U.S. Senate passes defense bill, battle looms with Trump over China’s ZTE

By Patricia Zengerle and Mike Stone WASHINGTON, June 18 : The U.S. Senate passed a $716 billion defense policy bill on Monday, backing President Donald Trump’s call for a bigger, stronger military but setting up a potential battle with the White House over Chinese telecommunications firm ZTE Corp. The Republican-controlled Senate voted 85-10 for the […]

Japan hopes US defends region despite Korea drills’ suspension

Tokyo, June 19 : Japan on Tuesday hoped that the US would remain committed towards defending the region despite suspending its annual military drills with South Korea to create a conducive atmosphere for talks on the denuclearisation of North Korea. Government spokesperson Yoshihide Suga also said there would be no change in Japan-US alliance or […]

Russia-India military exercises scheduled for late 2018

Moscow, June 19 : The tri-service joint Russia-India military exercise Indra-2018 will take place in an Indian military base in the second half of this year. According to Interfax news agency, a Russian military delegation has visited India to discuss the logistics of the exercise. Combined military units of the Russian Eastern Military District will […]

Ex-CIA employee charged in leak of hacking tools

Washington, June 19 : Federal prosecutors have charged a former CIA employee with leaking information about the agency’s cyber-tools that it used to conduct spying operations overseas. Joshua Adam Schulte, who worked for a Central Intelligence Agency’s group designing computer code to spy on foreign adversaries, was charged on Monday in a 13-count superseding indictment […]

NKorea’s Kim visit Beijing; SKorea, US halt military drill

By Ben Blanchard and Christine Kim BEIJING/SEOUL, June 19 : North Korean leader Kim Jong Un arrived in Beijing on Tuesday, where he will likely brief Chinese President Xi Jinping on his summit with U.S. President Donald Trump last week, as Washington and Seoul agreed to suspend a major joint military exercise. This is Kim’s […]

Army chief visits Kashmir to review security situation

New Delhi, June 18 : A day after the Central government decided not to extend the Ramadan ceasefire in the Kashmir Valley, Indian Army chief, General Bipin Rawat on Monday visited Jammu and Kashmir to review the security situation, an official statement said. Rawat, accompanied by the newly-appointed Northern Army chief, Lt Gen Ranbir Singh, […]