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  • Mumbai: Major fire at a military canteen, no reports of casualties 5 days ago

    Mumbai: A major fire broke out at a military canteen adjacent to Dockyard Road railway station in South Mumbai. However, no casualty has been reported. "We got a call around 11:30 pm that a fire has broken out in a closed military canteen adjacent to Dockyard Road station in south Mumbai,...
  • Sri Lankan military to return Tamil civilians' gold October 15, 2014

    Colombo: Sri Lanka's military announced it would return unspecified quantities of gold jewellery recovered from a battle site dating to the crushing of separatist Tamil Tiger rebels more than five years ago. Security forces have identified 2,377 "legitimate claimants" and 25 of them were handed back their gold ornaments by...
  • US readies 4,000 troops for Ebola mission October 4, 2014

    Washington: The US military expects to increase the number of troops deployed to Liberia to fight the Ebola outbreak to nearly 4,000, up from a planned 3,000-strong force, the Pentagon said. About 200 soldiers are already in Liberia setting up a headquarters for the US mission, which is aimed at...
  • US rules out trilateral military partnership with India, Japan October 3, 2014

    Washington: The US has ruled out a trilateral military partnership with India and Japan, days after it decided to upgrade its annual trilateral meetings at the ministerial level. "No," Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asia Nisha Desai Biswal told reporters when asked if the India-Japan-US trilateral diplomatic ties...
  • Indian-origin engineer develops a mechanised human hand September 27, 2014

    New York: An Indian-origin engineer has developed a mechanised human hand to improve its function for those who have suffered nerve damage and have undergone surgery. The device, tested in cadaver hands, is one of the first instruments created that could improve the transmission of mechanical forces and movement while implanted...
  • Nigeria military claims Boko Haram leader dead September 25, 2014

    Abuja: Nigeria's military claimed for the first time that Boko Haram leader Abubakar Shekau was dead, saying troops had shot a lookalike who had been posing as the militant commander. Defence spokesman Chris Olukolade told reporters in Abuja that a heavily bearded Islamist fighter identified as Mohammed Bashir died during...
  • Israeli military says shot down Syrian warplane over Golan Heights September 23, 2014

    Jerusalem: Israel's military said it shot down a Syrian warplane over the Golan Heights on Tuesday. A Patriot missile intercepted the aircraft after it flew into Israeli-controlled airspace over the Golan, a military spokesman said. Israeli media reports identified the aircraft as a MiG-21. The spokesman said it was a "fighter...
  • Israeli troops kill Hamas men blamed for slaying teens: Army September 23, 2014

    Jerusalem: Israeli troops on Tuesday killed two Palestinians blamed for abducting and killing three Israeli youths in the occupied West Bank in June, the military said, an incident that spiralled into a seven-week war in Gaza. Israel had spent months searching for Marwan Kawasme and Amar Abu Aysha, militants in their...
  • ISIS releases 49 Turkish hostages September 20, 2014

    London: As many as 49 Turkish hostages seized by Islamic State (IS) in Iraq on Saturday returned to Turkey. Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said that the 49 hostages included diplomats and their families as well as soldiers, BBC reported. They were seized from Turkey's consulate after IS militants seized Mosul city...
  • Death toll in Pakistan floods reaches 280 September 14, 2014

    Islamabad: At least 280 people have been killed and over two million affected in massive flooding triggered by heavy monsoon rains in Pakistan even as military specialists blew up dikes to divert swollen rivers and save cities from raging floods. The rains lashed vast areas of the country last week...
  • IndiaUS military exercise starts September 17 September 13, 2014

    New Delhi: The combined IndiaUS military training exercise "Yudh Abhyas 2014" will be conducted from September 17 to September 30, a Defence Ministry statement said on Friday. This is part of the ongoing defence cooperation between the two countries. "The training exercise will be conducted in the foothills of the Himalayas in...
  • Nigeria's military claims success against Boko Haram September 13, 2014

    Kano: Nigeria's military claimed to have routed Boko Haram militants near the Borno state capital Maiduguri, as residents in another undersiege town complained of food shortages and slavery. Army spokesman Timothy Antigha said in a statement that the Islamists launched a "massive" attack on the town of Konduga, about 35...
  • WHO: Ebola outbreak is accelerating out of control September 12, 2014

    Washington: The world response to the deadly Ebola crisis in West Africa needs a major scaleup that should include military flights for delivering supplies, US lawmakers and leading doctors said. The calls came amid new warnings from the World Health Organization that the viral outbreak is accelerating out of control,...
  • US military conducts airstrike against ISIS near Mosul Dam in Iraq September 3, 2014

    Washington: US military officials said that an airstrike against Islamic State militants in Iraq has damaged or destroyed 16 armed vehicles near the Mosul Dam. In a statement on Tuesday evening from US Central Command, officials said an airstrike conducted on Monday in northern Iraq involved fighters and attack aircraft. By Central...
  • India nears $2.5 billion deal for Boeing military helicopters August 31, 2014

