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Hungary blocks Ukraine-NATO defence ministers summit

Mon, 22 Jan 2018 08:28:39 GMT

Hungary will not facilitate the holding of a Ukraine-NATO summit at defence minister level, Hungarian Foreign Minister Peter Szijjarto said on Friday after a meeting with Vasyl Brenzovych, the head of the Society of Hungarian culture in Zakarpattia , according to Radio Liberty . The announcement is a probable setback to Ukraine's hopes of clinching NATO membership, which the country revived this year.




Turkey Launches Attack to Eradicate U.S. Ally In Syria

Sun, 21 Jan 2018 23:32:49 GMT

If you ever have the idea that foreign relations is a nice, orderly, linear process where Ivy League grads with impeccable Democrat credentials come up with detailed position papers and carry out enlightened diplomacy that results in win-win deals for everyone, the past couple of days should disabuse you of that notion. In the fight against ISIS a strange coalition has formed.




Turkish troops enter Kurdish enclave in northern Syria

Sun, 21 Jan 2018 19:05:46 GMT

Turkish military trucks carrying tanks and other armoured vehicles cross through a border gate into a Turkish-controlled region of the Oncupinar border crossing with Syria, known as Bab al Salameh in Arabic, near the ... . Plumes of smoke rise on the air from inside Syria, as seen from the outskirts of the border town of Kilis, Turkey, Saturday, Jan. 20, 2018.




Fake News Kicks Into High Gear In Czech Presidential Runoff

Sun, 21 Jan 2018 14:25:59 GMT

In the first round of the Czech presidential election earlier this month, Jiri Drahos was variously portrayed -- without substantiation -- as a pedophile, a thief, and a communist collaborator. The smears were part of a string of unfounded allegations in social media and on websites suspected of dealing in fake news.




UK to pay millions to keep France border agreement

Sun, 21 Jan 2018 09:54:09 GMT

Britain will pay tens of millions of pounds toward border security in France and support French military missions as part of moves to bind the countries closer together after Brexit. U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May is meeting French President Emmanuel Macron on Thursday in a bilateral summit intended to strengthen security and intelligence ties between the neighboring nations, and to build goodwill as Britain negotiates its EU exit.




A year in, Trump distracts while his appointees sledgehammer the government

Sun, 21 Jan 2018 05:25:20 GMT

With nearly every utterance, Donald Trump affirms the conclusion we reached two years ago that he is temperamentally and intellectually unfit to serve as president of the United States. But there he is, a year after his inauguration, waging a war of words with the world from behind the Resolute desk in the Oval Office.




Op-Ed Columnist: Trump So Far Is More Farce Than Tragedy

Sun, 21 Jan 2018 00:47:53 GMT

Like any strange and quarrelsome sect, the church of anti-Trump conservatism has divided and subdivided since Donald Trump's election. Some members have apostatized and joined the ranks of Trumpists; others have marched leftward, with anti-Trumpism as a gateway drug to wokeness.




Op-Ed Columnist: Year One in Donald Trump's World

Sat, 20 Jan 2018 20:16:58 GMT

Mahmoud Abbas, the Palestinian president, finally lost it this month. After a year of bamboozling signals from President Trump, including a cordial White House meeting last May followed by a blowup in Bethlehem weeks later, Abbas dismissed Trump's peace efforts as the "slap of the century."




Turkey hits Syria Kurd militia again after ground attack threats

Sat, 20 Jan 2018 15:49:12 GMT

The Turkish army on Saturday launched new strikes against Kurdish militia in northern Syria as preparations intensified for a cross-border ground operation that has alarmed the United States. Turkey has in recent days sent dozens of military vehicles and hundreds of troops to the border area amid repeated threats from top officials that an operation could be launched at any moment.




Collected Department Releases: Previewing the Secretary's Trip to Europe

Sat, 20 Jan 2018 11:01:19 GMT

MODERATOR: Okay, thank you, sir. Good afternoon, and thanks, everyone, for joining us for today's background call previewing Secretary Tillerson's trip to Europe.




Britain's May, France's Macron shore up defense commitment

Sat, 20 Jan 2018 06:34:39 GMT

A summit meeting between British Prime Minister Theresa May and French President Emanuel Macron yielded a commitment to enhanced defense cooperation, the British government announced. After the meeting on Thursday at Royal Military Academy Sandhurst, Britain's military college, a British government statement said France will increase its support for the Forward Presence battle group in Estonia.




U.S. Must Make Election Meddling More Costly for Russia to Deter...

Sat, 20 Jan 2018 02:13:06 GMT

January 19, 2018-The United States has failed to elevate Russia's intervention in U.S. elections to the national priority that it is, and it has neglected to respond to it in a way sufficient to deter future attacks, warn Council on Foreign Relations Senior Fellows Robert D. Blackwill and Philip H. Gordon in a new special report . They argue, "A wide range of additional measures is therefore needed in order to better protect U.S. society and political and electoral systems from further intervention."




Pakistan's ace in poker match with US: Afghan air routes

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 21:26:47 GMT

In this Jan. 2, 2018, file photo, Pakistani newspapers carrying headlines about a tweet by the U.S. President Donald Trump are displayed at a newsstand in Islamabad, Pakistan. As bad as President Donald Trump sees U.S.-Pakistani ties, they can get far worse.




Mattis says US competitive warfighting edge has eroded

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 19:11:41 GMT

Countering China's rapidly expanding military and an increasingly aggressive Russia are now the U.S. military's top national security priorities, outpacing the threat of terrorism, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said Friday. He said competition with those adversaries has threatened America's military advantage around the world.




France's Macron pledges big increase in defense budget

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 14:23:43 GMT

French President Emmanuel Macron will boost defense spending in the coming years to guarantee his country's domestic security and maintain French military engagement abroad, as he repeated his wishes for an increased European military cooperation on Friday. Addressing soldiers onboard the assault ship Dixmude off the naval base of Toulon, Macron promised to increase spending by 1.8 billion euros this year to 34.2 billion euros.




a U.S.-Turkish clash in Syria?

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 09:47:30 GMT

The war for dominance in the Middle East, following the crushing of ISIS, appears about to commence in Syria - with NATO allies America and Turkey on opposing sides. Turkey is moving armor and troops south to Syria's border enclave of Afrin, occupied by Kurds, to drive them out, and then drive the Syrian Kurds out of Manbij further south as well.




Stansfield Turner, who led major CIA reforms, dies

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 05:09:44 GMT

Stansfield A. Turner, who served as CIA director under President Jimmy Carter and oversaw reforms at the agency after the Senate uncovered CIA surveillance aimed at American citizens, has died. He was 94. Turner's secretary, Pat Moynihan, confirmed to the Washington Post that Turner died on Thursday at his home in Seattle but Moynihan did not disclose the cause.