Rally against anti-Asian hate in London devolves into brawl as Hong Kong and Chinese protestors clash
A group of Hong Kongers clashed with Chinese protesters who were holding a rally against racism over the weekend in London. The Chinese side: Human rights group Min Quan Legal Centre and several organizations were conducting a rally against anti-Asian hatein London’s Chinatown on Saturday when a group of Hong Kong immigrants arrived and held a counter-rally against them, reported The Standard. Groups that participated in the protest included the Monitoring Group, the Federation of UK Fujian Chinese and the London Chinatown Chinese Association.news.yahoo.com
France's role in NATO not in question despite US rift
A French general handed the baton of a key NATO command center to a fellow French air force officer this week as tensions between France and the United States simmered over a defense deal that sank a multi-billion-dollar French submarine contract.
Europe urges unity on Taliban but is quiet on failed mission
European leaders say they will press for a unified international approach to dealing with a Taliban government in Afghanistan, as they looked on with dismay at the rapid collapse of two decades of a U.S.-led Western campaign in the country.
China, Russia loom over Biden meeting with NATO SG
President Joe Biden supported strengthening NATO during talks with Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg. In preparation for the June 14 summit in Brussels, Stoltenberg said "biggest challenge is that we live in a much more unpredictable world." (June 7)news.yahoo.com
NATO chief says Afghan exit going well as 10 die in attacks
NATO's Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said the military organization’s pullout from Afghanistan is going well, as at least six people were killed Tuesday in a series of attacks that plunged the country's capital, Kabul, into darkness. NATO has helped provide security in Afghanistan for almost two decades, but it now believes the government and armed forces it has trained are strong enough to stand on their own in the conflict-torn country without the help of international troops. NATO took charge of security efforts in Afghanistan in 2003, two years after a U.S.-led coalition ousted the Taliban for harboring former Al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden.news.yahoo.com
AP Interview: NATO chief says Afghan forces can cope alone
NATO has helped provide security in Afghanistan for almost two decades but the government and armed forces in the conflict-torn country are strong enough to stand on their own feet without international troops to back them, the head of the military organization said Thursday. NATO took charge of security efforts in Afghanistan in 2003, two years after a U.S.-led coalition ousted the Taliban for harboring former Al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden. “I think that the Afghans, they also realize that we have been there now for 20 years and we have invested heavily in blood and treasure in Afghanistan,” NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg told The Associated Press, aboard a U.K. aircraft carrier involved in wargames off the coast of Portugal.news.yahoo.com
NATO to continue Afghan troop training after leaving country
NATO will continue to train Afghan special forces outside the country after it winds up 18 years of security work in conflict-torn Afghanistan in coming months, the military organization’s top civilian official said Friday. “As we end our military presence, we are opening a new chapter,” NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg told reporters in Paris after talks with French President Emmanuel Macron that were focused on preparations for a summit of the alliance’s leaders next month. Stoltenberg said NATO's revised role would involve giving “advice and capacity-building support to Afghan security institutions, as well as continued financial support.”news.yahoo.com
Romanian leader tells Biden more NATO troops needed in east
Romania's president told U.S. counterpart Joe Biden on Monday that more NATO troops are needed on the alliance's eastern flank given Russia actions that are perceived as threatening by many in the region. The appeal by President Klaus Iohannis came during a conference of regional leaders which Biden joined by video. The Polish and Romanian leaders hailed Biden's appearance as a sign of U.S. support for their security.news.yahoo.com
NATO implores Russia to deescalate "immediately" amid buildup of troops at Ukraine border
NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg met Tuesday with Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba in Brussels amid increasing concerns over Russia's buildup of forces along the Ukrainian border, including in occupied Crimea. At a joint press conference, Stoltenberg called the amassing of 80,000 troops "unjustified" and asked that Russia "deescalate immediately." CBS News foreign correspondent Holly Williams joins CBSN with the latest.cbsnews.com
US, Europe, NATO close ranks to counter 'aggressive' China
U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken speaks during a news conference at the end of a NATO Foreign Affairs Ministers meeting at NATO headquarters in Brussels, Wednesday, March 24, 2021. On Monday, the U.S., EU, Britain and Canada imposed asset freezes and travel bans on a group of officials in Xinjiang. China retaliated by slapping sanctions on 10 Europeans, including lawmakers and academics, and four institutions. The two sealed a major investment agreement in December giving European businesses about the same level of market access in China as those from the United States. AdBut Blinken said “the United States won’t force our allies into an ‘us-or-them’ choice with China."
