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MOSCOW (AFP) – President
Vladimir Putin issued an acerbic warning Thursday to the United States, saying the recent test of a new Russian missile was a direct response to US actions and condemning “imperialism” in world affairs.

“Our American partners have quit the ABM Treaty,” Putin told reporters after meeting his Greek counterpart, referring to the landmark 1972 US-Soviet treaty limiting the missile defenses of the Cold War superpower foes.

“We warned them then that we would come out with a response to maintain the strategic balance in the world. Yesterday we conducted a test of a new strategic ballistic missile with multiple warheads, and of a new cruise missile, and will continue to improve our resources.”

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MANCHESTER, N.H. (AP) — Presidential hopeful Hillary Rodham Clinton outlined a broad economic vision Tuesday, saying it’s time to replace an “on your own” society with one based on shared responsibility and prosperity.

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WASHINGTON (AP) – China’s recent success at destroying a satellite in low-Earth orbit threatens the interests of all space-faring nations and posed dangers to human space flight, the Pentagon said Friday.

In its annual report on Chinese military developments, the Pentagon also said the People’s Liberation Army is building a greater capacity to launch preemptive strikes. It cited as examples China’s acquisition of long-endurance submarines, unmanned combat aircraft and additional precision-guided air-to-ground missiles.

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BEIJING: For years, China has chafed at efforts by the United States to exclude it from full membership in the world’s elite space club. So, lately, China seems to have hit on a solution: create a new club.

Beijing is trying to position itself as a space benefactor to the developing world – the same countries, in some cases, whose natural resources China covets here on Earth. The latest, and most prominent, example came last week when China launched a communications satellite for Nigeria in a project that serves as a tidy case study of how space has become another arena where China is trying to exert its soft power.

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HONG KONG: A day after buying a $3 billion stake in the Blackstone Group, China sought Monday to offer assurances that it was looking only to improve its returns on overseas investments – not to take control of foreign companies, which could aggravate political tension.

The government moved quickly on the deal to make an investment before Blackstone, a U.S. private equity firm, conducted its initial public offering of shares, said Jesse Wang, the chairman of the Chinese government agency that is managing the transaction on behalf of a new state investment company, which has yet to be set up.

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MOSCOW: President Vladimir Putin of Russia obliquely compared the foreign policy of the United States to the Third Reich in a speech Wednesday commemorating the 62nd anniversary of the defeat of Nazi Germany, in an apparent escalation of anti-American rhetoric within the Russian government.

Some political analysts see the new tone as a return to Cold War-style rhetoric by a country emboldened by petroleum wealth. But Russians say the sharper edge is a reflection of frustration that Russia’s views, particularly its opposition to NATO expansion, have been ignored in the West.

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MOSCOW, May 8 (UPI) —  In response to U.S. plans to build missile defense sites in Eastern Europe, Russia announced Tuesday it was bolstering its own missile sites.

While the Bush administration claims the proposed sites in the Czech Republic and Poland are safeguards against attacks by Iran or North Korea, Russia has refused offers to participate in the sites’ installation or even to share technology, which was offered last month.

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“CAIRO, Egypt — A top human rights group accused China and Russia on Tuesday of violating a U.N. arms embargo by supplying Sudan with weapons and equipment that were used to fuel deadly violence against civilians in Darfur and neighboring Chad.Moscow and Beijing, which have balked at U.S. and British efforts to put new pressure on their trade ally Sudan, quickly rejected Amnesty International’s allegations. Sudan said the report was false.”

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“Mankind’s second race for the moon took on a distinctly Cold War feel yesterday when the Russian space agency accused its old rival Nasa of rejecting a proposal for joint lunar exploration.”

“A non-radioactive isotope of helium, helium-3 is a proven and potent fuel for nuclear fusion – so potent that just six metric tons would supply Britain with enough energy for a year.

As helium-3 is non-polluting and is so effective in such tiny quantities, many countries are taking it very seriously. Germany, India and China, which will launch a lunar probe to research extraction techniques in September, are all studying ways to mine the isotope.”

“Whoever conquers the moon first will be the first to benefit,” said Ouyang Ziyuan, the chief scientist of China’s lunar programme.

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