China blocks two U.S. Navy ships from docking in Hong Kong, blames U.S. for protests
dpa, Hamburg, Germany The Chinese government has denied requests for two US Navy ships to visit Hong Kong, a US State Department official said Tuesday, as tensions escalated in the region. The two ships are the USS Green Bay, a transport ship, and the USS Lake Erie, a cruiser.... Read more
Radiation level at Russian nuclear test site 16 times higher than normal after blast
dpa, Hamburg, Germany The Russian government said Tuesday that radiation levels around the site of a deadly nuclear accident at a military facility in the north-western port of Severodvinsk were up to 16 times higher than the norm, confirming widespread speculation. “In six of the eight points in Severodvinsk,... Read more
U.S. threatens to pull troops out of Germany as countries argue over defense spending
dpa, Hamburg, Germany The US ambassador to Germany, Richard Grenell, has lashed out again at low levels of German defence spending, calling it “offensive” and repeating a threat to withdraw US troops from the country. “It is actually offensive to assume that the US taxpayer must continue to pay... Read more
U.S. & Britain meet over Iranian security issues in the Strait of Hormuz
dpa, Hamburg, Germany Military representatives of Britain and the United States are set to come together for a meeting in Bahrain on Wednesday to discuss the possibility of creating an international mission to safeguard shipping in the Strait of Hormuz. The closed-door meeting was confirmed by the British Defence... Read more
Filipino defense secretary tells China to “prove” that it won’t take first shot in South China Sea
dpa, Hamburg, Germany The Philippine defense secretary on Tuesday called on China to match its actions with its words in the South China Sea, after Beijing said it “will not take the first shot” in resolving the territorial row there. Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana said China has often assured... Read more
Trump says he could end Afghan war in a week, doesn’t want to because 10 million people would die
dpa, Hamburg, Germany President Donald Trump said on Monday the United States could win the the nearly 18-year war in Afghanistan in just seven days but that it would require killing too many people. Trump made the remarks before a White House meeting with Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan,... Read more
Russian warplane enters South Korean airspace, fighter jets fired warning shots and flares
dpa, Hamburg, Germany The South Korean air force fired warning shots at a Russian warplane that Seoul said violated the country’s airspace on Tuesday, prompting an angry response from Moscow. South Korean F-16 jets “conducted unprofessional manoeuvres, crossing the course of the Russian aircraft and jeopardizing their safety,” said... Read more
U.S. bars four Myanmar military leaders for human rights violations
dpa, Hamburg, Germany The United States on Tuesday banned four leaders of Myanmar’s military for gross human rights violations, including killings that occurred in northern Rakhine state against Rohingya Muslims. The commander in chief of the military and the deputy commander in chief are among the four banned from... Read more
First set of Russian S-400 missiles arrive in Turkey
dpa, Hamburg, Germany (TNS) Turkey accepted the first shipment of a Russian surface-to-air S-400 defence system at a military airport in Ankara on Friday, thereby defying warnings and threats of sanctions from the United States. “The first phase of the S-400 delivery has started with a plane that has... Read more
Royal Navy forced to target Iranian boats attempting to seize British oil tanker in Gulf
dpa, Hamburg, Germany Five armed Iranian Revolutionary Guard boats on Wednesday unsuccessfully attempted to seize a British oil tanker in the Gulf, according to US media reports. The tanker was entering the Strait of Hormuz, a narrow strategic shipping route for oil that passes between Iran and the Arabian... Read more

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