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UN council condemns N.Korea missile launches, vows new measures 

New York - The UN Security Council has strongly condemned North Korea for test-firing ballistic missiles and agreed to take "significant measures" in response the latest series of launches.

Russia launches large snap military drills

Moscow - Russia on Thursday launched large-scale snap military drills, putting its troops on full combat readiness in districts bordering Ukraine and the Baltic states, the defence minister said.

Iranian navy in 'unsafe' intercept of US destroyer: defense official

Washington - Four Iranian military vessels sped close to two US Navy guided missile destroyers with their weapons uncovered in the Strait of Hormuz in an "unsafe and unprofessional" encounter between the longtime foes, American defense officials said.

North Korea leader says missile test 'greatest success'

Pyongyang - North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un declared a submarine-launched missile test the "greatest success", state media said Thursday, as the UN weighed a condemnation of the launch which appears to advance Pyongyang's nuclear strike capability.

N. Korea leader says missile test was 'greatest success': KCNA

Seoul - North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un declared a recent submarine-launched ballistic missile (SLBM) test the "greatest success", Pyongyang's state media said Thursday.

UN chief says N.Korea missile launch 'deeply troubling'

New York - North Korea's test-firing of a missile from a submarine towards Japan is "deeply troubling" and undermines stability on the Korean peninsula, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said Wednesday.

Biden in Ankara as Turkey launches Syria operation

Ankara - US Vice President Joe Biden arrived in Turkey on Wednesday for critical talks with its leadership as Ankara launched a military operation to drive Islamic State jihadists out of a key Syrian border town.

North Korea test-fires sub-launched missile close to Japan

Seoul - North Korea on Wednesday test-fired a submarine-launched missile 500 kilometres (around 300 miles) towards Japan, marking what weapons analysts described as a clear step forward for its nuclear strike ambitions.

French submarine maker hit by secret data leak: report

Sydney - French defence contractor DCNS has been hit by a massive leak of secret data on its submarines likely to alarm India, Malaysia and Chile, which use the boats, The Australian newspaper reported Wednesday.

US confirms Gulen extradition request, but says no link with Turkey coup

Washington - The United States confirmed Tuesday that Turkey had made a "formal" request for the extradition of US-based cleric Fethullah Gulen, whom Ankara blames for last month's coup attempt, but specified the request was not linked to the failed putsch.

Japan at UN urges N.Korea to refrain from provocations

New York - Japan on Tuesday strongly urged North Korea to refrain from provocations following a string of missile launches and threats from Pyongyang of nuclear retaliation in response to US-South Korean military drills.

South Korea-US military drill shadowed by North Korea threats

Seoul - South Korea and the United States kicked off large-scale military exercises on Monday, triggering condemnation and threats of a pre-emptive nuclear strike from North Korea.

Greece hears asylum claim of Turkish 'coup' officer

Atenas - Greece on Friday heard the asylum claim of the first of eight Turkish military officers who fled their country after the failed coup on July 15, the asylum service said.

Turkey asks for coup suspects' extradition: Greece

Atenas - Turkey has officially requested the extradition of eight military officers who fled the country after July's failed coup, Greek officials said Thursday."The demand was received yesterday and sent to the justice ministry," a diplomatic source told AFP.

Cold War echoes as inter-Korean diplomacy goes back to basics

Seoul - One year after North and South Korea vowed to resume a constructive dialogue, they have instead resurrected a spirit of Cold War-era antagonism, complete with cross-border propaganda shouting matches, spy messaging and defection dramas.

Turkey starts releasing 38,000 jailed for pre-coup crimes

Istanbul - Turkey on Wednesday began freeing the first of some 38,000 prisoners not linked to the failed coup who are to be released in a move aimed at relieving pressure on prisons overcrowded with putsch suspects.

Turkish prosecutors demand two life terms for Gulen

Istanbul - Turkish prosecutors on Tuesday demanded two life sentences and an additional 1,900 years in prison for US-based Muslim preacher Fethullah Gulen, blamed by Ankara for masterminding last month's attempted coup.

Turkey court shuts down pro-Kurdish newspaper

Ankara - A Turkish court on Tuesday ordered the temporary closure of a newspaper accused of links with Kurdish militants and spreading terrorist propaganda.

Turkey PM steps back from calls for death penalty

Ankara - Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim said Tuesday a fair trial would represent a harsher punishment for suspected coup plotters than the death penalty -- an apparent step back from threats to re-introduce capital punishment.

Turkish prosecutors demand two life sentences for Gulen

Istanbul - Turkish prosecutors have demanded two life sentences and an additional 1,900 years in prison for US-based Muslim preacher Fethullah Gulen, blamed by Ankara for masterminding last month's failed coup, state media reported on Tuesday.

Turkey police 'raid companies with alleged links to Gulen'

Istanbul - Turkish police on Tuesday raided dozens of companies in Istanbul in search of 120 suspects wanted after last month's botched coup attempt, state media reported.

Convicted Turkish editor steps down after coup

Istanbul - The editor-in-chief of Turkey's top opposition daily Cumhuriyet announced on Monday he was stepping down, saying he no longer had faith in the judiciary after the failed coup.

Istanbul police 'raid courts' for coup suspects

Istanbul - Turkish police on Monday raided four major courts in Istanbul in search of 190 suspects wanted over last month's attempted coup, state media said.

US nukes at Turkey base at risk of seizure: report

Washington - Dozens of US nuclear weapons stored at a Turkish air base near Syria are at risk of being captured by "terrorists or other hostile forces," a Washington think tank claimed Monday.

Europe is 'humiliating' Ankara: Turkish FM

Berlin - Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu accused the European Union of "humiliating" Ankara, and reiterated his government's demand for visa-free travel in exchange for stemming the migrant flow, in an interview with a German daily.

One month after coup bid, Turkey transformed

Istanbul - With a thorough shake-up of its armed forces, a reassessment of foreign policy and the biggest purge in its modern history, Turkey has undergone a transformation in the month since the July 15 coup bid.

Erdogan foe seeks international probe into Turkey coup

Paris - US-based Turkish preacher Fethullah Gulen has called for an international inquiry into last month's abortive coup, vowing his "full cooperation" with any such probe of the putsch over which Ankara is seeking his extradition.

Anti-Americanism surges in Turkey after coup

Istanbul - The charge list against the United States within Turkey over last month's failed coup is long and, for some, damning.

Turkey receiving 'positive signals' from US on Gulen extradition

Ankara - Turkey said Friday it has received "positive signals" from the United States over its requests to extradite Pennsylvania-based preacher Fethullah Gulen whom Ankara accuses of ordering last month's attempted coup.

Turkey says 32 diplomats recalled after coup attempt still missing

Ankara - Turkey on Friday said 32 Turkish diplomats were still missing despite being recalled by Ankara in the wake of last month's failed coup seeking to oust President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.
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