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Eyes on nationalist right as Germans head to polls

Sun, 24 Sep 2017 14:04:41 GMT2017-09-24T14:04:41Z

Some 60 million Germans are making their way to polling stations today as Europe's most powerful country looks set to re-elect Angela Merkel as chancellor for an historic fourth term. Major western democracies have delivered unpredictable election results recently, including in the United States, the United Kingdom and France, but German polls have been historically accurate and Merkel's Christian Democratic Union looks set to be the biggest party, although they would still likely need a coalition with smaller parties to form a government.

After military drills, West is examining Russia's capability

Sun, 24 Sep 2017 05:29:52 GMT2017-09-24T05:29:52Z

The vast Russian military exercises that ended this week showed off a muscular fighting force practicing state-on-state warfare, NATO's deputy military commander said, in one of the first assessments of a large-scale operation that put Russia's neighbors on nervous alert. The Zapad exercise, which rehearsed a conflict along Russia's western borders, showed off a force that was marshaling itself "probably more quickly, more efficiently, with this underlying message that if you thought we were in decay, we're not," NATO's Deputy Supreme Allied Commander Europe, British Gen.

Germany Election So Far Unaffected by 'Fake News'

Sun, 24 Sep 2017 01:10:51 GMT2017-09-24T01:10:51Z

Facebook took action against "thousands of fake accounts" and partnered with German authorities in the days leading up to its 2017 federal election. On 21 September 2017, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg made an announcement about what the social media giant would be doing in the near future to counter future attempts to subvert democratic elections using social media after Russia - now infamously - attempted to meddle in the 2016 United States presidential election.

Turkey extends troop deployment mandate, pressures Iraqi Kurds on vote

Sat, 23 Sep 2017 20:39:32 GMT2017-09-23T20:39:32Z

Turkey's parliament voted on Saturday to extend by a year a mandate authorizing the deployment of Turkish troops in Iraq and Syria, stepping up pressure against an independence referendum in northern Iraq's Kurdish region in two days' time. Prime Minister Binali Yildirim said Turkey would take security, economic and political steps in response to the referendum, which President Tayyip Erdogan's spokesman described as a "terrible mistake" that would trigger new regional crises.

Machiavelli Laughs: Theresa May's Florentine Fail

Sat, 23 Sep 2017 16:11:52 GMT2017-09-23T16:11:52Z

Something strange happened in Florence today. Visitors to the Basilica of Santa Croce, one of that fine city's finer churches, were left with the unmistakable impression that they heard the sound of laughter from Machiavelli's tomb.

Canada, Ukraine Seek Closer Bilateral Ties

Sat, 23 Sep 2017 11:46:31 GMT2017-09-23T11:46:31Z

Canada and Ukraine on Friday affirmed a joint commitment to strengthening bilateral relations, China's Xinhua news agency reported. Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko issued a joint statement during the latter's one-day working visit to Canada, promising to seek strong and enduring ties between the two countries.

Ignoring Russian aggression doesn't put 'America first'

Sat, 23 Sep 2017 07:35:36 GMT2017-09-23T07:35:36Z

President Trump mentioned the word "sovereignty" 21 times in his address to the United Nations Tuesday, but he said little about Russia's efforts to seize parts of Ukraine, piece by piece, and threaten other neighboring states. Instead, Trump reserved his most defiant rhetoric for North Korea and its rapid nuclear weapons buildup, which includes a nuclear-tipped intercontinental missile that has the potential capability of reaching U.S. territories and the United States mainland itself.

Machine-gun giant Heckler & Koch quits selling in 'crisis regions'

Sat, 23 Sep 2017 03:21:43 GMT2017-09-23T03:21:43Z

If the Colt .45 Single Action Army - nicknamed the "peacemaker" - epitomised the American Old West, and Mikhail Kalashnikov's AK-47 grew into a visual shorthand for the 20th Century's Cold War hangover, Heckler & Koch's products - sleek and black, a favourite of SWAT teams and Special Operations units - are recognisable across the globe. Bruce Willis memorably brandished one in Die Hard .

German election: Why Americans should care about a Merkel win

Fri, 22 Sep 2017 22:55:31 GMT2017-09-22T22:55:31Z

German election: Why Americans should care about a Merkel win Here's what an Angela Merkel win means for the United States: Check out this story on German investor sentiment has improved by more than expected in September in readings that bode well for Chancellor Angela Merkel as she seeks a fourth term in Sunday's national election. As David Pollard reports, an opposition campaign to highlight inequality appears to be gaining little traction with voters.

Turkish missile deal with Russia reflects stormy relationship with NATO

Fri, 22 Sep 2017 18:25:52 GMT2017-09-22T18:25:52Z

In blazing sunlight, two dozen U.S. and Turkish sailors on a NATO exercise lower an American diving bell from an advanced Turkish rescue ship, sending it deep under the Aegean Sea where it is secured to a submarine. Part of a combined NATO rescue simulation this week off Turkey's southwest coast, the seamless cooperation at sea comes amidst a storm between Ankara and its alliance allies who are concerned about its decades-old commitment to the organization.

