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Courting Putin, Trump jolts the West with a nationalist bent

Jun. 21, 2018 1:32 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — As Donald Trump presses ahead with plans for a summer summit with Russia's Vladimir Putin, the U.S. president is jolting relationships with some of America's longest and strongest allies. Amid concerns over Trump's apparent desire to be cozy with the Russian leader, he is pursuing...

NATO head: No guarantee trans-Atlantic alliance will survive

Jun. 21, 2018 1:12 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — The bonds between Europe and North America are under strain and there's no guarantee the trans-Atlantic partnership will survive, the head of NATO warned Thursday. NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg called for an effort to shore up the military alliance amid the divisions between Europe...

NATO's chief appeals for unity amid trans-Atlantic row

Jun. 19, 2018 7:53 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — NATO's chief is urging the alliance's 29 countries to set aside a festering trans-Atlantic row over trade, climate and the Iran nuclear deal, amid concern that the tensions will undermine the military alliance. In an editorial in Tuesday's Guardian newspaper, NATO Secretary-General Jens...

Germany's Merkel is 'realistic' about NATO spending target

Jun. 15, 2018 8:51 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — Chancellor Angela Merkel says Germany is committed to the NATO target of spending 2 percent of a country's gross domestic product on defense, but is realistic about reaching it. Merkel on Friday underlined Germany's plan to reach 1.5 percent by 2024. She said after meeting with NATO Secretary...

Macedonia name-change opponents rally forces in 2 countries

Jun. 13, 2018 5:27 PM EDT

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Macedonia's president said Wednesday that he would not sign off on a historic deal that would change the country's name, the most potentially disruptive reaction so far to the agreement with Greece that has received diverging reactions in both countries. President Gjorge Ivanov said...

The Latest: Head of UN hopes Macedonia deal will be a model

Jun. 12, 2018 5:48 PM EDT

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — The Latest on the long-running name dispute between Greece and neighboring Macedonia (all times local): 11:50 p.m. U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres is welcoming the agreement between Greece and Macedonia to end their longstanding dispute over the Macedonia name as "a...

Northern light: Macedonia makes name change deal with Greece

Jun. 12, 2018 5:37 PM EDT

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greece and Macedonia reached an historic agreement Tuesday to end a bitter 27-year name dispute that had kept the smaller and younger country out of international institutions such as NATO, the two countries' prime ministers announced. Greece's Alexis Tsipras and Macedonia's Zoran...

Afghan president announces holiday cease-fire with Taliban

Jun. 7, 2018 2:02 PM EDT

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Afghan President Ashraf Ghani on Thursday announced a weeklong cease-fire with the Taliban to coincide with the holiday marking the end of Ramadan next week. A statement sent from the president's office on Thursday says the cease-fire will begin on 27 Ramadan, or June 12 on the...

NATO trumpets resolve over Russia, plays down divisions

Jun. 7, 2018 1:41 PM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — NATO defense ministers met Thursday in a fresh show of resolve against Russia and played down a series of festering trans-Atlantic disputes that threaten to undermine unity across the 29-nation military alliance. At a meeting in Brussels, the ministers unveiled a new plan to reinforce their...

NATO chief says alliance won't aid Israel if Iran attacks

Jun. 2, 2018 7:21 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — NATO's secretary-general says the alliance wouldn't come to Israel's defense in case of attack by arch enemy Iran. Jens Stoltenberg told the magazine Der Spiegel in comments published Saturday that Israel is a partner, but not a member and that NATO's "security guarantee" doesn't apply to...