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NATO chief rules out combat role against Islamic State

NATO's chief says members are discussing whether to join the international coalition fighting the Islamic State group but insists the alliance will not deploy combat troops.

NATO chiefs recommend joining anti-Islamic State coaltion

NATO's top brass today said they believed the alliance should consider joining the anti-Islamic State coalition put together by Washington to fight jihadists in Syria and Iraq.

Boris Johnson plays differences with EU over military ambitions

British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson on Monday downplayed differences with EU partners over the bloc`s military ambitions, saying London supported their efforts to bolster defence cooperation.

Germany not 'first in line' to boost troops in Afghanistan, says Merkel

Germany not 'first in line' to boost troops in Afghanistan, says Merkel

Merkel is running for a fourth term in September national elections, with many Germans wary of military deployments given the country`s militaristic and nationalistic past.

NATO mulls sending thousands more troops to Afghanistan

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said today that military chiefs wanted a few thousand more troops from the alliance to be deployed in Afghanistan to help combat Islamist insurgents.

White House approves arms for Kurds fighting ISIS in Syria

White House approves arms for Kurds fighting ISIS in Syria

Despite fierce opposition from NATO ally Turkey, the White House has approved supplying arms to Kurdish YPG fighters to support an operation to retake the Syrian city of Raqqa from Islamic State, a U.S. official told Reuters on Tuesday.

Donald Trump announces trip to Saudi Arabia, Israel, Vatican

Donald Trump on Thursday announced his first foreign trip as president will include stops in Saudi Arabia, Israel and the Vatican -- the spiritual centers of Islam, Judaism and Catholicism.

Germany urges EU not to break off Turkey accession talks

Germany on Friday urged fellow EU nations not to end membership talks with Turkey despite deep misgivings over its rights record because the country is key to European interests.

NATO chief says Turkey must show full respect for rule of law

NATO chief Jens Stoltenberg warned Turkey today it must fully respect legal due process as Ankara continues to make mass arrests after last July's failed coup.

Death toll in Turkish raids on Syria Kurds hits 28: Monitor

The toll in Turkish air raids on Kurdish positions in northeastern Syria rose to 28 killed, a monitor said Wednesday.

US House Speaker Paul Ryan: Russia probe will help US allies

US House Speaker Paul Ryan says one of the reasons the US Congress has launched a thorough investigation into Russia's alleged meddling in the 2016 US election is to "prevent the same kind of thing happening" to its NATO and other allies.

Tense Turkey decides its 'destiny' in vote on Erdogan powers

Tense Turkey decides its 'destiny' in vote on Erdogan powers

More than 55.3 million Turks were eligible to cast ballots on sweeping changes to the president's role which, if approved, would grant Erdogan more power than any leader since Turkey's founder.

US-Russia relationship may be at an all-time low: Donald Trump

US-Russia relationship may be at an all-time low: Donald Trump

America's relationship with Russia "may be at an all-time low", US President Donald Trump has said, but he hoped that it would be wonderful if the two countries got along.

Erdogan: Turkey's pugnacious 'chief' eyeing new poll knockout

If there was a global contest for winning elections, Turkey`s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan would see himself as the undisputed -- and undefeated -- heavyweight champion of the world. 

'Trump-Russia relationship going downhill'

'Trump-Russia relationship going downhill'

A former NATO commander described as "souring" the relations between US President Donald Trump's administration and Russia amid a series of foreign policy collisions between the two countries, the media reportd.

Donald Trump, Angela Merkel discuss Afghanistan, Ukraine crisis on phone

US President Donald Trump and German Chancellor Angela Merkel has discussed the conflict in eastern Ukraine and the situation in Afghanistan over a phone call, the White House said.

NATO chief urges Germany to spend more on defence

Frankfurt: NATO head Jens Stoltenberg urged Germany on Tuesday to spend more on defence, touching on a sore point in German politics that has also inflamed relations with the United States.

US presses NATO allies on counter-terror, defense budgets

US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson today urged his NATO counterparts to boost their defense budgets and do more to combat extremists in Syria and Iraq.

North Korea accuses US of activating Asian version of NATO

North Korea on Tuesday accused the US of trying to form an Asian version of the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (Nato) through a US-Japan-South Korea military alliance.

NATO troops race winter to give Afghan forces a morale boost

The target is behind a slope, the advance is unprotected: crawl, fire! Italian instructors in western Afghanistan have been using the relatively quiet winter to bolster Afghan troops against the Taliban.