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Putin blasts US, West over NATO before Serbia visit

Jan. 16, 2019 9:29 AM EST

BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) — Vladimir Putin has accused the U.S. and the West of destabilizing the Balkans with NATO expansionist policies as Serbia prepares a hero's welcome for the Russian president. Putin arrives in Serbia on Thursday for his fourth visit to the Balkan country since 2001. A fountain on...

Bulgaria's parliament OKs talks with US on F-16 jet deal

Jan. 16, 2019 7:31 AM EST

SOFIA, Bulgaria (AP) — Bulgaria's Parliament has approved a government plan to open talks with the United States on a deal for eight new F-16 fighter jets to replace its aging Russian MiG-29s and bring its air force in line with NATO standards. Parliament on Wednesday approved the plan in a 130-84 vote...

Taliban suicide bomber kills 4, wounds over 100 in Kabul

Jan. 15, 2019 9:16 AM EST

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — A Taliban suicide bomber killed at least four people and wounded scores when he detonated an explosive-laden vehicle late in the evening in the Afghan capital, officials said Tuesday. It was the latest in a relentless wave of near daily attacks by the Taliban, who now hold sway...

Trump's evolving foreign policy challenges top US diplomat

Jan. 14, 2019 5:45 PM EST

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) — If Mike Pompeo was surprised, he didn't show it. But the secretary of state had woken up in the capital of Saudi Arabia on Monday to find that President Donald Trump had tweeted a threat to NATO ally Turkey warning of economic harm should the Turks attack U.S.-backed rebel...

Macedonian lawmakers weigh request for new name referendum

Jan. 14, 2019 11:18 AM EST

SKOPJE, Macedonia (AP) — Macedonia's parliament is weighing a diaspora group's request for a new referendum on the deal to change the country's name to North Macedonia in return for NATO, and potentially European Union, membership. A parliamentary committee gave preliminary approval on Monday to the...

Ahead of visit, Putin gets church in Serbia named after him

Jan. 14, 2019 6:54 AM EST

BANSTOL, Serbia (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin already has a village, a wax figure, a plum brandy and several cafes named after him in Serbia. Now, he's getting a church. Topped with Russian-style green-and-gold onion-shaped domes, the church in this tiny village in northwestern Serbia is still...

Pompeo: Trump threat to Turkey shows US commitment to Kurds

Jan. 14, 2019 6:34 AM EST

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Monday that President Donald Trump's threat to devastate NATO ally Turkey's economy if it attacks U.S.-backed Kurdish fighters in Syria underscores America's commitment to its partners. Pompeo said he had yet to speak with Turkish...

The Latest: US backs place in NATO, EU for renamed Macedonia

Jan. 13, 2019 11:19 AM EST

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — The Latest on the deal between Greece and Macedonia to end a long dispute over the Macedonia name (all times local): 5:00 p.m. The United States has expressed support for Macedonia joining NATO and the European Union once a deal renaming the country North Macedonia goes into effect....

Greek PM Tsipras faces confidence vote after minister quits

Jan. 13, 2019 10:21 AM EST

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras said Sunday he will ask for a vote of confidence in Parliament this week after the country's defense minister, who leads the coalition government's junior party, resigned over the Macedonia name deal. Panos Kammenos announced his resignation and...

Macedonian PM: Greece's turn to make history with name deal

Jan. 12, 2019 11:58 AM EST

SKOPJE, Macedonia (AP) — Macedonia's prime minister says he expects Greece's parliament to do its part and ratify the deal changing his country's name to North Macedonia so it can soon join NATO. Prime Minister Zoran Zaev told reporters in the capital of Skopje on Saturday that he expects neighboring...