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NATO to strengthen east in face of resurgent Russia

NATO foreign ministers will gather in Brussels on Tuesday as the defence alliance seeks to reinforce its eastern frontier against a resurgent Russia emboldened by the annexation of Crimea. In a regular two-day meeting of the 28 ministers, including US Secretary of State John Kerry, NATO will confirm the suspension of cooperation with Moscow, a decision made on March 5 after Russian troops grabbed Crimea from Ukraine. "Reassuring allies is most important for NATO," said Douglas Lute, the US ambassador to the Brussels-based Western alliance, in a pre-meeting briefing.

Moscow expels US journalist

US journalist David Satter, a longtime critic of Russian President Vladimir Putin, said Monday he had been banned from the country in one of the first such expulsions since the Cold War. Satter, a former Financial Times and Wall Street Journal correspondent who published three books on Russia and the former Soviet Union, had been living and working in the country since September 2013 as an adviser for Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty.

Moscow bans US journalist

An American journalist said Monday he had been banned from Russia after he reported on mass protests against Ukraine's scrapping of an EU pact. The US Embassy in Moscow has been informed of the move against David Satter and has lodged a formal diplomatic protest, Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty president and CEO Kevin Klose said. It has sought and not obtained an explanation from Russian authorities. The move, coming on the eve of the Sochi Winter Olympics next month, was likely to further strain already tense ties between Washington and Moscow.

Black Panther, back from Cuba, pleads not guilty to hijacking

A former Black Panther, accused of hijacking a plane in 1984, pleaded not guilty Wednesday in US federal court, where he faces charges after returning from nearly three decades in Cuba. Represented by public defender Paul Korchin, William Potts gave his plea to Judge Barry Garber in Miami. A bail hearing was postponed until Tuesday at the request of Korchin, who explained to the judge that, in a last minute development, an arrest warrant against Potts for armed assault in New Jersey in August 1984 had come to light.

NATO's top commander questions Turkish missile deal with China

By Adrian Croft ADAZI, Latvia (Reuters) - NATO's top military commander urged Turkey on Wednesday to buy a missile defense system that is compatible with other NATO systems, questioning whether the $3.4 billion Chinese system that Ankara is leaning towards is suitable. The comments by U.S. Air Force General Philip Breedlove, NATO's Supreme Allied Commander Europe, add to pressure on Ankara to rethink its decision to build a missile defense system with a Chinese firm.

S. Korea, U.S. draw up N. Korean nuclear deterrence plan

By Kim Eun-jung SEOUL, Sept. 8 (Yonhap) -- South Korea and the United States have completed a draft of a joint military plan that outlines how to handle the North Korean nuclear threat, a government source said Sunday. South Korean and U.S. officials have prepared a customized deterrence plan over the last 10 months, which will be signed at the Security Consultative Meeting (SCM) between the two nation's defense chiefs slated for Oct. 2, the source said.

Berlin hails US ties 50 years after iconic JFK speech

Germany hailed the strength of transatlantic ties Wednesday on the 50th anniversary of US president John F. Kennedy's stirring Cold War declaration "Ich bin ein Berliner", with celebrations across the reunited city. Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle said JFK's historic 1963 speech to 450,000 people outside West Berlin's town hall remained "unforgettable for us Germans".

Berlin hails US ties 50 years after JFK's iconic speech

Germany hailed the endurance of transatlantic ties Wednesday on the 50th anniversary of US president John F. Kennedy's stirring Cold War declaration "Ich bin ein Berliner", with celebrations across the reunited city. Ahead of the main commemoration ceremony at the old West Berlin town hall where JFK addressed 450,000 people in 1963, Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle said the historic speech remained "unforgettable for us Germans".

Did JFK tell Berlin he was a jam doughnut?

Legend has it that US president John F. Kennedy made a whopping grammatical gaffe with his iconic declaration "Ich bin ein Berliner" 50 years ago on Wednesday, essentially telling his audience -- and the world -- "I am a jam doughnut". The historical lore was that JFK, in his first faltering words of German, was wrong to use the indefinite article "ein" and should have said "Ich bin Berliner" to declare his solidarity with the embattled Cold War city. Not so, says Anatol Stefanowitsch, a Berlin professor of linguistics.

After Obama visit, Berlin remembers JFK 50 years on

Just days after US President Barack Obama walked in his footsteps, Berlin will mark the 50th anniversary of John F. Kennedy's pivotal "Ich bin ein Berliner" speech with celebrations throughout the reunited city. Kennedy's stirring pledge of solidarity with the besieged western sectors of Berlin still marks the defining touchstone in relations between the United States and Europe's biggest economic power. The German capital has organised more than 50 events in the run-up to Wednesday's anniversary including tours, lectures, exhibitions and new book publications.
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