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Veterans gather as Taiwan marks 70 years since Japan's WWII defeat

Hsinchu - War veterans gathered Saturday for Taiwan's first military parade to mark the 70th anniversary of the defeat of Japan in World War II, as the island vies with China over the history of the conflict.

Mexico govt denies army gave orders to 'kill' criminals

- Mexico's government denied on Friday that soldiers were given standing orders to kill criminals days ahead of an alleged massacre of gang suspects last year.

Indonesian plane crash increases pressure for military overhaul

Jakarta - The deadly crash of a 51-year-old Indonesian air force transport plane this week has turned the spotlight on the country's ageing military equipment and given new momentum to the president's plans to increase defence spending.

Mexico army ordered soldiers to kill criminals: NGO

- Mexican military documents show soldiers were given a standing order to kill criminals, just days before the alleged extrajudicial execution of several gang suspects last year, a human rights group said Thursday.

All-clear at Washington Navy Yard after shooting scare

Washington - A US Navy installation in Washington was given the all-clear Thursday after a tense lockdown and search for several hours over reports of a possible shooting, authorities said.

NATO navies should beef up against Russia: Commanders

London - NATO should beef up its maritime arm in response to the rising threat from an increasingly "bold" and "aggressive" Russia, commanders said on Wednesday.

Indonesia military plane crash toll rises to 142

Medan - The death toll from the crash of an Indonesian air force plane into a city neighbourhood rose to 142 Wednesday, amid claims civilians had paid for flights on the doomed aircraft in violation of military rules.

Indonesian military plane crashes in ball of flames

Medan - An Indonesian military transport plane crashed Tuesday shortly after take-off in a city on Sumatra island, exploding in a ball of flames in a residential area.

Pakistan's anti-terror fight enters new phase despite rights fears

Islamabad - Pakistan's army is preparing for a final push in the coming weeks in its fight against militants, but there are concerns that rights are being rolled back in the name of defeating terror.

'Bang! and down': Afghan 'superhero' inspires awe and disdain

Kabul - He is called a superhero and feted with financial rewards from Afghan politicians, but the lionisation of the soldier who singlehandedly killed six attackers in parliament belies bubbling discontent over deteriorating security.

Sweden boosts military readiness amid Russia concerns

Stockholm - Sweden is stepping up its military capabilities and exercises with NATO amid concerns over Russia's military resurgence, Defence Minister Peter Hultqvist said on Friday.

Counting the cost of South Korea's landmine victims

Yeoncheon - After decades of official silence, South Korea is beginning to compensate hundreds of landmine victims maimed by a deadly, and dangerously enduring legacy of the Korean War and its Cold War aftermath.

EU approves military mission to tackle migrant smugglers: sources

Brussels - EU member states approved plans Friday to launch as early as next week the first phase of a military operation against people smugglers in the Mediterranean, sources said.

Japan's security bills threaten constitution: Legal experts

Toukyo - Legislation that would allow Japan's military to fight in defence of allies is unconstitutional, legal experts said on Monday, as opposition to Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's pet project grows.

U.S. strike on 'Al-Qaeda-associated terrorist' in Libya: Pentagon

Washington - The US military carried out a strike on what it called an "Al-Qaeda-associated terrorist" in Libya, the defense department said Sunday.

US transfers six Guantanamo detainees to Oman

Washington - Washington has transferred six inmates from its Guantanamo Bay prison to Oman, the Pentagon said Saturday, as part of a drive by President Barack Obama to close the controversial jail.

Nobel laureate Satyarthi says up to 500,000 child soldiers worldwide

Ginebra - There are up to 500,000 child soldiers around the world, Nobel laureate and child rights activist Kailash Satyarthi said Friday, terming it the worst form of child abuse.

Syria army 'regains control of southern airbase'

Damascus - Syrian army troops regained full control of an airbase in southern Sweida province on Friday, a day after rebels overran large parts of it, a monitor said.

Syria rebels seize most of Sweida military airport: spokesman

Damascus - Syrian rebels seized most of a military airport in regime-controlled Sweida province on Thursday and shot down a warplane nearby, a spokesman told AFP.

Obama approves 450 more troops for Iraq training mission

Washington - US President Barack Obama on Wednesday approved the deployment of 450 more US military trainers to Iraq, a cautious bid to reverse gains by the Islamic State group.

Obama poised to send more troops to train Iraqis

Washington - President Barack Obama appears poised to approve the deployment of hundreds more US training personnel to Iraq, in a bid to reverse gains by the Islamic State group.

U.S. Army website hacked: Officials

Washington - The US Army's official website was hacked with messages denouncing Washington's training of rebel fighters inside Syria, but no data was stolen, officials said.

Boko Haram fight HQ shifting to Maiduguri: Nigeria military

Abuja - Nigeria's military on Monday said it had begun shifting the command centre for its battle against Boko Haram from the capital to the northeastern city of Maiduguri, following a directive from President Muhammadu Buhari.

Latest FARC attack leaves Colombia town without water

Estanzuela - FARC rebels blew up a water plant in southwestern Colombia, military officials said, in the latest alleged attack by the guerrilla movement on the nation's infrastructure.

Pentagon admits wider problem with anthrax shipments

Washington - The US military admitted Wednesday a problem involving mistaken shipments of live anthrax is much worse than previously reported, with samples of the lethal bacteria sent to more than 50 laboratories.

Probe Nigeria military top brass for war crimes: Amnesty

Abuja - Amnesty International said Wednesday there was sufficient evidence for the International Criminal Court to probe senior Nigerian officers for war crimes in the battle against Boko Haram, prompting an angry rejection by the country's military.

U.S. Government fines BoA for its abuse of military families

Charlotte - The United States government has fined lending giant Bank of America $30 million for its abuses of military members and their families in violation of federal law.

S. Korea, U.S. stage major joint anti-submarine exercise

Seoul - South Korea and the United States kicked off a major anti-submarine drill on Monday, weeks after North Korea claimed it had successfully tested a submarine-launched ballistic missile.

FARC attack leaves Colombia port city without power: Military

Estanzuela - Some 400,000 people in Colombia's bustling port city of Buenaventura lost power Sunday after a key electrical tower was destroyed -- an act military officials blamed on FARC rebels.

18 labs may have received live anthrax samples: U.S. officials

Washington - A total of 18 laboratories may have accidentally received live samples of anthrax shipped out by the American military, U.S. authorities said.
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