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Op-Ed: Trump bills Germany $490b for NATO ‘debt’. WRONG

Berlin - Donald Trump’s obscure logic for all things has reached a milestone at NATO. Trump handed Chancellor Merkel a ‘bill’ for $490 billon for America’s contribution to Germany’s defence. This was sublime unreality at its least impressive.

NATO troops race winter to give Afghan forces a morale boost

Tarin Kowt - The target is behind a slope, the advance is unprotected: crawl, fire! Italian instructors in western Afghanistan have been using the relatively quiet winter to bolster Afghan troops against the Taliban.

Tillerson to meet allies as NATO races to save talks

Washington - US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson will meet with NATO members next week in Brussels, officials said, as alliance diplomats worked to nail down the date."We are currently planning to hold the meeting of NATO foreign ministers on 31 March.

Russia 'perhaps' supplying Taliban: NATO commander

Washington - Russia is "perhaps" supplying the Taliban as they fight US and NATO forces in Afghanistan, a top US general said Thursday.

British tanks join NATO battle group in Estonia

Tallinn - British army equipment including tanks and self-propelled guns on Wednesday arrived by boat in Estonia, part of a NATO move to reinforce its eastern flank to deter a militarily resurgent Russia, according to Estonia's defence forces.

Trump to reaffirm NATO 'commitment' at May summit

Washington - The White House confirmed that President Donald Trump will join fellow NATO leaders for a key May summit in Brussels, as the US administration seeks to quash questions about Trump's support for the alliance.

Coalition gathers to hear Trump Islamic State plan

Washington - The 68-nation US-led coalition against the Islamic State group will meet in Washington on Wednesday to accelerate efforts to destroy the remaining jihadist strongholds in Iraq and Syria.

Transatlantic bond 'getting stronger': Mattis

Washington - The transatlantic bond is "getting stronger," Pentagon chief Jim Mattis told NATO's Jens Stoltenberg on Tuesday, the same day the US secretary of state said he will skip a key alliance meeting.

Tillerson to skip NATO meeting next month

Washington - US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson will skip a NATO meeting in April but travel to Russia the same month, fuelling fears about Washington's commitment to the alliance.

NATO chief to visit US for first time since Trump elected

Brussels - NATO chief Jens Stoltenberg headed for Washington on Monday for the first time since US President Donald Trump was elected, holding talks with senior officials about defeating the Islamic State group, his office said.

Lithuania wants NATO command headquarters on eastern flank

Vilnius - Lithuanian President Dalia Grybauskaite on Thursday urged NATO's top general to create new alliance command centres on its eastern flank to deter Russia, calling their current location in Europe a relic of the Cold War.

Lithuania wants NATO command headquarters on eastern flank

Vilnius - Lithuanian President Dalia Grybauskaite on Thursday urged NATO's top general to create new alliance command centres on its eastern flank to deter Russia, calling their current location in Europe a relic of the Cold War.

Lithuania wants NATO command headquarters on eastern flank

Vilnius - Lithuanian President Dalia Grybauskaite on Thursday urged NATO's top general to create new alliance command centres on its eastern flank to deter Russia, calling their current location in Europe a relic of the Cold War.

NATO head says more defence spending 'essential' to US ties

Brussels - NATO chief Jens Stoltenberg on Monday told allies to boost defence spending, as demanded by US President Donald Trump, if they want to preserve crucial transatlantic defence ties.

NATO, US condemn Kosovo army plans

Pristina - NATO and the US on Wednesday condemned Kosovo's plans to create a national army, a move that would spark anger among its minority ethnic Serbs and in Belgrade.

Russia, NATO in first high-level military talks since freeze

Moscow - Senior Russian and NATO military chiefs on Friday held their first phone talks since ties between the two sides collapsed over the crisis in Ukraine, the defence ministry in Moscow said.

Trump's envoy at UN warns Russia US stands firm on NATO, EU

New York - US Ambassador Nikki Haley on Tuesday said the United States is ready to improve ties with Russia but will not compromise on its support for NATO and the European Union.

Pence reassures Europe, demands NATO pay up

Brussels - US Vice President Mike Pence told nervous Europeans Monday that Donald Trump will remain committed to transatlantic ties, but warned NATO allies they must boost their defence spending in return.

Pence reassures Europe, demands NATO pay up

Brussels - US Vice President Mike Pence told nervous Europeans Monday that Donald Trump will remain committed to transatlantic ties, but warned NATO allies they must boost their defence spending in return.

Pence reassures Europe, demands NATO pay up

Brussels - US Vice President Mike Pence told nervous Europeans Monday that Donald Trump will remain committed to transatlantic ties, but warned NATO allies they must boost their defence spending in return.

US role 'necessary' in Baltic air defence: Lithuania

Vilnius - Lithuania wants US President Donald Trump's administration to help beef up air defence in the Baltic region as security concerns grow over Russia, President Dalia Grybauskaite said Saturday.

US pledges 'unwavering' commitment, Europe lukewarm

Munich - US Vice President Mike Pence on Saturday led a chorus of reassurance for allies rattled by Donald Trump's policy stance but European leaders gave the pledges a lukewarm welcome.

European partners look to Pentagon chief for reassurance

Munich - Jittery European partners looking for reassurance from a member of US President Donald Trump's new administration might have found it Friday in the form of Defense Secretary James Mattis.

Lithuania probes fake German troops rape claim

Vilnius - Lithuanian prosecutors said Friday they had opened a probe into who was responsible for spreading false allegations of a rape committed by German troops freshly deployed to the Baltic NATO state.

Lithuania probes fake German troops rape claim

Vilnius - Lithuanian prosecutors said Friday they had opened a probe into who was responsible for spreading false allegations of a rape committed by German troops freshly deployed to the Baltic NATO state.

Lithuania probes fake German troops rape claim

Vilnius - Lithuanian prosecutors said Friday they had opened a probe into who was responsible for spreading false allegations of a rape committed by German troops freshly deployed to the Baltic NATO state.

Transatlantic bond 'strongest bulwark' against instability: Mattis

Munich - The bond between Europe and America is the "strongest bulwark" against instability and violence, US Defence Secretary Jim Mattis said Friday as he tried to calm jittery allies seeking clarity from Donald Trump's White House.

NATO is also important for US too: Merkel

Berlin - German Chancellor Angela Merkel said Friday that NATO is important not just for Europe but also for the United States, speaking as a major security gathering kicked off in Munich.

Cold War redux? US-Russian missile spat in Europe

Washington - The United States and Russia may be on the verge of a new arms race in Europe, decades after the missile crisis that shook the Old Continent in the waning years of the Soviet Union.

NATO to boost naval presence in Black Sea

Brussels - NATO will step up naval war games and surveillance in the Black Sea to complement its increased presence of land and air forces near a more assertive Russia, the alliance said Thursday.
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