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In rebuke to Trump, US Congress blocks Saudi arms sales

Washington - The US House voted Wednesday to block $8.1 billion in arms sales to Saudi Arabia and other allies, a rebuke of Donald Trump that will likely lead to a veto by the president.

Missile seized in Italy sold to third country in 1994: Qatar

Doha - A missile once owned by the Qatari army and seized by police in Italy among other weapons was sold to a third country in 1994, Doha said Tuesday.

Italy seizes missile from far-right sympathisers

Rome - Italian police seized an air-to-air missile, machine guns and rocket launchers during raids sparked by an investigation into far-right extremist groups on Monday, a huge haul of weapons that authorities said was almost without precedent.

France launches new nuclear-powered attack submarine

Cherbourg - President Emmanuel Macron on Friday launched the first of a new fleet of nuclear-powered attack submarines that aims to ensure French naval superiority in the coming decades.

France launches new nuclear-powered attack submarine

Cherbourg - President Emmanuel Macron on Friday launched the first of a new fleet of nuclear-powered attack submarines that aims to ensure French naval superiority in the coming decades.

France's Hollande called as witness in Brazil jet probe: aide

Paris - France's former president Francois Hollande testified as a witness at the request of a Brazilian judge in a corruption probe involving a $4.5 billion tender for fighter jets, an aide said on Wednesday.

How serious are Iran's breaches of the 2015 deal?

Vienna - Attention is once again focused on how close Iran could be to a nuclear weapon, after Tehran said it had started enriching uranium to a higher level than agreed in a 2015 nuclear deal abandoned by the US.

UK makes 'first' conviction over 3D printed gun

London - A student was convicted on Wednesday of manufacturing a firearm using a 3D printer, in what London's police said they believed was the first such successful prosecution in Britain.

New criticism over French arms shipment to Saudi Arabia

Paris - A Saudi Arabian cargo ship is set to arrive in the south of France on Tuesday to pick up munitions, according to a media report, rekindling criticism of weapons sales, which human rights groups say are being used in the devastating war in Yemen.

France confirms contested arms shipment to Saudi Arabia

Paris - The French government confirmed Wednesday that a new shipment of weapons will head for Saudi Arabia, despite claims that Riyadh is using the arms in the devastating war in Yemen.

EU slams Trump's withdrawal from UN arms trade treaty

Apo - The European Union warned Saturday that US President Donald Trump's rejection of a UN treaty designed to regulate the global arms trade would hamper the global fight against illicit weapons trafficking.

EU slams Trump's withdrawal from UN arms trade treaty

Apo - The European Union warned Saturday that US President Donald Trump's rejection of a UN treaty designed to regulate the global arms trade would hamper the global fight against illicit weapons trafficking.

Trump rejects UN arms trade treaty

Indianapolis - President Donald Trump announced Friday that the United States would not abide by a UN treaty aimed at regulating the global arms trade, calling it "misguided" and an encroachment on US sovereignty.

Pro-gun Bolsonaro fires up foreign hopes for Brazil defense market

Rio De Janeiro - With its high murder rate and huge armed forces, Brazil has long been in the cross-hairs of foreign weapons makers. Now they have a powerful champion: pro-gun President Jair Bolsonaro.

Strong Swiss gun culture faces EU pressure

Luzern - Switzerland, where gun culture has deep roots, has managed to avoid the charged national debates over firearm ownership that have consumed other countries.

Beretta pistol stolen at Brazil defense industry expo

Rio De Janeiro - A Beretta pistol was stolen from a display at a major defense industry exhibition in Rio de Janeiro on Tuesday shortly before Brazil's Vice President Hamilton Mourao and various senior politicians arrived at the venue.

Rebuilding at N. Korea's rocket site 'almost complete': Seoul

Seoul - North Korea has almost completed rebuilding a long-range rocket site it had promised to close, Seoul lawmakers told reporters Friday after a closed-door meeting with South Korean intelligence officials.

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.

Pyongyang sanctions workarounds failing to soften impact

Seoul - North Korea's illicit and highly sophisticated efforts to circumvent UN sanctions may have sought to cushion their impact, but they offer no long-term solution to the fallout of tightened economic isolation, analysts say.

N. Korea 'missile launch' plans under scrutiny as concern mounts

Seoul - South Korea's military said Monday it was closely monitoring North Korean facilities after a series of satellite images triggered international alarm that Pyongyang might be preparing a long-range missile or space launch.

S. Korea's Moon urges new US-North denuclearisation talks

Seoul - South Korea President Moon Jae-in on Monday urged the US and North Korea to quickly resume denuclearisation talks after their Hanoi summit last week ended without a deal.

Global arms control architecture 'collapsing': UN

Geneva - The international arms control system is facing collapse, the United Nations chief said Monday, as he urged Russia and the US to stop the imminent demise of a crucial nuclear treaty.

Poland to buy US rocket system for $414 million

Warsaw - Poland said Sunday it will buy mobile rocket launchers worth $414 million (365 million euros) from the United States, as Warsaw seeks closer ties with Washington amid concerns over a resurgent Russia.

Iran Revolutionary Guards unveil 'new ballistic missile'

Tehran - Iran's Revolutionary Guards on Thursday unveiled a new ballistic missile with a range of 1,000 kilometres, their official news agency Sepah News reported.

China opposes US withdrawal from INF

Bejing - China on Saturday said it opposes the US decision to withdraw from a landmark Cold War nuclear missile treaty and urged Washington and Russia to hold "constructive" discussions.

Iran denies any intention of boosting range of missiles

Tehran - Iran has "no intention of increasing the range" of its missiles, a senior defence official said Tuesday, amid threats of European as well as US sanctions over its ballistic programme.

Kalashnikov sales climb despite Western sanctions

Moscow - Russian arms manufacturer Kalashnikov said Thursday its sales rose sharply in 2018 despite Western sanctions that the firm acknowledges are causing customers to think more than twice before placing orders.

Israel, US test ballistic missile interceptor

Jerusalem - The Israeli and US defence ministries said Tuesday they had successfully tested ballistic missile interceptors deployed at Israeli airbases.

China 'needs three aircraft carriers': naval expert

Bejing - China needs "at least three aircraft carriers" to protect its extensive coastline and its interests abroad, a senior Chinese naval expert said Wednesday."Our country has an 18,000-kilometre (11,000-mile) long coastline.

Turkish minister says probing smuggled arms on Libya visit

Tripoli - Turkey's Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu announced during a visit to Libya Saturday an investigation into a shipment of arms smuggled from his country to the conflict-hit North African nation.
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