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US pushes NATO allies to join observer force in Syria

Feb. 22, 2019 4:01 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's decision authorizing about 200 U.S. troops to remain in northeast Syria indefinitely is a key step in creating a larger multinational observer force that can keep the peace and prevent a resurgence of the Islamic State group, administration and defense officials...

Ukraine president signs amendment on NATO, EU membership

Feb. 19, 2019 11:34 AM EST

KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — Ukraine's president on Tuesday signed a constitutional amendment committing to join NATO and the European Union, acknowledging that the nation still has a long way to go to meet the membership criteria. Speaking in parliament, Petro Poroshenko said he sees securing Ukraine's membership...

Austrian leader: Trump foreign policy successful in parts

Feb. 17, 2019 12:16 PM EST

BERLIN (AP) — Austria's chancellor has described parts of U.S. President Donald Trump's foreign policy as "very successful" as he prepares to visit Washington this week. Chancellor Sebastian Kurz told Sunday's edition of Austrian newspaper Die Presse that one of the main aims of his visit is to help avert...

Merkel defends Iran deal, multilateralism but Pence resists

Feb. 16, 2019 7:49 PM EST

MUNICH (AP) — German Chancellor Angela Merkel drew lengthy applause Saturday for her spirited defense of a multilateral approach to global affairs and support for Europe's decision to stand by a nuclear deal with Iran. U.S. Vice President Mike Pence was not among the impressed, however, and he doubled down...

Shanahan says he hasn't determined amount for border wall

Feb. 16, 2019 6:11 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The acting secretary of defense said Saturday he has not yet determined how much money he will redirect to President Donald Trump's border wall project. Pat Shanahan, who has been leading the Pentagon since Jim Mattis stepped down Dec. 31, made the comment in an interview with reporters...

The Latest: Russian envoy lashes out a UK defense minister

Feb. 16, 2019 1:33 PM EST

MUNICH (AP) — The Latest on the international security conference taking place in Munich (all times local): 7 p.m. Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov has fired back at British Defense Minister Gavin Williamson, calling him the "minister of war." Lavrov's comments Saturday came the day after Williamson...

Europeans fire back at criticism from US over Iran

Feb. 15, 2019 2:38 PM EST

MUNICH (AP) — Germany's foreign minister on Friday slammed U.S. President Donald Trump's protectionist trade measures as creating a "lose-lose" situation and defended Europe's attempts to keep a nuclear deal with Iran alive after the unilateral American withdrawal. Heiko Maas fired back after harsh...

The Latest: Germany criticizes Trump's go-it-alone approach

Feb. 15, 2019 12:58 PM EST

MUNICH (AP) — The Latest on Munich Security Conference (all times local): 6:50 p.m. Germany's foreign minister is calling for a return to multilateral solutions, criticizing U.S. President Donald Trump's go-it-alone approach as counter-productive. Foreign Minister Heiko Maas told Munich Security Conference...

Shanahan: US will not unilaterally withdraw from Afghanistan

Feb. 14, 2019 10:15 AM EST

BRUSSELS (AP) — The United States will not reduce its troop presence in Afghanistan unilaterally, the top Pentagon official said Thursday, pledging that any moves will be fully coordinated with its allies. "There will be no unilateral troop reductions," Acting Defense Secretary Pat Shanahan told reporters...

Lawmaker throws ink, disrupts Albania parliament session

Feb. 14, 2019 6:25 AM EST

TIRANA, Albania (AP) — Albania's parliament on Thursday suspended a session on neighbor North Macedonia's accession to NATO after an opposition lawmaker threw ink at the prime minister. Lawmakers were to vote to ratify North Macedonia's NATO accession. But the session was disrupted when Lulzim Basha, main...