NATO prepares 'virus-free' zone for summit; Biden invited
U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken, right, and NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg arrive to give remarks prior to a NATO foreign ministers meeting at NATO headquarters in Brussels, Tuesday, March 23, 2021. The European Union, in contrast, called off an in-person summit in Brussels as virus cases spike and will now meet this week by videoconference. And of course, the vaccines will help and support our work here at the headquarters of NATO,” Stoltenberg said. Asked for details, NATO said the offer is available to all headquarters staff, including people working at the 30 national delegations. NATO did say that “we continue to coordinate closely with the Belgian authorities” and that it will help arrange vaccinations for contractors, personnel from partner countries and the families of NATO staff through a Belgian vaccination center.
NATO hasn't made a final decision on troop withdrawal from Afghanistan as deadline approaches
A rear door gunner on a CH-47, keeps watch on the mountains in Uruzgan province, Afghanistan, May 12, 2013. WASHINGTON – NATO has not made a final decision regarding the troop withdrawal in Afghanistan, a deadline that is 40 days away, Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said Monday. "The main focus now is to provide support for the renewed efforts to make progress in the peace talks. "We will assess, we will consult, and then we will make decisions together as NATO allies," Stoltenberg told reporters Monday. Stoltenberg's comments come one day after Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin traveled to Afghanistan to meet with the nation's leader.cnbc.com
In Kabul, Pentagon chief speaks of 'responsible end' to war
Austin arrived in Kabul on his first trip to Afghanistan as Pentagon chief, amid swirling questions about how long American troops will remain in the country. He also warned that it was likely the Taliban would make swift territorial gains if U.S. and NATO troops withdrew. AdWashington has given both the Taliban and the Afghan government an eight-page peace proposal, which both sides are reviewing. “The main issue is that Taliban has to reduce violence, Taliban has to negotiate in good faith and Taliban has to stop supporting international terrorist groups like Al Qaeda,” he said. AdThe Afghanistan visit comes at the end of Austin’s his first overseas trip as secretary.
EU wants employers to report pay levels to fix gender gap
Even though the gender pay gap across the 27-nation bloc has been reduced to 14% for people doing exactly the same work, the European Commission wants to eliminate the disparity by imposing specific rules to make pay levels public. When it comes to pension rights, reflecting working conditions of the past 30 to 40 years, the gender gap still stands at 30%. AdAnd companies have fallen far short in helping bridge the gap, said EU Vice President Vera Jourova. Employees will be allowed to ask employers the average pay levels by gender for people doing the same work. And to put more pressure on big companies, the proposal forces firms with more than 250 employees to publish information about any gender pay gap.
Defense secretary calls for an immediate reduction in violence in Afghanistan as troop withdrawal deadline looms
U.S. Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin speaks to Defense Department personnel during a visit by U.S. President Joe Biden at the Pentagon in Arlington, Virginia, February 10, 2021. WASHINGTON – Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin told reporters at the Pentagon on Friday that the Biden administration had not yet decided whether the United States would withdraw its troops by the May 1 deadline. The violence must decrease, now," Austin said, in his first press briefing with reporters. A day prior, NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said that the alliance will continue to assess the situation on the ground in Afghanistan. NATO joined the international security effort in Afghanistan in 2003 and currently has more than 7,000 troops in the country.cnbc.com
Pentagon chief urges immediate reduction in Taliban violence
Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin listens to a question as he speaks during a media briefing at the Pentagon, Friday, Feb. 19, 2021, in Washington. There is little political appetite to keep U.S. troops in Afghanistan, but pulling them out risks further empowering the Taliban and causing a resurgence in terrorism. Speaking to Pentagon reporters, Austin made it clear that the Taliban violence “must decrease now,” and that progress in negotiations with the Afghan government must move forward. Austin, who met with NATO defense ministers this week, said he assured allies that they will be kept informed as the U.S. considers its options. Ad“We are faced with very hard and difficult dilemmas,” Stoltenberg told reporters after Austin and his fellow NATO defense ministers consulted by video teleconference.
