With Trump demanding more ships, the Navy is proposing the biggest shipbuilding boom since the end of the Cold War to meet “threats” from Russia and China. The Navy’s 355-ship proposal is even larger than what Trump had promoted on the campaign trail, providing a boost to shipyards that have struggled because budget caps. Source FoxNews
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Catalonia’s regional parliament, which is dominated by parties that want the region to break away from Spain, approved Wednesday a 2017 budget that includes funding for an independence referendum. Source The Local
Catalonia’s separatist government on Sunday again urged Spain’s central government to let it hold a legal referendum on independence like the one Scotland staged in 2014 with London’s approval. Source the Local
Turkey will buy two batteries of S-400 surface-to-air missile systems from Russia in order to fulfil the country’s urgent requirement, Daily Sabah learned from security sources. The procurement agreement will likely be concluded when the Russian and Turkish finance ministers complete the loan agreement, the sources also indicated. Source Daily Sabah