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U.S. uses air power to support beleaguered Syrian allies

Washington - The United States said it has used air power in Syria in defense of allied rebel groups, signaling deeper involvement in the country's brutal four-year civil war.

China may be preparing second Spratly airstrip: Think-tank

Bejing - Beijing could be preparing to build a second 3,000-metre airstrip on an artificial island in the disputed South China Sea, a Washington-based think-tank said.

U.S. Senate confirms Dunford as next Joint Chiefs chairman

Washington - The US Senate confirmed Marine General Joseph Dunford as the next chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, the US military's top officer, after President Barack Obama chose him for the post in May.

Speculation grows of looming N. Korea rocket test

Seoul - Fresh satellite images suggest North Korea has completed upgrades at its main satellite launch site, fuelling speculation of a long-range rocket launch to coincide with a major political anniversary in October.

Nigerian army frees dozens of women, children from Boko Haram

Abuja - Nigeria's army said Tuesday it had liberated 30 hostages held by Boko Haram, including 21 children and seven women, amid ongoing offensives against the extremists in the country's northeast.

NATO eastward expansion would be 'catastrophic': Russian official

Moscow - NATO enlargement into Ukraine and Georgia would have "catastrophic consequences" for Europe, Russia's envoy to NATO warned Tuesday in a television interview, as relations between Moscow and the West sink to Cold War-era lows.

Sweden says sub wreck a Tsarist Russian vessel

Stockholm - Sweden said on Tuesday the wreck of a submarine found off its coast appeared to be a Tsarist-era Russian vessel that collided with a Swedish ship about a century ago.

Swedish wreck divers claim 'Russian mini sub' discovery

Stockholm - Swedish wreck divers said Monday they had found the wreck of a Russian mini-submarine in Swedish territorial waters, nine months after a high-profile hunt in Sweden for a mystery submarine.The Swedish military reacted with caution to the claim.

Colombia suspends bombing raids on FARC

Estanzuela - Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos on Saturday ordered a halt to air strikes against the Marxist-inspired FARC rebels, giving a major boost to stop-start peace talks.

Pentagon asks armed 'citizen guards' to stand down

Washington - The Pentagon asked that concerned armed citizens not stand guard at military recruiting offices, saying it can handle security on its own after a shooting rampage.

Turkish jets bomb PKK Kurdish rebels in Iraq: Spokesman

Arbil - Turkish warplanes bombed military positions of Turkey's rebel Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) in neighbouring Iraq Friday, a spokesman for the rebel organisation said.

U.S. anthrax samples shipped to dozens of labs in past decade: Report

Washington - The US military shipped live anthrax samples to dozens of facilities in the country and to seven other nations over the past decade, a government report found Thursday, blaming faulty specimen killing and poor testing.

One Turkish soldier killed by fire from Syria: Reports

Istanbul - One Turkish soldier was killed and at least one more was wounded Thursday by fire from the Syrian side of the border, the official Anatolia news agency reported.

Women push for equality in Latin America military ranks

Montevideo - When Uruguayan air force major Maria Eugenia Etcheverry enrolled in the military's aeronautic school nearly two decades ago, she cut her hair short, adhering to rules aimed at her mostly male colleagues.

Chattanooga shooter acted alone: FBI

Chicago - The man who killed five US troops in Tennessee was acting alone, the FBI said Wednesday, adding it is too early to tell if he was "radicalized" or motivated by mental illness.

Russia begins treason case against ex-military engineer

Moscow - A Russian court on Wednesday began hearing a treason case against a former military engineer who is accused of giving away state secrets to a Swedish company in a letter seeking employment.

Nigeria's Buhari says US arms ban aids Boko Haram

Washington - Nigeria's President Muhammadu Buhari warned Washington on Wednesday that a US refusal to arm his troops because of "so-called human rights violations" only helps Boko Haram.

Japan PM mocked on Internet over model explanation

Toukyo - Japanese Twitter users were howling in derision Wednesday after Prime Minister Shinzo Abe used paper models and cut-out firefighters on television, in his latest attempt to explain controversial security legislation.

North Korea prepares to launch new long-range rocket: Yonhap

Seoul - North Korea is preparing to launch a new, long-range rocket, possibly in October, having completed an upgrade at its main satellite launch base, South Korea's Yonhap news agency reported Wednesday.

Mexico town blames army for boy's death

- Members of a western Mexico indigenous community demanded Tuesday that authorities punish soldiers and police after blaming them for the death of a 12-year-old boy during a clash.

Air strike kills Al-Qaeda leader in Syria: Pentagon

Washington - A US-led coalition air strike earlier this month killed the leader of an Al-Qaeda offshoot in Syria that American officials accuse of plotting attacks against the United States and its allies, the Pentagon said.

Obama calls on veterans to back Iran deal

Pittsburgh - US President Barack Obama told a gathering of military veterans Tuesday that hardheaded diplomacy with Iran could avoid the type of "unnecessary wars" for which they have paid the highest price.

Japan defence paper slams China's 'coercive' maritime demands

Toukyo - Japan on Tuesday slammed Beijing's bid to reclaim land in the South China Sea as a "coercive attempt" to force sweeping maritime claims, in a defence paper that comes as Tokyo is expanding the role of its own military.

Philippines in record defence spending plan amid China tensions

Manila - The Philippines is planning a 25 percent hike in its defence budget next year, mainly to bolster its claims in the disputed South China Sea, officials said Tuesday.

Mexican soldiers suspected in seven disappearances

- Mexican military investigators have found evidence showing that soldiers were likely involved in the disappearance of seven young people in northern Zacatecas state, the defense ministry said Monday.

Chattanooga shooter was suicidal, bankrupt: Report

Chicago - The man who killed five US troops in Tennessee was suicidal, preparing for bankruptcy and struggling with drug abuse, a family representative told local media.

U.S.-led drills in Ukraine may threaten peace process: Moscow

Russia - Moscow on Monday said US-led military exercises in western Ukraine that began this week may have "explosive" consequences and threaten to derail the peace process in the separatist east."These actions...

Pentagon chief says Iran nuclear deal does not 'prevent military option'

Telavi - The Iran nuclear deal does not mean military action is off the table when it comes to stopping Tehran from obtaining an atomic bomb, US Defence Secretary Ashton Carter said Sunday ahead of a visit to Israel.

US investigators probe shooter's alleged 'war' text message

Washington - Investigators on Sunday were probing the communications of a shooter who killed five US troops in Chattanooga to determine his possible motive, following reports he allegedly sent a text message declaring "war" hours before the rampage.

Sailor's death lifts toll in Chattanooga shooting rampage

Chattanooga - The death toll in the mass shooting of US military personnel in Tennessee rose to five Saturday as investigators pursued the motive behind the rampage.
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