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Putin announces Russian troop withdrawal from Syria during visit. Putin announces Russian troop withdrawal from Syria during visit.
Russia has begun withdrawing some of its troops from Syria, Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu said on Monday. President Vladimir Putin ordered the partial withdrawal during an unannounced visit to Syria on Monday. Russian support has been crucial in turning the tide of Syria's civil war in favour of government forces, led by president Bashar al-Assad. Mr Putin made a similar withdrawal annou...
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Nobel Peace Prize winner Ican warns nuclear war 'a tantrum away'. Nobel Peace Prize winner Ican warns nuclear war 'a tantrum away'.
The world faces a "nuclear crisis" from a "bruised ego", the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (Ican) has warned in an apparent reference to US-North Korea tensions. Accepting the Nobel Peace Prize on Sunday, Ican's executive director Beatrice Fihn said "the deaths of millions may be one tiny tantrum away". "We have a choice, the end of nuclear weapons or the end of us," she ...
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Iraq declares war with Islamic State is over. Iraq declares war with Islamic State is over.
Iraq has announced that its war against so-called Islamic State (IS) is over. Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi told a conference in Baghdad that Iraqi troops were now in complete control of the Iraqi-Syrian border. The border zone contained the last few areas IS held, following its loss of the town of Rawa in November. The US state department welcomed the end of the "vile occupation" of IS ...
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'Samurai sword' homicide leaves three dead at Tokyo shrine. 'Samurai sword' homicide leaves three dead at Tokyo shrine.
Three people have been killed and another injured at a well-known Shinto shrine in Tokyo in what appeared to be a succession feud, local media said. The suspect is thought to have killed his sister the chief priestess, as she was stepping out of her car, Kyodo news agency said citing police. He later reportedly killed another woman, who was part of the ambush, before taking his own life. ...
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Russia election: Putin to run again for president. Russia election: Putin to run again for president.
Russia's Vladimir Putin has said he will seek another term as president in next year's election. He made the announcement in a speech to workers at a car factory in the Volga city of Nizhny Novgorod. "I will put forward my candidacy for the post of president of the Russian federation," he said. Mr Putin has been in power since 2000, either as president or prime minister. If he wins the Ma...
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Turkey warns Trump against crossing 'red line'. Turkey warns Trump against crossing 'red line'.
Turkey's president has warned it could sever ties with Israel if the US recognises Jerusalem as its capital. Recep Tayyip Erdogan said such a move would cross a "red line" for Muslims. Donald Trump called Middle Eastern leaders on Tuesday amid growing warnings against taking the step. Reports say the president will dramatically shift the US position on the status of Jerusalem this week. I...
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Former Egyptian PM gives TV interview, denying he was kidnapped. Former Egyptian PM gives TV interview, denying he was kidnapped.
The former Egyptian Prime Minister Ahmed Shafiq has given a phone interview on live TV, denying reports that he was kidnapped. Mr Shafiq's family had voiced fears of foul play, saying they were unable to contact him after he landed in Egypt. He was deported from the UAE on Saturday after five years in exile. The deportation came after Mr Shafiq stated his intention to run for the presiden...
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Turkey seizes assets of trader in US trial. Turkey seizes assets of trader in US trial.
Turkish prosecutors have ordered the seizure of assets of a Turkish-Iranian gold trader who is testifying in a US trial of a banker accused of violating US sanctions against Iran. Witness Reza Zarrab earlier told a New York court that Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan had approved his and the defendant's sanctions-breaking deals. Mr Erdogan has denied that Turkey breached US sanctions o...
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Mt Agung ash shuts airport for second day. Mt Agung ash shuts airport for second day.
Indonesian officials have shut the international airport in Bali for a second day, as Mount Agung spews volcanic ash into the atmosphere. Massive plumes of dark ash were seen reaching as high as 3km (2 miles) above the summit of the rumbling volcano, which began erupting last week. Officials raised the alert to the highest level on Monday, fearing an imminent major eruption. More than 100...
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Egypt attack: President Sisi pledges forceful response. Egypt attack: President Sisi pledges forceful response.
Egypt's President Abdul Fattah al-Sisi has vowed to respond with "the utmost force" after 300 people were killed at a North Sinai mosque during Friday prayers. The al-Rawda mosque in the town of Bir al-Abed was bombed and fleeing worshippers were then gunned down. The Egyptian military has said it has conducted air strikes on "terrorist" targets in response. No group has yet claimed the a...
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