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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