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russian strategic bombers fly patrol mission from indonesia


moscow (ap) — the russian military says its strategic bombers have flown a patrol mission over the southern pacific after taking off from indonesia, part of moscow’s efforts to restore its cold war-era military foothold around the world.the russian defense ministry said the two tu-95 strategic bombers flew from biak island in indonesia’s easternmost papua province where they arrived tuesday. it said thursday’s patrol lasted eight hours.russian state television stations reported that the nuclear-capable bombers accompanied by heavy-lift transport planes would spend a few days on biak, but there was no immediate signal that such visits could continue in the future.the bombers’ visit to indonesia marked the first such deployment since cold war times, when soviet maritime patrol planes flew ov






russian strategic bombers visit indonesia


moscow (ap) — the russian military says its strategic bombers have flown to indonesia, a visit that showcases russia’s military power.the russian defense ministry said two tu-95 strategic bombers landed on biak island on tuesday. they were accompanied by two heavy-lift il-76 transports that carried support crew and supplies. the ministry said the bombers flew from russia’s far-eastern amur region and were refueled in the air by il-78 tankers over the pacific.the visit by the bombers capable of carrying nuclear weapons underlined russia’s resurgent military might and its desire to expand its foothold around the world.russian state television stations reported that the bombers would spend a few days on biak, part of indonesia’s easternmost papua province, but there was no immediate indicatio






u.s. jet fighters intercepted russian bombers near alaska


washington—u.s. jet fighters scrambled to intercept russian bombers off the coast of alaska, the pentagon said tuesday, a day after the event happened.a pair of air force jet fighters intercepted two russian long-range bombers in international airspace, near the aleutian islands. the russian planes didn’t enter u.s. territory. it was the first interception of russian aircraft by the north american aerospace defense command since...






u.s. intercepts 2 russian bombers off alaska's coast


the u.s. military says it intercepted two russian bombers in international airspace off alaska's coast.navy commander gary ross, a pentagon spokesman, says a pair of f-22 raptor aircraft intercepted the russian tu-95 bear bombers on monday.ross says the intercept was "safe and professional."north american aerospace defense command monitors air approaches to north america and defends the airspace.fox news said tuesday the russian planes flew within 100 miles of alaska's kodiak island.it said the american jets escorted the russian bombers for 12 minutes. the bombers then flew back to eastern russia.






russian planes patrol u.s. west coast


there are reports of russian bomber patrols along the west coast each of the past four nights, but this is not exactly the case. one was a maritime patrol by two il-38s, which are not bombers. the ilyushin il-38 “dolphin” is a patrol plane. u.s. aircraft intercepted two of the three patrols.  canadians were involved in one of the intercepts because the planes had entered a canadian air defense identification zone.  on tuesday, russian tu-95 “bear” bombers buzzed by alaska for the second time in two days, flying even closer to the alaska mainland than during the first flyby on monday.the bear bombers flew about 40 miles off the coast tuesday. on monday, they flew about 100 miles off the alaskan mainland. in response, two u.s. f-22 fighter jets intercepted the russian planes during monday’s






russian planes patrol u.s. west coast


there are reports of russian bomber patrols along the west coast each of the past four nights, but this is not exactly the case. one was a maritime patrol by two il-38s, which are not bombers. the ilyushin il-38 “dolphin” is a patrol plane. u.s. aircraft intercepted two of the three patrols.  canadians were involved in one of the intercepts because the planes had entered a canadian air defense identification zone.  on tuesday, russian tu-95 “bear” bombers buzzed by alaska for the second time in two days, flying even closer to the alaska mainland than during the first flyby on monday.the bear bombers flew about 40 miles off the coast tuesday. on monday, they flew about 100 miles off the alaskan mainland. in response, two u.s. f-22 fighter jets intercepted the russian planes during monday’s






u.s. fighter jets intercept 2 russian bombers off alaska's coast


washington -- the u.s. military says it intercepted two russian bombers in international airspace off alaska’s coast.navy commander gary ross, a pentagon spokesman, says a pair of f-22 raptor aircraft intercepted the russian tu-95 bear bombers on monday.ross says the intercept was “safe and professional.”north american aerospace defense command monitors air approaches to north america and defends the airspace.fox news said tuesday the russian planes flew within 100 miles of alaska’s kodiak island.it said the american jets escorted the russian bombers for 12 minutes. the bombers then flew back to eastern russia.in 2014, two f-22 fighter jets were scrambled after a pair of russian bombers were spotted 50 miles off the coast of california.






