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US, South Korea could scale back joint drills: Esper

Seoul - US military exercises with South Korea could be scaled back to aid diplomacy with the nuclear-armed North, Defense Secretary Mark Esper said, as Pyongyang warned it was running out of patience.

Seoul-Tokyo row risks sending 'wrong message': USFK chief

Sogongdong - Seoul's decision to terminate a key military intelligence sharing pact with Japan risks sending the "wrong message" to adversaries, the commander of US troops in South Korea said ahead of the deal's expiration next week.

EU must boost spending in space or be squeezed out: experts

Apo - The EU needs to boost space funding and improve its strategy to compete with military superpowers and smaller upstarts, a panel of experts told MEPs on Tuesday.

North Korea fires short-range projectiles: South's military

Seoul - North Korea fired two short-range projectiles on Thursday, the South's military said, with nuclear talks between Pyongyang and Washington at a deadlock.

France, Germany break impasse on arms exports

Toulouse - France and Germany agreed Wednesday on an accord governing the export of jointly developed weapons and defence equipment, removing a key stumbling block to their development of next-generation tanks and fighter jets.

Macron, Merkel meet to harmonise positions before EU summit

Paris - France's Emmanuel Macron will hold talks Wednesday with Germany's Angela Merkel for the second time in a week to chart a united front on issues ranging from Brexit to Syria ahead of this week's EU summit.

Greece can be 'pillar' for regional stability: Pompeo

Athens - Shrugging off anti-US demonstrations on a visit Saturday to Athens, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Greece can be a pillar of stability in a troubled region.

Airbus hit by series of cyber attacks on suppliers

Paris - European aerospace giant Airbus has been hit by a series of attacks by hackers who targeted its suppliers in their search for commercial secrets, security sources told AFP, adding they suspected a China link.

Pentagon steps up efforts to counter China's rising power

Washington - Maritime operations, missile tests, landing exercises: the Pentagon has been sharply stepping up its efforts to counter China's growing military power, seen increasingly as a threat.

Venezuela 'ready' to defend itself after US invokes defence pact: foreign minister

Geneva - Venezuela is "ready" to defend itself, Foreign Minister Jorge Arreaza said Friday, after Washington invoked a regional defence pact that might justify such a move.

France moves to lift secrecy on deadly 1968 plane crash

Marseille - French authorities are working to declassify military files linked to a mysterious crash more than 50 years ago of an Air France plane that plunged into the Mediterranean just minutes before it was due to land, killing all 95 people aboard, families sa...

France says 'time has come' to ease tensions with Russia

Moscow - France said Monday that the time had come to start easing tensions with Russia as senior ministers held four-way talks in Moscow not seen since the crisis over Ukraine broke out.

Top French ministers in Moscow as Macron pushes detente

Moscow - France's foreign and defence ministers met their counterparts in Moscow on Monday as President Emmanuel Macron pushes for a detente in Europe's ties with Russia.

Japan 'to set up police unit' for disputed islands

Apo - Japan will launch a special police unit equipped with submachine guns and helicopters to patrol disputed isles in the East China Sea -- a source of tension between Tokyo and Beijing, according to police and media.

US, SE Asia to hold first ever joint maritime drill

Bangkok - The US and 10 Southeast Asian states will hold their first-ever joint maritime exercises in September, aimed at preventing "wrongdoing" as Washington and Beijing jostle for influence in the region.

Five things to know about Japan-South Korea intel-sharing pact

Apo - South Korea's decision to scrap a key intelligence-sharing pact with Japan has far-reaching geopolitical implications and shows the two neighbours are still struggling to come to terms with a bloody history.

South Korea to scrap military intel-sharing pact with Japan

Seoul - South Korea said Thursday it will terminate its military intelligence-sharing pact with Japan, sparking protest from both Tokyo and Washington amid an intensifying trade and diplomatic dispute between the Asian neighbours.

US power waning in Pacific, warns top Australian think tank

Sydney - The United States no longer has military primacy in the Pacific and could struggle to defend allies against China, a top Australian think tank has warned.

Greenland isn't for sale but it is increasingly valuable

Washington - President Donald Trump's reported wish to buy Greenland may have been rejected by Denmark, but it underscores the rapidly rising value of the massive, ice-covered island due to global warming and to China's drive for an Arctic presence.

Philippine military warns on Chinese investment in key islands

Manila - The Philippine military on Tuesday warned plans by President Rodrigo Duterte's government to allow Chinese investors to develop three tiny but strategic islands could "compromise" Manila's security.

One dead, thousands evacuated in Russia arms depot fire

Moscow - Investigators said Tuesday that one person was killed and eight injured after a fire and explosions at a Siberian ammunition depot while thousands of evacuated residents waited to return to their homes.

Beijing warns of 'countermeasures' over US missile plans

Bejing - China warned Tuesday it would take unspecified countermeasures if the United States goes ahead with plans to deploy ground-based intermediate-range missiles in the Asia-Pacific region.

Beijing warns of 'countermeasures' over US missile plans

Bejing - China warned Tuesday it would take unspecified countermeasures if the United States goes ahead with plans to deploy ground-based missiles in the Asia-Pacific region.

Putin urges new arms talks with US to avoid 'chaos'

Moscow - Russian President Vladimir Putin on Monday urged the United States to begin new arms talks after the collapse of a Cold War nuclear pact between the two world powers.

Australia rules out hosting US missiles

Sydney - Australia on Monday ruled out hosting ground-based US missiles after talks with Washington's top defence and diplomatic officials.

US struggles to build willing coalition amid Hormuz tensions

Sydney - The United States is struggling to piece together an international coalition to protect cargo ships travelling through the Strait of Hormuz, with allies concerned about being dragged into conflict with Iran.

US wants to quickly deploy new missiles in Asia: Esper

Sydney - Washington wants to quickly deploy new intermediate-range missiles in Asia, US Defense Secretary Mark Esper said Saturday in a move likely to anger China.

US wants to quickly deploy new missiles in Asia: Esper

Sydney - Washington wants to quickly deploy new intermediate-range missiles in Asia, to counter the rise of China in the region, new US Defense Secretary Mark Esper said Saturday.

Germany nixes US request to join naval mission off Iran

Berlin - Germany poured cold water Wednesday on a US demand it join a maritime surveillance mission in the Strait of Hormuz, arguing that it wants to focus on diplomacy to ease tensions with Iran.

US urges Germany to 'help secure' Strait of Hormuz

Berlin - The United States stepped up diplomatic pressure on Germany Tuesday to join efforts to secure the strategic Strait of Hormuz as tensions mount between Washington and Iran.
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