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By Mark Lewis and Raf Casert
Copyright: The Associated Press
BRUSSELS — NATO's next leader was announced Friday: former Norwegian Premier Jens Stoltenberg will lead the military alliance starting in October.
The appointment comes at a critical time as the crisis over Ukraine has suddenly made the 28-nation alliance a more relevant security force in Europe.
NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen will step down after a NATO summit in Wales later this year.
"Warm congratulations" Fogh Rasmussen said in a Twitter message Friday to his fellow Scandinavian politician.