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Spain overtakes China virus toll with 3,434 deaths – gov't

Mar 25, 2020 - 10:52 AM

(UPDATED) Across the world, only Italy now has a higher death toll than that of Spain

DEATH. A woman wearing a face mask and gloves touches a niche during the burial of a man who died of the new coronavirus at the South Municipal cemetery in Madrid, on March 23, 2020. Photo by Baldesca Samper/AFP

33 Turkish soldiers killed in Syria's Idlib

Feb 28, 2020 - 2:01 PM

Dozens more soldiers are injured and taken to Turkey for treatment, Rahmi Dogan, governor of Turkish Hatay – bordering Syria – said Friday, February 28.

Turkey-backed Syrian fighters ride a tank in the town of Saraqib in the eastern part of the Idlib province in northwestern Syria, on February 27, 2020. Syrian rebels reentered the key northwestern crossroads town of Saraqib lost to government forces earlier this month but fierce fighting raged on in its outskirts today, an AFP correspondent reported. Bakr ALKASEM / AFP

NATO taking 'some personnel' out of Iraq

Jan 08, 2020 - 7:37 AM

US and allied foreign troops in Iraq are concerned they might be targeted by Iran or allied Iraqi militias in retaliation to Friday's killing of Qasem Soleimani

A picture taken on November 20, 2019 shows a NATO flag at the NATO headquarters in Brussels, during a NATO Foreign Affairs ministers' summit. - NATO Foreign Affairs ministers are meeting ahead of a NATO leaders' summit in London on December 3 and 4, 2019. (Photo by Kenzo TRIBOUILLARD / AFP)

NATO to review Iraq mission after Iran general slain

Jan 06, 2020 - 8:53 PM

'The North Atlantic Council will address the situation in the region,' a NATO official says

NATO. A picture taken on November 20, 2019, shows a NATO flag at the NATO headquarters in Brussels, during a NATO Foreign Affairs ministers' summit. File photo by Kenzo Tribouillard/AFP

Greek PM on White House trip amid Turkey tension

Jan 05, 2020 - 12:46 PM

US Ambassador to Athens Geoffrey Pyatt says Washington sees Greece as 'a critical pillar of regional stability'

WHITE HOUSE VISIT. Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis is set to fly to the United States on January 7, 2020. File photo by Louisa Gouliamaki/AFP

'Brain dead' NATO's summit dominated by leaders' feuds

Dec 05, 2019 - 12:46 PM

Meeting outside London to mark the 70th year of the Atlantic alliance, the members vow to stick together against threats from Russia and terrorism and recognize the challenge of a rising China

ALLIANCE. Nato heads of government class of 2019. Adrian DENNIS / AFP

After hot mic gaffe, Trudeau and Trump revive feud

Dec 05, 2019 - 10:28 AM

US President Donald Trump revives his feud with Canada's Justin Trudeau's hot mic comment by branding him 'two-faced'

FUED. US President Donald Trump talks with Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau during the plenary session of the NATO summit at the Grove hotel in Watford, northeast of London on December 4, 2019. Photo by Nicholas Kamm/AFP

NATO must tackle China's rise – alliance chief

Dec 03, 2019 - 11:44 PM

NATO head Jens Stoltenberg says China's growing military capabilities – including missiles that could hit Europe and the United States – meant the alliance had to tackle the issue together

JENS STOLTENBERG. NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg speaks at the official NATO outreach event, 'NATO Engages' in central London on December 3, 2019. Photo by Tobias Schwarz/AFP

Squabbles overshadow NATO 70th anniversary summit

Dec 03, 2019 - 10:41 AM

The 29 allies descend on London ready to lock horns over spending and how to deal with Russia in a major test of unity as NATO seeks to assert its relevance

NATO SUMMIT. US President Donald Trump and US First Lady Melania Trump (unseen) prepare to disembark from Air Force One after landing at Stansted Airport, northeast of London on December 2, 2019, ahead of the upcoming NATO alliance summit. NATO marks its 70th birthday at a summit next week but the celebration could well turn into an arena of political combat between the alliance's feuding leaders. Heads of state and government will descend on London Tuesday bracing for a scrap over spending and how to deal with Russia, in a huge test of unity within NATO -- billed by its own officials as the "most successful alliance in history". Adrian DENNIS / AFP

