Protests rock India over controversial army hiring plan

Tens of thousands of job seekers have called for a shutdown in India to protest against a new army hire plan which has sparked violence. Some states have shut down the internet and suspended train and bus services on Monday. Protesters are demanding the rollback of the plan to hire soldiers on a fixed four-year term, saying it would shatter their dreams of a secure job. They have taken to the streets, blocking roads and torching trains. Several opposition political parties have given their support to the protests. But the government has refused to cancel the plan, though it has … Continue reading Protests rock India over controversial army hiring plan

Tragic: 5 US Marines killed in aircraft crash in desert

All five Marines on board an Osprey aircraft were killed when it crashed in the California desert near the Arizona border, the Marine Corps said Thursday, a day after the accident. The MV-22 Osprey went down at 12:25pm on Wednesday during training in a remote area in Imperial County near the community of Glamis, about 115 miles, east of San Diego and about 50 miles from Yuma, Arizona. The aircraft was based at Camp Pendleton with Marine Aircraft Group 39 and was part of the 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing headquartered at Marine Corps Air Station Miramar in San Diego. “We … Continue reading Tragic: 5 US Marines killed in aircraft crash in desert

Ukraine war: Another Russian General killed by Ukrainian forces

Russian state media has confirmed the death of one of Moscow’s top generals during heavy fighting in Ukraine’s eastern Donbas region. Maj Gen Roman Kutuzov was killed leading an assault on a Ukrainian settlement in the region, a reporter with the state-owned Rossiya 1 said. Alexander Sladkov said Gen Kutuzov had been commanding troops from the self-declared Donetsk People’s Republic. Russia’s defence ministry has not commented on the reports. “The general had led soldiers into attack, as if there are not enough colonels,” Mr Sladkov wrote on the Telegram social media app. “On the other hand, Roman was the same … Continue reading Ukraine war: Another Russian General killed by Ukrainian forces

Soldiers arrested on drug and money-laundering offences

Six soldiers and a veteran have been arrested on suspicion of drug, money-lending and money-laundering offences, the Ministry of Defence has said. The MoD said six Irish Guards troops and a Coldstream Guardsman veteran were arrested by the Royal Military Police as part of a “planned operation”. The 1st Battalion Irish Guards are set to lead Thursday’s Trooping the Colour for the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee. The MoD said none of the soldiers under investigation would take part. Founded in 1900 by Queen Victoria, the Irish Guards have been deployed as part of conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan. The regiment – which … Continue reading Soldiers arrested on drug and money-laundering offences

Just in: Finland and Sweden submit applications for NATO membership

NATO secretary-general Jens Stoltenberg NATO secretary-general Jens Stoltenberg said that Finland and Sweden have officially applied to join the world’s biggest military alliance, in a move driven by security concerns over Russia’s war in Ukraine. “I warmly welcome the requests by Finland and Sweden to join NATO. You are our closest partners,” Mr Stoltenberg said after receiving application letters from the two Nordic countries’ ambassadors. The applications must now be considered by the 30 member countries. That process is expected to take about two weeks, although Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has expressed reservations about Finland and Sweden joining. If … Continue reading Just in: Finland and Sweden submit applications for NATO membership

New Arms Race: US also tests hypersonic weapon

The US has successfully tested a hypersonic weapon, according to the US Air Force. The test was conducted on Saturday in the Pacific Ocean off the coast of southern California, but it was confirmed in the early hours of Tuesday. The US Air Force said that the air-launched rapid response weapon (ARRW) was released by a B-52 bomber. “Following separation from the aircraft, the ARRW’s booster ignited and burned for expected duration, achieving hypersonic speeds five times greater than the speed of sound,” they added in a statement. It comes just weeks after the UK, US and Australia agreed to work … Continue reading New Arms Race: US also tests hypersonic weapon

US Army paratrooper killed in Alaska bear attack

A soldier who was fatally mauled by a bear in Alaska has been identified by the US Army as a paratrooper and veteran of the war in Afghanistan. Staff Sgt Seth Michael Plant, 30, was attacked during a training assignment at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson in Anchorage on Tuesday. The native of St Augustine, Florida, was declared dead later that day. Another soldier was also injured, officials are still searching for the bear. The attack happened in a remote corner of the over 64,000 acre base, which is the largest military installation in Alaska. “Staff Sgt Plant was an integral part … Continue reading US Army paratrooper killed in Alaska bear attack

Russia deploys trained dolphins at Black Sea naval base

Russia has deployed trained military dolphins at its naval base in the Black Sea, possibly to protect its fleet from an underwater attack, according to new analysis of satellite images. The US Naval Institute (USNI) reviewed satellite imagery of the naval base at Sevastopol harbor, and concluded that two dolphin pens were moved to the base in February at the start of Moscow’s invasion of Ukraine. The Sevastopol naval base is crucial for the Russian military, as it sits in the southern tip of Crimea which Moscow seized in 2014. According to the USNI’s analysis, many of the Russian ships anchored … Continue reading Russia deploys trained dolphins at Black Sea naval base

Three US sailors from same aircraft carrier found dead in one week

Three US Navy sailors from the USS George Washington have been found dead in separate incidents within a single week, officials say. A US Navy spokesperson said three sailors stationed on the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier had died in the past seven days, CNN reported. The ship is currently at Newport News in Virginia. While one sailor was found unresponsive onboard the vessel on Friday, Navy spokeswoman Cmdr Reann Mommsen said two other sailors from the USS George Washington were found on April 9 and 10 off base. She did not disclose the cause of the three deaths, and did not identify the individual who was found onboard … Continue reading Three US sailors from same aircraft carrier found dead in one week

U.S. imposes sanctions targeting North Korea’s missile program

The United States has imposed sanctions on two Russian companies and a North Korean entity for transferring sensitive items to North Korea’s missile program, the State Department said on Thursday. It named the Russian entities as the Ardis Group of Companies LLC (Ardis Group) and PFK Profpodshipnik LLC. The North Korean entity targeted for sanctions was named as the Second Academy of Natural Science Foreign Affairs Bureau. In addition, Russian national Igor Aleksandrovich Michurin and North Korean national Ri Sung Chol were also sanctioned, the State Department said. The sanctions announcement came on the same day North Korea said it … Continue reading U.S. imposes sanctions targeting North Korea’s missile program

Australia announces new ‘Space Command’ defence agency

Australia has unveiled a defence agency focused on space, designed to counter Russia and China’s ambitions. Defence Minister Peter Dutton said the Defence Space Command would secure Australia’s place in the cosmos. Air Vice-Marshal Cath Roberts, who will lead it, said she was “scared” by Australia’s inability to combat Beijing and Moscow’s activities. The US, Russia and China are all believed to have tested weapons that could destroy a satellite in space. The agency’s chief said a Chinese satellite could theoretically “take out” the National Broadband Network for regional Australia. Her role includes increasing Australians’ “national understanding” of space threats. … Continue reading Australia announces new ‘Space Command’ defence agency

US Marines identify four dead in Norway plane crash

The US Marine Corps has identified its four members killed in a plane crash during Nato military exercises in Norway last week. Captain Matthew Tomkiewicz, 27, Capt. Ross Reynolds, 27, Gunnery Sgt. James Speedy, 30, and Cpl. Jacob Moore, 24, died on Friday, the Marines said. All four were aboard an Osprey aircraft that crashed in bad weather. It is the first time an Osprey has crashed in five years. “These Marines were simply doing what they loved,” their commanding general said on Facebook. “We honour them by taking to the skies again with their memory in our hearts, with … Continue reading US Marines identify four dead in Norway plane crash