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Growing army influence on Brazilian elections causes a stir

Rio De Janeiro - With an ex-army captain leading polls, a reserve general picked as his running mate, and a military chief sticking his nose into the election chaos, Brazil's army has become an increasingly conspicuous participant on the political scene.

Canadian UN peacekeepers return to Africa after 24 years

Gao - Soaring over the Niger river before entering the savannah in northern Mali, a Canadian twin-engined military helicopter is making one of its first forays into the country.

Three Congo soldiers walk free after 'mass murder' convictions

Libreville - A court in the Republic of Congo jailed three soldiers for three years for "mass murder" during a peacekeeping mission to the Central African Republic, but the convicts have been freed, Human Rights Watch said Tuesday.

Canada launches peacekeeping mission in Mali

Gao - Canadian armed forces officially launched their peacekeeping mission in restive northern Mali Tuesday, marking Ottawa's return to the blue helmets after more than a decade.

Baptism at sea for first women to join France's nuclear subs

- Drinking a bowl of seawater followed by a glass of champagne, four French officers stood out during the traditional "baptism" to mark their inaugural submarine patrol: the first women to join a crew in the country's nuclear-powered fleet.

French divers help US honour promise to bring WWII pilot home

Castellare-di-casinca - Just off the coast of Corsica, French divers carefully extract evidence from an American P-47 Thunderbolt which plunged into the sea during the final months of World War II, its pilot joining the grim list of thousands of US soldiers whose bodies were ...

Army's role under the spotlight in Nicaragua

Managua - The presence of armed and hooded paramilitaries on the streets of Nicaragua has sparked calls for the army to intervene to end two months of unrest that has killed more than 200 people.

Help wanted: UN mission struggles in troubled C. Africa

Libreville - Six months ago, the UN Security Council agreed to send an additional 900 troops to the Central African Republic (CAR), reinforcing one of its biggest peacekeeping missions in one of the world's most dangerous countries.

Chelsea Manning says mass surveillance 'getting worse'

Montr - Mass surveillance by government agencies is increasing, especially in the United States, whistleblower Chelsea Manning told a Montreal audience on Thursday as she called for limits on the development of artificial intelligence.

Syrian Kurds bitter over West turning a blind eye to Afrin

Paris - After leading the charge against Islamic State jihadists on Syria's frontlines, Kurds feel betrayed by their Western allies following the seizure of their stronghold Afrin by Turkish forces.

The secretive UK army lab where poisons are hunted and made

London - A secretive British army base, which identified the nerve gas used to poison a Russian ex-spy earlier this month, has for years been fuelling conspiracy theories with its pioneering research into chemical and biological weapons.

The secretive UK army lab where poisons are hunted and made

London - A secretive British army base, which analysed the nerve gas used to poison a Russian ex-spy this weekend, has for years been fuelling conspiracy theories with its pioneering research into chemical and biological weapons.

Two Nigerian soldiers killed in Boko Haram attack

Kano - Two Nigerian soldiers were killed and four injured in an ambush by Boko Haram militants in the country's northeastern state of Borno, the army said Tuesday. The attack on Monday happened as soldiers were travelling between the towns of Biu and Damboa.

Top Burkina Faso generals on trial over failed 2015 coup

Ouagadougou - More than 80 people went on trial before a military court in Burkina Faso on Tuesday over a failed 2015 coup in a case seen as a test for justice in the West African country.

Top Burkina Faso generals on trial over failed 2015 coup

Ouagadougou - More than 80 people went on trial before a military court in Burkina Faso on Tuesday over the failed 2015 coup in a case being seen as a test for justice in the West African country.

France to spend 37 bn euros on upgrading nuclear arsenal

Paris - France is planning a 37-billion-euro revamp of its nuclear arsenal over the next seven years, part of a sharp increase in defence spending aimed at allowing France to "hold its own" as a key power in Europe, the country's defence chief said Thursday.

Three DR Congo soldiers killed fighting Ugandan rebels

Beni - Three Democratic Republic of Congo soldiers died on Monday while repelling an attack in the eastern Beni region by ADF Ugandan Islamist rebels, who are suspected of murdering 14 UN peacekeepers last month.

Four soldiers killed in DR Congo's Kasai region: witnesses

Kananga - Men armed with machetes killed four soldiers in an attack Sunday near the main Kananga airport in Kasai, an opposition stronghold in the south of the Democratic Republic of Congo, residents said as tensions returned to the restive region.

Whistleblower Manning seeks US Senate seat

Washington - Whistleblower Chelsea Manning, jailed for leaking classified information, is seeking election to the US Senate in the state of Maryland, a document seen on Saturday says.

Nine dead as UN bases come under twin attack in Mali

Bamako - Gunmen attacked two United Nations bases in Mali on Monday, killing a peacekeeper, a contractor and seven Malians, the UN said, in the latest attacks on its presence in the country.

UN peacekeeper, Mali soldier dead after gunmen attack UN base

Bamako - Gunmen attacked a UN base in central Mali on Monday, killing a UN peacekeeper and a Malian soldier, the United Nations said, denouncing a "revolting terrorist attack".

Crisis with Guatemala over: Belize PM

Guatemala City - Belize's prime minister on Monday declared that a crisis with neighboring Guatemala prompted by a deadly shooting last week on their disputed border is "over.

Crisis with Guatemala over: Belize PM

Guatemala City - Belize's prime minister on Monday declared that a crisis with neighboring Guatemala prompted by a deadly shooting last week on their disputed border is "over.
 

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