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For Russia, nuclear arms curbs with Biden are a 'no brainer'

Moscow - When US President-elect Joe Biden enters the White House next week his administration will be in a race against time to salvage a landmark nuclear arms accord with Russia.

Syria declarations on chemical arms lacking: UN, watchdog

New York - UN officials and a global watchdog on Friday criticized incomplete declarations from Syria on chemical weapons while its ally Russia sought to push back against the accusations.

Treaty banning nuclear weapons to enter into force

New York - An international treaty banning nuclear weapons has been ratified by a 50th country, the UN said, allowing the "historic" text to enter into force after 90 days.

Nuclear weapons ban treaty nears coming into force

Geneva - An international treaty banning nuclear weapons is on the verge of coming into force, campaigners said Wednesday, with the last few necessary ratifications expected within weeks.

Canada probes alleged use of its tech in Armenia-Azerbaijan clash

Ottawa - Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said Friday an investigation has been launched into the alleged use of Canadian military technologies in the Armenia-Azerbaijan conflict.

South Korea demands Pyongyang further probe killing of official

Seoul - Seoul said Saturday it will demand further investigation by Pyongyang into the killing of a South Korean official after a rare public apology from North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

'Unspeakable horror': the attacks on Hiroshima and Nagasaki

Apo - Japan on Thursday marked 75 years since the world's first atomic bomb attack, which killed around 140,000 people in Hiroshima and left many more deeply traumatised and even stigmatised.

Japan marks 75th anniversary of Hiroshima atomic bombing

Yokogawa - Japan on Thursday marked 75 years since the world's first atomic bomb attack, with the coronavirus pandemic forcing a scaling back of ceremonies to remember the victims.

'Unspeakable horror': the attacks on Hiroshima and Nagasaki

Apo - Japan this week marks the 75th anniversary of the atomic bomb attacks on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, which killed over 200,000 people and left many more deeply traumatised and even stigmatised.

China says would join nuclear talks if US reduces arsenal

Bejing - Beijing said Wednesday that US demands for it to join nuclear disarmament talks with Russia are a ruse to sink the negotiations, but it could take part if Washington lowers its arsenals to China's level.

Kim's sister says N. Korea will take 'action' against South: KCNA

Seoul - North Korea will take "action" against the South and entrust its military to carry it out, Kim Yo Jong, the powerful sister of leader Kim Jong Un, threatened Saturday in a statement carried by the KCNA news agency.

Europeans on UN Security Council condemn North Korean tests

New York - The European members of the UN Security Council on Tuesday condemned North Korea's latest missile tests, describing the launches as "provocative actions.

North Korea slams Pompeo and says will 'walk our way'

Seoul - Nuclear-armed North Korea on Monday warned it could cut off dialogue with the United States, but Washington's top diplomat said the US still looked forward to talks, even after the North called his insistence on sanctions "ludicrous".

North Korea slams Pompeo and says will 'walk our way'

Seoul - North Korea on Monday warned it could cut off dialogue with the United States and slammed Secretary of State Mike Pompeo for urging the international community to maintain sanctions on its regime.

Spotlight returns to Iran's nuclear programme

Vienna - Tehran's nuclear programme is back under the spotlight after the UN's nuclear watchdog revealed the extent of Iran's uranium enrichment drive and reprimanded it for denying access to two locations.

Iran unveils ballistic missile, 'new generation' engines

Tehran - Iran's Revolutionary Guards unveiled Sunday a short-range ballistic missile that they said can be powered by a "new generation" of engines designed to put satellites into orbit.

US awaits Iraq's okay to deploy Patriots to protect troops

Washington - The United States is awaiting a green light from the Iraqi government to deploy Patriot missile defense systems to protect US troops from Iranian missile attacks, Pentagon chief Mark Esper said Thursday.

Israel hails 'breakthrough' towards laser air defence system

Jerusalem - The Israeli defence ministry has hailed a "breakthrough" in the development of cheaper laser-based air defences, as tensions soar in the region after Iran hit US targets in retaliation for a high-profile assassination.

Vietnamese women strive to clear war-era mines

Quang Tri - Inching across a field littered with Vietnam war-era bombs, Ngoc leads an all-women demining team clearing unexploded ordnance that has killed tens of thousands of people -- including her uncle."He died in an explosion.

North Korea's Kim warns of 'grave' economic challenge

Seoul - North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has warned top ruling party officials of the "grave situation" facing the nuclear-armed state's economy and called for urgent corrective measures.

N. Korea's Kim discusses bolstering military as deadline approaches

Seoul - North Korean leader Kim Jong Un discussed strengthening his country's military capability with top military officials, state media reported Sunday, with Pyongyang's end-of-year deadline for the US to offer concessions approaching.

US says seized Iranian weapons bound for Yemen

Washington - The United States said Thursday that it seized a major shipment of Iranian weapons bound for Yemen's Huthi rebels, denouncing what it called a violation of a UN arms embargo.

Chemical warfare watchdog defends Syria report

Den Haag - The head of the world's chemical weapons watchdog on Monday defended a report into an alleged chlorine attack in Syria, despite a whistleblower's allegations of a cover-up.

Pupils learn to assemble AK-47 rifles as Russia marks Kalashnikov's centenary

Moscow - More than a hundred Russian schoolchildren were taught to assemble AK-47s in a Moscow park on Saturday as the country this weekend celebrates the centenary of the birth of Mikhail Kalashnikov, inventor of the legendary rifle.

North Korea tells South to raze its buildings at flagship resort

Seoul - North Korea on Friday told Seoul to come and demolish buildings at a tourist resort that were constructed by South Korean companies, days after leader Kim Jong Un called them "unpleasant-looking" and ordered their replacement.

Beijing to host 'intra-Afghan' conference: Taliban

Kabul - China has invited a Taliban delegation to attend an "intra-Afghan" conference in Beijing, a militant spokesman said Wednesday, after a prospective deal between the United States and the insurgents collapsed last month.

Beijing to host 'intra-Afghan' conference: Taliban

Kabul - China has invited a Taliban delegation to attend an "intra-Afghan" conference in Beijing, a militant spokesman said Wednesday, after a prospective deal between the United States and the insurgents collapsed last month.

Russian cadets pose for selfies at Kalashnikov exhibition

Moscow - Dozens of youngsters from Russia's Youth Army have been getting up close and personal with perhaps the world's most iconic firearm as their country prepares to mark the centenary of the birth of Mikhail Kalashnikov, maker of the legendary rifle.

Portugal's former defence minister in dock over arms theft

Lisbon - A former Portuguese defence minister will stand trial over his role in the alleged cover-up of an arms theft from a military depot, the ministry announced on Thursday.

S. Korea says will share military intel with Japan through US

Seoul - South Korea said Friday it will share military intelligence with Japan through the United States after terminating a pact that enabled the two key Washington allies to exchange such information directly.
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