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Russian aircraft not behind strike on Turkish soldiers in Syria: Deputy PM ANKARA: Russian President Vladimir Putin has confirmed to Turkey that aircraft which carried out an attack on Turkish soldiers near the Syrian city of al-Bab last week did not belong to Russia, Turkish Deputy Prime Minister Numan Kurtulmus said on Monday. Speaking at a news conference after a cabinet meeting, Kurtulmus said "necessary steps" would be taken over last Thursday's air strike, which killed at least three Turkish soldiers and wounded ten, once flight records are reviewed.Turkey's military has said the strike was suspected to have been carried out by Syrian government forces, in what would be the first such Turkish deaths at the hands of Syrian forces since Ankara launched a cross-border incursion in August.Copyright Reuters, 2016 ...

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Saakashvili urges Ukrainians to rise up against government KIEV: Some 2,000 people gathered in central Kiev on Sunday to support a call by ex regional governor Mikheil Saakashvili -- also a former president of Georgia -- to rise up against the Ukrainian government.Known for pro-Western reforms in his native Georgia, Saakashvili, who quit as governor of Ukraine's Odessa region this month, was one of the foreign technocrats appointed to top government positions to put the country on a pro-European path. But Saakashvili, who ...

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Timeline of Chernobyl nuclear disaster KIEV: The Chernobyl disaster in then Soviet Ukraine, the worst civil nuclear accident in history, left thousands of people dead or dying and contaminated up to three quarters of Europe.Here is a timeline:- Reactor 4 explodes -- On April 26, 1986, at 1:23 am, the Chernobyl nuclear power station's Reactor Number 4 explodes during an experimental safety check.The reactor is destroyed and a plume of radioactive contents shoots up to one kilometre (half a mile) ...

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Turkey could extend state of emergency, Erdogan warns EU ISTANBUL: President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Saturday warned the European Union that Turkey could extend by at least another three months a state of emergency that has been in place since the failed July coup.In a a speech in Istanbul, Erdogan launched another stinging attack on the EU after the European Parliament voted on Thursday to back a freeze in accession talks with Ankara.He again threatened to bring back the death penalty -- a decision ...

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France's Hollande says Cuba embargo must be 'lifted definitively' ANTANANARIVO: French President Francois Hollande said Saturday that the embargo which "punishes" Cuba should be lifted once and for all, following the death of former leader Fidel Castro."On the occasion of Fidel Castro's death I want again to say that the embargo which punishes Cuba should be lifted definitively," he said at a summit of French-speaking nations in Madagascar.Copyright AFP (Agence France-Presse), 2016 ...

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Putin praises Castro as 'symbol of an era': Kremlin MOSCOW: Russian President Vladimir Putin praised Fidel Castro, the socialist Cuban icon who has died aged 90, as the "symbol of an era," the Kremlin said in a statement Saturday. "The name of this distinguished statesman is rightly considered the symbol of an era in modern world history," Putin said in a telegram to Cuban President Raul Castro cited by the Kremlin. "Fidel Castro was a sincere and reliable friend of Russia."Putin added that Castro ...

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Lufthansa offers pilots new deal to end strike BERLIN: Germany's flagship carrier Lufthansa on Friday offered pilots a new wage deal to end a crippling three-day strike that has led to mass flight cancellations affecting over 300,000 passengers.However the pilots' union Cockpit swiftly rejected the new offer. The airline said it had been forced to cancel more than 2,700 flights since the start of the walkout, which was called by the pilots' union and is set to last through Saturday.It is the pilots' ...