World Bulletin / News Desk
Britain and France signed two agreements on Tuesday for further cooperation on the use of military drones, the British Ministry of Defence said.
British Defence Minister Philip Hammond and his French counterpart, Jean-Yves Le Drian, pledged closer military ties and called the countries cooperation as "natural as it is necessary."
"We will continue to draw on each other's strengths and respective investments to get the best possible support for our Armed Forces," Hammond said in a statement.
The agreements came as Le Drian made his first visit to London since taking office in May, following the presidential victory of Francois Hollande.
The first agreement represented the initial phase of a collaborative "demonstration programme" for a Future Combat Air System, or FCAS, unmanned air system.
The other agreement enables cooperation between the two nations on the Watchkeeper Tactical unmanned air system, which provides the British armed forces with surveillance and reconnaissance.
The neighbours already have a close defence relationship, and the latest agreements signal Hollande's intention to maintain the defence and security cooperation treaty signed last year by his predecessor, Nicolas Sarkozy, and Prime Minister David Cameron.
An Egyptian-brokered ceasefire went into effect on Tuesday, bringing to a halt 51 days of relentless Israeli attacks on the blockaded coastal enclave.
The same wartime leaders are enshrined along with war dead at the more widely known Yasukuni Shrine in Tokyo, visits to which by Japanese leaders typically outrage China
Karzai responded to the NATO invitation by saying either his successor as Afghan president or a member of the current government would attend instead.
Barack Obama vowed "justice will be done" against the killers of American journalist James Foley as the United States sought to identify targets for potential airstrikes in Syria.
UKIP wants Britain to leave the EU immediately, arguing it will be more democratic and prosperous outside the bloc
The plans were announced at the conclusion of a two-day meeting by the International Civil Aviation Organisation's (ICAO) special task force on flights in conflict zones
Taiwan scrambled its jets to intercept two Chinese military aircraft, identified as Yun-8 transport aircraft, on Monday
The election could decide whether the commodities powerhouse takes a more market-friendly direction that attracts investment needed to revive the world's seventh-largest economy.
Russia and Ukraine have failed to reach a concrete agreement over the crisis in eastern Ukraine after talks in the Belarus capital Minsk.
A U.N. spokesman confirmed there had been a "temporary disruption" to the process but declined to elaborate.
Five people were killed and at least 25 injured in the riot that lasted 45 hours. Two guards who were taken hostage have been released and inmates transferred to other prisons.
The shellfire of the past two weeks between Pakistan and India has seen thousands flee their homes for safety.
Over the past week, Sanaa has been at the center of intense protests and sit-ins – organized by the Shia Houthi group – to demand the dismissal of the current government.
The denial came one day after a New York Times report said Egypt and UAE carried out military strikes on pro-Islamist militias in Libya.
The Islamic State, which recently seized control of parts of Iraq and Syria, accused Hezbollah of "carrying out criminal acts, such as burning refugee camps, forcible displacements and arrest campaigns" against residents of the Lebanese town of Arsal.
"According to our sources in the region, we know that IS earns $3 million each day from oil sales," an Institute for Near East and Gulf Military Analysis expert said.