Russia military acknowledges new branch: info warfare troops

Along with a steady flow of new missiles, planes and tanks, Russia’s defense minister said Wednesday his nation also has built up its muscle by forming a new branch of the military — information warfare troops. Sergei Shoigu’s statement — which came amid Western allegations of Russian hacking — marked the first official acknowledgement of the existence of such forces. […]

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N. Korean envoy blasts Malaysians, calls for joint probe

North Korea’s ambassador to Malaysia on Monday denounced the country’s investigation into the death of the exiled half brother of North Korea’s ruler, calling it politically motivated and demanding a joint probe amid increasingly bitter exchanges between the once-friendly nations. Malaysia responded with its own accusations, with a foreign ministry statement saying the ambassador’s comments were “culled from delusions, lies […]

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French foreign minister warns Russia on election meddling

France’s foreign minister is denouncing possible Russian meddling in the French presidential campaign as “unacceptable.” Jean-Marc Ayrault, in an interview published Sunday in newspaper Journal du Dimanche, said Russia appears to be targeting centrist candidate Emmanuel Macron, while favoring more pro-Russia candidates such as conservative Francois Fillon and nationalist Marine Le Pen. Macron’s campaign has described hacking attempts that it […]

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New Gambian president promises reforms, freedoms

Gambia’s new president promised greater freedom, an improved economy and better education as thousands attended a ceremony Saturday marking his inauguration after a tense political standoff with the country’s former longtime leader. “This is a victory for democracy. It is a victory for all Gambians,” President Adama Barrow said to a packed stadium near the capital that included dignitaries and […]

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Samsung boss arrested in South Korea’s explosive corruption scandal

Samsung’s de facto head, Lee Jae-yong, was arrested in Seoul on Friday morning on charges of bribery over his alleged role in an explosive corruption scandal that has riveted South Korea. The 48-year-old heir apparent to the Samsung empire was taken into custody after the courts, which had rejected a special prosecutor’s first request, granted a second request to issue […]

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Pentagon boss to NATO nations: Increase military spending

In an ultimatum to America’s allies, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis told fellow NATO members Wednesday to increase military spending by year’s end or risk seeing the U.S. curtail its defense support — a stark threat given Europe’s deep unease already over U.S.-Russian relations. Echoing President Donald Trump’s demands for NATO countries to assume greater self-defense responsibility, Mattis said Washington will […]

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Security Council strongly condemns North Korea missile test

The U.N. Security Council is strongly condemning North Korea’s ballistic missile launches and warning of “further significant measures” if Pyongyang doesn’t stop nuclear and missile testing. A council statement late Monday followed a strong condemnation by Secretary-General Antonio Guterres of the latest launch and a pledge by U.S. President Donald Trump to deal with North Korea “very strongly.” The Security […]

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UN Security Council meeting sought over N.Korea missile test

The United States, Japan and South Korea have requested urgent diplomatic talks at the United Nations on Monday over North Korea’s latest ballistic missile launch, with Seoul condemning what it called “serious military and security threats” and predicting more such tests. A spokesman for the U.S. Mission to the United Nations said Sunday night that the meeting is expected to […]

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