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South Korea on alert for sign of North Korea missile test

Seoul - South Korea said Monday it was "closely watching" for any signs of an imminent North Korean missile test after Pyongyang reportedly issued a no-sail zone off its east coast.

U.S. Navy admits bright light over California was missile test

Santa Ana - That unexplained moving object that lit up the sky Saturday from Southern California to Northern California was no UFO — U.S. Navy officials have identified it as Trident missile test-fired by a submarine off the coast.

Russia questions US claims over Iran missile test

New York - Russia's UN envoy on Thursday questioned US and European claims that Iran's recent missile test violated UN resolutions, saying the test-launch should not be treated as a "sensational" issue.

Iran rejects criticism of its missile test

Tehran - Iran said on Saturday that its recent test launch of a long-range missile does not violate UN Security Council resolutions as claimed by the United States and France.

Iran broadcasts footage of underground missile base

Tehran - Iranian state television broadcast unprecedented footage Wednesday of a deep underground tunnel packed with missiles and launcher units, which officials said could be used if "enemies make a mistake".

Russian BUK missile maker disputes Dutch MH17 inquiry findings

Moscow - The Russian maker of BUK missiles on Tuesday sought to discredit findings of an official inquiry into the downing of a Malaysia Airlines jet over rebel-held eastern Ukraine last year.

Iran tests new long-range missile

Tehran - Iran announced Sunday it had successfully tested a new domestically produced long-range missile, which it said was the first that could be guided all the way to targets.

U.S. official warns of 'strong' action over N.Korea rocket launch

Seoul - A senior US official warned Tuesday that North Korea will face "strong actions" from the international community if it goes ahead with a long-range rocket launch in violation of UN resolutions."We hope they rethink that idea.

Anniversary North Korea rocket launch 'unlikely': U.S. experts

Seoul - Recent satellite images suggest that speculation North Korea will launch a satellite rocket on or before a key political anniversary next month is probably unfounded, US experts said Friday.

Speculation grows of looming N. Korea rocket test

Seoul - Fresh satellite images suggest North Korea has completed upgrades at its main satellite launch site, fuelling speculation of a long-range rocket launch to coincide with a major political anniversary in October.

North Korea prepares to launch new long-range rocket: Yonhap

Seoul - North Korea is preparing to launch a new, long-range rocket, possibly in October, having completed an upgrade at its main satellite launch base, South Korea's Yonhap news agency reported Wednesday.

N. Korea sub missile claim 'looks like a bluff'

Washington - North Korea's claim that it launched a ballistic missile from a submarine was mostly likely a bluff and the images it released appear photoshopped to overstate the regime's military power, US experts said Tuesday.

N. Korea says successfully test-fired underwater ballistic missile

Seoul - North Korea said Saturday it had successfully test-fired a submarine-launched ballistic missile (SLBM) -- a technology that could eventually offer the nuclear-armed state a survivable second-strike capability.

Pakistan says botched strike highlights dangers of US drone war

Islamabad - Pakistan said Friday the botched US drone attack that killed two foreign hostages showed the risks of the controversial tactic, as details came to light apparently pinpointing the fatal strike.

N. Korea fires seven surface-to-air missiles into sea

Pyongyang - North Korea fired seven surface-to-air missiles into the sea off its east coast on Thursday in an operation supervised by leader Kim Jong-Un at a time of heightened military tensions, South Korea's Defence Ministry said Friday.

Islamic State commander killed in Afghanistan drone strike

Kandahar - A NATO drone strike in Afghanistan on Monday killed a former Taliban commander and Guantanamo detainee who was suspected of links to the Islamic State group, officials said.

North Korea fires short-range missiles into sea

Seoul - North Korea test-fired five short-range missiles into the sea off its east coast Sunday, raising cross-border tensions ahead of Seoul's planned joint army drills with the US.

Pakistan test-fires nuclear-capable cruise missile

Islamabad - Pakistan on Monday test-fired a cruise missile capable of carrying a nuclear warhead, just over a week after its arch-rival India reached a new civilian nuclear accord with the United States.

North Korea upgrades rocket launch site: US think-tank

Pyongyang - Fresh satellite images show North Korea has completed upgrading its main satellite site to handle far larger rockets, suggesting a possible launch by the end of the year, a US think tank said Thursday.

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.

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.

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.

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.

N. Korea fires rockets as Pope arrives in South

Seoul - North Korea fired five short-range rockets into the sea off its east coast Thursday, just as Pope Francis arrived in Seoul for a five-day visit.

Video: Explosive projectile demolishes speeding Ukrainian car

One Ukrainian driver barely avoided a lethal crash after a projectile smashed into the space in front of his car. Viewers disagree about whether it was a missile, mortar or other weapon.

N. Korea may be closer to full ICBM test: U.S. think-tank

Seoul - Fresh satellite images suggest North Korea might be wrapping up engine trials on an intercontinental ballistic missile, fuelling speculation of a full-scale flight test to come, a U.S. think-tank said Wednesday.

North Korea defies UN censure to fire missile into sea

Pyongyang - North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un guided the military's latest rocket-firing drill, state media said Sunday, confirming the missile launch which was conducted in defiance of UN censure.

MH17 shootdown may have been 'mistake': U.S. intel official

Washington - Malaysian flight MH17 may have been shot down by "mistake" by ill-trained pro-Russian separatists, U.S. intelligence officials said Tuesday, while dismissing Moscow's accounts of the incident.

Russian-made missile key suspect in MH17 crash

London - A Russian-made surface-to-air missile is the most likely cause of the suspected downing of a Malaysian airliner over Ukraine, analysts said on Friday, as claim and counter-claim swirled over who launched the weapon.

U.S. believes pro-Russia rebels likely shot down jet: official

Washington - An initial review of U.S. intelligence suggests pro-Russian separatists likely shot down a Malaysian airliner over Ukraine, but Washington is still examining the evidence, a US official said Friday.
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