u.s. air force intercepts russian bombers, fighter jets near alaska


washington -- u.s. fighter jets intercepted several russian warplanes near u.s. airspace off the coast of alaska wednesday, the latest in a series of interactions between u.s. and russian air patrols.u.s. officials confirmed the intercept to cbs news national security correspondent david martin, calling the interaction safe and professional. the officials said the russian planes did not violate u.s. air space.the warplanes included two russian tu-95 "bear" bombers, the same type of bomber that participated in previous flights near alaska in late april. the bombers were escorted for the first time by two su-35 russian fighter jets, martin reports. u.s. officials had observed the planes the day before at a staging base in siberia. fox news first reported the latest intercept, which began aro






russian long-range bombers used in war games in tajikistan


moscow — the russian military says its long-range bombers have practiced hitting targets in tajikistan during joint drills with the central asian nation.russia's defense ministry said tu-95 and tu-22m3 bombers have flown missions to strike a "terrorist camp" in tajik mountains as part of the four-day war games that ended thursday.tajikistan, an impoverished ex-soviet nation that borders afghanistan, hosts a russian military base and relies on moscow's economic assistance.while russian and tajik soldiers have conducted joint maneuvers in the past, the drills this week for the first time involved the long-range bombers in an apparent reflection of moscow's concern about possible spread of instability from afghanistan.the defense ministry said russian ground attack jets and helicopter gunship






russian bombers fire cruise missiles at is group in syria


moscow — russian strategic bombers on wednesday struck the islamic state group in syria with cruise missiles, the military said.the defense ministry said that tu-95 bombers launched kh-101 cruise missiles on is facilities in the area along the boundary between the syrian provinces of hama and homs. the ministry said three ammunition depots and a command facility near the town of aqirbat were destroyed.it said the bombers flew from their base in southwestern russia and launched the missiles at a distance of 1,000 kilometers (620 miles) from the target.russia has waged an air campaign in support of syrian president bashar assad since september 2015. the russian military has used the campaign to test its latest weapons, including long-range cruise missiles, in combat for the first time.meanwh






u.s. scrambles jets after 2 russian bombers fly near alaska


two russian long-range bombers flew about 100 miles off the alaskan coast on monday night, the first time since president donald trump took office that moscow has sent warplanes so close to the united states, the military said tuesday.washington — two russian long-range bombers flew about 100 miles off the alaskan coast on monday night, the first time since president donald trump took office that moscow has sent warplanes so close to the united states, the military said tuesday.the two russian tu-95 bear bombers flew off kodiak island, within a 200-mile area called the air defense identification zone. the bombers’ flight into that space prompted the air force to scramble two f-22 stealth fighter jets and an e-3 airborne early-warning plane to intercept the russian planes, according to 1st






the latest: pence praises indonesia's moderate form of islam


jakarta, indonesia — the latest on u.s. vice president mike pence's trip to asia (all times local):11:15 a.m.vice president mike pence has reaffirmed the importance what he says is the strategic partnership between the united states and the world's most populous muslim nation, indonesia.after meeting with indonesia's president joko "jokowi" widodo, he says indonesia and the u.s. are both democracies and share the same values.he praised indonesia for the moderate from of islam it practices and said the two countries would continue to cooperate on combating terrorism.but pence foreshadowed some reworking of the commercial and economic relationship saying that u.s. exporters should face a level playing field.






u.s. fighters intercept russian aircraft again near alaska


washington—five russian aircraft, including two bombers, flew across international airspace near alaska on wednesday, the latest in a series of such incidents in the area amid heightened tensions between moscow and washington.u.s. officials said they spotted two russian tu-95 “bear” heavy bombers, along with two su-35 “flanker” fighter aircraft near the west coast of alaska about 5 p.m. local time. the aircraft entered the alaskan...






russian bombers fly near alaska again


russian tu-95 “bear” bombers buzzed by alaska for the second time in two days on tuesday, flying even closer to the alaska mainland than during the first flyby, cbs news national security correspondent david martin reports.the bear bombers flew about 40 miles off the coast tuesday. on monday, they flew about 100 miles off the alaskan mainland. in response, two u.s. f-22 fighter jets intercepted the russian planes during monday’s flight. the second flight was tracked by a radar early warning plane, but apparently no jets were scrambled in response.  there is a classified set of criteria for determining which russian bomber flights need to be intercepted and which don’t. tuesday night’s flight did not meet the criteria. russia is exercising its long-range bomber force. the russians don’t alw






