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Japan, Britain and Italy to announce joint fighter project as early as next week – sources

Japan, Britain and Italy to announce joint fighter project as early as next week – sources

Reuters Japan, Britain and Italy will announce a groundbreaking agreement as early as next week to jointly develop a new advanced jet fighter, two sources with knowledge of the plan told Reuters. For Tokyo and London it represents the culmination of ever closer defence ties, which in turn give Britain a bigger security role in […]

U.S. in talks to buy South Korean ammunition for Ukraine, official says

U.S. in talks to buy South Korean ammunition for Ukraine, official says

Reuters Washington wants to buy South Korean artillery shells to send to Ukraine, a U.S. official said on Friday, even as Seoul insisted that the United States must be the ammunition’s end user and that its policy against lethal aid for Ukraine is unchanged. The U.S. official, speaking on condition of anonymity to discuss ongoing […]

U.S. midterm elections: How America casts and counts its votes

U.S. midterm elections: How America casts and counts its votes

Reuters  Misinformation online and false claims of election fraud by former President Donald Trump and his allies have sharply eroded public trust in the integrity of U.S. elections. How Americans vote — and the equipment they use — varies widely, and some methods are more vulnerable to efforts to shake that trust. Election experts say the […]

U.S., Japan, S. Korea warn of ‘unparalleled’ response if N. Korea holds nuclear test

U.S., Japan, S. Korea warn of ‘unparalleled’ response if N. Korea holds nuclear test

Reuters The United States, Japan and South Korea warned on Wednesday that an “unparalleled” scale of response would be warranted if North Korea conducts a seventh nuclear bomb test. Washington and its allies believe North Korea could be about to resume nuclear bomb testing for the first time since 2017. “We agreed that an unparalleled […]

Germany needs to tackle inflation threat, wants transparency from China – Lindner

Germany needs to tackle inflation threat, wants transparency from China – Lindner

Reuters Germany’s finance minister said on Thursday that fighting inflation was the government’s biggest priority and demanded reforms that would lift Europe’s largest economy out of an imminent downturn. Speaking on the sidelines of the International Monetary Fund/World Bank meeting, Christian Lindner also called on China to act fairly in global trade and said he […]

S.Korea, Japan hold first bilateral talks since 2019, seek stronger ties

S.Korea, Japan hold first bilateral talks since 2019, seek stronger ties

Reuters South Korean President Yoon Suk-yeol and Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida held their first one-on-one talks on Wednesday and agreed on the need to improve relations dogged by historical disputes. The meeting took place in New York on the sidelines of the U.N. General Assembly, the first such talks between leaders of the two […]

Indian and Chinese troops disengaging from western Himalayan area

Indian and Chinese troops disengaging from western Himalayan area

Reuters Indian and Chinese troops have begun disengaging from the Gogra-Hotsprings border area in the western Himalayas, both sides said, two years after clashes at the frontier strained diplomatic ties. The disengagement comes ahead of a meeting in Uzbekistan next week that Chinese President Xi Jinping and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi are expected to […]

South Korea, U.S. begin largest military drills in years amid North Korea backlash

South Korea, U.S. begin largest military drills in years amid North Korea backlash

Reuters South Korea and the United States began their largest joint military drills in years on Monday with a resumption of field training, officials said, as the allies seek to tighten readiness over North Korea’s potential weapons tests. The annual summertime exercises, renamed Ulchi Freedom Shield this year and scheduled to end on Sept. 1, […]

Biden signs documents of U.S. support for Sweden, Finland to join NATO

Biden signs documents of U.S. support for Sweden, Finland to join NATO

Reuters U.S. President Joe Biden on Tuesday signed documents endorsing Finland and Sweden’s accession to NATO, the most significant expansion of the military alliance since the 1990s as it responds to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. Biden signed the U.S. “instrument of ratification” welcoming the two countries, the final step for their endorsement by the United […]

France’s Macron: underlined importance of diversifying energy supplies in talks with Saudi Crown Prince

France’s Macron: underlined importance of diversifying energy supplies in talks with Saudi Crown Prince

Reuters French President Emmanuel Macron underlined the importance of having a diverse source of energy supplies during his talks this week with Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, said a statement from Macron’s Elysee office on Friday. Macron hosted Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman on Thursday as part of increased Western efforts to court […]

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