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Putin makes troop deaths in peacetime operations a 'state secret'

Moscow - Russian President Vladimir Putin on Thursday banned the release of information about troop deaths in "special operations" during peacetime, as the Kremlin continues to rebuff accusations its soldiers are fighting in Ukraine.

Dozens may have come in contact with anthrax: US military

Washington - As many as 22 people in South Korea and four US lab workers may have been exposed to anthrax after the American military accidentally shipped out at least one live sample, officials said.

U.S. army says 22 possibly exposed to anthrax at S. Korea base

Seoul - As many as 22 personnel may have been exposed to anthrax during a laboratory training exercise at a U.S. military base in South Korea, a military statement said Thursday.

U.S. military shipped live anthrax to lab by accident

Washington - The U.S. military accidentally shipped at least one live anthrax sample across the country to a commercial lab in Maryland and four workers were undergoing medical treatment as a precaution, officials said.

Russia's nuclear threats 'deeply troubling': NATO chief

Washington - Russia's provocative rhetoric and its dramatic expansion of flights by nuclear bombers are deeply troubling and dangerous, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said Wednesday.

Japan joins U.S. maneuvers in Pacific as tensions with China rise

Sydney - Japan will send dozens of soldiers to join U.S.-Australia military exercises in the South Pacific for the first time ever in an apparent signal to Beijing to scale back expansion in the South China Sea.

Russia and West hold war games over Arctic

Moscow - Russia conducted huge and unexpected war games on Tuesday, coinciding with a Nato drill in the Arctic at a time of heightened tensions in the region.

China to project its military further and stronger

Bejing - China said on Tuesday it will project its military power further beyond its borders at sea and more assertively in the air, defending the construction of artificial islands which sparked concerns in Washington.

Fresh air strikes and ground fighting in Yemen

Sanaa - Saudi-led warplanes launched a fresh wave of air strikes across Yemen targeting Iran-backed rebels as fighting raged on the ground in the south of the country, witnesses said.

Nigeria military says 'scores' of Islamists killed, 20 hostages rescued

Abuja - Nigeria's military on Saturday claimed the killing of scores of Boko Haram insurgents and the rescue of 20 more hostages during an operation in the notorious Sambisa forest, an Islamist stronghold.

Obama stays the course despite IS group's advance

Washington - President Barack Obama's war strategy failed to stop Islamic State jihadists from overrunning Ramadi but he appears reluctant to change course despite the group's advances on the battlefield.

US planes keep distance from Chinese 'islands' -- for now

Washington - US surveillance aircraft and naval ships have yet to test China's territorial claims around artificial islands built in the South China Sea, but the Pentagon warned that could be "the next step".

Russian activists say find fresh graves of soldiers killed in Ukraine

Moscow - Russian opposition activists investigating the deaths of three special forces soldiers said Wednesday their findings indicate that elite Russian army reconnaissance units are operating in Ukraine.

Iran rules out nuclear inspections of military sites

Tehran - Iran's supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei on Wednesday ruled out allowing nuclear inspectors to visit military sites or to question scientists if Tehran strikes a long-sought deal with world powers.

Colombia's Santos replaces defense minister

Estanzuela - President Juan Manuel Santos said his defense minister was being reassigned and replaced, as the government wades through peace talks with leftist rebels.

Thousands rally against U.S. military base on Japan's Okinawa

Okinawa - Thousands of people rallied in Okinawa in southern Japan on Sunday in protest against a controversial U.S. airbase on the island, as a two-decade-old bitter row over the relocation of the site drags on.

Russia flexes Central Asia military might amid Afghan fears

- Russia has deployed hundreds of troops for drills in Central Asia with its ex-Soviet allies in a show of force as anxiety grows over a surge in fighting in neighbouring Afghanistan.

Turkey says it shot down 'Syrian helicopter'

Istanbul - Turkish fighter jets on Saturday shot down a Syrian helicopter that crossed into Turkey's airspace in the south of the country, the government and army said.

U.S. commandos kill top IS leader in Syria raid

Washington - U.S. special forces killed a senior Islamic State group leader in a raid in eastern Syria, the White House said Saturday, as jihadists closed in on ancient Palmyra and Ramadi in Iraq.

'Cicadas': U.S. military's new swarm of mini-drones

Washington - U.S. military scientists have invented a miniature drone that fits in the palm of a hand, ready to be dropped from the sky like a mobile phone with wings.

Iranian boats 'fire warning shots' at Singapore-flagged ship

Washington - Iranian Revolutionary Guard forces fired warning shots at a Singapore-flagged commercial ship in the Gulf on Thursday, before vessels from the United Arab Emirates came to the ship's aid, US officials said.

Indonesia urged to stop military 'virginity tests'

Jakarta - Indonesia faced calls Thursday to stop virginity tests for women seeking to join the military, with a leading rights group calling the practice "cruel, inhuman and degrading".

N. Korea launches firing drills in Yellow Sea: Yonhap

Seoul - North Korea launched live-fire drills near the disputed sea border with South Korea late Wednesday, the Yonhap news agency reported, amid high tensions over Pyongyang's recent submarine-launched ballistic missile test.

N. Korea sub missile claim 'looks like a bluff'

Washington - North Korea's claim that it launched a ballistic missile from a submarine was mostly likely a bluff and the images it released appear photoshopped to overstate the regime's military power, US experts said Tuesday.

S.Korea says North defence chief executed with anti-aircraft fire

Pyongyang - North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un had his defence minister executed with anti-aircraft fire for insubordination and dozing off during a formal military rally, South Korean intelligence said Wednesday, hinting at possible instability in the Pyongyang lead...

'Gay sailor' to deter Russian subs from Swedish waters

Stockholm - A Swedish peace group said Tuesday it has lowered a sonar device into the Baltic Sea off Stockholm to deter Russian submarines, emitting the message "This Way if You Are Gay".

Two Colombian soldiers killed in ELN rebel clashes

Estanzuela - Two Colombian soldiers were killed in clashes with leftist ELN rebels, the country's second largest rebel group, the military said.

China pursuing huge South China Sea land reclamation: US

Washington - China has dramatically ramped up its land reclamation efforts in the South China Sea this year, building artificial islands at an unprecedented pace to bolster its territorial claims in the disputed area, US officials said Friday.

N. Korea says successfully test-fired underwater ballistic missile

Seoul - North Korea said Saturday it had successfully test-fired a submarine-launched ballistic missile (SLBM) -- a technology that could eventually offer the nuclear-armed state a survivable second-strike capability.

U.S. bolsters security at military bases over terror threat

Washington - The U.S. military bolstered security at bases across the country Friday after the FBI voiced concern that Islamist extremists could target troops or police officers.
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