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Sudan army rulers order protesters to remove blockades

Khartoum - Sudan's army rulers on Monday demanded protesters remove blockades on roads leading to the military headquarters where thousands of demonstrators have camped for days calling on them to step down.

USAID launches latest clean-up for Vietnam War-era Agent Orange site

Hanoi - The US launched on Saturday a $183 million clean-up at a former Vietnam storage site for Agent Orange, a toxic defoliant used in their bitter war which years later is still blamed for severe birth defects, cancers and disabilities.

New Zealand official guilty over DC embassy toilet camera

Wellington - One of New Zealand's highest ranking military officers was Thursday found guilty of trying to secretly film people in the toilet at the country's embassy in Washington DC.

Amid worries over Russia, Sweden returns troops to Baltic island

Visby - Under an icy rain, camouflage-clad Swedish soldiers crouched behind a log pile, aimed their machine guns towards the Baltic Sea and, at their officers' barked orders, opened fire down the snow-covered range.

Unconventional 'resistance' cells urged for Baltic defense: study

Washington - A Pentagon-commissioned report published Monday envisions equipping Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania with "resistance" cells armed with unconventional weapons to deter Russia from invading.

Trump's controversial transgender troop ban takes effect

Washington - US President Donald Trump's controversial ban on transgender Americans in the military comes into force on Friday following a protracted legal battle.

Pompeo wants China to join Russia in START nuclear treaty

Washington - US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Wednesday that China should join in the next START treaty on curbing nuclear warheads as Washington prepares for talks on an extension with Russia.

Hezbollah condemns US decision on Iran Guards

Beirut - The head of Lebanese Shiite movement Hezbollah on Wednesday condemned as foolish a US decision to designate Iran's Revolutionary Guards a "terrorist group", praising the elite force as a key regional power.

Turkey says US move against Iran Guards creates 'instability'

Ankara - Turkey on Tuesday condemned the US move to designate Iran's elite Revolutionary Guards a "terrorist group", saying the decision would create "instability" in the region.

Iraq says tried to stop US blacklist of Iran Revolutionary Guard

Baghdad - Baghdad tried to stop Washington from blacklisting Iran's Revolutionary Guards as a "terrorist organisation," Iraqi Prime Minister Adel Abdel Mahdi said Tuesday, warning that the decision could further destabilise the region.

Iran president says US 'leader of world terrorism'

Tehran - Iranian President Hassan Rouhani on Tuesday accused the United States of being the real "leader of world terrorism", hitting back after Washington blacklisted Iran's Revolutionary Guards as a terrorist organisation.

Iran president says US 'leader of world terrorism'

Tehran - Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said Tuesday that the United States was the real "leader of world terrorism" after Washington blacklisted Iran's Revolutionary Guards as a "foreign terrorist organisation".

Iran leader calls on Iraq to demand US withdraw troops

Tehran - Iran's supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has called on Iraq to demand US troops leave "as soon as possible", warning that Washington is plotting to remove the government in Baghdad.

US revokes ICC prosecutor's visa over Afghan probe

Den Haag - The United States has revoked the visa for the chief prosecutor of the International Criminal Court, her office said Friday, over a possible investigation of American soldiers' actions in Afghanistan.

NATO plans for Russian 'aggression' on 70th anniversary

Washington - NATO said Thursday it was taking new action to counter Russia's "aggression," finding a united message amid other differences within the Western alliance on its 70th anniversary.

Pence calls Germany stance in NATO 'unacceptable'

Washington - US Vice President Mike Pence on Wednesday strongly criticized Germany at NATO's 70th anniversary gathering, saying the ally's level of defense spending and work with Russia on a gas pipeline were "simply unacceptable.""Germany must do more.

NATO anniversary party turns ugly as US rips Germany, Turkey

Washington - Tensions soared Wednesday between the United States and two of its NATO partners, Germany and Turkey, marring a 70th birthday celebration for the alliance aimed at showing a united front against a resurgent Russia.

Trump praises 'rocket-ship' increase in NATO spending

Washington - US President Donald Trump said Tuesday he was happy with NATO allies' rising spending on defense, hailing a "rocket-ship" increase since he took office.

NATO chief to meet Trump, alliance critic, on anniversary

Washington - NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg was due to meet President Donald Trump Tuesday ahead of celebrations for the 70th anniversary of the alliance, a frequent target of the US leader.

Seoul begins war remains excavation without N. Korea

Seoul - Seoul began a unilateral effort to excavate Korean War remains along the border Monday as silence from Pyongyang stymied a previously agreed joint operation with the North.

NATO fetes 70 years, but Trump not partying

Washington - Seventy years after it was formed to counter the Soviet Union, Russia has returned to the top of the agenda for NATO. But the alliance faces another, more unlikely problem -- criticism from the US president.

US says Russians in Venezuela to fix missile system

Washington - A Russian military deployment to Venezuela that has prompted warnings by the United States was meant largely to fix a broken missile system, a US official said Friday.

Kremlin says US not to 'worry' about Russia-Venezuela ties

Moscow - Russia said Thursday its troops will stay in Venezuela "for as long as needed" and urged the United States not to worry about Moscow's ties with a traditional ally.

Russian says its troops in Venezuela 'for as long as needed'

Moscow - Russia said Thursday its troops will stay in Venezuela "for as long as needed", rejecting US President Donald Trump's demand that Russia remove its military from the crisis-stricken country.

Erdogan juggles Moscow, Washington over Russia missile deal

Ankara - A deal to buy Russian missiles has left Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan balancing NATO ally the United States and new regional partner Russia as he risks fallout from both Washington and Moscow.

Russian troops in Venezuela violates constitution: Guaido

Caracas - Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guiado charged Tuesday that the deployment of Russian troops in the troubled South American country violates its constitution.

US lawmakers challenge Pentagon diversion of $1 bn for border wall

Washington - A Democrat-led congressional committee challenged Tuesday the Pentagon's plan to divert $1 billion to support President Donald Trump's plan to build a wall on the US-Mexico border.

Pentagon authorizes $1 bn for Trump's border wall

Washington - Acting Pentagon chief Patrick Shanahan said Monday he had authorized $1 billion to build part of the wall sought by President Donald Trump along the US-Mexico border.

Bolsonaro orders celebration of Brazil military coup: spokesman

Bras - Brazil's right-wing President Jair Bolsonaro on Monday ordered the armed forces to hold "appropriate commemorations" of the March 1964 military coup -- while denying it was a coup.

US approves $3.8 billion F-16 sale to Morocco

Washington - The United States on Monday approved the sale of 25 F-16 fighter aircraft to Morocco for $3.8 billion, the State Department announced.
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