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June 23, 2017
US defense contractor accused of spying for China
Washington (AFP) June 22, 2017
A US defense contractor and former State Department security officer was arrested by American counterintelligence officials on Thursday and charged with spying for China. The Justice Department said Kevin Mallory of Leesburg, Virginia had sold classified documents to Chinese intelligence agents on trips to Shanghai in March and April. He could face up to life in prison if found guilty. The source and content of the documents in question was not divulged, but was characterized as "defense inf ... read more

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NATO jet approaches Russian defence minister's plane
A NATO military plane on Wednesday approached the plane of Russian Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu above the Baltic Sea, Russian news agencies reported, the third such encounter in three days. ... more
Russian jet conducts 'unsafe' intercept of US plane
A Russian fighter conducted an "unsafe" intercept of a US reconnaissance plane over the Baltic Sea, the US military said Tuesday. ... more
Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines launch naval patrols
Indonesia, Malaysia and the Philippines began joint naval patrols in their region Monday as threats from extremist groups increase. ... more
NATO holds first war games on vulnerable Baltic corridor
NATO has held its first war games focused on defending the Suwalki Gap, a land corridor critical to the security of its Baltic allies, officials said Monday, amid tensions with Russia. ... more
US working to relaunch military hotline with Russia
The United States wants to re-establish a military hotline that Russia said it had severed after an American jet shot down a Syrian regime warplane, the top US general said Monday. ... more
China, Russia to hold joint naval drills in Baltic Sea
A Chinese naval fleet is steaming towards the Baltic Sea to participate in joint exercises with Russia, with the show of force to take place after US President Donald Trump visits NATO ally Poland next month. ... more
Saudi says it does not need Turkish military base
Saudi Arabia said Saturday a Turkish military base similar to that built in neighbouring Qatar would not be welcome in the kingdom, insisting it is "not needed". ... more
New Trump-era US-China dialogue set for June 21
The first meeting in a much-touted new diplomatic and defense dialogue between the United States and China will take place in Washington on June 21, the State Department announced Thursday. ... more

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Juncker says Europe can no longer 'outsource' protection
Europe has to take care of its defence given the shift in US policy, European Commission chief Jean-Claude Juncker said Friday, promoting a hefty defence fund announced by Brussels. ... more
Trump says US committed to NATO's mutual defense pledge
US President Donald Trump said Friday that the United States remained committed to NATO's mutual defense pledge, after he failed to endorse it in a speech in Brussels last month. ... more
Macedonia seeks end to name dispute blocking NATO, EU bids
Macedonia's new prime minister suggested Monday that his country could join NATO and the EU under a provisional name in order to end a long-running dispute with Greece that has blocked its membership bids. ... more
Pound dives as Britain thrown into chaos by shock vote
The pound plunged almost two percent Friday as Prime Minister Theresa May looked set to lose her majority in Britain's general election, fuelling political uncertainty just days before the start of Brexit talks. ... more
Japan clears way for first emperor abdication in over 200 years
Japan's parliament passed a law Friday that clears the way for its ageing Emperor Akihito to step down, in what would be the first imperial abdication in more than two centuries. ... more
India, Pakistan join China and Russia-led security bloc
Asian rivals India and Pakistan on Friday formally joined the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation, a security bloc spearheaded by China and Russia, despite bilateral tensions bubbling over Kashmir. ... more
Pentagon praises 'very helpful' Russia in southern Syria
The Pentagon credited Russia on Friday for helping calm tensions in southern Syria after a US jet shot down a pro-regime combat drone that had fired at coalition forces. ... more
Ukraine MPs back NATO application push
Ukraine's parliament on Thursday voted to back attempts by the crisis-torn ex-Soviet nation to seek NATO membership, a move set to heighten tensions with Russia. ... more

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China slams Pentagon report on overseas military bases
Beijing on Wednesday dismissed as "irresponsible" an annual US Defense Department report that predicted China would expand its global military presence, building overseas bases in countries like Pakistan. ... more
Turkey's parliament to debate troop deployment to Qatar
Turkey's parliament will debate on Wednesday a bill that would allow its troops to be deployed to a Turkish base in Qatar, following a bitter feud between Doha and its neighbours in the Gulf. ... more
Canada to boost military spending after Trump rails at allies
Canada announced Wednesday plans for a sharp increase in military spending over the next decade as US President Donald Trump has demanded of America's NATO allies. ... more
Germany in Turkey row withdraws troops from anti-IS base
The German government decided Wednesday to withdraw its troops from Turkey's Incirlik base near the Syrian border after last-ditch talks with Ankara failed to resolve an escalating row. ... more
EU unveils defence fund, urges US to stay on world stage
The EU unveiled an unprecedented plan for common defence spending on Wednesday to help Europe stand alone as a global military power, while urging the United States under Donald Trump to remain on the world stage. ... more
Lithuania warns Russian drill may mask troop buildup
Lithuania's defense minister on Wednesday warned that a Russian military exercise later this year may serve as cover for an aggressive troop buildup on NATO's eastern flank. ... more
Qatar crisis puts spotlight on US military base
The diplomatic crisis over Qatar is shining a spotlight on a facility that few Qataris have ever visited - the enormous Al-Udeid airbase, America's biggest in the Middle East. ... more
China rejects 'irresponsible' US remarks on S China Sea
China has expressed "firm opposition" to remarks made by US Pentagon chief Jim Mattis during a regional defence summit over the weekend, after he criticised Beijing's "militarisation" of the South China Sea. ... more
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