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Top US commander says more troops needed in Afghanistan
Feb09

Top US commander says more troops needed in Afghanistan

A few thousand more troops are needed to help end the stalemate in Afghanistan, according to a senior U.S. military commander who also told lawmakers Thursday that Russian meddling is complicating the counterterrorism fight. Army Gen. John Nicholson, commander of U.S. forces in Afghanistan, didn’t provide the Senate Armed Services Committee...

NATO allies lock in U.S. support for stand-off with Russia
Feb09

NATO allies lock in U.S. support for stand-off with Russia

Immediately after Donald Trump was elected, U.S. diplomats urged Lithuania to rush through an agreement to keep American troops on its soil, reflecting alarm that the new, Russia-friendly U.S. president might try to stop more deployments in Europe. The agreement was signed just a few days before Trump’s inauguration, according to a document...

7 Russian sailors, 1 Ukrainian kidnapped in Nigerian waters
Feb08

7 Russian sailors, 1 Ukrainian kidnapped in Nigerian waters

Seven Russian sailors and a Ukrainian have been kidnapped from a cargo ship in Nigerian waters, the Russian embassy in the West African nation said Wednesday. The kidnappings come less than three months after three Russians were taken hostage off a ship in Nigerian waters and freed weeks later. The Russian embassy posted messages on social media...

GOP, Dem Senators Want Congressional Say on Russia Sanctions
Feb08

GOP, Dem Senators Want Congressional Say on Russia Sanctions

WASHINGTON – A bipartisan group of senators wants President Donald Trump to get approval from Congress before easing U.S. sanctions against Russia. Their legislation, dubbed the Russia Sanctions Review Act, is the latest salvo in an increasingly heated debate over Trump’s desire to improve relations with Russian President Vladimir Putin....

Lithuania: NATO Presence in Baltics Sends Clear Signal
Feb07

Lithuania: NATO Presence in Baltics Sends Clear Signal

VILNIUS, Lithuania — More than 1,000 NATO soldiers being stationed in Lithuania sends a clear signal that the alliance stands “strong and united” in the Baltics in the face of Russian aggression, the Lithuanian president said Tuesday. Dalia Grybauskaite said that Lithuania has “never before” seen “forces of such size...

Trump presses for tougher immigration checks
Feb06

Trump presses for tougher immigration checks

President Donald Trump is pressing the need for more stringent screening while his immigration order is on hold by the courts. Trump says in remarks at the U.S. Central Command at the MacDill Air Force base in Florida that, “We need strong programs” so that “people that love us and want to love our country and will end up loving...

Republicans seek distance from Trump’s comments on Putin, US
Feb06

Republicans seek distance from Trump’s comments on Putin, US

President Donald Trump has long expressed a desire for improved relations with Moscow. However his latest comments about Russian President Vladimir Putin and the U.S. are leading some fellow Republicans to take a step back from the president – on this issue at least. Told by Fox News’ Bill O’Reilly during an interview that the...

Republicans Seek Distance from Trump’s Comments on Putin, US 
Feb06

Republicans Seek Distance from Trump’s Comments on Putin, US 

WEST PALM BEACH, Florida — President Donald Trump has long expressed a desire for improved relations with Moscow, but his latest comments about Russian President Vladimir Putin and the U.S. are leading some fellow Republicans to take a step back from the president — on this issue at least. Told by Fox News’ Bill O’Reilly during an...

Serb bulldozers demolish wall in Kosovo’s divided city
Feb05

Serb bulldozers demolish wall in Kosovo’s divided city

Local Serbs in Kosovo used bulldozers on Sunday to demolish a wall they built in the ethnically divided city of Mitrovica, following weeks of tension over the issue between Kosovo and Serbia. The Serbs, who do not recognize Kosovo as a state, started constructing the wall in December, saying it was to protect against a landslip, but the Pristina...

Belarusian leader lashes out at Russia
Feb03

Belarusian leader lashes out at Russia

In a sign of growing friction between the two ex-Soviet neighbours, Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko criticized Russia Friday for cutting oil supplies. Lukashenko ordered his interior minister to press charges against Russia’s top food safety official and firmly refused to host a Russian air base. In a live news conference that...

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