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Grazing dangerously: The Romanian sheep nibbling away at US security

Tue, 16 Jan 2018 09:35:53 GMT2018-01-16T09:35:53Z

Dyed in the wool: A stubborn farmer is battling the US military over a flock of sheep near a military base in southern Romania. STOENESTI : One of the most important strategic sites in Europe for the US military has come under threat from a rather unexpected enemy: a flock of sheep.

While Donald Trump's words are divisive and dangerous, his actions are far less reckless

Tue, 16 Jan 2018 05:13:04 GMT2018-01-16T05:13:04Z

One of the few consolations about the past year is that the actions of the Trump administration have been more conventional than its words. It reminds one of the public-service adage: pay attention to what governments do rather than what they say.

Denmark will increase defense spending to counter Russia: PM

Tue, 16 Jan 2018 00:45:35 GMT2018-01-16T00:45:35Z

The Danish government expects to win backing for a substantial increase in defense spending next month, to counter Russia's intensified military activity in eastern and northern Europe, the NATO-member's prime minister said Monday. Denmark last week deployed 200 troops to a UK-led NATO mission in Estonia aimed at deterring Russia from attacking the Baltic NATO members.

Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Turkish leader, vows to destroy U.S.-backed 'terror army' in Syria

Mon, 15 Jan 2018 20:15:21 GMT2018-01-15T20:15:21Z

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan vowed to destroy a 30,000-man border security force in Syria, trained and equipped by Washington, characterizing it as a "terror army" designed to infringe on the country's sovereignty in the region. During a vitriolic speech in Ankara Monday, Mr. Ergodan lashed out at the burgeoning security force and America's continued military support for Kurdish separatist groups in Syria tagged as terrorist organizations by Turkey.

Labor head attacks Abbas for pushing 'anti-Semitic fabrications'

Mon, 15 Jan 2018 15:21:06 GMT2018-01-15T15:21:06Z

Labor party leader Avi Gabbay slams Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas' speech, in which he said Israel is a "colonial project." "Abu Mazen's words are grave and false and also included anti-Semitic fabrications," says Gabbay, using Abbas' Arabic nickname.

Azerbaijan to attend NATO Military Committee session

Mon, 15 Jan 2018 10:40:37 GMT2018-01-15T10:40:37Z

News selected on topics and regions - oil and gas, business, politics, IT, the South Caucasus, the Caspian Sea region, Central Asia Ranking of the Azerbaijani banking sector CONTACT US E-MAIL: PHONES: + 994 12 437 18 46 Azad Abdulrahimzade: +994 50 669-48-84 Aybeniz Askerova: +994 50 677-42-28 Azerbaijan's First Deputy Defense Minister, Chief of the General Staff of the Armed Forces, Colonel General Najmaddin Sadikhov will take part in the 178th Military Committee in Chiefs of Defense Session of NATO within the "Resolute Support" and "Projecting Stability" formats in Brussels, the Azerbaijani Defense Ministry said in a message Jan. 15.

Political Insanity

Mon, 15 Jan 2018 06:17:33 GMT2018-01-15T06:17:33Z

If there is such a thing as "Political Islam", then, by the same logic there are many other "politicals". Some of these would include "Political Christianity", "Political Humanitarianism", and "Political Feminism".

US-Led Coalition Helps Build New Syrian Force, Angering Turkey

Mon, 15 Jan 2018 01:51:58 GMT2018-01-15T01:51:58Z

Syrian Democratic Forces fighters ride atop of military vehicles as they celebrate victory in Raqqa, Syria, Oct. 17, 2017. The U.S.-led coalition is working with its Syrian militia allies to set up a new border force of 30,000 personnel, the coalition said on Sunday, a move that has added to Turkish anger over U.S. support for Kurdish-dominated forces in Syria.

Meet the woman with one of the hardest jobs in Middle East

Sun, 14 Jan 2018 21:29:50 GMT2018-01-14T21:29:50Z

It's one of the toughest jobs in the Middle East, and it's held by a woman from Norway who sees herself as a role model for young girls who dream of a career in the military. Maj.-Gen Kristen Lund was appointed as the mission head and chief of staff of the United Nations Truce Supervision Organization in late October, becoming the first woman to hold such a position.

Erdogan Repeats Warning of Attack on Kurdish Enclave in Syria

Sun, 14 Jan 2018 17:08:02 GMT2018-01-14T17:08:02Z

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan signaled Turkish forces may soon carry out an attack on a Kurdish stronghold in northwest Syria, a day after the army shelled the area. Turkey regards the Kurdish YPG forces who control Afrin as a terrorist group with links to the PKK, which has long battled for autonomy in Turkey's southeast.

Syrian war will drag into next decade warns Kurdish leader

Sun, 14 Jan 2018 12:36:49 GMT2018-01-14T12:36:49Z

Ahead of a peace congress in the Russian city of Sochi planned for the end of January Kurdish leader says US is in "no hurry" to leave Kurdish controlled areas. Aldar Khalil, a Kurdish politician is seen in the town of Rmeilan, Hasaka province, Syria September 27, 2017.

