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Many Vietnam vets say they support lifting of arms embargo

CHICAGO (AP) — The way Terry Neilen sees it, lifting the ban on U.S. arms sales to Vietnam makes sense in the face of China's growing influence in the region.
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Moscow says plans to create NATO’s "Black Sea flotilla" undermine regional security

"This seriously undermines security and stability in this part of the continent forcing Russia to take adequate countermeasures to ensure its own security," Russian Foreign Ministry spokesperson notes...
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Iran unveils new main battle tank made from US and Chinese designs from the 1960s

....The tank appears to have the main hull and engine of the US' M47M Patton, a variation of the M47 Patton made in the early 1960s, and the turret of China's type 59/69 tank, first produced in 1958........
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Obama Warns Britain on Trade if It Leaves European Union

LONDON — President Obama on Friday bluntly urged Britain to vote to remain inside the European Union in a referendum scheduled for June 23, and warned that a Britain outside the bloc could not count on maintaining its current economic relationship with the United States....
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'Aggressive' Russian fighter jet buzzes U.S. destroyer in close encounter at sea

A U.S. Navy destroyer in the Baltic Sea had a close encounter with two Russian fighter jets that were carrying out "aggressive" flight maneuvers close to the ship on Monday and Tuesday....
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Russia defends selling arms to both Azerbaijan and Armenia

MOSCOW (AP) — Russia's prime minister on Saturday defended Moscow's policy of selling arms to both Armenia and Azerbaijan, whose military forces have faced off in a sharp escalation of fighting around separatist Nagorno-Karabakh....
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NATO to hold first formal talks with Russia since 2014

Brussels (AFP) - NATO will soon hold its first formal talks with Russia since 2014, its head said Friday, signalling a thaw in ties deeply strained by the Ukraine crisis....
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Turkey, Israel near normal relations: Ankara

Ankara (AFP) - Turkey and Israel are on the brink of restoring their ties after a bitter falling-out five years ago, the Turkish foreign ministry announced early Friday after talks in London....
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Iranian delegation to meet Saudis over hajj pilgrimage

Tehran (AFP) - An Iranian delegation will meet Saudi officials next week to discuss arrangements for this year's hajj pilgrimage, the first dialogue between the rival powers since a diplomatic crisis erupted in January....
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Ties between Germany and Russia enter new chill

BERLIN (Reuters) - At an hour-long meeting in Moscow on March 23, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov irritated his German counterpart by raising the case of a German-Russian girl who said she was raped by migrants in Berlin earlier this year....
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British firm will buy first 12 of Lockheed's new blimp-like hybrid airships

...Energy companies, in particular, are looking to make exploration cheaper as the price of oil drops,......
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First Look at $3.4 Billion in Weapons the US Is Sending to NATO

The Pentagon has unveiled how it plans to spend $3.4 billion on deploying advanced military hardware and troops to Eastern Europe as a check against Russian aggression in the region....
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The Pentagon Wants Autonomous Fighter Jets to Join the F-35 in Combat

The U.S. Air Force Research Lab is moving ahead with an initiative to turn aging F-16 fighter jets into unmanned, autonomous combat aircraft....
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Skipping nuclear summit a 'missed opportunity' for Russia: White House

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Russia has isolated itself and missed an opportunity by choosing to skip this week's Nuclear Security Summit in Washington, the White House said on Tuesday....
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Prince of Persia? Charles planning official Iran visit amid uneasy relations

Prince Charles is reportedly keen to pay British royalty’s first official visit to Iran in more than four decades....
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Protests as China's Xi arrives in Prague

Prague (AFP) - Protests greeted President Xi Jinping as he arrived in Prague on Monday on the first visit by a Chinese head of state to the Czech Republic....
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Europeans ignored danger, criticised Israel instead: minister

Jerusalem (AFP) - An Israeli minister on Tuesday suggested Europeans had ignored the danger of "Islamic terror cells" and focused on criticising Israel instead, in a statement in response to the Brussels attacks....
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Hezbollah says Saudi Arabia, Turkey obstructing Syria peace chances

BEIRUT (Reuters) - Hezbollah accused Saudi Arabia and Turkey on Monday of obstructing efforts to reach a political solution in Syria, saying Riyadh did not want to see any progress at Geneva peace talks aimed at ending five years of conflict....
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Lebanon's Hezbollah says Europe burned by Mideast fire

BEIRUT (Reuters) - The Lebanese Shi'ite group Hezbollah responded to attacks in Belgium on Tuesday by saying Europe was being burned by "fire" from Syria and the Middle East which showed the growing threat posed by ultra-radical "takfiri" groups....
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US Commander in Afghanistan apologizes for hospital attack

KUNDUZ, Afghanistan (AP) — The new commander of U.S. and NATO forces in Afghanistan apologized Tuesday to the people of Kunduz for the deadly attack on a hospital in the city last year that killed 42 people....
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