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India claims new first for world's fastest cruise missile

New Delhi - India said the world's fastest cruise missile passed another key test Wednesday when it successfully hit a land target after being fired from a fighter jet.

Turkey says to produce S-500s with Russia after S-400 missile deal

Ankara - Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Saturday said Turkey and Russia would jointly produce S-500 defence systems after Ankara's controversial purchase of the S-400 missile defence system from Moscow.

US navy chief does not want China tensions to 'boil over'

Fpo - The US navy chief said Wednesday he did not want maritime tensions with China to "boil over", a week after Washington's latest challenge to Beijing's territorial claims in contested waters.

US warns EU over 'poison pill' defence plans

Apo - The United States has sent a stern warning to the European Union that its plans to boost defence cooperation within the bloc could unravel decades of transatlantic cooperation and damage NATO.

Caracas blasts Guaido's courting of US military

Caracas - Venezuela reacted with outrage Monday after the opposition openly courted US military support, with the regime denouncing what it called a "repugnant" attempt to plot an armed intervention in the crisis-torn country.

US sends naval strike group as tensions rise with Iran

Washington - The United States is deploying an amphibious assault ship and a Patriot missile battery to bolster an aircraft carrier and B-52 bombers already sent to the Gulf, ratcheting up pressure Saturday on archfoe Iran.

North Korea's missile tests not 'breach of trust': Trump

Washington - US President Donald Trump said Friday that North Korea's recent missile tests were not a "breach of trust.""They're short-range and I don't consider that a breach of trust at all. And, you know, at some point I may.

'Nobody's happy' about N. Korea missile launch, says Trump

Seoul - US President Donald Trump said that "nobody's happy" after North Korea raised the pressure over the future of their deadlocked nuclear negotiations by launching two short-range missiles.

North Korea fires projectiles: South's military

Seoul - North Korea fired a number of unidentified projectiles Thursday, the South's military said, as a US envoy visited Seoul for discussions on how to break the nuclear deadlock.

France confirms contested arms shipment to Saudi Arabia

Paris - The French government confirmed Wednesday that a new shipment of weapons will head for Saudi Arabia, despite claims that Riyadh is using the arms in the devastating war in Yemen.

Turkey to buy Russian missiles despite US 'threats'

Istanbul - Turkey on Sunday dismissed US threats of sanctions if it went ahead with a Russian missile purchase, saying it would not renege on a pledge to Moscow.

US military spending up for first time in 7 years: SIPRI

Stockholm - US military spending has risen for the first time in seven years, reflecting Trump administration policy, according to a new report released Monday by the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute.Worldwide military spending also rose by 2.

China uses US-made satellites for internal security: report

Washington - A fleet of US-made satellites helps China's government police its people and supports its military despite growing wariness in Washington over Beijing's power, the Wall Street Journal reported Tuesday.

N.Korea's Kim oversees test of new weapon with 'powerful warhead'

Seoul - North Korea's Kim Jong Un has supervised the test-firing of a new tactical weapon with a "powerful warhead", state media reported Thursday, in the first test of its kind since nuclear negotiations with Washington stalled.

N.Korea's Kim oversees new 'guided weapon' test: state media

Seoul - North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has supervised the test-firing of a new type of "tactical guided weapon," the country's state media reported on Thursday.

Amid worries over Russia, Sweden returns troops to Baltic island

Visby - Under an icy rain, camouflage-clad Swedish soldiers crouched behind a log pile, aimed their machine guns towards the Baltic Sea and, at their officers' barked orders, opened fire down the snow-covered range.

Japan, US struggle to find crashed jet and its 'secrets'

Apo - One week after an F-35A stealth fighter jet crashed off the northeastern coast of Japan, US and Japanese military vessels are struggling to find the wreckage and protect its valuable "secrets.

Battle for space more stealth than Star Wars

Colorado Springs - At tens of thousands of kilometers above the Earth, a Russian satellite slowly approached the French-Italian satellite Athena-Fidus in October 2017, a move France later denounced as "an act of espionage.

Japan F-35 fighter disappears over Pacific

Apo - A Japanese F-35A stealth fighter jet with one pilot on board disappeared off the radar while on a training mission over the Pacific late Tuesday, the defence ministry said.

NATO chief says not seeking 'new Cold War' with Russia

Washington - NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said Wednesday that the alliance was not seeking a new "Cold War" with Russia on its 70th anniversary but called for greater efforts at deterrence."We do not want a new arms race. We do not want a new Cold War.

Russia opposes US plan for more NATO ships in Black Sea

Moscow - A US proposal to send more NATO ships to the Black Sea to ensure safe passage for Ukrainian vessels and deter Russia is viewed "negatively" in Moscow, the Kremlin said Wednesday.

Stick to defence spending pledge, NATO chief tells Germany

Apo - Germany must honour its own promises on defence spending, NATO chief Jens Stoltenberg insisted Monday, as the alliance prepares to mark its 70th anniversary amid unprecedented tensions with Washington.

Spain takes over EU anti-piracy mission from Britain due to Brexit

Rota - Spain on Friday took over from Britain command of a European Union maritime mission that combats piracy off the coast of Somalia as Britain's planned departure from the bloc nears.

Germany adds six months to Saudi arms export ban: government

Berlin - German Chancellor Angela Merkel's coalition government Thursday extended by six months an embargo on weapons exports to Saudi Arabia, instituted last October in response to the murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

Merkel govt split on Saudi arms exports as deadline looms

Berlin - German Chancellor Angela Merkel's coalition government was Thursday struggling to overcome divisions on whether to extend or scrap a weapons export embargo against Saudi Arabia.

Modi declares India 'space superpower' as satellite downed by missile

New Delhi - India said Wednesday it destroyed a low-orbiting satellite in a missile test that proved the nation was among the world's most advanced space powers.

German prosecutors say probing submarine sales to Israel

Berlin - German prosecutors confirmed Tuesday they are investigating the 2017 sale of three submarines to Israel, a potential corruption scandal implicating allies of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

NATO confirms plans for US military storage in Poland

Apo - NATO on Saturday confirmed it plans a storage facility for US military equipment in Poland, as the alliance steps up its defences in the face of increased Russian assertiveness.

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.
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