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The Rise of Euro-Putinism

Sat, 17 Mar 2018 01:08:22 GMT2018-03-17T01:08:22Z

Putin’s victory on Sunday is a certainty, but what other victories might he win in Europe?

In Latvia, hundreds march in honor of SS veterans

Fri, 16 Mar 2018 22:04:32 GMT2018-03-16T22:04:32Z

Police arrested a man for displaying a poster of soldiers killing Jews at the annual march by local veterans of two SS divisions that made up the Latvian Legion during World War II. The man was arrested Friday morning on the margins of the annual march of the Remembrance Day of the Latvian Legionnaires - soldiers from the 15th Waffen Grenadier Division of the SS and the 19th Waffen Grenadier Division of the SS .

Greek appeals court rejects Turkey's request for extradition of eight soldiers

Fri, 16 Mar 2018 13:44:29 GMT2018-03-16T13:44:29Z

A Greek appeals court on March 16 rejected a Turkish demand for the handover of eight Turkish soldiers accused of having a direct role in Turkey's July 2016 coup attempt. The ruling marked the third extradition request that the Greek courts have refused, in an issue that has strained relations between the two NATO allies.

Defending Afrin means defending democracy and women's liberation

Thu, 15 Mar 2018 16:54:34 GMT2018-03-15T16:54:34Z

Afrin, a city within the canton of Rojava in northern Syria, is under siege by the Turkish military, supported by right wing jihadist forces, including al-Quaeda, al-Nusra and the remnants of ISIS. Fifty-two days after the invasion began, more than 290 civilians had been killed.

Lavrov says delivery of S-400 missiles to Turkey will speed up

Thu, 15 Mar 2018 10:02:05 GMT2018-03-15T10:02:05Z

Moscow and Ankara have agreed to speed up delivery of S-400 anti-ballistic missile systems to Turkey despite growing concerns in NATO over the Turkish government's purchase of a non-interoperable system. Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov told reporters that Moscow will speed up initial deliveries of S-400 missile batteries to Turkey at a press conference with visiting Foreign Minister MevlA1 4t A avuAYoAYlu after lengthy talks in the Russian capital on March 13. "The sooner Turkey receives [the S-400 missile system] the better.

Here's what the UK could do to Russia over the Skripal poisoning

Thu, 15 Mar 2018 05:34:20 GMT2018-03-15T05:34:20Z

Theresa May's midnight deadline passed with no explanation from Moscow on how a rare Russian-made nerve agent came to be used on British soil. A diplomatic showdown between Whitehall and the Kremlin now looms: the British Prime Minister promises to set out "the full range of measures" against Russia, which pledges to respond to any "punitive measures" in kind.

US Rejects Iranian Accusations of Supporting Afghan IS

Thu, 15 Mar 2018 01:09:15 GMT2018-03-15T01:09:15Z

U.S. soldiers ready a howitzer to be towed into position at Bost Airfield in Afghanistan's Helmand Province in this June 10, 2017 photo provided by Operation Resolute Support. The U.S. and NATO deny Iranian allegations that U.S. troops in Afghanistan support Islamic State militants.

Turkey, Allies Say They Have Laid Siege To Syrian Border City Held By Kurds

Wed, 14 Mar 2018 20:44:06 GMT2018-03-14T20:44:06Z

Fighters with the Turkish-backed Free Syrian Army advance through a field southeast of Afrin on Tuesday. Ankara and its allies among the Syrian rebels said Tuesday they have surrounded the Kurdish-held Syrian border town.

NATO's Global Engagement Grows To Face North Korea's Nuclear Ambitions

Wed, 14 Mar 2018 16:27:03 GMT2018-03-14T16:27:03Z

As its name implies, the North Atlantic Treaty Organization has its roots in Europe and North America. But as the alliance faces new global threats, it has begun to broaden its horizons.

US trying to improve Syrian detention of foreign fighters

Wed, 14 Mar 2018 11:48:31 GMT2018-03-14T11:48:31Z

US Central Command commander Gen. Jospeh Votel waits to speaks at the Senate Committee on Armed Services on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, March 13, 2018.

US military uses strategy from ISIS fight to attack Taliban

Wed, 14 Mar 2018 07:07:03 GMT2018-03-14T07:07:03Z

The U.S. military is ratcheting up its attack on Taliban funding streams in Afghanistan, where troops are using a strategy that paid dividends in the battle against the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, the general in charge of U.S. Central Command said Tuesday. "This is a lesson learned from Iraq and Syria, where we got serious about going after the funding streams that supported ISIS," Army Gen.

No honeymoon: US relations, EU future challenge Merkel

Wed, 14 Mar 2018 02:47:07 GMT2018-03-14T02:47:07Z

A record 171 days after Germany's election, Angela Merkel is set to pledge for the fourth time to dedicate her efforts to Germans' well-being and "protect them from harm." Merkel has 12 often-turbulent years as chancellor behind her.

