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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.

Dismissing missile tests, Trump says Kim won't want to 'disappoint me'

Seoul - US President Donald Trump downplayed on Friday North Korea's missile tests, saying that while they may violate a UN resolution, Kim Jong Un will not want to "disappoint" him because he has "too much to lose.

North Korea puts 'guided rocket launcher' on show

Seoul - North Korea on Thursday released heavily pixellated images of its latest weapons test, describing it as a new guided rocket launcher and fuelling concerns that it could be used to target a key US military base in South Korea.

Moscow set to deploy new weapons as INF treaty ends

Moscow - Moscow is set to deploy new weapons as Russia and the US officially pull out of the Cold War-era Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces treaty on Friday, analysts say, raising the spectre of another arms race.

US approves sales to support Pakistan's F-16s, India's C-17s

Washington - Washington on Friday approved $125 million worth of support for Pakistan's F-16 warplanes, and also $670 worth of support for India's C-17 transport planes.

Trump vetoes measures blocking arms sales to Saudi Arabia, UAE

Washington - President Donald Trump on Wednesday vetoed three congressional resolutions barring billions of dollars in weapons sales to countries including Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, which are engaged in a devastating war in Yemen.

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.
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