NATO

Canadian troops in Latvia warned their social media accounts and cell phones could be 'manipulated or misused'

OTTAWA — Canadian troops in Latvia are being warned about their cell phones and social media accounts being co-opted, says NATO’s secretary …

Canadian News

NATO and Canada adapting to new and evolving cyber threats

Canada and other NATO countries must do more to counter Russia's growing and increasingly sophisticated use of cyber warfare, says the head of the …

Russia

Seasonality of plagues by @ellis2013nz

(This article was first published on <b>Peter's stats stuff - R</b>, and kindly contributed to R-bloggers)<p>Seasonality of plague deaths<p>In the course of my …

Data Science

Turkey's Erdogan rebuffs NATO apology over 'enemy poster'

ISTANBUL: Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan on Saturday batted back an apology from the NATO military alliance after his name appeared on an “enemy …

Turkey

'There can be no such pact, no such alliance': Erdogan withdraws troops from NATO exercise

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan says that Turkey has withdrawn 40 soldiers from a NATO military exercise in Norway, after the country's founding leader Mustafa Kemal Ataturk and Erdogan himself were allegedly depicted as "enemies."<p>In an address to his ruling party's …

Turkey

Turkey pulls out of NATO exercise after president turns up on ‘enemy’ list

Turkey has withdrawn from a NATO exercise after the country's president was named as an "enemy" for the military drill – indication of a rift between the western alliance and Turkey as leader Tayyip Erdogan faces increasing censure for violations of human rights and the rule of law.<p>President …

Turkey

NATO head praises Canada's support for peace missions

“But most of our peacekeeping operations are deployed in a much different environment where the political process . . . is not moving or moving very …

Jens Stoltenberg

Trump’s ‘Tremendous Success’ Abroad Is Overstated

WASHINGTON — President Trump marked his return from a five-country tour of Asia by recounting on Wednesday its “tremendous success” and that of his other trips abroad.<p>Deterred only by a struggle to quench his thirst, Mr. Trump listed numerous achievements against terrorism and for United States …

U.S. Politics

NATO Chief Says They’ll Have ‘Enough’ Troops in Afghanistan in 2018

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg reported on Wednesday that the alliance is close to having its goal of 16,000 troops for Afghanistan, and …

War

Facing Russian threat, NATO boosts operations for the first time since the Cold War

Defense ministers approved plans that would bolster their ability to keep an eye on Russian submarines in the Atlantic Ocean, where crucial undersea …

War

Commentary: Dangerously overstretched, the awkward truth behind the US's show of force in Asia

LONDON: As President Donald Trump toured Asia, three US nuclear-powered aircraft carrier battle groups exercised together in the Pacific.<p>It’s an …

War

German arms exports to non-EU, non-NATO countries rise sharply

German arms exports to non-EU, non-NATO countries rise sharply<p>A Tornado fighter plane, made in Germany, flies in the 2004 Berlin Air Show in Berlin, …

News (China)

EU to Beef Up Efforts to Counter Fake News

BRUSSELS – The European Union will beef up efforts to counter disinformation and fake news, officials said Monday, as Spain's foreign minister voiced concerns about Russian interference in Catalonia's independence bid.<p>The bloc has come under fire for its modest efforts to push back against what …

Russia

Trump’s Attacks on the Iran Deal Are Driving Allies Away From the U.S.

The Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, better known as the Iran nuclear deal, increasingly appears to be in trouble. Despite the consensus opinion …

Foreign Policy

Bots Create 2 Out Of 3 Tweets On NATO Presence In Baltics

In Russia, 84% Of News On Subject Produced By Fake Accounts<p>A study by the Riga-based NATO Strategic Communications Center of Excellence (StratCom) …

Russia

Globe editorial: A bad Liberal peacekeeping idea, topped by the Tories

To fulfill the Trudeau Liberals' ill-considered peacekeeping promise from the 2015 election, Ottawa is still searching for a fitful truce to uphold or impose, somewhere. Anywhere. Preferably one that one that won't involve very many Canadians coming home in body bags.<p>For two years, the Liberals …

Andrew Scheer

Putin's Trolling of the West Is Not Just a Tactic

Meddling with Western elections looks like a mistake, but it's part of a grim, lonely long game.<p>The White House snubbed Russian President Vladimir Putin on Friday by announcing that President Donald Trump wouldn't formally meet with him at the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation forum in Vietnam -- …

Russia

NATO to beef up in face of 'assertive' Russia

NATO plans to update its command structure for the first time since the end of the Cold War to ease movement of troops across the Atlantic and in …

Russia

Dutch body warns NATO ill-equipped to defend members

NATO is poorly equipped to defend members against aggression amid uncertainty over its unity under US President Donald Trump, which could allow …

Russia

NATO is set to approve a plan to improve the way it commands and deploys forces

BRUSSELS (AP) — NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg says defense ministers of member countries are set to agree on a new plan to improve the way the alliance commands and deploys its forces.<p>Stoltenberg said Wednesday the alliance needs a command structure to ensure "we have the right forces, in …

War

U.S. Troops test missile defenses in Europe in case of war with Russia

The U.S. military is participating in a German-led exercise in Europe this week, testing missile defenses amid heightened tensions between the North …

War

US defense chief heads to NATO for IS, Afghan talks

With the Islamic State crumbling in Iraq and Syria, Afghanistan mired in crisis and Russia looming large, US Defense Secretary Jim Mattis has plenty …

Jens Stoltenberg

NATO to increase cyber weaponry to combat Russia

NATO members agreed Wednesday to increase the use of cyber weaponry and tactics during military operations, with the alliance also upgrading other …

War

UK military cuts to hurt NATO: US general

A top US general says the UK’s planned cuts to its armed forces will hurt NATO’s readiness.

War

Politics This Morning: Sajjan visits Brussels for NATO summit; Trudeau, Freeland, Champagne in Vietnam

Good Wednesday morning,<p>A handful of Liberal cabinet ministers is spending hump day outside of Canada, participating in meetings of influential …

Canadian News

NATO to Discuss Bolstering Cyberwarfare Capabilities

Move comes amid rising threats from Russia<p>BRUSSELS—NATO defense ministers will this week discuss initiatives to bolster their cyberwarfare capabilities, the alliance’s secretary-general said Tuesday, part of a broader effort to offset rising threats from Russia.<p>Key on the agenda will be whether to …

Russia

EU to sign deal to develop joint military hardware as Nato agree on new military commands

At least 20 countries in the European Union will sign up to a new defence pact next week being promoted by France and Germany to fund and develop …

Baltic States

Nordic countries are boosting their defense cooperation out of concern about Russian military activity

HELSINKI (Reuters) - Nordic countries agreed on Monday to step up defense cooperation and exchange more air surveillance information because they are worried about Russia's increasing military activity.<p>The countries have increased defense spending and cooperation with each other and the North …

Russia

S-400 Dispute Highlights Ongoing Difficulties in Turkey’s Rapprochement With Russia

Russian President Vladimir Putin made an unexpected visit to Ankara, on September 28 (Kremlin.ru, September 28). The reason for Putin’s trip was to …

Russia

In Finland, Mattis backs creation of a hybrid warfare center focused on Russia

HELSINKI — Defense Secretary Jim Mattis appeared at the presidential palace here Monday, praising a country that once clashed with Soviet forces to preserve its independence for now establishing a new center dedicated to countering the unconventional forms of warfare that Russia is fond of …

News (U.S.)