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Separatists and Ukraine troops differ on withdrawal of heavy weapons

Separatists in the east of Ukraine claim they have begun the withdrawal of their armour from the frontline. Lines of military vehicles some pulling

Separatists in the east of Ukraine claim they have begun the withdrawal of their armour from the frontline. Lines of military vehicles some pulling

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Last group of French soldiers leaves Afghanistan

The final group of French troops in Afghanistan have marked the end of their mission with a transition ceremony after NATO combat operations ended

The final group of French troops in Afghanistan have marked the end of their mission with a transition ceremony after NATO combat operations ended

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US troops 'to remain in Afghanistan until 2016'

US President Barack Obama has outlined plans for the presence of 9,800 American troops in Afghanistan to remain after the original end-of-2014

US President Barack Obama has outlined plans for the presence of 9,800 American troops in Afghanistan to remain after the original end-of-2014

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Putin orders Russian troops away from Ukraine border

Russian military forces are reportedly ending their exercises on Ukraine’s eastern border. The order to return to base has come from the Russian

Russian military forces are reportedly ending their exercises on Ukraine’s eastern border. The order to return to base has come from the Russian

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PKK fighters begin to withdraw from Turkey

Kurdish militants have started to leave Turkey, as part of a peace process aimed at bringing an end to a three-decade insurgency that has left

Kurdish militants have started to leave Turkey, as part of a peace process aimed at bringing an end to a three-decade insurgency that has left

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Clashes in Turkey ahead of PKK pullout

Pro-Kurdish protesters have thrown petrol bombs and firecrackers at police in the Turkish district of Cizre. It came just hours before an agreed

Pro-Kurdish protesters have thrown petrol bombs and firecrackers at police in the Turkish district of Cizre. It came just hours before an agreed

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Obama and Karzai talk US pull out and Afghan stability

The visit of Afghan President Hamid Karzai for talks in Washington with President Obama marks the beginning of the end of negotiations between the

The visit of Afghan President Hamid Karzai for talks in Washington with President Obama marks the beginning of the end of negotiations between the

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Mission successful, Cameron tells UK troops in Afghan visit

The British Prime Minister on a visit to Afghanistan has told his country’s troops that their gradual withdrawal is based on success not

The British Prime Minister on a visit to Afghanistan has told his country’s troops that their gradual withdrawal is based on success not

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War looms in DRC despite rebel withdrawal

As promised, the rebel M23 forces moved out of Goma on Saturday, pulling back the agreed 20 kilometres to allow a dialogue to begin with the

As promised, the rebel M23 forces moved out of Goma on Saturday, pulling back the agreed 20 kilometres to allow a dialogue to begin with the

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France combat troops end Afghan mission

France is ending its combat mission in Afghanistan. Some 400 troops are preparing to leave Kapisa, the province where France has lost most of its

France is ending its combat mission in Afghanistan. Some 400 troops are preparing to leave Kapisa, the province where France has lost most of its

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Last US Afghanistan "surge" troops return home

US troop numbers in Afghanistan today returned to their pre-2009 “surge” figures with the departure of the last of the extra 33,000 troops ordered in

US troop numbers in Afghanistan today returned to their pre-2009 “surge” figures with the departure of the last of the extra 33,000 troops ordered in

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Hollande takes withdrawal message to Kabul

French President François Hollande has wasted no time in taking his message of an early French withdrawal to Afghanistan, and in person. He flew in

French President François Hollande has wasted no time in taking his message of an early French withdrawal to Afghanistan, and in person. He flew in

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Hollande flies into Afghanistan for lightning visit

New French President François Hollande has made a surprise flying visit to Afghanistan. Hollande’s predecessor, Nicolas Sarkozy, had already

New French President François Hollande has made a surprise flying visit to Afghanistan. Hollande’s predecessor, Nicolas Sarkozy, had already

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Nato plans Afghan pullout but Pakistan problem remains

A two-day Nato summit in Chicago has concluded with a landmark agreement on handing control of Afghan security to the country’s own forces by the

A two-day Nato summit in Chicago has concluded with a landmark agreement on handing control of Afghan security to the country’s own forces by the

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NATO papers over cracks in unity

Nato leaders meeting in Chicago have made an attempt at a show of unity over the pullout from Afghanistan despite France’s new president sticking to

Nato leaders meeting in Chicago have made an attempt at a show of unity over the pullout from Afghanistan despite France’s new president sticking to

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NATO chief calls for solidarity as summit opens

The NATO summit has opened in Chicago with a call for unity among world leaders. For the French president Francois Hollande it is the latest stage

The NATO summit has opened in Chicago with a call for unity among world leaders. For the French president Francois Hollande it is the latest stage

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Japan hails Okinawa's US troop reduction

Japan’s government has welcomed a deal with the United States that will see the number of American troops on Okinawa virtually slashed in half. The

Japan’s government has welcomed a deal with the United States that will see the number of American troops on Okinawa virtually slashed in half. The

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Australian PM Gillard spells out Afghan exit plan

Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard on Tuesday announced plans to pull most of the country’s troops out of Afghanistan next year. The premier

Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard on Tuesday announced plans to pull most of the country’s troops out of Afghanistan next year. The premier

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US to stick to its troop pullout plans

Showing US commitment to the Afghanistan mission, Defence Secretary Leon Panetta flew into the country to rally the troops and meet Afghan

Showing US commitment to the Afghanistan mission, Defence Secretary Leon Panetta flew into the country to rally the troops and meet Afghan

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Huge Iraqi rally to celebrate US troops departure

Supporters of the radical Shi’ite leader Moqtada Sadr in Iraq have celebrated with pomp the departure of American troops.   All but a handful of

Supporters of the radical Shi’ite leader Moqtada Sadr in Iraq have celebrated with pomp the departure of American troops.   All but a handful of

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Afghan security funding on NATO agenda

NATO defence ministers have been discussing how to pay for Afghanistan’s security forces once they take over from the alliance in 2014. The

NATO defence ministers have been discussing how to pay for Afghanistan’s security forces once they take over from the alliance in 2014. The

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NATO talks focus on early Afghan handover

NATO has signalled Afghan troops could take over all combat operations by mid 2013 — a year earlier than planned. Talk of drawdown in Afghanistan

NATO has signalled Afghan troops could take over all combat operations by mid 2013 — a year earlier than planned. Talk of drawdown in Afghanistan

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Afghan unease over French troop pullout

Afghans have warned that a hasty French withdrawal from their country could lead to more instability. President Nicolas Sarkozy said on Friday that

Afghans have warned that a hasty French withdrawal from their country could lead to more instability. President Nicolas Sarkozy said on Friday that

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France to end Afghanistan mission in 2013

France is to pull its 3,600 troops out of Afghanistan at the end of next year. President Nicolas Sarkozy made the announcement during a visit to

France is to pull its 3,600 troops out of Afghanistan at the end of next year. President Nicolas Sarkozy made the announcement during a visit to

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France suspends Afghan training as four soldiers are killed

France is suspending military operations in Afghanistan, and may accelerate its planned troop withdrawal after the killing of four French

France is suspending military operations in Afghanistan, and may accelerate its planned troop withdrawal after the killing of four French