    New Delhi: India has decided to acquire Boeing's Chinook and Apache helicopters, a defence ministry official said on Saturday, in a deal valued at $2.5 billion that could ease strained ties between New Delhi and Washington. The new nationalistled government of Prime Minister Narendra Modi has grand plans to vastly strengthen...
  • Barack Obama says does not yet have military strategy for Islamic State August 29, 2014

    Washington: President Barack Obama said on Thursday the United States has not yet developed a strategy for confronting Islamic State in Syria, an acknowledgement that a decision had not been made on whether to launch air strikes against the militant group. Obama's comment during a White House news conference before a...
  • Bihar eagerly waits Assembly bypoll results August 24, 2014

    Patna: The stage is all set for the results to assembly byelection on 10 seats on Monday, touted by political pundits as 'semifinal' before the fullfledged assembly elections scheduled next year. The counting centres are ready, and all eyes will be on them to know not only about the fate...
  • Obama orders review of police use of military hardware August 24, 2014

    Washington: US President Barack Obama has ordered a review of the distribution of military hardware to state and local police out of concern at how such equipment has been used during racial unrest in Ferguson, Missouri. The president ordered the examination of federal programs and funding that enable state and local...
  • United States sends another 130 military personnel to Iraq August 13, 2014

    Washington: The Obama administration has sent about 130 additional military personnel to Iraq, US Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said on Tuesday, as Washington seeks to help Iraq contain the threat posed by hardline militants from the Islamic State. Hagel, speaking to troops in California, said the soldiers had arrived in the...
  • Barack Obama offers no time limit on Iraq military action August 10, 2014

    Washington: US President Barack Obama on Saturday refused to give a time limit on America's renewed military involvement in Iraq, saying he doesn't think "we are going to solve this problem in weeks" as the country struggles to form a new government. "I think this is going to take some time,"...
  • How US President Barack Obama decided on airstrikes in Iraq August 9, 2014

    Washington: For much of the summer, US President Barack Obama had watched with alarm as a brutal, alQaedalinked insurgency seized more and more territory in northern Iraq. But it wasn't until Thursday, when Obama learned that genocide could be imminent, that the President decided the US military had to act. The...
  • Israelis, Gaza militants fight on, defying truce efforts August 9, 2014

    Gaza/Jerusalem: Israel launched more than 30 aerial attacks in Gaza on Saturday, killing five Palestinians, and militants fired rockets at Israel as the conflict entered a second month, defying international efforts to negotiate an agreement for an extended ceasefire. The violence seemed to delay any progress in talks brokered by Egypt...
  • US President Barack Obama authorises airstrikes in Iraq August 8, 2014

    Washington: US President Barack Obama announced on Thursday night that he had authorised the Pentagon to launch targeted airstrikes if needed to protect Americans from Islamic militants in northern Iraq and help Iraqi security forces protect civilians under siege, threatening to revive US military involvement in the country's long sectarian...
  • China accuses US over military reconnaissance August 1, 2014

    Beijing: China on Thursday accused the US of regular reconnaissance by naval ships and aircraft in Chinese waters and airspace. "Vessels and aircraft of the US military have for a long time carried out frequent reconnaissance in waters and airspace under Chinese jurisdiction, which seriously affects China's national security and could...
  • US not looking for permanent military presence in Africa July 31, 2014

    Washington: The US does not intend to have a permanent military presence in Africa to resolve the continent's conflicts, but is committed to help its partners confront transnational threats, a top Obama administration official has said. "Contrary to some claims, the US is not looking to militarize Africa or maintain...
  • 13 militants die in Pakistan airstrikes July 23, 2014

    Islamabad: At least 13 militants were killed on Wednesday during air strikes carried out in Pakistan's North Waziristan region. According to military officials, six militant hideouts were destroyed in the airstrikes in the Shawal mountains and the area near Dattakhel, Dawn online reported. So far, more than 400 militants, mostly foreigners,...
  • China distributes millions of controversial maps to troops July 19, 2014

    Beijing: China is distributing millions of controversial updated maps to its military in the first upgrade in 30 years, reportedly reinforcing its claims over Arunachal Pradesh. All major army units will receive new, more accurate maps in the near future, PLA Daily reported. The Lanzhou Military Command, one of seven...
  • Israeli PM orders ground offensive in Gaza: official statement July 18, 2014

    Jerusalem:Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Thursday instructed the military to begin a ground offensive in Gaza, an official statement from his office said. Gaza residents reported heavy artillery and naval shelling and helicopter fire along the Gaza border. "The prime minister and defence minister have instructed the IDF to begin a...
  • India @ 9 with Anubha Bhonsle July 11, 2014

    Catch the day's top stories with Anubha Bhonsle on India @ 9. ...
  • Thirty Ukrainian troops possibly killed in rebel missile attack: government adviser July 11, 2014

    Kiev: A rebel attack with Grad missiles on a Ukrainian post on the border with Russia on Friday may have killed as many as 30 soldiers and border guards and final casualties may even be higher, an interior ministry official said. If the casualty figures are confirmed, this would amount to...