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Britain sends another warship to Gulf

London - A third British warship is heading to the Gulf, the Royal Navy announced Saturday, amid heightened tensions in the region.

North Korea fires 'short-range ballistic missiles' into sea: Seoul

Seoul - North Korea Saturday fired what appeared to be two short-range ballistic missiles into the sea after vowing to remain the biggest "threat" to the United States and branding Secretary of State Mike Pompeo as "toxin.

N. Korea dismisses nuclear talks if US 'hostile military moves' continue

Seoul - North Korea said Thursday it has "no interest" in dialogue unless Washington stops "escalating hostile military moves", as a senior US envoy visited Seoul with an eye on reviving nuclear talks with Pyongyang.

Money, muscle, media: how China has handled Hong Kong protests

Fpo - China has deployed a three-pronged strategy to suffocate pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong -- propaganda, economic leverage and intimidation.Here is a look at Beijing's efforts so far to squash a movement that has refused to die.

Sri Lanka rejects international criticism of new army chief

Colombo - Sri Lanka Tuesday rejected as "unwarranted and unacceptable" mounting international criticism of the appointment of a general accused of war crimes as the island nation's army chief.

Russia and China blast US missile test

Moscow - Russia and China warned Tuesday that a new US missile test had heightened military tensions and risked sparking an arms race, weeks after Washington ripped up a Cold War-era weapons pact with Moscow.

US tests medium-range cruise missile after exiting INF treaty

Washington - The US Defense Department on Monday announced the test of a medium-range ground-launched cruise missile, just weeks after tearing up the Cold War-era pact with Russia eliminating that class of nuclear-capable weapons.

Pakistan extends military chief's tenure amid Kashmir row

Islamabad - Pakistan extended its military chief's tenure Monday, ensuring stability in what is arguably the country's most powerful position as tensions soar with rival India and Washington is expected to announce a withdrawal deal in Afghanistan.

N. Korea fires missiles, rejects further talks with South 

Seoul - North Korea fired what appeared to be two short-range missiles into the sea on Friday and launched a scathing attack on "foolish" calls for dialogue from South Korean President Moon Jae-in, rejecting further peace talks with Seoul.

Secret Russia weapon project: gamechanger or PR stunt?

Paris - A deadly explosion at a Russian testing site has focused attention on President Vladimir Putin's bid to build a nuclear-powered missile that the Kremlin hopes would give Moscow the edge in a new arms race.

Iran's Zarif blasts US arms sales to Gulf

Doha - Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif accused the United States on Monday of transforming the Gulf into a "tinderbox" with its arms sales to regional allies."The US (sold) $50 billion worth of weapons to the region last year.

Would China risk another Tiananmen in Hong Kong?

Bejing - While China might be exploiting fears of a bloody "Tiananmen" crackdown on Hong Kong's protest movement, analysts say the potentially catastrophic economic and political consequences will deter Beijing from any overt boots-on-the ground intervention.

North Korea says latest test was 'new weapon'

Seoul - North Korean leader Kim Jong Un supervised a "new weapon" test, state media reported Sunday, the latest in a series of launches that US President Donald Trump has played down as Washington seeks to restart nuclear talks with Pyongyang.

NKorea's Kim oversaw latest launch, test of 'new weapon': KCNA

Seoul - North Korean leader Kim Jong Un personally oversaw the latest in a series of missile launches, which was the "test-fire of a new weapon", the country's official Korean Central News Agency reported Sunday.

Russia says five died in missile test explosion

Moscow - Russia's nuclear agency on Saturday said an explosion at an Arctic missile testing site had killed five of its staff after the military had put the toll at two.

Russian military base blast kills two, causes radiation spike

Moscow - Two people died in an explosion at a military base in the Russian far north Thursday that caused a brief spike in radiation, the second accident to hit the country's facilities in a week.

Pompeo: NKorea missiles don't impact negotiations

Washington - Us Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Wednesday downplayed North Korea's latest missile launches, saying they won't alter the prospects for negotiations on Pyongyang's nuclear weapons.

North Korea stole $2bn for weapons from cyberattacks: UN report

New York - North Korea has stolen up to $2 billion from banks and cryptocurrency exchanges through cyberattacks to fund its nuclear missiles program, according to a United Nations report seen by AFP Wednesday.

Trump says US in talks with S. Korea to hike payment for troops

Washington - US President Donald Trump said Wednesday his administration is in talks with South Korea to pay "substantially more" for protection against North Korea, with tensions rising on the Korean peninsula."Over the past many decades, the U.S.

Myanmar 'categorically rejects' UN report on army business empire

Myanmar hit back Tuesday at a report by UN investigators calling for tougher sanctions against the country's powerful military to squeeze its business empire, accusing the probe of trying to harm the country.

One dead, thousands evacuated in Russia arms depot fire

Moscow - Investigators said Tuesday that one person was killed and eight injured after a fire and explosions at a Siberian ammunition depot while thousands of evacuated residents waited to return to their homes.

Kim sends missile 'warning' to S.Korea, US as tensions rise

Seoul - North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un says the country's latest missile launches were a warning to Washington and Seoul over their joint war games, state news agency KCNA reported on Wednesday, as tensions rise on the Korean peninsula.

US, S.Korea lack 'political will' on peace talks: KCNA

Seoul - North Korea on Tuesday said US-South Korean war games are a "flagrant violation" of efforts to reach peace on the Korean peninsula and reflect a lack of "political will" to improve relations.

Putin urges new arms talks with US to avoid 'chaos'

Moscow - Russian President Vladimir Putin on Monday urged the United States to begin new arms talks after the collapse of a Cold War nuclear pact between the two world powers.

US, S. Korea defy North's warnings, start joint drills

Seoul - Seoul and Washington began annual joint military exercises on Monday, defying warnings from Pyongyang that the war games will jeopardise nuclear negotiations between the United States and North Korea.

Demise of US-Russia nuclear treaty fuels fears of new arms race

Washington - The United States vowed to upgrade its cruise and ballistic missile capability as the collapse Friday of a Cold War nuclear pact with Russia triggered fears of a new arms race.

NATO says no to new 'arms race' as US, Russia rip up INF treaty

Washington - NATO said Friday it hoped to avoid a new arms race with Russia and not deploy nuclear weapons on European soil after Washington and Moscow ripped up a landmark Cold War-era missile pact.

US poised to formally abandon INF missile treaty

Washington - The United States will officially withdraw from the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty on Friday, clearing the way for a new arms race with Russia -- and throwing China into the mix.

China's military warns HK protesters with slick video

Fpo - China's military has released a slick propaganda video showing a drill of armed troops quelling a protest in Hong Kong, as its commander for the city voiced determination to maintain law and order following two months of pro-democracy rallies.

US-South Korea drills still on despite Pyongyang warnings: US

Washington - The US and South Korea will press ahead with joint military exercises, a Pentagon official said, defying demands from a furious Pyongyang for their cancellation as it carries out a series of weapons tests.
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