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JOHANNESBURG | Angolan president talks to some of nation’s toughest critics

JOHANNESBURG  — Angolan President Joao Lourenco has met longtime critics of the government, generating some goodwill from activists who struggled to have their voices heard during the long rule of former leader Jose Eduardo dos Santos. Lourenco, a former defense minister who became president last year, on Tuesday hosted members of Angolan civil society organizations … Continue reading JOHANNESBURG | Angolan president talks to some of nation’s toughest critics

JERUSALEM | Netanyahu says new elections would be ‘irresponsible’

JERUSALEM — Israel’s prime minister says it would be “irresponsible” to dissolve the government and call early elections. Benjamin Netanyahu issued the message on Monday, moments before his education minister, Naftali Bennett, was to announce whether he’s pulling his Jewish Home Party out of the coalition. If Bennett leaves, it would cause the government to … Continue reading JERUSALEM | Netanyahu says new elections would be ‘irresponsible’

JERUSALEM | Defense chief’s resignation pushes Israel toward election

JERUSALEM — Israel’s defense minister on Wednesday abruptly resigned to protest a new cease-fire with Hamas militants in Gaza, throwing the government into turmoil and pushing the country toward an early election. Avigdor Lieberman’s decision was ostensibly a show of anger over Tuesday’s informal truce with Israel’s Hamas enemies. But in many ways, it was … Continue reading JERUSALEM | Defense chief’s resignation pushes Israel toward election

JERUSALEM | The Latest: Israel says shot Gaza angler was close to fence

JERUSALEM — The Latest on the cease-fire between Israel and Gaza‘s Hamas rulers (all times local): 4:40 p.m. The Israeli military says a Gaza fisherman killed by Israeli fire in northern Gaza Strip was illegally advancing toward the security fence dividing Gaza and Israel. The military said in a statement that the army shot him … Continue reading JERUSALEM | The Latest: Israel says shot Gaza angler was close to fence

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates | Saudi coalition in Yemen, under pressure, ends US refueling

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates — The Saudi-led coalition fighting in Yemen said early Saturday it had “requested cessation of inflight refueling” by the U.S. for its fighter jets after American officials said they would stop the operations amid growing anger over civilian casualties from the kingdom’s airstrikes. The decision by Americans to pull out also … Continue reading DUBAI, United Arab Emirates | Saudi coalition in Yemen, under pressure, ends US refueling

ATHENS, Greece | Greek foreign minister resigns, prime minister takes over

ATHENS, Greece — The foreign minister of Greece resigned Wednesday following a disagreement with the defense minister over the handling of a deal for Greece to drop its objections to neighboring Macedonia joining NATO if the small country’s name is changed. Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras accepted Foreign Minister Nikos Kotzias’ resignation and intends to take … Continue reading ATHENS, Greece | Greek foreign minister resigns, prime minister takes over

CANBERRA, Australia | Australia says US alliance vital with Indo-Pacific tensions

CANBERRA, Australia  — Australia’s foreign minister said on Monday her country’s alliance with the United States had never been more vital in an era of escalating challenges in the Indo-Pacific region. In her first major policy speech since she took over the foreign ministry in August, Marise Payne told an Australian Institute of International Affairs … Continue reading CANBERRA, Australia | Australia says US alliance vital with Indo-Pacific tensions

BAMAKO, Mali | 7 Mali soldiers, driver killed after vehicles hit explosives

BAMAKO, Mali— Mali’s defense minister says seven soldiers and a driver were killed after two military vehicles hit explosive devices. The minister said in a statement Thursday that the vehicles hit the explosives on Wednesday between Bambaramaoude and Douentza. Also Thursday, the minister of security and civilian protection reported that the death toll from attacks … Continue reading BAMAKO, Mali | 7 Mali soldiers, driver killed after vehicles hit explosives

CANBERRA, Australia | French boat rescues injured Indian sailor from yacht

CANBERRA, Australia  — A French ship on Monday rescued an Indian sailor who was injured in the remote southern Indian Ocean when his sailboat lost its mast in a storm during a round-the-world solo yacht race, officials said. India’s defense minister, Nirmala Sitharaman, tweeted that it was “a sense of relief to know that naval … Continue reading CANBERRA, Australia | French boat rescues injured Indian sailor from yacht

