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Europe’s most wanted held in Brussels for Paris attacks

Europe’s most wanted man was captured after a shootout in Brussels in a major coup for authorities investigating November’s Islamic State attacks on Paris. Salah Abdeslam, 26, the first suspected active participant taken alive, was being held overnight in hospital with a slight leg wound, Belgian Prime Minister Charles Michel …

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Defiant North Korea fires ballistic missile into sea, Japan protests

North Korea fired at least one ballistic missile on Friday, which flew about 800 km (500 miles) before hitting the sea off its east coast, South Korea’s military said, as the isolated state stepped up its defiance of tough new U.N. and U.S. sanctions. South Korea’s Yonhap news agency said …

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Russia says to complete withdrawing most of Syria force in two-three days

Russia will complete the withdrawal of most of its military contingent in Syria in two to three days, Russian Air Force Commander Viktor Bondarev said in an interview with the Komsomolskaya Pravda daily published on Thursday. (Reporting by Dmitry Solovyov; Editing by Christian Lowe) (c) Copyright Thomson Reuters 2016. Click …

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Russia flies out almost half Syria strike force: Reuters analysis

Just under half of Russia’s fixed-wing strike force based in Syria has flown out of the country in the past two days, according to a Reuters calculation which suggests the Kremlin is accelerating its partial withdrawal. President Vladimir Putin on Monday ordered the bulk of the Russian military contingent in …

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Kurdish moves on federalism cloud Syria peace drive

Kurdish-controlled areas of northern Syria were expected to imminently declare a federal system, a move likely to further complicate peace talks in Geneva on ending more than five years of war. Russia pulled more warplanes out of Syria, a new delivery of humanitarian aid reached northern Aleppo province and U.N. …

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