NATO says no sign of Russia backing down in missile crisis

Jul 05, 2019 - 9:15 PM

'We didn't see any sign of Russia being willing to come back into compliance with the INF treaty,' says NATO chief Jens Stoltenberg

ON RUSSIA. NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg holds a press conference during a meeting of NATO foreign ministers part of the 70th anniversary of the alliance at the US Department of State April 4, 2019, in Washington, DC. File photo by Mandel Ngan/AFP

Huawei chairman says ready to sign 'no-spy' deal with UK

May 15, 2019 - 12:56 PM

'We are willing to sign 'no-spy' agreements with governments, including the UK government, to commit ourselves, to commit our equipment to meeting the no-spy, no back-door standards,' Huawei chairman Liang Hua says

NATO plans for Russian 'aggression' on 70th anniversary

Apr 05, 2019 - 8:25 AM

At the close of talks in Washington, foreign ministers from the 29-nation alliance say in a joint statement that they face 'an unpredictable and challenging security situation' that includes 'a more aggressive Russia'

PREPARED. NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg holds a press conference during a meeting of NATO foreign ministers part of the 70th anniversary of the alliance at the US Department of State April 4, 2019, in Washington, DC. Photo by Mandel Ngan/AFP

NATO anniversary party turns ugly as US rips Germany, Turkey

Apr 04, 2019 - 7:31 AM

Hours before foreign ministers from the 29-member Western alliance opens talks in Washington, US Vice President Mike Pence delivers a stinging rebuke

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg speaks during a forum about NATO at The Anthem on April 3, 2019, in Washington, DC. (Photo by Brendan Smialowski / AFP)

U.S. suspends F-35 deliveries to Turkey over Russian arms

Apr 02, 2019 - 7:33 AM

US officials have voiced concern that with Turkey in both camps, Russia could obtain F-35 data to improve the accuracy of the S-400 to shoot down Western aircraft

A Pentagon sign is seen during a press briefing at the Pentagon Briefing Room August 29, 2014 in Arlington, Virginia. Alex Wong/Getty Images/AFP

U.S. ups pressure on Europe over 5G infrastructure from Huawei

Mar 14, 2019 - 9:56 AM

US General Curtis Scaparrotti, NATO's Supreme Allied Commander in Europe, says that they're not going to communicate with Berlin if Huawei is inside their defense communications

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Pelosi pledges long-term U.S. backing of NATO, EU

Feb 19, 2019 - 11:22 PM

In an implicit message the Republican president is not omnipotent, the most powerful Democrat says she and fellow visiting congressmen are asserting the role of their legislative branch as co-equal to the executive

US BACKING. US Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi addresses a press conference after leading a high-level US Congressional delegation in participating in a NATO parliamentary assembly in Brussels on February 19, 2019. Photo by Emmanuel Dunand/AFP

Germany to let NATO use its cyber skills

Feb 14, 2019 - 7:55 PM

German officials used a meeting of defense ministers in Brussels on February 14 to tell allies Berlin would make its cyber capabilities available, including offensive elements, sources say

Macedonia takes major step on road to NATO membership

Feb 06, 2019 - 11:40 PM

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg says it is a 'historic day' which will lead to Macedonia becoming the 30th alliance member once the deal has been ratified by all the other capitals

NATO leaders to meet in London in December

Feb 06, 2019 - 8:58 PM

'Brexit will change the United Kingdom's relationship to the European Union but it will not change the United Kingdom's relationship to NATO,' says Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg

NATO CHIEF. In this file photo, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg speaks during a press conference with chairman of the Presidency of Bosnia Herzegovina at the NATO headquarters in Brussels on November 9, 2016. File photo by Thierry Charlier/AFP

NATO door opens for Macedonia

Feb 02, 2019 - 8:10 PM

Macedonian Foreign Minister Nikola Dimitrov will attend the ceremony at NATO headquarters in Brussels

MACEDONIA. The flag of the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (center) flying at UN headquarters in New York, July 2016. File photo by Loey Felipe/UN

NATO says no progress in Russia talks on arms treaty

Jan 25, 2019 - 10:44 PM

'There was no real progress in the meeting today because Russia did not indicate any willingness to change their position,' says NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg

'NO PROGRESS.' In this file photo, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg talks to the media at the European Council building in Brussels on December 15, 2016. File photo by Thierry Charlier/AFP

