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Hamas tunnel threat at center of war with Israel

Hamas tunnel threat at center of war with Israel

A network of tunnels Palestinian militants have dug from Gaza to Israel — dubbed "lower Gaza" by the Israeli military — is taking center stage in the latest war between Hamas and Israel. Gaza's Hamas rulers view them as a military game changer in its conflict with Israel. The Israeli military says the tunnels...

Ukraine military plane shot down

Ukraine military plane shot down

A Ukrainian military transport aircraft has been shot down in the east, amid fighting with separatist rebels, Ukrainian officials say. The An-26 plane was hit at an altitude of 6,500m (21,325ft), a statement on the presidential website said. It said the plane had been targeted with "a more powerful missile weapon" than a shoulder-carried missile,...

THE ASIAN CENTURY

Asia's Military Revolution

Asia's Military Revolution

A vast revolution in military affairs is taking place across East Asia. The latest signs are Chinese President Xi Jinping's purge of General Xu Caihou, an ex-Politburo member and former vice-chairman of the Central Military Commission, on charges of corruption, and Japan's “reinterpretation” of Article 9 of its constitution to permit the country...

Ukraine rebels abandon stronghold

Ukraine rebels abandon stronghold

Pro-Russian separatists in Ukraine have evacuated the city of Sloviansk, a crucial eastern stronghold, amid a large-scale offensive by the military. Separatists said the "overwhelming numerical superiority" of the army had forced them to relocate to Kramatorsk. Troops have hoisted the Ukrainian flag over Sloviansk's council building, and officials said soldiers were mopping up the...

Egypt life terms for Badie and 36 Brotherhood figures

Brotherhood figures given life terms

Brotherhood figures given life terms

An Egyptian court has sentenced Muslim Brotherhood leader Mohammed Badie and 36 other Islamists to life in jail. They were accused of inciting violence and blocking a road near Cairo during protests over the military-led removal of President Mohammed Morsi last July. New President Abdul Fattah al-Sisi has pledged to eliminate the Brotherhood. Badie has already...

Japan set for landmark military change

Japan set for landmark military change

Japan's cabinet is poised to approve a landmark change in security policy, paving the way for its military to fight overseas. Under its constitution, Japan is barred from using force to resolve conflicts except in cases of self-defence. But a reinterpretation of the law would allow "collective self-defence" - using force to defend allies under...

US deploys 'military personnel' in Iraq

US deploys 'military personnel' in Iraq

Up to 275 US "military personnel" are being sent to Iraq to provide security for the US embassy in Baghdad and other personnel, the White House says. The personnel will assist in the temporary relocation of some staff from the US embassy in Baghdad. Fighters from the militant Sunni group ISIS have seized a number...

US deploys warship amid Iraq crisis

US deploys warship amid Iraq crisis

The US says it is sending a warship into the Gulf to provide President Obama with military options should the situation in Iraq deteriorate further. US Defence Secretary Chuck Hagel ordered the USS George HW Bush, which carries dozens of fighter jets, to be moved from the North Arabian Sea. Meanwhile, Iran says it could...

Thai junta lifts nationwide curfew

Thai junta lifts nationwide curfew

The military junta running Thailand has lifted the nationwide curfew it imposed last month after seizing power following months of political turmoil. The 22:00-05:00 curfew, imposed by Gen Prayuth Chan-ocha, had already ended in most of the country. Friday's TV announcement said the decision to lift it altogether was taken amid an "improved" situation "and...

Many detainees freed: Thai military

Many detainees freed: Thai military

Thailand's army says it has now released 124 people, including politicians and activists, who were taken into custody after the coup. An army spokesman said a total of 253 people had been summoned. Fifty-three did not report and 76 were in custody. Conditions for the release appear to include agreeing to avoid political activity and...

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