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Canada authorizes export of automatic weapons to Ukraine

Ottawa - Canada on Wednesday authorized the export of automatic weapons to Ukraine, citing its "steadfast" support for the security and sovereignty of a country engaged in a conflict with pro-Russian separatists.

Canada boosts funding to dig up landmines, including in Syria

Ottawa - Canada announced more funding Monday to rid the world of landmines, including clearing explosives left by the Islamic State group in Raqqa and southern Syria.

Sweden picks US Patriot missile system over European rival

Stockholm - Sweden announced Tuesday it has chosen the US Patriot missile defence system over that of a Franco-Italian rival, in an estimated one billion-euro deal.

Russia conducts ballistic missile tests

Moscow - Russia conducted several ballistic missile tests on Thursday from "land, air and sea" as part of its strategic nuclear programme, the Defence ministry announced.

Dutch know-how may have gone into arms of mass destruction

Den Haag - The Dutch government has admitted that technology from the Netherlands may have been used to develop weapons of mass destruction in Iran, Pakistan or Syria.

Israel says shot down Iranian-made, Hezbollah-operated drone

Jerusalem - Israel's military fired a Patriot missile on Tuesday to bring down what it said was an Iranian-made drone operated by Hezbollah on a reconnaissance mission over the Golan Heights.

Russia unveils statue of AK-47 inventor Kalashnikov

Moscow - Russian officials and Orthodox priests on Tuesday unveiled a statue in Moscow of inventor Mikhail Kalashnikov, whose iconic AK-47 assault rifle has claimed countless lives worldwide.

US has 'many' military options in Korea crisis: Mattis

Washington - The United States has "many" military options against North Korea, including some that don't put Seoul at risk, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said Monday.

US has 'many' military options in Korea crisis: Mattis

Washington - The United States has "many" military options against North Korea, including some that don't put Seoul at risk, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said Monday.

Australia gun and explosives amnesty nets large cache

Sydney - A battery of explosives, gunpowder and detonators have been handed to police under an amnesty in Australia, along with 26,000 firearms as authorities work to remove illicit weapons from the streets.

Trump pushes hardware to allies — and ups pressure on N.Korea

Washington - With global tensions spiraling over the North Korean nuclear crisis, President Donald Trump wants to pile extra pressure on Pyongyang by urging regional allies to dramatically boost spending on high-tech US military gear.

China may be the real target of North Korea's pressure

Bejing - North Korea's escalating nuclear provocations are putting putative ally China in an increasing bind, and may be part of a strategy to twist Beijing's arm into orchestrating direct talks between Pyongyang and Washington, analysts said.

Tech leaders warn against 'Pandora's box' of robotic weapons

Sydney - Elon Musk is leading demands for a global ban on killer robots, warning technological advances could revolutionise warfare and create new "weapons of terror" that target innocent people.

Japan deploys missile defence over N. Korea threat to Guam

Toukyo - Japan deployed its Patriot missile defence system on Saturday after North Korea threatened to fire ballistic missiles over the country towards the US Pacific territory of Guam, local officials and reports said.

US 'speaking with one voice' on North Korea, State Dept insists

Washington - The United States is speaking out with a unified message on North Korea, the US State Department insisted Wednesday, playing down divergent comments from President Donald Trump and Secretary of State Rex Tillerson.

Key quotes from Trump's war of words with North Korea

Washington - Not long ago, US President Donald Trump said he would be "honored" to meet with Kim Jong-Un -- the North Korean leader the US president also has variously dubbed "a madman" and "a smart cookie.

China warns against stoking Korea tensions after Trump 'fury'

Bejing - China responded to US President Donald Trump's apocalyptic "fire and fury" threat against North Korea by pointedly warning on Wednesday against any rhetoric that could inflame tensions over Pyongyang's weapons programmes.

US approves sale of war planes to Nigeria to fight Boko Haram

Washington - The State Department has approved the sale of US warplanes to Nigeria to aid its fight against Boko Haram militants, ending a suspension of weapons sales that followed a deadly Nigerian military strike on a refugee camp.

US bombers fly mission over Korean peninsula after missile test

Washington - US strategic bombers flew over the Korean Peninsula in a pointed show of force in response to Pyongyang's latest intercontinental ballistic missile, American officials said Saturday.

'Dozens' killed in Mali clashes before helicopter crash

Bamako - A group of former separatist rebels in Mali killed "dozens" of members of a pro-government armed group before a UN helicopter monitoring the fighting crashed in the country's north, sources told AFP Thursday.

'Dozens' killed in Mali clashes before helicopter crash

Bamako - A group of former separatist rebels in Mali killed "dozens" of members of a pro-government armed group before a UN helicopter monitoring the fighting crashed in the country's north, sources told AFP Thursday.

US to test anti-missile system in Alaska

Washington - The US military is preparing to conduct another test of a missile-intercept system in Alaska, the Pentagon said Monday, amid continued tensions with North Korea over its ballistic missile program.

US and North Korea need to talk -- but how?

Washington - After North Korea's shock demonstration that it can strike the American mainland with an intercontinental missile, US officials say their focus remains on finding a diplomatic solution to avert a catastrophic conflict.

Washington approves $1.3 bn arms sale to Taiwan

Washington - Donald Trump's administration has approved $1.3 billion worth of arms sales to Taiwan, a US government official said Thursday, in a move likely to provoke the ire of Beijing which considers the island a rebel province.

Key US Republican threatens to block arms to Gulf

Washington - A top Republican lawmaker on Monday threatened to block US arms sales to members of the six-nation Gulf Cooperation Council including Saudi Arabia until their escalating rift with Qatar is resolved.

Colombia's FARC reassures on disarmament deadline

Oslo - Colombia's Marxist FARC rebels pledged on Thursday to honour its commitment to completely disarm by June 20 after a UN monitoring mission said it had received fewer weapons than expected.

China says it tested new missile in northeastern sea

Bejing - China has recently tested a new type of guided missile in a northeastern sea near the Korean peninsula, the defence ministry said Tuesday, hours after South Korean elections held amid regional tensions.

China says it tested new missile in northeastern sea

Bejing - China has recently tested a new type of guided missile in a northeastern sea near the Korean peninsula, the defence ministry said Tuesday, hours after South Korean elections held amid regional tensions.

China says it tested new missile in northeastern sea

Bejing - China has recently tested a new type of guided missile in a northeastern sea near the Korean peninsula, the defence ministry said Tuesday, hours after South Korean elections held amid regional tensions.

China demands halt to US missile shield in South Korea

Bejing - China demanded on Tuesday an immediate halt to a controversial US missile shield hours after Washington announced that the defence system was now operational in South Korea.
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