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France launches new nuclear-powered attack submarine

Cherbourg - President Emmanuel Macron on Friday launched the first of a new fleet of nuclear-powered attack submarines that aims to ensure French naval superiority in the coming decades.

France launches new nuclear-powered attack submarine

Cherbourg - President Emmanuel Macron on Friday launched the first of a new fleet of nuclear-powered attack submarines that aims to ensure French naval superiority in the coming decades.

From boomerangs to A-bombs? Australia debates nukes

Sydney - Facing a wobbly ally in the United States and an increasingly bellicose China, Australia's military strategists are cautiously debating whether the country needs to consider developing its own nuclear deterrent.

US call for Syria troops divides German coalition

Berlin - Discord broke out in German Chancellor Angela Merkel's ruling coalition Sunday, after the United States urged the country to send ground troops to Syria as Washington looks to withdraw from the region.

Sri Lanka president vetoes military deal with the US

Colombo - Sri Lanka's President Saturday announced he will not allow his government to conclude a proposed military deal that would allow US troops free access to the island's ports.

Ursula von der Leyen: Merkel loyalist, mother of seven

Berlin - Germany's Ursula von der Leyen, freshly nominated to head the European Commission, is a loyal confidante of Chancellor Angela Merkel, most recently serving in the tough post of defence minister.

'It's a problem': Trump tells Erdogan on Russia missile deal

Osaka - Turkey's purchase of a major Russian missile defence system is "a problem", US President Donald Trump told his Turkish counterpart at a Saturday meeting on the sidelines of the G20.

'It's a problem': Trump tells Erdogan on Russia missile deal

Osaka - Turkey's purchase of a major Russian missile defence system is "a problem", US President Donald Trump told his Turkish counterpart in a meeting on the sidelines of the G20 on Saturday.

UK holds largest Baltic naval drills in century to deter Russia

Klaipeda - The UK on Friday pledged to boost defence of the Baltic states to deter a "more assertive" Russia as the British navy held its largest drills in the Baltic region, which includes a Russian territory, in more than a century.

Erdogan says NATO countries shouldn't sanction each other amid row over S400

Istanbul - President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Wednesday said NATO countries should not place sanctions each other as the tensions with Washington mount over Ankara's deal with Russia to buy S-400 missile defence system."Do not forget that Turkey is a NATO country....

NATO agrees response to new Russia missile

Apo - NATO on Wednesday agreed a package of political and military measures to boost its defences against a controversial new Russian missile system.

New Pentagon chief confronts Turkey on NATO debut

Apo - President Donald Trump's pick for Pentagon chief plunged straight into business as he made his NATO debut Wednesday, confronting Turkey over its purchase of Russian air defence missiles.

US cyber attack on Iran shrouded in digital 'fog of war'

Dubai - A claim by US officials that a retaliatory cyber attack ordered by the White House crippled Iranian missile launching systems will remain almost impossible to substantiate, experts say.

Pompeo hails Modi's "wonderful" re-election

New Delhi - US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo hailed on Wednesday Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi's "wonderful" re-election, vowing both sides will overcome a number of spats that have dogged relations under President Donald Trump.

NATO prepares 'defensive' response to Russia arms treaty breach

Apo - NATO will this week decide how to respond to Russia's violation of a key Cold War arms treaty, alliance chief Jens Stoltenberg said Tuesday, insisting any measures would be defensive.

Erdogan says 'no backtrack' on Russia S-400 missile deal

Ankara - President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Tuesday that NATO-member Turkey would take delivery of Russia's S-400 missile defence system in July -- a deal that has created tensions with the United States.

NATO prepares 'defensive' response to Russia arms treaty breach

Apo - NATO will this week decide how to respond to Russia's violation of a key Cold War arms treaty, alliance chief Jens Stoltenberg said Tuesday, insisting any measures would be defensive.

Trump nominates Mark Esper as Secretary of Defense: White House

Washington - Donald Trump has nominated Mark Esper to be the US Secretary of Defense, the White House said late Friday, as Washington navigates a spike in tensions with Iran.

Boeing apologises for 737 MAX crashes as Paris Air Show opens

A top Boeing executive apologised Monday for two crashes of 737 MAX jets that together killed 346 people, disasters which have pushed safety to the top of the agenda as aerospace firms gathered for the opening of the Paris Air Show.

Turkey's Erdogan says S-400s delivery for early July

Ankara - Turkey expects the delivery of the controversial Russian S-400 missile defence system to begin in July, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan was quoted as saying in Turkish media on Sunday."I believe (S-400s) will begin to arrive in the first half of July.

Putin says Russia prepared to drop START treaty

Sanktpeterburg - President Vladimir Putin said Thursday Russia was prepared to drop a nuclear weapons agreement treaty with the US and warned of "global catastrophe" if Washington keeps dismantling a global arms control regime.

Ukraine's new leader asks Europe to pressure Russia to end war

Apo - Ukraine's new President Volodymyr Zelensky vowed to press Europe to step up pressure on Russia to end the war in his country's east, as he arrived in Brussels on Tuesday for his first foreign trip as leader.

Turkey's Erdogan says no backtracking on S-400 deal with Russia

Istanbul - President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Tuesday said Turkey would not withdraw from a deal made with Russia to buy an S-400 missile defence system despite US threats of "devastating" consequences.

Pentagon confirms push to hide USS John McCain from Trump

Seoul - The acting Pentagon chief confirmed Sunday that the White House had requested the hiding of a warship bearing the name of late Senator John McCain during a visit by Donald Trump to Japan.

On 30th anniversary, China says Tiananmen crackdown was 'correct' policy

Fpo - China on Sunday defended the bloody Tiananmen crackdown on student protesters in a rare public acknowledgement of the event, days before its 30th anniversary, saying it was the "correct" policy.

US warns China on behaviour towards its Asian neighbours

Fpo - The United States warned China on Saturday against threatening its neighbours' sovereignty and said Washington is investing in new military technology to defend its Asian allies.

Huawei 'too close' to Chinese government to be trusted: US

Fpo - Telecommunications giant Huawei is "too close" to the Chinese government, making it difficult to trust the company at the heart of an escalating trade war between Washington and Beijing, the US defence chief said Saturday.

China must stop eroding neighbours' sovereignty: US

Fpo - The United States warned China on Saturday against threatening its neighbours' sovereignty and said Washington was investing in new military technology in the next five years to keep Asia stable.

Beijing warns US not to underestimate Chinese military

Fpo - Beijing warned Friday that the US should not underestimate China's military as the top defence officials from both countries met on the sidelines of a security forum.

New criticism over French arms shipment to Saudi Arabia

Paris - A Saudi Arabian cargo ship is set to arrive in the south of France on Tuesday to pick up munitions, according to a media report, rekindling criticism of weapons sales, which human rights groups say are being used in the devastating war in Yemen.
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