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Russia, US trade accusations in maritime encounter

Washington - Washington and Moscow on Tuesday accused each other of conducting dangerous maritime maneuvers after two warships sailed closely past each other in the Mediterranean Sea earlier this month.

Jordanian officials 'sold CIA-supplied weapons to arms dealers'

Washington - Jordanian intelligence officials stole millions of dollars of weapons that the CIA and Saudi Arabia had supplied for Syrian rebels, then sold them on the black market, The New York Times and Al Jazeera reported.

U.S. military to lift transgender ban: Media

Washington - The Pentagon is set to lift its ban on transgender troops within the coming weeks, US media reported Friday.

North Korea rejects UN rebuke, warns tensions 'uncontrollable'

Seoul - Pyongyang on Saturday rejected the UN Security Council's sharp criticism of its latest missile tests and blamed the United States for driving the divided peninsula toward an "uncontrollable extreme phase".

Missile test could give North Korea ICBM by 2020: US think-tank

Seoul - North Korea's test of a new medium-range missile could help the nuclear-armed state develop an operational intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) capable of striking the US mainland by 2020, a US think-tank said on Friday.

UN Security Council 'strongly condemns' North Korea missile launches

New York - The UN Security Council on Thursday rebuked North Korea for its latest missile tests, calling for redoubled enforcement of sanctions imposed after Pyongyang's fourth nuclear test earlier this year.

N. Korea leader says new missile can strike US Pacific bases

Seoul - Leader Kim Jong-Un threatened US military bases across the Pacific after North Korea's test of a powerful new missile triggered emergency UN Security Council talks on curbing Pyongyang's nuclear programme.

Turkey blocks German MPs' base visit after genocide row

Berlin - Turkey has barred a German delegation from visiting an air base used to fight jihadists in Syria, amid a bitter diplomatic spat between Berlin and Ankara, officials said Wednesday.

N. Korean missile launches 'unacceptable violations': UN council president

New York - North Korea's latest ballistic missile tests on Wednesday are "clear and unacceptable" violations of UN Security Council resolutions, the council's president said.

N. Korea test fires two powerful, mid-range missiles

Seoul - North Korea conducted two back-to-back tests of a powerful new medium-range missile on Wednesday, with one launch ending in failure but the other flying a distance of 400 kilometres (250 miles), South Korea's Defence Ministry said.

N. Korea test fires two powerful, mid-range missiles

Seoul - North Korea conducted two back-to-back tests of a powerful new medium-range missile on Wednesday, with one launch ending in failure but the other flying a distance of 400 kilometres (250 miles), South Korea's Defence Ministry said.

N. Korea test fires two powerful, mid-range missiles

Seoul - North Korea conducted two back-to-back tests of a powerful new medium-range missile on Wednesday, with one launch ending in failure but the other flying a distance of 400 kilometres (250 miles), South Korea's Defence Ministry said.

Australian defence recruits forced to rape each other: Inquiry

Sydney - Teenage recruits into the Australian military were forced to rape each other, often as part of brutal initiation practices, a public inquiry into child sex abuse heard Tuesday.

Signs of possible N. Korea missile launch: reports

Seoul - North Korea appears to be readying another test of a powerful, new medium-range missile, following a series of failures for a ballistic weapons programme that aspires to threaten the US mainland, multiple reports said Tuesday.

Protesters rally against U.S. military on Okinawa

Naha - Tens of thousands rallied Sunday on the Japanese island of Okinawa to protest against the heavy US military presence and violent crimes by American personnel that have angered residents for decades.

U.S. military on Okinawa fights to check stigma of crime

Chatan - Crimes by US troops based on the southern Japanese island of Okinawa have long angered residents, who for decades have claimed the American military was out of control.

Protesters rally against U.S. military on Okinawa

Naha - Thousands of demonstrators rallied on the Japanese island of Okinawa on Sunday against the heavy US military presence and violent crimes by American personnel that have angered residents for decades.

'Hack the Pentagon' program reveals 138 security flaws: U.S.

Washington - Hackers invited by the US government as part of a pilot program to find flaws with five Pentagon websites discovered 138 security vulnerabilities, Defense Secretary Ash Carter said.

Saudi Arabia repeats call for U.S. strikes on Assad

Washington - Saudi Arabia on Friday reiterated its call for air strikes against Bashar al-Assad's regime in Syria, after US diplomats broke ranks with the White House to push for robust action.

Russia bombing US-backed rebels in Syria: U.S. official

Washington - Russia bombed US-backed fighters in southern Syria, according to a US official in Washington, who said the aggressive action by Moscow raises "serious concern.

Obama approves more aggressive Taliban fight

Washington - President Barack Obama has ordered the US military to tackle the resurgent Taliban more directly -- in tandem with Afghan allies, officials said Friday, ratcheting up a 15-year conflict he had vowed to end.

S. Korea launches military patrol against Chinese fishing boats

Seoul - South Korea launched an operation Friday to drive out illegal Chinese fishing boats from neutral waters close to the disputed sea border with the North, in a move that could further escalate cross-border tensions.

Russia to set up joint air defence system with ex-Soviet allies

Yerevan - Russia is working on setting up a joint air defence system with all of its ex-Soviet military allies, a senior official said Wednesday.

Hundreds left homeless after Sri Lanka depot blast

Colombo - Hundreds of Sri Lankans have been left homeless after explosions at an ammunition depot on the edge of Colombo flattened houses and killed a soldier, an official said Tuesday.

NATO launches massive war games in Poland

Torun - Thousands of NATO troops hit the ground in Poland in a massive show of force Tuesday as the alliance launched its biggest war games in eastern Europe since the Cold War.

Thousands flee Sri Lanka ammunition depot explosions

Colombo - A series of explosions rocked a military ammunition depot on the edge of Sri Lanka's capital into Monday, sparking huge fires and forcing thousands to flee as debris fell into populated neighbourhoods.

France disciplines 5 troops over C. Africa abuse

Paris - France has disciplined five soldiers accused of physical abuse in Central African Republic, where Paris had sent peacekeepers to quell bloody sectarian violence, the defence ministry said on Saturday.

US army probes death of nine soldiers in Texas base floods

Washington - A probe has been launched into the death of nine soldiers caught in a flash-flood during a training exercise in Texas, US Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter said Saturday.

How to spot a militant: Pakistani army removes roofs in Waziristan

- House after house flicks by hundreds of feet beneath a military helicopter, many distinguished by one arresting feature: their roofs have been removed by the army to allow an "aerial view" of militants who may take refuge there.

Signs of reprocessing at N. Korea complex: US think tank

Seoul - Recent satellite images reveal multiple indicators that North Korea is preparing, or has already begun, to reprocess plutonium for additional nuclear weapons at its main atomic complex, a US think tank said.
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