NATO hasn't reached decision on whether to leave Afghanistan as deadline looms
1st Battalion, 501st Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division, watch as CH-47 Chinook helicopters circle above during a dust storm at Forward Operating Base Kushamond, Afghanistan, July 17, during preparation for an air assault mission. WASHINGTON – NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said Thursday that the alliance has not yet decided if the 10,000 troops it has in Afghanistan will leave the country by May, in accordance with a peace deal brokered between the U.S. and the Taliban. "Violence has to be reduced and the Taliban has to stop cooperating with international terrorist groups that are planning terrorist attacks in our countries," Stoltenberg told reporters at the conclusion of a two-day virtual NATO defense ministers meeting. Last February the United States brokered a deal with the Taliban that would usher in a permanent cease-fire and reduce the U.S. military's footprint from approximately 13,000 troops to 8,600 by mid-July last year. By May 2021, all foreign forces would leave the war-weary country, according to the deal.cnbc.com
NATO boosts Iraq mission with thousands of personnel
NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg speaks during a media conference, after a meeting of NATO defense ministers in video format, at NATO headquarters in Brussels on Thursday, Feb. 18, 2021. And training activities will now include more Iraqi security institutions, and areas beyond Baghdad,” Stoltenberg told reporters after chairing a meeting of NATO defense ministers. NATO’s training mission was launched in 2018 to help the conflict-ravaged country develop new academies and military schools for its armed forces. Ad“We will increase the geographical presence of the NATO training mission, beyond the greater Baghdad area, but again, step by step,” Stoltenberg said. After the invasion, the temporary U.S.-led administration disbanded the Iraqi army, leaving tens of thousands of trained personnel jobless and bitter.
NATO chief urges Afghan govt, Taliban to step up peace talks
(AP Photo/Virginia Mayo, Pool)BRUSSELS – NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg on Thursday urged the Afghan government and the Taliban to step up the pace of peace talks amid doubts over whether the military alliance will pull thousands of troops out of the country by a May deadline. NATO has just under 10,000 troops in the war-ravaged country, helping to train and advise the Afghan security forces. Most are not U.S. forces, but those troops could not continue the NATO operation if American transport, logistics and other support were withdrawn. President Joe Biden is reviewing his predecessor’s 2020 deal with the Taliban, which includes a May 1 deadline for a final U.S. troop withdrawal. So, it is now imperative to re-energize the peace process,” Stoltenberg said, referring to the stalled negotiations in Qatar between the Afghan government and the Taliban.
NATO announces expanded mission in Iraq on the heels of deadly rocket attack
NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg holds a press conference on February 15, 2021, ahead of the meetings of NATO Defence Ministers at NATO Headquarters in Brussels, Belgium. WASHINGTON – NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg announced Thursday that the 30-member alliance will expand its security training mission in Iraq in order to prevent the war-torn country from becoming a safe haven for international terrorists. Earlier in the week, a senior Defense official told reporters ahead of the NATO meeting that the Pentagon was "enthusiastic about and welcomes NATO's increased focus on Iraq." The official, who spoke on the condition of anonymity, would not disclose whether the U.S. military was prepared to contribute more troops to the training mission in Iraq. The decision to expand NATO's footprint in Iraq comes on the heels of a deadly rocket attack in the city of Irbil.cnbc.com
NATO chief dismisses early pullout of Afghan troop trainers
NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg gestures as he addresses a media conference following a virtual meeting of NATO defense ministers at NATO headquarters in Brussels, Wednesday, Feb. 17, 2021. NATO has just under 10,000 troops in the war-ravaged country helping to train and advise the Afghan security forces. Most of them are not U.S. forces, but the allies could not continue the NATO operation if American transport, logistics and other support are withdrawn. Ad“Our presence in Afghanistan is conditions based, and Taliban has to meet their commitments,” Stoltenberg told reporters after chairing a meeting of NATO defense ministers, including new U.S. Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin. The defense ministers are due to discuss Afghanistan more broadly on Thursday.
