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Russian Aerospace Forces made training launch of Kinzhal hypersonic missile – MoD

A MiG-31 interceptor jet made a training launch of a Kinzhal aeroballistic hypersonic missile and the missile hit a target on the test range, the Russian Defense Ministry said on Sunday. “A MiG-31 fighter crew of the Russian Aerospace Forces made a training launch of a hypersonic missile of the Kinzhal high-precision air missile system in the predetermined area,” the ...

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Syria army cuts off main rebel town in Ghouta as death toll tops 1,000

Syrian regime forces continued their offensive against Eastern Ghouta Sunday, a day after they cut off the rebel-held enclave’s largest town, pressing on with a 20-day assault that has left more than 1,000 civilians dead. Government troops and allied militia launched their military campaign for Eastern Ghouta on February 18 and have since overrun more than half of the area, ...

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Libyan navy rescues 335 immigrants off western coast

The Libyan navy on Saturday night rescued 335 illegal immigrants off the country’s western coast, a navy spokesman said. The coast guard picked up the immigrants including at least seven children during three rescue operations dozens of kilometers west of the country’s capital Tripoli, navy spokesman Ayob Qassem told Xinhua. All of them were provided medical treatment and were well ...

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Trump morphs campaign slogan for 2020 run: ‘Keep America Great!’

It’s barely 2018, but US President Donald Trump is gearing up for a 2020 re-election campaign, with a familiar sounding new slogan: “Keep America Great!” Addressing a rally in a Pittsburgh suburb, Trump endorsed a Republican candidate in a closely-watched upcoming special congressional election, before turning to his own political future. “Our new slogan when we start running — can ...

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14 militants killed in Afghan forces’ operations in southern province

Fourteen militants have been killed and 12 others injured after Afghan army struck their positions in Helmand province, south of Afghanistan, the Defense Ministry said Saturday.  “Afghan National Army (ANA) backed by Air Force launched military operations in Nahri Sarraj and neighboring Greshk districts of Helmand province on Friday, killing 14 insurgents and injuring 12 others,” the ministry said in ...

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Putin ‘couldn’t care less’ about US election interference

President Vladimir Putin said in an interview released Friday that he “couldn’t care less” if fellow Russian citizens sought to meddle in the 2016 US presidential election, insisting such efforts could not be tied to the Kremlin. “Why have you decided the Russian authorities, myself included, gave anybody permission to do this?” Putin asked in the often-combative interview with NBC ...

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US, China agree to keep pressure on North Korea

Donald Trump enlisted Friday the help of China’s Xi Jinping to keep sanctions pressure on North Korea, amid fears that an audacious diplomatic gambit by the US president could lead to backsliding. In an evening tweet, Trump praised a possible future agreement with the communist North as “very good” for the international community as a whole, after the US leader ...

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Modi, Macron sign key security deal with an eye on China

French President Emmanuel Macron on Saturday said defence ties with India had reached a new high after the two nations signed a key security accord for the Indian Ocean to counter China’s growing influence in the region. “Defence cooperation between the two countries now has a new significance,” Macron said as a gushing Prime Minister Narendra Modi stood by his ...

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Aid convoy enters Syria’s battered Ghouta: Red Cross

An aid convoy entered Syria’s battered Eastern Ghouta Friday, the International Committee of the Red Cross said, after a previous delivery was cut short by bombardment of the rebel enclave. “They are in,” ICRC spokeswoman Ingy Sedky said of the 13 trucks loaded with 2,400 food parcels that had been waiting outside the enclave east of Damascus after the interruption ...

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Watchdog: Western tech use for hacking in Turkey, Syria

Researchers have found evidence that one of Turkey’s largest telecommunications providers is using Canadian hardware to hack into the computers of hundreds of internet users along the country’s border with Syria. The revelation comes as Turkey presses its offensive against Kurdish rebels dug in along the country’s frontier with northwestern Syria, a conflict which has cost scores of lives and ...

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