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Russia checks combat readiness of troops in Armenia

Moscow - The Russian military ordered Tuesday a snap combat readiness check of its troops stationed in Armenia as the Caucasus country grapples with anti-government protests.

France charges soldier over Burkina child sex abuse

Paris - A French soldier accused of sexually abusing two girls aged three and five in Burkina Faso was charged Friday in Paris, a judicial source told AFP.

French soldiers accused of paedophilia in custody in France

Paris - Two French special forces soldiers accused of sexually abusing children in Burkina Faso returned home Thursday and were taken into custody, said a legal source.

Colombia's ELN rebels claim to down army helicopter

Estanzuela - Leftist rebels with the National Liberation Army (ELN) claimed responsibility Saturday for this week's attack on a Colombian army helicopter in which eight troops were killed.

Colombian generals implicated in civilian killings: HRW

Estanzuela - Human Rights Watch accused some of Colombia's top generals Wednesday of links to the "generalized and systematic" execution of civilians, who were then presented as felled FARC guerrillas.

FARC rebels kill four and rupture Colombian pipeline

Estanzuela - Colombia's FARC rebels killed four soldiers and wounded six by setting a landmine that exploded when an army helicopter landed on it, officials said.

FARC attack major Colombian oil pipeline

Estanzuela - Experts were battling Wednesday to prevent environmental damage after suspected FARC rebels blew up a stretch of Colombia's second-biggest oil pipeline, authorities said.

Colombian army kills two FARC rebels

Estanzuela - Colombian troops have killed the commander of a FARC guerrilla unit and another rebel in an operation near the Venezuelan border, the army said Tuesday.

Mali troops get reacquainted with lost north

Goundam - For Malian troops making their first forays into the country's north since jihadists took control, French military support provides reassurance at a time when they are strangers in their own back yard.

Army 'purge' follows failed coup in Burundi

Bujumbura - Once a symbol of ethnic unity in post-civil war Burundi, the army is now deeply divided and faces a growing climate of fear after a failed coup by generals in the central African nation.

Jailed Israeli soldier freed after pork sandwich scandal

Jerusalem - An Israeli soldier who was jailed earlier this week for eating a non-kosher sandwich has been freed after the army agreed to release him following a wave of public pressure.

NATO flexes muscles in Baltics, Poland

Vilnius - US-led NATO drills began Monday in the Baltic states and Poland, a move intended to reassure Russia's nervous neighbours amid tensions over Ukraine.

French soldiers stalked by invisible enemy in Mali

Dori - Based in Mali's inhospitable northern desert, French troops are waging an attritional campaign against a ghost-like, invisible enemy -- a master in the guerrilla art of hit-and-run.

Russia and West hold war games over Arctic

Moscow - Russia conducted huge and unexpected war games on Tuesday, coinciding with a Nato drill in the Arctic at a time of heightened tensions in the region.

Tunisian soldier kills 7 comrades in barracks attack

Tunis - A Tunisian corporal shot dead seven of his comrades on Monday before himself being killed, the defence ministry said, adding that he had family and psychological problems.The rampage "caused the deaths of seven soldiers and also of the shooter.

Syrian rebels 'seize hospital holding 150 soldiers'

Damascus - Islamist rebels on Friday overran a hospital in northwest Syria where at least 150 regime forces and dozens of civilians were trapped for nearly a month, a monitor said.

Syria army pushes towards Jisr al-Shughur seeking morale boost

Damascus - Stung by recent losses, Syria's regime is making a concerted push to reach besieged forces trapped in the rebel-held town of Jisr al-Shughur, hoping to give supporters a much-needed morale boost.

72 dead as Syria army battles to free loyalists: monitor

Birut - At least 72 fighters were killed in a single day as the Syrian army battled to relieve some 250 besieged regime loyalists under rebel assault, a monitoring group said Monday.

Turkey ex-president Evren, 1980 coup leader, dies aged 97

Ankara - Turkish former president Kenan Evren, convicted last year for his key role in the country's bloody 1980 coup, died Saturday in the capital Ankara, the state-run Anatolia news agency reported. He was 97.

China negotiating Horn of Africa military base: Djibouti president

Djibouti - China is negotiating a military base in the strategic port of Djibouti, the president told AFP, raising the prospect of US and Chinese bases side-by-side in the tiny Horn of Africa nation.

Burundi's army walks thin line as crisis deepens

Nairobi - Deadly protests in Burundi against the president's bid for a third term has put the army in a pivotal role, standing between protestors, police and pro-government militia.

Probe launched into claims French soldiers raped C.Africa children

Paris - Judges in France will investigate claims that French soldiers raped children in the Central African Republic, the state prosecutor announced Thursday.

C.Africa to take 'legal action' against French soldiers in rape case

Bangui - The Central African Republic will take legal action against the French soldiers accused of raping children in exchange for food at a refugee camp, the country's justice minister said Wednesday."Legal action will be pursued...

Syria's Assad says losing battles doesn't mean war is lost

Damascus - Syrian President Bashar al-Assad said Wednesday that setbacks are a normal part of war and do not mean the conflict is lost, in his first comments after several regime defeats."Today we are fighting a war, not a battle.

Soldiers who assaulted C.Africa kids 'should own up': France

Paris - France's defence minister has urged soldiers "to give themselves up" if they are guilty of sexually assaulting hungry Central African kids, as questions remain on why the probe into the alleged crimes is taking so long.

14 French soldiers implicated in C. Africa child rape probe

Paris - Fourteen French soldiers are implicated in a probe into the alleged rape of children in the Central African Republic, a judicial source said Thursday, in what could be a potentially devastating scandal for the army.

'No mercy' if troops guilty of C. Africa child rape: Hollande

Bangui - President Francois Hollande on Thursday vowed to "show no mercy" if French peacekeepers in Central African Republic were found guilty of raping hungry children in exchange for food.

France investigating alleged child sex abuse by its troops in C.Africa

Paris - France is investigating allegations that its peacekeepers sexually abused children in the Central African Republic after a leaked UN report said victims as young as eight were raped in exchange for food and money.

Boko Haram retakes NE town from Nigerian army

Marte - Suspected Boko Haram insurgents have forced hundreds of soldiers to flee Marte, a border town along the shores of Lake Chad, a local official and witnesses said.

U.S. army walks cultural minefield training Ukraine troops

Yavoriv - U.S. paratrooper Gregory Crocker is giving a group of Ukrainian soldiers lesson one in dealing with an unexploded bomb: don't touch it until the experts arrive.
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