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China Says Its 'Moderate' Defense Spending Rises Are No Threat

Zhang Yesui

BEIJING - China’s“moderate” defense spending rises in the past few years have been to make up for past deficiencies and the country’s military will not threaten anyone, a senior diplomat said on Sunday ahead of the release of the defense budget.

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Syrian Government Makes Ghouta Gains; Turkey Steps Up Afrin Attack

Turkish military counters PYD attack in northern Syria with artillery fire, Afrin strongholds targetted

BEIRUT/ISTANBUL - Syrian government forces gained more ground in an assault on eastern Ghouta near Damascus on Saturday as they seek to defeat the last major rebel enclave near the capital, a war monitor and a news service run by Lebanon’s Hezbollah said.

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Iranian Official Calls On West To Scrap Nuclear Arms Before Any Missile Talks

Pic: ReutersDUBAI: Iran will not negotiate over its ballistic missiles until the United States and Europe dismantle nuclear weapons and long-range missiles, a top Iranian military official said on Saturday.

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Trump Praises Chinese President Extending Tenure 'For Life'

Pic: ReutersWASHINGTON: U.S. President Donald Trump praised Chinese President Xi Jinping Saturday after the ruling Communist party announced it was eliminating the two-term limit for the presidency, paving the way for Xi to serve indefinitely, according to audio aired by CNN.

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UK Police Charge Three Men Over Shop Blast That Killed Five In Leicester

Pic: ReutersLONDON: British police investigating a shop blast a week ago which killed five people in the central English city of Leicester, said on Saturday they had charged three men with manslaughter and arson with intent to endanger life.

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Italy Heads To Polls With Centre-Right Ahead But Stalemate Likely

Pic: ReutersROME: Italians go to the polls on Sunday in a vote that could bring political gridlock after an election campaign marked by anger over the listless economy, high unemployment and immigration.

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Open Internet Advocates Pressure US Senators Before Midterms

As the clock ticks on the effort to restore net neutrality, advocates see hope in using the midterm elections in the US to hold elected representatives feet to the fire of the public's demands.

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'Egypt Arrests Mother' Cited In BBC Story On Police Abuse

Egyptian authorities are learnt to have arrested a mother who accused the police of torturing her daughter and her while they were detained in 2014.

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Images Taken Week Apart Show Destruction In Syrian Enclave

Gaziantep, Turkey - Al Jazeera has obtained satellite imagery from areas inside Eastern Ghouta, showing the destruction continuous government bombardment has caused.

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Father Emmanuel And The Christians Of Kuwait

Dressed in a traditional white Gulf headdress and with two red crosses embroidered on his black clerical robe, Kuwait's first homegrown priest cuts a unique figure in the predominantly Muslim country.

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