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Okinawa's Agent Orange fears return with discovery of buried US barrels

Okinawa's Agent Orange fears return with discovery of buried US barrels

Persistent suspicions that the United States stored the defoliant Agent Orange at its bases on Okinawa are back in the spotlight after the recent discovery of ageing chemical barrels buried on former US Air Force land.

Tuesday, 2 July, 2013, 2:09am

US doctor returns bones of arm he amputated from Viet Cong fighter

The two veterans are reunited after a Vietnamese journalist wrote an article last year about Axelrad's search for Hung. Photo: AP

A US doctor yesterday returned arm bones to their former Vietcong owner, more than 40 years after he amputated the arm during the Vietnam conflict. The bones were handed back to ex-soldier Nguyen Quang Hung at his house in the town of An Khe in Vietnam's highlands province of Gia Lai.

2 Jul 2013 - 1:55am

Let Syrians decide their fate

US President Barack Obama. Photo: AP

US President Barack Obama has succumbed to pressure to get his country directly involved in Syria's civil war. He has decided to arm the rebels, using as justification a belief that Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad's government has deployed chemical weapons against the fighters trying to overthrow the regime. The US is also considering imposing a no-fly zone, which, if approved, would be its first direct military intervention in the conflict. A worrying path has been embarked upon that offers no solution to a dispute that Syrians, not outsiders, should decide.

17 Jun 2013 - 4:23am 1 comment

US says fighter jets, missiles will stay in Jordan after joint exercises

US officials declined to say how many F-16 jets had been deployed. Photo: AFP

The Pentagon confirmed on Saturday that F-16 fighter jets and Patriot missile interceptors will remain in Jordan after the end of a joint military exercise this month.

16 Jun 2013 - 12:48pm

US Osprey lands on Japanese warship

A US Osprey lands on the Japanese destroyer Hyuga. Photo: AP

A US Marine Corps MV-22 Osprey aircraft has made an unprecedented landing on a Japanese naval vessel off the California coast.

16 Jun 2013 - 8:04am

US, Chinese presidents agree to step up dialogue between their militaries

Experts say Xi Jinping will welcome closer military links between the two countries as China seeks to avoid an arms race. Photo: Reuters

US President Barack Obama has reiterated the need to improve the military dialogue between the United States and the mainland in order to help both sides understand each others' strategic objectives.

9 Jun 2013 - 9:38am

New Pakistani PM Sharif tells US to halt drone strikes

Pakistan's Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif. Photo: AP

Just days after taking power, Pakistan's new government has lodged a protest with the US and summoned a top American envoy to vent its frustration following a US drone strike that intelligence officials say killed seven militants.

9 Jun 2013 - 9:00am

Obama picks Rice as his new national security adviser

Susan Rice

US President Barack Obama conducted a major shake-up of his foreign policy team yesterday, naming Susan Rice as his new White House national security adviser.

It follows her withdrawal from consideration last December for secretary of state because she was a lightning rod for Republican criticism.

6 Jun 2013 - 2:38am

Pentagon chief Hagel to reassure East Asian allies on trip

US Defence Secretary Chuck Hagel briefs the press at the Pentagon in Washington. Photo: AFP

Pentagon chief Chuck Hagel will reassure allies in a trip to East Asia this week that the US intends to "follow through" on its promised strategic shift to the Pacific region, American officials said.

30 May 2013 - 1:36am

Talks needed on use of drones

US President Barack Obama

US President Barack Obama's new counter-terrorism doctrine has run into heavy crossfire. To some Republican opponents, his plan to redefine the global "war on terror" as a more targeted effort to eliminate threats to America is a retreat that underestimates the risk posed by Islamic extremists.

29 May 2013 - 6:16am

Osaka Mayor Toru Hashimoto sorry for insulting US in prostitute row

Toru Hashimoto speaks at the Foreign Correspondents' Club of Tokyo. Photo: EPA

An outspoken Japanese politician apologised yesterday for saying US troops should patronise prostitutes as a way to reduce rapes, but defended another remark about Japan's use of sex slaves during the second world war.

28 May 2013 - 2:42am 3 comments

GI liberators were big trouble in 1944 Normandy, says new book

US soldiers during the Allied landings in 1944. Photo: AP

Far removed from accounts of selfless derring-do, many US soldiers were viewed by the French as sex-obsessed thugs who had been promised an "erotic adventure" - a mission that was fulfilled, much to the chagrin of locals.

27 May 2013 - 5:59am 1 comment

A Good Week for ... , May 12, 2013

Wong Kar-wai

Wong Kar-wai, the Hong Kong film director, was awarded France's highest cultural honour.

12 May 2013 - 4:00am

Understanding the origins of war can pave a path to peace for North Korea

North Korean (centre) and South Korean soldiers at the truce village of Panmunjom in the demilitarized zone dividing the two Koreas, in Paju. Photo: Reuters

As North Korea maintains its belligerence, the world is caught in a dilemma. Ignoring it as just another round of empty threats would run the risk of North Korea test-firing missiles with longer range and greater precision. It would also strengthen the regime's rhetoric for testing more deadly nuclear devices. Having another round of six-party talks without a game-changing solution is unlikely to end this farcical merry-go-round.

6 May 2013 - 2:55am

US hypersonic aircraft sustains Mach 5.1 flight

US hypersonic aircraft sustains Mach 5.1 flight

The unmanned X-51A WaveRider sped westward for four minutes, reaching Mach 5.1, or more than five times the speed of sound, before making a planned plunge into the ocean.

5 May 2013 - 6:56am