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US, Saudi Arabia play down rift

US, Saudi Arabia play down rift

The White House and Saudi Arabia scrambled to quell talk of a diplomatic rift Monday, after King Salman pulled out of a summit with President Barack Obama at the eleventh hour. Senior US and Saudi officials appeared in public to […]


Germany’s Schaeuble insists Greece war payments settled

Germany’s Schaeuble insists Greece war payments settled

German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble said Tuesday that the issue of whether Germany should pay reparations to Greece for the Nazi occupation during World War II had been settled, while not denying the country’s moral responsibility. Athens’ new radical leftist […]


Saudi-led coalition using cluster bombs in Yemen

Saudi-led coalition using cluster bombs in Yemen

The Saudi-led coalition bombing rebels in Yemen has been using US-supplied cluster munitions in its air campaign, Human Rights Watch said Sunday, warning of the long-term dangers to civilians. The widely banned bombs contain dozens of submunitions, which sometimes do […]


French leader oversees Qatar jet deal, to attend Gulf summit

French leader oversees Qatar jet deal, to attend Gulf summit

French President Francois Hollande sought to boost ties in the Gulf Monday as he oversaw the signing of a warplanes deal with Qatar and arrived in Saudi Arabia for a summit. Hollande was to be the first Western head of […]


FAA warns Boeing 787 bug could shut off aircraft power

FAA warns Boeing 787 bug could shut off aircraft power

In a new problem for the Boeing 787, the US aviation regulator has ordered repairs to correct a software bug that could cause the aircraft to suddenly lose all power. The Federal Aviation Administration issued a directive dated Friday warning […]


52 civilians dead in coalition strikes in Syria: monitor

Jordanian Air Force F-16 Fighter Aircraft

US-led air strikes targeting the Islamic State group killed at least 52 civilians in a village in northern Syria, a monitoring group said on Saturday. “Air strikes by the coalition early on Friday on the village of Birmahle in Aleppo […]


Georgia PM appoints pro-West defence chief with eye on NATO

Georgia PM appoints pro-West defence chief with eye on NATO

Georgia’s acting prime minister Irakli Garibashvili on Friday appointed a staunchly pro-Western politician as his new defence minister in a move aimed at boosting the country’s efforts to join NATO. “Underscoring Georgia’s strong commitment to Euro-Atlantic and European integration, the […]


Finland contacts reservists, denies move due to security concerns

Finland contacts reservists, denies move due to security concerns

Finland has contacted nearly a million reservists by e-mail but an armed forces spokesman on Saturday denied the move was motivated by security concerns. “This letter to the reservists is to develop better communication with them and not because of […]


US rejects China’s offer over disputed islands

US rejects China’s offer over disputed islands

The United States on Friday swiftly rejected a suggestion by a top Chinese military official who said that disputed South China Sea islands could be used for international rescue and relief operations. Beijing has been roundly criticized by the West […]


 
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