Turkey says IS advancing on Syria exclave

Turkey on Tuesday said Islamic State (IS) militants were advancing on a tiny exclave considered Turkish territory in northern Syria, but insisted it was still in control of the land despite reports its guards there were encircled.

Obama hails security deal signed with Afghanistan

US President Barack Obama hailed Tuesday as "a historic day" as the US and Afghanistan signed a bilateral security agreement that allows the residual American troops to stay in Afghanistan beyond 2014.

Obama hails signing of BSA with Afghanistan as 'historic'

Terming the signing of a much-delayed bilateral security agreement between Afghanistan and the US as 'historic', President Barack Obama on Tuesday said it would help target the remnants of al Qaeda in the war-torn country.

Putin's Russia my biggest regret, says Nato chief

 NATO`s outgoing Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen has said that Russia`s behaviour during his five-year term was his "deepest disappointment" as he accused Moscow of showing "utter disregard" for international law and "a brutal determination" to redraw borders by force, a British daily reported Sunday.

Afghan security forces battle Taliban offensive: Officials

Afghan security forces on Saturday fought back against a major Taliban offensive in the east of the country after the militants killed up to 100 security personnel and civilians, beheading 12 of them, officials said.

Ukrainian crisis, Jihadism world's biggest security challenges: NATO

Jihadi terrorism and Russia`s aggression against the Ukraine are the two major challenges in international relations at the present time, NATO`s outgoing Secretary-General Anders Fogh Rasmussen has said.

Poroshenko orders abolition of Ukraine's non-aligned status

 Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko Thursday ordered the cabinet to abandon the non-aligned status of Ukraine, paving the way for the country to join military alliances.

Ukraine crisis: 'Significant' Russian forces have withdrawn, says NATO

Even as the lull in fighting between Ukraine and pro-Russian insurgents continued, NATO on Wednesday said that “significant” number of Russian troops have withdrawn from eastern Ukraine.

Ukraine peace efforts stall despite lull in fighting

Ukrainian peace efforts stalled Wednesday after pro-Russian insurgents called their own elections in defiance of a deal under which they and the Ukrainian army began withdrawing heavy weapons after five months of war.

Drone strike kills suspected militants in Pakistan: Officials

A US drone strike killed at least five suspected militants near the Afghan border in northwestern Pakistan on Wednesday, intelligence officials said, amid a rise in such attacks since after the military announced an anti-Taliban offensive.

Ukraine rebels plan November vote despite peace plan

Pro-Russian rebels defiantly announced Tuesday they would stage their own elections in November, raising the stakes in a standoff with Kiev despite both sides moving to end five months of deadly fighting.

Poland stages major manoeuvres amid Russia tensions

Poland kicks off major military exercises involving eight NATO partners amid the West`s worst standoff with Russia since the end of the Cold War sparked by differences over the Ukraine crisis.

51 militants killed in clashes across Afghanistan

 At least 51 Taliban militants have been killed in fresh military operations across Afghanistan since Saturday, the country`s interior ministry said Sunday.

Ukraine says won`t pull back troops without full ceasefire

Ukraine insisted Sunday it would not pull back its troops from the frontline until all sides cease fire under a peace plan aimed at ending five months of bloodshed in the rebel-held east.

NATO warns on Ukraine truce as fighters set to pull back

 Ukrainian forces and pro-Kremlin militias were due Sunday to pull back under a new peace plan, but NATO`s top military commander warned that there was a ceasefire "in name only" on the ground.

Ukraine ceasefire is 'in name only': NATO

Fighting in Ukraine is continuing and the truce there is a ceasefire "in name only", NATO`s top military commander said on Saturday.

NATO eyeing 'very fast' security deal with Afghanistan

NATO's top military commander said on Saturday the alliance was eyeing the rapid conclusion of security agreements with Afghanistan for its post-2014 mission in the country once a unity government is formed there.

NATO respects Scotland's decision to remaion with UK

NATO Secretary-General Andres Fogh Rasmussen Friday expressed his respect for Scotland`s decision to stay part of the United Kingdom, and his confidence that Britain will continue as a solid ally.

Netherlands to contribute F-16 fighter planes to counter IS: Report

The Netherlands will consider contributing F-16 fighter jets and arms for Kurdish fighters to help counter the rise of Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, a Dutch newspaper reported on Thursday.

Russia to deploy reinforcements to Crimea area: Minister
Russia to deploy reinforcements to Crimea area: Minister

Russia`s defence minister called on Tuesday for the deployment of reinforcements to Crimea and southern Russia, citing the worsening crisis in Ukraine and the buildup of foreign forces nearby.