Jiri Drahos: a man with the right chemistry to be Czech president?

Sun, 14 Jan 2018 08:13:18 GMT2018-01-14T08:13:18Z

Jiri Drahos, a former head of the Czech Academy of Sciences, and a university chemistry professor, is considered to be the most serious rival to the incumbent Milos Zeman in the presidential race. Mr Drahos is running as an independent candidate and has collected more than 142,000 signatures in his support.

World's Eyes on Kosovo Amid Push to Halt War Crimes Court

Sun, 14 Jan 2018 03:55:07 GMT2018-01-14T03:55:07Z

Kosovo Albanians at a ceremony in Prekaz last year commemorating the 19th anniversary of the killing of a founding member of the Kosovo Liberation Army. Some K.L.A. veterans in government have tried to disband a war crimes court.

Correction: Turkey-US story

Sat, 13 Jan 2018 23:33:39 GMT2018-01-13T23:33:39Z

In November 2016, a student at Ohio State University, not Ohio University, intentionally drove a car into pedestrians on campus and attacked people with a knife. A corrected version of the story is below: to the United States, in retaliation for a new U.S. travel advisory that warned Americans about terror threats and arbitrary detentions in Turkey.

PH is Southeast Asia's most attacked nation in cyberspace - expert

Sat, 13 Jan 2018 19:10:52 GMT2018-01-13T19:10:52Z

Digital technology expert Reynaldo Lugtu, member of the Advisory Board of Global Chamber Manila, said the Philippines ranked tenth as most "cyber attacked" countries in the world and the most attacked among countries in Southeast Asia. Data from the Federal Bureau of Investigation showed that the Philippines is the tenth most attacked country worldwide in the internet.

Trump's nuclear strategy seeks new weapons to counter Russia

Sat, 13 Jan 2018 14:35:02 GMT2018-01-13T14:35:02Z

With Russia in mind, the Trump administration is aiming to develop new nuclear firepower that it says will make it easier to deter threats to European allies. The plan, not yet approved by President Donald Trump, is intended to make nuclear conflict less likely.

Trump's nuclear strategy seeks new weapons to counter Russia

Sat, 13 Jan 2018 14:35:01 GMT2018-01-13T14:35:01Z

In this July 20, 2017, file photo, President Donald Trump stops to answer a reporter's question after greeting military personnel during a visit to the Pentagon. Watching is Vice President Mike Pence.

World’s Eyes on Kosovo Amid Push to Halt War Crimes Court

Sat, 13 Jan 2018 12:59:35 GMT2018-01-13T12:59:35Z

The United States and the European Union have warned lawmakers’ against moves to halt the court before it has even begun work.

Turkey Completes Deal to Buy Antimissile System From Russia

Fri, 29 Dec 2017 22:57:05 GMT2017-12-29T22:57:05Z

The deal would make Turkey the first member of NATO to own Russia’s most advanced air defense system, and it has raised concerns among Turkey’s NATO allies.

Trump, the Insurgent, Breaks With 70 Years of American Foreign Policy

Thu, 28 Dec 2017 20:12:53 GMT2017-12-28T20:12:53Z

President Trump has transformed the world’s view of the United States from an anchor of the international order into something more inward-looking and unpredictable.

Trump Inaccurately Claims ‘Firsts’ in Defense Speech

Tue, 19 Dec 2017 01:30:32 GMT2017-12-19T01:30:32Z

President Trump sold his first national security strategy with inaccurate claims about military spending, NATO and border security.

Deadly Taliban Attacks on NATO Convoy and Police in Afghanistan

Sun, 17 Dec 2017 18:32:16 GMT2017-12-17T18:32:16Z

Militants killed at least 11 officers at Afghan checkpoints in Helmand Province, and a suicide bomber targeted a NATO convoy in Kandahar.

Tillerson Says Trump Remains Committed to Mideast Peace

Wed, 06 Dec 2017 13:52:06 GMT2017-12-06T13:52:06Z

Before an announcement expected to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson expressed reassurances about the consequences of the decision.

Erdogan Going to Greece Next Week in Groundbreaking Visit

Thu, 30 Nov 2017 20:25:10 GMT2017-11-30T20:25:10Z

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan will be the first Turkish head of state to visit in 65 years. He is expected to discuss transport between the countries.

Trump’s ‘Tremendous Success’ Abroad Is Overstated

Thu, 16 Nov 2017 00:42:50 GMT2017-11-16T00:42:50Z

President Trump recapped 10 months of his foreign policy in a speech on Wednesday that contained several inaccurate claims.

Trump Declares ‘America First’ Policy a Success After Asia Trip

Wed, 15 Nov 2017 20:37:21 GMT2017-11-15T20:37:21Z

Home from a 12-day trip to Asia with few concrete achievements, Mr. Trump made no significant announcements in what he had hyped as “a major statement.”

E.U. Moves Closer to a Joint Military Force

Mon, 13 Nov 2017 16:48:50 GMT2017-11-13T16:48:50Z

A long-dormant plan for increased defense spending and cooperation has found new life after Brexit, terrorist attacks and Russian aggression.