russian defense minister happy with results of syria mission


moscow — russia's defense minister on wednesday hailed the military's performance in syria, saying new russian weapons have proven their worth in the conflict.sergei shoigu told the russian parliament that the military has tested 162 types of weapons in syria, and only 10 of them have failed to meet expectations. he didn't identify the weapons that performed badly.among the new weapons tested in combat for the first time in syria were long-range cruise missiles carried by navy ships and strategic bombers.until recently, russia lacked long-range cruise missiles equipped with conventional warheads similar to those in the u.s. arsenals.shoigu said russian pilots have flown 1,760 combat missions in syria since the launch of the air campaign in september 2015, killing more than 3,100 militants,






the latest: russian bombers strike is in northern syria


beirut — the latest on the war in syria (all times local):5 p.m.the russian military says that its strategic bombers have struck the islamic state group in eastern syria. the defense ministry said in a statement that the tu-95 bombers that flew from their base in russia launched long-range cruise missiles friday at the is facilities near the group's main stronghold of raqqa.it added that the missiles successfully hit the is training camps and a control facility of one of the militant units. the ministry said fighter jets from a russian air base in syria escorted the bombers.the raid followed other missions flown by russia's long-range bombers against the is targets in the past weeks.russia has conducted an air campaign in syria since september 2015, helping syrian government forces to reve






president orders thorough probe of indonesia suicide attacks


jakarta, indonesia — indonesia's president has ordered a thorough investigation of the network behind two suicide bombings that targeted police in the capital and killed three police officers.president joko "jokowi" widodo offered deep condolences for the victims and their families thursday. the bombings on wednesday night also injured five other police officers and five civilians. the two bombers were killed.jokowi said he has ordered police to "thoroughly investigate the networks of the perpetrators and hunt them to the roots because the attack was already outrageous."he spoke from his hometown of solo in central java province.indonesia has faced an emerging threat in recent years from islamic state group sympathizers who have launched attacks targeting government authorities, mainly pol






us bombers join jets from japan, skorea for training mission


washington — two u.s. bombers flew to the korean peninsula to join fighter jets from south korea and japan for a practice bombing run as part of a training mission in response to north korea's ballistic missile and nuclear programs, officials said friday.u.s. military officials described the mission as a defensive show of force and unity from the three allied nations and said it demonstrated "the ironclad u.s. commitment to our allies.""north korea's actions are a threat to our allies, partners and homeland," gen. terrence o' shaughnessy, u.s. pacific air forces commander, said in a statement from pacific air forces. "let me be clear: if called upon we are trained, equipped and ready to unleash the full lethal capability of our allied air forces."the u.s. air force b-1b lancer bombers from






us bombers join jets from japan, skorea for training mission


washington (ap) — two u.s. bombers flew to the korean peninsula to join fighter jets from south korea and japan for a practice bombing run as part of a training mission in response to north korea’s ballistic missile and nuclear programs, officials said friday.u.s. military officials described the mission as a defensive show of force and unity from the three allied nations and said it demonstrated “the ironclad u.s. commitment to our allies.”“north korea’s actions are a threat to our allies, partners and homeland,” gen. terrence o’ shaughnessy, u.s. pacific air forces commander, said in a statement from pacific air forces. “let me be clear: if called upon we are trained, equipped and ready to unleash the full lethal capability of our allied air forces.”the u.s. air force b-1b lancer bombers






us bombers join jets from japan, skorea for training mission


seoul, south korea — two u.s. bombers flew to the korean peninsula to join fighter jets from south korea and japan for a practice bombing run as part of a training mission in response to north korea's ballistic missile and nuclear programs, officials said saturday.u.s. military officials described the mission friday as a defensive show of force and unity from the three allied nations and said it demonstrated "the ironclad u.s. commitment to our allies.""north korea's actions are a threat to our allies, partners and homeland," gen. terrence o' shaughnessy, u.s. pacific air forces commander, said in a statement from pacific air forces. "let me be clear: if called upon we are trained, equipped and ready to unleash the full lethal capability of our allied air forces."the u.s. air force b-1b la






us bombers join jets from japan, skorea for training mission


seoul, south korea (ap) — two u.s. bombers flew to the korean peninsula to join fighter jets from south korea and japan for a practice bombing run as part of a training mission in response to north korea’s ballistic missile and nuclear programs, officials said saturday.u.s. military officials described the mission friday as a defensive show of force and unity from the three allied nations and said it demonstrated “the ironclad u.s. commitment to our allies.”“north korea’s actions are a threat to our allies, partners and homeland,” gen. terrence o’ shaughnessy, u.s. pacific air forces commander, said in a statement from pacific air forces. “let me be clear: if called upon we are trained, equipped and ready to unleash the full lethal capability of our allied air forces.”the u.s. air force b-






