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A Czech Republic sniper pulls security duty during a supply delivery to the people of Parwan province, Afghanistan, in January 2017. <br>Eliodoro Molina/U.S. Army

NATO agrees on Afghanistan troop increase

NATO allies agreed Thursday to send more troops to Afghanistan in hopes of aiding security forces stuck in a "stalemate" with Taliban insurgents, the alliance’s top official said.


Cardinal takes leave from Vatican after sex assault charges

Cardinal George Pell, one of Pope Francis' top advisers, took a leave of absence as the Vatican's financial czar on Thursday to face multiple criminal charges in his native Australia that allege he committed sexual assault years ago.


Trump says 'oui' to French leader's Bastille Day invitation

On Tuesday, the French president extended the invitation again when he and Trump spoke by telephone, and Trump accepted.


NATO set for defense spending increases as Trump seeks even more

NATO allies are expected to boost defense spending in 2017 by 4.3 percent, marking the third consecutive year expenditures will rise for an alliance under pressure from the Trump administration to invest even more in their militaries.

2 US soldiers injured in highway crash in southern Germany

Two U.S. servicemembers were injured Tuesday when their military truck spun out of control while traveling on a highway in southern Germany, local law enforcement officials said.


Study: Basing soldiers in Europe, South Korea would be cheaper than rotations

The downsizing of the Army overseas has cost more money than expected because of a reliance on expensive rotational forces when forward-based units can perform the same roles more cheaply, according to a new U.S. Army War College report.


US committed to Europe force extension through 2020, Mattis says

The United States will extend its forward presence of forces in eastern Europe through 2020, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said Wednesday, continuing a commitment to the Continent’s security that was declared 70 years ago this month.


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