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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

Tillerson meets EU, NATO leaders amid doubts on his future

Dec 05, 2017 - 11:33 AM

His visit comes against a difficult backdrop – a rift with President Donald Trump has led to reports he could be replaced within weeks, calling into question his authority to speak for Washington

FUTURE IN DOUBT. In this file photo, US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson speaks at the State Department in Washington, DC on November 30, 2017. Mandel Ngan/AFP

NATO takes 'disciplinary' action over Turkey 'enemy' insult

Nov 19, 2017 - 8:40 PM

NATO chief Jens Stoltenberg has told Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan that the actions of the individual in question 'do not reflect the views of NATO'

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. Photo by Thierry Charlier/AFP

Bulgarian pilots refuse to fly MiG-29s over safety concerns

Oct 24, 2017 - 10:20 PM

Out of a fleet of 16, Bulgaria's air force currently has just seven aging MiG-29 aircraft in good flying order

NATO chief urges U.S., Turkey to 'find solutions' to row

Oct 13, 2017 - 9:33 PM

'We are always ready to help, but I know there are direct contacts so I am certain Turkey and the United States are talking to each other directly and addressing some of this disputes,' NATO chief Jens Stoltenberg says

JEN STOLTENBERG. 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

U.S. Defense Secretary Mattis, NATO chief Stoltenberg in Kabul

Sep 27, 2017 - 1:38 PM

The unannounced high-level visit comes as Afghan security forces struggle to beat back the Taliban which has been on the offensive since the withdrawal of US-led NATO combat troops at the end of 2014

MATTIS AND STOLTENBERG. US Secretary for Defense Jim Mattis (L) speaks with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg prior to a meeting at NATO headquarters in Brussels on June 29, 2017. Virginia Mayo/Pool/AFP

NATO condemns UN nuclear weapon ban treaty

Sep 20, 2017 - 8:36 PM

NATO says the treaty 'disregards the realities of the increasingly challenging international security environment' in the face of growing threats, particularly from Pyongyang, which recently carried out its sixth nuclear test

North Korea's 'global threat' requires global response – NATO chief

Sep 10, 2017 - 5:58 PM

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg calls for North Korea to abandon its nuclear and missile programs

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. / AFP PHOTO / THIERRY CHARLIER

NATO chief sees no 'imminent threat' in Russia war games

Sep 06, 2017 - 11:49 PM

We will monitor the Zapad activity closely and we are vigilant but also calm because we don t see any imminent threat against any NATO ally NATO chief Jens Stoltenberg says

JENS STOLTENBERG. NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg (L) and Polish Prime Minister Beata Szydlo pose for photographer prior to a meeting in Warsaw, Poland on August 25, 2017. Photo by Janek Skazynski/AFP

16 Afghan police killed in US strike

Jul 22, 2017 - 4:34 PM

The incident took place as Afghan security forces were clearing a village of Taliban elements

The week in photos: July 15-21, 2017

Jul 22, 2017 - 1:25 PM

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

A captain of the Red Ants, a municipal team tasked with evictions, cracks his whip to speed up the eviction inside Fattis Mansion in downtown Johannesburg on July 19, 2017.  Residents of the allegedly illegally occupied building were forcibly removed by dozens of red clad security men and their belongings laid on the pavement outside the building. Several buildings in the central district of Johannesburg are illegally occupied by a large number of residents, often migrants, who live in substandard conditions. / AFP PHOTO / MARCO LONGARI

Trump backs NATO as he warns future of the West at stake

Jul 06, 2017 - 6:48 PM

3rd UPDATE On the eve of what is likely to be a prickly G20 summit with Trump facing animosity from traditional US allies he uses his keynote address in Warsaw to warn that a lack of collective resolve could doom an alliance that endured through the Cold War

TRUMP IN POLAND. US President Donald Trump attends the Three Seas Initiative of Eastern European countries at the Royal Castle in Warsaw, Poland, July 6, 2017. Photo by Saul Loeb/AFP

