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Brazil’s ex-president Juscelino Kubitschek was murdered by the 1970s military regime

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Brazil’s ex-president Juscelino Kubitschek was murdered by the 1970s military regime, an investigative commission has found. The Sao Paulo truth commission, a group of councilors from the city’s assembly, is due to present a full report into the case on Tuesday. The proof of the alleged conspiracy was found after analyzing more than 90 pieces of evidence, the group says. At the time, the fo...

Military rehearsal of former PM Margaret Thatcher's funeral procession in central London

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A military rehearsal of former British PM Margaret Thatcher’s funeral procession has taken place in central London. More than 700 members of the armed forces drawn from all three services took part in the practice before dawn. They will line the route of the funeral procession from Westminster to St Paul’s Cathedral on Wednesday. Margaret Thatcher’s coffin is to be carried in a...

At the start of Pvt. Bradley Manning's court martial, a prosecutor said Osama Bin Laden had received leaked information

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US soldier Bradley Manning “systematically harvested” a vast trove of secret documents to share with WikiLeaks, military prosecutors have said. At the start of Pvt. Bradley Manning’s court martial, a prosecutor said Osama Bin Laden had received leaked information. But defense lawyers said Pvt. Bradley Manning, 25, was young and naive when he shared the files with the anti-secrec...

Panamanian President Ricardo Martinelli said the North Korean ship, which was sailing from Cuba, contained suspected sophisticated missile equipment

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Panamanian President Ricardo Martinelli has announced his country has seized a North Korean-flagged ship carrying “undeclared military cargo”. Ricardo Martinelli told local media that the ship, which was sailing from Cuba, contained suspected “sophisticated missile equipment”. He posted a photo of what looked like a large green object inside a cargo container on his Twitte...

Nidal Hasan has declined to make a statement as jurors begin considering his sentence

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Nidal Hasan, the US Army psychiatrist who shot dead 13 people at Texas Army base Fort Hood, has declined to make a statement as jurors begin considering his sentence. Major Nidal Hasan, 42, faces the death penalty after being found guilty of the attack at Fort Hood Army base in 2009. He is defending himself but has stayed largely silent throughout his trial. During the sentencing phase on Tuesday...

In a 90-minute phone conversation, Barack Obama urged Vladimir Putin to pull forces back to bases in Crimea

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President Barack Obama has urged his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin to pull his troops back from Ukraine. In a 90-minute phone conversation, Barack Obama urged Vladimir Putin to pull forces back to bases in Crimea. Vladimir Putin responded by saying that Moscow reserves the right to protect its interests and those of Russian speakers in Ukraine, the Kremlin said. Meanwhile, Canada has recalle...

Three people were killed in an overnight raid on a base in Mariupol

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...orst crisis since the Cold War. Vladimir Putin is now taking questions from residents of Sevastopol, base of the Russian fleet in Crimea, the first place to feature in his phone-in. It is the first time Crimea has been included in Vladimir Putin’s annual phone-in. Overnight about 300 pro-Russian separatists attacked a military unit in Mariupol near the Azov Sea, throwing petrol bombs. Troops...

North Korea released a bizarre video of military dogs attacking an effigy of South Korean defense minister Kim Kwan-Jin and again threatened to attack their South neighbors

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North Korea released a bizarre video of military dogs attacking an effigy of South Korean defense minister Kim Kwan-Jin and again threatened to attack their South neighbors. The new propaganda clip was shown on state television on Sunday. The animals can also be seen jumping through a flaming hole as they are put through their paces in training. North Korea released a bizarre video of military d...

General Vladimir Padrino Lopez insists the security forces of President Nicolas Maduro respect the rule of law

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Venezuela’s military has admitted it committed “some excesses” during weeks of political unrest that have left 41 people dead. The military’s strategic command chief, General Vladimir Padrino Lopez, said they were investigating 97 officers and police staff for “cruelty and torture”. However, Vladimir Padrino Lopez stressed these were less than 1% of all officers. Sec...

Russia's military build-up in Ukraine has been condemned by its G8 partners

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Russia’s military build-up in Ukraine has been condemned by its G8 partners amid fresh diplomatic efforts to avert a dangerous escalation of the crisis. The world’s seven major industrialized powers also suspended preparations for the G8 summit in Sochi in June. Meanwhile, the EU foreign ministers are due to meet in emergency session in Brussels. The moves come as Russian military for...

Vladimir Putin has announced he backs Egypt's military chief Abdul Fattah al-Sisi in his bid for the presidency

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...personally and from the Russian people.” Vladimir Putin has announced he backs Egypt’s military chief Abdul Fattah al-Sisi in his bid for the presidency Field Marshal Sisi is in Russia to negotiate a $2 billion arms deal, after the US suspended some of its annual military assistance in response to Mohamed Morsi’s removal. Field Marshal Sisi said: “Our visit offers a new s...

Thailand is facing increasingly violent protests, with two killed and dozens injured in recent days

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Thai government said it would ask the army to provide security for February’s elections, as the military called for restraint on both sides. Thailand is facing increasingly violent protests, with two killed and dozens injured in recent days. On Thursday, the Electoral Commission said the polls should be postponed to ensure the safety of candidates. However, government officials said parliam...

