EXPLAINER: Kim’s launches show push to boost nuke arsenal

Reading Time: 9 minutes SEOUL, South Korea — North Korea’s recent sword-rattling after months of relative quiet makes clear that leader Kim Jong Un is working on expanding his weapons arsenal. Nuclear-capable missiles hidden in trains that can be launched anywhere along a railway. A new cruise missile resembling the U.S. Tomahawk that can be potentially topped with atomic … Read more

Libyan commander, Chadian rebels clash in southern Libya

Reading Time: 5 minutes Forces loyal to a powerful Libyan commander say they are battling former allies, Chadian rebels who have sought refuge in southern Libya as they fight the government in Chad’s capital, N’Djamena ByThe Associated Press September 16, 2021, 2:08 PM • 2 min read Share to FacebookShare to TwitterEmail this article CAIRO — Forces loyal to … Read more

Group: Egypt’s security tactics ‘destroy’ lives of activists

Reading Time: 6 minutes A global human rights group has accused Egypt’s main domestic security agency of harassing and intimidating rights advocates and activists to silence them ByThe Associated Press September 16, 2021, 10:53 AM • 3 min read Share to FacebookShare to TwitterEmail this article CAIRO — A global human rights group Thursday accused Egypt’s main domestic security … Read more

Nuclear submarine deal will reshape Indo-Pacific relations

Reading Time: 8 minutes The U.S., Britain and Australia have announced they’re forming a new security alliance that will help equip Australia with nuclear-powered submarines By NICK PERRY Associated Press September 16, 2021, 9:47 AM • 4 min read Share to FacebookShare to TwitterEmail this article WELLINGTON, New Zealand — The U.S., Britain and Australia have announced they’re forming … Read more

With eye on Iran, Israeli navy steps up Red Sea presence

Reading Time: 10 minutes ATLIT, Israel — Israel’s navy has stepped up its activities in the Red Sea “exponentially” in the face of growing Iranian threats to Israeli shipping, the country’s just-retired navy commander said in an interview. Vice Adm. Eli Sharvit stopped short of confirming a series of attacks and mishaps on Iranian ships that have been attributed … Read more

Australia buys US nuclear subs due to changed security needs

Reading Time: 6 minutes Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison says his government decided to invest in U.S. nuclear-powered submarines and dump its contract with France to build diesel-electric submarines because of a changed strategic environment By ROD McGUIRK Associated Press September 16, 2021, 3:36 AM • 3 min read Share to FacebookShare to TwitterEmail this article CANBERRA, Australia — … Read more

North Korea says it tested rail-launched ballistic missiles

Reading Time: 10 minutes SEOUL, South Korea — North Korea said Thursday it succeeded in launching ballistic missiles from a train for the first time as part of continuing efforts to bolster its “war deterrence,” a day after the two Koreas tested-fired missiles hours apart in dueling display of military might. The launches underscored a return of tensions between … Read more

Afghan killed by drone praised by co-workers in US aid group

Reading Time: 14 minutes KABUL, Afghanistan — The Afghan man who was killed in a U.S. drone strike last month was an enthusiastic and beloved longtime employee at an American humanitarian organization, his colleagues say, painting a stark contrast to the Pentagon’s claims that he was an Islamic State group militant about to carry out an attack on American … Read more

Australian fugitive surrenders after 3-decade beach stay

Reading Time: 5 minutes Australian police say a fugitive walked into a Sydney police station to give himself up almost 30 years after he used a hacksaw blade and bolt cutters to escape from prison By ROD McGUIRK Associated Press September 15, 2021, 8:03 AM • 2 min read Share to FacebookShare to TwitterEmail this article CANBERRA, Australia — … Read more

Top S. Korean, Chinese diplomats meet amid N. Korea tensions

Reading Time: 5 minutes The foreign ministers of South Korea and China are meeting for talks expected to focus on North Korea and other regional security issues By HYUNG-JIN KIM Associated Press September 15, 2021, 1:06 AM • 2 min read Share to FacebookShare to TwitterEmail this article SEOUL, South Korea — The foreign ministers of South Korea and … Read more