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Kerry denies split between US and Europe on Russia policy

Kerry denies split between US and Europe on Russia policy

Secretary of State John Kerry denied on Sunday that a split has emerged between Washington and Europe over how to handle Russia, after leading US senators sharply criticized Germany and other countries who oppose sending arms to the Ukraine military. "Let me assure everybody there is no division, there is no split – I...

Push for peace in Ukraine to resume

Push for peace in Ukraine to resume

Russian President Vladimir Putin is to discuss a peace plan for east Ukraine with the German, French and Ukrainian leaders by phone. German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Francois Hollande are pushing a plan to end bloody fighting between government and rebel forces. Meeting Putin in Moscow on Friday, they agreed to four-way talks...

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...

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