A large explosion has rocked Syrian capital Damascus striking close to a military compound, near a hotel used by the UN's observer mission

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A large explosion has rocked Syrian capital Damascus striking close to a military compound, near a hotel used by the UN’s observer mission. Syrian state TV reported that three people had been injured in the blast, but that none of them were UN monitors. Eyewitnesses in Damascus saw a huge plume of smoke coming from the area in the city centre and several ambulances were seen rushing towards...

Turkey begins rocket launchers and anti-aircraft guns deployment along its border with Syria after last week's downing of a fighter jet

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...deployment along its border with Syria after last week’s downing of a fighter jet. Columns of military vehicles have been seen moving from military bases to the border, close to where the jet crashed. The F-4 Phantom went down in the sea after entering Syrian airspace and being hit by a missile. The pilots are missing. Meanwhile, explosions have been reported outside a court complex in cent...

Egypt’s Supreme Constitutional Court is due to discuss how to respond to President Mohammed Mursi's order to reconvene parliament dissolution

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...17;s order to reconvene it. The speaker of the dissolved house has called for it to meet on Tuesday. Military and judicial authorities have held emergency talks, but have not announced any action so far. Mohammed Mursi, whose Muslim Brotherhood won most seats, said the chamber should reconvene until a new election is held. Military police are keeping the area around the parliament building sealed....

Royal Marines and Scotland Yard took command of the River Thames yesterday in a determined show of strength as part of a security exercise for the London Olympics called Operation Woolwich Arsenal Pier

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...l Navy’s fleet, will eventually be deployed to protect the London 2012 Games along with up to 13,500 military personnel. “If we need the military support, it is there,” Chris Allison said. “All of our planning is designed to mitigate against potential risks during the summer of 2012, and this is an example of where we will be using specialist military capability to support us. “This exercise is no...

17 South Sudanese civilians have been killed during air raids by Sudan's military

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17 South Sudanese civilians have been killed during air raids by Sudan’s military, an official said. South Sudan’s military spokesman Philip Aguer said those killed were cattle herders in West Bahr al-Ghazal state – further west than other recent clashes. Sudan has denied the allegations but Col. Philip Aguer said no other power in the region could carry out the bombing. The sou...

American First Lady Michelle Obama revealed White House Christmas decorations for this holiday season

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...imming to shiny quartz ornaments. First Dog Bo made a special appearance in the State Dining Room as military children created holiday ornaments and decorated cookies. Several decorations honour military families including a Gold Star Families Tree with ceramic gold ornaments carrying personalized messages by families. Tour visitors can also create handwritten notes for the troops. The usual maste...

The helicopter was patrolling the Kruger National Park on Saturday evening looking for rhino poachers

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Five members of the South African military have been killed in a helicopter crash at the Kruger National Park, officials said. The helicopter was patrolling the Kruger National Park on Saturday evening looking for rhino poachers. The helicopter was patrolling the Kruger National Park on Saturday evening looking for rhino poachers The patrol was routine and an investigation is under way. The poac...

North Korean military chief Ri Yong-Ho has been removed from all official posts

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North Korean state media has announced that military chief Ri Yong-Ho has been removed from all official posts. As well as being head of the army, Ri Yong-Ho was vice-chairman of the powerful Central Military Commission and held top posts in the ruling Workers’ Party. In a short statement, the party said Ri Yong-Ho had been removed from his posts “because of illness”. However, t...

The Vatican has denied that Pope Francis I failed to speak out against human rights abuses during military rule in his native Argentina

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The Vatican has denied that Pope Francis I failed to speak out against human rights abuses during military rule in his native Argentina. “There has never been a credible, concrete accusation against him,” said Vatican spokesman Federico Lombardi, adding the Pope had never been charged. Federico Lombardi blamed the accusations on “anti-clerical left-wing elements that are used to...

Abulaziz al-Shalal, commander of Syria's military police, has defected from President Bashar al-Assad's government and reportedly fled to Turkey

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Abulaziz al-Shalal, commander of Syria’s military police, has defected from President Bashar al-Assad’s government and reportedly fled to Turkey. Lt. Gen. Abulaziz al-Shalal is one of the highest-ranking officials to join the uprising against the Syrian regime. The army had failed to protect Syrians and turned into “gangs of murder”, the general said in a video statement....

Cheick Modibo Diarra, Mali’s prime minister, has resigned on state television, hours after being arrested by soldiers who were behind a military coup in March

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...minister, has resigned on state television, hours after being arrested by soldiers who were behind a military coup in March. Cheick Modibo Diarra was detained on Monday at his home in the capital Bamako, reportedly on the orders of the coup leader, Capt Amadou Sanogo. He had been due to travel to France. Cheick Modibo Diarra, 60, was made prime minister of an interim government in April after the...

The Russian-made Antonov was travelling from Khartoum to Fasher in the conflict-riven region of Darfur

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A Sudanese military plane has crashed outside the capital, Khartoum, killing some 13 people, officials say. The Russian-made Antonov was travelling from Khartoum to Fasher in the conflict-riven region of Darfur. The plane made an emergency landing after trying to turn back to the air base in Khartoum because of mechanical problems, a military spokesman said. Some nine people were rescued from the...

Heavily armed groups continue to occupy key sites in Crimea, including airports and communications hubs

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Ukraine is calling up military reservists following Russia’s decision to deploy troops in Crimea. Ukraine’s acting President Oleksandr Turchynov had already ordered increased security at key sites, including nuclear plants. Meanwhile President Barack Obama has called the Russian decision a “violation of Ukrainian sovereignty”. Heavily armed groups continue to occupy key sites i...