Abu Sayyaf

Abu Sayyaf beheads kidnapped Philippine soldier

Decapitation comes hours after troops kill three Abu Sayyaf fighters on the run on the resort island of Bohol.

Abu Sayyaf beheads kidnapped Philippine soldier

Asia

Taliban attack prompts resignation calls in Afghanistan

Ministers, army chiefs must resign for failing to provide security, Afghan public says following deadly base assault.

Taliban attack prompts resignation calls in Afghanistan

Taliban

Afghanistan mourns after deadly Taliban attack on base

President Ashraf Ghani calls for an investigation into the deadliest ever Taliban attack on an Afghan military base.

Asia Pacific

Thai king endorses new constitution, 20th since 1932

Critics say the charter is undemocratic and will allow the military to keep its grip on power even after elections.

Inside Story

Will NATO members cave in to US demands?

The US secretary of state issues a warning to NATO allies to increase their defence spending.

Asia

Pakistan to renew military courts for 'terror' suspects

Lower house of parliament votes in favour of trying civilian 'terrorism' suspects in military courts for two more years.

Asia Pacific

Thailand activist faces jail after mocking PM's ballad

Campaigner took to Facebook to rate military leader's song on 'returning happiness' and could be jailed three years.

Thailand charges activist who mocked PM's song

Europe

Putin approves army deal with Georgia's South Ossetia

Russian president seeks to incorporate some military units of the breakaway region into the Russian army.

Putin approves army deal with Georgia's South Ossetia

Europe

Sweden's military spending surges over security threats

Citing 'security concerns', Sweden plans to add tens of millions in military spending to a $5bn defence budget.

Sweden boosts 2017 military spending by $55m

Asia Pacific

South China Sea: Japan to deploy largest warship

Izumo carrier will cruise the South China Sea with stops in Southeast Asia before heading to India for US war games.

South China Sea: Japan to deploy largest warship

Mali

Soldiers killed in Mali attack as violence surges

Eleven killed and five wounded in attack on base near border with Burkina Faso, defence ministry says.

Soldiers killed in Mali attack as violence surges

Inside Story

What does China's increased military spending mean?

The world's largest army is getting a spending rise but the 7 percent increase is the smallest in years.

Europe

Sweden to bring back military conscription

Minority government introduces bill to restore 11-month conscription this summer for all Swedes born after 1999.

Sweden military service reintroduced 'to face threats'

North Korea

N Korea warns of 'merciless' response amid war games

Pyongyang says any territorial violations during annual US-South Korea military exercises will be met with force.

North Korea warns of 'merciless' response amid drills

Military

Breaking down the US defence budget

A look at how US military spending compares to the rest of the world and how it has changed in the last 50 years.

Breaking down the US defence budget