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Pentagon chief visits nuke base to highlight weapon spending

By ROBERT BURNS | February 20, 2020

MINOT AIR FORCE BASE, N.D. (AP) — Defense Secretary Mark Esper used his first-ever visit to a nuclear missile field in frigid North Dakota to tout the Trump administration's multibillion-dollar plan for a top-to-bottom modernization of the nuclear arsenal....

Austrian minister to travel to Iran amid nuclear tensions

February 19, 2020

BERLIN (AP) — Austria's foreign minister said Wednesday that he will travel to Tehran this weekend amid efforts by European countries to keep alive Iran's nuclear agreement with world powers.Alexander Schallenberg said after meeting his German counterpart...

Powers renew pledge to uphold Libya arms embargo

By GEIR MOULSON | February 16, 2020

MUNICH (AP) — Countries with interests in Libya's civil war recommitted themselves Sunday to uphold a barely working arms embargo, four weeks after a peace summit in Berlin was followed by numerous new arms violations, officials from Germany and the...

Iran: Trump wrong if he thinks Tehran regime will collapse

By DAVID RISING | February 15, 2020

MUNICH (AP) — Iran's foreign minister said Saturday that U.S. President Donald Trump is receiving bad advice if he believes an American "maximum pressure" campaign against his country will cause the government in Tehran to collapse.Foreign Minister...

Trump still hoping for US-Russia-China nuclear arms pact

By DEB RIECHMANN | February 14, 2020

WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House has not made a decision about whether to extend the only treaty that constrains U.S. and Russian nuclear forces because administration officials want more time to coax China into a three-way arms control pact.China,...

Iran: US killing of general was a miscalculation

By DAVID RISING | February 14, 2020

MUNICH (AP) — The U.S. killing of a top Iranian general was a miscalculation that has had the effect of bolstering support in Iraq for the removal of American troops, a longtime goal of Tehran, Iran's foreign minister said Friday.The U.S. killed Gen....

With Britain out, the unwieldy EU faces major budget battle

By RAF CASERT | February 14, 2020

BRUSSELS (AP) — The Brexit drama shook the foundations of the European Union for years and laid bare the need for much-delayed political renovations at the 27-nation bloc. But now that Britain has finally left, where does the EU revamp even start and...

Stormy US-Europe relations as top officials head to Munich

By MATTHEW LEE | February 13, 2020

WASHINGTON (AP) — Some of President Donald Trump’s top foreign policy priorities stand at pivotal moments as two high-level national security officials head to an annual security forum in Germany. Strains in the trans-Atlantic relationship have cast...

US to seek more help from NATO to counter Islamic State

By ROBERT BURNS | February 11, 2020

BRUSSELS, Belgium (AP) — US Defense Secretary Mark Esper said Tuesday he is looking to NATO allies for more help countering the Islamic State extremist group in Iraq and in bolstering U.S. defense efforts in the Middle East more broadly.In an interview...

France seeks lead post-Brexit role in EU nuclear strategy

By THOMAS ADAMSON | February 7, 2020

PARIS (AP) — French President Emmanuel Macron on Friday advocated a more coordinated European Union defense strategy in which France, the bloc's only post-Brexit nuclear power, and its arsenal would occupy a central role.Macron outlined France's nuclear...

This week’s American turmoil, seen through allies’ eyes

By The Associated Press | February 6, 2020

For American politics, it’s been a week for the ages: a bungled start to the 2020 presidential primary season, a State of the Union speech with partisanship on full display and a conclusion to the most contentious chapter of all — the nation’s third-ever...

Trump aide ties Israeli settlements to rising anti-Semitism

By DEB RIECHMANN | February 5, 2020

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's national security adviser warned Palestinians on Wednesday that Israeli settlements will continue to expand because rising anti-Semitism around the world means more Jews will immigrate to Israel.Addressing...