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Russia still has troops in Ukraine, NATO says MONS: Russia still has troops in eastern Ukraine and retains a very capable force on the border despite a partial withdrawal, NATO's military commander said on Friday. "We've seen a pretty good withdrawal of the Russian forces from inside Ukraine but, make no mistake, there remain Russian forces inside eastern Ukraine," US Air Force General Philip Breedlove told reporters at NATO's military headquarters near Mons in Belgium. Some Russian troops stationed near the Ukraine border had left and others appeared to be preparing to leave. "But the force that remains and shows no indications of leaving is still a very, very capable force," he said. He spoke before Sunday's parliamentary election in Ukraine in which President Petro Poroshenko seeks a mandate to press ahead with his plan to end a separatist conflict and pursue integration with mainstream Europe.NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg, making his first visit to NATO's military headquarters since ...

Ericsson flags North America slowdown STOCKHOLM: Mobile telecoms gear maker Ericsson said on Friday a slowdown in North America created uncertainty over fourth quarter sales as operators cut spending after big investments in high-speed networks. A build-out of the newest 4G/LTE networks by operators in North America, where Ericsson makes about a quarter of its sales and Chinese rival Huawei is effectively barred from doing business, has supported the Swedish firm at a time of stagnation in much of Europe. ...

Shares cool after best week of the year LONDON: Global stock markets were heading for their best week of the year on Friday following reassuring company results, encouraging data from the world's biggest economies and signs the ECB is upping its efforts to lift Europe.European bank stress-test results due at the weekend and confirmation of New York City and Mali's first cases of Ebola saw a touch of caution return, though markets were just happy to have broken out of a steep month-long ...

WHO expects around 200,000 Ebola vaccine doses by mid-2015 GENEVA/LONDON: The World Health Organization (WHO) set out plans on Friday for speeding up development and deployment of experimental Ebola vaccines, saying hundreds of thousands of doses should be ready for use in West Africa by the middle of 2015. The Geneva-based United Nations health agency confirmed that two leading vaccine candidates are already in human clinical trials, and said another five experimental vaccines were also being developed and would begin clinical trials next year. ...

Merkel urges Putin to back swift solution to Ukraine gas row BERLIN: German Chancellor Angela Merkel urged Russian President Vladimir Putin in a phone call on Friday to support a quick solution to Moscow's gas row with Ukraine before winter sets in, her office said in a statement. Moscow and Kiev have agreed on a new price for Russian gas, but they are still at odds over the volumes to be supplied and the level of Ukraine's debt for previous supplies. Ukraine holds a parliamentary election ...

Coop. among nations in ICTs imperative for mankind betterment: Anusha ISLAMABAD: Mutual cooperation between Pakistan and other countries in field of Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) is imperative for betterment of mankind, and enhancing peace and prosperity among nations.Minister of State for Information Technology, Mrs. Anusha Rehman, who is heading a Pakistani delegation in Busan, Korea, said this while addressing an International Telecommunication Union (ITU) Plenipotentiary Conference, 2014.The Conference, inaugurated by President of Republic of Korea, Ms. Park Geun-hye was attended by Ministers, dignitaries and ...


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