Saturday, 15 December 2018

Tag Archives: NATO

Slovenia becomes only NATO state with female army chief

LJUBLJANA: Slovenia became the only NATO country whose army is headed by a woman with the appointment of Major General Alenka Ermenc as chief of staff. President Borut Pahor, the country´s commander-in-chief, welcomed Ermenc´s appointment and said he expected her to start improving the army´s current poor state, blamed largely ...

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China says is no threat to EU, after Macron army call

BEIJING – China said that it had never posed a threat to Europe as it responded to a proposal by French President Emmanuel Macron for a “European army” to defend the bloc against China, Russia, and even the US. “We have never posed any threat to Europe,” Chinese foreign ministry ...

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Macron urges European army to defend against Russia, US

PARIS: French President Emmanuel Macron called for a “real European army” to allow the bloc to defend itself against Russia and even the United States, a hugely sensitive idea amongst EU nations which jealously guard their defence. Macron, who has pushed for a joint European Union military force since his ...

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Erdogan vows to defy US ‘threats’ after currency crash

ISTANBUL: President Recep Tayyip Erdogan vowed Saturday to defy US “threats” over a detained pastor, showing no signs of concessions in a bitter row that has caused the Turkish lira to crash. The Turkish strongman also said his country’s partnership with the United States may be in jeopardy, warning Ankara ...

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Trump stuns NATO with demand to double defence spending

LONDON: US President Donald Trump shocked allies at a fraught NATO summit on Wednesday by suddenly demanding that members double their defence spending commitments. Trump’s surprise demand came after he clashed with Chancellor Angela Merkel, calling Germany a “captive” of Russia because of its gas links and singling out Berlin ...

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Europe to retaliate if US imposes auto tariffs, says France

PARIS: Europe will hit back if US President Donald Trump follows through with a threat to slap import tariffs on European-made cars, France’s finance minister said. Trump escalated already burning trade tensions on Friday by threatening to hit all imports of cars assembled in the European Union (EU) with a ...

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Nato rejects Qatar membership ambition

BRUSSELS: Nato declined an overture by Qatar to join the Western military defence alliance, saying membership was reserved to the United States and Europe. It was responding to a comment by Qatar’s defence minister on Tuesday that his country’s long-term strategic “ambition” was to join Nato. “According to Article 10 ...

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Jim Mattis to press European allies on military spending

U.S. Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis will press European allies on Wednesday to stick to a promise to increase military budgets as the United States offers an increase in its own defense spending in Europe. For the first time, NATO countries have submitted plans to show how they will reach ...

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Angelina Jolie urges NATO to Focus with sexual violence in war

BRUSSELS: UN refugee agency special envoy Angelina Jolie called on NATO to help stop the use of sexual violence as a weapon of war, as the Hollywood star broadened her international efforts to protect women’s rights. Jolie, who earlier this week visited a Syrian refugee camp in Jordan, made her ...

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Militants storm Save the Children aid group office in Afghanistan

KABUL: ISIS gunmen stormed the offices of a British charity in the eastern Afghan city of Jalalabad on Wednesday morning, killing three people and wounding at least 20, officials said. The attack came as the country was still reeling from an even deadlier assault on an international hotel in Kabul ...

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