indonesia police arrest 3 suspected militants after bombings


jakarta, indonesia (ap) — indonesian police said they arrested more suspected militants on monday following suicide bombings in jakarta last week that killed three policemen.central java police spokesman djarod padakova said a man identified as wahyudi was arrested early monday in sukoharjo district of west java province and another man was caught hours later in the neighboring district of karanganyar.national police spokesman setyo wasisto said a third suspect was detained a day earlier in cibubur, near jakarta.authorities in indonesia, the world’s most populous muslim-majority nation, have now arrested a total of six suspects since the may 24 attack in which two suicide bombers targeted police at a bus terminal in eastern jakarta.most read storiessale! get 90% off digital access.three po






indonesia police arrest 3 suspected militants after bombings


jakarta, indonesia — indonesian police said they arrested more suspected militants on monday following suicide bombings in jakarta last week that killed three policemen.central java police spokesman djarod padakova said a man identified as wahyudi was arrested early monday in sukoharjo district of west java province and another man was caught hours later in the neighboring district of karanganyar.national police spokesman setyo wasisto said a third suspect was detained a day earlier in cibubur, near jakarta.authorities in indonesia, the world's most populous muslim-majority nation, have now arrested a total of six suspects since the may 24 attack in which two suicide bombers targeted police at a bus terminal in eastern jakarta.three policemen and the two attackers were killed and 11 people






north korea crisis: us bombers conduct military drills


image copyrightafpimage caption the bombers took off from guam and flew over the east sea and yellow sea the us has conducted a joint military exercise with south korea, flying two strategic bombers over the korean peninsula.the b-1b combat bombers were joined by two south korean f-15k fighter jets, and carried out air-to-ground missile drills off south korean waters.it comes amid heightened tensions with north korea over its nuclear programme.pyongyang conducted its sixth nuclear test, and launched two missiles over japan, in recent months.the bombers took off from the us pacific territory of guam on tuesday night, before entering south korean airspace and conducting firing exercises over the east sea and yellow sea, south korea's military said.the training was part of a programme of "ext






indonesia police arrest 3 suspected militants after bombings – the denver post


by niniek karmini, the associated pressjakarta, indonesia — indonesian police said they arrested more suspected militants on monday following suicide bombings in jakarta last week that killed three policemen.central java police spokesman djarod padakova said a man identified as wahyudi was arrested early monday in sukoharjo district of west java province and another man was caught hours later in the neighboring district of karanganyar.national police spokesman setyo wasisto said a third suspect was detained a day earlier in cibubur, near jakarta.authorities in indonesia, the world’s most populous muslim-majority nation, have now arrested a total of six suspects since the may 24 attack in which two suicide bombers targeted police at a bus terminal in eastern jakarta.three policemen and the






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u.s. bombers join japan, south korea on training mission in response to north ko


seoul, south korea -- two u.s. bombers flew to the korean peninsula to join fighter jets from south korea and japan for a practice bombing run as part of a training mission in response to north korea's ballistic missile and nuclear programs, officials said saturday.u.s. military officials described the mission friday as a defensive show of force and unity from the three allied nations and said it demonstrated "the ironclad u.s. commitment to our allies.""north korea's actions are a threat to our allies, partners and homeland," gen. terrence o' shaughnessy, u.s. pacific air forces commander, said in a statement from pacific air forces. "let me be clear: if called upon we are trained, equipped and ready to unleash the full lethal capability of our allied air forces."tensions with north korea






us to send 'strategic assets' to south korea


by anna fifield anmd dan lamothe | washington postthe united states will send “strategic” military assets to south korea on a more regular basis to better deter north korea, the south’s national security adviser said thursday.the decision comes at a time of escalating tensions between the united states and north korea, with many analysts concerned that incendiary rhetoric, combined with more frequent flyovers by american bombers, could lead to a catastrophic miscalculation.chung eui-young, national security adviser to president moon jae-in, told lawmakers in seoul that american “strategic assets” could be deployed to south korea on a “rotational” basis before the end of the year.“this will help us expand our defense capabilities,” he told the lawmakers, according to park wan-joo, spokesman






