Defense

Philippine president declares Marawi liberated as battle goes on

Philippine president declares Marawi liberated as battle goes on

Published 17/10/2017

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte declared the southern city of Marawi liberated from pro-Islamic State militants on Tuesday, although the military said 20-30 rebels were holding about 20 hostages and still fighting it out. [more…]

Key Republican says Trump must work with Europe on Iran

Key Republican says Trump must work with Europe on Iran

Published 16/10/2017

U.S. Senator Bob Corker, the Republican chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, urged President Donald Trump's administration on Monday to work closely with European allies as it develops its new Iran policy. [more…]

Trump to target Iran nuclear deal, Revolutionary Guard in speech

Trump to target Iran nuclear deal, Revolutionary Guard in speech

Published 13/10/2017

President Donald Trump will outline a tougher U.S. strategy for countering Iran on Friday that will seek to strengthen the enforcement of what he considers a flawed nuclear deal and deny funding for Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps. [more…]

Iran parliament speaker: nuclear deal will collapse if U.S. quits – agencies

Iran parliament speaker: nuclear deal will collapse if U.S. quits – agencies

Published 13/10/2017

If the United States leaves the Iran nuclear deal, this will be the end of this international agreement, the TASS news agency cited Iranian parliament speaker Ali Larijani as saying on Friday. [more…]

Germany seeks to maintain unity if U.S. decertifies Iran nuclear deal

Germany seeks to maintain unity if U.S. decertifies Iran nuclear deal

Published 13/10/2017

The German government on Friday vowed to work for continued global unity if U.S. President Donald Trump announces that he will not certify Iran's compliance with a 2015 nuclear accord negotiated by world powers, as expected. [more…]

South Korea expects arms, shale gas on U.S. agenda in trade talks

South Korea expects arms, shale gas on U.S. agenda in trade talks

Published 13/10/2017

South Korea's trade minister Kim Hyun-chong said on Friday the United States may demand that Seoul guarantees it will step up arms purchases and imports of U.S. shale gas if the two countries renegotiate a free trade agreement. [more…]

Taiwan president pledges to defend freedoms despite China pressure

Taiwan president pledges to defend freedoms despite China pressure

Published 10/10/2017

President Tsai Ing-wen vowed on Tuesday to defend Taiwan's freedom and democracy amid growing pressure from giant neighbor China, using a National Day speech to warn that the self-ruled island would not bow to pressure. [more…]

North Korea`s `princess` now one of the secretive state`s top policy makers

North Korea`s `princess` now one of the secretive state`s top policy makers

Published 09/10/2017

The promotion of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un's 28-year-old sister to the country's top decision-making body is a sign he is strengthening his position by drawing his most important people closer to the center of power, experts and officials say. [more…]

Kim Jong Un praises nuclear program, promotes sister

Kim Jong Un praises nuclear program, promotes sister

Published 09/10/2017

North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un said his nuclear weapons were a "powerful deterrent" that guaranteed its sovereignty, state media reported on Sunday, hours after U.S. President Donald Trump said "only one thing will work" in dealing with the isolated country. [more…]

U.S., Turkey mutually suspend visa services for security reasons

U.S., Turkey mutually suspend visa services for security reasons

Published 09/10/2017

The U.S. mission in Turkey and subsequently the Turkish mission in Washington mutually scaled back visa services after a U.S. consulate employee was arrested in Turkey, in the latest sign of fraying diplomatic relations between the NATO allies. [more…]