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FILE - In this Thursday, Dec. 22, 2016 file photo, Russian Defence Minister Sergei Shougu speaks during a meeting with senior military officials in Moscow, Russia. Sergei Shoigu told lawmakers Wednesday, Feb. 22, 2017, that the sweeping military modernization program will continue at a high pace this year. Amid tensions with the West, the Kremlin has continued to spend big on new weapons despite Russia's economic downturn. (Balashova Olga/Defence Ministry Pool Photo via AP, file)
Planes, tanks, ships: Russian military gets massive upgradeRussia's defense minister says the military has received an array of new weapons last year, including 41 intercontinental ballistic missiles
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Italian Minister Economy & Finance Pier Carlo Padoan, left, is talking with the Greek Finance Minister Euclid Tsakalotos, Center, and the EU Economic and Financial Affairs, Taxation and Customs Commissioner Pierre Moscovici prior to a round table meeting of Eurogroup finance ministers at the EU Council building in Brussels on Monday, Feb. 20, 2017. The eurozone's 19 finance ministers will be looking to defuse the risk of another Greek crisis as they try to agree Monday on what reforms Greece must still take to qualify for more loans. (AP Photo/Thierry Monasse)
Italy faces potential EU censure for rising debt levelsThe European Union is warning Italy that it may face censure for not doing enough to get its debt levels down to prescribed levels
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FILE - In this May 12 2015 file photo, an Airbus A400M aircraft lands in the Seville airport, Spain. Surprise new costs for the long-troubled Airbus A400M military jet sent the European planemaker's profits plunging last year despite a rise in commercial aircraft deliveries, Airbus reported Wednesday Feb. 22, 2017. (AP Photo/Miguel Angel Morenatti, File)
Airbus profit dives on problems with A400M military jetNew costs for the long-troubled Airbus A400M military jet sent the European plane maker's profits plunging last year despite a rise in commercial aircraft deliveries
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Somalia's new leader inaugurated, vowing to restore dignitySomalia's new leader inaugurated, vowing to restore dignity to long-troubled nation
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UK's Lloyds bank turning corner after years of crisisLloyds Banking Group says fourth-quarter earnings rose 2.1 percent as it began to move beyond past scandals and a colossal government rescue during the financial crisis
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This militant photo released by Ninawa State – a media arm of the Islamic State group on Tuesday, Feb. 21, 2017 shows Abu Zakariya al-Britani, suicide bomber who attacked a military base in Iraq this week who was a former Guantanamo Bay detainee freed in 2004 after Britain lobbied for his release. The Islamic State group identified the bomber as Abu Zakariya al-Britani and two British security officials also confirmed the man featured in the Islamic State group video was a 50-year-old formerly Briton formerly known as Ronald Fiddler and as Jamal al-Harith. (Ninawa State via AP)
Iraqi suicide bomber was ex-Gitmo detaineeA suicide bomber who attacked a military base in Iraq this week was a former Guantanamo Bay detainee freed in 2004 after Britain lobbied for his release
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Authorities say German school shooting alert a false alarmLocal authorities say an alert about a possible attack at a school in western Germany that prompted a major police operation Wednesday was a false alarm
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Swiss firm says South Korean exec made off with millionsSwiss robotics and engineering company ABB says is has unearthed a "sophisticated criminal scheme" involving alleged embezzlement and misappropriation of funds at its South Korean unit, saying the impact could total $100 million
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Journalists chase a car which came out from North Korean Embassy in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Wednesday, Feb. 22, 2017. The women suspected of fatally poisoning a scion of North Korea's ruling family were trained to coat their hands with toxic chemicals then wipe them on his face, police said Wednesday, announcing they were now seeking a North Korean diplomat in connection with the attack. (AP Photo/Vincent Thian)
The Latest: Facebook photo shows suspect in similar shirtThe Vietnamese suspect in the death of the North Korean leader's estranged half brother appeared to be wearing an "LOL" shirt like the attacker's in photos on her Facebook page
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  • General Assembly amends description of 'dangerous dog'

    Both the House and Senate have unanimously approved a bill that would change the legal description of a "dangerous dog" and possibly put fewer animals on a state registry. HB 2381 cleared the Senate, 40-0, on Tuesday after winning approval in the House on Feb. 6. The bill now goes to Gov. Terry McAuliffe for his signature. WTVR Richmond, Tue, Feb 21 2017 @ 09:25 PM
  • County declines to answer six questions related to Short Hill site

    How much power will the ATT Short Hill underground facility on Short Hill Mountain consume? Does the facility pose a fire risk to its neighbors and will the local fire department have access to the site in case of an emergency? Those questions and several others submitted by concerned western Loudoun residents living below the underground facility ... (more) Loudoun Times, Tue, Feb 21 2017 @ 02:46 PM
  • Nine stolen firearms found in burglary suspect's possession

    Theodore Roosevelt Bailey, 62, of Capitol Heights, Md., is linked to numerous residential burglaries in Fauquier and Loudoun counties, according to law enforcement. Fauquier.com, Tue, Feb 21 2017 @ 09:51 AM
  • Will reading teach teen vandals empathy?

    Amidst the chaos in Washington and the ricocheting anger around the country, the following item should supply most of us - book-lovers especially - with a level of comfort that is hard to come by these days. A Virginia judge recently ordered five vandals to read 35 books as a punishment for covering a historic African-American schoolhouse with racist, obscene and anti-Semitic graffiti. Tri-cityherald.com, Tue, Feb 21 2017 @ 05:03 AM
  • The cost of Facebook: Loudoun economic development dept. spends $20K per year on social media site

    Getting your message out in the cyber world can come with a steep price tag, and in Loudoun County, some local officials are no strangers to those costs. Loudoun Times, Mon, Feb 20 2017 @ 11:25 AM
  • Wegmeyers, Fabbioli partner to produce first sparkling strawberry wine

    Thanks to a rainy spring and an overabundance of strawberries from last year's crop, a new agribusiness partnership between Fabbioli Cellars and Wegmeyer Farms will produce a batch of sparkling strawberry wine this year. Loudoun Times, Mon, Feb 20 2017 @ 10:26 AM
  • Northern Va. commuters rate region low for traffic, but have hope

    Northern Virginia's transportation system is mediocre, according to the people who use it every day, and that's hurting their quality of life. A newly released survey conducted online in December for the Northern Virginia Transportation Authority finds residents rate the system around a 6 out of 10. About seven out of 10 residents say the region is doing a mostly bad job on traffic flow and congestion, but a similar proportion say the region is doing a generally good job on transportation options and on transportation infrastructure. WTOP-FM Washington, Sun, Feb 19 2017 @ 04:24 AM
  • new Va. student charged with filming undressed classmates

    A student at Freedom High School in Chantilly, Virginia, is charged as a juvenile with five felonies after investigators say he recorded video of other students while they were undressed. The five counts of illegally filming people under the age of 18 include two cases of "upskirting," and more charges may be coming. WTOP-FM Washington, Fri, Feb 17 2017 @ 07:46 PM
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