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    EU Signs Historic Defense Pact as Brexit, Trump Drive Bloc to Cooperate
    Nov13

    EU Signs Historic Defense Pact as Brexit, Trump Drive Bloc to Cooperate

    Twenty-three member states of the European Union have signed a historic deal to cooperate more closely on defense. The pact, known as Permanent Structured Cooperation or PESCO, legally binds its signatories into joint defense projects as well as pledging to increase defense spending and contribute to rapid deployments. The pact includes all EU...

    Russia: Putin, Trump Agree to Continue IS Fight in Syria
    Nov11

    Russia: Putin, Trump Agree to Continue IS Fight in Syria

    Russian President Vladimir Putin and U.S. President Donald Trump agreed Saturday to a joint statement on Syria that said they would continue joint efforts in fighting Islamic State until it is defeated, the Kremlin said. The White House did not immediately respond to questions about the Kremlin announcement or the conversation the Kremlin said...

    Grammar-Proofing Startup by Ukrainian Techies Helps Foreign Students
    Nov11

    Grammar-Proofing Startup by Ukrainian Techies Helps Foreign Students

    Some foreign students in U.S. schools find it challenging to submit grammatically correct, idiomatically accurate papers. So two former Ukrainian graduate students launched an artificial intelligence-driven grammar-proofing program that goes well beyond spell-check. Today, their 8-year-old startup, Grammarly, whose first venture round netted $110...

    Lithuania Says East-west Schism Within EU Benefits Russia
    Nov10

    Lithuania Says East-west Schism Within EU Benefits Russia

    Lithuania said a growing rift between some eastern and western European Union states over issues such as migration posed a threat to the bloc at a time of increased Russian military assertiveness. Frictions between ex-communist states in Europe’s East and the wealthier West have increased since the 2015 migration crisis and Britain’s...

    NATO Backs Plan to Improve Command of Its Forces
    Nov09

    NATO Backs Plan to Improve Command of Its Forces

    Wary of a belligerent and unpredictable Russia, NATO is expanding its operations for the first time since the end of the Cold War and drawing up plans to improve the way the military alliance commands and deploys its forces. NATO defense ministers Wednesday endorsed a proposal to create two new commands: one to protect sea lanes ferrying troops...

    Lithuania Expects NATO to Reach Deal on Baltic Air Shield
    Nov08

    Lithuania Expects NATO to Reach Deal on Baltic Air Shield

    Lithuania expects NATO to reach an agreement next year to shield Baltic countries with air defenses, plugging a gap in its security against Russia, its defense minister said Tuesday. Since Russia annexed the Crimea peninsula from Ukraine in 2014 and began providing weapons and troops to separatist rebels in eastern Ukraine, NATO has sent more...

    Rivals of Incumbent Seek to Sway Czech Policy Toward West in Presidential Vote
    Nov07

    Rivals of Incumbent Seek to Sway Czech Policy Toward West in Presidential Vote

    A host of pro-Western candidates met Tuesday’s deadline to run for Czech president, seeking to unseat incumbent Milos Zeman, who has leaned toward Russia and China. Czech presidents wield limited day-to-day power but have large informal influence and play a key role in forming governments — now underway following elections last month. The...

    Echoes of Cold War as NATO Mulls New North Atlantic Command
    Nov07

    Echoes of Cold War as NATO Mulls New North Atlantic Command

    NATO needs to establish a new regional base for protecting the North Atlantic against increased Russian naval strength, a senior alliance general said on Monday, as allies consider the next step in a military build-up reminiscent of the Cold War. General Petr Pavel, head of NATO’s military committee, will help put the case to allied defense...

    Nordic States Step Up Defense Cooperation Because of Russia Worries
    Nov07

    Nordic States Step Up Defense Cooperation Because of Russia Worries

    Nordic countries agreed on Monday to step up defense cooperation and exchange more air surveillance information because they are worried about Russia’s increasing military activity. The countries have increased defense spending and cooperation with each other and the North Atlantic Treaty Organization since Russia annexed Crimea in 2014....

    US Commerce Chief Defends Investment in Russian Shipper Linked to Putin Inner Circle
    Nov06

    US Commerce Chief Defends Investment in Russian Shipper Linked to Putin Inner Circle

    U.S. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross on Monday defended his sizable business links to Russian President Vladimir Putin’s inner circle, saying “there is no impropriety.” Ross, a 79-year-old billionaire industrialist, has a 31 percent stake worth $2 million to $10 million in a shipping venture, Navigator Holdings, with connections...

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