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NATO’s new head is Norway ex-prime minister Stoltenberg


NATO named a new leader Friday, tapping a former Norwegian prime minister as it seeks to shore up the alliance amid fears of a new Russian expansionism.

Jens Stoltenberg will take the reins from current NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen in October, becoming the second consecutive Scandinavian to occupy the post. Fogh Rasmussen, a former Danish premier, has headed the 28-nation alliance since 2009.

The scheduled change in leadership comes as the West confronts what some fear is a newly aggressive Moscow, which under President Vladimir Putin annexed Crimea earlier this month after Russian forces invaded the peninsula and wrested it away from Ukraine.

The incursion is a major issue for the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, which was forged in the Cold War and has tried to define a new role for itself after the collapse of the Soviet Union.

Los Angeles Times


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Trump administration pulls U.S. out of UN human rights council

UPDATED: 7:23 p.m.

updated  The United States announced Tuesday it was leaving the United Nations’ Human Rights Council, with Ambassador Nikki Haley calling it “an organization that is not worthy of its name.” It was the latest withdrawal by the Trump administration from an international institution.