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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.

Did Trump disclose secret US nuclear weapon in interview?

Washington - Bob Woodward's explosive new book on President Donald Trump has sent military analysts worldwide scrambling over a boast Trump made to the veteran Washington journalist of a potentially nuclear weapons system that "nobody's ever had.

France detains senior military officer suspected of spying

Paris - A senior French military officer stationed at a NATO base has been indicted and detained on suspicion of spying for Russia, local media and legal sources said on Sunday.

US warship sails near disputed islands in tense South China Sea

Bejing - An American warship sailed near the disputed Paracel Islands in the South China Sea, the US Navy has said, challenging Beijing's claims on the resource-rich waterway and prompting a warning from the Chinese military.

Mutating terror threat still looms over Europe

Paris - The terrorist threat against Europe has mutated in the last half-decade as jihadist groups have seen their Middle East sanctuaries eroded, but analysts say the West must remain braced for more attacks.

South Korean general sacked over defector's return

Seoul - A South Korean marine major-general was relieved of his command Friday after the military failed to prevent a man's illegal defection back to the North, officials said.

China conducts military drills in South China Sea

Bejing - Beijing recently conducted "high-intensity" naval exercises in the South China Sea, China's defence ministry said Thursday, as tensions grow over the Asian power's manoeuvres in the contested waters.

India uses arrival of new fighter jets to warn China

New Delhi - The first five Rafale fighter jets bought from France in a multi-billion-dollar deal landed in India on Wednesday, and the defence minister used their arrival to launch a veiled warning to neighbouring China over territorial tensions.

South Korea's first military satellite launched

Seoul - South Korea's first-ever military communications satellite has been successfully launched by private operator SpaceX, Seoul said Tuesday, as it looks to build up its defence capabilities.

US targets Russia group over Libya mines, Sudan suppression

Washington - The United States on Wednesday accused a Russian mercenary group of laying landmines in and around Tripoli and imposed sanctions over its alleged cooperation with Sudan's ousted dictator.

Japan defence review slams China's virus 'disinformation'

Apo - China has been spreading "disinformation" about the coronavirus and its naval activities are a matter of "grave" concern, Japan said in its annual defence review published Tuesday.

Inventor of Israel's Iron Dome seeks coronavirus 'game-changer'

Apo - Daniel Gold, who led the team that invented Israel's Iron Dome missile defence system, has a history of safeguarding the country against what he identifies as existential threats.

Chinese threats, weaker US alliance spur Australian military overhaul

Sydney - Australia has unveiled plans to dramatically tool-up its military as threats from China mount, but some see collapsing trust in the United States alliance as an underlying motivation.

Australia to revamp defences as China tensions rise

Brisbane - Australia announced an assertive new defence strategy Wednesday, beefing up its long-range strike capabilities and cyber-warfare efforts amid escalating tensions with China.

Australia to boost defence spending as China tensions rise

Brisbane - Australia will announce a substantial increase in defence spending and focus on projecting military power across the Indo-Pacific amid escalating tensions with China, in a major policy speech to be delivered Wednesday by Prime Minister Scott Morrison.

Pentagon lists firms it says are backed by Chinese military

Washington - The Pentagon has published a list of 20 Chinese companies it says are backed by the military, in the latest instance of a running tit-for-tat economic battle between Washington and Beijing.

Japan confirms scrapping US missile defence system

Apo - Japan has scrapped the deployment of a multi-billion-dollar US anti-missile system, the government confirmed Thursday, days after saying the programme had been suspended.

North Korea's Kim suspends military plans against South: KCNA

Seoul - North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has suspended plans for military action against the South, state media reported Wednesday, in an apparent sudden dialling down of tensions after Pyongyang blew up a liaison office.

North Korea's Kim suspends military plans against South: KCNA

Seoul - North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has suspended plans for military action against the South, state media reported Wednesday in an apparent sudden dialling-down of tensions after Pyongyang blew up a liaison office.

NATO probes France-Turkey naval incident

Apo - NATO said Thursday it has launched an official investigation into a naval incident in the Mediterranean between alliance members France and Turkey that has infuriated Paris.
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