Russia, Ukraine sit down for crisis talks

2014-04-17 10:46

Russia and Ukraine will sit down for talks in Geneva, seeking to ease the crisis in the former Soviet republic after the US warned Moscow it must make concessions or face fresh sanctions.

Nato head urges Russia to pull back troops

2014-04-15 14:47

Nato chief Anders Fogh Rasmussen has urged Russia to de-escalate tensions over Ukraine and withdraw troops massed on the border with its Soviet-era satellite.

Russia, West lock horns at UN over Ukraine

2014-04-14 07:51

The UN Security Council has held emergency talks after Ukraine declared a "full-scale" military operation against pro-Russia forces, amid deadly clashes in its restive east.

Nato shows 'proof' of Russian build-up

2014-04-10 19:10

Nato has unveiled satellite photographs it says shows Russian deployments of about 40 000 troops near the Ukrainian frontier, along with long lines of tanks, armoured vehicles, artillery and aircraft.

56 leave offices seized by Ukraine separatists

2014-04-09 09:43

Ukraine's Security Service says that 56 people held inside an agency's headquarters in the city of Luhansk occupied by pro-Russian separatists have been allowed to leave the premises.

Pro-Russians declare Ukraine's Donetsk independent

2014-04-08 08:14

Ukraine is threatened with disintegration as pro-Kremlin militants seize government buildings in the eastern city of Donetsk, declare independence and vow to vote on joining Russia.

Nato opens Kosovo airspace after 15 years

2014-04-04 20:56

Nato has had allowed private planes to fly high over Kososo for the first time in 15 years, letting commercial airlines save time and money by taking more direct routes across the region.

Palestinians will pay for UN move - Israel minister

2014-04-02 15:00

An Israeli minister has warned of punitive action if the Palestinians pursued efforts to join UN agencies, as hopes of a breakthrough in the US-led peace process faded rapidly.

Russia incursion possible in 3-5 days - Nato

2014-04-02 13:05

Russia has massed all the forces it needs on Ukraine's border if it were to decide to carry out an "incursion" into the country and it could achieve its objective in three to five days.

Nato sees no Russian troop pullout from Ukraine

2014-04-01 15:08

Nato secretary general Anders Fogh Rasmussen says he could not confirm the withdrawal of Russian troops from near the Ukrainian border as announced by the Kremlin.

Norway's Stoltenberg the next Nato chief

2014-03-28 20:18

Norway's leading statesman and negotiator, Jens Stoltenberg will take over the reins of Nato with honed skills in confrontation.

Obama: Nato needs boost in eastern Europe

2014-03-26 22:38

Nato needs to boost its presence in eastern European countries that feel vulnerable to Russia after its annexation of Crimea, US President Barack Obama says.

Nato: Sizeable Russian force at Ukraine border

2014-03-23 22:12

Nato's top commander has said there was a "very sizeable" Russian troop presence on the border with Ukraine and warned of a possible incursion into Transdniestr.

Obama imposes sanctions on 11 Russians

2014-03-18 07:02

US President Barack Obama has slapped sanctions on two top aides to President Vladimir Putin and nine other people linked to Russia's military incursion into Crimea.

Afghan Taliban order fighters to disrupt vote

2014-03-10 10:15

A Taliban spokesperson says the group has warned Afghans not to take part in the April presidential election and that it has ordered its fighters to disrupt the vote.

Warship destined for Russia sets sail

2014-03-06 17:20

A French-built warship designed to strengthen Russia's ability to deploy troops and tanks has embarked on a test run, just as Western powers try to rein in President Putin's mi.

Russia test-launches ballistic missile

2014-03-05 06:48

Russia has carried out a successful test-launch of an "advanced" intercontinental ballistic missile, state news agencies report amid a fierce standoff between Moscow and the West over Ukraine.

US officials: Russia in control of Crimea

2014-03-03 10:51

Senior Obama administration officials say they believe Russia now has complete operational control over Crimea in Ukraine and has more than 6 000 forces in the region.

Nato wants international observers sent to Ukraine

2014-03-02 22:59

Nato allies have urged the deployment of international observers to Ukraine, saying the alliance wants "to engage" with Moscow at Nato-Russia talks.

Biden offers support to Ukraine prime minister

2014-02-28 08:59

US Vice President Joe Biden has told Ukraine's new prime minister that the US welcomes the formation of the country's new government.

Armed men take airport in Ukraine's Crimea

2014-02-28 07:57

Dozens of armed men in Russian-marked military uniforms have occupied an airport in the capital of Ukraine's strategic Crimea region, a report says.

Ukraine parliament convene to approve new govt

2014-02-27 09:33

Ukraine's parliament will convene to approve a new pro-Western government after the US offered economic aid to the crisis-hit country and warned Russia against military intervention.

Libya to compensate rape victims

2014-02-20 10:06

Libya will offer compensation to women raped during the 2011 Nato-backed uprising which toppled Muammar Gaddafi, its justice minister says, touching a taboo subject.

Libya says 'compromise' reached with militia

2014-02-19 13:21

Libyan PM says a "compromise" has been reached with ex-rebel militias who had given Libya's interim assembly a deadline to hand over power.

Karzai: US, stop harassing Afghanistan

2014-02-14 07:23

Afghan President Hamid Karzai says Washington should respect his country's judicial authority after the release of 65 alleged Taliban fighters.


