Putin tells Obama US-Russia dialogue key to global stability
Putin tells Obama US-Russia dialogue key to global stability

 Russian President Vladimir Putin on Saturday said relations between Moscow and Washington were key to ensuring global stability and called for dialogue based on "equality and respect."

Afghanistan targets US defence contractors in row over back taxes

Afghanistan is threatening to crack down on US defence contractors it says owe hundreds of millions of dollars in back taxes, including by freezing their bank accounts and refusing to renew yearly business licences when they expire.

Afghanistan leans on `abusive` local police as Taliban advance

A peach-fuzzed teenager clad in camouflage fatigues, Mohammad Jawad could be mistaken for a boy scout -- but he commands one of hundreds of Afghanistan`s local anti-Taliban police units, accused of stoking insecurity. 

NATO keeps mum on `Baltic brigade` request: Lithuania

NATO has vowed to hold "continuous" military exercises in eastern Europe to deter Russia but has yet to respond to a request by Baltic states for a permanent brigade, Lithuania said Wednesday.

Three TTP terrorists sentenced to death in Pakistan

An anti-terrorism court in Pakistan on Tuesday awarded the death sentence to three Taliban militants for killing four policemen during an attack on oil tankers carrying fuel for NATO troops in neighbouring Afghanistan.

Suicide bomber attacks NATO convoy in Afghan capital
Suicide bomber attacks NATO convoy in Afghan capital

 A suicide bomber attacked a convoy of foreign troops serving with NATO on the main road running between Kabul`s airport and the US embassy, police and security officials said.

US-India ties attain new height under Obama administration: Blinken
US-India ties attain new height under Obama administration: Blinken

 The US-India relationship has reached a new height under the Obama Administration as the two countries have forged landmark partnerships in several key areas like defence and energy, a top US diplomat has said.

Sweden steps up military readiness amid Russia concerns

Sweden is stepping up its military capabilities and exercises with NATO amid concerns over Russia`s military resurgence, Defence Minister Peter Hultqvist said on Friday.

NATO to assess Afghan fighting season before deciding on mission's future

NATO will decide how quickly to scale back its mission to train Afghan security forces after judging how well they perform in this summer`s "fighting season", the alliance`s chief said on Thursday.

NATO warns of risk of more heavy fighting in Ukraine
NATO warns of risk of more heavy fighting in Ukraine

 NATO head Jens Stoltenberg warned Thursday there was still a risk of heavy fighting in Ukraine and urged Russia to halt its support for pro-Moscow rebels.

NATO warns of risk of heavy fighting in Ukraine
NATO warns of risk of heavy fighting in Ukraine

 NATO head Jens Stoltenberg warned Thursday there was still a risk of heavy fighting in Ukraine and urged Russia to halt its support for pro-Moscow rebels.

NATO says won't be dragged into arms race with Russia

The head of NATO said on Wednesday the alliance would not be forced into a new arms race with Russia but said what he called Moscow`s aggression in Ukraine had compelled it to strengthen its defences.

Greece, Macedonia work to solve name row

Greece and Macedonia on Wednesday agreed a set of measures to build trust between the two countries, in a bid to solve a 20-year long name dispute that has blocked Macedonian EU and NATO membership.

NATO won`t be `dragged into arms race` with Russia: Stoltenberg
NATO won`t be `dragged into arms race` with Russia: Stoltenberg

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said Wednesday the alliance will not get dragged into an arms race with Russia but must counter Moscow`s "aggressive actions" in Ukraine.

NATO working on plan to advise Iraq on reforming its army

NATO is expected to announce soon a plan to advise the Iraqi government on reforming its security forces which are fighting back after collapsing in the face of an offensive by Islamic State fighters, NATO diplomats said on Tuesday.

US moving heavy artillery to NATO states near Russia's border

US Defence Secretary Ashton Carter has announced that his country will deploy heavy weapons such as tanks, armoured vehicles and other equipment across six European nations, including those that are located along the Russian border.

US to pre-position tanks, artillery in Baltics, eastern Europe
US to pre-position tanks, artillery in Baltics, eastern Europe

The United States will pre-position tanks, artillery and other military equipment in eastern and central Europe, U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter announced on Tuesday, moving to reassure NATO allies unnerved by Russian involvement in Ukraine.

Afghan forces recapture key district from Taliban
Afghan forces recapture key district from Taliban

 Afghan government forces regained control of a key district near the northern city of Kunduz on Tuesday, after Taliban fighters had threatened to capture a provincial capital for the first time since being driven from power in 2001.

Taliban attack Afghanistan Parliament, all seven militants dead
Taliban attack Afghanistan Parliament, all seven militants dead

A Taliban suicide bomber and six gunmen attacked the Afghan parliament on Monday as lawmakers met to consider a new defence minister, and another district in the volatile north fell to the militants as they intensified a summer offensive.

US to provide weapons, aircraft, commandos for NATO: Defence Secretary Ash Carter

The US will contribute weapons, aircraft and forces, including commandos, for NATO's rapid reaction force, Defence Secretary Ash Carter said on Monday, to help Europe defend against security threats, including Russia from the east and violent extremists from the south.