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Obama says US troop increase in Iraq a 'new phase'

US President Barack Obama said sending more troops to Iraq signals a "new phase" in the fight against the Islamic State group.

Obama says US troop increase in Iraq a 'new phase'
US not confirming Russian incursion in Ukraine

The United States said it could not confirm reports of a new Russian military incursion in eastern Ukraine despite charges to that effect by the Kiev government.

US not confirming Russian incursion in Ukraine
US warns Ukraine rebels against new offensive

The United States warned pro-Russia separatists and Moscow against seeking to grab more territory in Ukraine.

US warns Ukraine rebels against new offensive
Poland's Defence Minister Tomasz Siemoniak.  ©REUTERS
Poland to buy short-range missiles amid tensions with Russia

NATO member Poland invited manufacturers of short-range surface-to-air missiles for technical talks for a planned military revamp amid heightened tensions with Russia.

Poland to buy short-range missiles amid tensions with Russia
Russian warplanes send 'great power' message: NATO

Russia's recent military flights into European airspace are meant to demonstrate to the West that the country is a "great power".

Russian warplanes send 'great power' message: NATO
Poroshenko says Kiev rethinking peace deal 'flouted by rebels'

Ukraine is rethinking its truce with rebels holding parts of the east of the country because separatist elections "violated" the agreement.

Poroshenko says Kiev rethinking peace deal 'flouted by rebels'
Kiev claims 'intensive' movements of troops crossing from Russia

The Ukrainian military reported "intensive" movement of troops and equipment from Russia into the separatist controlled parts of eastern Ukraine.

Kiev claims 'intensive' movements of troops crossing from Russia
EU calls on Burkina military to respect rights, peaceful protests

The European Union called on the Burkina Faso military to respect the fundamental rights of the people, including to peaceful protest.

EU calls on Burkina military to respect rights, peaceful protests
NATO reports more Russian flights, intercepts

NATO reported more Russian military flights and interceptsover the Baltics, North Sea and Atlantic, just days after it picked up "an unusual level" of activity over European airspace.

NATO reports more Russian flights, intercepts
Photo courtesy of Ministry of Defense
Kazakh peacekeepers in Western Sahara

Kazakhstani peacekeeprs talked about their daily routine in Western Sahara.

Kazakh peacekeepers in Western Sahara
NATO reports 'large scale' Russian air activity in European airspace

NATO said it had tracked and intercepted four groups of Russian warplanes "conducting significant military manoeuvres" in European airspace over the past two days.

NATO reports 'large scale' Russian air activity in European airspace
'Premature' to talk of US troop cuts in Asia: Kerry

Secretary of State John Kerry said it was too early to discuss cutting the number of US troops stationed in Asia and South Korea.

'Premature' to talk of US troop cuts in Asia: Kerry
Obama and Erdogan promise to intensify IS fight in Syria

US President Barack Obama called his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan and they pledged to step up the fight against the Islamic State group in Syria.

Obama and Erdogan promise to intensify IS fight in Syria
Mystery deepens over reported Russian sub in Sweden

Mystery deepened over a Swedish military operation triggered by "foreign underwater activity" off the coast of Stockholm.

Mystery deepens over reported Russian sub in Sweden
When dreams come true: Kazakshtani boy in French Foreign Legion

Oleg Serov set off for France for the first time in his 18 to get enrolled into the French Foreign Legion.

When dreams come true: Kazakshtani boy in French Foreign Legion
Turkey says US can use air bases for IS fight: US official

Turkey has granted the United States access to its air bases for the campaign against the Islamic State group.

Turkey says US can use air bases for IS fight: US official
Kurd woman leading Kobane battle against IS: activists

A Kurdish woman fighter is leading the battle against Islamic State jihadists in the Syrian battleground town of Kobane.

Kurd woman leading Kobane battle against IS: activists
Photo courtesy of  Ministry of Defence press office.
Kazakhstani peace battalion and NATO participate in Steppe Eagle exercise in Germany

Kazakhstani peacekeeping battalion is taking part in the Steppe Eagle 2014 exercise in Germany.

Kazakhstani peace battalion and NATO participate in Steppe Eagle exercise in Germany
France to step up air patrols in Iraq: minister

France will "increase" the rate of its air patrols over Iraq against the Islamic State group, Defence Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said.

France to step up air patrols in Iraq: minister
Turkey warns will hit back if IS attacks Syria exclave

Turkey warned it would not hesitate to strike back at Islamic State jihadists if they attacked Turkish troops stationed at Ankara's exclave inside Syria.

Turkey warns will hit back if IS attacks Syria exclave