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UN still awaiting Kabila go-ahead for DR Congo offensive

The United Nations is still waiting for President Joseph Kabila to sign off on a joint military plan to drive out rebels from eastern Democratic Republic of Congo.

UN still awaiting Kabila go-ahead for DR Congo offensive
Brazil army concerned over gay hate crime bill: report

Brazil's military has voiced concern over a bill that would penalize homophobia and discrimination against gays.

Brazil army concerned over gay hate crime bill: report
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Trilateral navy exercises with Kazakhstan's participation to take place on Caspian Sea

Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan and Russia will have joint naval exercises on the Caspian Sea.

Trilateral navy exercises with Kazakhstan's participation to take place on Caspian Sea
Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi. ©REUTERS
Iraq asks Australian PM for more military aid

Iraqi Prime Ministe asked Australian counterpart Tony Abott to step up military assistance to aid Baghdad's fight against the Islamic State jihadist group.

Iraq asks Australian PM for more military aid
Still of the video that captured performance by the Military Band
Military band surprises mall visitors in Astana

Military Bank of the Ministry of Defense has made a surprise to unsuspecting mall visitors.

Military band surprises mall visitors in Astana
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Canadian frigate to join NATO forces off Ukraine

A Canadian frigate with 250 marines on board set off from Halifax on the Atlantic coast to join NATO forces in the Mediterranean Sea monitoring the Ukraine crisis.

Canadian frigate to join NATO forces off Ukraine
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Taliban claim NATO 'defeat' in 13-year Afghan war

The Taliban responded scornfully to the formal end of NATO's war in Afghanistan, describing the US-led mission as a "fire of barbarism and cruelty".

Taliban claim NATO 'defeat' in 13-year Afghan war
Chechen president offers 'special regiment' to defend Russia

Chechen President Ramzan Kadyrov proposed the creation of a "special regiment" made up from Chechnya's armed forces to help defend Russia from Western aggression

Chechen president offers 'special regiment' to defend Russia
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NATO to hold ceremony Sunday marking end of its Afghan war

NATO will hold a ceremony in Kabul later formally ending its war in Afghanistan, officials said, after 13 years of conflict.

NATO to hold ceremony Sunday marking end of its Afghan war
Prisoners swapped in dark of Ukraine frontline

The two warring sides lined up the prisoners some 100 metres apart on an isolated stretch of highway in the no-man's land between their frontlines.

Prisoners swapped in dark of Ukraine frontline
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New Russian military doctrine labels NATO as main threat

The Kremlin branded the expansion of NATO as a fundamental threat to Russia in a revised military doctrine that dramatically reflects deteriorating relations with the West.

New Russian military doctrine labels NATO as main threat
Outraging Russia, Ukraine takes big step toward NATO

Ukraine took a historic step toward NATO in a parliamentary vote that stoked Russia's anger ahead of talks on ending the ex-Soviet state's separatist war.

Outraging Russia, Ukraine takes big step toward NATO
Canada increases global reach with new military transporter

Canada's defense minister announced the addition of a fifth military transport jumbo jet to its fleet.

Canada increases global reach with new military transporter
Pakistan forces kill 27 militants in northwest: military

Pakistani forces killed 27 suspected militants in air strikes and a ground operation in the restive northwest hours after a roadside bomb killed three soldiers.

Pakistan forces kill 27 militants in northwest: military
Challenging Russia, Ukraine moves to drop neutral status

Ukraine's president openly challenged the Kremlin by submitting a bill allowing the former Soviet republic to join NATO and make the Western alliance its defender.

Challenging Russia, Ukraine moves to drop neutral status
Danger in the skies as Russia, NATO play cat-and-mouse

Recent close shaves between Russian fighters and civilian aircraft highlight the dangers of the cat-and-mouse game being played out between Moscow and the West.

Danger in the skies as Russia, NATO play cat-and-mouse
Ukraine, pro-Russia rebels agree to resume peace talks

Ukraine's pro-European leaders and Kremlin-backed rebels agreed Wednesday to hold long-delayed peace talks.

Ukraine, pro-Russia rebels agree to resume peace talks
Up to 10,000 Russian soldiers still in Ukraine: Kiev

Up to 10,000 Russian soldiers and their heavy weapons are still deployed in rebel-held eastern Ukraine despite a new ceasefire.

Up to 10,000 Russian soldiers still in Ukraine: Kiev
Russian arms sales soar on domestic spending

Sales by Russian arms manufacturers continue to expand thanks to Moscow's investments despite a downturn in global defence spending.

Russian arms sales soar on domestic spending
Ukraine cheers US vote for military aid, Russia outraged

Ukraine welcomed a US bill that would allow Washington to provide lethal military assistance to the embattled country.

Ukraine cheers US vote for military aid, Russia outraged