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OSCE to replace drones shot down over east Ukraine

HAMBURG The Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe on Friday launched a tender for long-range drones after losing eight such aircraft over eastern Ukraine since it began a monitoring mission there.


United States, Russia, trade barbs at European security meeting Dec 09 2016

HAMBURG The Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) remained divided over the conflict in eastern Ukraine at the end of a two-day meeting in Hamburg, with the United States accusing Russia of blocking a resolution.


French court cancels Kazakh tycoon Ablyazov's extradition to Russia Dec 09 2016

PARIS France's highest administrative court on Friday canceled an extradition order to send jailed Kazakh tycoon Mukhtar Ablyazov to Russia on the grounds that the request was made for political reasons.

U.S. decision on Polish Patriot deal seen in coming months: agency Dec 09 2016

WARSAW Poland may be granted U.S. government export approval to buy eight Patriot missile defence systems from Raytheon Co within the next few months, a senior Raytheon official told a Polish news agency on Friday.


EU to extend economic sanctions on Russia after leaders meet on December 15 Dec 09 2016

BRUSSELS The European Union will extend by six months its main economic sanctions on Russia over the conflict in Ukraine after the bloc's leaders meet in Brussels on Dec. 15, diplomatic sources and officials said on Friday.


Russia's Lavrov says U.S. dragging out talks on Aleppo Dec 09 2016

HAMBURG, Germany Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov on Friday accused the United States of stalling talks on evacuating remaining rebel-held parts of the Syrian city of Aleppo, and said it was taking "strange" and contradictory positions.


EU unblocks visa-free travel for Ukraine, Georgia Dec 08 2016

BRUSSELS The European Union will let Ukrainians and Georgians visit the bloc freely after diplomats and lawmakers agreed on Thursday on an emergency brake to suspend visa waivers, ending an EU dispute holding this up.


Estonia says 'encouraged' by Trump administration's tone on NATO Dec 08 2016

HAMBURG Estonian Foreign Minister Sven Mikser said he was "quite encouraged" that U.S. President-elect Donald Trump would maintain a strong U.S. commitment to European security despite comments that had sparked concern during the election campaign.

Airlines call for alternative to 'useless' U.N. security database Dec 08 2016

GENEVA Airlines said on Thursday a U.N. warning mechanism designed to avoid a repeat of the 2014 downing of a Malaysian airliner over Ukraine is "useless" and called for urgent new ways of detecting dangers to aircraft posed by war zones.


Ties between Russia and the Taliban worry Afghan, U.S. officials Dec 08 2016

KABUL Afghan and American officials are increasingly worried that any deepening of ties between Russia and Taliban militants fighting to topple the government in Kabul could complicate an already precarious security situation.


U.S. allies caution Trump on Syria strategy

WASHINGTON/PARIS Key U.S. allies in Europe are quietly expressing concern over President-elect Donald Trump's approach to Syria, warning that his pledge to work more closely with Russia, Damascus' main backer, will do little to diminish the terrorist threat emanating from Syria.