NATO chief sees Biden's inauguration as a 'new chapter' for the alliance
NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg speaks to the media prior to talks at the Chancellery on August 27, 2020 in Berlin, Germany. U.S. President Joe Biden is a "strong supporter" of NATO, and the alliance can be further strengthened with him in office, NATO's Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said this week. "President Biden and the inauguration of him as the new president represents a new chapter for our alliance because Joe Biden is such a strong supporter of NATO. He knows NATO very well," the NATO chief told CNBC's Hadley Gamble on Thursday. "I don't believe in America alone, I don't believe in Europe alone, I believe in Europe and North America together in NATO."cnbc.com
Pompeo cancels last diplomatic trip after European officials reportedly snub him in wake of Trump riot
WASHINGTON — Secretary of State Mike Pompeo abruptly canceled a trip to Europe during his final week in office as the nation's top diplomat. The cancellation came after several European officials refused to meet with Pompeo, people familiar with the matter told Reuters. The snub from European officials comes one week after thousands of President Donald Trump's supporters stormed the U.S. Capitol, sending shockwaves around the world. The trip later this week also reportedly included a stop in Luxembourg, according to Reuters. The State Department did not immediately respond to CNBC's request for comment.cnbc.com
Op-Ed: Biden could be the transformative leader our world needs during these disruptive times
NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg and US Vice President Joe Biden meet for bilateral talks during the 51st Munich Security Conference in Munich, Germany in February 2015. Joe Biden has that rarest of opportunities that history provides: the chance to be a transformative foreign policy president. "The forces are aligned for an American leader like Joe Biden," said Chuck Hagel, his long-time friend and former secretary of Defense. By useful coincidence, the charter will celebrate its 80th anniversary in President Biden's first summer in office. What's giving this effort even greater urgency is the realization that Joe Biden is 78 years old.cnbc.com
Coronavirus is a 'common invisible enemy' and coordinated efforts are needed, NATO's chief says
The ongoing health crisis is a "common invisible enemy" and a synchronized response is needed, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg told CNBC on Wednesday. It has overwhelmed health systems, sent countries into lockdown and prompted monetary and fiscal measures from authorities. "This is a common invisible enemy and therefore, we need common and coordinated efforts by NATO allies," Stoltenberg told CNBC's Hadley Gamble. He said the North Atlantic Treaty Organization's (NATO) main task was to ensure terrorist organizations and other adversaries were not taking advantage of the pandemic, but it also had a role to play in supporting civilian efforts to tackle the spread of the disease. "That's exactly what we do," he said, noting that military forces had been involved in controlling border crossings and setting up field hospitals.cnbc.com
As coronavirus spreads, U.S. defense secretary separated from deputy
FILE PHOTO: U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper, speaks during a joint news conference with Afghanistan's President Ashraf Ghani, and NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg,(unseen) in Kabul, Afghanistan February 29, 2020. REUTERS/Mohammad IsmailWASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper has started keeping himself and his staff physically separated from his deputys team as one of the precautions to prevent the spread of the coronavirus from impacting the Pentagons operations. We are attempting to put ... a bubble around the two of them, Pentagon spokesman Jonathan Hoffman told a news briefing, adding Espers visitors were being limited and screened. Hoffman said a total of 18 servicemembers have tested positive so far, up from 10 on Saturday and just four a week ago. He and another official acknowledged the U.S. militarys ability to build tent hospitals to help civilian authorities in the United States grapple with a potential influx of coronavirus patients but suggested no such request had come so far.feeds.reuters.com
Defense Department weakens U.S. military housing bill after consulting industry
REUTERS/Mohammad IsmailCongress ordered the Department of Defense to create a tenant-rights bill for military families last year. The Defense Department removed the three measures after Pentagon officials sat down with the private housing contractors to craft final details. Reuters profiled the Brown familys battle with lead poisoning as part of a series of stories on hazardous military housing, which spurred the congressional reforms. Major housing landlords describe the process as a work in progress. Two others, Balfour Beatty Communities and Lincoln Military Housing, said they were working with the Defense Department to develop language that all the companies and their financiers can support.feeds.reuters.com
US needs Europe to tackle the rise of China, NATO chief says
NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg told CNBC that if the U.S. is concerned about the rise of China then it was "even more important to maintain NATO to keep your friends and allies close." The alliance put the issue of China on its agenda for the very first time at an event in London in December. At the time, Stoltenberg told CNBC that the rise of the Asian powerhouse provided some "obvious opportunities but also some obvious challenges." Stoltenberg said Saturday that the "important message" for the U.S. was that if it was concerned about China then it needed its allies. "Together with Europe and Canada we represent 50% of the world's military might and 50% of the world economy.cnbc.com
Putin fears the US and NATO are militarizing space and Russia is right to worry, experts say
