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Under fierce Republican attack, U.S. General Milley defends calls with China

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WASHINGTON, Sept 28 (Reuters) – U.S. General Mark Milley, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, fended off perhaps the most personal and direct attacks from lawmakers of his career on Tuesday as Republicans blasted his calls with China and his interviews for books critical of Donald Trump’s presidency. Milley,......

China’s biggest air show to display self-sufficiency drive, military prowess

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Airshow China to open on Tuesday in southern city of Zhuhai Local firms have ramped up presence as travel restricted Display debuts include AG600 and Wing Loong II drone ZHUHAI, China, Sept 27 (Reuters) – China’s drive for self-sufficiency in aerospace and its growing military prowess will be on display......

Erdogan: Turkey intends to buy more Russian defence systems

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Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan addresses the 76th Session of the U.N. General Assembly in New York City, U.S., September 21, 2021. REUTERS/Eduardo Munoz/Pool ISTANBUL, Sept 26 (Reuters) – President Tayyip Erdogan said Turkey still intended to buy a second batch of S-400 missile defense systems from Russia, a move that......

U.S. House approves $1 billion for Israel’s ‘Iron Dome’ missile-defense system

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WASHINGTON, Sept 23 (Reuters) – The U.S. House of Representatives voted overwhelmingly on Thursday to give $1 billion to Israel for its Iron Dome missile-defense system, two days after objections from the most liberal Democrats forced leaders to remove it from a broader spending bill. The measure passed by 420......

Military aid for Israel removed from U.S. funding bill, but leadership pledges vote later this week

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WASHINGTON, Sept 21 (Reuters) – Democratic lawmakers on Tuesday removed $1 billion in military funding for Israel from legislation to fund the U.S. government after objections from liberals in the House of Representatives, but party leaders pledged to bring the matter up again later this week. Some House Democrats objected......

Australian documents showed French submarine project was at risk for years

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SYDNEY, Sept 21 (Reuters) – France should not have been surprised that Australia cancelled a submarine contract, as major concerns about delays, cost overruns and suitability had been aired officially and publicly for years, Australian politicians said. Paris has recalled its ambassadors from Canberra and Washington, saying it was blindsided......

Australia defends its handling of French submarine deal

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SYDNEY, Sept 19 (Reuters) – Australia defended its scrapping of a deal for French submarines on Sunday, saying the government had raised concerns to Paris for months, as a new deal with the United States and Britain continued to fuel a multinational diplomatic crisis. “I don’t regret the decision to......

Malaysia warns new Indo-Pacific pact may trigger nuclear arms race

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A Malaysian flag flies outside Prime Minister’s office, in Putrajaya, Malaysia September 24, 2020. REUTERS/Lim Huey Teng KUALA LUMPUR, Sept 18 (Reuters) – Malaysia on Saturday expressed concerns that Australia’s plan to build nuclear-powered submarines under a new pact with Britain and the United States could catalyze a nuclear arms......

In escalation over submarine deal, France recalls envoys from U.S. and Australia

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French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian attends a joint news conference at the Bauhaus University in Weimar, Germany September 10, 2021. Jens Schlueter/Pool via REUTERS PARIS/CANBERRA/WASHINGTON, Sept 17 (Reuters) – France plunged into an unprecedented diplomatic crisis with the United States and Australia on Friday after it recalled its ambassadors......

Pentagon says Kabul drone strike killed 10 civilians in ‘tragic mistake’

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WASHINGTON, Sept 17 (Reuters) – The U.S. military said on Friday that a drone strike in Kabul last month killed as many 10 civilians, including seven children, and it apologized for what the Pentagon said was a tragic mistake. Senior U.S. officers had said the Aug. 29 strike that took......

France says Biden acted like Trump to sink Australia defence deal

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PARIS, Sept 16 (Reuters) – France accused U.S. President Joe Biden on Thursday of stabbing it in the back and acting like his predecessor Donald Trump after Paris was pushed aside from a lucrative defence deal that it had signed with Australia for submarines. The United States, Britain and Australia......

U.S. to hold $130 mln of Egypt’s military aid over human rights -sources

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Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi speaks during a joint news conference with Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis at Maximos Mansion in Athens, Greece, November 11, 2020. REUTERS/Costas Baltas/File Photo WASHINGTON, Sept 14 (Reuters) – The Biden administration will withhold $130 million worth of military aid to Egypt to pressure its......

Putin meets Assad, takes swipe at US and Turkish forces in Syria

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MOSCOW, Sept 14 (Reuters) – Russian President Vladimir Putin received his Syrian counterpart Bashar al-Assad on Monday for the first time since 2018 and criticised foreign forces that are in Syria without permission or a U.N. mandate – a rebuke of the United States and Turkey. Putin is Assad’s most......

China’s biggest air show to highlight homegrown technology

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Visitors look at airborne weapons displayed at a booth of Aviation Industry Corporation of China (AVIC) at the China International Aviation and Aerospace Exhibition, or Zhuhai Airshow, in Zhuhai, Guangdong province, China November 7, 2018. REUTERS/Brenda Goh Pandemic forced show to be postponed nearly a year To run from Sept.......

EXCLUSIVE Pentagon holds talks with Chinese military for first time under Biden, official says

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WASHINGTON, Aug 27 (Reuters) – A senior Pentagon official held talks with the Chinese military for the first time since President Joe Biden took office in January to focus on managing risk between the two countries, a U.S. official told Reuters on Friday. The United States has put countering China......

Taiwan proposes 4% hike in defence spending for 2022

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Taiwan’s President Tsai Ing-wen gives a speech after visiting the Navy’s 131st Fleet in Keelung, Taiwan, March 8, 2021. REUTERS/Ann Wang TAIPEI, Aug 26 (Reuters) – Taiwan’s defence spending in 2022 is set to grow 4% over this year, according to Reuters calculations from government figures released on Thursday. President......

Biden admin may compel civilian airlines to carry Afghan evacuees- officials

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U.S. President Joe Biden leaves Holy Trinity Catholic Church in the Georgetown neighborhood of Washington, U.S., August 21, 2021. REUTERS/Ken Cedeno WASHINGTON, Aug 21 (Reuters) – President Joe Biden’s administration has told U.S. airlines they could be ordered to help ferry people who have been evacuated from Afghanistan, two officials......

Putin and Erdogan agree to strengthen coordination on Afghan issues – Kremlin

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Russian President Vladimir Putin (R) meets with his Turkish counterpart Tayyip Erdogan in Sochi, Russia, May 3, 2017. REUTERS/Alexander Zemlianichenko/Pool MOSCOW, Aug 21 (Reuters) – Russia’s President Vladimir Putin and Turkey’s Tayyip Erdogan discussed the situation in Afghanistan during a phone call and agreed to strengthen bilateral coordination on Afghan......

In shift, Biden taps career diplomat, not politician, for ambassador to China

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WASHINGTON, Aug 20 (Reuters) – President Joe Biden plans to nominate veteran U.S. diplomat Nicholas Burns to serve as U.S. ambassador to China, the White House said on Friday, signaling the administration may be looking for the envoy to play a more central role in the increasingly fractious relations between......

Pentagon chief says U.S. troops currently unable to help people reach Kabul airport

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WASHINGTON, Aug 18 (Reuters) – U.S. troops do not currently have the capability to help people reach Kabul airport to be evacuated from Afghanistan because they are focused on securing the airfield, U.S. Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin said on Wednesday. President Joe Biden, in an interview with ABC News, defended......

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