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India, U.S. in big defense deal

NEW DELHI - India will buy 10 Boeing Co. C-17 military cargo aircraft for $4.1 billion, its largest-ever defense deal with the United States, strengthening the country's capability to transport troops, vehicles, and artillery.

The cabinet's committee on security headed by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Monday gave its final approval for the purchase of the heavy-lift Globemaster III planes, according to a defense ministry official who did not wish to be identified before a public announcement.

The decision comes after fighter jets made by Boeing and fellow American aircraft-maker Lockheed Martin Corp. in April failed to make a short list for India's procurement of 126 warplanes at a cost of $10 billion. Two European firms are now finalists for the world's biggest fighter-jet order in 15 years.

Foreign governments and arms companies struggling to recover from the global recession are competing to sell $120 billion worth of weapons systems to India, which is arming to keep pace with China's military buildup.

- Bloomberg News

Canada to send suspect to France

OTTAWA, Ontario - A judge ruled Monday that a Canadian citizen of Lebanese descent can be extradited to France in connection with a 1980 Paris synagogue bombing that killed four people.

The decision by Ontario Superior Court Justice Robert Maranger means Hassan Diab, 57, a part-time sociology professor at Carleton University and the University of Ottawa before his 2008 arrest, is a step closer to being tried for murder in the 31-year-old terrorism case.

The bomb, hidden in the saddlebags of a parked motorcycle, exploded outside a synagogue during a Sabbath service, killing three Frenchmen and an Israeli woman. The attack sparked a protest march by 200,000 people in Paris.

Maranger said that France had presented "a weak case" but that Diab must be surrendered under the terms of Canada's extradition law. - AP

Ban to run again; has wide support

UNITED NATIONS - Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon announced Monday he will seek a second five-year term as the United Nations' head, pledging to keep leading it as a "bridge-builder" at a time of global change. His reelection is virtually assured.

The former South Korean foreign minister made public what has been the United Nations' worst-kept secret - that he wants a second term - at a news conference to discuss recent trips to Europe and Africa.

Ban has no opponents and has the backing of the five veto-wielding members of the Security Council - the United States, China, Russia, France, and Britain - who must recommend him. He likely also has unanimous support in the General Assembly. - AP


The family of Ratko Mladic, the former Bosnian Serb army chief, plans to visit him this week at a U.N. war-crimes detention unit in the Netherlands, his lawyer said. Mladic is awaiting trial for atrocities committed by Serb troops during Bosnia's 1992-95 war.