Latest North Atlantic Treaty Organization News

The Latest: Syrian army warns Daraa rebels of nearing attack

May. 25, 2018 9:58 AM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — The Latest on the situation in Syria (all times local): 6 p.m. Syria state-run media says Syrian aircraft have dropped leaflets on rebel-held areas in the country's south warning of an imminent government offensive, and urging fighters to disarm. The leaflets were dropped on the northern part...

Memorial recalls the dead, but few at NATO know their names

May. 25, 2018 5:28 AM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — As NATO shifted into new headquarters in recent weeks, part of the move involved a tombstone-like chunk of polished granite, a memorial to those who paid the ultimate price in service of the military alliance. But ask NATO officials who is among those fallen and the answer usually refers...

Macedonian PM says Greece agrees to discuss proposed name

May. 19, 2018 5:49 PM EDT

SKOPJE, Macedonia (AP) — Macedonian Prime Minister Zoran Zaev said Saturday he is ready to go ahead with a new name for his country in order to solve a decades-long name dispute with Greece and pave the way for full integration of the small Balkan country into the European Union and NATO. But Greek...

Protesters to stay in Poland's parliament during NATO meet

May. 18, 2018 11:32 AM EDT

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Disabled people who have been protesting for weeks in Poland's parliament along with their parents will remain there during the NATO Parliamentary Assembly, an official said. About a dozen protesters — some in wheelchairs, sleeping on mattresses on the floor — have been...

Trump responds to European criticism about reliability

May. 17, 2018 4:53 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump responded Thursday to European Council President Donald Tusk's criticism that he's been an unreliable partner, telling reporters the European Union has been "terrible" to the U.S. on trade and "they can call me all sorts of names." During a meeting with the leader...

The Latest: Trump defends himself against European criticism

May. 17, 2018 4:06 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on President Donald Trump's meeting with the NATO secretary-general (all times local): 4 p.m. President Donald Trump has responded to European Council President Donald Tusk's criticism of him as an unreliable partner. Tusk tweeted Wednesday that thanks to Trump, "we realize...

British PM says courage needed on Macedonian-Greek name spat

May. 17, 2018 3:14 PM EDT

SKOPJE, Macedonia (AP) — Britain's prime minister has urged Macedonia and Greece to show courage in ongoing efforts to resolve a dispute over Macedonia's name, which has frustrated the country's aspirations to join NATO and the European Union. British Prime Minister Theresa May says a solution will require...

Official: Government troops push back Taliban from west city

May. 16, 2018 3:55 AM EDT

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Security forces pushed back an attack by Taliban insurgents Wednesday and took control of Farah city in western Afghanistan, officials said. Farah provincial Gov. Abdul Basir Salangi said more than 300 Taliban fighters were killed in the gun battles in the provincial capital also...

Taliban launch large-scale assault on western Afghan city

May. 15, 2018 10:26 AM EDT

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — The Taliban launched attacks from multiple directions on a city in western Afghanistan early Tuesday, killing and wounding at least six security forces, officials said. Fared Bakhtawer, head of the Farah provincial council, said the insurgents overran several security checkpoints...

Germany eyes goal of 1.5 percent defense spending by 2025

May. 14, 2018 12:59 PM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — Germany's defense minister says Berlin will raise its military spending to 1.5 percent of GDP by 2025 — far short of the 2 percent goal demanded of NATO members by U.S. President Donald Trump. Defense Minister Ursula von der Leyen said Monday that defense spending will reach 1.3...