Britain's Nato allies condemn ex-spy poisoning

Tue, 13 Mar 2018 21:56:54 GMT2018-03-13T21:56:54Z

The UK's Nato allies rallied around Theresa May following her statement to MPs in which she said it was highly likely Russia was responsible for the use of chemical weapons against Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia. Mrs May was assured of the backing of the US, Germany and France in calls to President Donald Trump, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Emmanuel Macron, according to Downing Street readouts.

U.K. Has Weapons to Use Against Russia, All With Drawbacks

Tue, 13 Mar 2018 17:41:53 GMT2018-03-13T17:41:53Z

As Britain weighs retaliation for the poisoning of a former spy with nerve agent, an array of financial and diplomatic tools are being proposed.

US official urges resolution of Macedonia name dispute

Tue, 13 Mar 2018 17:18:25 GMT2018-03-13T17:18:25Z

A senior United States official is urging Macedonia and Greece to seize the moment to resolve a decades-long dispute over the Balkan country's name that has prevented it from joining NATO. Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs Wess Mitchel visited Macedonia's capital, Skopje, on Tuesday as part of a Balkan tour.

The Latest: News agencies say 100 evacuated from east Ghouta

Tue, 13 Mar 2018 14:53:08 GMT2018-03-13T14:53:08Z

Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, gestures as he delivers a speech during a rally of his ruling Justice and Development Party's supporters, in Mersin, southern Turkey, Saturday, March 10, 2018. Erdogan has criticised NATO for not supporting the country's ongoing military operation against the Syrian Kurdish People's Protection Units or YPG, that started Jan. 20, to clear them from Afrin in northwestern Syria.

The Latest: Syrian military takes district south of capital

Tue, 13 Mar 2018 14:53:07 GMT2018-03-13T14:53:07Z

Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, gestures as he delivers a speech during a rally of his ruling Justice and Development Party's supporters, in Mersin, southern Turkey, Saturday, March 10, 2018. Erdogan has criticised NATO for not supporting the country's ongoing military operation against the Syrian Kurdish People's Protection Units or YPG, that started Jan. 20, to clear them from Afrin in northwestern Syria.

White House Calls Attack on Ex-Spy in UK 'An Outrage,' But Doesn't Mention Russia

Tue, 13 Mar 2018 09:57:29 GMT2018-03-13T09:57:29Z

The White House is stopping short of blaming Russia for the poisoning of a former Russian military intelligence officer who was a double agent for Britain's intelligence services. "The use of a highly lethal nerve agent against U.K. citizens on U.K. soil is an outrage," White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders told reporters Monday.

Fearing trade war, EU warns of protectionism 'dead end'

Tue, 13 Mar 2018 05:14:34 GMT2018-03-13T05:14:34Z

The European Union on Monday urged U.S. President Donald Trump not to head down "a dead end" road of protectionism and warned of a damaging trade war over his new steel and aluminum tariffs. At talks in Brussels, economy ministers underlined that the EU - the world's biggest trading bloc - supports free and open trade but that its 28 countries will respond if they are targeted by the U.S. tariffs, which are set to enter force next week.

An Unprecedented Peace Offer to the Taliban

Sun, 11 Mar 2018 19:53:12 GMT2018-03-11T19:53:12Z

The Afghan government has invited the Taliban to join peace talks without preconditions and seeks a political agreement.

Behold Vladimir V. Potemkin

Mon, 05 Mar 2018 15:48:27 GMT2018-03-05T15:48:27Z

Behind a facade of strength, Putin leads a nation deep in economic rot, military overreach and failure to serve its citizens.

Wave of Taliban Attacks Kills at Least 20 Afghan Soldiers

Sat, 24 Feb 2018 12:53:47 GMT2018-02-24T12:53:47Z

Insurgents staged several raids in the south as a high-level NATO delegation visited the country to discuss the peace process.

Let Transgender Americans Continue to Serve in the Military

Fri, 23 Feb 2018 17:50:07 GMT2018-02-23T17:50:07Z

President Trump’s proposed ban of transgender people is an insult to the thousands already serving capably.

Tyranny of the American Visa Regime

Fri, 23 Feb 2018 10:45:25 GMT2018-02-23T10:45:25Z

Onerous travel restrictions on journalists, academics and students go to the heart of what kind of country the United States wants to be.

U.S. Revives Concerns About European Defense Plans, Rattling NATO Allies

Sun, 18 Feb 2018 17:59:09 GMT2018-02-18T17:59:09Z

After pressing European nations to spend more on their security, Americans now worry that their projects could weaken the Atlantic alliance and block U.S. defense contractors from deals.

Greece’s Macedonian Touchstone

Thu, 08 Feb 2018 11:30:15 GMT2018-02-08T11:30:15Z

A newly flaring controversy goes back decades. Or is it centuries?

On Northern Syria Front Line, U.S. and Turkey Head Into Tense Face-off

Wed, 07 Feb 2018 21:42:57 GMT2018-02-07T21:42:57Z

The New York Times traveled with two U.S. generals to a northern Syria city where armed conflict between the Americans and Turks is now a possibility.