Defying Russia, Georgia to host NATO training centre: Minister

Georgia will not allow pressure from Russia to stop it hosting a NATO training centre on its territory or deter its plans to deepen ties with the West, the former Soviet republic`s defence minister said.

British PM challenges NATO allies on ransom payments

 British Prime Minister David Cameron has urged NATO allies not to pay ransoms for kidnapped nationals, as leaders of the Western military alliance met on Friday to discuss their response to the threat of jihadists in Iraq.

NATO leaders condemn `barbaric` Islamic State: Cameron

NATO leaders condemn the "barbaric and despicable acts" carried out by Islamic State extremists who have beheaded two US journalists, British Prime Minister David Cameron said on Friday.

Russian convoy move `only deepens crisis`: NATO

NATO chief Anders Fogh Rasmussen sharply criticised the Russian decision to advance a "so-called" aid convoy into Ukraine as a "blatant breach" of international commitments.

Ukraine crisis sends NATO "back to basics"

More than two decades after the collapse of the Soviet Union brought an end to the Cold War, Ukraine`s crisis is driving the US-led defence alliance back to its original purpose: To protect its members against a perceived Russian threat.

Majority supports permanent NATO presence in Lithuania: Poll

The majority of Lithuanians support permanent NATO presence in Lithuania, according to a poll by the Ministry of Defence of the Baltic country.

NATO must change to better repel Russian threat: UK`s Cameron

NATO must overhaul itself to be able to better defend its members from a potential Russian military threat, British Prime Minister David Cameron said.

NATO agrees to `readiness action plan` to counter Russia

NATO defence ministers agreed series of steps to bolster protection in eastern Europe after the Ukraine crisis, but insisted they were acting within the limits of a key post-Cold War treaty with Moscow.

NATO can`t get out of cold war mentality, says Russia

The recent tension in eastern Ukraine seems to have further embittered the ties between the NATO and Russia which were already strained by Crimea annexation.

NATO strike kills five ANA troops in Afghanistan, ISAF calls it `accident`

In what NATO called an “unfortunate” incident, five Afghan soldiers were killed and at least 8 injured in an air strike in the eastern Afghanistan`s Logar province.

US missiles in Europe no longer justified: Russia

The deployment of a US missile shield in Europe lost sense after Tehran and six world powers reached a deal on Iran`s nuclear programme, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said.

Pakistani police file FIR in drone attack case

An FIR filed by Pakistani police over a rare US drone strike outside the tribal belt states all those killed were Afghans, contradicting the government`s assertion that the victims were innocent citizens.

Block NATO supplies to Afghanistan: Imran Khan to Pak govt

Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf leader Imran Khan has urged the government to block NATO supplies to Afghanistan, following the killing of the Taliban leader Hakimullah Mehsud.

NATO, Russia make no progress on missile defence row

NATO and Russia said they had made no progress in settling sharp differences over a planned missile defence system for Europe but pledged to continue efforts to resolve the row.

Italy begins troop withdrawal from Afghanistan

Italy has started to withdraw its troops from Afghanistan and will leave as few as 1,800 soldiers in the war-torn country by next year, Defence Minister Mario Mauro said.

Progress on US-Afghan deal as Kerry visits Kabul

Afghan President Hamid Karzai and US Secretary of State John Kerry held a second day of talks in Kabul after making progress over a long-delayed deal on the future of US forces in Afghanistan.

`No military solution` to Syria conflict: NATO chief

NATO Secretary-General Anders Fogh Rasmussen has said that he does not anticipate "any further role" for the military alliance in Syria.

UN votes final mandate for Afghan force

The UN Security Council voted a final mandate for the US-led international military force in Afghanistan before it withdraws at the end of 2014.

`Italy to continue Afghan commitment after 2014`

The new Italian government will continue its participation in the NATO-led International Security Assistance Forces mission in Afghanistan until 2014.

Taliban bomber in Kabul kills 17 at top court

A suicide car bomber struck outside the Supreme Court in the Afghan capital, killing at least 17 people and wounding 39.