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MOSCOW | Russian jets collide over Sea of Japan; 2 dead, 1 missing

MOSCOW—Jan 18, 2019—Two Russian fighter jets collided Friday during a training mission over the Sea of Japan, leaving two crewmembers dead and another one still missing, officials said. The Defense Ministry said the two Su-34 jets, each with a crew of two, collided while maneuvering and went down 35 kilometers (22 miles) from the shore. … Continue reading MOSCOW | Russian jets collide over Sea of Japan; 2 dead, 1 missing

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

ANKARA, Turkey | Turkey ammunition depot blast killed 4 soldiers, wounded 20

ANKARA, Turkey — Turkey’s president says four soldiers have been killed and around 20 others injured in an explosion at an ammunition depot at a base in southeast Turkey. The Defense Ministry had announced Friday that 25 soldiers were wounded and seven others were missing following an unexplained accident during the firing of heavy weapons … Continue reading ANKARA, Turkey | Turkey ammunition depot blast killed 4 soldiers, wounded 20

BELGRADE, Serbia | Serbia criticized for publishing war criminals’ books

BELGRADE, Serbia — A rights group has sharply criticized the Serbian government after the defense ministry published and promoted books written by two former generals convicted of war crimes by a U.N. court. The Youth Initiative for Human Rights on Saturday said the move amounted to open state support for the war criminals sentenced by … Continue reading BELGRADE, Serbia | Serbia criticized for publishing war criminals’ books

SEOUL, South Korea | South Korea finds likely war remains during border demining

SEOUL, South Korea— South Korea says it has discovered what could be Korean War remains at a frontline area where it’s jointly clearing mines with North Korea. The two Koreas began removing mines from one of the heaviest Korean War battle sites at their border on Oct. 1 before starting their first joint searches for … Continue reading SEOUL, South Korea | South Korea finds likely war remains during border demining

COPENHAGEN, Denmark | The Latest: Stranded ferry on its way after engine restarted

COPENHAGEN, Denmark — The Latest on stranded ferry in the Baltic Sea (all times local): 7:35 p.m. Lithuania’s Defense Ministry says that the crew of a ferry stranded in the Baltic Sea with about 300 people on board has managed to restart the main engine and the vessel is now heading toward its original destination. … Continue reading COPENHAGEN, Denmark | The Latest: Stranded ferry on its way after engine restarted

SEOUL, South Korea | South Korea begins removing mines, expects North to do same

SEOUL, South Korea — South Korea began clearing mines from two sites inside the heavily fortified border with North Korea on Monday under tension-reducing agreements reached this year. Seoul says North Korea is expected to do the same. The development comes amid renewed international diplomacy on North Korea’s nuclear weapons program after weeks of stalemated … Continue reading SEOUL, South Korea | South Korea begins removing mines, expects North to do same

MOSCOW | Reporters: Number in suspect’s file reached Russian military

MOSCOW  — Two journalists say the passport file of one of the suspects in the poisoning of a Russian former double agent and his daughter in England contains a telephone number that appears to belong to Russia’s Defense Ministry. Belligcat, an online investigative organization headquartered in England, published a phone number Friday that it said … Continue reading MOSCOW | Reporters: Number in suspect’s file reached Russian military

KLERK PENINSULA, Russia | Russia’s biggest war games include submarine hunt in Pacific

KLERK PENINSULA, Russia — Russian naval forces have conducted a submarine search using an anti-submarine ship and a helicopter in the Sea of Okhotsk as part of Russia’s largest-ever military exercises. About 3,200 troops from China have joined about 300,000 Russian troops for a week of war games in Siberia and the Far East, and … Continue reading KLERK PENINSULA, Russia | Russia’s biggest war games include submarine hunt in Pacific

TIRANA, Albania  | Albania hit by magnitudes 5.4 and 5.1 tremors; homes crack

TIRANA, Albania  — Northern Albania was struck Saturday by two earthquakes with preliminary magnitudes of 5.4 and 5.1, damaging scores of buildings, authorities said. Albania’s Defense Ministry reported that the stronger struck quake at 5:33 p.m. (1533 GMT) with a depth of five kilometers (3.11 miles) near the village of Vinjoll in Mat district, 120 … Continue reading TIRANA, Albania  | Albania hit by magnitudes 5.4 and 5.1 tremors; homes crack

MOSCOW | Russia: UN peacekeepers back on Golan Heights-Syria frontie

MOSCOW— U.N. peacekeepers returned on Thursday to patrol the frontier between Syria and the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights, years after an escalation in fighting and abduction of U.N. troops had prompted them to withdraw, Russia’s Defense Ministry announced. For the first time, Russian forces joined the peacekeepers — a sign of Russia’s deepening involvement as a … Continue reading MOSCOW | Russia: UN peacekeepers back on Golan Heights-Syria frontie

The Latest: Russia says rebels too can leave Syria’s Ghouta

BEIRUT  /March 6, 2018 (AP)(STL.News) — The Latest on the war in Syria (all times local): 12:05 p.m. The Russian defense ministry has extended an offer to Syrians in the besieged eastern suburbs of Damascus, saying armed rebels with their families — not just civilians — can also leave eastern Ghouta through a safe corridor. … Continue reading The Latest: Russia says rebels too can leave Syria’s Ghouta

A new “Kraken” arises? Russians eager to name doomsday arms

MOSCOW /March 02, 2018 (AP)(STL.News) — In just one day, the suggestions have been pouring in: “Kraken” for a new underwater drone capable of blasting coastlines with a powerful nuclear explosion. “Balalaika” for a futuristic nuclear-powered cruise missile capable of circling the globe. Russians are showering the Defense Ministry with proposed names for the country’s … Continue reading A new “Kraken” arises? Russians eager to name doomsday arms

Russian military conducts massive missile drills

MOSCOW/January 15, 2018(AP)(STL.News)— The Russian military is conducting massive drills involving truck-mounted intercontinental ballistic missile launchers. The Defense Ministry said maneuvers involving Topol-M and Yars missile launchers began Monday. Those types of nuclear-tipped ICBMs are mounted on heavy all-terrain vehicles, making it more difficult for an enemy to spot them. The ministry said the drills … Continue reading Russian military conducts massive missile drills