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US commander must 'imagine the unimaginable' on NKorea

Singapore - The top US commander in the Pacific warned Tuesday he must "imagine the unimaginable" in responding to the threat posed by the North Korea's nuclear weapons programme.

US, S. Korea begin major navy drill

Seongnam - The United States and South Korea on Monday launched a joint naval exercise in a fresh show of force against North Korea over its growing missile and nuclear threats.

Lithuania hikes defence budget to meet NATO target

Vilnius - Lithuania said Wednesday it would raise its defence spending to 2 percent of gross domestic product (GDP) next year to meet a NATO target amid security concerns over neighbouring Russia.

China protests to US over sail-by in disputed waters

Bejing - China said Wednesday it has lodged a protest with the United States after an American warship sailed near disputed islands in the South China Sea.

Philippines hails US as top ally, welcomes war games

Manila - The Philippines' military chief hailed the United States as his nation's "number one ally" and announced a return of regular war games, following President Rodrigo Duterte's call for warmer ties.

Germany redeploys anti-IS surveillance jets to Jordan

Berlin - Germany on Wednesday moved four Tornado jets flying surveillance missions against the Islamic State group to Jordan after withdrawing them from Turkey amid a bilateral dispute, the defence ministry said.

Trump hails 'very strong' ties with Thailand

Washington - Donald Trump welcomed Thai junta leader chief Prayut Chan-O-Cha to the White House on Monday, trying to turn the page after coups rocked one of America's oldest alliances.

Russia to destroy 'last chemical weapons', Putin says

Moscow - President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday announced that Russia was destroying its last chemical weapons, hailing the move as a "historic event" and accusing the United States of not following suit.

US wants diplomatic end to North Korea crisis: Mattis

New Delhi - The United States wants a diplomatic solution to the escalating nuclear crisis with North Korea, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said Tuesday, toning down the shrill rhetoric between the two countries.

Fighter jets, drones on table as Mattis visits key ally India

New Delhi - Fighter jets, drone deals and shared concerns over Afghanistan's security look set to dominate the agenda when US Defense Secretary James Mattis visits India this week.

Fighter jets, drones on table as Mattis visits key ally India

New Delhi - Fighter jets, drone deals and shared concerns over Afghanistan's security challenges look set to dominate the agenda when US Defence Secretary James Mattis visits India this week.

Slovakia plans to meet NATO defence budget target by 2024

Bratislava - Slovakia plans to increase its military budget to the NATO target of two percent of gross domestic product by 2024, according to an official document released Thursday.The NATO and EU member state of 5.4 million people currently allocates 1.

To shoot down or not? NKorea launch highlights intercept issues

Washington - North Korea's latest missile launch over Japan set sirens blaring and triggered alerts telling people to seek shelter -- yet neither Tokyo nor Washington tried to shoot the rocket down.

Poland hikes defence spending surpassing NATO target

Varsovia - Poland on Friday hiked defence spending above the 2 percent of GDP target set by NATO which few member states have so far have met.

Chronology of North Korean missile development

Seoul - For the second time in less than a month, North Korea has fired a ballistic missile over Japan, days after the international community further tightened its sanctions over its banned weapons and nuclear programme.

Poland's defence chief to hold talks in Paris on Wednesday

Varsovia - Polish Defence Minister Antoni Macierewicz will travel to Paris on Wednesday for talks with his French counterpart Florence Parly, against a backdrop of strained relations between the two countries.

Russian defence minister visits Assad ahead of Syrian offensive

Moscow - Syrian President Bashar al-Assad welcomed Russian Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu to Damascus on Tuesday as Syrian forces supported by the Russian army prepare to make a final push into parts of the eastern city of Deir Ezzor.

Turkey signs deal to buy Russian S-400 missile systems

Istanbul - Turkey has signed a deal with Russia to buy S-400 missile defence systems in its first major weapons purchase from Moscow, Turkish newspapers Tuesday quoted President Recep Tayyip Erdogan as saying.

Turkey signs deal to buy Russian S-400 missile systems: Erdogan

Istanbul - Turkey has signed a deal with Russia to buy S-400 missile defence systems in its first major weapons purchase from Moscow, Turkish newspapers Tuesday quoted President Recep Tayyip Erdogan as saying.

France to boost defence budget by 1.6 bn euros in 2018: PM

Paris - France will boost defence spending next year by 1.6 billion euros, Prime Minister Edouard Philippe said Thursday, just two months after a row over planned cuts to the budget triggered the resignation of the armed forces chief.

SpaceX launches secret US military space plane ahead of Irma

Washington - SpaceX successfully launched a secret US Air Force space plane on Thursday ahead of the arrival in Florida of Hurricane Irma.

EU defence ministers put to test in mock cyberattack

Tallinn - A major cyberattack targets European Union military structures, with hackers using social media and "fake news" to spread confusion, and governments are left scrambling to respond as the crisis escalates.

France to start using armed drones

Toulon - France unveiled plans on Tuesday to start using armed drones, joining a growing number of countries worldwide to operate the deadly unmanned aircraft.

Chronology of North Korean missile development

Seoul - North Korea appeared to carry out a sixth nuclear test Sunday, with seismic monitors measuring an "explosion" of 6.3 magnitude near its main test site.Japan's government said it confirmed a nuclear test had been carried out.

US beefs up Baltic air patrol as Russia war games loom

Vilnius - The United States on Tuesday sent extra jet fighters to patrol the skies over Baltic states to reinforce its NATO allies as Russia gears up for major major military drills, Lithuania's defence ministry said.

Japan wakes up to North Korean missile warnings

Toukyo - Millions of Japanese awoke to ominous text messages Tuesday warning them to take cover as a North Korean missile flew overhead, with one train operator bluntly explaining its halted service as "Reason: Ballistic missile launch.

Israel finalises deal for 17 more F-35 stealth fighters

Jerusalem - Israel has finalised a deal to purchase 17 more F-35 stealth fighters in addition to 33 of the ultra-high-tech jets already ordered, the defence ministry said Sunday.

NATO chief demands Russian 'transparency' on war games

Varsovia - NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg on Friday urged the Kremlin to comply with rules on transparency as Russia geared up for huge military exercises along the alliance's eastern flank next month.

NATO chief demands Russian 'transparency' on war games

Varsovia - NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg on Friday urged the Kremlin to comply with rules on transparency as Russia geared up for huge military exercises along the alliance's eastern flank next month.

NATO chief demands Russian 'transparency' on war games

Varsovia - NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg on Friday urged the Kremlin to comply with rules on transparency as it gears up for huge military exercises along the alliance's eastern flank next month.
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