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Trump signs US military defense bill worth nearly $700 bn

WASHINGTON: President Donald on Tuesday signed a massive defense policy bill that he said would help America bolster its military might and modernize the services. The National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) calls for nearly $700 billion of military spending for the coming fiscal year, but Congress has yet to fully fund it. “With the signing…

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China criticizes India for crashed drone near border

BEIJING: China expressed “strong dissatisfaction” with India on Thursday after the recent crash of an Indian drone in what the Chinese military said was Chinese territory, an incident that could cause further friction along the two countries’ disputed border, reported Reuters. “This action by India violated China’s territorial sovereignty. We express strong dissatisfaction and opposition,”…

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Germany to cut diplomatic mission in North Korea

WASHINGTON: Germany will reduce its diplomatic mission in Pyongyang and require North Korea to shrink its presence in Berlin, Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel said Thursday after meeting his US counterpart. US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson welcomed Gabriel to the State Department as Washington is turning up the pressure on its allies to do more…

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New missile can hit anywhere in US: NKorean leader

SEOUL: North Korean leader Kim Jong Un said Wednesday his country had achieved full nuclear statehood after successfully testing a new missile capable of hitting anywhere in the United States. The intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) launch snapped a two-month pause in testing by the North and poses a new challenge to US President Donald Trump…

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N. Korea fires ballistic missile

South Korea’s military staged a “precision strike” missile exercise in response, Yonhap news agency reported, also quoting the JCS. US President Donald Trump was visiting Congress at the time of the launch and “was briefed, while the missile was still in the air” according to White House press secretary Sarah Sanders. The president has since…

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Chinese general kills himself after facing graft probe

Beijing: A Chinese general has killed himself in his Beijing home after becoming the latest top official ensnared by President Xi Jinping’s sweeping anti-corruption campaign, state media said Tuesday. Zhang Yang, a member of the state’s Central Military Commission, was being investigated over connections to two graft-tainted former senior military officers when he hanged himself…

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Russia to reduce Syria presence by year’s end: military

SOCHI: Russia’s military plans to reduce its involvement in Syria this year as it is nearing the completion of its goals there, the General Staff chief told journalists Thursday. “Of course, there will be a decision taken by the commander in chief and the group (working in Syria) will be decreased,” said Valery Gerasimov when…

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Army takes over Zimbabwe: What we know

Harare: Zimbabwe is under the control of the military two days after its army chief warned President Robert Mugabe against purging the ruling party’s senior ranks. Analysts say it appears to be the climax of a power struggle between liberation-era figures loyal to ousted vice president Emmerson Mnangagwa and forces faithful to First Lady Grace…

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Video: Ahsan Iqbal blasts anti-govt theorists

Federal Interior Minister Ahsan Iqbal said that the military leadership of Pakistan has announced that they are fully supporting the constitution and there is no question of intervention in the incumbent setup before it completes its term.

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UK military chief lauds Pakistan’s achievements in terror war

RAWALPINDI: Chief of General Staff (CGS) UK Army General Sir Nicholas Patrick Carter arrived on a two-day official visit to Pakistan and called on Chief of Army Staff (COAS), General Qamar Javed Bajwa here at General Headquarters (GHQ). Matters of mutual interest including strengthening of bilateral security and defence cooperation between the two armies were…

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Indian military helicopter crashes near China border, seven dead

NEW DELHI: An Indian airforce helicopter crashed in a remote mountain region near the border with China on Friday, killing all seven personnel on board, officials said. The Russian-made Mi-17 helicopter was ferrying military officials to a forward post in the northeastern state of Arunachal Pradesh, defense spokesman Suneet Newton said. India is trying to…

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Any military deal should be conducive to regional peaceful development: China

BEIJING: China on Monday declared that any military deal between the US and India should be conducive to the regional and international peaceful development. “As long as the exchange between the two countries is conducive to regional and international peaceful development, we will not object them,” a spokesperson of Chinese foreign ministry, Lu Kang told…

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Rights group urges new Myanmar sanctions over Rohingya crisis

YANGON: A rights group has called for targeted sanctions and an arms embargo against the Myanmar military in response to an offensive that has sent 410,000 Rohingya Muslims fleeing to Bangladesh to escape what the United Nations has branded ethnic cleansing, reported Reuters. The latest spasm of violence in western Myanmar’s Rakhine State began on…

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COAS meets civil, military leadership in Australia

ISLAMABAD: General Qamar Javed Bajwa, Chief of Army Staff (COAS) reached Australia on two days official visit on invitation of Australian Army Chief. Upon arrival at the Defence Forces Headquarters in Canberra, COAS was given a tri service Guard of Honour. The COAS called on Australian Army Chief Lieutenant General Angus J. Campbell and the…

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Contempt of court petition filed in IHC against Nawaz Sharif

ISLAMABAD: A contempt of court petition has been filed at Islamabad High Court (IHC) against ousted premier Nawaz Sharif on Saturday. The petitioner has been filed by Advocates Abrar Hussain and Makhdoom Niaz. It was mentioned that Sharif, in his 12 questions, ridiculed the judiciary and military. “The main aim of raising the question was…

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Trump warns Pakistan will pay for harboring terrorists

WASHINGTON: President Donald Trump warned Pakistan on Monday that Washington will no longer tolerate Pakistan offering “safe havens” to extremists. “We can no longer be silent about Pakistan’s safe havens for terrorist organizations,” Trump declared, outlining a new US security strategy in South Asia. “Pakistan has much to gain from partnering with our effort in…

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Trump gives a go-ahead to boost deployment in Afghanistan

WASHINGTON: President Donald Trump cleared the way for the deployment of thousands more US troops to Afghanistan Monday, backtracking from his promise to rapidly end America’s longest war, while pillorying ally Pakistan for offering safe haven to “agents of chaos.” In his first formal address to the nation as commander-in-chief, Trump discarded his previous criticism…

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Transgender US troops sue Trump over ban announcement

WASHINGTON: Five transgender women in the US military are suing President Donald Trump and the Pentagon over Trump’s recent announcement he would reinstate a ban on transgender people serving in uniform. In a lawsuit filed in federal court Wednesday, the five plaintiffs from the Air Force, Coast Guard and the Army said they faced uncertainty…

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Turkey replaces land, air, naval forces commanders: reports

Turkey’s top military body on Wednesday replaced the land, air and naval commanders of the military at a critical meeting just over a year after the failed coup bid, Turkish media reported. The Supreme Military Council (YAS) decided to replace land forces commander General Salih Zeki Colak, naval chief Admiral Bulent Bostanoglu and air force commander…

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Watch: China shows off military technology in spectacular parade

China exhibited its military might in a spectacular parade which was held on Sunday morning.

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Iran, Iraq sign MoU on defense cooperation

TEHRAN: A memorandum of understanding on defense-military cooperation has been signed between Iran and Iraq on Sunday in Tehran. The MoU was signed by Iranian Defense Minister Brig. Gen. Hossein Dehghan and his Iraqi counterpart Irfan al-Hayali who headed a delegation to Tehran aimed at expansion of defense and military cooperation. The memorandum includes expansion…

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