Recent Russian military aggression threatens to unravel the fabric of European security, NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg warned Wednesday.
Italian oil executives visit Tehran, scouting out deals. French farmers and fisheries discuss technological exchanges with their Iranian counterparts. Pakistan prepares to lay down a major oil pipeline through Iran, while rival India opens talks with Iranian officials about developing a major port in the Gulf of Oman to ship Indian goods to Afghanistan.
A member of the House Committee on Armed Services is accusing the Army top brass of launching a criminal investigation against a Green Beret war hero as a way to retaliate against the congressman.
Joseph R. Biden said Wednesday that ending the Russia-Ukraine conflict is a key test of U.S. and European leadership for this generation — but specialists say the vice president laid out no new American strategy for countering Russian aggression, and the Obama administration seems content on staying the course with economic sanctions and continued diplomatic outreach to Moscow.
Gen. Martin Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, told PBS that the Pentagon had no contingency plan for the fall of Mosul in the summer of 2014.
Defense Secretary Ashton Carter on Wednesday forcefully called on China to halt all island construction in the South China Sea and said U.S. forces will not be pressured into halting military operations there.
U.S. officials pushed back Tuesday against China’s attempt to justify its construction of artificial islands and naval bases in the contested South China Sea — and expressed wariness over a new Chinese Defense Ministry policy paper that analysts say is the most assertive military document issued to date by Beijing.
Islamic State fighters are planting improvised explosive devices around Ramadi as Iraqi forces on the city limits prepare for a counter attack to retake the city, the Pentagon said Wednesday.
A conservative politician who crossed the aisle and has joined the German Green Party’s campaign to legalize marijuana has revived a long-running debate about the drug in Europe’s largest economy.
Russian officials confirmed on Tuesday the sale of S-300 air defense missile systems to Iran.