extra extra newspaperRare optimism in Iran nuclear dispute
Almaty, Kazakhstan (AFP) Feb 28, 2013 – Iran and world powers have concluded a surprisingly cordial summit in Kazakhstan that appears to have given a gentle nudge to the decade-long nuclear stalemate, experts say. Two days of talks in the soaring Tien Shan mountain city of Almaty concluded on Wednesday amid continued sabre-rattling from Israel and worry on international oil markets about the prospects of yet another Middle East wa … more

Greece and France to sign defence agreement: Le Drian
Athens (AFP) Feb 28, 2013 – French defence minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said on Thursday that Greece and France will sign a defence collaboration agreement, following reports that Athens would borrow navy frigates from Paris. “This (broader) agreement will further include a more specific one, to cover the operational needs of the Greek armed forces, notably the navy and more specifically the frigates,” Le Drian said aft … more

WikiLeaks: Manning wanted to ‘spark debate’ on war
Washington (AFP) Feb 28, 2013 – US Army private Bradley Manning told a military tribunal on Thursday that he leaked secret files on the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan to WikiLeaks in order to start a “public debate.” Reading a nearly hour-long statement in a firm and assured voice, Manning said that when he deployed to Iraq he found himself alienated from his comrades and at odds with an army that “seemed not to value human … more

Britain’s MoD under fire for ‘wasting’ billions
London (AFP) Feb 28, 2013 – Lawmakers slammed Britain’s Ministry of Defence on Thursday after it was revealed that between 2009 and 2011 it bought Pounds 1.5 billion worth of equipment more than it used. A report by a cross-party committee of MPs identified Pounds 3.4 billion ($5.1 billion, 3.9 billion euros) worth of supplies which it said could be sold. The report accused the department of “wasting significant amounts of pub … more