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Russia to deploy reinforcements to Crimea area

Moscow - Russia is to reinforce its troop deployments in annexed Crimea and southern Russia because of the worsening crisis in Ukraine and the buildup of foreign forces nearby, the country's defence minister said on Tuesday.

12 Nigerian soldiers sentenced to death for mutiny: court martial

Abuja - Twelve Nigerian soldiers were on Tuesday sentenced to death for mutiny after shots were fired at their commanding officer in the restive northeast city of Maiduguri earlier this year.

What will the U.S.-led war against jihadists look like?

Washington - President Barack Obama's vow to take the fight to jihadists in Syria and Iraq will expand a U.S.-led air war already underway and likely require deploying more special forces to help local troops.

China warplane interception 'unsafe', 'unprofessional': U.S. official

Beijing - A Chinese fighter jet's interception of a U.S. surveillance aircraft last month was "unsafe and unprofessional", a U.S. official said Tuesday as a top White House adviser concluded a visit to Beijing.

Iran ordered plane carrying Americans to land

Tehran - A charter plane carrying 100 people, including Americans, out of Afghanistan was ordered to land in southern Iran because of errors in its flight plan, a Tehran-based official said Saturday.

North Korea fires missiles ahead of S. Korea holiday

Seoul - North Korea on Saturday test-fired three short-range missiles off its east coast, putting the South's military on alert ahead of a traditional harvest holiday.

Americans flying from Afghan air base land briefly in Iran

Washington - A charter plane carrying about 100 people including Americans was briefly diverted to Iran during a flight from Bagram air base in Afghanistan, US officials said Friday.

U.S. says Shebab chief killed in bombing raid in Somalia

Washington - The United States said Friday it had killed the chief of Al-Qaeda-linked Shebab militants in a bombing raid in Somalia, touting it as a model for an assault on Islamic State jihadists.

Body bags make Russians reflect on Ukraine war

Moscow - When Russian paratrooper Nikolai Kozlov was deployed to Crimea to help Moscow take over the peninsula from Ukraine, his parents were proud of him.

Two S. Korean soldiers die during training

Seoul - Two young soldiers in South Korea's special warfare unit died during training, the military said Wednesday, following a series of incidents and suicides that have unleashed public fury over bullying in the army.

Obama orders 350 more U.S. troops to Baghdad: White House

Washington - President Barack Obama ordered about 350 more U.S. troops to Baghdad to protect American diplomatic facilities and staff in the Iraqi capital, the White House said.

'Up to 15,000 Russian soldiers' sent to Ukraine say rights groups

Moscow - Up to 15,000 Russian soldiers have been sent to Ukraine over the past two months, and at least 200 may have died in combat there, rights groups told AFP on Monday.

N. Korea test-fires suspected missile into sea

Pyongyang - North Korea test-fired what appeared to be a short-range missile into the sea off its east coast Monday in the latest of a series of missile and rocket tests, military officials said.

Taiwan to spend $2.5 billion on anti-missile systems

Taipei - Taiwan plans to spend Tw$74.8 billion ($2.5 billion) in the next nine years to acquire anti-missile systems to boost its aerial defences against China, a lawmaker and media said Saturday.

Armoured China vehicles cause alarm in Hong Kong

Hong Kong - Hong Kong democracy advocates expressed alarm Friday after Chinese army vehicles were photographed travelling down a major thoroughfare, in what they condemned as a show of "military might" ahead of expected protests.

Army wives urge Russia to come clean on soldiers in Ukraine

- Several dozen women gathered outside a military base in central Russia on Thursday to demand that commanders come clean about the whereabouts of their husbands after reports of secret funerals for soldiers covertly sent to Ukraine.

Chile navy officer makes history by announcing he is gay

Santiago - A navy officer became the first member of the Chilean military to reveal he is gay -- a groundbreaking admission in this conservative Catholic country.

Israel closes Golan area as Syria rebels seize crossing

Jerusalem - Israel closed off the area around Quneitra on the occupied Golan Heights on Wednesday after an officer was wounded by stray fire as Syrian rebels seized control of the crossing.

Russian military sources soldiers enter Ukraine 'by accident'

Moscow - Russian military sources quoted by state agencies on Tuesday said that Russian troops captured by Kiev and shown on Ukrainian television had crossed the border accidentally.

New N. Korean rocket launch site near completion: think-tank

Pyongyang - North Korea will be able to test longer-range rockets at its new launch site before the end of this year, a US think-tank has said.

US aircraft bomb targets in northern Iraq

Washington - American warplanes have bombed Islamist militants in northern Iraq near the Mosul dam, the US military's Central Command said on Thursday, in the latest air attack on the extremists.

Thai junta chief tipped to become PM

Bangkok - Thailand's coup leader is expected to be picked as prime minister by the kingdom's new army-dominated national assembly, junta sources said Wednesday, cementing the military's hold on power in the politically turbulent nation.

Russia vows to strengthen navy to ward off NATO

Moscow - Russia announced plans Tuesday to bolster its navy with more advanced weapons in response to NATO's vow to halt the Kremlin's push into Ukraine and feared expansion into eastern Europe.

N. Korea suggests missile tests for anniversary, not Pope

Seoul - North Korea suggested Friday that a series of rocket tests that coincided with the arrival of Pope Francis in South Korea were actually conducted to mark the anniversary of liberation from Japanese colonial rule.

Anger at army as small town near Ukraine rebel hub smoulders

- Alexandra swept up glass outside the bank where she works in a small town in eastern Ukraine where fires still burned a hour after rockets rained down on its centre."It was exactly at 3:00 pm," the elderly woman in a flowered housecoat told AFP.

Anger at army as small town near Ukraine rebel hub smoulders

- Alexandra swept up glass outside the bank where she works in a small town in eastern Ukraine where fires still burned a hour after rockets rained down on its centre."It was exactly at 3pm," the elderly woman in a flowered housecoat told AFP.

'Advanced Warfare' multiplayer trailer unveiled

Activision and Sledgehammer Games have unveiled the multiplayer trailer for 'Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare,' which demonstrates the game's online features.

Putin vows to boost arms sales to Egypt's Sisi

Moscow - Russian President Vladimir Putin on Tuesday promised Egyptian counterpart Abdel Fattah al-Sisi to speed up the delivery of billions of dollars in arms and invited Cairo to forge free trade ties with a Moscow-led customs bloc.

Russian aid convoy to Ukraine 'won't have military escort': Kremlin

Moscow - Russia's military will not be involved in an aid convoy to eastern Ukraine that will take place with Kiev's agreement, President Vladimir Putin's spokesman said Monday.

Thirteen troops killed in 24 hours in east Ukraine clashes: army

Kiev - Fighting with pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine has left 13 troops dead in the last 24 hours, Ukraine's military said Saturday.
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