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Putin visits Crimea to mark 5th anniversary of annexation

Mar. 18, 2019 7:10 PM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — President Vladimir Putin led thousands to chant "Russia!" on a visit Monday to Crimea marking the fifth anniversary of the Black Sea peninsula's annexation from Ukraine, as NATO and the European Union once again strongly condemned the land grab by Russia. Speaking at an outdoor concert in...

US bristles at Germany's reduced defense budget plans

Mar. 18, 2019 1:55 PM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — The United States is bristling at the suggestion Germany might miss its own defense spending target, which is already short of the NATO goal. Finance Minister Olaf Scholz's budget plan, which is to be presented to cabinet on Wednesday, foresees Germany's defense spending rising to 1.37...

NATO, EU condemn Russia's 2014 seizure of Crimea

Mar. 18, 2019 7:39 AM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — NATO and the European Union are condemning Russia's 2014 annexation of Ukraine's Crimean Peninsula five years after Moscow declared the region Russian territory. NATO allies said in a statement Monday that "we strongly condemn this act, which we do not and will not recognize." They also...

US Air Force general picked to lead allied forces in Europe

Mar. 15, 2019 11:54 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Pentagon says President Donald Trump has nominated the top U.S. Air Force general in Europe to be the next Supreme Allied Commander in Europe and head of the U.S. European Command. If confirmed by the Senate, Gen. Tod D. Wolters would succeed Army Gen. Curtis Scaparrotti. The...

NATO weighs allegations that Huawei poses security risk

Mar. 14, 2019 12:40 PM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said Thursday that the military alliance is mulling how to respond to security concerns raised by some member countries about Chinese tech giant Huawei. Stoltenberg says some of NATO's 29 allies are uneasy about the potential security challenges of...

NATO chief says Afghan mission future depends on peace talks

Mar. 14, 2019 8:34 AM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — The future of NATO's 15-year-long military operation in Afghanistan will depend on the outcome of peace talks involving Taliban insurgents, NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said Thursday, after a U.S. envoy reported important progress from the latest round of negotiations. The...

US report faults Saudi Arabia in killing of journalist

Mar. 13, 2019 6:31 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration used an annual human rights report to call out Saudi Arabia on Wednesday over the October killing of U.S.-based journalist Jamal Khashoggi. The State Department annual global human rights report said The Washington Post columnist was killed by agents of the...

US plans tests this year of long-banned types of missiles

Mar. 13, 2019 5:49 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Pentagon plans to begin flight tests this year of two types of missiles that have been banned for more than 30 years by a treaty from which both the United States and Russia are expected to withdraw in August, defense officials said Wednesday. By moving forward with these missile...

Expert urges UN remedies for lead poisoning victims

Mar. 13, 2019 9:20 AM EDT

TIRANA, Albania (AP) — A human rights expert on Wednesday urged the United Nations to take "immediate action" to provide justice and remedies to displaced minority communities in Kosovo who were sheltered on lead-contaminated wasteland. Baskut Tuncak, a U.N.-appointed expert on the human rights...

Cheney criticized Trump foreign policy in closed-door event

Mar. 11, 2019 8:33 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Former Vice President Dick Cheney criticized President Donald Trump's foreign policy, even comparing it with that of former President Barack Obama, in a striking rebuke of the president by a member of his own party. Speaking with Vice President Mike Pence this weekend at a closed-door...