He said the idea of a Space Force had started as a joke but he had then decided it was a "great idea." "We have the Air Force, we'll have the Space Force." At the start of 2019, the U.S. unveiled an overhaul of its missile defense program in its "Missile Defense Review" in which it stated the need for a "comprehensive approach to missile defense against rogue state and regional missile threats." The review also recognized "space is a new war-fighting domain, with the Space Force leading the way" and said it would ensure "American dominance in space." In a speech presenting more detail on the Missile Defense Review, Trump said the U.S. would "invest in a space-based missile defense layer.cnbc.com
Trudeau, Macron, Johnson appear to joke about Trump on hot mic video
The leaders of France, Canada and the U.K. appeared to be gossiping about President Donald Trump at Buckingham Palace on Tuesday, according to video footage circulated of the event. During the brief video, in which the world leaders don't appear to realize their conversation is being recorded, U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson asks French President Emmanuel Macron: "Is that why you were late?" Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau then steps in and says: "He was late because he takes a 40-minute press conference off the top." It is not clear who Trudeau was referring to and none of people present which also includes Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte and Princess Anne mention Trump by name. During the morning session, Trump strongly denounced comments the French president made earlier this year on NATO.cnbc.com
During the NATO summit, the US needs the EU to focus on trade, not just defense spending
Jens Stoltenberg, Secretary General of NATO speaks with U.S. President Donald Trump ahead of the NATO Leaders meeting at the NATO HQ on December 3, 2019 in Watford, England. Underwriting Europe's security and offering large and open markets to European goods and services are excessively costly legacy issues the U.S. can no longer afford. In a sharp contrast, the European Union, the world's largest free trading area (a single market and a customs union) of 513.5 million people, offers a picture of wealth and macroeconomic stability. Apart from that, the EU is a large net beneficiary on international trade accounts. So, there it is: A deeply indebted U.S. continues to carry most of the financial burden of a defense alliance NATO, The North Atlantic Treaty Organization that guarantees the security of a rich and prosperous European Union.cnbc.com
China's military might has now become a top issue for NATO
(Photo by Han Haidan/China News Service/VCG via Getty Images)NATO, the 29-member military alliance, was set up 70 years ago to counter the threat posed by the-then Soviet Union. But now, another rising military power is in its sights: China. As heads of state and government gather in the U.K. Tuesday for a two-day meeting of the alliance, shifting geopolitical relationships and emerging challenges will be in focus for the fractious group. However, many experts and leaders within the group think the alliance should now be focusing on new and emerging military powers, like China. NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg told delegates at the "NATO Engages" event in London, a precursor to the "Leaders Meeting" that starts Tuesday evening, that for the first time China was on NATO's agenda.cnbc.com
Three charts that show why Trump thinks NATO is a bad deal
Trump has repeatedly said the U.S. provides too much cash for NATO, spending big on maintaining missile defense systems across Europe and positioning 65,000 troops within the continent. In 2014, all NATO members agreed to increase their defense spending to 2% of gross domestic product by 2024. "On spending, NATO allies are now really stepping up and delivering more that they have done for many, many years," he told CNBC's Hadley Gamble in London. Macron has said NATO is experiencing "brain death" because of pressure to reform from Trump and unpredictable military action from Turkey. As Trump, Macron and Erdogan meet, this week will provide a stern test of that theory.cnbc.com
'Democrats have gone nuts, they're crazy': Trump lashes out over censure speculation
US President Donald Trump speaks during his meeting with Nato Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg at Winfield House, London on December 3, 2019. LONDON President Donald Trump angrily hit out at Democrats on Tuesday, sharply criticizing the impeachment inquiry and calls for U.S. lawmakers to consider a vote to censure him. Sitting alongside NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg in London, Trump described the now infamous call with Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelenskiy as "flawless" and repeatedly claimed he had done "nothing wrong." Trump has joined other world leaders in the U.K.'s capital city to mark the 70th anniversary of NATO. They are in search of a crime," Trump said, appearing to refer to House Democrats.cnbc.com
Emmanuel Macron laments NATOs brain death due to U.S. absence
What we are currently experiencing is the brain death of NATO, Macron told the Economist magazine. He said the United States under Trump appears to be turning its back on us, notably by pulling troops out of northeast Syria without notice. AdvertisementSo as soon as you have a member who feels they have a right to head off on their own, granted by the United States of America, they do it. The United States is the biggest and most influential member of NATO. His decision to pull the United States out of the Paris climate agreement particularly annoyed Macron.latimes.com
NATO says it will act unless Russia destroys nuclear-ready missile
NATO said Russia must destroy its short-range nuclear-ready cruise missile system, or the alliance will be forced to respond. The U.S. has previously said it will quit a decades-old missile treaty with Russia if the latter fails to destroy the missile, labeled the SSC-8 by NATO. NATO has said the SSC-8 violates those terms and that Russia has been deploying the system at locations which could threaten countries across Europe. Stoltenberg will chair a meeting of NATO member defense ministers which is due to begin Wednesday. NATO said that its estimate for 2019 would see the levels of NATO member cash spent on defense rise by about 3.9 % from 2018 levels.cnbc.com