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  • Terrorist attack on Kabul airport, gunfire, explosions heard July 17, 2014

    Kabul: A militant attack is underway at Kabul airport on Thursday as explosions and gunfire rang out. The interior ministry said a group of insurgents had opened fire with automatic weapons and rocket-propelled grenades after seizing a building under construction at the airport. The attack began around 4:30 am (0000 GMT)...
  • Kerry arrives for NATO talks on Ukraine, Iraq June 25, 2014

    Brussels: US Secretary of State John Kerry huddled with European allies ahead of key NATO talks today, after a whirlwind visit to Iraq aimed at shoring up Iraqi unity. Shortly after flying in on a US military plane from northern Iraq, Kerry met late yesterday with EU foreign policy chief Catherine...
  • NATO chief says more Russian troops now at Ukraine's border June 20, 2014

    NATO Secretary-General Anders Fogh Rasmussen said on Thursday that at least a few thousand more Russian troops were now at Ukraine's eastern border, a build-up he called a regrettable step backwards. After Moscow annexed Ukraine's Crimea region in March, NATO said Russia had massed some 40,000 troops near the Ukrainian border....
  • Ukraine President offers cease-fire to allow pro-Russian separatists June 18, 2014

    Kiev: Ukraine's president on Wednesday said that government forces will unilaterally cease fire to allow pro-Russian separatists in the east of the country a chance to lay down weapons or leave the country, a potential major development to bring peace to the country. Petro Poroshenko's plan, announced following conversations...
  • 5 NATO soldiers killed by 'friendly fire': Afghan officials June 10, 2014

    Kabul: NATO today launched an investigation into the deaths of five soldiers in southern Afghanistan as local officials blamed a "friendly fire" error by a coalition air strike. The deaths in the restive province of Zabul were the worst single incident for NATO's International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) since five...
  • More than 50 rebels killed in biggest Ukraine government assault May 28, 2014

    Donetsk: Ukrainian aircraft and paratroopers killed more than 50 pro-Russian rebels in an assault that raged into a second day on Tuesday after a newly elected president vowed to crush the revolt in the east once and for all. The unprecedented offensive throws a challenge to Russian President Vladimir Putin, who...
  • Ukraine voters seek leader to save nation May 25, 2014

    Kiev/Mariupol: Ukrainians voted on Sunday for a leader they hope will save their country from bankruptcy, dismemberment and civil war, but eastern cities were turned into ghost towns where armed separatist fighters kept polling stations shut. The election marks the culmination of a revolution that began in February when a pro-Russian...
  • Ashraf Ghani seeks comeback in marathon Afghan election May 22, 2014

    Kabul: Afghan election candidate Ashraf Ghani vowed on Thursday to overturn first-round results and seize the presidency as he launched his comeback campaign ahead of a run-off vote next month. Ghani, a former World Bank economist, faces an uphill task to win the head-to-head vote after finishing second - 13 percentage...
  • Putin orders Russian troops back to bases after drills near Ukraine May 19, 2014

    Moscow: Russian President Vladimir Putin has ordered military forces to return to their permanent bases after drills in three regions bordering Ukraine, the Kremlin said on Monday. Putin's office said that he had issued the order because the spring manoeuvres were over. The move could also be intended to ease...
  • Death toll from Libya fighting rises to 43 May 17, 2014

    Benghazi: The death toll from clashes in Benghazi has risen to 43 with more than 100 people wounded, a Health Ministry official said on Saturday, as a renegade retired general vowed to continue to fight Islamist militants in the eastern Libyan port. Friday's violence prompted Libya's prime minister to order the...
  • NATO containers attacked in Pakistan, 2 dead May 5, 2014

    Islamabad: At least two people were killed on Monday when unidentified terrorists attacked NATO containers in Pakistan's Khyber tribal region. The gunmen opened fire at three NATO containers in the Wazir Dhand area of Jamrud tehsil, the Dawn online reported. The containers were set ablaze. Khyber is one of the country's seven...
  • Ukraine crisis: Putin ‘walks the walk’ but not as Obama wants April 30, 2014

    Moscow: Vladimir Putin has "walked the walk" since the West imposed new sanctions on Russia over the Ukraine crisis, but not in the way Barack Obama intended. Announcing sanctions against Russian companies and individuals this week, the US president used the phrase in urging the Kremlin leader to do more than...
  • Ukraine crisis: Russia says EU should be 'ashamed' over sanctions April 29, 2014

    Moscow: Russia suggested on Tuesday the European Union should be ashamed of itself for "doing Washington's bidding" by punishing Moscow with sanctions over the crisis in Ukraine. The Foreign Ministry said the EU sanctions imposed on 15 Russian and pro-Moscow Ukrainian officials would not ease tension in Ukraine, where the government...
  • Barack Obama announces new US sanctions on Russia over Ukraine April 28, 2014

    Manila/Slaviansk: US President Barack Obama announced new sanctions against some Russians on Monday in an attempt to stop President Vladimir Putin from fomenting the rebellion in eastern Ukraine, but held off from broad measures that would hit Russia's economy. The new sanctions, to be outlined in detail later on Monday, will...
  • Observers held in Ukraine speak under armed guard April 28, 2014

    Slovyansk (Ukraine): Pro-Russian terrorists in camouflage fatigues and black balaclavas paraded captive European military observers before the media on Sunday, hours after three captured Ukrainian security guards were shown bloodied, blindfolded and stripped of their trousers and shoes, their arms bound with packing tape. The provocative displays came as the increasingly...
  • Obama urges united riposte to Russia for 'destabilising' Ukraine April 27, 2014

