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Tension with North Korea more political than military, US chief of staff says

Washington - US relations with North Korea may be "charged" but tensions in the standoff remain political rather than military, the US chairman of the joint chiefs of staff said Tuesday.

Trump pushes hardware to allies — and ups pressure on N.Korea

Washington - With global tensions spiraling over the North Korean nuclear crisis, President Donald Trump wants to pile extra pressure on Pyongyang by urging regional allies to dramatically boost spending on high-tech US military gear.

Japan, S. Korea can buy more US military equipment: Trump

Washington - President Donald Trump said Tuesday he would allow Japan and South Korea to buy more "highly sophisticated" US military equipment, amid soaring tensions after Pyongyang's latest atomic test.

North Korea: Facing limited options, Trump may choose sanctions

Washington - Despite the US warning on Sunday of a "massive military response" to any threat from North Korea, the Trump administration has few good options to force the North to rein in its nuclear and missile programs following Pyongyang's most powerful nuclear t...

US to test anti-missile system in Alaska

Washington - The US military is preparing to conduct another test of a missile-intercept system in Alaska, the Pentagon said Monday, amid continued tensions with North Korea over its ballistic missile program.

Could America shield Alaska from a N.Korean missile?

Washington - It is every Alaskan's nightmare: finding themselves within range of a North Korean missile. As that fear came one step closer to reality this week, America's ability to block an incoming attack is under scrutiny.

Washington approves $1.3 bn arms sale to Taiwan

Washington - Donald Trump's administration has approved $1.3 billion worth of arms sales to Taiwan, a US government official said Thursday, in a move likely to provoke the ire of Beijing which considers the island a rebel province.

US tries to use better China ties to press North Korea

Washington - Washington will host two of China's most senior officials Wednesday to deepen the dialogue between the world's greatest powers and test Beijing's willingness to turn the screw on North Korea.

Trump says US committed to NATO's mutual defense pledge

Washington - US President Donald Trump said Friday that the United States remained committed to NATO's mutual defense pledge, after he failed to endorse it in a speech in Brussels last month.

Trump commits US to NATO's Article Five on mutual defense

Washington - US President Donald Trump said Friday that the United States is committed to the NATO treaty's crucial Article Five mutual defense pledge.

Trump to Abe: US to boost military defense against NKorea

Washington - US President Donald Trump told Japanese leader Shinzo Abe Washington will continue to build its military capabilities to defend against a North Korean attack, the White House said.

In landmark meeting, Trump hails Sisi's 'fantastic job' in Egypt

Washington - US President Donald Trump set human rights scandals aside to welcome Abdel Fattah al-Sisi to the White House on Monday, the first such visit from an Egyptian president in almost a decade.

Trump welcomes Egypt's Sisi amid questions on rights record

Washington - US President Donald Trump meets his Egyptian counterpart Abdel Fattah al-Sisi in Washington on Monday, welcoming a strongman leader who has faced harsh criticism for his human rights record.

Germany owes NATO 'vast sums': Trump

Washington - US President Donald Trump unleashed a diatribe against Germany on Saturday, saying Berlin owes NATO "vast sums of money" and must pay the United States more for security.

Missile tests put North Korea on Trump's front burner

Washington - President Donald Trump is facing his biggest foreign policy challenge yet after North Korea fired a ballistic missile salvo in a supposed training run for an attack on US bases in Japan.

US deploys anti-ballistic missile defense system to S. Korea

Washington - The US military has begun deploying an anti-ballistic missile defense system to South Korea, following a string of missile tests by North Korea, the US Pacific Command said Monday.

Trump security advisor McMaster: Gulf War tank battle star

Washington - Lieutenant General HR McMaster is best known for his pointedly titled book "Dereliction of Duty," which blames the jumbled views and weak fighting commitment of US political and military leaders for failure in the Vietnam War.

IS leaders leaving Syria's Raqa, Pentagon says

Washington - Leaders of the Islamic State group are leaving their Syrian stronghold of Raqa, fleeing in the face of the Arab-Kurd offensive backed by the international coalition, the US Defense Department said Friday.

UN condemns N. Korea missile launch as Trump vows strong response

New York - The UN Security Council on Monday unanimously condemned North Korea's latest ballistic missile test as US President Donald Trump vowed to deliver a strong response to the provocation.

US can defend itself from N.Korea missile attack: Pentagon

Washington - The United States is certain it can defend itself from an attack by North Korea, the Defense Department said Tuesday after Pyongyang warned it was close to test launching a ballistic missile.

Coalition not backing Turkish move on Al-Bab: US

Washington - The US-led international coalition battling to defeat the Islamic State group is not backing a drive by Turkish forces and Syrian rebels to retake a jihadist stronghold in northern Syria, the Pentagon said Wednesday.

US reinforcing troops in Europe as planned

Washington - The United States is continuing to reinforce its military forces in Europe as planned, irrespective of President-elect Donald Trump's future intentions, the Pentagon said Thursday.

Argentina protests planned UK army exercises in Falklands

Buenos Aires - Argentina said Friday it has lodged an "emphatic protest" against British plans to hold military exercises in the disputed Falkland Islands, renewing an old feud after a recent thaw.

United States investing in Niger air base

Washington - The United States is investing in a military air base capable of deploying drones in Niger's central city of Agadez, the Pentagon confirmed.

US suspends strikes against IS group from Turkey base: official

Washington - The US military has suspended air strikes against the Islamic State group in Syria and Iraq from a base in southern Turkey, a US official said.

Pyongyang close to developing sub-based missile: expert

Washington - North Korea may be able to develop a submarine-based ballistic missile within a year, which would significantly increase the threat Pyongyang poses, a US expert said Wednesday.

Two U.S. military aerobatic planes crash separately, one dead

Washington - Two US military aerobatic planes crashed in separate incidents, one occurring shortly after flying over a speech by President Barack Obama and the other resulting in a death.

Karadzic to appeal genocide verdict at UN war crimes court: Lawyer

Den Haag - Former Bosnian Serb leader Radovan Karadzic will appeal his UN war crimes court conviction for genocide, his legal adviser said Thursday."Dr Karadzic is disappointed and astonished.

Turkish warplanes enter Greek airspace ahead of NATO operation

Atenas - Turkish warplanes repeatedly entered Greek airspace on Monday, the state ANA news agency said, as NATO prepared to deploy ships to the Aegean Sea against migrant smugglers.

US hopes to send anti-missile system to SKorea 'as quickly as possible'

Washington - The US military wants to send a sophisticated missile defense system to South Korea "as quickly as possible," the Pentagon said Monday as it seeks to counter an ever-defiant North Korea.
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