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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.

Venezuela-Russia wargames an 'alert' for region: Colombia

Apo - Venezuela's joint military exercises with Russia should put the entire South American continent on alert against an "unfriendly act", Colombia's President Ivan Duque warned Wednesday.

Iran confirms recent missile test amid Western criticism

Tehran - Iran confirmed on Tuesday that it had carried out a recent missile test after Western powers sharply criticised a December 1 launch of medium-range ballistic missiles."We are continuing our missile tests and this recent one was a.

Iran confirms recent missile test amid Western criticism

Tehran - Iran confirmed on Tuesday that it had carried out a recent test of a medium-range ballistic missile after Western powers sharply criticised a December 1 launch.

Chemical arms watchdog to 'review security' for Syria gas probe

Den Haag - The world's chemical watchdog said Monday it was reviewing security ahead of a possible probe into an alleged chemical attack in Syria's regime-held city of Aleppo over the weekend.

Iran failed to declare chemical weapons: US

Den Haag - The United States accused Iran on Thursday of failing to declare a toxic arms programme to the global chemical warfare watchdog, in breach of international agreements.

Russia warns of split in chemical arms body

Den Haag - Russia warned Tuesday of a split in the world chemical weapons watchdog after Moscow failed to stall the body's new powers to apportion blame for attacks like those in Syria.

Russia, China fail to block chemical arms body's new powers

Den Haag - Russia and China lost an acrimonious bid on Tuesday to stall the global chemical warfare watchdog's new powers to attribute blame for attacks like those in Syria.

World powers clash over chemical arms watchdog's new role

Den Haag - World powers traded accusations of hypocrisy in bitter clashes on Monday over the global toxic weapons watchdog's new ability to attribute blame for attacks like those in Syria and Salisbury.

Major powers set to clash as chemical arms watchdog meets

Den Haag - Global powers are set to clash next week as the world's chemical arms watchdog meets for the first time since it was rocked by allegations of Russian spying.
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