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Amid security worries, gun sales thrive in Iraq's Mosul

Mosul - Hunting rifles, pistols and towers of ammunition magazines: new gun shops are popping up in Iraq's Mosul, where residents are keen to own personal firearms in the unpredictable aftermath of jihadist rule.

Turkey hopeful US will extend waiver on Iran sanctions

Washington - Turkey voiced hope Tuesday that the United States will extend an exemption in sanctions to allow it to keep buying oil from Iran, despite tensions between the allies on multiple fronts.

Pentagon expects Turkey to buy US missile system

Washington - US Acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan said Tuesday he was confident that Turkey would drop its plan to purchase the Russian S-400 missile defense system and buy the US Patriot system instead.

Pentagon expects Turkey will buy US missile system

Washington - US Acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan said Tuesday he was confident that Turkey would drop its plan to purchase the Russian S-400 missile defense system and buy the US Patriot system instead.

US suspends F-35 program deliveries to Turkey over Russian arms

Washington - The United States said Monday it was halting all deliveries and joint work with Turkey on the F-35 fighter jet program after the NATO ally insisted on a major arms purchase from Russia.

US suspends F-35 deliveries to Turkey over Russian arms

Washington - The United States said Monday it was halting all deliveries and joint work with Turkey on the F-35 fighter jet program after the NATO ally insisted on a major purchase from Russia.

Iran in 'successful test' of new cruise missile on revolution anniversary

Tehran - Iran announced the "successful test" of a new cruise missile with a range of over 1,350 kilometres on Saturday, coinciding with celebrations for the country's 1979 Islamic revolution.

Nuclear arms treaty faces collapse after failed US-Russia talks

Geneva - The survival of a key nuclear arms control treaty was cast further in doubt Tuesday after the US and Russia blamed each other for pushing the agreement to the brink of collapse.

Russia in 'material breach' of key nuclear treaty: US

Geneva - Russia remains "in material breach" of the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty, the US said Tuesday, raising the prospect that Washington will follow through on threats to ditch the agreement over alleged violations by Moscow.

Putin lays out plans to develop missiles if US leaves treaty

Moscow - Russian President Vladimir Putin on Tuesday laid out plans for Moscow to develop mid-range missiles banned under a Cold War treaty with the United States if Washington abandons the deal.

Russia retains heightened military border presence: Ukraine leader

Kiev - Russia retains a heightened military presence on Ukraine's border, having pulled back "less than 10 percent" of its forces since tensions between the countries peaked in November, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko said Sunday.

Putin threatens to develop nuclear missiles banned by US-Russia treaty

Moscow - A defiant Vladimir Putin on Wednesday threatened to develop nuclear missiles banned under a treaty with the United States after Washington gave Moscow a deadline to comply with the key arms control agreement.

Save US-Russia nuclear treaty, EU urges

Apo - EU diplomatic chief Federica Mogherini on Wednesday urged Russia and the US to save a Cold War arms control treaty after Washington issued a 60-day ultimatum to Moscow.

US gives Russia 60 days to comply with nuclear treaty

Apo - The United States warned Russia on Tuesday it will withdraw from a major Cold War treaty limiting mid-range nuclear arms if Moscow does not dismantle missiles that Washington says breach it within 60 days.

EU 'extremely worried' about fate of nuclear treaty

Apo - The EU's top diplomat Federica Mogherini said Tuesday she was "extremely worried" about the fate of a major US-Russia nuclear missile control treaty, warning the security of Europe could be at risk.

Norway freezes defence export licences to Saudi

Oslo - Norway said Friday it was freezing all defence material export licences to Saudi Arabia over recent developments in the country and the war in Yemen.

'No plans' for new US missiles in Europe despite treaty pullout

Apo - The US has "no plans" to deploy new missiles to Europe, a senior official said Thursday, despite announcing it will pull out of a landmark nuclear arms control treaty with Russia.

Macron rejects calls to halt Saudi arms sales over Khashoggi

Bratislava - French President Emmanuel Macron on Friday brushed off pressure to halt lucrative arms sales to Saudi Arabia over the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, saying such calls were "pure demagoguery".

No German arms to Saudi until Khashoggi case is clarified: Merkel

Prague - German Chancellor Angela Merkel vowed on Friday that Berlin would not export arms to Saudi Arabia until the murder of dissident journalist Jamal Khashoggi is clarified, a stance French President Emmanuel Macron dubbed "pure demagoguery".

Stopping Saudi arms sales over Khashoggi 'pure demagoguery', Macron says

Bratislava - Halting arms sales to Saudi Arabia because of the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi would be "pure demagoguery", French President Emmanuel Macron said Friday.The sale of weapons "has nothing to do with Mr Khashoggi.

Germany urges joint European stance on Saudi arms exports

Berlin - European nations should take a joint stance on whether to halt arms exports to Saudi Arabia over the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, German Economy Minister Peter Altmaier said Monday.

Trudeau: Canada could scrap Saudi defense deal over rights

Montr - Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said Canada could cancel a multi-billion dollar defense contract with Saudi Arabia following the death of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, in an interview broadcast Sunday.

Germany won't export arms to Saudi 'in current situation': Merkel

Berlin - German Chancellor Angela Merkel said Sunday that Berlin would not export arms to Saudi Arabia for now in the wake of dissident journalist Jamal Khashoggi's violent death.

Monitor suggests arms transferred from Russia to rebel-held east Ukraine

Kiev - An independent watchdog on Thursday told AFP it had seen vehicles carrying weaponry enter rebel-held areas of eastern Ukraine from Russia over the last week, appearing to contradict Moscow's claim it is not arming separatists.

Deadline passes for Syria's Idlib buffer without jihadists leaving

Beirut - A deadline passed Monday without jihadists leaving a planned buffer zone around Syria's last major rebel bastion of Idlib as set out under a Russian-Turkish deal.

Germany open to selling arms to Saudis despite Yemen war: report

Berlin - Germany's government has left the door open to exporting arms to Saudi Arabia and its allies in the Yemen conflict, the news weekly Der Spiegel reported Wednesday, seemingly in spite of a deal within the country's ruling coalition.

Russia boosts Syrian air defence after plane shot down

Moscow - Moscow on Monday announced new security measures to protect its military in Syria, including supplying the Syrian army with an S-300 air defence system and jamming radars of nearby warplanes following the downing of a Russian plane last week.

Russia to boost Syrian air defence with S-300 system

Moscow - Moscow will bolster Syria's air defence with a S-300 system and jam radars of military planes striking from off the coast of the Mediterranean following the downing of a Russian plane, its military chief said.

UN slaps arms embargo on South Sudan

New York - The UN Security Council on Friday imposed an arms embargo on South Sudan and sanctions on two military officials, ratcheting up pressure after the latest diplomatic efforts failed to end nearly five years of war.

UN set to impose arms embargo on South Sudan

New York - The UN Security Council will vote Friday on imposing an arms embargo on South Sudan and sanctions on two military officials after the latest diplomatic efforts failed to end nearly five years of war.
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