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US, Chinese unease as Putin seeks India arms deals

New Delhi - Russian President Vladimir Putin headed for India on Thursday looking to tie up billions of dollars in arms deals with Prime Minister Narendra Modi, likely irking the US, China and Pakistan in one fell swoop.

US, China look on as Putin seeks India arms deals

New Delhi - Russian President Vladimir Putin arrives in India on Thursday looking to tie up billions of dollars in arms deals with Prime Minister Narendra Modi, likely irking the US, China and Pakistan in one fell swoop.

Russia holds naval drills in Sea of Japan

Slavyanka - Russian troops taking part in the country's largest-ever war games on Saturday held drills in the Sea of Japan, despite Tokyo's concerns about a Russian military buildup in the area.

Putin says will strengthen army at military drills

Olovyannaya - President Vladimir Putin on Thursday visited Russia's largest-ever military drills in eastern Siberia, where he said Moscow planned to strengthen the country's armed forces.

Russia deploys most advanced air defences at army drills

Chita - Russia showcased its most sophisticated air defence system on Wednesday, using it to repel a mock attack from the sky as part of what it describes as its largest-ever military drills.

Philippine leader to visit Israel's Holocaust memorial

Jerusalem - Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte, who has apologised for comparing himself to Hitler, will pay respects at Israel's Holocaust memorial on Monday after meeting Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

Philippines' Duterte eyes arms deals on Israel trip

Jerusalem - Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte landed in Israel on Sunday as part of a regional tour including Jordan, as he pursues a pivot away from his nation's long-time reliance on American military hardware and support.

Iran unveils first domestic fighter jet

Tehran - Iran unveiled its first domestic fighter jet on Tuesday, with President Hassan Rouhani insisting that Tehran's military strength was only designed to deter enemies and create "lasting peace".

Iran unveils first domestic fighter jet

Tehran - Iran unveiled its first domestic fighter jet on Tuesday, with President Hassan Rouhani insisting that Tehran's military strength was only designed to deter enemies and was aimed at creating "lasting peace".

Iran unveils first domestic fighter jet

Tehran - Iran unveiled its first domestic fighter jet at a defence show in Tehran on Tuesday. Images on state television showed President Hassan Rouhani sitting in the cockpit of the new "Kowsar" plane at the National Defence Industry exhibition.

Japan to spend $4.2 bn over 30 years on missile defence system radar

Apo - Japan said Monday it would spend some $4.2 billion over the next 30 years on installing and operating US radar systems to protect itself against North Korean missile threats.

Russian navy in show of strength with 26 new ships this year

Sanktpeterburg - Russia's navy will deploy a total of 26 new ships this year including four carrying Kalibr cruise missiles, President Vladimir Putin said Sunday as the country celebrated Navy Day with a show of strength.

Russia, Tajikistan hold anti-Taliban drills near Afghan border

Dushanbe - Russia and Tajikistan on Tuesday began joint military exercises near the Tajik-Afghan border to prepare to ward off potential Taliban attacks.

Germany agrees to lease Israeli-made drones: manufacturer

Jerusalem - Germany has agreed a nine year deal worth over half a billion dollars to lease Israeli military reconnaissance drones capable of carrying missiles, the aircraft's manufacturers said Thursday.

Outed by UN, N.Korean front company hides in plain sight

Kuala Lumpur - Being labelled by the UN a sanctions-busting front for North Korea would prompt most companies to adopt a lower profile -- but military equipment supplier Glocom is refusing to take the hint.

Russia shows off military hardware in Red Square parade

Moscow - Russia rolled out its latest military hardware on Moscow's Red Square on Wednesday for the annual parade to mark Soviet victory over Nazi Germany as President Vladimir Putin begins his fourth Kremlin term."Our people fought to the death.

US Navy reactivates its Atlantic 2nd Fleet

Washington - A top US navy admiral announces the re-establishment of the US 2nd Fleet -- a Cold War command disbanded in 2011 -- to patrol the North Atlantic and face a resurgent threat from Russia.

Beijing 'installs missiles' on South China Sea islands

Bejing - Beijing reasserted its right Thursday to build "defence" facilities in the disputed South China Sea, but declined to confirm reports it had installed new missiles on artificial islands it has built in the region.

UK Typhoon jets to provide security for 2022 World Cup in Qatar

Doha - UK Typhoon fighter jets bought last year by Qatar will be delivered in time to help provide security for the 2022 World Cup, Britain's ambassador in Doha said Tuesday.

Croatia man's 'Way of the Cross' protest against military jets

Zagreb - A Croatian man walked 200 kilometres (130 miles) carrying a heavy wooden cross on his back to protest the country purchasing military jets when, he claimed, it did not have enough money for seriously ill children's medication.

Planned Indian military base stirs Seychelles controversy

Victoria - A plan for India to build a military base on an outlying Seychelles island has won favour among the archipelago nation's politicians, but some hostility from its people.

Chairman of Taiwan navy contract ship firm charged with fraud

Taipei - The chairman of a Taiwan shipbuilding company that won a contract to build six naval ships was charged in a loan fraud case Tuesday, dealing a blow to the island's ambition to grow its domestic defence industry.

Europe must brake mounting nuclear arms race: Germany

Frankfurt Am Main - Europe must lead the way in pushing for nuclear disarmament after Washington proposed upgrading and expanding the United States' nuclear arsenal, German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel said Sunday.

US praises Qatar ties but calls for Gulf unity

Washington - The United States praised Qatar for its improved counterterrorism cooperation Tuesday and warned that its rift with Saudi Arabia and other Gulf neighbors has hurt the fight against extremism.

US praises Qatar ties but calls for Gulf unity

Washington - The United States praised Qatar for its improved counterterrorism cooperation Tuesday and warned that its rift with Saudi Arabia and other Gulf neighbors has hurt the fight against extremism.

US praises Qatar ties, calls for Gulf unity

Washington - The United States praised Qatar for its improved counterterrorism cooperation Tuesday and warned that its rift with Saudi Arabia and other Gulf neighbors has hurt the fight against extremism.

US praises Qatar ties, calls for Gulf unity

Washington - The United States praised Qatar for its improved counterterrorism cooperation Tuesday and warned that its rift with Saudi Arabia and other Gulf neighbors has hurt the fight against extremism.

Taiwan holds live-fire drills as tensions with China mount

Hualien - Taiwanese troops Tuesday staged live-fire exercises simulating a response to an invasion, as China steppeds up pressure on the island's President Tsai Ing-wen and a row over airline routes escalated.

Qatar in talks for Russian S-400 missile systems

Moscow - Qatar is finalising a deal to buy Russian S-400 air defence systems, the isolated Gulf state's ambassador to Moscow said Thursday.

'Don't fear death': China's Xi urges blunt call to PLA

Shanghai - President Xi Jinping has issued a blunt call for China's military to be ready for war and unafraid to die defending the country, as geopolitical tensions mount in Asia.
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