Macedonia starts crunch debate on controversial name change

Jan 09, 2019 - 11:08 AM

But the switch to 'the Republic of North Macedonia' is an uphill task involving 4 constitutional amendments and the support of two thirds of the 120-member parliament

NAME ROW. The flag of the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (center) flying at UN headquarters in New York, July 2016. File photo by Loey Felipe/UN

Kosovo votes to create its own army, enraging Serbia

Dec 15, 2018 - 10:59 AM

The legislation transforms the small Kosovo Security Force into a defense army with 5,000 troops

NEW ARMY. Kosovo Security Force (KSF) members march during a farewell ceremony of the German NATO led-peacekeeping mission in Kosovo, in the town of Prizren on October 3, 2018. File Photo by Armend Nimani/AFP

Ex-diplomat Zurabishvili elected Georgia's first woman president

Nov 29, 2018 - 4:50 PM

With all votes counted, the French-born ex-diplomat has taken 59.52% of the vote in the second round run-off

NATO calls emergency meeting with Ukraine on sea clash

Nov 26, 2018 - 8:29 PM

A naval standoff between Ukraine and Russia off the coast of Crimea spikes tension in Europe

PROTEST. Activists of Ukrainian far-right groups hold flares during their rally in front of the Ukrainian parliament in Kiev on November 26, 2018, as they demand to set martial law in the country and to cut diplomatic relations with Russia. Sergei Supinsky/AFP

Macron hosts Trump amid row over European defense

Nov 10, 2018 - 8:19 PM

Their body language are markedly less warm than during Trump's last visit to Paris in July 2017, underscoring a general cooling in relations

US-FRANCE RELATIONS. US President Donald Trump (L) shakes hands with French president Emmanuel Macron prior to their meeting at the Elysee Palace in Paris, on November 10, 2018, on the sidelines of commemorations marking the 100th anniversary of the 11 November 1918 armistice, ending World War I. Photo by Christophe Petit-Tesson/POOL/AFP

Russia turns up uninvited to major NATO wargames

Nov 04, 2018 - 6:30 AM

Russia has already made clear its displeasure at NATO's Trident Juncture exercises, the largest by the alliance since the end of the Cold War

LARGEST EXERCISE. Around 50,000 participants from NATO and partner countries, some 250 aircraft, 65 ships and up to 10,000 vehicles take part in the Trident Juncture exercise. Photo by Jonathan Nackstrand/AFP

NATO urges Russia to comply with nuclear treaty

Nov 01, 2018 - 6:33 PM

After a meeting of the NATO-Russia Council, a statement by the transatlantic alliance says they 'urge Russia... to ensure full compliance with the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty without delay'

TRIDENT JUNCTURE. NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg looks at a Tac 50 Mac Millan sniper rifle as he meets with members of the Canadian Army Patrol Pathfinder taking part in the Trident Juncture 2018, a NATO-led military exercise. Photo by Jonathan Nackstrand/AFP

NATO shows Russia its military might in giant exercises

Oct 25, 2018 - 2:36 PM

Some 50,000 soldiers, 10,000 vehicles, 65 ships, and 250 aircraft from 31 countries are taking part in Trident Juncture 18, which is aimed at training the Atlantic Alliance to defend a member state after an aggression

EXERCISE. This file photo shows NATO paratroopers drop out of a US Air Force Hercules during the 'Swift Response 17' joint military exercise. File photo by Dimitar Dilkoff/AFP

NATO flexes muscles in show of strength to Russia

Oct 10, 2018 - 2:00 AM

Exercises like Trident Juncture 18 are designed to teach troops how to move a large force quickly in the event of an invasion against a NATO member triggering the allies' 'Article 5' mutual defense clause

EXERCISE. Kosovo Security Force (KSF) members march during a farewell ceremony of the German NATO led-peacekeeping mission in Kosovo, in the town of Prizren on October 3, 2018. Photo bt Armend Nimani/AFP

NATO military exercise to be biggest since Cold War

Oct 02, 2018 - 9:34 PM

NATO's Trident Juncture 18 exercise will bring 45,000 alliance troops, equipped with 150 aircraft, 70 vessels and around 10,000 land vehicles across northern Europe

