Ukraine launches joint military drills with NATO

Jun 27, 2016

Ukraine launches joint military drills with NATO

Ukraine on Monday launched joint military exercises with the United States and a string of other NATO countries as tensions with Moscow remain high over the pro-Kremlin insurgency in the country’s east. The annual Rapid Trident military exercises, taking place in the western Ukrainian ...

Taiwan 'to test-fire missiles in U.S.' as China tensions rise

Jun 27, 2016

Taiwan 'to test-fire missiles in U.S.' as China tensions rise

Taiwan plans to test-fire its newest anti-missile system for the first time in the United States next month as relations with rival China deteriorate, a defense source and media reports said Monday. Relations between China and Taiwan have cooled rapidly under the island’s new ...

Iraqi commander: Fallujah 'fully liberated' from IS

Jun 26, 2016

Iraqi commander: Fallujah 'fully liberated' from IS

A senior Iraqi commander declared that the city of Fallujah was “fully liberated” from Islamic State group militants on Sunday, after a more than monthlong military operation. Iraqi troops have entered the northwestern al-Julan neighborhood, the last area of Fallujah to remain under IS ...

Indonesia leader, top execs visit Natuna isles in warship

Jun 23, 2016

Indonesia leader, top execs visit Natuna isles in warship

Indonesia’s president visited the Natuna Islands aboard a warship Thursday, making a bold move to assert sovereignty over the area in the southern reaches of the South China Sea after Beijing stated an “overlapping claim” on nearby waters. President Joko “Jokowi” Jokowi’s visit along ...

Jun 23, 2016

NATO couldn't repel Baltic invasion by Russia: U.S. general

NATO would currently be unable to protect the Baltics against a Russian attack, the commander of U.S. ground forces in Europe, Gen. Ben Hodges, said in a news report Wednesday. “Russia could take over the Baltic states faster than we would be able to ...

Back in the USSR? Ukraine rebels aim to 'bring up patriots'

Jun 23, 2016

Back in the USSR? Ukraine rebels aim to 'bring up patriots'

In camouflage uniforms and red caps, a group of young people gather in the Ukrainian rebels’ de facto capital of Donetsk to sing patriotic songs and discuss the conflict. They are members of Patriot, a youth club set up by separatist authorities in the ...

Putin heads to China to cement ties, but obstacles remain

Jun 23, 2016

Putin heads to China to cement ties, but obstacles remain

With President Vladimir Putin heading to China this weekend, officials in both countries extoll a blossoming “strategic partnership” between the two former communist rivals. But despite Moscow’s push to strengthen ties with Beijing amid a bitter strain in relations with the West, Russia-China trade ...