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US, S. Korea confirm suspending military drills

Seoul - US and South Korean officials confirmed Tuesday the suspension of scheduled joint military drills, making good on a pledge by President Donald Trump during his summit with North Korea's leader.

US, S. Korea confirm suspending military drills

Seoul - The US and South Korean militaries confirmed Tuesday they have called off upcoming joint exercises, after President Donald pledged to halt the drills in the wake of his summit with North Korea's Kim Jong Un.

Manager of China aircraft carrier builder under graft probe

Bejing - China has launched a corruption investigation into the general manager of the state-owned firm responsible for building aircraft carriers, a potential complication in ambitious plans to modernise its navy.

Major military exercises 'suspended indefinitely' on Korean peninsula: US official

Washington - Large military drills between the United States and South Korea have been "suspended indefinitely," a senior US official told AFP on Thursday.

Uproar over Australian army vehicle flying swastika flag

Sydney - An Australian army vehicle flew a Nazi swastika flag during an operation in Afghanistan, the prime minister confirmed Thursday in an act he called "completely and utterly unacceptable".

Kim, Trump commit to restart repatriating remains from N.Korea

Washington - When President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un signed a statement Tuesday committing to establishing new, peaceful relations, they also agreed to resolve an issue as old as the Korean conflict itself.

Trump's vow to end US-SKorea drills catches Pentagon off guard

Washington - Pentagon officials were surprised Tuesday after President Donald Trump vowed at his summit with the North's leader Kim Jong Un to cancel "provocative" joint military drills with South Korea.

Tariffs not denting military relations with US allies: Mattis

Washington - Ongoing tensions between America and its closest allies over tariffs and other issues have not soured military-to-military relationships, US Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said Monday.

US commando killed, four wounded in Somalia attack

Washington - An American commando was killed Friday in an attack in southern Somalia that also wounded four US military personnel along with a Somali soldier, officials said.

Top US, Russian military brass to meet in Helsinki

Apo - Top US and Russian military officials will meet in Helsinki on Friday as part of recurring talks to prevent conflicts such as Syria and Ukraine from escalating, Finnish and US officials said.

Flow of Venezuelans into Colombia impacting FARC peace process: US admiral

Washington - A massive flow of desperate Venezuelans into neighboring Colombia is impacting Bogata's implementation of a historic peace accord, the US military's top officer for the region warned Thursday.

Taiwan military drill repels 'invasion' as China tensions rise

Taipei - Fighter jets, helicopters and thousands of troops in Taiwan fought back a simulated Chinese invasion Thursday as the self-ruled island faces increasing military and diplomatic pressure from Beijing.

Sweden marks national day with major military exercise

Stockholm - Marking national day on Wednesday, Sweden called up 22,000 reservists for an exercise of a scale not seen in 40 years as tensions simmer between the West and Russia.

US Marines commander at Japan base sacked

Apo - The commanding officer at a US Marine base on the Japanese island of Okinawa has been fired over a "loss of trust", the US Marines said Tuesday.A brief statement said Colonel Mark S.

Pakistan military hits back at criticism as elections loom

Islamabad - Pakistan's military hit back at mounting criticism of its long campaign against militancy and stressed its support for upcoming elections in a major public relations offensive on Monday.

North Korea 'military reshuffle' raises eyebrows in Seoul

Seoul - South Korea is monitoring developments in the North's armed forces, it said Monday after reports Pyongyang replaced three of its top military officials ahead of a summit with the United States.

Small military contract started an internal war at Google

A Google scientist warned in an internal email that the company's involvement in the US Department of Defense's Project Maven would be "red meat" for critics.

In nod to India, US military renames its Pacific Command

Ewa Beach - The Pentagon is renaming its oldest and largest military command to reflect the growing importance of the Indian Ocean in US strategic thinking, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said Wednesday.

US to keep confronting Beijing in S. China Sea: Mattis

Defense Secretary Jim Mattis vowed Tuesday that the US would keep confronting China over its territorial claims in the South China Sea, where Beijing has established a significant military presence on contested islands.

Pakistan military says ex-spy chief will not be allowed to leave country

Islamabad - Pakistan's military Monday took the unprecedented step of preventing a former spy chief from leaving the country, after he ignited a storm by co-authoring a book that touches on Pakistan's alleged roles in Afghanistan and Kashmir.

Pakistan military summons ex-spy chief over book controversy

Islamabad - Pakistan's army has summoned the ex-head of the intelligence agency, accusing him of violating the military code of conduct over a book he co-authored with the former spy chief of arch rival India.

Pentagon 'ready to respond' to any N. Korea provocations

Washington - The Pentagon is ready to respond to any "provocative actions" from North Korea, an official said Thursday after President Donald Trump canceled a summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

US wasted billions in failed Afghan stabilization efforts: official

Washington - The United States wasted billions of dollars trying to stabilize fragile parts of Afghanistan from 2001-2017 and some efforts caused more harm than good, a US government watchdog said Thursday.

Pentagon pulls China's invite to Pacific naval exercises

Washington - The Pentagon has pulled its invitation for China to join maritime exercises in the Pacific because of Beijing's "continued militarization" of the South China Sea, an official said Wednesday, in the latest sign of US-China strains.

Beijing's South China Sea bombers fly in the face of protests

Bejing - China's brazen landing of nuclear-capable bombers on an island in the disputed South China Sea is a bold power play to bolster its territorial claims while rivals are divided and the US distracted by North Korea, analysts say.

'Few signs of progress' in Afghanistan: US inspector

Washington - Upbeat assessments of an improving security situation in Afghanistan do not line up with the facts on the ground, the Pentagon watchdog said Monday, pointing to "few signs of progress" in the war-torn nation.

Sweden releases war preparation booklet amid Russia worries

Stockholm - The Swedish government on Monday presented an emergency pamphlet to prepare citizens in the event of a war, natural disaster, or cyber attack amid soaring tensions between Russia and the Western allies.

Sri Lanka warns of Tamil separatist resurgence

Colombo - Sri Lanka's president Saturday warned that Tamil extremists were regrouping abroad to revive their demand to divide the island nation nine years after the end of its decades-long ethnic war.

No plans to cut back US-South Korea drills: Pentagon

Washington - The Pentagon is not considering cutting back the joint US-South Korean military exercises that have drawn angry condemnation from Pyongyang ahead of a planned US-North Korea summit, an official said Thursday."There's been no talk of reducing anything.

Decline in strength of Afghan forces less sharp than thought: US watchdog

Kabul - The strength of Afghanistan's security forces has declined less sharply than previously reported, a US watchdog says, citing incorrect figures given by the American military last month.
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