June 12th, 2012
06:48 PM ET

U.S. says Russian attack helicopters on way to Syria

By Pam Benson

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton accused Russia of sending attack helicopters to Syria.

At a Washington think tank on Tuesday, Clinton said, "We are concerned about the latest information we have that there are attack helicopters on the way from Russia to Syria, which will escalate the conflict quite dramatically."

Clinton said the United States has repeatedly asked Russia to stop arms shipments to President Bashar al-Assad's regime, but Russia has said anything it is sending is not being used against the public unrest. "That's patently untrue," Clinton said before making the accusation about the helicopter shipments.

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Surge in U.S. weapon sales overseas
A Japanese F-2 Fighter Jet built and designed largely by Lockheed Martin, a major US defense contractor. Sales of US defense technology to other countries has surged recently.
June 12th, 2012
06:26 PM ET

Surge in U.S. weapon sales overseas

By Larry Shaughnessy

American arms exporters, in the midst of a defense spending slowdown here in the U.S., are enjoying an increase in overseas sales, according to a new State Department report.

The government authorized the sale of more than $44 billion in military and other U.S. technical hardware in fiscal year 2011, a jump of more than $10 billion over the year before, according to U.S. officials.

In order for a company to sell military hardware or sophisticated non-military hardware, like satellites, it must obtain a license for each sale from the State Department.
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Bank pays massive fine for dealings with Iran and Cuba
June 12th, 2012
02:33 PM ET

Bank pays massive fine for dealings with Iran and Cuba

By Charles Riley

ING Bank has agreed to pay a $619 million penalty for moving billions of dollars through the U.S. financial system at the behest of Cuban and Iranian clients, acts that violated economic sanctions.

In addition, the Dutch bank admitted to falsifying the records of New York financial institutions, according to the Manhattan District Attorney, who was joined by the Department of Justice in announcing Tuesday's settlement.

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June 12th, 2012
11:16 AM ET

Sen. Paul says no to domestic drones

Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) is supporting a bill to ban the use of domestic drones to monitor citizens in the U.S. He spoke with CNN's Carol Costello a day after a U.S. Navy drone crashed in Salisbury, Maryland.

Here is the transcript:
Costello: The smoldering wreckage is still there lying in a marsh in Salisbury, Maryland. It’s what's left of a military drone. No injuries. No property damage, but $176 million loss for the air force. The air force is still investigating why this thing crashed. The drone is used for military purposes, but smaller drones are being used by law enforcement agencies across the country. Police say these small drones can fly low and undetected and help them fight crime. The American Civil Liberties Union says it's a violation of personal rights. Republican Senator Rand Paul does too. He’s here now. Welcome, Senator.
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Clinton offers advice to young women seeking to emulate her
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton
June 12th, 2012
02:00 AM ET

Clinton offers advice to young women seeking to emulate her

By Jill Dougherty

Whenever Secretary of State Hillary Clinton speaks before a group of women from other countries she's invariably asked whether she will run for president.

But at Monday's opening ceremonies for the first Women in Public Service Institute at Wellesley College in Massachusetts, Clinton pulled the curtain back on some of her personal history, talking to 50 young women from around the world, many of them from the Middle East and North Africa, bringing change to their countries, often in spite of great odds.

"It's a hot kitchen with lots of men," a young woman from Yemen told Clinton.

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