Commander of the U.S. European Command Army Gen. Curtis Scaparrotti testifies before members of the Senate Committee on Armed Services during a hearing on Capitol Hill on Thursday, March 23, 2017. Scaparrotti stressed to committee members that the European theater remains critical to the United States national interests.<br>Carlos Bongioanni/Stars and Stripes

EUCOM chief wants more troops, ships and planes

U.S. European Command is seeking additional forces and firepower to augment a U.S. military that has dwindled in size while Russia has grown stronger, America’s top general in Europe said Thursday.

German state bans mosque group after imam calls for killings

German state officials say they've banned an Islamic cultural association that ran a mosque in the central German town of Kassel due to extremist comments.

Poland's WWII museum opens amid its uncertain future

A major World War II museum has opened in northern Poland amid plans by the conservative government to change its content to fit its nationalist views.

NATO says it will reschedule meeting so Tillerson can attend

The head of NATO said Wednesday he is certain a semiannual meeting of the alliance's foreign ministers can be rescheduled so Secretary of State Rex Tillerson can attend.

Trump Jr. called a 'disgrace' for criticizing London mayor

Donald Trump Jr. is facing criticism for tweeting in the hours after Wednesday's London attack a months-old comment from London Mayor Sadiq Khan that terror attacks are part of living in a big city.

Scientists switch on 'artificial sun' in German lab

Scientists in Germany are flipping the switch on what's being described as "the world's largest artificial sun," hoping it will help shed light on new ways of making climate-friendly fuel.

Germany's new strategy for terror suspects? Kick them out, even if they were born there

The German government plans to deport two men investigated for allegedly planning a terrorist attack - even though both were born in Germany and they were not charged. A spokesman for the Lower Saxony Interior Ministry said it was the first time such a policy was implemented in Germany.

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