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Russia-wary U.S. to press NATO allies to hike military spending: official


WASHINGTON The United States will press NATO allies, especially Germany, to increase military spending while underscoring the heightened threat from Russia, a senior State Department official said on Wednesday before Friday's meeting of the alliance in Brussels.


Still flying at 86: Ukrainian pilot who survived Chernobyl disaster Apr 25 2018

KIEV Ukrainian military pilot Mykola Volkozub could barely move under the weight of a lead vest meant to protect him from radiation as he prepared for his first flight over the Chernobyl reactor after the world's worst nuclear disaster in 1986.


Exclusive: Russian civilians helping Assad use military base back home - witnesses Apr 25 2018

MOLKINO, Russia The Kremlin says it has nothing to do with Russian civilians fighting in Syria but on three recent occasions groups of men flying in from Damascus headed straight to a defense ministry base in Molkino, Reuters reporters witnessed. | Video

Belarus leader says may loosen grip on power - but not yet Apr 24 2018

MINSK Belarussian President Alexander Lukashenko on Tuesday said the constitution could be "improved" to share some of his powers, but not in the near future.


Kremlin: We don't regard tumult in Armenia as Ukraine-style revolution Apr 24 2018

MOSCOW The Kremlin said on Tuesday it did not regard political tumult in Armenia, a close Russian ally, as a Ukraine-style revolution and was pleased that the situation there appeared stable for now.

Russia says NATO membership of Balkan countries threatens security Apr 23 2018

SARAJEVO NATO enlargement to take in members from the Balkan countries is undermining security and stability in the region, a senior Russian parliamentarian said on Monday.

China's first home-built carrier looks set to start sea trials Apr 23 2018

BEIJING China first domestically developed aircraft carrier looks set to begin sea trials after pictures appeared on the Chinese internet on Monday of it leaving its dock in the northeastern port of Dalian.

G7 meeting to discuss Iran, North Korea and Syria: U.S. official Apr 22 2018

TORONTO Iran's "malign" regional activities, the Syrian conflict and North Korea will be discussed at a meeting of foreign ministers from the Group of Seven (G7) major industrialized nations in Toronto, a U.S. official said on Sunday.


German minister urges Russia to cooperate in solving Syria crisis Apr 21 2018

BERLIN German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas on Saturday urged Russia to help solve the Syria crisis as he set off for a meeting of foreign ministers from the Group of Seven (G7) major industrialized nations in Toronto.


U.S. calls China, Russia, Iran, North Korea 'morally reprehensible' on rights Apr 21 2018

WASHINGTON The United States labeled China, Russia, Iran and North Korea on Friday as "morally reprehensible" governments that it said violated human rights within their borders on a daily basis, making them "forces of instability".


Understanding Kim: Inside the U.S. effort to profile the secretive North Korean leader

WASHINGTON U.S. intelligence experts are trying to build a profile of Kim Jong Un to give President Donald Trump a competitive edge in one of the most consequential summits since the Cold War, but they face a huge challenge – figuring out a secretive North Korean ruler few people know much about.