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.

Russia says weapons from NATO states would abet war crimes in Ukraine

Russian Parliamentary Speaker Sergei Naryshkin said on Tuesday any deliveries of weapons from NATO countries to Kiev would be abetting war crimes being committed in eastern Ukraine.

Russia says NATO states'' arms deliveries would abet war crimes in Ukraine

Russian Parliamentary Speaker Sergei Naryshkin said on Tuesday any deliveries of weapons from NATO countries to Kiev would be abetting war crimes being committed in eastern Ukraine.

US says respects Scots' views but prefers UK remain intact

The White House weighed in carefully on Monday on the Scottish independence referendum, saying Washington would respect the outcome of the vote but would prefer the United Kingdom to remain "strong, robust and united."

`Breakthrough` in Afghan election dispute: President's spokesman

Afghanistan`s disputed presidential election inched towards a possible conclusion Monday with a senior government official hailing a "breakthrough" in talks between the two candidates, who both claim to have won the vote.

Slovak PM for referendum on NATO base in Slovakia

Slovak Prime Minister Robert Fico has said that he would initiate a referendum if his country was pressed into hosting a NATO base, a daily reported Saturday.

NATO expansion to Russian borders unacceptable: Lavrov

NATO's expansion by pulling more Russia's neighbouring countries into the alliance is unacceptable, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Saturday.

Poroshenko says hopes to secure `special status` with NATO soon

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko said on Friday he hoped to secure a "special status" with NATO for the ex-Soviet country during his visit next week to the United States.

Poroshenko, NATO agree 1,000 Russian troops still in Ukraine: Kiev

 Russia still has about 1,000 troops in eastern Ukraine, backed up by another 20,000 on the border, NATO said Thursday, despite Kiev reporting that Moscow had withdrawn the bulk of its forces.

Most Europeans in poll think EU should offer Ukraine membership

A majority of Europeans think Ukraine should be offered membership of the European Union but they are divided about whether it should be admitted to NATO, according to a major public opinion survey published on Wednesday.

EU fails to agree timing of new Russia sanctions: Report

The European Union failed to reach agreement on when the latest economic sanctions against Russia should be implemented and will meet again Thursday for more talks, a diplomatic source said.

NATO chief hails formation of new Iraqi government

 NATO head Anders Fogh Rasmussen Tuesday welcomed the formation of the new Iraqi government, encouraging all Iraqi political leaders to stand behind the new government.

Ukraine in NATO would be `unprecedented challenge`: Russia

Russia said emphatically on Tuesday it did not want Ukraine to become a NATO member, describing such a possibility as an "unprecedented challenge to European security".