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Merkel rejects US criticism on defence spending

Berlin - Chancellor Angela Merkel on Tuesday insisted Germany will not cut foreign aid to raise military spending, rejecting US criticism of its defence outlays.

France questions if US support for NATO is 'perennial'

Washington - France's defense minister questioned Monday whether the US commitment to the NATO alliance is "perennial" and said Europe needs to build defense "autonomy" as that question goes unanswered.

Germany to miss NATO spending target despite short-term rise

Berlin - German defence spending will rise next year but then drop off again as a percentage of GDP, Berlin said Monday, in news expected to anger US President Donald Trump.

NATO takes Huawei security concerns seriously: Stoltenberg

Apo - Security concerns about the role of Huawei in Western 5G telecom infrastructure are to be taken seriously, the head of NATO said Thursday, as Washington steps up pressure on Europe not to use the Chinese firm.

Seven NATO countries hit spending target

Apo - Seven of the 29 NATO countries hit the alliance's defence spending target in 2018, figures showed Thursday, an improvement over the year but probably not enough to satisfy Donald Trump.

N. Korea 'missile launch' plans under scrutiny as concern mounts

Seoul - South Korea's military said Monday it was closely monitoring North Korean facilities after a series of satellite images triggered international alarm that Pyongyang might be preparing a long-range missile or space launch.

Indian govt in new dogfight over French fighters deal

New Delhi - India's opposition Thursday called for a corruption probe into a multi-billion-dollar fighter jet deal, raising pressure on Prime Minister Narendra Modi as government lawyers threatened a leading newspaper with legal action for revealing details.

Australia defence minister latest to quit ahead of vote: reports

Sydney - Australia's experienced defence minister is to quit politics, media reported Friday, the fourth cabinet member to announce their retirement as the government braces for a tough election battle.

Japan's Okinawa 'votes against' controversial US base move: exit polls

Nago - Voters on the Japanese island of Okinawa have rejected the relocation of a controversial US military base, according to exit polls from a non-binding referendum cited by local media Sunday.

Japan's Okinawa to vote on controversial US base move

Okinawa - Residents of Japan's Okinawa go to the polls Sunday in a closely watched referendum on the controversial relocation of a US military base to a remote part of the island.

Germany under fire for Saudi arms export ban

Berlin - Export power Germany has long had a troubled relationship with selling arms abroad, a legacy of its dark history that is now spelling deep discord with its European allies.

'Pyongyang not the enemy': S. Koreans fed up with military service

Seoul - Namgung Jin is anxious as he awaits the start of his military service in South Korea -- almost two years in uniform guarding against the nuclear-armed neighbour to the north, with the two countries technically still at war.

Iran launches 'cruise missile capable' submarine

Tehran - Iran on Sunday launched a new locally-made submarine capable of firing cruise missiles, state TV said, in the country's latest show of military might at a time of heightened tensions with the US.

Disarmament efforts must include China as well as US, Russia: Merkel

Munich - China must be involved in international disarmament efforts, German Chancellor Angela Merkel said Saturday, amid rising concern about Beijing's missile arsenal and the suspension of a key US-Russia arms treaty.

Disarmament efforts must include China as well as US, Russia: Merkel

Munich - China must be involved in international disarmament efforts, German Chancellor Angela Merkel said Saturday, amid rising concern about Beijing's missile arsenal and the suspension of a key US-Russia arms treaty.

No movement in Russian missile talks: NATO chief

Munich - Russia gave "no new signals" Friday about saving a landmark Cold War missile control agreement, the head of NATO said, as fears grow of a new arms race in Europe.

Europeans $100 billion short of NATO spending pledge: study

Munich - Europe would need to boost defence spending by more than $100 billion to hit the NATO spending pledge that has stirred much anger by US President Donald Trump, a study showed Friday.

With armoured vehicles and snipers, US seeks to deter Russia

Orzysz - With the Russian border little more than an hour away, the desolate grey sky burst open with an explosion of fire and a plume of smoke. If the scene evoked the Cold War, it was intentional.

New Pentagon chief meets NATO allies wary after Trump rows

Apo - Washington's new acting defence chief took part in his first NATO gathering Wednesday meeting allies unsure about his interim status and wary after recent spats with his boss President Donald Trump.

NATO chief to meet Russia's Lavrov on missile pact crisis

Apo - NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg announced Wednesday that he will hold talks with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov this week, as part of efforts to save a key arms control treaty that is on the point of collapse.

NATO planning for more Russian missiles: Stoltenberg

Apo - NATO is planning for "more Russian missiles" after the collapse of a landmark Cold War arms treaty, but will not deploy new nuclear warheads in Europe, the alliance's chief said Tuesday.

NATO defence ministers to review Kosovo role

Apo - NATO defence ministers will this week review the alliance's activities in Kosovo, Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said Tuesday, amid unease about Pristina's decision to create its own army.

Acting Pentagon chief makes surprise Baghdad visit

Baghdad - Acting Pentagon chief Patrick Shanahan arrived in Baghdad on an unannounced visit Tuesday for talks on the sensitive issue of a continued troop presence following withdrawal from neighbouring Syria.

Australia signs massive sub deal with French firm

Canberra - Australia formally signed a $50 billion "strategic partnership" with France to build 12 state of the art submarines Monday, a signal of Canberra's willingness to project power across the Pacific.

Greece backs Macedonia's NATO bid, completing name deal

Atenas - Greek lawmakers on Friday approved Macedonia's NATO accession bid, putting the final touches on a historic deal to end a 27-year name row between the two countries.A majority of 153 lawmakers supported the legislation, while 140 voted against.

China denies 'ridiculous' spying allegations by Lithuania

Vilnius - China on Friday denied what it termed "ridiculous" allegations of spying levelled by Lithuania as the Baltic eurozone state joined other western nations in expressing concerns about Chinese telecoms giant Huawei.

France makes fresh air strikes against rebel incursion into Chad

Paris - French warplanes have carried out fresh attacks against an armed convoy which crossed into Chad from Libya, after initial strikes over the weekend failed to halt its advance, the French army said Wednesday.

Macedonia takes major step on road to NATO membership

Apo - Macedonia moved a step closer to NATO membership on Wednesday, signing accession papers after resolving a long-running name row with Greece.

NATO leaders to meet in London in December

Apo - The leaders of NATO's 29 countries will gather in London in December for a special meeting to mark the alliance's 70th anniversary, Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg announced Wednesday.

French air strikes 'repel incursion into Chad from Libya'

Paris - French warplanes on Sunday struck twice to halt an armed group that crossed into northern Chad from Libya in a column of 40 pickups, the French military said, adding it acted at Chad's request.
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