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Taiwan finalizes $62bn purchase of F-16 jets from Lockheed Martin

Washington - Taiwan finalized the purchase of F-16 fighter jets from US aircraft manufacturer Lockheed Martin on Friday, a source confirmed to AFP, in a $62 billion, 10-year deal sure to anger Beijing.

Italy defence ministry seeks closer ties with Libya

Rome - Italy's defence ministry said on Wednesday it would strengthen cooperation with Libya, citing a willingness for improved relations with the war-torn country's UN-recognised government.

US scientists urge government to renounce nuclear tests

Washington - Top US scientists called on President Donald Trump- Thursday to not resume nuclear weapons tests, saying such tests would heighten the risk of a nuclear war.

Pentagon: China military exercises will 'further destabilize' S. China Sea

Washington - The Pentagon said Thursday it was "concerned" about Chinese military exercises around a disputed archipelago in the South China Sea, noting the maneuvers will "further destabilize" the region.

Trump approves cutting 9,500 troops in Germany: Pentagon

Washington - President Donald Trump has approved a plan to slash the US military presence in Germany by 9,500 troops, the Defense Department said Tuesday.

US jets intercept Russian bombers off Alaska: NORAD

Washington - US fighter jets intercepted Russian bombers twice on Wednesday off the coast of Alaska, US air defense command said.The intercepts come less than two weeks after US bombers were met by Russian jets over the Black Sea.

Trump to withdraw US from 'Open Skies' treaty

Washington - President Donald Trump announced Thursday he plans to withdraw the United States from the Open Skies Treaty with Russia, the third arms control pact Trump has abrogated since coming to office.

Trump to withdraw US from 'Open Skies' treaty

Washington - President Donald Trump announced Thursday he plans to withdraw the United States from the Open Skies Treaty with Russia, the third arms control pact Trump has abrogated since coming to office.

US military killed 132 civilians globally in 2019: Pentagon

Washington - One hundred thirty-two civilians were killed last year in US global military operations, the army said Wednesday, a number far lower than those published by NGOs.

Venezuela's Maduro says captured US 'mercenaries' to be tried

Caracas - Venezuela will try two Americans allegedly captured during a failed bid by mercenaries to invade the country, President Nicolas Maduro said Wednesday, as the US vowed to "use every tool available" to bring them home.

Pompeo says US to use 'every tool' to free Americans in Venezuela

Washington - The United States will use all options to free two Americans said to be detained in a failed mercenary attack in Venezuela, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Wednesday.

Trump denies US role in mysterious Venezuela sea invasion

Washington - The United States on Tuesday denied involvement and alleged propaganda by leftist-led Venezuela after two Americans were said to have been arrested following a mysterious, deadly sea invasion.

Trump says alleged Venezuela plot 'nothing to do' with US govt

Washington - President Donald Trump on Tuesday denied US government involvement in what Venezuela's president says was an attempted overthrow in which two Americans were arrested."It has nothing to do with our government," Trump told reporters at the White House.

Venezuela arrests two Americans for failed 'invasion'

Caracas - Two Americans were detained in Venezuela on Monday on suspicion of plotting to topple President Nicolas Maduro's government, which has accused US-backed opposition leader Juan Guaido of bankrolling the scheme.

Venezuela says it foiled an incursion by 'mercenaries'

Caracas - Venezuela's leftist government said Sunday it foiled an incursion from the sea, killing eight members of a group of alleged mercenaries bent on "terrorist acts" aimed at overthrowing President Nicolas Maduro.

US Navy ship sails through Chinese-claimed waters in South China Sea

Washington - A US Navy guided-missile destroyer sailed through waters near the Paracel islands in the South China Sea challenging China's claim to the area, the Navy said Wednesday.

Sailor from US aircraft carrier dies of COVID-19

Washington - A sailor who was aboard the USS Theodore Roosevelt aircraft carrier died Monday of COVID-19, the first fatality from nearly 600 confirmed cases among its crew, the US Navy said Monday.

Loyal US carrier sailors cheer captain relieved of command

Washington - US Navy Captain Brett Crozier was cheered by hundreds of sailors as he left the USS Roosevelt docked in Guam after his controversial firing by the Pentagon, videos showed Friday.

US Navy evacuates virus-struck aircraft carrier Roosevelt

Washington - The US Navy is evacuating thousands of sailors from the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt in Guam after its captain warned a coronavirus outbreak was threatening the lives of the crew.

US Navy evacuates virus-struck aircraft carrier Roosevelt

Washington - The US Navy is evacuating thousands of sailors from the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt in Guam after its captain warned a coronavirus outbreak was threatening the lives of the crew.

US Navy captain says carrier faces dire coronavirus threat

Washington - The captain of the US nuclear-powered aircraft carrier Theodore Roosevelt told the Pentagon that new coronavirus is spreading uncontrollably through his ship and called for immediate help to quarantine its crew.

US accuses Russia of breaking 'Open Skies' treaty

Washington - US Defense Secretary Mark Esper accused Russia Wednesday of violating the Open Skies Treaty designed to improve transparency and confidence between the militaries of the two superpowers.

US Senate votes to restrain Trump on Iran

Washington - The US Senate voted Thursday to rein in President Donald Trump from attacking Iran, sharply rebuking his foreign policy despite a week earlier acquitting him in his impeachment trial.

US submarine armed with 'low-yield' nuclear weapon, Pentagon says

Washington - The US Defense Department announced Tuesday that it has deployed a submarine carrying a new long-range missile with a relatively small nuclear warhead, saying it is in response to Russian tests of similar weapons.

Sexual assaults rise at US military academies: Pentagon

Washington - Incidence of sexual assault in US military academies rose again last year, the Pentagon said Thursday, despite efforts to combat the problem.

No talks with Iraq yet on removing US troops: official

Washington - The United States has not yet entered into talks with Iraq on the removal of US troops from the country, as demanded by the Iraqi parliament, a senior US official said Thursday.

Ken Starr, celebrity lawyer Dershowitz join Trump defense team

Washington - Ken Starr, who was at the center of Bill Clinton's impeachment in the 1990s, and America's biggest celebrity lawyer Alan Dershowitz were announced Friday to be joining President Donald Trump's Senate impeachment defense.

Celebrity lawyer Dershowitz to defend Trump

Washington - America's most famous celebrity attorney, Alan Dershowitz, said Friday he would be part of the legal team defending President Donald Trump in his Senate impeachment trial.

US places ban on Cuban defense chief

Washington - The State Department announced Thursday it was barring Cuba's defense chief from entering the US, citing what it called human rights violations in supporting the regime of Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro.

Esper wants to cut US troops 'with or without' Afghan peace deal

Washington - Defense Secretary Mark Esper said Monday he wants to reduce the number of US troops in Afghanistan "with or without" a peace agreement in order to give higher priority to strategic competition with China.
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