NATO paratroopers drop out of a US Air Force Hercules during the 'Swift Response 17' joint airborn military exercise at Bezmer airfield near the village of Bezmer on July 18, 2017.  The US led 'Swift Response 17' airborne exercise, part of the multinational 'Saber Guardian 2017' exercise, involves up to 1,600 soldiers from the United States, Canada, Italy, Portugal and Greece. / AFP PHOTO / Dimitar DILKOFF

Macedonia PM defies low turnout to push name change

Oct 02, 2018 - 10:56 AM

More than 90% of those who voted in the referendum on Sunday, September 30, supported the name change, but only a third of the electorate turned out, results show

NAME ROW. The flag of the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (center) flying at UN headquarters in New York, July 2016. File photo by Loey Felipe/UN

Russia launches biggest ever war games

Sep 11, 2018 - 12:30 PM

(UPDATED) The week-long deployment dubbed 'Vostok-2018' is condemned by NATO as a rehearsal for 'large-scale conflict'

Tributes pour in for former UN chief, Nobel laureate Kofi Annan

Aug 18, 2018 - 7:48 PM

(4th UPDATE) World leaders and organizations pay tribute to the former UN Secretary General and Nobel Peace Prize laureate

UN CHIEF. In this file photo taken on April 28, 2004, United Nations Secretary General Kofi Annan takes a question during a press conference at the UN Headquarters in New York. Photo by Timothy A. Clary/AFP

U.S. slaps sanctions on Turkey ministers as pastor row ramps up

Aug 02, 2018 - 2:18 PM

The sanctions freeze any property or assets on US soil held by two Turkish ministers, and bar US citizens from doing business with them

White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders addresses a briefing at the White House June 25, 2018 in Washington, DC. / AFP PHOTO / Brendan Smialowski

The week in photos: July 7-13, 2018

Jul 14, 2018 - 12:11 PM

This week's selection of photo highlights here and around the world

VIVE LA FRANCE. A France fan cheers before the Russia 2018 World Cup semi-final football match between France and Belgium at the Saint Petersburg Stadium in Saint Petersburg on July 10, 2018. Photo by Christophe Simon/AFP

Trump piles pressure on NATO over defense spending

Jul 12, 2018 - 5:06 PM

Trump set the scene for more tension at the meeting in Brussels, renewing his criticism of European allies – and of Germany in particular

NATO. US President Donald Trump poses with Germany's Chancellor Angela Merkel (L), NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg (3R), Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May (R) in a group photograph at The Parc du Cinquantenaire - Jubelpark Park in Brussels on July 11, 2018, during the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) summit. Photo by Brendan Smialowski/AFP

Trump and Merkel clash at fraught NATO summit

Jul 11, 2018 - 10:10 PM

(UPDATED) The meet in Brussels is shaping up as the alliance's most difficult in years, with Europe and the US engaged in a bitter trade spat and Trump demanding that NATO allies 'reimburse' Washington for the cost of defending the continent

MERKEL AND TRUMP. German Chancellor Angela Merkel (L) and US President Donald Trump (R) make a statement to the press after a bilateral meeting on the sidelines of the NATO (North Atlantic Treaty Organization) summit at the NATO headquarters, in Brussels, on July 11, 2018. Photo by Brendan Smialowski / AFP

Trump, at NATO summit, says Germany is 'captive' of Russia

Jul 11, 2018 - 4:34 PM

'Germany is captive of Russia because it is getting so much of its energy from Russia,' Trump says, referring to Berlin's deal for the Nord Stream II gas pipeline

BREAKFAST MEETING.  White House Chief of Staff John Kelly, US Ambassador to NATO Kay Bailey Hutchison, US President Donald Trump, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and US Secretary of Defence James Mattis attend a breakfast meeting with the NATO Secretary General and staff at the US chief of mission's residence in Brussels on July 11, 2018.  Photo by Brendan Smialowski/AFP

#ThewRap: Things you need to know, July 11, 2018

Jul 11, 2018 - 11:40 AM

Hello! Here's a roundup of news you need to know this Wednesday.

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte, in his speech during the National Micro, Small, and Medium Enterprise (MSME) Summit 2018 held at the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Convention Center (ACC) in Clark Freeport Zone, Pampanga on July 10, 2018, assures that he will continue to promote ease of doing business to make the country a conducive environment for MSMEs to thrive.

