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 World News: Asia & Pacific Rim

  1. Philippine police peer from behind their shields as officers hose down anti-government protesters during a July 28 protest in Manila to coincide with Aquino's state of the nation address. TED ALJIBE / AFP

    Philippines' Aquino Seeks To Quash Rumors of Military Coup

    Philippine President Benigno Aquino sought Wednesday to quash rumors that a coup is being plotted against him, with his spokesman insisting he had the military's full support.

    • Jul. 30, 2014
  2. A man works in a container July 21, 2013, with the MIG-21 jets found inside the North Korean Chong Chon Gang vessel at the Manzanillo Port in Colon, Panama. Rodrigo Arangua / AFP

    US Slaps Sanctions on 2 North Korean Shipping Companies

    The United States imposed sanctions Wednesday on two North Korean shipping companies over their attempt to ship arms from Cuba to North Korea in violation of US and UN sanctions.

    • Jul. 30, 2014
  3. The littoral combat ship USS Independence is underway in a formation of 42 ships and submarines from 15 international partner nations during Rim of the Pacific 2014. Ensign Joseph Pfaff / US Navy

    PACOM Chief: US Not Worried About Chinese Intel Ship off Hawaiian Coast

    The head of the Pentagon's Pacific Command said Tuesday that it's 'a little odd' the Chinese government has sent a spy ship to trail the Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) exercise currently taking place off the coast of Hawaii an exercise in which China has f

    • Jul. 29, 2014
  4. France's Defense Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian, right, and his Japanese counterpart Itsunori Onodera, left, review an honor guard at the Defence Ministry in Tokyo on July 29. Toru Yamanaka / AFP

    Japan, France Agree on Defense Equipment Cooperation

    Japan and France on Tuesday agreed to enhance defense cooperation, including the joint development of military equipment, Japanese officials said.

    • Jul. 29, 2014
  5. Two French Rafale fighter planes fly outside Paris for annual Bastille Day celebrations. HAL will need to fund additional manufacturing facilities when it finalizes its Medium Multi-Role Combat Aircraft program. India is currently negotiating with Dassault on purchase of the Rafale. FRANCK PENNANT/ / AFP/Getty Images

    India To Sell Partial Stake in HAL

    India will sell 10 percent of its 100 percent stake in monopoly military aircraft producer Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd. (HAL), a senior Defence Ministry official said.

    • Jul. 28, 2014
  6. Afghan local policemen fire their AK-47 rifles during a 2012 training session conducted by US Marines in Sangin in Helmand Province. Adek Berry / AFP

    Audit: US Weapons for Afghans May End Up With Taliban

    Washington and Kabul have failed to keep track of hundreds of thousands of weapons provided to Afghanistan, raising the risk that some could end up in the hands of insurgents, a US audit said Monday.

    • Jul. 28, 2014
  7. North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un is seated July 28 during a performance given by the State Merited Chorus at the People's Theatre in Pyongyang. AFP

    North Korea Threatens Nuclear Strike on White House

    A top-ranking North Korean military official has threatened a nuclear strike on the White House and Pentagon after accusing Washington of raising military tensions on the Korean Peninsula.

    • Jul. 28, 2014
  8. Avro transport aircraft Indian Air Force

    India's Tender for Private-Sector-Built Airlifter May Not Take Off

    India's first attempt to operate a military aircraft-building program involving the domestic private sector appears to be a non-starter as only one potential foreign partner is likely to submit a bid, a Ministry of Defence source said.

    • Jul. 27, 2014
  9. The indigenous Hsiung Feng 3 has been called a carrier killer. Wendell Minnick / Staff

    Chinese Threat, US Hesitance Drive Taiwan's Munitions Push

    Taiwan's efforts to develop and produce a variety of munitions spring from two fears: fear of China and fear that Washington will fail to live up to its promises to provide arms in the event of a Chinese invasion.

    • Jul. 27, 2014
  10. Saab sees its upgraded RBS-70NG missile system as part of a possible solution to the Australian requirement. Saab

    Australia To Renew Ground-based Air Defense Capability

    Australia plans to include a replacement for its Saab RBS-70 very-short-range air defense missile system in its next Defence Capability Plan.

    • Jul. 27, 2014
  11. North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un, center, pays tribute to former presidents Kim Il-Sung and Kim Jong-Il, his grandfather and father, on July 27 to mark the 61st anniversary of the end of the 1950-53 Korean War. AFP

    North Korea Defies UN Censure To Fire Missile Into Sea

    North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un guided the military's latest rocket-firing drill, state media said Sunday, confirming the missile launch which was conducted in defiance of UN censure.

    • Jul. 27, 2014
  12. Australia's first F-35 is presented during a ceremony in Fort Worth, Texas. Nigel Pittaway

    First Australian F-35A Rolled Out

    The first F-35A for the Royal Australian Air Force was rolled out during a ceremony at the Lockheed Martin facility.

    • Jul. 25, 2014
  13. US Army Vice Chief of Staff Gen. John F. Campbell was confirmed July 24 as the next commander for NATO's International Security Assistance Force and US Forces in Afghanistan. Win McNamee / Getty Images

    Army Vice Chief Campbell Confirmed for ISAF Post; Votel Goes to SOCOM

    The US Army's vice chief of staff, Gen. John Campbell, was confirmed Wednesday as the next commander for NATO's International Security Assistance Force and US Forces in Afghanistan.

    • Jul. 24, 2014
  14. The forward-deployed amphibious assault ship USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6), left, Austin-class amphibious transport dock USS Denver (LPD 9), and ships from the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force, moored June 19 at Fleet Activities in Sasebo, Japan. MC2 Michael Achterling / US Navy

    Naval Ships From US, India and Japan To Start War Games

    The United States, India and Japan are set to kick off week-long war games in the Pacific, beefing up naval ties as they warily eye an increasingly assertive China and its military buildup.

    • Jul. 24, 2014
  15. South Korea's Defense Acquisition Program Administration has selected Korea Aerospace Industries to develop a helicopter for civil and military purposes. Korea Aerospace Industries Concept

    KAI Picked To Build S. Korean Light Armed Helo

    Korea Aerospace Industries (KAI) has been tapped to develop a 10,000-pound helicopter to be used for civil and military purposes, according to the Defense Acquisition Program Administration (DAPA).

    • Jul. 22, 2014
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