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US aid to Iraq may speed up despite billions already spent

Last Updated: Saturday, August 16, 2014, 05:53

The United States may accelerate US economic and military aid to Iraq with the end of Nuri al-Maliki`s eight-year reign but will first want proof that the country`s new leaders have abandoned his sectarian ways.

Britain summons Russian envoy over Ukraine `incursion`

Last Updated: Saturday, August 16, 2014, 00:39

Britain has summoned Moscow`s ambassador to London over reports of a Russian military incursion across its border with Ukraine, the Foreign Office said on Friday.

Rebel forces unravel as Ukraine military cuts off key stronghold

Last Updated: Friday, August 15, 2014, 12:33

Pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine have suffered dramatic setbacks after top military chiefs quit and Kiev`s forces pummelled their strongholds, cutting off a key rebel-held city from the Russian border.

`Impossible` to bypass White House for US arms: Former Israeli envoy

Last Updated: Thursday, August 14, 2014, 20:43

A former Israeli ambassador to the US has trashed as "impossible" the claims that the Jewish state went around the White House`s back and quietly secured supplies of ammunition from the Pentagon to aid its military campaign in Gaza Strip.

Protests call for end to US military base move in Japan

Last Updated: Thursday, August 14, 2014, 13:56

Demonstrators rallied in Japan`s southern Okinawa island chain, calling for work to stop on the long-stalled relocation of a controversial US military base.

`Watchful, conscious` of China`s rising military profile: Govt

Last Updated: Wednesday, August 13, 2014, 20:36

India on Wednesday said it is "watchful and conscious" of China`s increasing military profile and was taking steps to counter any possible threat from the neighbouring country to its security.

Thai military government moves to outlaw commercial surrogacy

Last Updated: Wednesday, August 13, 2014, 16:00

Thailand`s military government gave preliminary approval on Wednesday for a draft law to make commercial surrogacy a criminal offence, following a spate of dramatic surrogacy scandals in the past two weeks.

South Korea military details plan to curb bullying

Last Updated: Wednesday, August 13, 2014, 15:23

South Korea`s military outlined measures Wednesday to curb barrack-room bullying, following a series of incidents and suicides involving young soldiers serving in isolated frontline units.

"Strongly protest" over Russia`s military exercises on disputed islands: Japan

Last Updated: Wednesday, August 13, 2014, 11:38

Japan said on Wednesday that Tokyo would "strongly protest" to Russia over military exercises on disputed Pacific islands that have strained relations between the two nations since the end of World War Two. 

Iraqi PM Maliki tells Iraq forces to stay out of `political crisis`

Last Updated: Tuesday, August 12, 2014, 21:55

Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki on Tuesday ordered Iraq`s security forces to stay out of a "political crisis" over who will form the next government, amid fears they could intervene.

Germany says ready to send Iraq non-lethal military aid

Last Updated: Tuesday, August 12, 2014, 19:49

Germany said Tuesday it was ready to send non-lethal military aid such as armoured vehicles to help Iraq push back against the advance of Islamist insurgents.

Military wives block husbands` deployment against Boko Haram

Last Updated: Tuesday, August 12, 2014, 18:20

Military wives in the restive Nigerian city of Maiduguri have taken to the streets this week, burning tyres to prevent their husbands` deployment to fight Boko Haram.