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NATO’s leaders decided to develop a Missile Defence capability to protect NATO’s populations and territories in Europe against ballistic missile attacks. The Alliance’s Heads of State and Government stated that they see this as a core element of NATO’s collective defence task in view of the growing threat of the proliferation of ballistic missile technology and weapons of mass destruction. (Full Story)
Indonesian officials say more than 100 people are confirmed dead after tsunami struck a remote area in the country's west. Hundreds are reported missing. (Full Story)
Former Iraqi Foreign Minister Tariq Aziz has been sentenced to death for persecuting religious parties in the 1980s. Aziz, one of the most prominent figures of the Saddam Hussein era, is expected to appeal the verdict. (Full Story)
By Nicolas von Kospoth

Israel’s Elbit Systems will reportedly upgrade the Azerbaijani Army’s T-72 main battle tanks (MBTs). Earlier this month, Elbit Systems announced that it has been selected by an undisclosed Asian customer for a tank upgrade project. (Full Story)

NATO Ministers of Defence and of Foreign Affairs met together on 14 October in Brussels to give final political guidance in preparation for the meeting of Allied Heads of State and Government at the upcoming NATO Summit in Lisbon, on 19 and 20 November. (Full Story)
By Dr. Ezio Bonsignore

The signature on the final agreement between the US and Israel for the supply of a first batch of F-35A LIGTHNING II fighter aircraft (a.k.a. JSF) would seem to mark a very important turning point in the political, strategic and military relationship between the two countries. The reasons for this author’s use of a cautious conditional tense will become evident in what follows. (Full Story)

UNITED NATIONS - As Xinhua reports, China on Thursday called on all states to make joint efforts to advance the international disarmament, arms control and non-proliferation process. (Full Story)
By Nicolas von Kospoth

After years of hot negotiations between the US and Israel for the “small print” of the purchase of the F-35 fifth-generation fighter aircraft, the Letter of Offer and Acceptance yesterday has been signed in New York. Issues such as pricing, industrial participation in the production as well as the integration of indigenous capabilities into the weapon system delayed Israel’s final decision in favour of the F-35. (Full Story)

Israel's Cabinet approved a controversial loyalty oath that requires new citizens to pledge allegiance to a "Jewish and democratic" state. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said the oath reflects the essence of the State of Israel. Critics countered that it would widen the existing gap between Jews and Arabs. (Full Story)
The leader of a small U.S. Christian church says he has called off his plan to burn copies of the Quran on Saturday. (Full Story)
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