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February 12, 2016 8:38 AM US, Russia and UN say Syria fighting 'cessation' to take effect next week

Diplomats attempting to negotiate an end to Syria's bloody civil war said Thursday that they had agreed to try and implement a temporary "cessation of hostilities" in a week's time as Russia's prime minister warned that the use of foreign ground troops in the conflict could result in world war. U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry hailed the agreement 29

February 12, 2016 5:31 AM US, Russia and UN agree Syria 'cessation of hostilities' to take effect next week

Diplomats attempting to negotiate an end to Syria's bloody civil war said Thursday that they had agreed to try and implement a temporary "cessation of hostilities" in a week's time as Russia's prime minister warned that the use of foreign ground troops in the conflict could result in world war. U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry hailed the agreement 24

February 12, 2016 12:33 AM The Latest: Kerry calls for genuine negotiation on Syria

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry says a long-term cease-fire in Syria depends on parties to its civil war engaging in “genuine negotiation.” Meeting in Munich, diplomats from the U.S., Russia and other powers with interests in Syria’s war agreed early Friday to try to secure a “cessation of hostilities” in a week’s time. Kerry said that “the objective 43

February 12, 2016 12:33 AM Diplomats aim for temporary Syria truce in a week

MUNICH — Diplomats trying to secure a ceasefire for the civil war in Syria fell short early Friday in organizing an immediate truce but agreed to try to work out details and implement a temporary “cessation of hostilities” in the coming week. Although foreign ministers from the International Syria Support Group managed to seal an agreement to “accelerate 35

February 11, 2016 11:47 PM U.S. says wins Saudi air campaign commitment against Islamic State

BRUSSELS U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter, who has been under pressure to shore up support from Sunni Arab allies to fight the Islamic State group, on Thursday welcomed a commitment from Saudi Arabia to expand its role in air strikes against the Sunni militants. At a gathering of more than two dozen defense ministers at NATO headquarters, Saudi Arabia 27

February 11, 2016 5:37 PM NATO orders warships into Aegean to help ease migrant crisis

In a dramatic response to Europe's gravest refugee crisis since World War II, NATO ordered three warships to sail immediately Thursday to the Aegean Sea to help end the deadly smuggling of asylum-seekers across the waters from Turkey to Greece. "This is about helping Greece, Turkey and the European Union with stemming the flow of migrants and refugees 50

February 11, 2016 5:26 PM NATO launches sea mission against migrant traffickers

BRUSSELS NATO ships are on their way to the Aegean Sea to help Turkey and Greece crack down on criminal networks smuggling refugees into Europe, the alliance's top commander said on Thursday. Hours after NATO defense ministers agreed to use their maritime force in the eastern Mediterranean to help combat traffickers, Supreme Allied Commander Gen. Philip 48

February 11, 2016 3:52 PM Sajjan claims success in bid to sell Canada's ISIS strategy to allies

BRUSSELS -- Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan says allies are giving their political and military blessing to Canada's retooled mission against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant. Sajjan, who is in Brussels for NATO meetings, says Lt.-Gen. Sean MacFarland -- the U.S. Army officer commanding the campaign against ISIL -- considers Canada's new mission 21

February 11, 2016 2:34 PM AMEC receives contract to support Aegis Ashore in Poland

WASHINGTON, Feb. 11 (UPI) -- The U.S. Army awarded AMEC Programs a $182.7 million contract with options to support the Aegis Ashore missile defense system in Poland. For the contract, AMEC Programs received funds covering Fiscal 2015 and 2016 military construction in addition to research, development, testing, evaluation and procurement. The construction 7

February 11, 2016 1:18 PM NATO to send warships to Aegean to tackle smuggling

NATO on Thursday said it would deploy three warships to the Aegean Sea to help stop the smuggling of migrants between Turkey and Greece. The military alliance's Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said the move was aimed at countering human smuggling and criminal networks, and was not about stopping or sending back boats. Many of the people crossing the Aegean 31