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Poland plans to send military instructors to Ukraine WARSAW: Poland intends to send military instructors to train Ukrainian soldiers, with the final decision expected next month, an advisor to the Polish defence minister said. "The defence ministry intends to send Polish instructors to support the training of Ukrainian non-commissioned officers," Boguslaw Pacek told Reuters.He said the number of instructors sent will be finalised in March, but will be in the range of around a dozen to several dozens. Copyright Reuters, 2015 ...

Russia confirms will use International Space Station till 2024 MOSCOW: Russia will continue using the International Space Station along with NASA until 2024, its space agency said, after Moscow had threatened to stop financing it in 2020. Roscosmos has finalised a plan for its activities up to 2030 which "provides for the use of the ISS until 2024," the space agency said in a statement late Tuesday.It also announced plans to begin manned missions to the Moon by 2030. Russia's space programme is one ...
German conservative hardliners warn against vote on Greece BERLIN: A group of hardliners among German Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservatives have urged lawmakers to take a tough stance on a loan extension to Greece, the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung (FAZ) reported on Wednesday.Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble has written to the speaker of the lower house of parliament requesting a vote this week on extending the bailout.But a group of conservatives, composed of politicians who have opposed bailouts in the past, have publicly warned against being ...
Hungary PM needs style change after poll setback BUDAPEST: Hungary's strongman Prime Minister Viktor Orban needs to strike a less confrontational stance after his ruling party Fidesz lost its parliamentary super-majority in a key by-election, analysts said."There is a need for a correction. Fidesz might decide to be less confrontational, but it is difficult since it is in the character of the party to fight, a strategy that has worked for a long time," Akos Balogh of, a conservative blog told AFP.Since ...
Turkey drives hard bargain over crucial missile deal ANKARA: Turkey has alarmed fellow NATO members by raising the prospect of handing China a multi-billion dollar missile contract, yet the long-running saga is far from over and Ankara may just be trading for a better deal.Turkey, NATO's only Muslim member, entered discussions in 2013 with the China Precision Machinery Export-Import Corporation (CPMIEC) over its first anti-missile system, a contract worth $3.4 billion (3 billion euros).French-Italian consortium Eurosam and US-listed Raytheon Co have also submitted ...
Britain to send military trainers to Ukraine: PM LONDON: Britain will send troops to Ukraine next month to train government forces fighting pro-Russian separatists, Prime Minister David Cameron announced Tuesday, while ruling out sending lethal equipment."Over the course of the next month we are going to be deploying British service personnel to provide advice and a range of training, from tactical intelligence to logistics to medical care, which is something else they have asked for," Cameron told a parliamentary committee."And we'll be developing ...
Hollande calls for release of French woman kidnapped in Yemen PARIS: President Francois Hollande on Tuesday called for a French woman kidnapped by gunmen in the Yemeni capital to be released "as soon as possible"."We are trying to locate her," he told reporters, adding that the 30-year-old woman works for the World Bank.Copyright AFP (Agence France-Presse), 2015 ...


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