Trump lashes out at NATO allies as he lands for tense summit

Jul 11, 2018 - 8:24 AM

President Donald Trump vows not to be 'taken advantage' of by the European Union, which he accuses of freeloading by relying on the United States for its defense while blocking US imports into the bloc

NATO SUMMIT. In this file photo, US President Donald Trump walks to Marine One prior to departure from the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, DC, February 16, 2018. File photo by Saul Loeb/AFP

Norway wants to double U.S. troops and deploy them closer to Russia

Jun 12, 2018 - 11:14 PM

Since last year, 330 US Marines have been deployed on rotation at Vaernes in the center of Norway, despite loud protests from Russia

BALTOPS. A US soldier takes part in a massive amphibious landing during the Exercise Baltic Operations (BALTOPS), a NATO maritime-focused military multinational exercise, on June 4, 2018 in Nemirseta on the Baltic sea in Lithuania. Photo by Petras Malukas/AFP

NATO, Russia to hold 1st talks since Skripal attack

May 29, 2018 - 2:30 PM

NATO has vehemently criticized Moscow over the attack in March and has expelled 7 Russian diplomats as part of a coordinated international response

Colombia to become first Latin American NATO 'global partner'

May 26, 2018 - 2:57 PM

In addition to Colombia, NATO lists Afghanistan, Australia, Iraq, Japan, the Republic of Korea, Mongolia, New Zealand and Pakistan as 'global partners'

TRUTH COMMISSION. Colombian President, Juan Manuel Santos Calderon speaks during the 72nd High-level Meeting on Peacebuilding and Sustaining Peace at United Nations Headquarters in New York, on April 24, 2018. Photo by Hector Retamal/AFP

Trump-Merkel meeting set for April 27 – White House

Apr 18, 2018 - 8:33 PM

After enjoying a close relationship with president Barack Obama, German Chancellor Angela Merkel has seen ties with Washington worsen under Donald Trump

German Chancellor Angela Merkel (L) and US President Donald Trump attend a working lunch during the Summit of the Heads of State and of Government of the G7, the group of most industrialized economies, plus the European Union, on May 26, 2017 in Taormina, Sicily. The leaders of Britain, Canada, France, Germany, Japan, the US and Italy will be joined by representatives of the European Union and the International Monetary Fund (IMF) as well as teams from Ethiopia, Kenya, Niger, Nigeria and Tunisia during the summit from May 26 to 27, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / Justin TALLIS

NATO expels 7 Russian diplomats, denies accreditation to 3 more

Mar 27, 2018 - 10:01 PM

'This will send a clear message to Russia that there are costs and consequences for their unacceptable pattern of behavior,' NATO chief Jens Stoltenberg says

JENS STOLTENBERG. NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg talks to the media at the European Council building in Brussels on December 15, 2016. File photo by Thierry Charlier/AFP

Estonia marks 100th anniversary of independence declaration

Feb 24, 2018 - 11:08 PM

'The war of independence sent a clear message: anything is possible if a nation really wants it,' says General Riho Teras, Estonia's chief of staff

'Game changer': Afghan conflict to intensify in 2018

Feb 11, 2018 - 12:54 PM

US aircraft dropped 4,361 munitions across Afghanistan in 2017 alone. They are deploying more troops and aircrafts to battle Islamist militants this year.

WORST YET TO COME? Afghan military personnel walk near the airport during fighting between Taliban militants and Afghan security forces in Kunduz. File photo by Wakil Kohsar / AFP

Angelina Jolie is working with NATO to combat sexual violence

Feb 01, 2018 - 11:05 AM

'We are very clear that this effort must be about practical results that make a real difference on the ground in conflict-affected areas and in changing attitudes towards women globally,' says the actress

US actress and Special Envoy for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) Angelina Jolie adresses a press conference after meeting with NATO Secretary General in Brussels on January 31, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / Emmanuel DUNAND

Under-fire Tillerson flies U.S. flag in skeptical Europe

Dec 06, 2017 - 12:08 AM

The US secretary of state is working with one eye looking back over his shoulder to Washington, after leaked reports last week from Trump's White House suggested his own job was on the line

STILL WORKING. US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson speaks during a joint press conference with EU foreign policy chief at the European Union Council building in Brussels on December 5, 2017. Photo by John Thys/AFP