president orders thorough probe of indonesia suicide attacks


jakarta, indonesia — indonesia's president ordered a thorough investigation thursday of twin suicide bombings that targeted police, killing three officers, in the deadliest attack by suspected militants in the capital in a year.the bombings on wednesday night also injured five other police officers and five civilians.president joko "jokowi" widodo said he ordered police to "thoroughly investigate the networks of the perpetrators and hunt them to the roots." he spoke from his hometown of solo in central java province.muslim-majority indonesia has carried out a sustained crackdown on militants since the 2002 bali bombings by al-qaida-affiliated radicals that killed 202 people. a new threat has emerged in the past several years from islamic state group sympathizers.vice national police chief






president orders thorough probe of indonesia suicide attacks


jakarta, indonesia — indonesia's president ordered a thorough investigation thursday of twin suicide bombings that targeted police, killing three officers, in the deadliest attack by suspected militants in the capital in a year.the bombings on wednesday night also injured six other police officers and five civilians.president joko "jokowi" widodo said he ordered police to "thoroughly investigate the networks of the perpetrators and hunt them to the roots." he spoke from his hometown of solo in central java province.muslim-majority indonesia has carried out a sustained crackdown on militants since the 2002 bali bombings by al-qaida-affiliated radicals that killed 202 people. a new threat has emerged in the past several years from islamic state group sympathizers.vice national police chief s






vp pence praises indonesia’s democratic, tolerant values


jakarta, indonesia (ap) — vice president mike pence praised indonesia’s democracy and moderate form of islam after meeting thursday with the president of the world’s most populous muslim nation.the comments, though routine, had significance for indonesian president joko “jokowi” widodo, who the day before suffered a serious political setback when a political ally was defeated by islamic conservatives in the election for jakarta governor. the divisive campaign undermined the image of indonesia abroad as a generally tolerant muslim nation.indonesia is the latest stop on an asian tour by pence that is reinforcing traditional u.s. alliances at a time when donald trump’s presidency has raised questions about the strength of the u.s. commitment to the region.pence said at a joint press conferenc






russia says fighter jet intercepts us bomber on border


moscow — russia's defense ministry says one of its fighter jets has intercepted an american strategic bomber that was flying near the border of russian airspace.the defense ministry said in a statement the su-27 was dispatched to the area over the baltic sea on tuesday morning after russian radars spotted an aircraft flying along the border. the ministry said the russian jet identified it as a u.s. b-52 strategic bomber and escorted it until it flew further away from the border.similar incidents have happened close to russian airspace in the past. in september, a russian fighter jet flew within 10 feet (3 meters) of a u.s. navy surveillance aircraft, in what american officials called an unsafe intercept over the black sea.






russia says u.s. bomber intercepted on border


moscow -- russia's defense ministry says one of its fighter jets has intercepted an american strategic bomber that was flying near the border of russian airspace.the defense ministry said in a statement the su-27 was dispatched to the area over the baltic sea on tuesday morning after russian radars spotted an aircraft flying along the border. the ministry said the russian jet identified it as a u.s. b-52 strategic bomber and escorted it until it flew further away from the border.similar incidents have happened close to russian airspace in the past. in september, a russian fighter jet flew within 10 feet of a u.s. navy surveillance aircraft, in what american officials called an unsafe intercept over the black sea.






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recent developments surrounding the south china sea


beijing (ap) — a look at recent developments in the south china sea, where china is pitted against smaller neighbors in multiple disputes over islands, coral reefs and lagoons in waters crucial for global commerce and rich in fish and potential oil and gas reserves:___editor’s note: this is a weekly look at the latest developments in the south china sea, the location of several territorial conflicts that have raised tensions in the region.___most read storiesunlimited digital access. $1 for 4 weeks.china criticizes us sending bombers in overflight missionchina’s foreign ministry criticized the u.s. decision to send a pair of b-1b lancer long-range strategic bombers flying over the south china sea, calling that a case of “flexing of military muscles” in a manner seen as threatening to beiji






federal judge blocks trump's travel ban; doj to challenge decision


closeskip in skipxembedxshare u.s. district senior judge james robart of seattle has issued a nationwide restraining order blocking the travel ban put in place by president trump. the decision comes shortly after a judge out of boston ruled in favor of trump's ban. usa today networkpatrick wicklund, from seattle, stands outside the u.s. district court, western washington, on feb. 3, 2017 in seattle, wash.(p o: karen ducey, getty images)u.s. district senior judge james robart of seattle on friday issued a nationwide restraining order blocking the travel ban put in place by president trump last week.the white house quickly responded, saying the federal government would challenge the judge's decision.trump's ban, created through an executive order, sought to block people from seven majority-m