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NATO Says Migrant Numbers in Aegean Falling, Warns Routes Could Change

By Dasha Afanasieva and Tulay Karadeniz ANKARA, April 21 – The number of migrants and refugees crossing the Aegean Sea from Turkey into Europe is falling significantly but people smugglers can rapidly change routes and authorities must not reduce their security efforts prematurely, the head of NATO said on Thursday. Speaking in the Turkish capital,

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French, German Ministers Arrive in Libya to Back Unity Government

By Aidan Lewis and John Irish TRIPOLI/GENEVA, April 16 – The French and German foreign ministers arrived in Libya on Saturday for unannounced talks with the head of the unity government Fayaz Seraj to offer support as he seeks to stabilise the North African state, a French diplomatic source said. The visit by Jean-Marc Ayrault

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Taliban Announces Start of Spring Offensive In Afghanistan

By James Mackenzie KABUL, April 12 – The Taliban announced the start of their spring offensive on Tuesday, pledging to launch large-scale offensives against government strongholds backed by suicide and guerrilla attacks to drive Afghanistan‘s Western-backed government from power. The announcement of the formal start of “Operation Omari”, named after the late Taliban founder Mullah

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Russian Envoy Sees No Breakthrough in Chilly NATO Ties

MOSCOW, April 9 – Russian relations with former Cold War adversary NATO will not improve for as long as the alliance continues a “containment policy” towards Moscow, Russia’s NATO envoy was quoted as saying on Saturday. Alexander Grushko said a breakthrough in diplomatic relations should not be expected this month at a forum that will

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Turkey’s Erdogan Says Obama Spoke ‘Behind My Back’ on Press Freedom

By Ayla Jean Yackley ISTANBUL, April 3 – Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan accused U.S. counterpart Barack Obama of going behind his back for criticizing Turkey’s press freedom record and linked it to efforts to “divide” Turkey, media reports said on Sunday. Obama said on Friday after meeting Erdogan on the sidelines of a nuclear summit

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NATO Overcomes Greek-Turkish Tensions to Agree Aegean Mission

By Robin Emmott BRUSSELS, Feb 25 – NATO allies have agreed to a plan for their ships in the Aegean Sea to help Turkey and Greece counter criminal networks smuggling refugees into Europe, NATO’s chief said on Thursday, overcoming territorial sensitivities between Greece and Turkey. After late night talks in Brussels, NATO envoys set out

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Turkey Wants a Secure Strip on Syrian Side of Border – Deputy PM

ANKARA, Feb 17 – Turkey wants a secure strip of territory 10 km (6.2 miles) deep on the Syrian side of its border, including the town of Azaz, to prevent attempts to “change the demographic structure” of the area, Deputy Prime Minister Yalcin Akdogan said on Wednesday. Syrian government forces backed by Russian air strikes

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Russia Denies Bombing Civilians in Syria

By Paul Carrel and Shadia Nasralla MUNICH, Feb 13 (Reuters) – France led international criticism of Russia on Saturday for bombing civilians in Syria, a charge Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev rejected as major powers bickered openly just a day after they agreed a pause in combat in Syria. The differences between the stakeholders in

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U.S. Tells Allies Campaign to Defeat Daesh Must Be Accelerated

By Phil Stewart and Robin Emmott BRUSSELS, Feb 11 – The United States is pressing allies on Thursday to contribute more to a U.S.-led military campaign against Daesh that it says must be accelerated, regardless of the fate of diplomatic efforts to end Syria’s civil war. U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter is due to start

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New U.S. General Named to Lead Int’l. Forces in Afghanistan

WASHINGTON, Jan 28 – Lieutenant General John “Mick” Nicholson, the current head of NATO’s Allied Land Command, has been chosen as the new commander of international forces in Afghanistan, the Pentagon said on Wednesday amid concerns about setbacks in the fight against the Taliban. Nicholson, whose selection must be confirmed by the Senate, would replace

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