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Asia’s ‘middle powers’ seek to balance China: think-tank

Asia’s ‘middle powers’ seek to balance China: think-tank

London: Asian “middle powers” are trying to increase their diplomatic and military clout in a bid to counter China’s growing power, an international think-tank said in a report on Tuesday. Indonesia, South Korea and Australia in particular were seeking ways […]


Former N.Korea soldiers to form group to topple regime

Former N.Korea soldiers to form group to topple regime

Seoul: Scores of former North Korean soldiers who defected to South Korea will this week form a group aimed at toppling the regime with the help of serving soldiers there, one of its leaders said Monday. Some 200 ex-soldiers will […]


Taiwan missile defence shield ready next year: report

Taiwan missile defence shield ready next year: report

Taipei: Taiwan expects a much-anticipated missile defence shield to be ready next year after buying advanced weapons at a cost of about 300 billion Taiwan dollars (9.4 billion US), local media reported Monday. Six batteries of Patriot III missiles forming […]


China needs carrier-killer missile: press

China needs carrier-killer missile: press

Beijing: China needs a “carrier-killer” missile deterrent as a counter-balance to US naval supremacy in the Pacific, the state-controlled press said Monday. “China undoubtedly needs to build a highly credible anti-carrier capability,” the Global Times said in an editorial. “Not […]


Russia boosts military cooperation with Israel

Russia boosts military cooperation with Israel

Moscow: The defence ministers of Russia and Israel on Monday signed an agreement on military cooperation, hailing the unity between Moscow and the Jewish state. “We have signed a long-term agreement on military cooperation,” said Russian Defence Minister Anatoly Serdyukov […]


China intensifies military build-up against Taiwan

China intensifies military build-up against Taiwan

Taipei: China is ramping-up its military presence facing Taiwan despite the easing of hostilities across the Strait, a defence ministry report cited by local media warned Wednesday. “Although the cross-Strait ties have improved significantly in recent years, the Chinese communists’ […]


US deaths in Afghanistan hit record in 2010

US deaths in Afghanistan hit record in 2010

KABUL: The toll of US soldiers killed in the Afghan war this year is the highest since the conflict began, an AFP count found, as NATO said Wednesday it had killed two insurgents for every soldier lost last month. Military […]


Obama declares an end to Iraq combat mission

Obama declares an end to Iraq combat mission

WASHINGTON: US President Barack Obama formally declared an end to America’s seven-year combat mission in Iraq, saying it was time to turn the page on a war which has cost thousands of Iraqi and US lives. “Tonight, I am announcing […]


US slaps new sanctions on North Korea

US slaps new sanctions on North Korea

WASHINGTON: The US government slapped sanctions on four people and eight organizations accused of aiding North Korea’s government through illicit trade, the Treasury Department said. President Barack Obama issued an order freezing assets and imposing travel bans, as Washington stepped […]


 
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