NATO seeks troops to deter Russia on eastern flank
BRUSSELS NATO will press allies on Wednesday to contribute to its biggest military build-up on Russia's borders since the Cold War as the alliance prepares for a protracted quarrel with Moscow.
YEREVAN Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Friday he had "no special expectations" for Saturday's talks on the Syria crisis that will be held in Lausanne because Moscow had not yet seen reciprocal steps from its Western partners.
Russia does not intend to put forward new initiatives on resolving the conflict in Syria, Lavrov told reporters in the Armenian capital Yerevan.
Lavrov and U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry agreed this week to hold the meeting in Switzerland to consider what further steps could be taken to achieve a resolution of the Syria conflict.
Foreign ministers from Turkey, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and Iran could also take part in the talks.
"We want to get down to concrete work and see how well our partners observe the U.N. Security Council resolution (on Syria)," Lavrov said. "We are not going to propose anything else."
(Reporting by Denis Pinchuk; Writing by Dmitry Solovyov; Editing by Alexander Winning)
WASHINGTON The U.S. policy of trying to persuade North Korea to give up its nuclear weapons "is probably a lost cause" and the best that could be hoped for is a cap on the country's nuclear capability, the Director of U.S. National Intelligence James Clapper said on Tuesday.
VATICAN CITY Father Ernest Simoni, a 88-year-old Albanian, was watching Pope Francis on television this month when, to his astonishment, he heard the pontiff mention his name.