ATHENS, Greece | 3 Greek journalists set free after minister’s complaint

ATHENS, Greece  — Three journalists were released from custody Sunday following a complaint against them by Greece’s defense minister. The publisher, editor-in-chief and political editor of daily paper “Fileleftheros” (Liberal) had voluntarily turned themselves in Saturday after Defense Minister Panos Kammenos said an article in the paper’s Friday edition had defamed him. The article alleged … Continue reading ATHENS, Greece | 3 Greek journalists set free after minister’s complaint

CHITA, Russia | Russia says joint war games with China will be routine

CHITA, Russia — Russia and China intend to regularly conduct joint war games similar to the massive ones being held this week, the Russian defense minister said Wednesday. Sergei Shoigu spoke as he and his Chinese counterpart, Gen. Wei Fenghe, visited the Tsugol firing range in eastern Siberia, where Russian and Chinese troops will hold … Continue reading CHITA, Russia | Russia says joint war games with China will be routine

PARIS | France says Russia satellite spied in ‘Star Wars’ hostility

PARIS — A Russian satellite “with big ears” cozied up to a French one last year in an apparent effort to eavesdrop on secure military communications, France’s defense minister alleged Friday. In what she said amounted to a “Star Wars” above the Earth, Florency Parly named the Russian satellite as Louch-Olymp. She said it approached … Continue reading PARIS | France says Russia satellite spied in ‘Star Wars’ hostility

KABUL, Afghanistan | Key Afghan city turned into ‘ghost town’ by deadly battles

KABUL, Afghanistan  — Hundreds of people have fled four days of fierce fighting between Afghan forces and the Taliban over the key provincial capital of Ghazni that has killed about 120 security forces and civilians, the defense minister and witnesses said Monday. Nearly 200 insurgents, many of them foreigners, have been killed, the government said. … Continue reading KABUL, Afghanistan | Key Afghan city turned into ‘ghost town’ by deadly battles

MOSCOW | Russia, Japan hope business ties will improve island dispute

MOSCOW — Russian and Japanese officials are expressing hope that business ties between the two countries will help solve a long-standing dispute over four Pacific islands. The argument centers on the four most southern of the Kuril Islands, which Japan calls the Northern Territories. The Soviet Union took the islands at the end of World … Continue reading MOSCOW | Russia, Japan hope business ties will improve island dispute

U.S. Department of State News: Secretary Pompeo and Secretary of Defense Mattis Host the 2018 Australia-U.S. Ministerial (AUSMIN) Consultations in Palo Alto

WASHINGTON – U.S. Department of State today released the following statement: Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo and Secretary of Defense James Mattis will host Australian Minister for Foreign Affairs Julie Bishop and Minister for Defence Marise Payne for this year’s Australia-U.S. Ministerial Consultations (AUSMIN) at the Hoover Institution at Stanford University in Palo Alto, … Continue reading U.S. Department of State News: Secretary Pompeo and Secretary of Defense Mattis Host the 2018 Australia-U.S. Ministerial (AUSMIN) Consultations in Palo Alto

WASHINGTON | US reaffirms its ‘ironclad commitment’ to defend South Korea

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump and Defense Secretary Jim Mattis spoke on Saturday with their South Korean counterparts after the historic meeting between leaders of the two Koreas, and Trump said “things are going very well” as he prepares for an expected summit with the North’s Kim Jong Un. Mattis and Defense Minister Song … Continue reading WASHINGTON | US reaffirms its ‘ironclad commitment’ to defend South Korea

Israel says it only shot at protesters charging Gaza border

JERUSALEM   /March 31, 2018 (AP)(STL.News)— Israel’s defense minister says troops acted appropriately by only firing on Palestinian protesters who charged toward Gaza’s border with Israel. Avigdor Lieberman said Sunday that those who protested peacefully were not harmed, and he rejected accusations of excessive use of force in the mass protests Friday in which 15 Palestinians … Continue reading Israel says it only shot at protesters charging Gaza border

2 French soldiers killed in Mali by explosive device

PARIS/February 21, 2018 (AP)(STL.News) —Two members of a French counter-terrorism force in Mali were killed on Wednesday when their armored vehicle was hit by an improvised explosive device in a border region with Niger, authorities said. French President Emmanuel Macron’s office said a soldier and an officer were killed in the explosion. A statement by … Continue reading 2 French soldiers killed in Mali by explosive device