7 U.S. soldiers wounded in Afghan 'insider attack'

Jun 17, 2017 - 11:09 PM

UPDATED The so called green on blue attack at Camp Shaheen is the latest incident where Afghan soldiers turn their weapons on international forces assisting them

Trump says U.S. committed to NATO's mutual defense pledge

Jun 10, 2017 - 9:34 AM

Trump makes the statement after failing to endorse Article 5 in a speech at last month s NATO summit in Brussels

MUTUAL DEFENSE. In this file photo, the US and the NATO flags fly in front of two US Air Force F-22 Raptor fighter aircrafts at the Air Base of the Lithuanian Armed Forces on April 27, 2016. Petras Malukas/AFP

New Trump attack on Germany widens transatlantic rift

May 31, 2017 - 2:55 PM

Trump takes to Twitter to once again demand that Germany renegotiate the terms of transatlantic trade and boost its defense spending

In this file photo, 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 on May 26, 2017 in Taormina, Sicily. Justin Tallis/AFP

Trump berates NATO for dodging defense dues

May 26, 2017 - 1:25 PM

Twenty three of the 28 member nations are still not paying what they should be paying and what they re supposed to be paying for their defense says US President Donald Trump

NATO IN THE US. A view of the Allied Command Transformation headquarters on Naval Station Norfolk May 4, 2012 in Norfolk, Virginia. Norfolk Naval Base is home to the North Atlantic Treaty Organization's (NATO) Allied Command Transformation (ACT) headquarters, the only NATO facility in the United States. Brendan Smialowski/AFP

Trump, Erdogan vow friendship despite anger at US arming Kurds

May 17, 2017 - 9:57 AM

Both leaders try to put a brave face on their differences and to renew a key alliance between NATO s leading power and its biggest Muslim member partners in the fight against the Islamic State group in Syria and Iraq

FRIENDSHIP. US President Donald Trump (right) and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan deliver their joint statements after a bilateral meeting at the White House on May 16, 2017. Screengrab from White House video

NATO mulls sending thousands more troops to Afghanistan

May 10, 2017 - 7:08 PM

The troops are needed to train local forces NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg says

TRAINING. In this photograph taken on February 9, 2017, Afghan National Army (ANA) soldiers march during a training by Italian soldiers from NATO's Resolute Support Mission at a Military Training centre on the outskirts of Herat. Aref Karimi/AFP

Powerful blast targets NATO convoy in Kabul

May 03, 2017 - 2:30 PM

Most of the victims are civilians on the busy main road during the morning rush hour

Trump says 'strong Europe' is important for U.S.

Apr 21, 2017 - 7:58 AM

This is a turnaround of the US President s earlier pronouncement hailing Britain s decision to leave the European Union

STRONG EUROPE. US President Donald Trump, who once hailed Britain's departure from the European Union, says a 'strong Europe' is important for the United States. File Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images/AFP

Erdogan wins Turkey referendum as opposition cries foul

Apr 17, 2017 - 7:12 AM

The sweeping constitutional changes approved in the vote create a presidential system that will grant Erdogan more power than any leader in modern Turkish history

FUTURE DETERMINED? A supporter of the 'yes' camp waves a Turkish national flag during a rally in front of Turkish presidential residence, at Sariyer district, in Istanbul, on April 16, 2017, after the initial results of a nationwide referendum that will determine Turkey's future destiny. Bulent Kilic/AFP

Tillerson denounces 'Russian aggression in Ukraine'

Mar 31, 2017 - 6:06 PM

We want to have a discussion around NATO s posture in Europe most particularly in eastern Europe in response to Russia s aggression in Ukraine and elsewhere Tillerson says upon arriving in Brussels for his first NATO talks

RUSSIAN AGGRESSION. Rex Tillerson speaks at a discussion organized by the Economic Club of Washington in Washington, DC on March 12, 2015. File photo by Nicholas Kamm/AFP

U.S. top diplomat to push NATO pay up in first talks

Mar 31, 2017 - 11:26 AM

US officials say US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson will push the allies to do more to reach the goal of boosting defense spending to 2 of gross domestic product by 2024 which they set during a summit in Wales in 2014

