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Global Military Spending Rises for First Time Since 2011

Military spending around the world has increased for the first time since 2011, according to new data by the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute. Total world military spending was $1.7 trillion for 2015, an increase of 1 percent over 2014. The Asia-Pacific region was largely responsible for the rise, with countries averaging a 5.4 percent increase in military expenditures. Heightening tensions between China and others in the region sparked "substantial" spending...

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