NATO's Decomposing Corpse

Fri, 22 Sep 2017 13:45:24 GMT2017-09-22T13:45:24Z

The UK's Guardian newspaper is not supportive of those who advocate war, but is an equitable publication and its strictures on the chaos in Afghanistan have been measured and balanced, as have its comments on the situation in the Korean Peninsula . It was even-handed about the US-NATO aerial blitz on Libya in a campaign that was ostensibly to protect the Libyan people but had more to do with the fact that the Libyan leader, Gaddafi, wouldn't play ball with the oil cartels.

NATO's Jens Stoltenberg: Charlie Rose

Fri, 22 Sep 2017 09:12:09 GMT2017-09-22T09:12:09Z

Jens Stoltenberg is the 13th Secretary General of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization. He is also the former Prime Minister of Norway.

UN Mission: 80 civilians dying in terror attacks daily in Afghanistan

Fri, 22 Sep 2017 04:56:44 GMT2017-09-22T04:56:44Z

It has been 16 years since the U.S. launched the War on Terror in Afghanistan, yet civilians still are bearing the brunt of the bloodshed. Mahmoud Saikal, the Permanent Representative of Afghanistan to the United Nations, told Fox News that the war-embattled nation each day amid the insurgency is losing on average 70 to 80 civilians - only a small percent of whom are military.

The Latest: US urges all nations to stop the spread of nukes

Fri, 22 Sep 2017 00:40:06 GMT2017-09-22T00:40:06Z

U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson is appealing to the international community, especially Russia and China, to stop the spread of nuclear weapons, calling North Korea a case study of the failure to prevent rogue states from obtaining weapons of mass destruction. Tillerson said Thursday that North Korea never came into compliance with and cheated on the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty it joined in the mid-1980s - but was never held accountable.

The Latest: German diplomat defends Iran nuclear accord

Thu, 21 Sep 2017 22:27:06 GMT2017-09-21T22:27:06Z

21, 2017. . President Moon Jae-in of South Korea addresses the United Nations General Assembly, at U.N. headquarters, Thursday, Sept.

Here's What You Need To Know About Germany's Election

Thu, 21 Sep 2017 17:50:04 GMT2017-09-21T17:50:04Z

In these uncertain times, the international community has looked increasingly to Germany and its experienced, long-serving chancellor, for leadership. That leader, Angela Merkel, looks set to return to office for her fourth term when Germans go to the polls on Sunday.

Poland, NATO troops hold drills amid security concerns

Thu, 21 Sep 2017 13:01:27 GMT2017-09-21T13:01:27Z

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A Warning for World Leaders from Kofi Annan

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 20:06:57 GMT2017-09-20T20:06:57Z

At a gathering of international leaders in Athens, officials criticized the U.N., but emphasized the need for international organizations like it.

Russia’s War Games With Fake Enemies Cause Real Alarm

Wed, 13 Sep 2017 20:35:51 GMT2017-09-13T20:35:51Z

Joint Russian and Belarusian military exercises will target fictional countries that look an awful lot like the Baltic States.

Turkey Signs Russian Missile Deal, Pivoting From NATO

Tue, 12 Sep 2017 14:52:44 GMT2017-09-12T14:52:44Z

The purchase of Russian weapons by a longtime NATO member is likely to stir unease in Washington and Brussels.

Washington Remains United Behind NATO

Wed, 30 Aug 2017 11:05:06 GMT2017-08-30T11:05:06Z

There is a strong consensus that a renaissance of NATO offers the best hope to confront our current threats.

Is Pakistan Willing to Lose America?

Tue, 29 Aug 2017 12:41:27 GMT2017-08-29T12:41:27Z

Pakistan would not risk the wrath of the United States if its concerns about India in Afghanistan were imaginary.

Making Kim Jong-un Sweat

Fri, 25 Aug 2017 09:53:32 GMT2017-08-25T09:53:32Z

It’s time for some strategic impatience with North Korea, so long as “strategic” means something.

On Afghanistan, There’s No Way Out

Thu, 24 Aug 2017 09:08:02 GMT2017-08-24T09:08:02Z

Trump, incredibly, may have alighted on the best of a bad set of Afghan options.

How to Prevent a Cyberwar

Fri, 11 Aug 2017 15:45:13 GMT2017-08-11T15:45:13Z

The world needs an enforceable agreement to prevent an electronic conflict from becoming a real one.

The Smart Way to Deal With Putin’s Russia

Wed, 09 Aug 2017 12:04:00 GMT2017-08-09T12:04:00Z

America must aim not to crush Russia, but to restrain it from its worst tendencies by restoring U.S. leadership in critically important regions.

Mike Pence, in Montenegro, Assures Balkans of U.S. Support

Wed, 02 Aug 2017 17:38:48 GMT2017-08-02T17:38:48Z

Addressing Balkan leaders in Montenegro, NATO’s newest member, the vice president affirmed America’s commitment to the region’s security.