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Chinese threats, weaker US alliance spur Australian military overhaul

Sydney - Australia has unveiled plans to dramatically tool-up its military as threats from China mount, but some see collapsing trust in the United States alliance as an underlying motivation.

Australia to revamp defences as China tensions rise

Brisbane - Australia announced an assertive new defence strategy Wednesday, beefing up its long-range strike capabilities and cyber-warfare efforts amid escalating tensions with China.

Australia to boost defence spending as China tensions rise

Brisbane - Australia will announce a substantial increase in defence spending and focus on projecting military power across the Indo-Pacific amid escalating tensions with China, in a major policy speech to be delivered Wednesday by Prime Minister Scott Morrison.

Pentagon lists firms it says are backed by Chinese military

Washington - The Pentagon has published a list of 20 Chinese companies it says are backed by the military, in the latest instance of a running tit-for-tat economic battle between Washington and Beijing.

Japan confirms scrapping US missile defence system

Apo - Japan has scrapped the deployment of a multi-billion-dollar US anti-missile system, the government confirmed Thursday, days after saying the programme had been suspended.

North Korea's Kim suspends military plans against South: KCNA

Seoul - North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has suspended plans for military action against the South, state media reported Wednesday, in an apparent sudden dialling down of tensions after Pyongyang blew up a liaison office.

North Korea's Kim suspends military plans against South: KCNA

Seoul - North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has suspended plans for military action against the South, state media reported Wednesday in an apparent sudden dialling-down of tensions after Pyongyang blew up a liaison office.

NATO probes France-Turkey naval incident

Apo - NATO said Thursday it has launched an official investigation into a naval incident in the Mediterranean between alliance members France and Turkey that has infuriated Paris.

US vows to curb China and Russia in space

Washington - The United States wants to prevent China and Russia from taking control of space and will look to allies for help, according to a new "Defense Space Strategy" unveiled by the Pentagon on Wednesday.

North Korea threatens to beef up military presence around DMZ

Seoul - North Korea threatened Wednesday to bolster its military presence in and around the Demilitarized Zone, a day after blowing up its liaison office with the South, prompting sharp criticism from Seoul.

North Korea vows to step up border military activities

Seoul - North Korea threatened Wednesday to bolster its military presence at now-shuttered inter-Korean project sites and rebuild guard posts in the Demilitarized Zone, a day after it blew up its liaison office with Seoul, sharply raising tensions on the penin...

NATO chief defends US amid Germany troop row

Apo - NATO chief Jens Stoltenberg defended America's military commitment to Europe on Monday, following reports President Donald Trump plans to slash troop numbers in Germany.

Trump plan to slash US troops sparks concern in Germany

Frankfurt Am Main - Germany on Sunday voiced concern at reports that President Donald Trump plans to cut the number of US troops stationed in Germany, amid fears it could weaken a key pillar of NATO defence in the region.

US planning to slash troops in Germany: report

Washington - US President Donald Trump has ordered the Pentagon to slash the number of troops it maintains in Germany by more than a quarter in the coming months, the Wall Street Journal reported Friday.

India, Australia strengthen defence ties as China tensions loom

New Delhi - India and Australia strengthened defence ties Thursday, including sealing a pact to boost military logistics support and maritime cooperation, as both nations experience heightened tensions with regional superpower China.

US military's South Korean civilian staff to go back to work

Seoul - Thousands of South Koreans working at US military bases in the country, furloughed in a row over funding for the American presence on the peninsula, will go back to work this month after Seoul offered to pay their wages.

Europeans, NATO urge Russia to work to save treaty dropped by Trump

Paris - NATO and the EU on Friday urged Russia to comply with the 1992 Open Skies military surveillance treaty, as European nations scrambled to save the pact after US President Donald Trump said his country would withdraw.

More than 10% of US carrier's crew test positive for virus: Navy

Washington - More than 10 percent of the 4,800 crew of the USS Theodore Roosevelt aircraft carrier have tested positive for the coronavirus, the Navy said Saturday, days after the navy chief resigned over his mishandling of the outbreak.

US navy chief out over handling of ship virus outbreak

Washington - US Acting Navy Secretary Thomas Modly resigned Tuesday over his mishandling of an outbreak of the coronavirus on the USS Theodore Roosevelt aircraft carrier, Defense Secretary Mark Esper announced.

Pentagon removes captain of virus-struck aircraft carrier

Washington - The Pentagon removed the captain of the coronavirus-stricken USS Theodore Roosevelt Thursday, saying he mishandled communications over how the outbreak was sweeping through the warship.

North Korea says tested 'super-large' rocket launchers

Seoul - Nuclear-armed North Korea successfully tested "super-large multiple rocket launchers", state media said on Monday, but leader Kim Jong Un was not described as commanding the drill as analysts say Pyongyang seeks to normalise its launches.

North Korea fires two short-range 'ballistic missiles' into sea

Seoul - North Korea fired what appeared to be two short-range ballistic missiles off its east coast on Sunday, the fourth such launch this month as the world battles the coronavirus outbreak.

North Korea fires two 'ballistic missiles' into sea: Seoul

Seoul - North Korea fired what appeared to be two short-range ballistic missiles off its east coast on Sunday, the fourth such launch this month as the world battles the coronavirus pandemic.

US cancels major Philippines war games due to virus

Manila - The US military has cancelled a large-scale exercise involving thousands of troops in the Philippines because of the coronavirus pandemic.

North Korea praises Trump but warns on ties

Seoul - Donald Trump has sent a letter to Kim Jong Un detailing a plan to develop ties, state media reported citing the North Korean leader's powerful sister, but she warned their good personal relationship is not enough, as a hiatus in disarmament talks drags...

North Korea fires two 'ballistic missiles' into sea: Seoul

Seoul - North Korea on Saturday fired two projectiles presumed to be short-range ballistic missiles into the sea off its east coast, Seoul's military said.

No mask, no mistake for North Korea's Kim

Seoul - As he watches his troops firing rockets and artillery shells, one of the many things that marks North Korean leader Kim Jong Un out from the officers alongside him is his coronavirus mask: it isn't there.

North Korea fires projectiles for second time in week

Seoul - Nuclear-armed North Korea on Monday fired what Japan said appeared to be ballistic missiles, the second such weapons test in a week amid a prolonged hiatus in disarmament talks with the United States.

Pentagon downplays new Taliban attacks

Washington - The Pentagon on Wednesday played down the gravity of new Taliban attack in Afghanistan that cast doubts on a four-day old peace deal between the insurgent group and the United States.

N. Korean leader Kim's sister condemns South over drill comments

Seoul - North Korean leader Kim Jong Un's sister condemned Seoul as a "frightened dog barking" on Tuesday over its response to a weapons drill by Pyongyang, state media reported.
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