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Japan PM Abe visits Yasukuni war shrine
Japan PM Abe visits Yasukuni war shrine

Japan's nationalist Prime Minister Shinzo Abe paid tribute at Tokyo's controversial Yasukuni war shrine on Thursday, in a move Beijing condemned as "absolutely unacceptable".

Japan PM Abe visits Yasukuni war shrine
Massacre, rapes, executions carried out in South Sudan: witnesses
Massacre, rapes, executions carried out in South Sudan: witnesses

South Sudanese soldiers have carried out a string of ethnic killings, including a massacre, house-to-house killings and rapes, following an outbreak of fighting more than a week ago.

Massacre, rapes, executions carried out in South Sudan: witnesses
Omar Khadr. ©Reuters/Janet Hamlin
Canadian 'child soldier' appeals Guantanamo conviction

Omar Khadr, the Canadian "child soldier" held for a decade at Guantanamo, appealed his terror conviction Friday.

Canadian 'child soldier' appeals Guantanamo conviction
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Soldiers of Kazakhstan National Guard perform Huns in Attila opera at Astana Opera premiere

World-class artists are performing at the stage tonight. They shared their impression of the new theater and the premiere before the show.

Soldiers of Kazakhstan National Guard perform Huns in Attila opera at Astana Opera premiere
Rwanda president slams US sanctions over child soldiers
Rwanda president slams US sanctions over child soldiers

Rwandan President Paul Kagame on Friday angrily condemned a US decision to impose sanctions against his country for allegedly backing rebels in the Democratic Republic of Congo who recruit child soldiers.

Rwanda president slams US sanctions over child soldiers
Mali arrests dozens after disgruntled soldiers' protest
Mali arrests dozens after disgruntled soldiers' protest

Around 30 Malian soldiers suspected of involvement in protests that left one wounded earlier this week have been arrested and turned over to paramilitary police.

Mali arrests dozens after disgruntled soldiers' protest
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US sanctions Rwanda over rebel use of child soldiers

The United States slapped sanctions on Rwanda on Thursday over the use of child soldiers by rebels in the Democratic Republic of Congo which Kigali is accused of backing.

US sanctions Rwanda over rebel use of child soldiers
US general: 50-100 Afghan soldiers killed every week
US general: 50-100 Afghan soldiers killed every week

About 50 to 100 Afghan soldiers are killed in battle every week but the high casualty rate does not mean the country's forces are at the breaking point, a US general.

US general: 50-100 Afghan soldiers killed every week
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Fifteen Colombia soldiers killed in rebel ambush: govt

Fifteen Colombian soldiers have been killed in an ambush by leftist FARC rebels, the country's president said Sunday, raising concerns about peace talks launched last year.

Fifteen Colombia soldiers killed in rebel ambush: govt
Back to basics as Afghan troops face testing times
Back to basics as Afghan troops face testing times

The guns may be wooden but learning how to conduct a security patrol is a deadly serious business for soldiers at the Camp Shaheen training school in north Afghanistan.

Back to basics as Afghan troops face testing times
Japan mayor to apologise to US over brothels advice
Japan mayor to apologise to US over brothels advice

A Japanese politician who drew fire for calling "comfort women" a wartime necessity has been forced to apologise for suggesting US soldiers in Okinawa visit brothels to vent their violent frustrations.

Japan mayor to apologise to US over brothels advice
DR Congo province in push to save child soldiers
DR Congo province in push to save child soldiers

Desperate to save children from being used as soldiers in Congo, residents of the notorious "Triangle of Death" launched the first wide-scale campaign to end the practice in the remote and volatile region.

DR Congo province in push to save child soldiers
Nursultan Nazarbayev lays flowers. Photo by Danial Okassov©
Nazarbayev congratulates Kazakhstan on Victory Day

This great holiday teaches us that unity of a nation, peace and political stability is what matters most: Kazakhstan President Nazarbayev

Nazarbayev congratulates Kazakhstan on Victory Day
Afghan de-mining threatened by international pullout
Afghan de-mining threatened by international pullout

Since Haji Abdul Samad lost his leg in a minefield more than 20 years ago, he has unearthed at least 1,000 explosives and become one of Afghanistan's most experienced de-miners.

Afghan de-mining threatened by international pullout
Rebels, opposition form government in Central Africa
Rebels, opposition form government in Central Africa

The Central African Republic's prime minister has named mostly rebels and opposition figures to his new post-coup government, as reports emerged of child soldiers killed in the fight for the capital.

Rebels, opposition form government in Central Africa
23 Pakistan troops killed in bus accident: officials
23 Pakistan troops killed in bus accident: officials

At least 23 Pakistani soldiers were killed on Saturday when their bus plunged into a ravine on the main Pakistan-China highway in the mountainous northern region.

23 Pakistan troops killed in bus accident: officials
Mistrust in Mali for its soldiers in sandals
Mistrust in Mali for its soldiers in sandals

On the banks of the River Niger, mud-walled buildings festooned with tricolours mark out the ancient trading post of Gao, Mali's largest northern city where the French have been welcomed as heroes.

Mistrust in Mali for its soldiers in sandals
Child soldiers still recruited in Myanmar: group
Child soldiers still recruited in Myanmar: group

Child soldiers are still being recruited in Myanmar despite the nation's recent political reforms, an advocacy group said Wednesday, as it urged better monitoring of the powerful military.

Child soldiers still recruited in Myanmar: group
Chad seeks regional clout in sending troops to Mali: analysts
Chad seeks regional clout in sending troops to Mali: analysts

In pledging 2,000 desert-trained soldiers to fight Islamic extremists in Mali, Chad's President Idriss Deby looks set to carve out a role as a force for regional stability.

Chad seeks regional clout in sending troops to Mali: analysts
French ground troops prepare to battle Islamists
French ground troops prepare to battle Islamists

The first troops from a multinational African intervention force were expected in Mali Wednesday as French soldiers drove out to face Islamist fighters in the north, in their first operation.

French ground troops prepare to battle Islamists