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Oct 2, 2013

Government shutdown hurting U.S. army: general

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – The U.S. Army’s chief of staff said on Wednesday the government shutdown was significantly harming the army’s day-to-day operations and he urged a rapid resolution to the funding row.

General Ray Odierno said the shutdown “impacts significantly day-to-day operations”, forcing the military to cut training and travel and to focus on essential tasks.

Oct 1, 2013

Bosnian deal clears obstacle to EU application

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – Bosnian leaders moved to clear the main obstacle to their country applying to join the European Union on Tuesday by agreeing to end a constitutional ban on minorities running for high office.

Bosnia trails its fellow former Yugoslav republics in the quest to become a member of the bloc, for years the main driver of reform and stability in the Balkans by offering the hope of prosperity, investment and freedom of movement.

Sep 26, 2013

EU raises security level for Somalia team after Kenya attack

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – The European Union has increased security precautions for its military advisers in Somalia after the deadly attack by Somali Islamists on a Kenyan shopping mall, it said on Thursday.

The EU has 120 military experts, split between the Somali capital Mogadishu and Uganda, training and advising Somali security forces battling the al Shabaab group which claimed responsibility for the Nairobi attack.

Sep 18, 2013

NATO chief urges Europe to fill drone, aircraft gaps

BRUSSELS, Sept 18 (Reuters) – NATO Secretary-General Anders
Fogh Rasmussen will urge Europe on Thursday to step up its
commitment to defence by buying more surveillance drones,
transport and tanker aircraft and strengthening its fragmented
defence industry.

Senior U.S. officials, and Rasmussen himself, have expressed
growing concern that defence cuts pushed through by
cash-strapped European governments have created a big gulf
between U.S. and European military capabilities and risk
weakening NATO.

Sep 18, 2013

NATO plans major east European exercise, reassures Russia

BRUNSSUM, The Netherlands (Reuters) – After years of fighting the Taliban in Afghanistan, NATO plans a major exercise in eastern Europe in November to brush up its conventional warfare skills, but insists it is not practicing with Cold War foe Russia in mind.

Exercise “Steadfast Jazz” in Latvia and Poland from November 2-9 shows the 28-nation alliance refocusing on its core task of defending its own territory as it winds down its long combat mission in Afghanistan.

Sep 18, 2013

Americans, Europeans oppose Syria intervention: poll

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – A majority of Europeans and Americans strongly oppose their countries intervening militarily in Syria’s 30-month-old civil war, according to a transatlantic poll published on Wednesday.

“Transatlantic Trends”, an annual survey of public opinion in the United States and Europe, also found that China’s image in both continents was deteriorating and most Europeans did not want to see Beijing take strong leadership in world affairs.

Sep 17, 2013

EU to lift sanctions on Zimbabwe diamond mining firm

BRUSSELS, Sept 17 (Reuters) – The European Union agreed on
Tuesday to lift sanctions on a Zimbabwean diamond-mining firm
despite concerns over alleged fraud in a July election that kept
President Robert Mugabe in power.

The 28-nation bloc has begun the process of removing
Zimbabwe Mining Development Corporation (ZMDC) from the
sanctions list, EU foreign affairs spokesman Michael Mann said.

Sep 17, 2013

EU to lift sanctions on Zimbabwe diamond mining firm

BRUSSELS, Sept 17 (Reuters) – The European Union agreed on
Tuesday to lift sanctions on a Zimbabwean diamond-mining firm
despite concerns over alleged fraud in a July election that kept
President Robert Mugabe in power.

The 28-nation bloc has begun the process of removing
Zimbabwe Mining Development Corporation (ZMDC) from the
sanctions list, EU foreign affairs spokesman Michael Mann said.

Sep 16, 2013

Donors pledge 1.8 billion euros for Somalia

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – International donors promised Somalia 1.8 billion euros ($2.4 billion) in reconstruction aid on Monday to back a three-year plan aimed at strengthening the country’s economy and building up its fragile security.

Somali leaders and about 50 international delegations met in Brussels to endorse the plan, which includes steps to build a justice system, foster political dialogue and improve day-to-day security after decades of debilitating civil war.

Sep 7, 2013

EU blames Assad for chemical attack in nuanced message

VILNIUS (Reuters) – The European Union on Saturday laid the blame for an August chemical attack in Syria on the government of President Bashar al-Assad, but stopped short of explicitly supporting a military response by the West.

The carefully worded message from foreign ministers of 28 EU governments meeting in Vilnius allowed France to claim victory in its push to get the EU to agree that Assad was responsible for the attack in which more than 1,400 may have been killed.

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