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Saudi military spending tops $80 billion in 2014

Saudi Arabia's military spending grew 17 per cent in 2014 to $80.8 billion, data from the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) showed on Monday, the biggest annual hike by any of the world's top 15 military spenders.

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Iraq PM to seek billions of dollars of arms on US visit

Iraq's prime minister will seek President Barack Obama's help to acquire billions of dollars in drones and other US arms to fight Islamic State during a US visit next week but wants to defer payment for the purchases, a top official said

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US speeds up arms to Saudi-led coalition in Yemen

The United States is speeding up arms supplies to a Saudi-led coalition battling Houthi fighters in Yemen, who are supported by Iran, Deputy Secretary of State Antony Blinken said on Tuesday. Speaking to reporters on a visit to Ri

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Islamic State recruiters 'targeting pilgrims'

Bahraini teenagers are being offered free pilgrimage trips to Saudi Arabia, where they are persuaded to take up arms alongside the Islamic State (IS), it has been claimed. They are being actively recruited and trained to use weapo

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US sends arms to bolster Lebanon army

The United States has begun delivering nearly $20 million of arms including assault rifles, anti-tank missiles and mortars to bolster Lebanon's army after Islamist insurgents seized a border town for several days this month, US officials sai

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Education key in fighting terror

Education is key in preventing young Gulf nationals from taking up arms with extremist militants, according to a top GCC official. Only through promoting moderation will the youth learn that joining terrorist organisations, such a

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At $65bn, Saudi among top four military spenders

Saudi Arabia is among the four highest military spenders globally, according to a new report by Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI). World military expenditure totalled $1.75 trillion in 2013, a fall of 1.9 pe

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Remington announces voluntary product recall

Remington Arms Company has announced a voluntary recall of Model 700 and Model Seven rifles with X-Mark Pro triggers, manufactured from May 1, 2006 to April 9, 2014 over safety issues. Headquartered in North Carolina (US), Remingt

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Terror cell 11 jailed over arms cache in Bahrain

Eleven members of a terrorist cell who stashed machine guns and bullets in a secret underground warehouse have been jailed for 15 years.   The cache included five AK-47s, five 9mm handguns, five silencers and 3,4

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Iraq inks deal to buy arms, ammunition from Iran

Iran has signed a deal to sell Iraq arms and ammunition worth $195 million, according to documents seen by Reuters - a move that would break a UN embargo on weapons sales by Tehran. The agreement was reached at the end of November

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