Pakistan offers Sri Lanka $50m credit line for defence purchases

The two countries also agree to increase intelligence sharing and cooperation on security issues, including ‘terrorism’ and crime. Islamabad, Pakistan – Pakistan has extended a $50m line of credit for defence purchases to Sri Lanka, its foreign ministry says as Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan concludes a landmark visit to the island nation. An agreement […]

US reaffirms Saudi ‘defence partnership’ amid Houthi attacks

Pentagon chief condemns Houthi attacks and expresses commitment to security ties in call with Saudi crown prince. The United States has reaffirmed its “strategic defence partnership” with Riyadh in the face of renewed attacks by Yemen’s Houthi rebels against Saudi Arabia during a call between US Defence Secretary Lloyd Austin and Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed […]

Trump legal team set to begin impeachment defence: Live

Trump’s team will try to turn the tables on House prosecutors by showing videos of Democrats making inflammatory remarks. The fourth full day of arguments in the Senate impeachment trial of former President Donald Trump begins on Friday. Trump’s defence lawyers are to begin their arguments on Friday, relying on the argument that the former […]

US Senate confirms Lloyd Austin as defence secretary

Former army general with personal ties to Biden takes charge of defence department, US military. The United States Senate has confirmed President Joe Biden’s nominee for secretary of defence, retired Army General Lloyd Austin, making him the first African American to hold the top Pentagon position. Austin gained broad support from Republicans and Democrats alike […]

US Congress removes hurdle for Biden’s defence secretary pick

The United States Congress is moving swiftly to approve President Joe Biden’s nominee for secretary of defense, retired Army General Lloyd Austin. The House of Representatives voted 326-78 on Thursday to provide a legal waiver allowing General Austin to become the top US government official overseeing the US military. The Senate approved the waiver shortly […]

US Congress overrides Trump’s veto of defence bill

BREAKING Senate vote enacts into law $740bn defence spending legislation that President Donald Trump had objected to. The United States Congress has voted to override President Donald Trump’s veto of a major defence bill, bringing to an end a tumultuous legislative session and political showdown that pitted the US president against members of his own […]

US Senate to consider override of Trump defence bill veto

The US Senate is expected to vote Tuesday on whether to override President Donald Trump’s veto of an annual defence policy bill, potentially dealing Trump his first veto override and putting Republicans in the unfamiliar position of publicly bucking the president. The US House voted 322-87, including 109 Republicans, to override the veto Monday – […]

US House set to override Trump veto of defence bill

For the first time in his presidency, Republican legislators are set to join Democrats in a rebuke of Trump. The United States House of Representatives is poised to override President Donald Trump’s veto of legislation setting the US military’s annual budget. The Democrat-controlled House is also prepared to approve a proposal to raise the COVID-19 […]

Trump defends veto of massive US defence spending bill

In series of Saturday morning tweets, US president repeats claim $740bn legislation is a ‘gift to Russia and China’. President Donald Trump has defended his decision to veto legislation authorising the United States military’s $740bn annual budget, saying in a series of Saturday morning tweets that the bill is a “travesty”. Trump vetoed the legislation, […]

Trump vetoes $740bn annual US defence bill

Despite Trump’s objections, the US Congress is set to override a Trump veto for first time in his presidency. President Donald Trump vetoed legislation establishing the United States military’s $740bn annual budget setting up a confrontation with Congress where a broad bipartisan majority backs the bill. “Unfortunately, the Act fails to include critical national security […]

Acting US defence secretary visits Afghanistan, meets with Ghani

Christopher Miller meets with Afghan President Ashraf Ghani and visits US troops as American forces continue to withdraw. Acting US Secretary of Defense Christopher Miller has discussed US support for Afghan security forces and ongoing Taliban talks with the Afghan president in Kabul on Tuesday. The visit comes as US troops are withdrawing from Afghanistan […]

Biden defends choice of retired Army general for top defence post

United States President-elect Joe Biden has named retired US Army General Lloyd Austin to be his secretary of defence amid concerns from some Democrats about his choice. Austin is a career soldier who Biden called “a leader of extraordinary courage, character and experience”. Biden cited his long professional and personal association with Austin, a four-star […]

Joe Biden picks ex-General Lloyd Austin as defence secretary

US media report that Austin, who played a major role in the 2003 invasion of Iraq, will be named first Black defence secretary. US President-elect Joe Biden has chosen Lloyd Austin, who helped spearhead the US invasion of Iraq in 2003 and rose to head the US Central Command, as the first Black defence secretary, […]

Top Iranian nuclear scientist killed – Iran defence ministry

BREAKING Iranian state television is reporting that a scientist that Israel has alleged led a military nuclear programme in the early 2000s has been “assassinated”. An Iranian scientist that Israel alleged led the Islamic Republic’s military nuclear programme until its disbanding in the early 2000s was “assassinated” on Friday, state television reported. “Unfortunately, the medical […]

Meng defence lawyer accuses Canadian police officer of ‘cover-up’

Huawei executive Meng Wanzhou is fighting extradition to the United States, where she faces fraud charges. A lawyer for Meng Wanzhou has accused a top Canadian law enforcement officer of engaging in a “cover-up”, as the Huawei executive continued to fight extradition from Canada to the United States. Defence lawyer Scott Fenton on Thursday accused […]

Armenian defence minister tenders resignation: Report #duzline #duzlinenews #follow4follow

Davit Tonoyan’s reported resignation comes after foreign minister quit and as the PM is under pressure over the Nagorno-Karabakh deal. Armenian Defence Minister Davit Tonoyan has tendered his resignation, an Armenian newspaper reported on Friday. The Aravot daily reported the development; Tonoyan has held the position since May 2018. His resignation comes after Foreign Minister […]

Ban ‘panic defence’, save LGBTQ lives #duzline #duzlinenews #follow4follow

Last month, a Philippines criminal court granted US Marine Lance Corporal Robert Joseph Pemberton an early release from his ten-year prison sentence for killing a Filipino woman named Jennifer Laude in 2014. Miss Laude was found dead in a hotel room after the American serviceman strangled and drowned her in a hotel bathroom. During their […]