Latest North Atlantic Treaty Organization News

Taliban say no peace with 'occupation,' want US talks

Aug. 18, 2018 4:01 AM EDT

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — The leader of the Taliban said Saturday there will be no peace in Afghanistan as long as the foreign "occupation" continues, reiterating the group's position that the 17-year war can only be brought to an end through direct talks with the United States. In a message released in...

Getting personal: US, Turkish leaders feud over arrest

Aug. 17, 2018 6:59 PM EDT

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — A detained American pastor has become a symbol of a growing rift between Turkey and the United States, but problems in the Cold War-era alliance as well as Turkey's own financial crisis are unlikely to dissipate even if he is released and Washington eases economic penalties. The fate...

Merkel, Putin share a headache: Donald Trump

Aug. 17, 2018 3:43 AM EDT

FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Russia's President Vladimir Putin will have plenty to talk about when they meet Saturday — thanks in no small part to U.S. President Donald Trump, whose sanctions and criticisms over trade, energy and NATO have created new worries for...

Suicide bomber targets Shiite students in Kabul, killing 48

Aug. 15, 2018 7:06 PM EDT

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — A suicide bomber struck a private education center in a Shiite neighborhood of Kabul on Wednesday where high school graduates were preparing for university entrance exams, killing 48 young men and women and leaving behind a scene of devastation and tragedy. The bombing, blamed on...

The Latest: White House says Turkey treated pastor 'badly'

Aug. 15, 2018 4:25 PM EDT

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — The Latest on Turkey's currency crisis (all times local): 11:15 p.m. The White House says "we won't forget" how Turkey has treated a detained American pastor, after a court rejected his appeal for release. Press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders told reporters Wednesday that Andrew...

Poland marks Army Day with parade, call for US military base

Aug. 15, 2018 1:34 PM EDT

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Poland's president voiced hope for a permanent U.S. military presence in his country, speaking as the nation put on a large military parade on its Armed Forces Day holiday Wednesday replete with tanks and people marching in historic uniforms. Poland is fearful of Russia's renewed...

Turkish leader talks big, but can be pragmatic in crises

Aug. 14, 2018 12:39 PM EDT

ISTANBUL (AP) — The man at the center of Turkey's currency crisis and feud with the United States — President Recep Tayyip Erdogan — is unleashing the same combative rhetoric that powered him through other grave challenges in his 16 years as the increasingly authoritarian leader of a key NATO...

The Latest: Turkey says it will help firms hit by turmoil

Aug. 14, 2018 11:49 AM EDT

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — The Latest on Turkey's currency crisis (all times local): 5:25 p.m. Turkey's finance minister says his government is working on steps to help banks and support companies affected by the currency crisis. Treasury and Finance Minister Berat Albayrak said: "We will make all kinds of...

Turkey's Erdogan vows US boycott, but diplomats resume talks

Aug. 14, 2018 11:47 AM EDT

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkey's president appeared to escalate a dispute with the United States that has helped foment a Turkish currency crisis, claiming Tuesday that his country will boycott U.S.-made electronic goods. Behind the scenes, however, diplomats resumed contact to ease tensions. Addressing a...

Key Afghan city turned into 'ghost town' by deadly battles

Aug. 13, 2018 1:25 PM EDT

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Hundreds of people have fled four days of fierce fighting between Afghan forces and the Taliban over the key provincial capital of Ghazni that has killed about 120 security forces and civilians, the defense minister and witnesses said Monday. Nearly 200 insurgents, many of them...