Russia conducts Zapad exercise sparking fears for Eastern Europe

Russia is conducting its largest European military exercise since the cold war, involving land, sea and air units, and encompassing a huge area across western Russia, Belarus, the Baltic Sea and the Russian exclave of Kaliningrad. Officially the ‘Zapad’ (meaning ‘West’) drills include just under 13,000 troops, though there are claims from NATO that as…

Rohyingya plight worsens as 270,000 refugess flee Myanmar

The United Nations has confirmed that around 270,000 Rohingya Muslims have fled Myanmar after a violent crackdown on insurgent, leaving for neighbouring Bangladesh. Previous estimates of 164,000 refugees were revised upwards, significantly higher than previous estimates made by the UN High Commissioner for Refugees. UN refugee agency spokeswoman Vivian Tan said that even the revised…

South Korea preparing for more North Korean missile tests

South Korea is preparing for North Korea to conduct more missile tests, with the north celebrating its foundation day this weekend. North Korea held a missile test last year on its September 9th anniversary, and South Korea has warned that it expects another missile test despite UN sanctions. There are reports that solar storms may…

Trump meets with South Korean President over North Korea

US President Donald Trump has met with South Korean President Moon Jae-In, discussing ways they can apply pressure to North Korea to try avoid a war. The two presidents discussed continued economic sanctions and diplomatic pressure to try keep North Korea in check. They also agreed to increase South Korea’s missile capabilities, and the US…

North Korea fires missiles into Sea of Japan

In a move likely to continue the recent escalation of tensions between North Korea and the US, North Korea has test fired several missiles into the Sea of Japan. Three short-range missiles were fired into the sea off the east coast, likely in response to joint military exercises being conducted by South Korea and the…

Trump and North Korea continue to escalate rhetoric

Tensions continue to flare as US President Donald Trump and North Korea maintain inflammatory rhetoric against each other. In a tweet the president said the US military was “locked and loaded”, and has said he is considering a new round of “very strong” sanctions against North Korea. Chinese President Xi Jinping has urged restraint in…

War Veterans Remembered on Korean War Armistice Anniversary

Western Australians have been urged to reflect and remember the service of fallen war veterans on the 64th anniversary of the Korean War armistice. Australia became involved in the Korean War five years after the end of World War II with Royal Australian Navy, Royal Australian Air Force and the Australian Regular Army deployed soon…

Two Tourists Dead, More Injured in Egypt Stabbing

A stabbing at an Egyptian Red Sea beach resort has resulted in two German tourists being killed and four other foreigners injured. The attacker was detained by hotel security and members of the public until the police were able to arrive at the scene. The security manager at El Palacio hotel, Saud Abdelaziz commented on…

Turnbull Rejects Missile Shield for Australia against North Korea

Despite calls from former Prime Minister Kevin Rudd and some security experts to implement an anti-ballistic missile defence system, Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has rejected the idea as “not really suitable”. The calls come after rising tensions between North Korea and the US, sparked again after North Korea conducted a test launch of an intercontinental…