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NATO jet approaches Russian defence minister's plane

Moscow - A NATO military plane on Wednesday approached the plane of Russian Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu above the Baltic Sea, Russian news agencies reported, the third such encounter in three days.

French defence minister quits over fake jobs claims

Paris - French Defence Minister Sylvie Goulard announced her resignation on Tuesday over a fake jobs scandal that has hit her small centrist MoDem party, which has allied itself with President Emmanuel Macron's party.

NATO holds first war games on vulnerable Baltic corridor

Vilnius - NATO has held its first war games focused on defending the Suwalki Gap, a land corridor critical to the security of its Baltic allies, officials said Monday, amid tensions with Russia.

Weapons found after shots fired in oil field: Saudi

Riyadh - Saudi Arabia said on Monday it had seized weapons from a boat captured after shots were fired by security forces near an oil platform in the Arabian Gulf, at a time of tension with Iran and Qatar.

Macedonia seeks end to name dispute blocking NATO, EU bids

Brussels - Macedonia's new prime minister suggested Monday that his country could join NATO and the EU under a provisional name in order to end a long-running dispute with Greece that has blocked its membership bids.

Juncker says Europe can no longer 'outsource' protection

Prague - Europe has to take care of its defence given the shift in US policy, European Commission chief Jean-Claude Juncker said Friday, promoting a hefty defence fund announced by Brussels.

Germany withdraws troops from anti-IS base in Turkey row

Berlin - The German government decided Wednesday to withdraw its troops from Turkey's Incirlik base near the Syrian border after last-ditch talks with Ankara failed to resolve an escalating row.

EU unveils defence fund, urges US to stay on world stage

Brussels - The EU unveiled an unprecedented plan for common defence spending on Wednesday to help Europe stand alone as a global military power, while urging the United States under Donald Trump to remain on the world stage.The proposal by Brussels for a 5.

Germany in Turkey row withdraws troops from anti-IS base

Berlin - The German government decided Wednesday to withdraw its troops from Turkey's Incirlik base near the Syrian border after last-ditch talks with Ankara failed to resolve an escalating row.

EU to unveil defence spending push

Brussels - The EU is to propose a new common defence fund on Wednesday to help Europe stand alone as a global military power, an ambition seen as more urgent due to strained ties with the US.

Tillerson tells China to 'step up' on North Korea

Sydney - China and other nations must strengthen efforts to curb North Korea's nuclear weapons programme, US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said Monday, while also calling out Beijing over its South China Sea activities.

US, Australian officials warn of returning foreign fighters

Sydney - Top US and Australian officials on Monday warned battle-hardened and angry foreign fighters may return to Southeast Asia from the Middle East and take up arms in their own countries.

US, Australian officials warn of returning foreign fighters

Sydney - Top US and Australian officials on Monday warned battle-hardened and angry foreign fighters may return to Southeast Asia from the Middle East and take up arms in their own countries.

US, Australian officials warn of returning foreign fighters

Sydney - Top US and Australian officials on Monday warned battle-hardened and angry foreign fighters may return to Southeast Asia from the Middle East and take up arms in their own countries.

Mattis reassures allies as US turns to China on N. Korea

Singapore - Pentagon chief Jim Mattis moved to reassure Asian allies Saturday that the United States can work with China on reining in North Korea's nuclear weapons programme without compromising its opposition to Beijing's continued "militarisation" of the South ...

France, Germany 'certain' Trump would honour NATO pledges

Berlin - The German and French defence ministers said Thursday they were certain about the US commitment to NATO despite President Donald Trump's recent failure to publicly endorse its collective defence pledge.

German, Turkish foreign ministers to meet over airbase row

Istanbul - Germany's Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel will fly to Turkey for talks next week over the thorny issue of access to the Incirlik military air base near Syria, his Turkish counterpart Mevlut Cavusoglu said Tuesday.

Why civilian deaths in Iraq and Syria are increasing

Washington - Reports of civilian deaths from US-led air strikes in Iraq and Syria have soared in recent months, raising questions about whether President Donald Trump's order to "annihilate" the Islamic State group is fueling the increase.

NATO attempts to contain Russia, raising conflict risk: Moscow

Moscow - Russia on Friday accused NATO of increasing the threat of conflict, insisting attempts by the US-led alliance to curb Moscow have left ties at their lowest ebb since the USSR collapsed.

US fears nuclear arms race in Asia-Pacific: Australia

Sydney - Senior Trump administration officials fear a nuclear arms race in Asia-Pacific if an increasingly belligerent North Korea is not reined in, Australia's foreign minister said Friday after talks in New York.

US fears nuclear arms race in Asia-Pacific: Australia

Sydney - Senior Trump administration officials fear a nuclear arms race in Asia-Pacific if an increasingly belligerent North Korea is not reined in, Australia's foreign minister said Friday after talks in New York.

US fears nuclear arms race in Asia-Pacific: Australia

Sydney - Senior Trump administration officials fear a nuclear arms race in Asia-Pacific if an increasingly belligerent North Korea is not reined in, Australia's foreign minister said Friday after talks in New York.

NATO to join anti-IS coalition: diplomatic sources

Brussels - NATO is to join the US-led anti-Islamic State coalition, meeting a key demand of President Donald Trump that the alliance do more to fight Islamist terrorism, diplomatic sources said Wednesday.

NATO to join anti-IS coalition: diplomatic sources

Brussels - NATO is to join the US-led anti-Islamic State coalition, meeting a key demand of President Donald Trump that the alliance do more to fight Islamist terrorism, diplomatic sources said Wednesday.

NATO to join anti-IS coalition: diplomatic sources

Brussels - NATO is to join the US-led anti-Islamic State coalition, meeting a key demand of President Donald Trump that the alliance do more to fight Islamist terrorism, diplomatic sources said Wednesday.

NATO breaks partnership deadlock over Turkey-Austria dispute

Brussels - NATO reached a deal Tuesday to unblock partnerships with around 40 non-member countries which had been paralysed by a dispute between Turkey and Austria, officials said.

NATO and EU wonder which Trump will turn up

Brussels - Hoping for the best, fearing the worst: EU and NATO leaders are braced for their first meeting with US President Donald Trump on their home turf on Thursday.

NATO and EU wonder which Trump will turn up

Brussels - Hoping for the best, fearing the worst: EU and NATO leaders are braced for their first meeting with US President Donald Trump on their home turf on Thursday.

French officials probing Brazil submarine deal: report

Paris - French justice officials are investigating if bribes might have helped the country win a huge submarines order from Brazil in 2008, a media report said on Saturday.

US, Saudi agree arms deals worth almost $110 billion: White House

Riyadh - Washington has agreed arms deals with Saudi Arabia worth almost $110 billion, a White House official said Saturday, the first day of President Donald Trump's visit to the traditional US ally.
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