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Donald Trump picks army veteran Mark Esper as defence secretary; US President tweets, says he'll do a 'fantastic job'
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Donald Trump picks army veteran Mark Esper as defence secretary; US President tweets, says he'll do a 'fantastic job'

President Donald Trump picks army veteran Mark Esper for new Defense Secretary, who is currently serving as the Army Secretary. Esper spent more than a decade in the Army, including serving in the Persian Gulf War in 1990 and 1991 with the 101st Airborne Division. The move came after acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan withdrew from the job before his formal nomination ever went to the Senate.

Amid growing tensions with Iran, US says it will send 1,000 more troops to West Asia for 'defensive purposes'
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Amid growing tensions with Iran, US says it will send 1,000 more troops to West Asia for 'defensive purposes'

United States Secretary of Defense Patrick Shanahan announced the deployment of about 1,000 additional troops to the middle east for "defensive purposes".

Shangri La Dialogue in Singapore sees US and China on collision course: Battle of values set to play out in Indo-Pacific
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Shangri La Dialogue in Singapore sees US and China on collision course: Battle of values set to play out in Indo-Pacific

At the three-day Shangri La Dialogue (held from 31 May to 2 June), the two main protagonists — the US and China — set out competing visions of the Indo-Pacific

Tension flares up in Gulf after 4 Saudi ships are mysteriously 'sabotaged'; US warns Iran against any misadventures
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Tension flares up in Gulf after 4 Saudi ships are mysteriously 'sabotaged'; US warns Iran against any misadventures

Turning up the pressure on Tehran after the United States deployed B-52 bombers, President Donald Trump warned that Iran would 'suffer greatly' was it to 'do anything' to threaten US interests

DRDO says India chose much lower orbit for A-SAT test to avoid threat of debris to global space assets
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DRDO says India chose much lower orbit for A-SAT test to avoid threat of debris to global space assets

On Tuesday, the NASA had termed a "terrible thing" India's shooting down of one its satellites, saying the hit-to-kill mission created about 400 pieces of orbital debris.

DRDO says space debris from anti-satellite test to 'vanish' in less than 45 days
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DRDO says space debris from anti-satellite test to 'vanish' in less than 45 days

DRDO chief said a low-altitude military satellite was picked to reduce the risk of debris left in space.

US warns nations against carrying out anti-satellite weapons test, asks them not to make 'mess' in space
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US warns nations against carrying out anti-satellite weapons test, asks them not to make 'mess' in space

India would only be the fourth country to have used such an anti-satellite weapon after the United States, Russia and China

Google committed to US not Chinese military, says Donald Trump after meeting with CEO Sundar Pichai
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Google committed to US not Chinese military, says Donald Trump after meeting with CEO Sundar Pichai

During his trip to Washington DC, Sundar Pichai also met India's Ambassador to the US Harsh V Shringla

Daily Bulletin: BJP releases 10th list, keeps veterans out; party strength in Goa Assembly rises to 14 as 2 MGP MLAs join; day's top stories
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Daily Bulletin: BJP releases 10th list, keeps veterans out; party strength in Goa Assembly rises to 14 as 2 MGP MLAs join; day's top stories

Today's top stories: BJP keeps party veterans Murli Manohar Joshi and LK Advani out of the Lok Sabha poll process; the party's strength rises to 14 in Goa Assembly as 2 MGP MLAs merge their legislative unit with that of the BJP's; King's XI Punjab take on Kolkata Knight Riders in the IPL; and more.

Pentagon authorises $1 bn for Donald Trump's US-Mexico border wall, asks army to begin planning roads, fences
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Pentagon authorises $1 bn for Donald Trump's US-Mexico border wall, asks army to begin planning roads, fences

Frustrated by Congress's refusal to provide the budget he sought to build a border wall, Donald Trump declared a national emergency last month in order to bypass lawmakers to unlock $8 billion in funding.

Acting Pentagon chief makes surprise Baghdad visit; trip comes after Donald Trump's comment on US troops draws flak
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Acting Pentagon chief makes surprise Baghdad visit; trip comes after Donald Trump's comment on US troops draws flak

Acting Pentagon chief Patrick Shanahan made an unannounced visit to the Iraqi capital for talks on the sensitive issue of a continued US troop presence after Washington withdraws from neighbouring Syria.

'It's time for us to start using our heads': Donald Trump defends Syria pullout during surprise visit to Iraq
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'It's time for us to start using our heads': Donald Trump defends Syria pullout during surprise visit to Iraq

While in Iraq, Trump indicated he would not rush to nominate a new secretary to replace Mattis, the first defence chief in decades to resign over policy differences with the president. Trump said Deputy Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan, whom he named on Sunday to replace Mattis in an acting capacity starting on 1 January, "could be there for a long time."

Donald Trump pulls up Jim Mattis' last day in office; deputy Patrick Shanahan to take over as acting defense secretary on 1 Jan
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Donald Trump pulls up Jim Mattis' last day in office; deputy Patrick Shanahan to take over as acting defense secretary on 1 Jan

Jim Mattis resigned as the US Secretary of Defense on Thursday in protest over Donald Trump's decision to pull all US troops out of Syria.