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Second North Korean soldier defects to South in a month

Seoul - A North Korean soldier defected to the South after crossing the heavily fortified border, a defence ministry spokesman said on Saturday, the second soldier to defect this month.

Syria hotline for US and Russia still in use: US

Washington - Russian and US military officials are still using a special hotline to communicate about operations in Syria, a US official said Friday, days after Moscow said it was severing the connection.

North Korea conducts rocket engine test: US official

Seoul - North Korea has tested a rocket engine that could be fitted to an intercontinental ballistic missile, a US official said, in an apparent provocation ahead of a summit between President Donald Trump and the leader of South Korea.

US watchdog decries pricey woodland uniforms for Afghan army

Washington - The Pentagon wasted millions of dollars buying the Afghan army a woodland camouflage uniform that was apparently chosen on a whim and may have made soldiers easier to spot, a US government watchdog said Wednesday.

UN Security Council unanimously welcomes Sahel force

New York - The UN Security Council unanimously adopted a resolution Wednesday that paves the way for deployment of a five-nation African military force to fight jihadists in the Sahel region.

Turkey detains catering boss after mass army food posioning

Istanbul - Turkish authorities Wednesday detained the chief executive of a catering firm that supplied food to an army barracks where hundreds of soldiers have been hospitalised with food poisoning, state media said.The chief executive of Rota Yemekcilik A.S.

Horror Philippine war tales in Heroes' Ward

Manila - Inside the "Heroes' Ward" at a hospital in the Philippine capital, wounded soldiers read the Bible and recount horror stories of an unprecedented urban war against fighters linked to the Islamic State group.

Horror Philippine war tales in Heroes' Ward

Manila - Inside the "Heroes' Ward" at a hospital in the Philippine capital, wounded soldiers read the Bible and recount horror stories of an unprecedented urban war against fighters linked to the Islamic State group.

Horror Philippine war tales in Heroes' Ward

Manila - Inside the "Heroes' Ward" at a hospital in the Philippine capital, wounded soldiers read the Bible and recount horror stories of an unprecedented urban war against fighters linked to the Islamic State group.

France, US agree UN draft on anti-jihadist Sahel force

New York - France and the United States have reached agreement on a draft UN resolution that would pave the way for the deployment of a five-nation African military force to fight jihadists in the Sahel region, diplomats said Tuesday.

America's widening role in Syria's civil war

Washington - The unprecedented US downing of a Syrian regime warplane highlights the rapidly shifting dynamic in the six-year conflict where President Donald Trump has given American commanders a freer rein in the battlefield.

Best foot forward: Hong Kong's military-style youth groups

Hong Kong - Gruelling foot drills and camouflage uniforms are part of life for some Hong Kongers as military-style youth groups become increasingly popular, despite the fact there is no army to join.

Trump lets Pentagon set Afghanistan troop levels: US official

Kaboul - President Donald Trump has granted the Pentagon authority to set troop levels in Afghanistan, a US official said Tuesday, a move that could lead to the deployment of thousands more soldiers.

US 'not winning' in Afghanistan: Pentagon chief

Kaboul - Pentagon chief Jim Mattis told exasperated lawmakers Tuesday that America still is "not winning" in Afghanistan, as US military commanders push for additional troops to help stabilize the country's security crisis.

Seoul says North Korean soldier defects across DMZ

Seoul - A North Korean soldier escaped to South Korea Tuesday evening by walking across the Demilitarised Zone that bisects the peninsula, Seoul's defence ministry said.

Seoul says North Korean soldier defects across DMZ

Seoul - A North Korean soldier escaped to South Korea Tuesday evening by walking across the Demilitarised Zone that bisects the peninsula, Seoul's defence ministry said.

Seoul says North Korean soldier defects across DMZ

Seoul - A North Korean soldier escaped to South Korea Tuesday evening by walking across the Demilitarised Zone that bisects the peninsula, Seoul's defence ministry said.

Mattis 'shocked' by US military readiness, warns on North Korea

Washington - Pentagon chief Jim Mattis told lawmakers on Monday he was "shocked" by the state of the US military's readiness, blaming legal budget caps and the grind of 16 years of constant war.

US forces back Philippine troops in Islamist held city

Marawi - United States special forces are providing support to the Philippine military battling to dislodge Islamist militants in a southern city, the US embassy said Saturday, as 13 Filipino marines were killed in fresh fighting.

US forces back Philippine troops in Islamist held city

Marawi - United States special forces are providing support to the Philippine military battling to dislodge Islamist militants in a southern city, the US embassy said Saturday, as 13 Filipino marines were killed in fresh fighting.

US forces back Philippine troops in Islamist held city

Marawi - United States special forces are providing support to the Philippine military battling to dislodge Islamist militants in a southern city, the US embassy said Saturday, as 13 Filipino marines were killed in fresh fighting.

France faces US reservations over UN backing for Sahel force

New York - France on Friday sought to address US reservations over its request that the United Nations authorize an African military force tasked with fighting jihadists in the Sahel region.

Philippine war refugees facing deadly health risks

Marawi - More than 200,000 people displaced after Islamist militants attacked a southern Philippine city are facing deadly health risks, relief groups said Friday after a fleeing mother told AFP her baby died because of a lack of medical care.

Lithuania warns Russian drill may mask troop build-up

Washington - Lithuania's defense minister on Wednesday warned that a Russian military exercise later this year may serve as cover for an aggressive troop buildup on NATO's eastern flank.

Canada to boost military spending after Trump rails at allies

Ottawa - Canada announced Wednesday plans for a sharp increase in military spending over the next decade as US President Donald Trump has demanded of America's NATO allies.

Debris found in sea after Myanmar military plane goes missing

Tamwe - Debris has been found in the sea near where a Myanmar military plane went missing with more than 100 soldiers and their families on board on Wednesday, a local official and air force source said.

China slams Pentagon report on overseas military bases

Bejing - Beijing on Wednesday dismissed as "irresponsible" an annual US Defense Department report that predicted China would expand its global military presence, building overseas bases in countries like Pakistan.

Long battle feared as militants hold on in Philippine city

Marawi - With bomb-proof tunnels, anti-tank weapons hidden in mosques, human shields and a "mastery" of the terrain, Islamist militants holed up in a southern Philippine city are proving a far tougher opponent than military chiefs expected.

France will ask UN to authorize Sahel counter-terror force

New York - France will ask the UN Security Council to authorize an African military force for the Sahel region that will be sent to root out jihadists and drug traffickers, the French ambassador said Tuesday.

Qatar crisis has 'no impact' on US military operations: Pentagon

Washington - A Saudi-led move to isolate Qatar has had "no impact" on US military operations in the emirate, nor is any expected, a Pentagon spokesman said Tuesday.
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