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S Korea blocks army from appealing transgender soldier case

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korea’s Justice Ministry on Friday blocked the army from appealing a landmark court ruling that said it unlawfully discharged the country’s first known transgender sold...

EU defense ambitions should not 'duplicate' NATO: Stoltenberg

NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg on Friday said the alliance welcomed the increased defense efforts by the European Union His remarks came a day after reports of Germany, along with four other...

Harpoon missile system delivery to Taiwan will be completed 2028

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — The delivery of a Harpoon coastal missile defense system will be completed in 2028, Defense Minister Chiu Kuo-cheng (邱國正) said Friday (Oct. 22). Taiwan is spending US$2...

Philippines: What happened to the victims of Marawi's deadly siege?

The siege had been raging for two days before Gilda could contact her son Jessie. He worked in a bakery in Marawi, a city on the southern Philippine island of Mindanao. Aged 17, he wanted to help his...

Today in History

Today in History Today is Friday, Oct. 22, the 295th day of 2021. There are 70 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Oct. 22,...

Australia, UK defend AUKUS pact, say fears overhyped

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Australia and Britain on Thursday defended their nuclear submarine deal with the U.S. amid concerns it could escalate tensions in the region and spark an arms race. ...

Romanian president nominates former army general as premier

BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) — Romania’s president on Thursday nominated a former army general to be prime minister in the latest effort to end a political crisis amid a coronavirus surge that is stretchin...

NATO weighs Afghan lessons of waging major ops abroad

BRUSSELS (AP) — NATO defense ministers are weighing Thursday what lessons to draw from the almost two-decade-long military mission in Afghanistan, including whether the world’s biggest security organi...

S Korean military to appeal ruling on transgender soldier

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korea’s military said Thursday it will appeal a landmark court ruling that struck down its decision to discharge the country’s first known transgender soldier before sh...

Are Pakistan and the Afghan Taliban drifting apart?

In late September, a little over a month after taking control of the Afghan capital, Kabul, Taliban fighters stopped a Pakistani truck at the Torkham border crossing and removed the country's flag...

NATO defense ministers talking Russia as relations plummet

A meeting of NATO defense ministers in Brussels starting Thursday is discussing dealing with Russia at a time of difficult relations and review what lessons can be learned from the alliance's almo...

Russia ups defense ties with Belarus amid tensions with NATO

MOSCOW (AP) — Russia's defense chief on Wednesday voiced concern about a buildup of NATO forces near the country's borders, and called for stronger defense ties with neighboring Belarus. ...

N Korea confirms missile test designed for submarine launch

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea said Wednesday that it had test-fired a newly developed ballistic missile from a submarine, in its first such underwater test-launch in two years and one it...

Israel gives legal status to 4K in gesture to Palestinians

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel said Tuesday it would grant legal residency to 4,000 Palestinians living in the occupied West Bank and Gaza, a gesture to the Palestinian Authority that will allow people who h...

Poland doubles troop contingent on border with Belarus

Nearly 6,000 Polish troops will now be guarding the border area with Belarus as the country experiences a surge in migration, Polish Defense Minister Mariusz Blaszczak said Tuesday. The soldiers woul...