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Lithuania defends itself over M14 rifles sale

Lithuania has blamed “miscommunication” for the illegal sale of valuable M14 rifles donated by the US to its army in 1999.

Lithuania has blamed “miscommunication” for the illegal sale of valuable M14 rifles donated by the US to its army in 1999.

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Turkey fires another diplomatic salvo at Germany

The Turkish President has accused Berlin of not being fully committed to the fight against terrorism. Speaking before a trip to Pakistan, Recep Tayyip Erdogan also claimed to have proof of German supp

The Turkish President has accused Berlin of not being fully committed to the fight against terrorism. Speaking before a trip to Pakistan, Recep Tayyip Erdogan also claimed to have proof of German supp

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Russia withdraws from the International Criminal Court

Officials are quoted as saying the Hague-based tribunal is not "truly independent" and has not lived up the hopes of the international community.

Officials are quoted as saying the Hague-based tribunal is not "truly independent" and has not lived up the hopes of the international community.

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The UN hits out at Turkey

Ankara's detention or suspension of more than 110, 000 officials since a failed coup in July may go "beyond what is permissible", the organisation says.

Ankara's detention or suspension of more than 110, 000 officials since a failed coup in July may go "beyond what is permissible", the organisation says.

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Moscow to West: are you fighting terrorists or Russia?

Russia's defence minister has said the West's failure to rein in extremist rebel groups means the peace process has been postponed indefinitely.

Russia's defence minister has said the West's failure to rein in extremist rebel groups means the peace process has been postponed indefinitely.

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Frosty Franco-Russian relations

The Chief French Diplomat Jean-Marc Ayrault is leading the charge to save aleppo but it is putting him at odds with Russia

The Chief French Diplomat Jean-Marc Ayrault is leading the charge to save aleppo but it is putting him at odds with Russia

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The rocky relations of Russia and Turkey

A look at the ups and downs in diplomatic relations between Moscow and Ankara over the last year

A look at the ups and downs in diplomatic relations between Moscow and Ankara over the last year

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Fading hopes of peace in Syria

Peace appears to be ever-further away in Syria with daily offensives pounding residential areas and the US announcement of a suspension of “participation in bilateral channels with…

Peace appears to be ever-further away in Syria with daily offensives pounding residential areas and the US announcement of a suspension of “participation in bilateral channels with…

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USA / Russia : diplomatic breakdown over Syria

Just a few weeks ago, the world focused on US Secretary of State, John Kerry and Russian Foreign Minister, Sergei Lavrov.

Just a few weeks ago, the world focused on US Secretary of State, John Kerry and Russian Foreign Minister, Sergei Lavrov.

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Villagers protest as tensions rise in Kashmir

Villagers living along the ‘Line of Control’ in Kashmir protested against the shelling of their village by the Indian army, as tensions flare between India and Pakistan over the disputed border…

Villagers living along the ‘Line of Control’ in Kashmir protested against the shelling of their village by the Indian army, as tensions flare between India and Pakistan over the disputed border…

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Syria: US on verge of ending peace talks with Russia

As Russia vows to press ahead with its Aleppo offensive, the US says it is on the verge of ending Syria peace talks with Moscow.

As Russia vows to press ahead with its Aleppo offensive, the US says it is on the verge of ending Syria peace talks with Moscow.

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Saudi Arabia warns US over 9/11 lawsuits bill

Saudi Arabia has expressed “great concern” and warned of “serious unintended consequences”, following the US Congress’s decision to overrule President Obama and push through a law allowing legal acti

Saudi Arabia has expressed “great concern” and warned of “serious unintended consequences”, following the US Congress’s decision to overrule President Obama and push through a law allowing legal acti

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Greek court to consider Turkey coup suspects' asylum request

A Greek court is due to consider on Friday the asylum request from fugitive Turkish army officers who fled following last month’s failed coup attempt.

A Greek court is due to consider on Friday the asylum request from fugitive Turkish army officers who fled following last month’s failed coup attempt.

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Senior North Korean diplomat defects in London and turns up in Seoul

The highest ranking North Korean official ever to defect is confirmed in Seoul along with his family after disappearing from his job in the London embassy several weeks ago.

The highest ranking North Korean official ever to defect is confirmed in Seoul along with his family after disappearing from his job in the London embassy several weeks ago.

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Turkish ministers deliver stark warnings to the EU and USA

Could hundreds of thousands of migrants and refugees Turkey is currently preventing from crossing into Europe be on the move westwards again soon?

Could hundreds of thousands of migrants and refugees Turkey is currently preventing from crossing into Europe be on the move westwards again soon?

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Turkey arrests 16,000 people following failed coup

Turkey’s Justice Minister has said 16,000 people have been detained following last month’s failed coup attempt.

Turkey’s Justice Minister has said 16,000 people have been detained following last month’s failed coup attempt.

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Ramos bids to restore friendly ties between China and the Philippines

As China raises the temperature in its several maritime territorial disputes with its neighbours, the former Phillipines president Fidel Ramos is making a five-day trip to Hong…

As China raises the temperature in its several maritime territorial disputes with its neighbours, the former Phillipines president Fidel Ramos is making a five-day trip to Hong…

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Japan: from diplomacy to a show-of-force?

Shinzo Abe picks a hawkish conservative ally as defence minister, prompting fears of ruffled feathers among Tokyo's Asian neighbours.

Shinzo Abe picks a hawkish conservative ally as defence minister, prompting fears of ruffled feathers among Tokyo's Asian neighbours.

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Erdogan: West 'supports terror'

In a scathing attack on western powers, Turkish President Erdogan accuses allies of supporting terror and last month's attempted coup d'etat.

In a scathing attack on western powers, Turkish President Erdogan accuses allies of supporting terror and last month's attempted coup d'etat.

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Olympic Games tainted by political activity

The Olympic charter states: “No kind of demonstration or political, religious or racial propaganda is permitted in any Olympic sites, venues or other areas.

The Olympic charter states: “No kind of demonstration or political, religious or racial propaganda is permitted in any Olympic sites, venues or other areas.