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Russia shows military might in Syria, also pushes diplomacy

...servicemen were flanked by neatly kept canteens serving fish soup, pasta, beef and other dishes.Defense Ministry spokesman Maj.-Gen. Igor Konashenkov said that in the past 24 hours, Russian planes made 53 sorties, hitting 72 targets - mostly...
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NATO denounces Russia for violating Turkish airspace

...forces in the increasingly crowded skies over Syria.Russia sought to play down the incident. Defense Ministry spokesman Maj.-Gen. Igor Konashenkov said the jet accidentally entered Turkish airspace for "several seconds" Saturday while returning...
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Over 700 killed in crush of hajj pilgrims

...cities of Mecca and Medina for the annual event.Saudi authorities began an investigation, said Interior Ministry spokesman Maj. Gen. Mansour al-Turki, adding that initial reports showed two crowds coming from opposing directions converged at...
Nation and World
IS affiliate claims responsibility for Saudi police bombing

...claimed responsibility for recent attacks in eastern Saudi Arabia and also in Kuwait.Saudi Interior Ministry spokesman, Maj. Gen. Mansour al-Turki, told The Associated Press it was too early to confirm whether IS or its supporters were...
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Former Boko Haram captives still held - by Nigerian military

...extremists last month being forced to remain in custody - held this time by the Nigerian military.The Defense Ministry spokesman, Maj. Gen. Chris Olukolade, claimed Thursday that they were moved to get "proper medical attention and psycho-social...
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Saudis foil embassy attack, arrest 93

...oil-producing nations. Saudi Arabia is also home to Islam's holiest sites in Mecca and Medina.Interior Ministry spokesman Maj. Gen. Mansour al-Turki told The Associated Press that Saudi Arabia's security forces are better prepared than ever...
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US program to train Syrian rebels losing ground

...on condition of anonymity."We have set the bar very high on vetting," said Col. Steve Warren, a Pentagon spokesman.Maj. Gen. Michael Nagata, the Central Command special operations commander who is heading the program, wants volunteers...
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Rumors of talks with Taliban are premature

...Taliban leaders and the Pakistani military clearly have no love, or trust, for each other. The Pakistani army spokesman, Maj. Gen. Athar Abbas, pulled out a thick, stapled sheaf of papers listing 434 Afghan Taliban who have been arrested...


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