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US military to send cyber soldiers to the battlefield

Washington - The US Army will soon send teams of cyber warriors to the battlefield, officials said Wednesday, as the military increasingly looks to take the offensive against enemy computer networks.

Saudi Arabia, UAE pledge $130 mn for Sahel anti-terror force

Paris - Saudi Arabia has pledged $100 million towards a five-nation anti-terror force in the Sahel region of West Africa, while the United Arab Emirates has offered $30 million, French President Emmanuel Macron said Wednesday.

Gulf pours 130mn euros into Sahel anti-jihadist force

Paris - Oil-rich Gulf countries pledged 130 million euros Wednesday towards fighting jihadists in West Africa's Sahel region, as French President Emmanuel Macron hosted leaders in a bid to boost a fledgling five-nation military force.

Kim vows to 'win victory in the showdown' with US

Seoul - North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un vowed to "win victory in the showdown" against the US with his rapidly advancing nuclear arsenal, state media said Wednesday, after the country's latest missile test heightened global tensions.

Africa, Europe hope to rally support for Sahel anti-terror force

Paris - French President Emmanuel Macron hosts Germany's Angela Merkel and five African presidents Wednesday, hoping to bolster the fledging G5 Sahel force fighting jihadists in an area the size of Europe.

Kim vows to make N. Korea 'strongest nuclear power'

Seoul - Kim Jong-Un has vowed to make North Korea the "world's strongest nuclear power," state media reported Wednesday, as the reclusive nation shows little sign of reining in a weapons programme fuelling global alarm.

Pentagon skeptical about Russia's Syria pullout claims

Washington - The Pentagon on Monday voiced skepticism about Russian President Vladimir Putin's announcement that he had ordered the partial withdrawal of troops from Syria.

US, S. Korea, Japan start missile-tracking drill, irking China

Seoul - The US, South Korea and Japan carried out joint exercises Monday to track missiles from North Korea, as China warned that such manoeuvres fuel tensions following nuclear-armed Pyongyang's longest-range test launch to date.

Funeral held for Thai cadet at centre of army abuse scandal

Chon Buri - A Thai army recruit whose death captured national attention after his organs were removed in mysterious circumstances showed signs of being physically assaulted, his family said Sunday, citing the results of an autopsy ahead of the teenager's funeral.

Japan to host joint missile tracking drill amid N. Korea threat

Toukyo - Japan will hold a drill with the United States and South Korea this week to practise jointly detecting airborne missiles, officials said Sunday amid rising security threats from North Korea.

UN envoy warns N. Korea 'miscalculation' could trigger conflict

New York - A senior UN envoy warned Saturday there was a grave risk that a miscalculation could trigger conflict with North Korea as he urged Pyongyang to keep communication channels open after a rare visit to the reclusive state.

China says Indian drone 'invaded' its airspace, crashed

Bejing - An Indian drone has "invaded" China's airspace and crashed, China's defence ministry said Thursday, months after the neighbours ended one of their worst border standoffs in decades. "The Indian move violated China's territorial sovereignty.

Pentagon signals open-ended troop commitment in Syria

Washington - The US military plans on staying in Syria as long as necessary to ensure the Islamic State group does not return, a Pentagon official told AFP on Tuesday, as the fight against the jihadists winds down.

US military to stay in Syria 'as long as we need to': Pentagon

Washington - The US military plans to stay in Syria as long as necessary to ensure the Islamic State group does not return, a Pentagon official told AFP on Tuesday.

Genetic tool that can doom a species under UN review

Paris - For some, a new cutting-edge technology called gene drive is the silver bullet able to wipe out invasive species decimating island wildlife, and eradicate the malaria-bearing mosquitos that killed nearly half a million people last year, mostly in Afric...

UN envoy arrives in North Korea as nuclear tensions soar

Bejing - A senior United Nations official arrived in North Korea on Tuesday for a rare visit aimed at defusing soaring tensions over Pyongyang's nuclear weapons programme.

US defense chief lands in Pakistan as ties between allies fray

Islamabad - US Defense Secretary Jim Mattis arrived in Pakistan Monday as Washington pressures its wayward ally to eliminate militant safe havens, days after Pakistani authorities freed an alleged mastermind of the 2008 Mumbai attacks.

North Korea missile tests are 'imminent threat': Japan

Toukyo - North Korea's missile tests are an "imminent threat" to Japan, the Japanese parliament declared Monday, as Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said talking to the reclusive state was meaningless.

US, South Korea begin largest-ever joint air drill

Seoul - The US and South Korea on Monday kicked off their largest ever joint air exercise, an operation North Korea has labelled an "all-out provocation", days after Pyongyang fired its most powerful intercontinental ballistic missile.

Korea tensions rise ahead of US-South Korea joint military drill

Washington - Tensions were on the rise Sunday ahead of the largest ever US-South Korea air exercise, with Pyongyang calling it an "all-out provocation" that could lead to nuclear conflict as a US lawmaker warned of a growing likelihood of "preemptive war" on the di...

US lawmaker: likelihood of 'preemptive war' with North Korea grows

Washington - A top Republican lawmaker warned Sunday that the United States moves closer to preemptive war with North Korea every time Pyongyang carries out a missile or nuclear test.

N. Korea blasts 'dangerous' US-South joint military drill

Seoul - North Korea Sunday blasted the United States and South Korea as "warmongers" on the eve of their largest-ever joint air exercise, saying it could trigger a nuclear war.The comments came as White House National Security Advisor H.

North Korea holds mass celebrations for latest missile test

Seoul - North Korea held mass celebrations for its latest successful long-range missile test, Pyongyang's state media said Saturday, with the regime accusing Washington of "begging for nuclear war" over planned military drills.

Building — and delivering — a nuclear weapon

Paris - After testing a missile that North Korea said was capable of striking the US, Pyongyang claimed it had become a full nuclear power, though analysts remain sceptical.

Germany to cut diplomatic mission in North Korea

Washington - Germany will reduce its diplomatic mission in Pyongyang and require North Korea to shrink its presence in Berlin, Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel said Thursday after meeting his US counterpart.

US presses China to cut oil deliveries to N.Korea

Washington - Secretary of State Rex Tillerson renewed US pleas to China on Thursday to cut oil shipments to North Korea to bring it to the negotiating table over its nuclear and missile programs.

Russia rejects US call to cut North Korea ties

Moscow - Russia on Thursday rejected a US call to cut ties with North Korea in response to Pyongyang's launch of an intercontinental ballistic missile.

North Korea's new missile: Pyongyang vs the analysts

Seoul - North Korea Thursday released pictures of its latest missile launch, giving analysts a chance to test Pyongyang's claim of a breakthrough that brings the whole of the US within range of a nuclear strike.

Argentine court sentences 48 in 'Dirty War' trial

Buenos Aires - An Argentine court sentenced 48 former military personnel to prison on Wednesday for involvement in so-called "death flights" and other crimes committed at a notorious torture center when a junta ruled the country.

US believes it can defend against N. Korea missiles, for now

Washington - The US military remains confident it can -- at least for the moment -- protect against any North Korean missile threat, a US official said Wednesday after Pyongyang tested a new rocket type.
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