    Kuala Lumpur/Slaviansk: US President Barack Obama on Sunday said the United States and Europe must join forces to impose sanctions on Russia to stop it destabilising Ukraine, where armed pro-Russian separatists were for a third day holding eight international observers prisoner. Washington and Brussels are expected, possibly as early as Monday,...
  • Obama poised for new sanctions on Russia if no progress on Ukraine April 24, 2014

    Tokyo/Donetsk: US President Barack Obama said on Thursday he was poised to impose new sanctions on Moscow if it does not act fast to end an armed stand-off in Ukraine, but there was a first, tentative sign that pro-Russian separatists were ceding ground. Under an international accord signed in Geneva last...
  • Russia says it will respond if Ukraine interests attacked April 23, 2014

    Kiev: Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov accused the United States of being behind the political upheaval in Ukraine and said Moscow would respond if its interests came under attack. Lavrov's comments came a day after US Vice President Joe Biden was in the Ukrainian capital with promises of support for the...
  • Ukraine crackdown on pro-Moscow separatists gets off to a slow start April 15, 2014

    Kiev/Slaviansk: Russia declared Ukraine on the brink of civil war on Tuesday as Kiev said an "anti-terrorist operation" against pro-Moscow separatists was underway, though the crackdown appeared to get off to a slow start, if at all. Twenty-four hours after an Ukrainian ultimatum expired for the separatists to lay down their...
  • Ukraine's east braces for anti-rebel operation as deadline passes April 14, 2014

    Slaviansk: Towns in eastern Ukraine on Monday braced for military action from government forces as a deadline passed for pro-Russian separatists to disarm and end their occupation of state buildings or face a major "anti-terrorist" operation. As the 9 a.m. (0600 GMT) deadline issued by authorities in Kiev expired, a Reuters...
  • Ukraine tries to clear pro-Russian rebels, reports dead on both sides April 13, 2014

    Slaviansk: Ukrainian security forces launched an operation on Sunday to clear pro-Russian separatists from a police headquarters in the eastern city of Slaviansk, with Kiev reporting dead on both sides as it combats what it calls an act of aggression by Moscow. Ukraine faces a rash of rebellions in the east...
  • NATO suspends cooperation with Russia over Ukraine crisis April 2, 2014

    Brussels: NATO suspended all practical cooperation with Russia on Tuesday in protest at its annexation of Crimea, and ordered military planners to draft measures to strengthen its defences and reassure nervous Eastern European countries. Foreign ministers from the 28-nation, US-led alliance were meeting for the first time since the Russian...
  • Norway ex-PM Jens Stoltenberg named new NATO chief March 28, 2014

    The NATO decided on Friday to appoint Jens Stoltenberg as secretary general of NATO and chairman of the North Atlantic Council, in succession to Anders Fogh Rasmussen. Stoltenberg will assume his functions as secretary general from Oct 1, 2014, when the present NATO chief Fogh Rasmussen will step down, Xinhua reported...
  • NATO says its websites hit by cyber attacks March 16, 2014

    Brussels: Several NATO websites have been hit by cyber attacks, but they have had no impact on the military alliance's operations, a NATO spokeswoman said. The attacks, which affected NATO's main website, came amid rising tensions over Russian forces' occupation of Ukraine's Crimea region where a referendum is to be held...
  • NATO suspends joint mission with Russia March 6, 2014

    NATO announced on Wednesday to suspend the planning for first NATO-Russia joint escort vessel mission to neutralise Syria's chemical weapons. "Russia will not be involved in the escort of the US vessel (Cape Ray)," which will neutralise Syria's chemical weapons, NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen was quoted as saying at...
  • EU's $15 billion aid to Ukraine, outlines ways to escape global rift March 5, 2014

    Paris: The building blocks of a possible diplomatic solution in Ukraine emerged on Wednesday as top Russian and Western officials tried to defuse one of Europe's worst crises since the Cold War. The European Union prepared a $15 billion aid package for Ukraine, and European and Ukrainian diplomats outlined ways...
  • NATO, Russia to have talks over Ukraine tomorrow March 5, 2014

    The NATO alliance on Tuesday accused Russia of continued violations of its international commitments and Ukraine's sovereignty and said it will directly confront Moscow with the allegations during a special meeting. "We will engage with Russia in the NATO-Russia council" to discuss the latest developments in Ukraine's southern Crimean peninsula, NATO...
  • Ukraine mobilizes after Putin's 'declaration of war' March 2, 2014

    Ukraine mobilized for war on Sunday, after Russian President Vladimir Putin declared he had the right to invade, creating the biggest confrontation between Moscow and the West since the Cold War. "This is not a threat: this is actually the declaration of war to my country," said Ukraine's Prime Minister Arseny...
  • NATO urges Russia not to escalate tensions in Ukraine February 28, 2014

    Bruseels: NATO on Thursday urged Russia not to take any action which could escalate tension or create misunderstanding in Ukraine. "NATO has a long-standing partnership with Ukraine. Today we made clear that NATO stands ready to support democratic development, defence reforms, military cooperation and democratic control over the security sector," Xinhua...
  • Obama prepared to leave no troops in Afghanistan after 2014 February 26, 2014

    US President Barack Obama has told the Pentagon to prepare for the possibility that the United States will not leave behind any troops in Afghanistan after its troop drawdown at the end of this year, the White House said on Tuesday. Obama said he had given the order to the Pentagon...