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UN urges action against spread of small arms

UN urges action against spread of small arms

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Wednesday called on world governments to step up arms control, in particular by keeping track of ammunition flows that fuel fighting. “Deny access to illegal weapons and ammunition and you deny criminals, armed groups and […]


Obama picks new chiefs for US Army, Navy

Obama picks new chiefs for US Army, Navy

President Barack Obama has chosen a submarine officer to serve as the next head of the US Navy and an infantry officer who commanded troops in Afghanistan for army chief, officials said Wednesday. Admiral John Richardson, currently the head of […]


NATO, Afghanistan agree on future military-civilian mission

NATO, Afghanistan agree on future military-civilian mission

NATO and Afghan leaders on Wednesday agreed on a framework for a future joint military-civilian presence in Afghanistan when the alliance’s current mission ends, NATO’s Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said. While the new mission would have a military component it […]


North Korea launches firing drills in Yellow Sea

North Korea launches firing drills in Yellow Sea

North Korea launched live-fire drills near the disputed sea border with South Korea late Wednesday, the Yonhap news agency reported, amid high tensions over Pyongyang’s recent submarine-launched ballistic missile test. The reported firing drills — some shot from a war […]


US weighs moves to counter China’s ‘wall of sand’

US weighs moves to counter China’s ‘wall of sand’

The US military might deploy warships and surveillance aircraft near artificial islands being built by China to challenge Beijing’s territorial claims in the South China Sea, officials said Wednesday. But the US officials acknowledge such a move may fail to […]


Baltics to ask NATO for thousands of troops

Baltics to ask NATO for thousands of troops

The Baltic states will formally ask NATO to deploy several thousand troops as a deterrent to Russia, Lithuania said Thursday, but the alliance gave no assurance that the request would be accepted. NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said at meeting […]


Airbus holds first A400M test flight since deadly crash

Airbus holds first A400M test flight since deadly crash

Airbus on Tuesday carried out the first test flight of a new A400M since one of the military transport planes crashed in Spain over the weekend, killing four people. In a sign of the company’s confidence in the plane, the […]


US F-18 fighter crashes in Gulf, crew rescued: Navy

US F-18 fighter crashes in Gulf, crew rescued: Navy

A US F-18 fighter jet crashed in the Gulf after taking off from an aircraft carrier on Tuesday but both crew members survived without major injuries, military officers said Tuesday. The Super Hornet aircraft had launched from the USS Theodore […]


Philippines and Japan hold historic naval drills in flashpoint waters

Philippines and Japan hold historic naval drills in flashpoint waters

Two Japanese destroyers and one of the Philippines’ newest warships began historic naval exercises in the flashpoint South China Sea on Tuesday, showcasing a deepening alliance aimed at countering a rising China. The day-long war games, the first bilateral naval […]


 
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