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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.

Beijing denies 'unprofessional' intercept of US plane

Bejing - China has denied US allegations that two Chinese fighter jets acted unprofessionally in intercepting an American military plane earlier this week, saying that its aircraft were acting in accordance with the law".

Beijing denies 'unprofessional' intercept of US plane

Bejing - China has denied US allegations that two Chinese fighter jets acted unprofessionally in intercepting an American military plane earlier this week, saying that its aircraft were acting in accordance with the law".

Beijing denies 'unprofessional' intercept of US plane

Bejing - China has denied US allegations that two Chinese fighter jets acted unprofessionally in intercepting an American military plane earlier this week, saying that its aircraft were acting in accordance with the law".

EU's Mogherini sees military HQ 'within days'

Brussels - EU foreign affairs chief Federica Mogherini said Thursday remaining differences over a planned military headquarters had been resolved and it could be formally launched in a few days.

Turkey says will 'not beg' Germany to stay at NATO base

Ankara - Turkey on Thursday hit back at German threats to pull its troops out of a key NATO base on its soil, saying it would "not beg" them to stay.

Britain 'confident' EU will approve military hub plan

London - Britain supports setting up an EU military centre and is "confident" that plans will be settled on Thursday, a defence ministry spokeswoman told AFP, following earlier British objections to the project.

German far-right plot rekindles debate on Nazi-era Wehrmacht

Berlin - The scandal surrounding an attack plot hatched by two far-right soldiers has again forced Germany to confront its dark past -- specifically, the role of the Wehrmacht in the Third Reich.

North Korea poses threat to China, Russia: US admiral

Toukyo - A top US Navy commander on Wednesday pushed for a "sense of urgency" over North Korea's nuclear and missile development, stressing it even threatens Pyongyang's allies China and Russia.

North Korea poses threat to China, Russia: US admiral

Toukyo - A top US Navy commander on Wednesday pushed for a "sense of urgency" over North Korea's nuclear and missile development, stressing it even threatens Pyongyang's allies China and Russia.

North Korea poses threat to China, Russia: US admiral

Toukyo - A top US Navy commander on Wednesday pushed for a "sense of urgency" over North Korea's nuclear and missile development, stressing it even threatens Pyongyang's allies China and Russia.

Germany warns it could pull its NATO troops out of Turkey base

Berlin - Berlin on Monday slammed Ankara's refusal to allow German lawmakers to visit a NATO base near Syria and warned it could move its troops elsewhere.

UK's Johnson plays down EU spat over military HQ

Brussels - British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson on Monday downplayed differences with EU partners over the bloc's military ambitions, saying London supported their efforts to bolster defence cooperation.

Britain blocking EU military HQ: sources

Brussels - Brexit-bound Britain is blocking the launch of an EU military headquarters because it opposes any suggestion that the unit would have an active operational role, EU diplomatic sources said Friday.

US ready to add capabilities to deter Russia in Europe: Mattis

Vilnius - Pentagon chief Jim Mattis on Wednesday said the United States and NATO are prepared to deploy any capabilities necessary to help beef up air defence systems in the Baltic region.

A400M delays could leave German air force hanging

Berlin - Delays to the Airbus A400M plane meeting its full specifications could leave the German air force without transport aircraft after 2021, according to a confidential report.

Putin urges world to fight terror as Russia marks WWII victory

Moscow - President Vladimir Putin on Tuesday warned Russia could defeat any aggressors but insisted that the world come together to fight "terrorism" as Moscow marked 72 years since victory in World War II.

US Army opens new Polish headquarters as troop levels rise

Varsovia - The US Army Europe said Thursday that it had set up a new headquarters in Poland to command troops deployed in NATO and Pentagon operations across the alliance's eastern flank aimed at deterring Russia.

Far-right plot, abuse scandals rock German military

Berlin - The bizarre case of a racist soldier allegedly plotting an attack while posing as a Syrian refugee and several abuse scandals have sparked a war of words between Germany's defence minister and the military.

Philippines' Duterte hesitant on US visit, warm on China

Davao - Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte said Monday he may turn down an invitation by Donald Trump to visit the United States, as he welcomed three Chinese warships to his home town.

EU's Mogherini says still wants Turkey to join

Valletta - EU foreign affairs chief Federica Mogherini said Friday that accession talks with Turkey have not been halted and she still wants it to join, if Ankara can meet necessary conditions.

EU defence cooperation speeding up: Mogherini

Valletta - EU defence integration is advancing faster than in other areas and could see key decisions made this year to boost cooperation, diplomatic chief Federica Mogherini said Thursday.

EU defence cooperation speeding up: Mogherini

Valletta - EU defence integration is advancing faster than in other areas and could see key decisions made this year to boost cooperation, diplomatic chief Federica Mogherini said Thursday.

EU defence cooperation speeding up: Mogherini

Valletta - EU defence integration is advancing faster than in other areas and could see key decisions made this year to boost cooperation, diplomatic chief Federica Mogherini said Thursday.

'All on me:' US admiral takes blame in carrier to N.Korea fiasco

Washington - The US admiral who ordered an aircraft carrier and other warships toward the Korean Peninsula in a much-hyped deployment took responsibility Wednesday for any "confusion" after the ships sailed in the opposite direction.

'All on me:' US admiral takes blame in carrier to N.Korea fiasco

Washington - The US admiral who ordered an aircraft carrier and other warships toward the Korean Peninsula in a much-hyped deployment took responsibility Wednesday for any "confusion" after the ships sailed in the opposite direction.

'All on me:' US admiral takes blame in carrier to N.Korea fiasco

Washington - The US admiral who ordered an aircraft carrier and other warships toward the Korean Peninsula in a much-hyped deployment took responsibility Wednesday for any "confusion" after the ships sailed in the opposite direction.

US troops hunting LRA warlord Kony begin C.Africa pullout

Libreville - US special forces on Wednesday began to pull out from Central Africa, ending a five-year hunt for brutal LRA warlord Joseph Kony, who is wanted for crimes against humanity.

China launches first domestically built aircraft carrier: media

Bejing - China has launched its first domestically designed and built aircraft carrier, state media said Wednesday, as the country seeks to transform its navy into a force capable of projecting power onto the high seas.
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