NO-SHOW. US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson draws flak for not personally releasing his department's global human rights report for 2016. File photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images/AFP

Tillerson to meet allies as NATO races to save talks

Mar 25, 2017 - 9:13 PM

The last minute preparations are not typical for NATO which normally has plans in place weeks ahead of time for these highly orchestrated meeting

SECRETARY OF STATE. This file photo shows then-Exxon Mobil chairman and CEO Rex Tillerson in Washington, DC on March 12, 2015. Nicholas Kamm/AFP

Trump to reaffirm NATO 'commitment' at May summit

Mar 22, 2017 - 3:45 PM

The Trump administration has been scrambling to reaffirm its commitment to Washington s military alliances – including NATO – after the Republican billionaire called into question their usefulness during the presidential race

NATO IN THE US. A view of the Allied Command Transformation headquarters on Naval Station Norfolk May 4, 2012 in Norfolk, Virginia. Norfolk Naval Base is home to the North Atlantic Treaty Organization's (NATO) Allied Command Transformation (ACT) headquarters, the only NATO facility in the United States. Brendan Smialowski/AFP

Tillerson to skip NATO meeting next month

Mar 21, 2017 - 10:47 PM

This comes as Washington tries to quash questions about US President Donald Trump s support for NATO and quest for better ties with Moscow

TILLERSON. US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson speaks on visa travel at the US Customs and Border Protection Press Room in the Reagan Building on March 6, 2017 in Washington, DC. Photo by Mandel Ngan/AFP

FAST FACTS: Main points of Trump's speech to U.S. Congress

Mar 01, 2017 - 1:30 PM

Here are the main points of US President Donald Trump s first speech to the US Congress outlining his ambitious agenda

US President Donald Trump addresses a joint session of the US Congress on February 28, 2017 at the Capitol in Washington, DC. Andrew Caballero-Reynolds/AFP

Pence reassures Europe, demands NATO pay up

Feb 21, 2017 - 7:38 AM

Pence pledges the United States will keep working with Europe to boost the world s two biggest economies fight terrorism and defend eastern EU states against Russian encroachment

US Vice-President Mike Pence speaks during a press conference at the NATO headquarters in Brussels on February 20, 2017. Virginia Mayo/Pool/AFP

#ThewRap: Things you need to know, February 20, 2017

Feb 20, 2017 - 11:32 AM

Hello Here are the top stories you shouldn t miss this Monday

U.S. pledges 'unwavering' commitment, Europe lukewarm

Feb 19, 2017 - 8:34 AM

US Vice President Mike Pence leads a chorus of reassurance for allies rattled by Donald Trump s policy stance but European leaders give the pledges a lukewarm welcome

US Vice President Michael Richard Pence delivers a speech on the 2nd day of the 53rd Munich Security Conference (MCS) in Munich, southern Germany, on February 18, 2017. Christof Stache/AFP

Russia seeks 'post-West' order as US vows loyalty to allies

Feb 18, 2017 - 9:03 PM

UPDATED Russia s foreign minister says Moscow wanted a relationship with Washington that is pragmatic with mutual respect and acknowledgement of our common responsibility for global stability

'POST-WEST' WORLD ORDER. Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov speaks at the 53rd Munich Security Conference (MSC) at the Bayerischer Hof hotel in Munich, Germany, on February 18, 2017. Christof Stache/AFP

Pence tells Europe: U.S. will always be your greatest ally

Feb 18, 2017 - 6:45 PM

The US will boost defense spending significantly says US Vice President Mike Pence

GREATEST ALLY. US Vice President Mike Pence European leaders at the Munich Security Conference that the US is Europe's "greatest ally." File Photo

U.S. general says NATO needs more troops in Afghanistan

Feb 10, 2017 - 12:54 PM

US led forces have been fighting in Afghanistan for 16 years making it already America s longest ever war but General John Nicholson tells Congress: I believe we re in a stalemate

MORE TROOPS NEEDED. US Army Gen. John Nicholson, commander of Resolute Support of United States Forces, testifies during a hearing before Senate Armed Services Committee February 9, 2017 on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images/AFP