.<p>Doctors Without Borders -- also known by its French acronym MSF -- said in a …

Jordan's Muslim Brotherhood cuts ties to parent group

A spokesman says Jordan's branch of the Muslim Brotherhood has formally rescinded ties with the region-wide movement based in Egypt.<p>The decision is the latest setback for the wider Brotherhood, once seen as the main political beneficiary of the 2011 Arab Spring uprisings, but hit hard in recent …

Ukraine and Russia close their borders to foreign truckers

Ukraine's prime minister has announced that cargo trucks registered in Russia will temporarily not be allowed to enter Ukraine, in response to Russia's ban on Ukrainian trucks.<p>Arseniy Yatsenyuk's announcement comes after Russia detained 152 Ukraine-registered trucks and banned Ukraine-registered …

UAE accused of torturing 5 detainees, including 2 Americans

U.N. human rights experts are calling on the United Arab Emirates to release five Libyans, including three with Canadian or U.S. dual citizenship, who were allegedly tortured while in detention over the last year and a half.<p>U.N. special rapporteur on the right to health, Dainius Puras, says most of …

Nuclear arms race under way in Middle East, Israeli official warns

A nuclear arms race is under way in the Middle East as Arab states are looking to get their hands on weapons to counter Iran, Israel’s defense minister has warned.<p>Moshe Ya'alon said Sunday that Sunni Arab states are unsettled following last year’s nuclear deal between Tehran and six world powers, …