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Syria cessation of hostilities a 'test' for Russia: Pentagon WASHINGTON: The Pentagon said Tuesday it would respond "as necessary" if there were violations of a cessation of hostilities agreement in Syria, warning it was a "test" for Russia.Pentagon press secretary Peter Cook would not specify the nature of the response, but said a failure to abide by the agreement reached in Munich would be factored into US military decision-making."We will be keeping a close eye on who abides by it and who does not, and we will be in a position to say clearly, and to respond if necessary, if there are violations of that cessation of hostilities," Cook said at a Pentagon briefing.The warning follows air strikes in and around Aleppo on Monday that hit hospitals and schools, killing an estimated 50 people, according to the United Nations, which called the attacks a "blatant violation of international law."Neither the United Nations nor the United States have directly accused ...

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Saudis resume participation in anti-IS air strikes: US WASHINGTON: Saudi Arabia has resumed participation in air strikes by a US-led coalition against the Islamic State group in Syria, the Pentagon said Tuesday."I can confirm the Saudis renewed their participation in air strikes in the last few days," Pentagon spokesman Peter Cook said.US Defense Secretary Ashton Carter met with coalition members in Brussels last week to push for more contributions to fight against IS in Iraq and Syria.Saudi Arabia, which had shifted its focus ...

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Boeing loses appeal of US bomber award to Northrop NEW YORK: US officials rejected Tuesday a Boeing-led challenge to the Air Force's award of a major contract to rival Northrop Grumman to supply next-generation bombers.The Government Accountability Office "found no basis to sustain or uphold the protest" from Boeing and partner Lockheed Martin for a contract potentially worth some $80 billion, the agency said."In denying Boeing's protest, GAO concluded that the technical evaluation, and the evaluation of costs, was reasonable, consistent with the terms ...

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Former UN chief Boutros Boutros-Ghali dies UNITED NATIONS: Former UN secretary-general Boutros Boutros-Ghali, who led the world body during one of its most difficult periods, with failed missions in Rwanda and Bosnia, died Thursday in Cairo. He was 93.The Egyptian diplomat became the first secretary-general from Africa in 1992, but his tenure ended abruptly five years later when the United States vetoed his second term.UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon described Boutros-Ghali as a respected statesman and scholar of international law who brought ...

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George W Bush: Jeb a 'strong and steady hand' for president NORTH CHARLESTON: George W. Bush, campaigning for his brother for the first time, says Jeb has the backbone and optimism to be president and that Americans should avoid nominating someone who "mirrors and inflames our frustration."The former president and his "big little brother" Jeb Bush tag-teamed Monday for a forceful denunciation of the man currently at the top of their Republican party's polls, the billionaire Donald Trump.Bush the elder received a hero's welcome in South ...

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White House condemns intensified bombing in northern Syria RANCHO MIRAGE: White House national security adviser Susan Rice on Monday condemned in the "strongest terms" intensified bombing of northern Syria and said it ran counter to commitments made by major powers in Munich last week to reduce hostilities. Copyright Reuters, 2016 ...

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US condemns deadly Syrian air strikes against civilian targets WASHINGTON: The United States on Monday condemned air strikes conducted by the Syrian government and its supporters against civilian targets in northern Syria, including several hospitals. US State Department spokesman John Kirby said continuation of the attacks "flies in the face of the unanimous calls by the ISSG (International Syria Support Group), including in Munich, to avoid attacks on civilians, and casts doubt on Russia's willingness and/or ability to help bring to a stop the ...