Russia sees threat in Ukraine's potential NATO membership

Russia considers Ukraine`s potential NATO membership as a threat to global stability, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Alexei Meshkov said Thursday.

Blasts, gunfire in Kabul after suicide bomber hits UK embassy car
Blasts, gunfire in Kabul after suicide bomber hits UK embassy car

Gunfire and explosions rocked Kabul on Thursday as Taliban militants attacked a central district that houses several embassies and foreign compounds, hours after a suicide bomber targeted a British embassy vehicle, killing six people.

Large blast, ongoing gunfire in central Kabul: Report

A large blast rocked Kabul on Thursday evening, followed by gunfire in the Afghan capital`s central district that houses many embassies and foreign compounds, AFP journalists reported.

Majority of Russians believe their troops are not fighting in Ukraine: Poll

A majority of Russians believe their country`s troops are not fighting in eastern Ukraine but nearly half would be glad if it turned out they were, an opinion poll showed on Thursday. 

Afghan senate approves foreign troops staying on

Afghanistan`s upper house of parliament on Thursday approved two agreements with the US and NATO allowing about 12,500 troops to remain in the country next year as concerns grow over the worsening insurgency.

NATO `very concerned` by Russian military build-up in Crimea

NATO`s top military commander warned Wednesday that Russia`s "militarisation" of the annexed Crimea region could be used by Moscow to exert control across the whole Black Sea region.

As casualties soar, Afghan police taught how to stay alive

At a training centre near Kabul, one overriding lesson is drilled into Afghan police by their French instructors -- don`t become yet another unnecessary battlefield casualty.

US may send additional troops to Afghanistan next year

The US military likely will keep a slightly larger force in Afghanistan in 2015 than first planned and American troops will have authority to aid Afghan forces in combat if necessary, defense officials said Tuesday.

Ukraine to hold referendum on joining NATO

Ukraine President Petro Poroshenko said here on Monday a referendum will be held to decide whether his country should join the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO).

Raid hits Libyan capital`s only working airport: Witnesses

An air raid on Monday hit the runway of the Libyan capital`s only working airport, witnesses and an airport security source said.

Afghan bombings kill 2 NATO troops, 6 civilians

Bombings across Afghanistan killed two NATO troops and six civilians on Monday, authorities said, as the death toll in the country's deadliest insurgent attack this year rose to at least 50.

Injured flown to hospital after Afghan suicide attack kills 50

Scores of people wounded in a horrific suicide attack at a volleyball game in eastern Afghanistan were flown to hospital in Kabul, officials said Monday, as families mourned 50 killed in the blast.

Afghan lower house approves foreign troops staying on

 Afghanistan's lower house of parliament today approved agreements that will allow about 12,500 NATO-led troops to stay on next year as the national army and police struggle to hold back the Taliban.

Afghan Parliament approves US, NATO agreements
Afghan Parliament approves US, NATO agreements

Afghanistan's Parliament has approved a bilateral security agreement between Kabul and Washington allowing international troops to remain in the country past the end of this year.

Biden meets Erdogan seeking to ease strains on Syria

 US Vice President Joe Biden on Saturday meets Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan aiming to ease strains over the crisis in Syria and persuade Turkey to step up its support for the coalition against Islamic State (IS) jihadists.

Four soldiers, civilian killed in eastern Ukraine: Officials

Four Ukrainian soldiers have been killed and 10 others wounded in unrest in the east during the past 24 hours, security officials in Kiev said Saturday.

Female Afghan MP injured but defiant after suicide attack

 Afghan women`s rights campaigner Shukria Barakzai speaks in a tired whisper as she recovers in hospital from an assassination attempt that nearly killed her a week ago, but her message is strong and clear.

Ukraine coalition agrees to make NATO membership a priority

Ukraine`s pro-Western political parties on Friday agreed to make joining NATO a priority in a coalition deal that will give them a parliamentary majority.

Pakistan, Russia sign defence cooperation agreement

Pakistan and Russia on Thursday signed a military cooperation agreement to deepen their defence ties and vowed to translate their relationship in "tangible" terms during the first-ever visit of a Russian defence minister in 45 years.

Russia urges Ukraine not to join NATO

Russia on Wednesday called for Ukraine to stay out of the NATO alliance, insisting that a "non-aligned status" was in the interests of the ex-Soviet country.