Jan 24, 2017

Pentagon chief vows 'unshakeable commitment' to NATO: spokesman

New U.S. Secretary of Defense James Mattis reassured his British counterpart on Monday that Washington has an “unshakeable commitment” to NATO, despite President Donald Trump previously casting the military alliance as obsolete. During a phone call with Michael Fallon on his first full day ...

China's Xi to head new commission for military-civilian development

Jan 23, 2017

China's Xi to head new commission for military-civilian development

Chinese President Xi Jinping will head a new commission overseeing joint military and civilian development, state media said, as the country continues with an ambitious military modernization program. Xi has set great store on China’s military modernization, including developing an ocean-going “blue water” navy, ...

Gambia's defeated leader agrees to cede power

Jan 21, 2017

Gambia's defeated leader agrees to cede power

Defeated Gambian leader Yahya Jammeh announced early Saturday he has decided to relinquish power, following hours of last-ditch talks with regional leaders and the threat by a regional military force to make him leave. “I think it is not necessary that a single drop ...

Estonians join paramilitary forces to face Russia fears

Jan 18, 2017

Estonians join paramilitary forces to face Russia fears

A machine gun rattles as pale and exhausted teams of Estonian weekend warriors struggle to climb a final obstacle: the wall of Narva Castle facing their country’s powerful neighbor Russia. The bullets fired on the snowy banks of the Narva river separating Estonia from ...