Russia on Friday signed a contract with France worth over a billion euros to buy two French Mistral-class warships.
France’s Consultative Commission on Defence Secrets has refused to lift the veil on files related to alleged bribery during the sale of French military ships to Saudi Arabia and Pakistan.
Libyan opposition forces have retaken the town of Brega, in the east of the country, hours after government forces took control of it on Wednesday morning.
US and South Korean troops on Monday launched major annual land, sea and air exercises. North Korea has threatened to turn Seoul into a "sea of flames" if provoked.
Russia may send one or two of the warships it is buying from France to help protect the Kuril chain of islands, which are the centre of a bitter dispute with Japan.
Two Iranian naval ships entered the Suez Canal on Tuesday for the first time since the Islamic revolution in 1979.
France signed a deal Tuesday to sell four Mistral warships to Russia. Baltic states have expressed concern about Russia having such technology
The South Korean navy on Friday stormed a ship hijacked by Somali pirates in the Indian Ocean, rescuing all 21 crew members and killing eight pirates, military officials said.
France and Britain announced Friday they are talking about sharing the cost of military aircraft programmes, but rejected reports that they plan to merge their aircraft carrier fleets.
US and South Korean forces practised attacks on potential seaborne North Korean infiltrators on Tuesday as part of a four-day naval exercise designed to deter the communist state.