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US issues new export policy for military, commercial drones

THE TRIGGER: The shift in policy follows rules proposed by regulators to lift some curbs on drone use for business purposes and stern warnings by officials about advances in weapons technology by China, Russia and others.


THE US government has established a policy for exports of military and commercial drones, including armed ones, and said it plans to work with other countries to shape global standards for the use of the controversial weapons systems.

The State Department said it would