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Erdogan says officials to meet to 'finalise' Russia defence deal

Ankara - Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Monday that Turkish and Russian officials would meet in the coming days to finalise the deal for Russia to supply its latest S-400 air-defence system to Ankara.

US, S. Korea, Japan start missile-tracking drill, irking China

Seoul - The US, South Korea and Japan carried out joint exercises Monday to track missiles from North Korea, as China warned that such manoeuvres fuel tensions following nuclear-armed Pyongyang's longest-range test launch to date.

Japan to host joint missile tracking drill amid N. Korea threat

Toukyo - Japan will hold a drill with the United States and South Korea this week to practise jointly detecting airborne missiles, officials said Sunday amid rising security threats from North Korea.

Qatar, France sign billion-dollar fighter jet deal amid Gulf crisis

Doha - Qatar agreed Thursday to buy 12 French-built fighter jets, part of a multi-billion-dollar raft of deals announced as President Emmanuel Macron visited the emirate, hit by the Gulf's worst political crisis in years.The 1.1-billion-euro ($1.

Qatar, France sign $1bn fighter jet deal amid Gulf crisis

Doha - Qatar announced Thursday a deal to buy 12 French-built Rafale fighter jets, as it faces a boycott by neighbouring Gulf states in the region's worst political crisis in years.The 1.1-billion-euro ($1.

US Patriot missiles may have failed in Saudi Arabia: report

Washington - When Shiite rebels blasted a ballistic missile from Yemen toward the Saudi capital last month, Riyadh officials said they had intercepted and destroyed the incoming rocket.

With N.Korea missile reach global, focus falls on defenses

Washington - North Korea's latest rocket launch saw it shoot an intercontinental ballistic missile higher than ever before, prompting US Defense Secretary Jim Mattis to warn that Pyongyang could soon threaten "everywhere in the world.

Saudi vows new Islamic alliance 'will wipe terrorists from the earth'

Riyadh - Saudi Arabia's crown prince vowed to "pursue terrorists until they are wiped from the face of the earth" as officials from 40 Muslim countries gathered Sunday in the first meeting of an Islamic counter-terrorism alliance.

Greek government faces questions over botched Saudi arms sale

Atenas - The Greek government has come under fire over a planned arms sale to Saudi Arabia that fell through amid accusations of incompetence against the defence minister, a key ally of Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras.

NATO takes 'disciplinary' action over Turkey 'enemy' insult

Brussels - NATO has taken 'disciplinary action' against an individual over an incident in which Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and the country's modern founder Mustafa Kemal Ataturk were portrayed as enemies, the alliance's secretary general has said.

Israel ready to cooperate with Saudi to face Iran: defence chief

Jerusalem - Israel's military chief of staff said in an interview Thursday that his country was prepared to cooperate with Saudi Arabia to face Iran's plans "to control the Middle East.

Russia posts videogame image as 'proof' US helps IS: monitor

Moscow - Russia's defence ministry on Tuesday posted images it said proved the US was aiding the Islamic State jihadist group in the Middle East, but social media users pointed out they included a still from a videogame.

France says 'go ahead' to African security initiatives

Dakar - France's Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian on Tuesday encouraged African nations calling for greater autonomy over their security to "go for it", following the launch of a regional anti-jihad force in the Sahel.

EU countries sign key defence pact

Brussels - The EU took a step towards closer defence ties Monday, with 23 states signing a landmark pact aiming to boost cooperation after Brexit and as Russia flexes its muscles to the east.

EU takes step towards closer defence cooperation

Brussels - The EU will move towards closer defence ties Monday with more than 20 states signing a landmark pact that aims to boost cooperation after Brexit and counteract Russian pressure.

EU states to sign joint defence pact

Brussels - More than 20 EU states are set to sign up for a landmark joint defence pact on Monday as Europe seeks closer military ties in the wake of Brexit and as Russia flexes its muscles to the east.

EU to ease military movement in face of Russia threat

Brussels - The European Union on Friday unveiled plans to make it easier to move troops and military equipment around the bloc, in a bid to boost defence in the face of the growing threat posed by Russia.

NATO ill-equipped to defend members: Dutch advisory council

Den Haag - NATO is poorly equipped to defend members against aggression amid uncertainty over its unity under US President Donald Trump, which could allow Russia to exploit vulnerabilities, a Dutch advisory body warned Friday.

NATO looks to seize momentum in Afghanistan conflict

Brussels - Defence ministers from the NATO alliance met Thursday in Brussels to review the next steps in the Afghanistan conflict and brainstorm ways to make gains in the 16-year-old war.

NATO to increase cyber weaponry to combat Russia

Brussels - NATO members agreed Wednesday to increase the use of cyber weaponry and tactics during military operations, with the alliance also upgrading other capabilities to combat a resurgent Russia.

Poland eyes cybersecurity in skies

Warsaw - Poland on Wednesday agreed to test a cybersecurity pilot programme for the aviation sector as Europe's EASA civil aviation authority tackles the potential threats posed by hackers to air traffic.

France hikes defence spending, inches towards NATO goal

Paris - French lawmakers late Tuesday approved an increase of nearly two billion euros in defence spending in 2018 -- reversing cuts to the 2017 budget that triggered a major spat between President Emmanuel Macron and a top general.The 1.

US defence chief meets NATO to discuss IS, Afghanistan

Brussels - With the Islamic State group crumbling in Iraq and Syria, North Korea defiant over its nuclear ambitions and Russia looming large, US Defence Secretary Jim Mattis has plenty of pressing issues as he begins talks with NATO allies on Wednesday.

Sweden picks US Patriot missile system over European rival

Stockholm - Sweden announced Tuesday it has chosen the US Patriot missile defence system over that of a Franco-Italian rival, in an estimated one billion-euro deal.

NATO to revamp command structure to counter Russia threat

Brussels - NATO is set to create two new command centres including one protecting Atlantic shipping lanes, Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said Tuesday, as it revamps its structures to better counter the threat posed by Russia.

Estonia arrests alleged Russian agent plotting cyber-crime

Tallinn - Estonia said Tuesday it had arrested a suspected Russian spy allegedly plotting a cyber-crime, in the latest incident to strain relations between the small Baltic state and the Kremlin.

S. Korea 'in talks to buy nuclear submarine' from US: reports

Seoul - South Korea is negotiating with the United States to buy nuclear-powered submarines to guard against threats from Pyongyang, local reports said Tuesday, as President Donald Trump said Seoul would buy "billions of dollars" of US weapons.

Netanyahu confidant named in German submarine graft probe

Jerusalem - Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's diplomatic envoy was identified Tuesday as one of two men questioned this week in a probe into suspected corruption around the purchase of German submarines.

Netanyahu associates grilled in German submarine graft probe: report

Jerusalem - Two lawyers close to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu were questioned Sunday over their roles in suspected corruption around the purchase of German submarines, media reports and police said.

UK sex scandal deepens after defence minister resigns

London - The sexual harassment scandal sweeping UK parliament brought fresh allegations against lawmakers on Thursday, after the appointment of a new defence minister following the resignation of Michael Fallon.
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