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Indonesia inks $1.1 bn deal with Russia to buy 11 jets

Jakarta - Indonesia has inked a billion-dollar deal to buy 11 Sukhoi Su-35 jets from Russia, an official said Saturday. The contract, signed by both countries' representatives in Jakarta on Wednesday, is worth a total $1.

May pleads for 'urgent' post-Brexit EU security deal

Munich - British Prime Minister Theresa May pleaded Saturday for an urgent deal with the European Union on post-Brexit security cooperation, warning that citizens' lives were at stake.

May pleads for 'urgent' post-Brexit EU security deal

Munich - British Prime Minister Theresa May pleaded Saturday for an urgent deal with the European Union on post-Brexit security cooperation, warning that citizens' lives were at stake.

Global powers must address 'episodes of cyberwar': UN chief

Munich - World leaders must lay the groundwork on how countries respond to cyberattacks that have proven to be a daunting threat, whether by state actors or criminal enterprises, UN secretary general Antonio Guterres said Friday.

Defying US, Paris and Berlin stand firm on EU defence pact

Munich - Europe must be able to stand on its own feet militarily, France and Germany said Friday as they made the case for a new EU defence pact that has rattled Washington.

US says NATO closing gaps in alliance unity

Brussels - NATO has reached an understanding on defence ties with the EU while top allies Washington and Ankara are finding "common ground" in a row over Syria, US defence secretary Jim Mattis said ThursdayA new European Union defence pact and Turkey's offensive ...

Russia's Kalashnikov becomes majority private-owned

Moscow - Private investors have for the first time gained a majority share of Russia's Kalashnikov arms manufacturer, producer of the famed AK-47 assault rifle, the company said Thursday.

EU agrees common defence is NATO 'mission alone'

Brussels - The transatlantic alliance and the EU agree "the common defence is a NATO mission alone," US Defence Secretary James Mattis said Thursday after talks on Brussels' own new defence pact.

US urges Turkey to refocus its Syria fight against IS

Brussels - US Defence Secretary Jim Mattis has appealed to Turkey to concentrate its fight in Syria against the Islamic State group as tensions mount between the two NATO allies over Ankara's operation against a Kurdish militia, the Pentagon said Thursday.

'US presence matters' says admiral on carrier in the South China Sea

With a deafening roar the fighter jets catapulted off the US aircraft carrier and soared above the disputed South China Sea, as its admiral vowed that the mighty ship's presence was proof America still had regional clout.

US concerns over EU defence pact cloud NATO talks

Brussels - NATO defence ministers met in Brussels on Wednesday to discuss Washington's concerns over the European Union's new plans to deepen defence ties between its members, and increasingly strained US-Turkey relations.

US concerns over EU defence pact cloud NATO meet

Brussels - US concerns over the EU's landmark defence cooperation pact and increasingly strained relations between Washington and Turkey look set to loom large as NATO defence ministers meet for talks on Wednesday.

Coalition destroys Russian-made tank in Syria

Washington - A US-led coalition drone has destroyed a Russian-designed tank in eastern Syria close to the scene of last week's attack on pro-regime forces that left more than 100 Damascus loyalists dead, officials said Tuesday.

Macron sticks by plan for compulsory national service

Paris - Two decades after it scrapped its compulsory military service France will introduce a mandatory "national service" for all young people, the government said Tuesday, confirming a campaign pledge by President Emmanuel Macron.

US Navy probes alleged drug use by sailors in Japan

Toukyo - The US Navy said Saturday it was probing sailors at a base in Japan over alleged drug use and vowed no tolerance for any misconduct.

France hikes defence spending to hit NATO target

Paris - France on Wednesday announced plans to boost defence spending by more than 40 percent, bringing it into line with NATO targets after complaints from US President Donald Trump that Europe is not pulling its weight.

Iraq PM confirms US-led coalition numbers down

Baghdad - Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi on Tuesday confirmed a fall in the number of US-led coalition forces in the country but stressed the ongoing need for air support.

Boeing, Embraer near deal on commercial air business: source

New York - US aerospace giant Boeing and Brazil's Embraer are close to an agreement to combine their commercial air operations into a new company, a person familiar with the talks told AFP Tuesday.

Moscow says UK defence minister worthy 'of Monty Python'

Moscow - Moscow on Friday said the British defence secretary had stepped beyond "the boundaries of reason" after he accused Russia of planning to create chaos in the UK that could "cause thousands and thousands of deaths".

NATO takes Russian meddling in polls 'very seriously'

Madrid - NATO takes "very seriously" any Russian attempts to interfere in foreign elections, including during Spain's Catalonia crisis, Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said in Madrid on Thursday.

Germany steps up pressure on Turkey over Syria offensive

Berlin - Germany hardened its stance Thursday against Turkey over its military offensive against a Kurdish militia in Syria, which threatened to end a thaw in frosty relations between the NATO partners.

China invited to take part in major US-led naval exercise

Bejing - China has been invited to participate in a major US-led naval exercise, Chinese officials said Thursday, despite tensions between Beijing and Washington over activity in the disputed South China Sea.

US aircraft carrier to make historic visit to Vietnam

Hanoi - A US aircraft carrier will port in Vietnam in March, military officials said Thursday, a first for the allies and former foes as they seek to counter Beijing's growing might in the disputed South China Sea.

Russian FM calls US defense strategy 'confrontational'

New York - Russia's foreign minister on Friday described a new US national defense strategy as "confrontational" after Washington singled out China and Russia as growing threats.

Pentagon strategy drops climate change as a security threat

Washington - Climate change and the impact it has on national and international security was not included in the US national defense strategy, unveiled by Defense Secretary Jim Mattis on Friday.

Mattis warns of 'growing threats' from Russia, China

Washington - Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said Friday that America is facing "growing threats" from China and Russia, and warned that the US military's advantages have eroded in recent years.

Macron sees IS military defeat in Syria, Iraq within 'weeks'

Toulon - French President Emmanuel Macron said Friday that the Islamic State group in Syria and Iraq would be defeated militarily "in the coming weeks," as he laid out plans for bolstering France's defence capabilities.

Grazing dangerously: The Romanian sheep nibbling away at US security

Stoenesti - One of the most important strategic sites in Europe for the US military has come under threat from a rather unexpected enemy: a flock of sheep.

US apologises to Japan over repeated military accidents

Toukyo - The US has apologised to Japan over a recent series of accidents involving US military equipment that have sparked anger over American operations in the country, a ministry spokesman in Tokyo said.

Norway suspends arms exports to UAE over Yemen war

Oslo - Norway on Wednesday announced it has suspended arms and ammunition exports to the United Arab Emirates because of the nation's involvement in the Yemen war.
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