A glance at NATO’s aims for Dec. summit, as tensions simmer

BRUSSELS (AP) — NATO foreign ministers met in Brussels Wednesday to make final preparations for an imminent summit of the military alliance’s leaders amid deep political tensions between the allies. ...

At NATO summit, Trump to stress US allies’ defense spending

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump will try to convince U.S. allies that they should increase defense spending when he attends a meeting of NATO leaders next month in London, the White House sai...

Trump, Macron to meet after French president criticized NATO

PARIS (AP) — French President Emmanuel Macron says he will meet with U.S. President Donald Trump ahead of the Dec. 3-4 NATO summit in London. Macron tweeted that he had an "excellent...

Germany's Merkel: 2% of GDP on defense by 2031 'realistic'

BERLIN (AP) — Germany's defense minister is calling for the country to spend 2% of gross domestic product on defense by 2031, a target Chancellor Angela Merkel called "realistic but ambitious." ...

NATO leader: Tricky times show need for international groups

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Some world leaders at the U.N. General Assembly are championing national self-interest and decrying globalism. But NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg says the case for the a...

US tells Congress of plans to sell F-16 fighters to Taiwan

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration has informed Congress it plans to sell F-16 fighters worth $8 billion to Taiwan in a move that will inflame already high tensions with China. Two U....

US says Taiwan defense spending to rise with China threat

TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — America's top representative in Taiwan said Thursday that Washington expects the island to continue increasing its defense spending as Chinese security threats to the U...

Taiwan approves US$11.4 billion for 2020 defense budget

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – On Thursday (Aug. 15) the Executive Yuan announced that Taiwan’s defense budget for 2020 has been increased to NT$358 billion (US$11.4 billion), representing an incr...

Taiwan set to increase defense spending as Chinese threat grows

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – Taiwan is expected to increase next year’s defense budget in response to the growing military expansion of China, which reiterated on Wednesday (July 24) that it cou...

Editorial Roundup: Excerpts from recent editorials

Excerpts from recent editorials in the United States and abroad: _____ July 23 The Washington Post on a bipartisan two-year spending plan: ...

New German defense minister backs higher military spending

BERLIN (AP) — Germany's new defense minister is underlining her commitment to long-term military spending targets and says that financing must keep rising in order to meet the country's needs. ...

Analysis: Budget deal is epitaph for bid to control spending

WASHINGTON (AP) — Eight years ago, Washington's power players reluctantly sealed a pact to curtail federal spending and the debt. Now, with help from President Donald Trump, they are writing its epita...

Deal sealed on US federal budget, ensuring no shutdown

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump and congressional leaders announced Monday a critical debt and budget agreement that’s an against-the-odds victory for Washington pragmatists seeki...

Today in History

Today in History Today is Friday, July 12, the 193rd day of 2019. There are 172 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On July 12, 1...

US State Department greenlights US$2.2 billion sale of tanks, missiles to Taiwan

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) -- The U.S. State Department has approved a plan to sell US$2.2 billion dollars worth of Abrams tanks, Stinger missiles, and other weapons and equipment, despite protests from Bei...