Poroshenko says most Russian troops have left Ukraine

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko said on Wednesday that most Russian troops had been withdrawn from the country, in a move he said boosted the prospects for peace.

Suicide bomber attacks U.N. base in northern Mali, kills one

A U.N. peacekeeper was killed and five others injured, two seriously, in a suicide attack on a patrol base in northern Mali, the U.N. peacekeeping mission (MINUSMA) said on Saturday.

US sends 130 more troops to Iraq

Another 130 US troops have arrived in Iraq on what the Pentagon described as a temporary mission to assess the scope of the humanitarian crisis facing thousands of displaced Iraqi civilians trapped on Sinjar Mountain.

Israel hunts for missing soldier as troops leave northern Gaza

Israel on Saturday continued its attacks in southern Gaza while it searched for one of its missing soldiers believed to have been captured by Hamas even as Israeli troops were seen withdrawing from a northern town.

Clash between Army, `tribal gunmen` leaves 65 dead in Uganda

At least 65 people have been killed in clashes between tribal gunmen and Ugandan government troops in the west of the country near the border with the Democratic Republic of Congo, officials said on Sunday.

Iran will send arms to Iraq but not troops: Minister

Iran will not send troops to fight a militant offensive in Iraq but will supply weapons if the government in Baghdad asks for help, the deputy foreign minister said on Tuesday.

Japan`s move to lift ban on troops to fight abroad riles China

China on Tuesday reacted angrily to Japan`s biggest change in defence policy since the World War II, saying the move could undermine regional peace and harm Chinese sovereignty.

Yemen troops foil attack on hospital, 6 killed

Yemen`s defense ministry says its troops have foiled a militant attack on a military-affiliated hospital in the country`s south, setting off clashes that killed four militants and two soldiers.

Afghan forces claim victory in major Taliban battle

Afghan security forces on Saturday claimed victory against a Taliban offensive in the country`s volatile Helmand province after days of fighting seen as a test for the country`s security forces as NATO-led troops pull out.

Russia says Ukrainian shells hit its territory

Russia said Saturday that three shells fired by Ukrainian troops have hit a customs post and residential areas inside its territory, causing damage but no injuries.

Iraqi troops push to retake Tikrit from rebels, parties pursue talks

Iraqi government forces backed by helicopter gunships began an offensive on Saturday to retake the northern city of Tikrit from Sunni Islamist militants while party leaders pursued talks that could end Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki`s divisive rule.

Syrian troops, rebels agree on ceasefire ahead of Ramadan

Syrian troops and armed rebels in a central Syrian district have agreed on a truce during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, media reported Friday.

Iran denies sending troops to Iraq

Iran has not sent military forces to Iraq, Iran`s foreign ministry spokeswoman Marzieh Afkham said Wednesday, denying the presence of any Iranian military officials in the crisis-torn Arab state.

Russia`s Putin renounces right to send troops to Ukraine: Kremlin

President Vladimir Putin asked Russia`s upper house on Tuesday to revoke the right it had granted him to order a military intervention in Ukraine in defence of Russian-speakers there, the Kremlin said in a statement.

South Korea troops in shootout with soldier who killed five

South Korean troops were engaged today in a fierce gun battle near an elementary school with a runaway soldier who had shot and killed five members of his unit on the border with North Korea.

Militants seize Iraq border post, kill 30 troops

Sunni militants have seized an Iraqi crossing on the border with Syria after a daylong battle in which they killed some 30 Iraqi troops, security officials said today.

Russian troops near Ukraine aimed at reinforcing border: Kremlin

The build-up of Russian forces near Ukraine is meant to reinforce the border and was ordered weeks ago, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said Friday after NATO reported the deployment.

NATO reports new Russian troop build-up near Ukraine

NATO today reported another build-up of Russian forces near Ukraine as its new president put in place key pieces of his pro-Western government and embraced an EU trade pact that has been bitterly fought by the Kremlin.

`Kenya not to pull out troops from Somalia`

Kenyan government said Wednesday that it will not withdraw its troops from neighbouring Somalia, despite rising terror attacks from the Horn of Africa nation.

Seven troops killed in Yemen

At least seven soldiers were killed after Shiite rebels attacked army posts in Yemen`s Amran province Wednesday, military sources said.