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China Meets Growing Demand for Armed Drones in Middle East

VOA News/Henry Ridgwell LONDON — China is meeting a growing demand for armed drones in the Middle East, adding new military capabilities to an already tense security situation, according to a new report from the London-based Royal United Services Institute. Report author Justin Bronk says Beijing asks few questions when selling the technology overseas. “Because the United States in particular has refused — apart from the cases of the and France — to export armed models of its iconic Predator and Reaper series of armed drones, China has sort of stepped in to fill that gap. And while its offerings such…
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US News

Obama to Soften Ransom Policy for Hostage Families

The government will no longer threaten to prosecute families who try to negotiate with the captors of Americans being held hostage overseas or pay ransom to win their release, media reports said. President Barack Obama is expected to soften a policy when he releases a broad review of hostage guidelines Wednesday at the White House alongside several hostage families. The six-month review was prompted by sharp criticism of the Obama administration by some victims' relatives, who said they had been threatened with prosecution if they tried to raise money to pay a ransom. officials say new administrative measures will improve…
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US Efforts to Arm Syrian Rebels Suffer Setbacks

Meredith Buel efforts to provide weapons to moderate rebels in Syria are suffering setbacks as al-Qaida-linked militants force the collapse of mainstream insurgent groups fighting the Syrian military. Analysts say the developments underscore the risks of a new Pentagon program to train and equip moderate rebels. Recent gains in Syria by the al-Qaida affiliated Nusra Front represent a blow to strategy of identifying and arming groups to oppose the Syrian military, analysts say. An onslaught by Nusra fighters forced the Hazzm movement to collapse in recent days as the moderate rebels fled their headquarters in Aleppo Province. Hazzm was once…
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Kerry Travels to Israel Avoid Deterioration of Peace Talks

United States Secretary of State, John Kerry is conducting an unprogrammed visit to Israel and the Palestinian territories to try to prevent the collapse of peace talks. The last obstacle in the achievement of the talks occurred this weekend, when Israel failed to meet its promise of releasing Palestinian prisoners. Israel said it is still seeking a commitment from the Palestinians to continue with the peace talks beyond the next deadline at the end of April. Kerry will meet with the Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, and the Palestinian President, Mahmoud Abbas.
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World News

Luxury Hotel Attacked In Kabul

Men armed with guns entered the Serena Hotel on Thursday in the capital of Afghanistan, Kabul. The five-star hotel, located near the Presidential Palace and other government offices, is very popular among foreigners. The police said that at least two shots were heard. Afghan special forces also entered the hotel, which is now surrounded by security forces. The hotel is currently home to UN officials who are in the country to monitor the elections of the next month.
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Palestinians Fired More Than 20 Rockets Into Israel From Gaza

Palestinian militants in Gaza fired more than 20 rockets into southern Israel, the heaviest bombardment since 2012. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu vowed to respond "strongly". The attack comes a day after an Israeli air raid on Gaza that killed three members of the Islamic Jihad militant group. The group said it fired the rockets to avenge these deaths. The amount of rocket attacks into Israel declined since the military launched an eight day offensive against Gaza militants 16 months ago.
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