Defense Ministry

BUCHAREST, Romania | Romanian govt scraps warships’ acquisition amid dispute

BUCHAREST, Romania—Jan 12, 2019—Romania’s defense ministry has suspended the 1.6 billion euro ($1.83 billion) acquisition of four warships following a political dispute over which offer best serves the NATO member. The ministry said it had informed military prosecutors there were “reasonable suspicions” about the legality of the procedure, saying it could harm national security. It … Continue reading BUCHAREST, Romania | Romanian govt scraps warships’ acquisition amid dispute

SANAA, Yemen | Fighting in Yemeni city dies down as cease-fire takes hold

SANAA, Yemen  — Yemen’s key port city of Hodeida was calm Tuesday morning, hours after a U.N.-mediated cease-fire went into effect between government-allied forces and the country’s rebels, Yemeni officials said. Fighting subsided as the cease-fire took effect, with only the sporadic sound of automatic weapons fire heard in the city, where the port handles … Continue reading SANAA, Yemen | Fighting in Yemeni city dies down as cease-fire takes hold

MOSCOW | Russia sends 2 nuclear-capable bombers to Venezuela

MOSCOW — The Russian military says two of its nuclear-capable strategic bombers have arrived in Venezuela, a deployment that comes amid soaring Russia-U.S. tensions. Russia’s Defense Ministry said a pair Tu-160 bombers landed at Maiquetia airport outside Caracas on Monday following a 10,000-kilometer (6,200-mile) flight. It didn’t say if the bombers were carrying any weapons. … Continue reading MOSCOW | Russia sends 2 nuclear-capable bombers to Venezuela

TOKYO | 2 US warplanes crash off Japan; 1 rescued, 6 missing

TOKYO  — Two American warplanes crashed into the Pacific Ocean off Japan’s southwestern coast after a midair collision early Thursday, and rescuers found one of the seven crew members in stable condition while searching for the others, officials said. The U.S. Marine Corps said that the 2 a.m. crash involved an F/A-18 fighter jet and … Continue reading TOKYO | 2 US warplanes crash off Japan; 1 rescued, 6 missing

SEOUL, South Korea | South Korea says North Korean soldier defects to South

SEOUL, South Korea — South Korea’s military says a North Korean soldier has fled across the countries’ heavily fortified border to defect to the South. South Korea’s Joint Chiefs of Staff says South Korean soldiers escorted the defector to safety early Saturday after finding him moving south of the eastern side of the military demarcation … Continue reading SEOUL, South Korea | South Korea says North Korean soldier defects to South

SEOUL, South Korea | Seoul: North Korea explodes 10 guard posts to lower tensions

SEOUL, South Korea— South Korea says North Korea has blown up some of its own frontline guard posts as part of agreements to ease tensions in the rivals’ heavily fortified border. The Defense Ministry says its military confirmed the dismantling of 10 North Korean guard posts on Tuesday. It says North Korea had informed the … Continue reading SEOUL, South Korea | Seoul: North Korea explodes 10 guard posts to lower tensions

JERUSALEM | The Latest: Israeli PM Netanyahu takes over defense ministry

JERUSALEM — The Latest on the political developments in Israel (all times local): 8:35 p.m. Israel’s prime minister says he will also take over as defense minister and is rejecting calls to hold early elections. Netanyahu announced on national TV Sunday that he would take over the defense post following the resignation of Avigdor Lieberman. … Continue reading JERUSALEM | The Latest: Israeli PM Netanyahu takes over defense ministry