The Philippines says it won’t let China remove a Filipino military outpost on a disputed shoal

ABOARD BRP SINDANGAN (AP) — The Philippines will not allow China to remove a Philippine military outpost in a hotly contested shoal in the South China Sea, a navy official said Wednesday, a day after four Philippine navy personnel were injured in a confrontation between Chinese and Philippines. ships. Philippine officials summoned a diplomat from … Read more

Red sea attacks: US destroyer shoots down missile launched by Houthi rebels

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — A U.S. destroyer shot down drones and launched a missile by The Houthi rebels in Yemen toward the ship in the Red Sea, officials said early Wednesday, as the Indian Navy released images of it battling a fire aboard a container ship previously targeted by the Houthis. The attack … Read more

Key takeaways from the China NPC 2024

BEIJING (AP) — Chinese Premier Li Qiang promoted an image of trust, as he announced modest economic growth targets for the world’s second-largest economy, at one of the country’s most important political gatherings. Li was addressing several thousand delegates from the country’s parliamentary legislature, the National People’s Congress, meeting in Beijing. It is a time … Read more

Ukraine claims it has sunk another Russian warship in the Black Sea

Kyiv, Ukraine (AP) — Ukraine claimed Tuesday it has sunk another Russian warship in the Black Sea using high-tech sea drones As Kiev’s forces continue to focus on targets deep behind the front lines of the war. Russian authorities have not confirmed the claim. Ukrainian military intelligence said a special operations unit destroyed the large … Read more

China raises defense budget 7.2% as it pushes for global heft

BEIJING (AP) — China announced on Tuesday a 7.2% increase in the defense budget, which at 1.6 trillion yuan ($222 billion) is already the second highest in the world after the United States, roughly mirroring last year’s increase. The tensions with the US, Taiwan, Japan and neighbors with competing claims to the crucial South China … Read more

Germany and Russia spar over a leaked audio on missiles for Ukraine. Berlin promises to investigate

BERLIN (AP) — The German government on Monday strongly rejected accusations that Russia’s leak of a conversation by senior German military officers was an indication that Berlin was preparing for war against Russia. At the same time, the government sought to limit the domestic fallout from the leak and promised a swift investigation into how … Read more

Newly enlarged NATO starts drill in Finland, Norway and Sweden in defense of its Nordic turf

HELSINKI (AP) — NATO on Monday began an exercise to defend its newly expanded Scandinavian territory. More than 20,000 soldiers from 13 countries are taking part in exercises lasting almost two weeks in the northern regions of Finland, Norway and Sweden. With more than 4,000 Finnish soldiers participating, the Norwegian-led Nordic Response 2024 represents the … Read more

What to watch for as China’s major political meeting gets underway

BEIJING (AP) — One burning issue dominates as the 2024 session of China’s legislature opens this week: the economy. The annual meeting of the National People’s Congress, which starts on Tuesday, is being closely watched for signals on what the ruling Communist Party might do to revitalize an economy it is collapsing under the weight … Read more

A ship earlier hit by Yemen’s Houthi rebels sinks in the Red Sea, the first vessel lost in conflict

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates — A ship attacked by Yemen’s Houthi rebels sank in the Red Sea after taking on water for days, officials said Saturday. It was the first ship to be completely destroyed as part of their campaign over Israel’s war against Hamas in the Gaza Strip. The sinking of the Rubymar, which … Read more

Russian drone strike on the Ukrainian port city of Odesa kills 7

Ukraine’s state emergency service says seven people were killed when debris from a Russian drone hit an apartment building in the southern Ukrainian port city of Odesa overnight. March 2, 2024, 5:12 AM ET • 2 minutes reading Kiev, Ukraine – Seven people were killed when debris from a Russian drone hit an apartment building … Read more