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NATO joins in Russian diplomat expulsions after spy attacked

More than 20 countries on Monday announced that they were expelling a total of more than 130 Russian diplomats, including 60 kicked out by the United States.

Official: Government troops push back Taliban from west city in Afghanistan

Russia denies aiding Afghan Taliban in wake of US general’s comments

A statement from the Russian embassy in Kabul dismissed the comments as “idle gossip”, repeating previous denials by Russian officials

Afghanistan blast: Suicide bomb in Kabul kills young girl, wounds 15

Najib Danish, spokesman for the Interior Ministry, said the suicide bomber targeted a “convoy of foreigners” but did not offer further details or clarify whether it was foreign forces who were targeted or contractors.

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US forces in Afghanistan attack anti-China militants

“The US strikes support Afghanistan in reassuring its neighbors that it is not a safe sanctuary for terrorists who want to carry out cross-border operations,” Afghanistan’s NATO-led mission said in a release.

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Donald Trump taking tougher stance on Russia nuclear threat

The administration specifically points to a Russian doctrine known as “escalate to de-escalate,” in which Moscow would use or threaten to use smaller-yield nuclear weapons in a limited, conventional conflict in Europe in the belief that doing so would compel the US and NATO to back down.

Russia says it will respond firmly to new US sanctions

Britain says West must defend undersea cables from Russian navy

Stuart Peach, chief of the defence staff said the Russian President Vladimir Putin’s modernisation of the once mighty Soviet navy now posed a serious threat to Western communications.

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German parties back NATO, want good ties with Russia: Document

The paper also contained several bracketed sentences that had not yet been agreed, including a proposal by the Greens to withdraw the NATO nuclear weapons that remain on German soil, and to ban all weapons sales to countries involved in the war in Yemen.

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Catalonia issue domestic matter to be resolved by Spain, says NATO

NATO official said: “Spain is a committed ally, which makes important contributions to our shared security. The Catalonia issue is a domestic matter which should be resolved within Spain’s constitutional order.”

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NATO ships hold missile defense drill near Scotland, says Pentagon

The US Department of Defense said this was the first time NATO’s ‘smart defense’ concept was demonstrated with some ships providing protection to other vessels targeting ballistic missiles.

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NATO gives frosty reception to ICAN Nobel win

NATO, which has three of the world’s nuclear powers in its ranks, strongly criticised the treaty, saying it risked undermining the international response to North Korea’s atomic weapons programme.

Europe has interest in helping Afghanistan: Nato chief

Stoltenberg said Afghan forces, which have suffered thousands of casualties fighting the insurgency, had been “managing a very difficult situation”.

US Defense Secretary Jim Mattis arrives in Afghanistan as rockets hit Kabul airport

The visit comes after US President Donald Trump announced a new strategy for Afghanistan, promising a stepped-up military campaign against Taliban insurgents who have gained ground as they seek to reestablish Islamic law after their 2001 ouster.

US wants Pakistan to take action against terror safe havens: Jim Mattis

US Defense Secretary, NATO chief arrive in Kabul weeks after Trump pledges more troops to Afghan

The unannounced high-level visit comes as Afghan security forces struggle to beat back the Taliban which has been on the offensive since the withdrawal of US-led NATO combat troops at the end of 2014.

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Kurd referendum: Turkey plans security steps over Iraqi Kurdish vote

Turkey, home to the largest Kurdish population in the region and fighting a Kurdish insurgency on its soil, has warned that any break-up of neighbouring Iraq or Syria could lead to a global conflict.

NATO chief welcomes Trump’s new approach

Stoltenberg said he agrees with Trump that all NATO members need to increase defense spending so there is “fair burden sharing.” Stoltenberg said Turkey is looking into the possibility of buying air defense systems from France and Italy in addition to the one it recently purchased from Russia.