Nato steps up presence over Ukraine crisis

2014-04-16 22:40

Nato will deploy more aeroplanes, ships and military staff to eastern member states in response to the unrest in Ukraine, as a military standoff intensified.

With Crimea won, Putin tries not to lose Ukraine

2014-04-14 13:14

Vladimir Putin looks likely to go down as the leader who won back Crimea, but he is fighting to avoid also being remembered as having let Ukraine escape from Moscow's sphere of influence.

Regions should have more powers - Ukraine PM

2014-04-11 13:47

Ukraine's prime minister has told leaders in the country's restive east that he is committed to allowing regions to have more powers.

Nato may send troops to European allies

2014-04-09 21:41

Nato's top military commander in Europe has said that they could include sending American troops to alliance nations in Eastern Europe feeling at risk.

Russia warned against intervention in Ukraine

2014-04-08 14:59

Nato's chief has warned Russia it would be committing a "historic mistake" if it intervenes further in Ukraine.

UN chief congratulates Afghans on vote

2014-04-07 09:04

UN secretary-general Ban Ki-moon has congratulated Afghans for the "momentous achievement" of their recent elections, calling for fairness and transparency as the counting process gets underway.

Ukraine blames Russia agents for Kiev carnage

2014-04-04 08:53

EU foreign ministers are preparing to meet over the Crimea crisis in Athens after Ukraine's leaders blamed the country's ousted president for organising bloodshed during February protests.

Palestinians sign treaties to press Israel

2014-04-02 14:08

A surprise decision by President Mahmoud Abbas to sign more than a dozen international conventions giving Palestine greater leverage against Israel left the US struggling with peace talks.

Nato orders end to co-operation with Russia

2014-04-01 19:30

Nato ministers have ordered an end to co-operation with Moscow and has plans for reinforcing eastern security.

Kerry meets Netanyahu again to revive peace talks

2014-04-01 10:29

US Secretary of State John Kerry has met Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu for the second time in less than 12 hours in an effort salvage stalled peace talks with the Palestinians.

West must stand firm against 'brute force' - Obama

2014-03-27 12:35

US President Barack Obama has urged the West to stand firm in opposing Moscow's takeover of Crimea, saying that "with time" Russians will realise "brute force" cannot win.

Ukraine fears Russia 'ready to attack'

2014-03-24 10:00

Ukraine's Western-backed leaders have voiced fears of an imminent Russian invasion of the industrial heartland, as Nato's top commander warned of a "very sizeable" Russia troop presence.

Putin bold amid US opposition on Crimea

2014-03-18 08:23

In a bold challenge to Washington Russian President Vladimir Putin has recognised Ukraine's Crimean Peninsula as an "independent and sovereign country".

Russia proposes 'support group' on Ukraine

2014-03-17 17:08

Russia has proposed creating an international support group to mediate in the Ukraine crisis but outlined terms that are unlikely to be acceptable for Kiev and the West.

Russia won't budge on Ukraine's Crimea

2014-03-10 08:19

Diplomatic efforts to calm the Ukraine crisis has inched forward, with Moscow saying it would consider Western proposals for talks on the standoff but insisting Crimea had the right to secede.

Nato drones kill five Afghan soldiers

2014-03-06 10:12

A Nato airstrike in eastern Afghanistan has accidentally killed five Afghan soldiers, government officials say, while the coalition said it was investigating reports of the incident.

India, Pakistan jostle for influence in Kabul

2014-03-04 15:02

India's most important message for Afghanistan is that it is not leaving, and it is backing that message with the biggest aid package it has ever given another country.

US preps tough response for Russia over Ukraine

2014-03-03 07:36

Western powers have prepared a tough response to Russia's military advance into Ukraine and warned that Moscow could face economic penalties, and diplomatic isolation.

Ukraine on the brink of disaster - PM

2014-03-02 14:53

Ukraine's prime minister has warned his crisis-hit country is on the "brink of disaster", accusing Russia of declaring war in a bleak appeal to the international community.

Al-Qaeda plots comeback in Afghanistan

2014-02-28 08:59

Al-Qaeda's Afghanistan leader is laying the groundwork to re-launch his war-shattered organisation once the US and international forces withdraw from the country.

Nato plans Afghanistan troop withdrawal

2014-02-27 21:06

Nato defence ministers have agreed that the military alliance must now begin planning for a complete withdrawal from Afghanistan this year.

Nato praises Ukraine army

2014-02-24 10:08

Nato Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen has praised Ukraine's army for staying out of the political crisis rocking the "close partner" of the Western alliance.

Ukraine leader calls 'truce'

2014-02-20 08:30

Ukraine's leader has announced a "truce" with the opposition as he prepared for a visit by EU diplomats over clashes that killed 26 and left the government facing diplomatic isolation.

US to negotiate prisoner swap with Taliban

2014-02-18 10:01

Washington will attempt to resume talks with the Taliban on exchanging a US soldier held captive by insurgents since 2009 for Guantanamo Bay prisoners, The Washington Post reports.

Germany: Afghanistan will sign US security pact

2014-02-13 15:58

Germany's foreign minister says Afghan President Hamid Karzai will sign the security deal with the US, that allows Western troops to remain in the country.

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