Medvedev: Sanctions on Russia Led to Asian Partnership

Western sanctions have encouraged Russia to work more actively with Asian partners, Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev said prior to this month’s EU summit in Brussels. The EU will then make a decision on anti-Russian sanctions. “In economic terms, of course, all those sanctions, introduced against us, stimulated us to ensure more active cooperation with Asian countries. Thank you very much too all those states that have adopted them,” Medvedev said to reporters at XVII World Congress of ...
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US Plans to Cut Future Military Pensions 20%

A proposal by the US Department of Defense submitted to Congress would reduce military pensions by 20 percent after troops complete their 20 years of duty. For the first time, members of the US armed services will automatically, upon entry, contribute to their retirement plan from their current compensation, according to the white paper. “Future Service members will receive 80% of the current defined benefit (pension) if they serve for 20 years,” the six-page white paper sent to legislat...
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Hackers Gain Intel on All Federal Employees

A major federal union says the is more damaging than it first appeared, asserting that hackers stole personnel data and Social Security numbers for every federal employee. The Obama administration had acknowledged that up to 4 million current and former employees are affected by the December cyber breach of Office of Personnel Management data, but it had been vague about exactly what was taken. But J. David Cox, president of the American Federation of Government Employees, said in a letter...
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Russian Jet Comes Within 10 Feet of US Spy Plane

In a dangerously close encounter, a Russian fighter jet zipped past a U.S. Air Force reconnaissance aircraft in international airspace over the Black Sea late last month, a report said Thursday, citing several U.S. military officials. The two planes reportedly came within 10 feet of each other while flying at high speed. The Russian jet flew next to the U.S. spy plane at the same altitude, broke off and then followed the American aircraft before leaving the area in the May 30 incident, CNN re...
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