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EU eyes more 'responsibility' for its own security

Apo - EU leaders agreed Friday that the bloc should take more responsibility for its own security, insisting Brussels needs to be a strong partner for NATO and the United States.

EU leaders debate push to boost defences

Apo - EU leaders debated efforts aimed at bolstering the bloc's ability to tackle security threats Friday, as Brussels looks to convince sceptics over its drive for a more assertive Europe.

N. Korean defector undetected for hours after swimming to South

Seoul - A North Korean defector wore a diving suit and fins during a daring six-hour swim around one of the world's most fortified borders, a Seoul official said, and was caught only after apparently falling asleep.

Australian defence minister hospitalised

Sydney - Australia's defence minister was admitted to hospital with a cardiovascular condition and placed on medical leave Wednesday, the government said.

Cold War vibes as US shows military muscle in Norway

Oslo - The United States is deploying long-range B-1 bombers to Norway to train in the strategically important High North in a new show of force unseen in the region since the Cold War.

US warships conduct exercises in South China Sea

Washington - A US aircraft carrier group sailed into the South China Sea on a so-called "freedom of navigation" exercise, the first routine operation in the region under new President Joe Biden.

Russia pulling 'military instructors' out of Central African Republic: diplomats

New York - Russia told the United Nations this week it plans to withdraw the 300 "military instructors" it sent to the Central African Republic at the end of 2020 for the presidential election, diplomats told AFP Friday.

The Bavarian town where US troops are life and soul

Apo - When the United States said it would be withdrawing troops from Germany earlier this year, shockwaves rippled through the country -- but nowhere more than in the Bavarian town of Grafenwoehr.

German government at odds over armed drones

Berlin - Should the German army be equipped with killer drones? With less than a year to go before a general election, it's a question that has bitterly divided Chancellor Angela Merkel's coalition government, testing NATO's patience.

Trump warns Iran over rocket strike on embassy in Iraq

Washington - US President Donald Trump warned Wednesday he would hold "Iran responsible" in the event of a fatal attack on Americans in Iraq, as the first anniversary of the killing of a top Iranian general in a US air strike approaches.

Pentagon chief meets with Afghan president in Kabul

Washington - US Defense Secretary Christopher Miller met Tuesday with Afghan president Ashraf Ghani in Kabul during an unannounced visit to Afghanistan.

NATO seeks more political role despite divisions

Apo - The NATO alliance should seek a more political role as the lynchpin of the West, ministers will hear this week, despite disputes about its strategy.

UK unveils defence spending splurge for post-Brexit and Biden era

London - Prime Minister Boris Johnson vowed Thursday "to end the era of retreat" as he unveiled Britain's biggest programme of military investment since the end of the Cold War, as the country positions itself for a post-EU future.The extra spending of £16.

UK to unveil 'largest military investment' in three decades

London - Prime Minister Boris Johnson will on Thursday unveil what is being billed as Britain's biggest programme of investment in the armed forces since the end of the Cold War.In a speech to lawmakers in parliament, Johnson will announce an extra £16.

EU must learn to live without US leadership under Biden, say analysts

Apo - The EU will once again have a cooperative US partner when Joe Biden becomes president, but Europeans should harbour no illusions: Washington will be no globo-cop nor NATO's big protector, leaders and analysts say.

US puts China 'aggression' at heart of India talks

New Delhi - The United States and India are united against China's "aggression", the US defence secretary said Tuesday after top level talks between key ministers from the two countries.

China 'to sanction' US firms over Taiwan arms sale

Bejing - China said Monday it would impose sanctions on Lockheed Martin, a Boeing defence division and other US firms involved in arms sales to Taiwan, the self-governed island that Beijing views as its territory.

Pompeo in India for talks on China 'threats'

New Delhi - US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo arrived in New Delhi on Monday, kicking off a four-country Asia tour that he has said will focus on the "threats" posed by China.

Clean conscience: South Korea offers alternative to conscription

Seoul - As a devout Jehovah's Witness Jang Kyung-jin was ready to be jailed rather than serve in South Korea's military. After a landmark court ruling he will be heading for prison on Monday -- but as a civilian administrator, not a convict.

US condemns Turkey over reported test of Russian system

Istanbul - The United States on Friday condemned NATO ally Turkey after it reportedly carried out its first test of a highly advanced Russian air defence system in defiance of US warnings.

US shoots down Putin proposal for one-year New START extension

Moscow - Russia and the United States on Friday were at a new impasse over the last major nuclear arms reduction accord, with the United States calling President Vladimir Putin's proposal for an unconditional one-year extension a non-starter.

Mask-free Queen ventures outside 'HMS Bubble' to secret lab

Salisbury - Queen Elizabeth II on Thursday made her first public visit outside a royal residence since the start of the coronavirus outbreak, visiting a top secret research lab but appearing without a face mask.

Kim throws down gauntlet with huge new ICBM: analysts

Seoul - The gargantuan new missile North Korea put on show at a military parade is an explicit threat to US defences and an implicit challenge to both the current and next American president, analysts say, warning Pyongyang could test the weapon next year.

Indonesia defence minister invited to US after ban lifted

Jakarta - The United States has lifted a long-time ban on Indonesian Defence Minister Prabowo Subianto over alleged human rights violations and invited him to Washington next week, his aides said Friday.

Quarantined, top US general assures US remains well-protected

Washington - The Pentagon's top general, quarantined after being exposed to Covid-19, assured Thursday that the military remains at the ready to defend the United States and allies.

Cambodian PM says naval base not just for China

Phnom Penh - China would not have exclusive access to a Cambodian naval base, Prime Minister Hun Sen said Wednesday, despite Beijing chipping in for upgrades after a US-funded facility was razed at the site last month.

India's Modi opens tunnel route to tense China border

New Delhi - India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday opened a Himalayan tunnel that will drastically reduce the time needed to rush troops to the country's remote Chinese border as tensions grow between the Asian neighbours.

Japan's military seeks record $52 bn budget

Apo - Japan's defence ministry on Wednesday unveiled a record $52-billion budget request in a push to maintain military readiness under pressure from China and North Korea.

Russia's season of war games unites West-weary allies

Moscow - President Vladimir Putin will on Friday oversee massive military exercises as Russia stages a series of drills with China and other allies amid fresh tensions with the West.

Greece announces major arms purchase as Turkey tension rises

Athens - Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis on Saturday announced a "robust" arms purchase programme and an overhaul of the country's military amid rising tension with Turkey in the eastern Mediterranean.
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