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Russia says U.S. missile strike on Syria was a threat to its forces

MOSCOW Russian Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu complained on Wednesday that a U.S. missile strike on a Syrian air base earlier this month had posed a threat to Russian troops and was forcing Moscow to take extra measures to protect them.

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China launches first home-built aircraft carrier amid S.China Sea tension

BEIJING China launched its first domestically built aircraft carrier on Wednesday amid rising tension over North Korea and worries about Beijing's assertiveness in the South China Sea. | Video

Israel's "Checkpoint Q": a daily hurdle for Palestinians

QALANDIYA, West Bank To one side loom towers manned by Israeli soldiers who keep watch from behind bulletproof glass. To the other stand concrete walls charred by fire bombs, pitted with bullet holes and scrawled with Palestinian graffiti. In between, barriers and steel fences block traffic or corral vehicles and pedestrians.

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Italy's 5-Star builds policies and poll lead as rivals struggle

ROME The anti-establishment 5-Star Movement, already Italy's most popular party, is stealing a march on its divided rivals by drawing up its policy programme a year ahead of elections.

9:11pm IST

Ex Knights of Malta head defies pope order, plans Rome return

ROME The ousted Grand Master of the Knights of Malta Catholic charity will attend a meeting that could elect his successor, the group said on Wednesday, in a direct defiance of Pope Francis' order for him to stay away.

9:07pm IST

Europe begins process of lifting Le Pen's immunity over misuse of funds

BRUSSELS European Union lawmakers began on Wednesday a process to lift French presidential candidate Marine Le Pen's immunity over alleged misuse of EU funds, although they will not summon her before next week's run-off vote.

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