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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.

North Korea fires 'short-range ballistic missiles'

Seoul - North Korea fired what appeared to be two short-range ballistic missiles on Monday, the South's military said, weeks after Pyongyang threatened to demonstrate a "new strategic weapon" and its deadline for Washington to offer sanctions relief expired.

US, South Korea postpone joint military exercises over virus

Seoul - The US and South Korean militaries on Thursday postponed forthcoming joint exercises as the Asian country announced its biggest increase in coronavirus cases to date.

US, South Korea postpone joint exercises over virus

Seoul - The US and South Korean militaries on Thursday postponed forthcoming joint exercises due to the coronavirus outbreak, they said, as the Asian country reported 334 new cases, taking its total to 1,595.

US defence chief warns of Huawei 'threat' to NATO

Munich - Top US officials fired a fresh broadside at Huawei on Saturday, warning the Chinese tech giant posed a threat to NATO if allies allowed it to build new 5G communications networks.

US, Europe clash over Washington's global retreat

Munich - US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Saturday traded barbs with European leaders over diminishing Western influence, rejecting as "grossly over-exaggerated" their claims that Washington had retreated from the global stage.

Biggest jump in world defence spending in 10 years: study

Munich - Global spending on defence rose by four percent in 2019, the largest growth in 10 years, led by big increases from the US and China, a study said Friday.

Pentagon shifts $3.8 bn more to Mexico border wall

Washington - The US Defense Department said Thursday it is shifting another $3.8 billion towards paying for a wall on the US-Mexico border as President Donald Trump extended his "national emergency" declaration over unlawful migration for another year.

Pentagon shifts $3.8 bn to Mexico border wall construction

Washington - The US Defense Department is shifting another $3.8 billion from procurement and other operations towards paying for a wall on the US-Mexican border, official documents sent to the US Congress showed Thursday.The move took to $9.

Top US commander warns Philippines rift could hurt terrorism fight

Sydney - A top US commander warned ending a security pact with the Philippines' would hurt counter-terrorism efforts in the country's restive south Thursday, putting him at odds with commander-in-chief Donald Trump.

NATO agrees to expand Iraq training mission

Apo - NATO defence ministers agreed Wednesday to expand the alliance's training mission in Iraq, responding to US President Donald Trump's demand for more action from allies in the Middle East.

NATO agrees to expand Iraq training mission

Apo - NATO defence ministers agreed Wednesday to expand the alliance's training mission in Iraq, responding to US President Donald Trump's demand for more action from allies in the Middle East.

More than 2,000 people killed in Afghan reconstruction missions since 2002

Washington - Attacks on reconstruction missions in Afghanistan have left more than 2,200 people dead and almost 3,000 wounded since 2002, according to an official US report released Tuesday.

Greece aims to outflank Turkey in Mediterranean

Athens - Greece has sought to bolster its Mediterranean presence in recent weeks in response to heightened tension with Turkey, ramping up its meanoeuvres but sparking accusations of adventurism at home.

Macron urges greater EU role in curbing nuclear threats

Paris - French President Emmanuel Macron called Friday for European nations to play a more direct role in halting a new nuclear arms race, saying they "cannot remain spectators" against a threat to the continent's collective security.

Macron says 'Europeans cannot remain spectators' in new arms race

Paris - French President Emmanuel Macron warned Friday that European nations "cannot remain spectators" in the face of a potential nuclear arms race and urged them to push an "international arms control agenda.

Poland inks $4.6bn deal for US fighter jets

Warsaw - Poland on Friday finalised an agreement to buy dozens of F-35 fighter jets from the US in a multi-billion dollar deal aimed at revamping its air force and further strengthening close ties with Washington.The United States in September approved the $4.

US awaits Iraq's okay to deploy Patriots to protect troops

Washington - The United States is awaiting a green light from the Iraqi government to deploy Patriot missile defense systems to protect US troops from Iranian missile attacks, Pentagon chief Mark Esper said Thursday.

US plans to relax restrictions on landmines

Washington - The US government plans to relax restrictions on the army's use of anti-personnel mines, reversing an Obama-era commitment that more than 160 countries have signed up to, and which aims to limit injuries to civilians, US media reported Thursday.

France warns Pentagon Africa cuts would 'severely limit' counter-terror ops

Washington - French Armed Forces Minister Florence Parly warned Monday that expected cuts to the Pentagon's African operations would hamper efforts against jihadist groups, especially in the Sahel region.

First woman enters Japan's submarine academy

Apo - The first female student was admitted to Japan's national naval submarine academy Wednesday after the end of a ban on women on the country's submarines.
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