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Disquieting developments

THE new Ukrainian Parliament's overwhelming vote last week in favour of the country opting for membership of the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (Nato) is a contentious signal from a pro-western government to further cement Kiev's strategic ties with the West. The decision reverses the country's policy of non-alignment with any political and military grouping, codified under former President Viktor F. Yanukovych in 2010. Instead, it paves the way for Ukraine's strong military and strategic engagement with European powers and...

Rocket kills 26 at Afghan wedding party

Rocket kills 26 at Afghan wedding party

A rocket fired amid fighting between Taliban insurgents and Afghan soldiers killed at least 26 people at a nearby wedding party Thursday, authorities said, a grim end to a year that saw the end of the 13-year US-led combat mission there. The rocket struck a house in southern Helman province's Sangin District, where Afghan...

US sailors victims of videotaped attack in Istanbul

US sailors victims of videotaped attack in Istanbul

Three US sailors were assaulted on Wednesday by about 20 people on the streets of Istanbul, Turkey, and the assault was videotaped and then posted on the internet, the Navy said. The American embassy said the videotaped assault on the sailors was "appalling," reports ABC News. (1/4)The video showing an assault on three visiting American...

Russian troops enter Ukraine: Nato

Russian troops enter Ukraine: Nato

Nato has seen columns of Russian military equipment and Russian combat troops entering Ukraine this week, its top commander said. "Russian tanks, Russian artillery, Russian air defence systems and Russian combat troops" were sighted, US Gen Philip Breedlove said in Bulgaria. Russia has consistently denied sending troops into eastern Ukraine to bolster pro-Russian separatist rebels...

Russian hackers use ‘zero-day’ to hack NATO: report

Russian hackers use ‘zero-day’ to hack NATO: report

A Russian hacking group probably working for the government has been exploiting a previously unknown flaw in Microsoft’s Windows operating system to spy on NATO, the Ukrainian government, a US university researcher and other national security targets, according to a new report. The group has been active since at least 2009, according to research...

Ukraine truce 'in name only': Nato

Ukraine truce 'in name only': Nato

Nato's most senior military commander has said the ceasefire between Ukraine and pro-Russian separatists currently exists 'in name only'. Gen Philip Breedlove said the numbers of artillery rounds fired recently was comparable to periods before the truce came into effect two weeks ago. He added, however, that he was "hopeful" about a new agreement signed...

Suicide car bomber kills 3 foreign troops in Kabul

Suicide car bomber kills 3 foreign troops in Kabul

A suicide car bomber killed at least three foreign troops in an attack on a convoy near the US embassy in Kabul on Tuesday, the NATO-led coalition said, one of the worst attacks on international forces in the Afghan capital in months. The attack near the heavily fortified embassy comes amid a months-long political...

Nato plans 4,000 strong rapid reaction force

Nato plans 4,000 strong rapid reaction force

The UK is to contribute a quarter of the troops in a new 4,000-strong Nato rapid reaction force for initial deployment in the Baltics, easing anxiety among member states near Russia's border that the Kremlin could repeat its aggression in Ukraine elsewhere in the region. The announcement will come against the backdrop of peace...

Nato leaders to meet Ukraine president

Nato leaders to meet Ukraine president

World leaders are due to meet Ukraine's president before the Nato summit gets under way in Wales. President Petro Poroshenko will update US and EU leaders after discussions with Russia's President Vladimir Putin. France has ramped up the pressure on Putin by axing its contract to deliver two navy assault ships to Russia. The two-day Nato...

Nato to oppose Russian aggression: Obama

Nato to oppose Russian aggression: Obama

Confronted by a Kremlin-backed military offensive in Ukraine, President Barack Obama and Western allies will approve plans this week to position at least 4,000 troops and military equipment in Eastern Europe, bolstering Nato's security commitments to nervous member states near the Russian border. Ahead of a high-stakes Nato summit that begins Thursday, Obama will...

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