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Trump, Macron discuss joint counterterrorism operations in Africa's Sahel

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump, speaking with French President Emmanuel Macron on Friday, discussed joint counterterrorism operations in the Sahel region of Africa, the White House said in a statement.
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US agrees to sell THAAD missile defence to Saudi Arabia

The possible sale of the advanced system can go ahead if congress does not object within 30 days....
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Hypersonic missiles being developed by US, Russia and China could spark war, experts warn

Proliferation 'would give nations an incentive to become trigger-happy', RAND Corporation says...
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Russia throws North Korea lifeline to stymie regime change

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia is quietly boosting economic support for North Korea to try to stymie any U.S.-led push to oust Kim Jong Un as Moscow fears his fall would sap its regional clout and allow U.S. troops to deploy on Russia's eastern border....
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Israeli defence minister says Syria's Assad 'victorious'

Jerusalem (AFP) - Israeli Defence Minister Avigdor Lieberman said on Tuesday that President Bashar al-Assad has been "victorious" in Syria's civil war and was now being courted by former enemies....
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Trump: Iran is violating the nuclear deal. Top US general: no, it isn’t.

The chair of the Joint Chiefs of Staff just said the Iran deal is working....
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China says military means not an option to resolve Korea situation

BEIJING (Reuters) - China said on Wednesday the North Korean nuclear issue should be resolved through dialogue, and that military means were not an option, after U.S. President Donald Trump warned North Korea that any U.S. military option would be "devastating"....
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China May Take Over North Korea, Russia as Greatest Threat to U.S., Top General Warns

China is set to become the next greatest national security threat to the U.S., according to this country's highest-ranking general....
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Doctors and hospitals among Taliban casualties of war

After the Taliban closed his local health clinic, Afghan farmer Haji Fazel Ahmad was forced to rent a car to take his sick wife to the nearest hospital six hours away. To his dismay the insurgents had shut that too....
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US defence chief in India to boost military ties

Stronger military ties between India and the United States should not affect relations with neighbours such as Pakistan, US Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said ahead of a visit to New Delhi....
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France 'extremely concerned' by Iran ballistic missile test

NEW YORK (Reuters) - France said on Saturday it was extremely concerned by Iran's ballistic missile test and called on U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres to carry out a full report on the launch....
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North Korea 'attacks US aircraft carrier and bomber' in inflammatory propaganda

Doctored pictures and video showing US aircraft bombarded by a Pukguksong missile have been released by North Korea....
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NK Foreign Minister to UN: Trump’s ‘Insults’ Make Attack 'Inevitable’

In startling remarks made at the United Nations on Saturday, North Korea’s foreign minister said the escalating rhetoric increased the chances of a conflict...
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Trump, Ghani agree U.S. can help develop Afghanistan's rare earth minerals

(Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump and Afghan President Ashraf Ghani on Thursday backed having companies from the United States develop Afghanistan's reserves of rare earth minerals, despite formidable obstacles to industrial mining in the country....
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Russia accuses US-backed rebels of hindering Syria IS fight

Moscow (AFP) - Russia on Tuesday accused US-backed rebels in Syria of targeting regime forces to try to halt their advance against Islamic State jihadists around the city of Deir Ezzor....
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Turkey, Iran and Iraq warn of 'counter-measures' against Kurd vote

Istanbul (AFP) - Turkey, Iran and Iraq on Thursday urged Iraq's Kurdistan region to abandon a planned referendum on independence, threatening unspecified "counter-measures" if it goes ahead with the vote....
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Iranian, Pakistani Military Chiefs Urge Concerted Action to End Rohingya Plight

TEHRAN (Tasnim) – Chief of Staff of the Iranian Armed Forces Major General Mohammad Hossein Baqeri and Pakistan’s Army Chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa expressed concern about the ongoing Rohingya Muslim crisis in Myanmar, calling for Muslim world action to help end the plight of the Muslim minority. ...
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Kuwait gives North Korea envoy a month to leave: diplomat

Kuwait City (AFP) - US ally Kuwait has given North Korea's ambassador a month to leave the Gulf state and will downgrade its diplomatic representation with Pyongyang, a senior Kuwaiti diplomat told AFP Sunday....
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Turkey, Iran and Russia to deploy observers around Syria's Idlib

ANKARA/ASTANA (Reuters) - Russia, Iran and Turkey will post observers on the edge of a de-escalation zone in northern Syria’s Idlib region largely controlled by Islamist militants, the three nations said on Friday. ...
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Tillerson, Iranian Foreign Minister to Talk Nuke Deal Next Week

The U.S. Secretary of State will sit down for the first time with Javad Zarif and other key dignitaries as the Trump administration weighs killing the Iran nuclear pact. ...
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