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China stiffens defences against epidemic as death toll hits 56

China stiffens defences against epidemic as death toll hits 56

China expanded drastic travel restrictions Monday and prolonged a public holiday to contain an epidemic that has killed 56 people and infected nearly 2,000, as several countries prepared to evacuate their citizens from a quarantined city at the outbreak's epi

French defence chief heads to US to press Sahel case

French defence chief heads to US to press Sahel case

France's defence minister departs for Washington on Sunday hoping to convince officials to keep US soldiers in West Africa, where French authorities are under pressure after years of trying to bolster local forces against Islamic extremists.Florence Parly's

France to further boost its anti-jihad force in Sahel

France to further boost its anti-jihad force in Sahel

France will further bolster its anti-jihadist force in the Sahel, on top of 220 reinforcement soldiers already sent recently to try to stem a spiral of violence in the region, the country's top general said Wednesday.Defence chief of staff Francois Lecointre

Bayern Munich sign Real Madrid defender Odriozola on loan

Bayern Munich sign Real Madrid defender Odriozola on loan

Bayern Munich have signed Real Madrid right-back Alvaro Odriozola on loan until the end of the season, the two clubs confirmed on Wednesday.The 24-year-old Spain international will bolster Bayern's defence, which has been left short on cover with centre-backs

Driver musical chairs makes 2020 rally season hard to call

Driver musical chairs makes 2020 rally season hard to call

Ott Tanak begins the defence of his world rally title in Monte Carlo this week promising a clean fight with arch rival Thierry Neuville, his new teammate at Hyundai.Four days after clinching the 2019 crown, Tanak sprang a surprise by quitting Toyota to join Ne

Russia's defence chief: diehard loyalist in Putin shadow

Russia's defence chief: diehard loyalist in Putin shadow

Russia's long-serving Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu, who held on to his post in a cabinet shake-up on Tuesday, is a close ally of President Vladimir Putin who shares his taste for macho stunts.He has led a drive to modernise and acquire new weaponry for Russ