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Voice of America

Tanzania's Female President Appoints Woman as Defense Minister

DAR ES SALAM, TANZANIA - Tanzania's first female president, Samia Suluhu Hassan, this week named a woman as defense minister — the latest in a number of appointments of women to top government posts. The appointment came as part of the second Cabinet reshuffle Hassan has made since the death...
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North Korea says it successfully fired ballistic missiles from railway ‘capable of harsh blow’ to enemies

The ballistic missiles fired by North Korea towards Japan and South Korea on Wednesday were “railway-borne” and would serve as a potential counter-strike against any forces that threaten the country, state media reports said.Fired on Wednesday morning, the missiles flew 800km and struck a target in the sea off North Korea’s east coast, the state news agency KCNA said. The test was carried out by a railway-borne missile regiment organised earlier this year.Images released by North Korean state media showed olive-green missile rising from a thick cloud of smoke and flame as it left the roof of a cargo...
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Taiwan To Set Aside Extra $9 Billion To Boost Its Military

The Taiwanese government has recently proposed an extra defense spending of T$240 billion, which is equivalent to almost $9 billion over the next five years to further boost its military strength. Taiwan's military and intelligence officials agree that this additional budget is an urgent need as the country faces an...

Both North and South Korea fire ballistic missiles as tensions rise on peninsula

Both North and South Korea tested ballistic missiles on Wednesday, ratcheting up tensions exponentially in what was already one of the most volatile regions on the planet. Pyongyang fired the first missiles on Wednesday, sending two into waters off the east coast of the Korean Peninsula five minutes apart, at 11:38 p.m. and 11:43 p.m. ET, according to Japan's Coast Guard.

Pentagon asks staff to report any mysterious symptoms of discomfort

WASHINGTON – The Pentagon is asking all military personnel, civilian officials and contractors to report any abnormal health episodes similar to illnesses that have plagued diplomats and CIA officers at the U.S. Embassy in Havana, according to a new message at the level of the department. The message, signed by...

S. Korea aims to launch homemade space rocket with solid-propellant booster in 2024

SEOUL -- South Korea will launch a homemade rocket with solid-propellant boosters to place a small reconnaissance satellite in 2024, using technology acquired through the combustion test of a solid-propellant rocket engine in July that came after Washington revised missile guidelines, allowing Seoul to develop and possess space launch vehicles using solid fuel.

Putin observes war games with Belarus that worry neighbors

MOSCOW (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin has observed military exercises being conducted in coordination with Belarus that have raised concerns in bordering countries. Putin on Monday attended exercises at a training ground in the Nizhny Novgorod region, 450 kilometers (275 miles) east of Moscow. The exercises included what the Defense Ministry said was the first use in a combat environment of two new robotic fighting vehicles that are equipped with machine guns and grenade launchers.
Human Rights Watch

Guinea: Leaders Should Respect Fundamental Rights

(Nairobi) – Military forces responsible for a coup d’état in Guinea should immediately restore fundamental human rights, Human Rights Watch said today. They should ensure respect for rights within the security forces and ensure the lawful and humane treatment of former President Alpha Condé and any others in custody. All detainees should be brought before a judge or released, and anyone detained arbitrarily should be released immediately. The coup leaders and forces should protect the lives and property of all Guineans.

France worried about deployment of Russian Wagner paramilitaries in Mali

French authorities on Tuesday expressed concern about the contingency of deploying paramilitaries of the private Russian company Wagner in Mali, warning that such a deployment could prompt the withdrawal of French troops, who have been fighting jihadist groups there for eight years. News surfaced that Bamako had been in talks...

Tajikistan: The Taliban’s Toughest Critic

The surprising speed with which the Taliban took control over most of Afghanistan after foreign forces began withdrawing from the country left Afghanistan’s neighbors in a difficult predicament. All of them had considered the possibility the militant group could seize power, but suddenly they needed to publicly state what their...

LIG Nex1 secures contract to produce terminals for military satellite communication system

SEOUL -- LIG Nex1, a defense contractor involved in the development of radar and missile guidance systems, secured a military contract to produce communication terminals for a military satellite communication system linked to ANASIS-II, a military communications satellite launched in July 2020 atop a rocket manufactured by U.S commercial space firm SpaceX.

US spies see signs of Al Qaeda fighters returning to Afghanistan

“We are already starting to see some indications of a potential move from Al Qaeda to Afghanistan,” David Cohen, deputy director of the Central Intelligence Agency, told a conference. close an eye on it. “. On Tuesday, on Capitol Hill, Secretary of State Antony Blinken continued his defense of the...