- Diplomats aim for temporary Syria truce in a week Updated: Feb-11-16 7:50 pm
MUNICH - Diplomats trying to secure a ceasefire for the civil war in Syria fell short in organizing an immediate truce but agreed to try to work out details and implement a temporary "cessation of hostilities" in the coming week.
- The Latest: Kerry calls for genuine negotiation on Syria Updated: Feb-11-16 7:33 pm
BEIRUT - The Latest developments on the war in Syria, the refugee crisis and security talks in Munich, Germany. (all times local):
- NATO orders warships into Aegean to help ease migrant crisis Updated: Feb-11-16 3:21 pm
BRUSSELS - In a dramatic response to Europe's gravest refugee crisis since World War II, NATO ordered three warships to sail immediately Thursday to the Aegean Sea to help end the deadly smuggling of asylum-seekers across the waters from Turkey to Greece.
- Pentagon chief predicting 'tangible gains' in Iraq, Syria Updated: Feb-11-16 1:26 pm
BRUSSELS - U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter predicted on Thursday that recent U.S.-led efforts to accelerate the fight against the Islamic State group would produce "tangible gains" in Iraq and Syria by March, even as coalition partners pledged to expand and deepen their military contributions.
- The Latest: Germany extends border controls for 3 months Updated: Feb-11-16 8:16 am
BRUSSELS - The Latest on the massive influx of migrants into Europe (all times local):
- Russian deputy prime minister barred from Montenegro Updated: Feb-11-16 8:14 am
PODGORICA, Montenegro - Russian Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin has been barred from entering Montenegro, which is facing strong pressure from the Kremlin for its plans to join NATO, the country's foreign ministry said Thursday.
- Afghan policeman opens fire on colleagues, kills 4 Updated: Feb-11-16 5:36 am
KANDAHAR, Afghanistan - Four Afghan policemen were killed and another seven wounded when one of their colleagues opened fire on them in the volatile southern province of Kandahar, an official said on Thursday.
- Russia proposes March 1 ceasefire in Syria; US wants it now Updated: Feb-10-16 10:14 pm
MUNICH - Russia has proposed a March 1 ceasefire in Syria, U.S. officials said Wednesday, but Washington believes Moscow is giving itself and the Syrian government three weeks to try to crush moderate rebel groups.
- NATO ministers approve new reinforcements for eastern Europe Updated: Feb-10-16 3:41 pm
BRUSSELS - NATO defense ministers on Wednesday approved new multinational reinforcements to beef up defenses of frontline alliance members most at risk from Russia, the alliance's secretary-general announced.
- NATO, EU sign agreement on cyberdefense cooperation Updated: Feb-10-16 10:17 am
BRUSSELS - NATO and the European Union have signed an agreement to improve cooperation in cyberdefense, which NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg called a concrete example of the two Brussels-based organizations joining forces to counter modern forms of hybrid warfare.
- The Latest: Japan mulls sanctions after NKorea launch Updated: Feb-07-16 11:28 pm
SEOUL, South Korea - The Latest on North Korea's launch of a long-range rocket (all times local):
- Poland says it wins protection for Poles in British EU deal Updated: Feb-05-16 11:44 am
WARSAW, Poland - British Prime Minister David Cameron found support Friday for a renegotiated deal with the European Union from Poland and Denmark, marking a positive start to a two-week tour of European capitals aimed at winning over European partners to his plans for a looser union with the bloc.
- NATO chief meets EU defense ministers to discuss cooperation Updated: Feb-05-16 10:34 am
AMSTERDAM - European Union defense ministers huddled Friday with NATO's secretary general to discuss closer cooperation between the military alliance and the 28-nation bloc to tackle looming threats to the region.
- Central Europe guardedly welcomes US military spending boost Updated: Feb-03-16 12:43 pm
WARSAW, Poland - Countries in Central and Eastern Europe are welcoming a U.S. plan to quadruple military spending in Europe in reaction to Russia's military resurgence, yet the tone from several governments appears guarded as it remains unclear how much of the spending will translate into a real and lasting presence of troops and weapons on NATO's nervous eastern flank.
- Turkey bans Russian observation flight near Syria border Updated: Feb-03-16 11:26 am
MOSCOW - The Russian military says Turkey has violated an international treaty by barring a planned Russian surveillance flight.
- Poland salutes plan to boost NATO presence in Eastern Europe Updated: Feb-03-16 8:22 am
BUDAPEST, Hungary - Poland's foreign minister says the protection of NATO's eastern borders needs to be increased in light of the "apparently unresolvable" conflict between Russia and Ukraine.
- US proposes more Pentagon funding for Europe aid, equipment Updated: Feb-02-16 1:58 pm
WASHINGTON - The Obama administration said Tuesday it will propose quadrupling what it spends on its troops and training in Europe, as part of the U.S. military's accelerating effort to deter Russia.
- Croatian, Polish presidents discusses migrants, security Updated: Jan-28-16 11:15 am
WARSAW, Poland - The European Union should agree on criteria for accepting migrants and on how to secure the Greek border, where most of them arrive in Europe, Croatia's president said Thursday.
- NATO considering US request for AWACS to fight Islamic State Updated: Jan-28-16 7:08 am
BRUSSELS - The NATO chief said the alliance is considering a U.S. request to provide AWACS surveillance planes to help in the fight against the Islamic State extremist organization.
- Polish, Lithuanian and Ukrainian brigade to be ready in 2017 Updated: Jan-25-16 10:23 am
WARSAW, Poland - A new brigade consisting of Polish, Lithuanian and Ukrainian troops should be fully operational in the region by 2017, Poland's Defense Minister Antoni Macierewicz said Monday.
- Poland welcomes increased British military presence Updated: Jan-22-16 10:49 am
WARSAW, Poland - Polish and British defense officials say there are plans for a stronger British military presence in Poland to reassure members on NATO's eastern flank concerned about Russia's resurgence.
- Iraqi PM wants Turkey to pull out troops Updated: Jan-22-16 10:23 am
DAVOS, Switzerland - Iraq's prime minister appealed Friday to Turkey to pull its troops out of Iraqi territory and instead provide training and equipment to fight the Islamic State group, which he and U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry insisted is losing ground.
- Polish president calls for beefed-up NATO presence Updated: Jan-18-16 11:43 am
BRUSSELS - Polish President Andrzej Duda called on NATO Monday to make its presence "as permanent as possible" in Poland to safeguard his country and region from an aggressive Russia.
- Poland's defense chief: We want constant NATO, US presence Updated: Jan-16-16 12:35 pm
WARSAW, Poland - Poland's defense minister says his country wants to have permanent NATO and U.S. troops' presence to ward off security threats.