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US wants to reduce presence in Africa, warns top officer

Apo - The United States wants to reduce its military presence in Africa, Washington's top military officer said, as France hosts Sahel leaders as it seeks to bolster the fight against jihadists in the region.

Serbia marks 20 years since NATO bombing campaign

Belgrade - Serbia on Sunday marked 20 years since the NATO air strikes that forced Belgrade to withdraw its troops from Kosovo, ending a conflict that claimed more than 13,000 lives.

Macedonia PM salutes courage of Greek deputies

Veles - Macedonian Prime Minister Zoran Zaev on Saturday paid tribute to the courage of Greek lawmakers after their vote to approve the renaming of his country to settle a decades-old dispute.

Macedonia: a decades-long quarrel over a name

Atenas - The Greek parliament on Friday approved the new name "Republic of North Macedonia" for its northern neighbour, two weeks after a similar vote by Macedonian lawmakers.

Russia turns up uninvited to major NATO wargames

Norway - The whirring of a low-flying Soviet Union-era war plane signalled Russia's uninvited arrival to NATO's biggest military exercise since the end of the Cold War.

NATO does not want new nuclear arms race: alliance chief

Apo - NATO chief Jens Stoltenberg said Wednesday he did not see the alliance's member states deploying more nuclear weapons in Europe in response to a new Russian missile programme.

NATO stands by all allies: official says

Apo - NATO insisted Friday that every member state is covered by its "all for one, one for all" collective defence pledge, after US President Donald Trump appeared to undercut the alliance's core commitment.

Brussels anti-Trump protest draws some 1,400

Apo - A Brussels protest for peace and against the policies of US President Donald Trump drew around 1,400 people Saturday, days before he arrives for a NATO summit.

Trudeau to visit Latvia ahead of NATO summit

Ottawa - Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau will fly to Latvia for a two-day visit starting July 9, ahead of the NATO summit in Brussels, his office said Tuesday.

NATO will show unity despite differences: Stoltenberg

Apo - NATO chief Jens Stoltenberg voiced confidence Tuesday that Alliance members will demonstrate unity at a summit next month despite "important differences" between the United States and European members of the transatlantic Alliance.

Taliban, Afghan officials in ceasefire talks: US general

Washington - Senior Taliban officials have been secretly negotiating with Afghan officials on a possible ceasefire, the Pentagon said Wednesday, even as US forces killed over 50 Taliban leaders in a series of strikes.

NATO does not want new arms race: secretary general

Ottawa - NATO does not want a new arms race with Russia, the alliance's secretary general said Wednesday amid heightened tensions following an ex-spy's poisoning in England.

Setback for Romanian farmer's bid to graze sheep near NATO base

Bucharest - A Romanian farmer who has waged a years-long legal battle against the state to graze his sheep near a NATO military base suffered as setback Wednesday when he was denied a permit for a structure housing the animals.

NATO takes 'disciplinary' action over Turkey 'enemy' insult

Brussels - NATO has taken 'disciplinary action' against an individual over an incident in which Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and the country's modern founder Mustafa Kemal Ataturk were portrayed as enemies, the alliance's secretary general has said.

Norway releases images of Russian fleet en route to Med

Oslo - The Norwegian military said Tuesday it had taken photos of a Russian fleet, including its flagship aircraft carrier, which were shadowed off its coast as they headed for the eastern Mediterranean.

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