Soldiers wave during a visit by North Korean leader Kim Jong Un to inspect the defence detachment on Ung Islet, which is defending an outpost in the East Sea of Korea
PEA ‘Denise’ in the north zone of the Mururoa Atoll, in the southern Pacific Ocean, where the French military conducted nuclear weapons tests until 1996. The Ministry of Defence has scheduled improvement works starting in late 2014 to monitor the seismic activity of the base amid fears the atoll may collapse
A child runs over a wall of sandbags at river Elbe in Dresden, eastern Germany on Thursday.
Paramilitary policemen gather for a flag-lowering ceremony at Beijing’s Tiananmen Square on May 13 2011. Reuters
Beijing has said it would boost defence spending by 12.7 per cent in 2011, for a total of 601.1bn yuan ($92.5bn) marking a return to double-digit growth.