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'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.

Russia accuses US of breaking treaty over defence system sale to Japan

Moscow - Russia's deputy foreign minister Sergei Ryabkov on Saturday accused the United States of violating a key arms treaty by selling a missile defence system to Japan.

World's largest amphibious aircraft takes off in China

Bejing - China's home-grown AG600, the world's largest amphibious aircraft in production, took to the skies on Sunday for its maiden flight.

Japan plans long-range missiles amid N. Korea threat: minister

Toukyo - Japan plans to purchase offensive air-to-surface missiles to counter North Korea's rising military threat, its defence minister said Friday, a move likely to stir debate over its decades-long pacifist policy.

Russia says goal of defeating IS in Syria 'accomplished'

Moscow - Russia said Thursday that it had completed its mission to liberate Syria from Islamic State jihadists, though the UN cautioned that a territorial victory was incomplete without a political solution.

Russia says goal of defeating IS in Syria 'accomplished'

Moscow - Russia's defence ministry on Thursday said its mission to oust Islamic State jihadists from Syria had been "accomplished" with the country "completely liberated" from the extremist group.

Greek government faces questions over botched Saudi arms sale

Atenas - The Greek government has come under fire over a planned arms sale to Saudi Arabia that fell through amid accusations of incompetence against the defence minister, a key ally of Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras.

Taiwan grounds Mirage jets after plane goes missing

Taipei - Taiwan's air force said Wednesday it has grounded all its Mirage jets as it searched for a pilot who went missing while conducting a training mission in one of the French-made fighters.

Russian military to boost Arctic presence: commander

Moscow - Russia is boosting aviation infrastructure in the Arctic and will further increase its air defences there, the commander of the country's northern fleet said on Friday.

Washington 'unreliable' following Iran nuclear deal threats: Zarif

Washington - Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif branded Washington "unreliable" Sunday in response to threats over the future of a nuclear deal with Iran.

'Not much' of a nuclear deal after Iran tests missile

Washington - Iran's test launch of new medium-range missile calls into question a landmark nuclear deal with the United States and other world powers, President Donald Trump said Saturday, while also accusing the Islamic republic of colluding with North Korea.

Trump casts doubt over Iran nuclear deal after missile test

Washington - President Donald Trump gave a stark warning Saturday that cast growing uncertainty over whether a nuclear deal clinched with Iran would survive after the Islamic republic tested a new medium-range missile.

Iran tests new missile defying US warnings

Tehran - Iran said on Saturday that it had successfully tested a new medium-range missile in defiance of warnings from Washington that it was ready to ditch a landmark nuclear deal over the issue.

Iran's Rouhani vows to strengthen missiles despite US warnings

Tehran - President Hassan Rouhani vowed on Friday that Iran would boost its missile capabilities despite warnings from Washington that it is ready to ditch a landmark nuclear deal over the issue.

Iran's Rouhani vows to boost missiles despite US criticism

Tehran - President Hassan Rouhani vowed on Friday that Iran would continue to develop its ballistic miissile capabilities despite criticism from the United States and also France.

Russia says massive Zapad-2017 drills 'purely defensive'

Moscow - Russia on Tuesday dismissed Western concerns over its military exercises with Belarus next month, calling them "purely defensive" and not directed against any specific enemy.

Japan approves US Marine flights of Ospreys after crash

Toukyo - Japan on Friday said it would allow Osprey tilt-rotor aircrafts to continue to operate in the country, accepting US assurances that the flights are safe following a fatal crash off Australia.

US calls off rescue for three marines missing off Australia

Sydney - The US Marine Corps Sunday ended efforts to rescue three missing service members after an American military aircraft crashed during an exercise off Australia.

US calls off rescue for three marines missing off Australia

Sydney - The US Marine Corps Sunday ended efforts to rescue three missing service members after an American military aircraft crashed during an exercise off Australia.

US calls off rescue for three marines missing off Australia

Sydney - The US Marine Corps Sunday ended efforts to rescue three missing service members after an American military aircraft crashed during an exercise off Australia.

Three US Marines missing after military aircraft 'mishap' off Australia

Sydney - The US Marine Corps said Saturday that a major search and rescue operation was underway for three missing service members following a "mishap" involving an American military aircraft off the Australian coast.

Chronology of North Korean missile development

Seoul - North Korea on Tuesday said it had tested an intercontinental ballistic missile, as its decades-long weapons programme reached a grave new phase.

Bodies of US sailors found in flooded destroyer after Japan crash

Yokosuka - The bodies of US sailors missing after their destroyer collided with a container ship off Japan have been found in flooded sleeping berths, a day after the accident tore a huge gash in the warship's side, the US Navy said Sunday.

UN Security Council vows sanctions over N. Korea missile test

New York - The UN Security Council has strongly condemned North Korea's latest ballistic missile test and vowed strong measures, including sanctions, to derail Pyongyang's nuclear weapons programme.

N. Korea says 'new missile' can carry nuclear warhead

Seoul - North Korea Monday celebrated the launch of what appeared to be its longest-range ballistic missile yet tested in a bid to bring the US mainland within reach, saying it was capable of carrying a "heavy nuclear warhead".

N.Korea puts 'new ICBM' on show, say analysts

Pyongyang - North Korea unveiled what could be a new intercontinental ballistic missile at a giant military parade in Pyongyang on Saturday, analysts said.

One dead after blasts at eastern Ukraine arms depot

Kiev - Ukraine on Friday said one person has died as a result of a fire that broke out at an arms depot in the country's east, sparking explosions and forcing a mass evacuation.

Ukraine struggles to contain arms depot fire, blames 'sabotage'

Ukraine - Ukraine said Thursday that a fire raging at a munitions depot in the country's east, which the military blamed on an "act of sabotage", could continue for up to a week.

Ukraine probes arms depot explosion, military blames 'sabotage'

Kiev - Ukraine on Thursday was probing a series of explosions that hit a munitions depot in the country's east overnight as the military blamed the incident on an "act of sabotage"."A fire broke out ...

China defence spending to rise 'around 7%': official

Bejing - China will raise defence spending "around seven percent" this year as it guards against "outside meddling" in its disputed regional territorial claims, a top official said Saturday, in an apparent reference to Washington.
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