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Japan, US conduct live-fire drill amid regional tension

Nihon - Some 300 Japanese and US military personnel on Wednesday carried out live-fire artillery training in northern Japan, officials said, amid high regional tensions over North Korean missile threats.

US 'speaking with one voice' on North Korea, State Dept insists

Washington - The United States is speaking out with a unified message on North Korea, the US State Department insisted Wednesday, playing down divergent comments from President Donald Trump and Secretary of State Rex Tillerson.

Japan says North Korea poses 'new level of threat'

Toukyo - North Korea's missile development poses a "new level of threat", Japan's defence ministry said Tuesday in an annual report that also reiterated concerns over China's increasing military posture.

North Korea dismisses South's talks offer: Yonhap

Seoul - North Korea dismissed offers of talks from the South during a rare exchange between the two rivals' foreign ministers, Seoul's Yonhap news agency reported Monday after the UN imposed a new round of sanctions on nuclear-armed Pyongyang.

Four dead, eight injured as soldier opens fire on Iran military base: army

Tehran - At least four soldiers were killed and eight injured when one of their colleagues opened fire on a military air base in southern Tehran on Sunday, the Iranian military said in a statement.

Iran hits back at missile test criticism

Tehran - Iran criticised the position adopted by European governments against its missile tests, during a visit by EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini on Saturday.

US ends search for missing sailor in S. China Sea

Toukyo - US naval forces have suspended their search for an American sailor who went missing during a joint drill in the South China Sea with Japan on Tuesday.

Air France extends no-fly zone around North Korea

Paris - Air France said Thursday it was extending its non-flyover zone around North Korea after a missile from the reclusive state fell into the sea 100 kilometres (60 miles) from one its plane's trajectories.

Qatar announces 5 bn euro order for warships from Italy

Doha - Qatar announced on Wednesday a five-billion-euro order for seven warships from Italy in the midst of a nearly two-month diplomatic crisis with neighbouring Saudi Arabia and its allies.

US sailor missing during South China Sea joint naval drill

Toukyo - US and Japanese naval forces are searching for an American sailor who went missing during a joint drill in the South China Sea, officials said Wednesday.

Pentagon alarm over Turkey plan to buy Russian missiles

Washington - The Pentagon on Monday criticized Turkey's plans to purchase a Russian air-defense system instead of investing in NATO technology.

Russia expulsions won't deter US 'commitment to allies': Pence

Tbili - US Vice President Mike Pence said Monday Moscow's demand that Washington cut 755 American diplomatic staff in Russia will not lessen the US commitment to its allies.

US returns tiny portion of controversial Okinawa base

Toukyo - Japan said Monday the United States had returned a sliver of land at a controversial US air base on the southern island of Okinawa which has sparked a lengthy and fierce dispute.

China's Xi urges need for 'world-class' army loyal to party

Bejing - Chinese President Xi Jinping stressed the need to build a world-class military, capable of "defeating all invading enemies" and loyal to the ruling Communist Party, at a major parade Sunday.

Putin shows off Russia's naval might with major parade

Sanktpeterburg - President Vladimir Putin on Sunday oversaw a pomp-filled display of Russia's naval might as the Kremlin paraded its sea power from the Baltic Sea to the shores of Syria.

China's Xi urges need for 'world-class' army loyal to Party

Bejing - Chinese President Xi Jinping touted the need to build a "world-class" army capable of "defeating all invading enemies" at a military parade held Sunday to mark the 90th anniversary of the People's Liberation Army (PLA).

US bombers fly mission over Korean peninsula after missile test

Washington - US strategic bombers flew over the Korean Peninsula in a pointed show of force in response to Pyongyang's latest intercontinental ballistic missile, American officials said Saturday.

Pence in Estonia to ease Russia fears in Baltic region

Tallinn - US Vice President Mike Pence on Sunday visits Estonia to reassure the three Baltic NATO members, concerned over neighbouring Russia's military activity, before continuing on to Georgia and Montenegro with the same mission.

Russia orders US to cut diplomats in response to sanctions

Moscow - Russia's foreign ministry on Friday announced counter measures in response to tough new sanctions proposed by the United States, ordering Washington to reduce its diplomatic staff.

Japan's scandal-hit defence chief resigns

Toukyo - Japan's hawkish defence minister resigned Friday over a long-brewing scandal involving the handling of military documents, in a major political blow to Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.

Japan's scandal-hit defence chief announces resignation

Toukyo - Hawkish Japanese defence minister Tomomi Inada on Friday announced her resignation over a long-brewing scandal involving the handling of military documents, in a political blow to Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.

'Dozens' killed in Mali clashes before helicopter crash

Bamako - A group of former separatist rebels in Mali killed "dozens" of members of a pro-government armed group before a UN helicopter monitoring the fighting crashed in the country's north, sources told AFP Thursday.

'Dozens' killed in Mali clashes before helicopter crash

Bamako - A group of former separatist rebels in Mali killed "dozens" of members of a pro-government armed group before a UN helicopter monitoring the fighting crashed in the country's north, sources told AFP Thursday.

Adama Barrow: how do you solve a problem like The Gambia?

Banjul - Six months ago, businessman and political novice Adama Barrow took power in Africa's smallest mainland country after delivering a stunning defeat against ex-leader Yahya Jammeh, who had ruled brutally for 22 years.

Progress with Russia over air-defence system: Erdogan

Ankara - Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Tuesday announced progress in talks to get Russia to supply its latest S-400 air-defence system to Ankara."We have signed with Russia.

French military chief resigns after row with Macron

Paris - France's top military chief resigned Wednesday after a war of words with Emmanuel Macron over budget cuts that tested the new president's authority.

French military chief resigns after Macron rebuke: statement

Paris - France's military chief resigned on Wednesday after he was rebuked by President Emmanuel Macron for protesting defence spending cuts.

France indicts two ex-bosses in Malaysia submarine graft case

Paris - French investigators have indicted two former top executives in a long-running probe into alleged kickbacks from the 2002 sale of submarines to Malaysia, sources close to the inquiry said Tuesday.

Germany delays Israel submarine deal over graft probe: source

Jerusalem - Germany has delayed signing a deal with Israel advancing the sale of three submarines, an Israeli official said Tuesday as a corruption probe into the affair gained momentum.

Turkey again blocks German MPs visit troops: Berlin

Berlin - Germany on Friday said Turkey once again blocked a visit by its lawmakers to German troops stationed at a Turkish base, a move adding to tension in their relations.
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