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US military probes Niger crash that killed French soldier

Washington - The US military is investigating a car crash that killed a French soldier in Niger, including whether alcohol was a factor and whether an American service member was driving, a US official told AFP on Wednesday.

North and South Korean soldiers enter each other's territory

Seoul - Soldiers from North and South Korea crossed into each other's territory peacefully for the first time on Wednesday, Seoul said, as they began checking the dismantlement of guard posts in the Demilitarized Zone.

Moscow slams US 'hysterics' over planes sent to Caracas

Moscow - The Kremlin on Tuesday slammed Washington's "undiplomatic" response to its deployment of two bomber planes to Venezuela for exercises.

Thai junta lifts ban on political campaigning ahead of 2019 elections

Bangkok - Thailand's junta on Tuesday lifted a four-year ban on political campaigning ahead of 2019 elections, prompting Thaksin Shinawatra -- the exiled billionaire who sits at the heart of the kingdom's political rupture -- to hail a "new hope" for the nation....

US returns war trophy bells to Philippines

Manila - Church bells seized from the Philippines by US troops as war trophies over a century ago were returned on Tuesday, in a bid to turn the page on a difficult chapter between the historical allies.

US military declares five missing Marines dead after Japan crash

Apo - The US military said Tuesday five Marines who had been missing since two planes crashed off Japan a week ago were dead.The announcement brings the final toll in the December 6 crash to six, with a seventh crew member rescued after the incident.

Russia deploys two bombers to Venezuela for exercises

Caracas - Two Russian long-range strategic bombers landed in Venezuela Monday for what the government said were air force exercises aimed at strengthening the defense of the leftist-ruled South American country.

Russia deploys two bombers to Venezuela for exercises

Caracas - Two Russian long-range strategic bombers landed in Venezuela Monday for what the government said were air force exercises aimed at strengthening the defense of the leftist-ruled South American country.

Mattis faces criticism after comments in Khashoggi case

Washington - US Defense Secretary Jim Mattis, who has enjoyed a level of bipartisan support rarely seen in Washington, is facing mounting public criticism amid the fallout from the slaying of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

Pentagon sends flight over Ukraine following Russian naval incident

Washington - A US Air Force observation plane flew over Ukraine on Thursday in a mission to show US support for Kiev following Russia's seizure of three Ukrainian naval vessels in the Sea of Azov, officials said.

Five missing after two US military planes crash off Japan

Apo - Rescue operations were underway Thursday for five US marines missing after two American military aircraft crashed during a refuelling operation off the coast of Japan, the Japanese defence minister said.

US soldier gets 25 years in prison for backing ISIS

Los Angeles - A US soldier based in Hawaii was sentenced on Tuesday to 25 years in prison for attempting to provide support to the Islamic State group also known as ISIS.

Afghan security losses may not be sustainable: US general

Washington - The death toll among Afghanistan's security forces will no longer be sustainable unless urgent measures are taken to address recruiting and training issues, a top US general said Tuesday.

Trump wants talks with Putin, Xi to end 'uncontrollable arms race'

Washington - US President Donald Trump on Monday proposed future talks with the leaders of China and Russia aimed at halting what he described as an "uncontrollable" arms race.

Mattis says Russia tried to 'muck around' US vote, again

Washington - US Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said Saturday that Russia tried to meddle in the US midterm elections last month -- just as it did in the 2016 vote that brought President Donald Trump to power.

Mattis blasts Russia's 'brazen contempt' toward Ukraine

Washington - US Defense Secretary Jim Mattis on Saturday blasted Moscow following the Russian navy's "brazen" violation of a waterway treaty with Kiev and the seizure of three Ukrainian vessels.

Microsoft gains major U.S. army defense contract

Building on Microsoft's recent rise in valuation as a company and reflecting the tech firm's attempts at diversification, Microsoft has won a major military technology contract with the U.S. Army but the move is controversial with its employees.

North Korean soldier defects to South across border

Seoul - A North Korean soldier defected to South Korea on Saturday across their heavily fortified land border, which the two sides have begun to demilitarise as relations between the Cold War-era foes warm, the South's military said.

N. Korean soldier defects across border: South's military

Seoul - A North Korean soldier defected to South Korea across the eastern land border on Saturday, the South's military said.

US agency asks Pentagon to extend Mexico border mission

Washington - The US Department of Homeland Security asked the Pentagon on Friday to extend its deployment of troops to the US-Mexico border into next year.

Beijing lashes out at US for South China Sea sail-by

Bejing - China on Friday scolded the United States for sending naval vessels close to disputed islands in the South China Sea where Beijing has built military installations.

Sri Lanka's top military official detained over mass murder cover-up

Colombo - Sri Lanka's military chief was remanded by court Wednesday after weeks evading arrest over the alleged cover-up of the abduction and murder of 11 young men during the island's civil war.

Three US soldiers killed in Afghanistan: NATO

Kabul - Three US soldiers were killed and three wounded by a bomb in Afghanistan Tuesday, NATO said, with the attack claimed by the Taliban as the US tries to ratchet up efforts to engage the militants in peace talks.

Two Koreas connect DMZ road across border: Seoul

Seoul - North and South Korea have connected a road across their shared border for the first time in 14 years, Seoul's defence ministry said Thursday in the latest reconciliation gesture between the neighbours.

Texas shelter helps asylum seekers as Trump clamps down

Laredo - It's busy, as usual, at the Holding Institute migrant shelter in the southwestern Texan border city of Laredo. Young African kids tear around the courtyard as their exhausted parents look on.

US, South Korea scale back military exercise

Washington - The United States and South Korea have scaled down a joint military exercise scheduled for the spring of 2019 to facilitate nuclear talks with North Korea, US Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said Wednesday.

Busy US border town worries about impact of Trump's military fence

Laredo - Pete Saenz, the mayor of the southwestern Texan city of Laredo, looks at the military fencing that now hems his bustling border town and is uneasy with what he sees."It's a surprise to some of us, a shock frankly.

Malaysia's Najib questioned over French submarine deal

Kuala Lumpur - Fallen Malaysian leader Najib Razak is being questioned over the purchase of two French-made submarines, an official told AFP Tuesday, the latest probe to engulf the former prime minister since his government's ousting.

PNG police, soldiers storm parliament over unpaid APEC bonuses

Port Moresby - Papua New Guinea police and soldiers stormed the country's parliament Tuesday, smashing windows and furniture and demanding unpaid APEC bonuses just days after the international summit wrapped up, police and witnesses said.

US Army unfurls miles of fencing along border with Mexico

Laredo - They started work in the cool of the morning and moved quickly, uncoiling reel after reel of vicious-looking fencing and tying it with barbed wire to green poles hammered into the ground.
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