France’s role in NATO not in question despite US rift

BRUSSELS (AP) — As tensions between France and the United States simmered this week over an Indo-Pacific defense deal that sank a multi-billion-dollar French submarine contract, a French general handed the baton of a key NATO command center to a fellow French air force officer. At a ceremony Thursday in...
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Lithuania looks to ban 'untrustworthy' phones after Chinese censorship concerns

VILNIUS, Sept 24 (Reuters) - Lithuania's Defence Ministry is drafting legislation to ban state institutions from purchasing "untrustworthy" equipment, after finding a censoring feature in a Chinese smartphone company's flagship phone, Margiris Abukevicius, deputy minister at the Defence Ministry said. The censoring capability in Xiaomi's (1810.HK) Mi 10T 5G phone...
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Boris Johnson and Macron speak after military pact row

Boris Johnson has spoken to French President Emmanuel Macron for the first time since a row broke out between London and Paris over a military pact between the UK, US and Australia. The UK prime minister and Mr Macron had agreed to "continue working closely together around the world", Downing...

The Coolest coffee shop in Cumming you've never heard of

Nido Cafe is open in Cumming's Vickery Village. The lovely space can be tricky to find because it is on the back side of the shopping center. However, it's totally worth seeking out. They have unique coffee specialties with house made syrup. Watch the video to see the gorgeous Nutella crepe they have! Plus they even have a terrific selection of wines for later in the day! You can read about Vickery and the shops here - <a href=""></a>

UK Seeks Smoother Waters With France After Subs Row

Britain on Friday sought to turn a page with France after a cross-continental diplomatic crisis centred on alleged deceit over a submarine contract with Australia. French President Emmanuel Macron was left furious last week after Australia ditched a mega-deal to buy diesel submarines from France in favour of nuclear-powered US ones, under an agreement secured during secret talks facilitated by Britain.

Coming up with Uncle Sam is getting harder

“The center of gravity in American politics is moving towards Asia, and we are learning this lesson,” said Mikas Baranowski, head of the German Marshall’s finance office in Warsaw during the European Economic Congress. On September 15, the United States, Australia and the United Kingdom announced a strategic agreement called...

Young Taliban Dancing To A Different Tune

As the setting sun turns the Arghandab river violet, seven young Taliban turn in a circle on the bank, singing and dancing in traditional Afghan style. The scene would have been unimaginable 20 years ago, when the hardline Islamist group were first in power and banned music outright. And just...

Balkan Insight’s Week in Pictures

An exhibition-goer takes a look at a Nuri Koerfer installation on display at the 7th Athens Biennale which opened on September 23, 2021, in the Greek capital. Photo: EPA-EFE/Orestis Panagiotou. Participants of the ‘Exercise North Macedonia 2021’, co-organised by NATO’s Euro-Atlantic Disaster Response Coordination Centre (EADRCC) and the Crisis Management...