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Taiwan stages military drills on island off Chinese coast

KINMEN, Taiwan (AP) — Taiwan held small-scale military drills on an island it controls just off the Chinese coast Tuesday, in a renewed signal of its determination to defend itself from Chinese threats.
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Turkey alarmed by 'Russian build-up' on Syria border

Istanbul (AFP) - Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Friday expressed alarm over reports of a build-up of Russian troops in northern Syria near the Turkish border, saying such movements would not be tolerated....
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The [US] Air Force's Reaper drone keeps crashing

...The Post found that electrical failures have been causing the massive military drone to suddenly drop out of the sky.......
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Rouhani, Cameron highlight ‘more active bilateral ties’

TEHRAN, Jan. 20 (MNA) – Iran’s Hassan Rouhani has told British Prime Minister David Cameron through a phone call JCPOA implementation should bring about improved economic ties....
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Zarif, Mogherini read joint statement to declare start of JCPOA

Tehran, Jan 17, IRNA -- Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif and EU Foreign Policy Chief Federica Mogherini read a joint statement on implementation of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) and removal of sanctions imposed against Iran....
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Iran, US reach settlement on prisoners exchange: Justice department

Tehran, Jan 16, IRNA – Iran and the US have reached a settlement on exchange of a number of prisoners, Justice Department said on Saturday....
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North Korea Would End Nuclear Testing for Peace Treaty, End to US Military Drills

US Rejects Ending Drills, Won't Even Comment on Peace Proposal...
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Russia, Syria agreed 'open-ended' military presence for Moscow

Moscow (AFP) - Russia and Syria in August signed an agreement giving Moscow the go-ahead for an open-ended military presence in the war-torn country, Moscow has revealed....
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Margot Wallstrom, tough Swede shown the door by Israel

Stockholm (AFP) - The unusually frank approach of Sweden's foreign minister has seen fans send her flowers over her biting criticism of Saudi Arabia -- and now prompted Israel to declare her persona non grata....
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Turkey strikes IS targets in retaliation for Istanbul attack

Ankara (AFP) - Turkish ground forces pounded Islamic State jihadists in Iraq and Syria after a suicide attack blamed on the extremists killed 10 German tourists, Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said on Thursday, in a significant escalation of Ankara's fight against the group....
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US missile disappears, turns up in Cuba: WSJ

Washington (AFP) - A US Hellfire missile has turned up in Cuba after going missing in a fiasco that has left American officials worried the technology may be shared with China, Russia or North Korea, the Wall Street Journal reported....
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Iran accuses Saudi of air strike on Yemen embassy

Tehran (AFP) - Iran on Thursday accused Saudi warplanes of deliberately bombing its embassy in Yemen, in a new escalation of diplomatic tensions that have reverberated across the Middle East....
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Israel creates nuclear weapon in circumvention of int'l law: Pushkov

Moscow, Jan 7, IRNA – Israel created nuclear weapon in circumvention of international law, Chairman of the Russian Duma Committee on International Affairs Alexei Pushkov has said....
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What led to argument between Zarif and Al-Jubeir at the Vienna conference?

At one point, Dr. Zarif responded to those remarks nonchalantly, and, at another, he openly rejected each of Al-Jubeir’s comments, Deputy Foreign Minister Amir Abdollahian said....
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This Is What Happens When An H-Bomb Explodes Over North Carolina

What would happen if a 4-megaton hydrogen bomb detonated over North Carolina?...
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One Map That Explains the Dangerous Saudi-Iranian Conflict

The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia executed Shiite Muslim cleric Nimr al-Nimr on Saturday....
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India test-fires long range surface-to-air missile developed with Israel

NEW DELHI (Reuters) - India successfully test-fired on Wednesday a new long range surface-to-air missile capable of countering aerial threats at extended ranges, as Prime Minister Narendra Modi pushes to enhance the country's military capabilities....
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Iranian navy test fires rockets near US carrier

Washington (AFP) - The Iranian navy test fired several rockets near three Western warships including the USS Harry S Truman aircraft carrier last week, a US military official said Tuesday....
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Iranian Foreign Ministry Confirms US Kerry's Letter to Zarif on Visa Waiver Program

TEHRAN (FNA)- Iran's foreign ministry confirmed that US Secretary of State John Kerry has sent a letter to his Iranian counterpart Mohammad Javad Zarif on changes in the US Visa Waiver Program to promise Washington's efforts to nullify the Israeli-sponsored senate approval....
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Turkey to Continue Withdrawal of Troops From Northern Iraq

ISTANBUL — Turkey announced on Saturday that it would continue to withdraw its troops from a military base in northern Iraq, saying that there had been miscommunication with Baghdad regarding the deployment of the forces, sent as part of a mission to train Kurdish and Sunni Arab forces in the fight against the Islamic State....
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