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US-Philippines wargames to start under China’s shadow

US-Philippines wargames to start under China’s shadow

Thousands of American and Filipino soldiers on Monday will kick off expanded wargames, showcasing a deepening defence alliance as alarm bells ring over China. The 10-day exercises in the Philippines are an annual affair between the longtime allies, but this […]


US military option ‘old habit that dies hard': Iran FM

US military option ‘old habit that dies hard': Iran FM

Iran’s foreign minister dismissed Saturday the threat of a US military strike against Tehran’s nuclear sites, describing such warnings as an “old habit that dies hard” given ongoing diplomacy. Mohammad Javad Zarif, who leads the Iranian side in talks with […]


Allies concerned at China’s maritime moves

Allies concerned at China’s maritime moves

US, Japanese and South Korean diplomats Thursday renewed concerns about moves by China to stake its claim to disputed seas and urged Beijing to preserve freedom of navigation in the key waterways. Deputy US Secretary Tony Blinken repeated America’s position […]


Mexico issues alert over stolen radioactive material

Mexico issues alert over stolen radioactive material

Authorities issued an alert for several Mexican states Wednesday after thieves snatched potentially deadly radioactive material used for industrial radiography. The iridium-192 source, marked X-571, was inside a container when it was stolen on Monday from a truck in Cardenas, […]


Egypt, Saudi mull drills as pressure builds on Yemen rebels

Egypt, Saudi mull drills as pressure builds on Yemen rebels

Saudi Arabia and Egypt are considering holding large-scale military exercises after launching air strikes on Yemeni rebels who have been slapped with a UN arms embargo and sanctions. In a possible sign the Saudi-led air campaign against the Shiite rebels […]


US military not ready to wage digital attack: official

US military not ready to wage digital attack: official

The US military is well equipped to defend the country against cyberattacks but is not yet ready to wage digital warfare, a senior defense official told lawmakers on Tuesday. The military’s cyber command, created in 2009, lacks the means to […]


China, Russia and eastern Europe boost defence spending: study

China, Russia and eastern Europe boost defence spending: study

Military spending increased sharply in 2014 in China and Russia and the Ukraine conflict prompted eastern European countries to boost their defence programs, according to a study by the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) released Monday. The United States […]


India signals end of talks on larger French Rafale deal

India signals end of talks on larger French Rafale deal

India’s future purchase of Rafale fighter jets will only come through direct talks with the French government, the defence minister has said, effectively killing talks on a massive deal. Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced last week that New Delhi […]


Russia lifts ban on supplying S-300 missiles to Iran

Russia lifts ban on supplying S-300 missiles to Iran

Moscow: President Vladimir Putin on Monday lifted a ban on supplying Iran with sophisticated S-300 air defence missile systems after Tehran struck a landmark framework deal with the West over its nuclear program. While Iran welcomed the development, it sparked […]


 
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