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North Korea slams upcoming joint US-South military exercises

Seoul - North Korea warned Sunday that the United States will be "pouring gasoline on fire" by conducting an annual war game in the South next week amid heightened tensions between Pyongyang and Washington.

Trump: 'Decisions made' on Afghanistan and beyond

Washington - US President Donald Trump tweeted early Saturday that "many decisions" had been made in a meeting with his top military advisers, including on the 16-year-old war in Afghanistan.

Trump mulls new US strategy in Afghanistan

Hagerstown - US President Donald Trump assembled his national security team at the Camp David presidential retreat Friday to forge a way ahead in Afghanistan, almost 16 years after the war began.

Top American general says attack on Japan same as on US

Toukyo - The United States' most senior military officer on Friday said North Korea understands that an any attack on Japan is equal to one on the US itself -- and vice versa.

Joint exercises could send Korea tensions soaring again

Seoul - After North Korea and the United States traded bellicose threats of nuclear conflagration, all eyes will be on an annual war game in the South next week that could send tensions spiralling back upwards, analysts say.

US insists military ready to counter North Korea

Washington - Senior US officials insisted they are ready to respond to any North Korean attack Thursday, after a White House aide dismissed talk of a "military option.

Top US general condemns racism after Charlottesville violence

Bejing - The United States' top general condemned "racism and bigotry" on Thursday, joining other military leaders in their denunciation of deadly violence in Charlottesville.

Pentagon adjusts to life under unpredictable commander-in-chief

Washington - After days of fiery talk of possible military intervention in the North Korea nuclear stand-off, Pentagon officials late last week suddenly found themselves digesting a surprising piece of breaking news.

US urges LatAm powers to isolate N.Korea

Santiago - US Vice President Mike Pence on Wednesday called on Brazil, Mexico and other Latin American powers to break off economic and diplomatic ties with North Korea over Pyongyang's missile threats.

Trump at Camp David on Friday for Afghanistan talks

Washington - US President Donald Trump will meet Friday with his national security team at Camp David, as he mulls whether or not to send more American troops to war-ravaged Afghanistan.

Ukraine to probe claim it supplied NKorea missile engine

Kiev - Ukraine's President Petro Poroshenko on Wednesday ordered an investigation into a report that North Korea procured an engine for its long-range missile from a Ukraine factory.

UN chief offers help in N.Korea diplomacy efforts

New York - UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres on Wednesday offered his personal help to help reach a diplomatic solution to the North Korean nuclear stand-off, saying it was time to "dial down rhetoric and dial up diplomacy.

Trump praises N. Korean leader's 'wise' decision to halt Guam missile test

New York - US President Donald Trump on Wednesday praised North Korea's leader for backing off on plans to fire missiles toward the US Pacific territory of Guam."Kim Jong-Un of North Korea made a very wise and well reasoned decision.

US military chief urges China to pressure North Korea

Bejing - The head of the US military said during a visit to Beijing that it was increasingly urgent for China to step up pressure on North Korea, according to a Pentagon spokesman on Wednesday.

Japan, US conduct live-fire drill amid regional tension

Nihon - Some 300 Japanese and US military personnel on Wednesday carried out live-fire artillery training in northern Japan, officials said, amid high regional tensions over North Korean missile threats.

Kiev says engine type 'used in N.Korea missiles' made for Russia

Kiev - Ukraine's space agency said Tuesday that an engine type reportedly used in North Korean missiles was made at a Ukrainian factory, but solely for use in space rockets supplied to Russia.

Taiwan urges restraint after China plane enters defence zone

Taipei - Taiwan on Tuesday urged Beijing to exercise restraint after a Chinese military aircraft entered its air defence zone following a recent spate of drills that have ratcheted up cross-strait tensions.

China says N.Korea crisis faces 'turning point'

Bejing - China said Tuesday that the North Korean nuclear crisis had reached a "turning point" and it was time to enter peace talks.

Maduro orders Venezuela military drill after Trump threat

Caracas - Venezuelan leader Nicolas Maduro ordered the army to conduct a round of military drills later this month in response to US President Donald Trump's threat of military action in the crisis-stricken nation.

China, Russia push talks as N. Korea steps back from missile launches

Seoul - China and Russia pushed Tuesday for talks to defuse the "confrontational spiral" between the US and North Korea after Kim Jong-Un stepped back from a planned missile strike near Guam.

Maduro orders Venezuela military drill after Trump threat

Caracas - Venezuelan leader Nicolas Maduro on Monday ordered his armed forces to carry out a national exercise next week in response to US President Donald Trump's threat of possible military action.

North Korea leader briefed on Guam missile plan: KCNA

Seoul - North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un has been briefed on a plan to fire missiles near Guam but hinted that he would hold off on the launch, Pyongyang's state media said Tuesday.

Transgender US military ban not a done deal, Mattis hints

Washington - Defense Secretary Jim Mattis suggested Monday that a ban announced by President Donald Trump on transgender people serving in the US military may not be a done deal.

Maduro orders Venezuela military drill after Trump threat

Caracas - Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro on Monday ordered his armed forces to carry out a national exercise next week in reaction to a threat of possible US military action voiced by President Donald Trump.

N.Korean missiles based on motor from ex-Soviet plant: report

Washington - North Korea's recent rapid progress in developing a long-range missile appears to have come after it refurbished rocket engines procured from a plant in the former Soviet Union, according to an expert report published Monday.

S.Korea's Moon urges calm on N.Korea, says war unthinkable

Seoul - South Korean President Moon Jae-In called Monday for calm in the standoff with North Korea, saying there should never be another war on the peninsula.

Kim and Trump: A tale of two leaders

Seoul - In many ways the two leaders on either side of North Korea-United States missile stand-off could not be more different. In others they are startlingly similar.

Venezuela says Latin America stability at risk from 'reckless' Trump threat

Caracas - Stability across Latin America is in jeopardy from President Donald Trump's "reckless threat" to consider military action against Venezuela, Caracas said on Saturday, after its military vowed to stand up to the US leader's "craziness.

Women to train as Russian air force pilots

Moscow - Female candidates are to be accepted for the first time to train as pilots for Russia's air force, Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu said Saturday, adding there were so many applications that "we can't ignore them".

Japan deploys missile defence over N. Korea threat to Guam

Toukyo - Japan deployed its Patriot missile defence system on Saturday after North Korea threatened to fire ballistic missiles over the country towards the US Pacific territory of Guam, local officials and reports said.
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