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The Front News (5/5/2012)

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Russia 'retains right' to pre-emptive strike on missile shield

“Considering the destabilizing nature of the [American] ABM system, namely the creation of an illusion of inflicting a disarming [nuclear] strike with impunity, a decision on pre-emptive deployment of assault weapons could be taken when the situation gets harder,” Makarov said.

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British Defence Chief: NATO Absolves Germany Of Nazi Past

As Europe’s major economic force, it must also be its main military contributor. Learn more

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US-Japanese strategies put region at risk

External forces' intervention in the South China Sea disputes has gradually become a reality despite China's opposition against the externalization of the disputes. Last week, the US and Japan reached a new agreement on the joint use of the US military bases in the Pacific region.

According to media reports, the Japanese Self-Defense Forces are expected to station forces alongside US troops in the Philippines. Once Manila approves, Japan, the US and the Philippines will conduct specific military training together in Philippine bases. Full report

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The Toothless Bulldogs

Windhoek - Western countries use the United Nations as a Trojan horse to sideline African initiatives in brokering political dialogue and resolving conflicts in preference for military intervention to foist puppet regimes across the continent, former South African President Thabo Mbeki says.

Speaking to the media in Windhoek, Namibia, this past week, Mbeki said the UN was a willing tool for US interventionist policies and illegal regime change in Africa.

At the same time, Mbeki noted, the African Union is consistently ignored by both the UN and Western countries and lacks the military might to confront NATO.

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Uganda: U.S. Steps Up Training for African Force in Somalia

At a training camp in Uganda, a dozen soldiers crouch, weapons raised as they make their way down a dirt road between shipping containers set up to look like buildings in the Somali capital.

Standing by, observing the Ugandan troops at work, is a U.S. marine, Major Mark Haley.

"Here is where we are going to teach urban warfare, how to fight building to building," Haley said as the Ugandans moved between containers scrawled with graffiti reading "City of Death" and "Hell Zone".

The model of the Somali capital, or "Little Mogadishu" as it is known, was built by American military trainers to prepare the Ugandan soldiers to take part in the African Union mission propping up the Western-backed government in Mogadishu.

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Pentagon encircles Iran: Victory would take 3 weeks

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Nuke rebuke: China urges ‘drastic’ nuclear cuts from Russia and USA

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