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U.S., South Korea begin computer-simulated drills amid North Korea tension

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SEOUL South Korean and U.S. forces began computer-simulated military exercises on Monday amid tension over North Korea's weapons programmes, while a report it has earned millions of dollars in exports is likely to raise doubt about the impact of sanctions. | Video

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Etihad Airways sets new CEO deadline, may join late 2017

ABU DHABI/DUBAI Etihad Airways has delayed the appointment of its new group chief executive to late 2017 with the hiring of a new boss nearly finalised, the airline said on Monday.

Russian jets kill over 200 IS militants near Syria's Deir al-Zor - agencies

MOSCOW Russia's air force has destroyed a large column of Islamic State fighters on their way to the Syrian city of Deir al-Zor, killing over 200 militants, Russian news agencies cited Russia's Defence Ministry as saying on Monday.

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South Korea's Moon says military exercises with U.S. not meant to raise tensions

SEOUL South Korean President Moon Jae-in said on Monday joint military exercises starting with U.S. forces on Monday are purely of a defensive nature and do not aim to raise tensions on the Korean peninsula.

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U.S. troop reduction in exercise not due to North Korea concerns - Mattis

AMMAN A reduction in U.S. troops taking part in a joint exercise with South Korean forces this year simply reflects a need for fewer personnel and is not because of tensions with North Korea, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said on Sunday. | Video

Pilot killed as helicopter crashes while fighting Portugal blaze

LISBON A light helicopter that was taking part in firefighting efforts in northern Portugal crashed and exploded on Sunday, killing its pilot and further raising the death toll from the country's deadliest summer of wildfires, officials said.

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Syrian army pounds rebel areas near Damascus after Russian brokered truce

AMMAN Syrian jets and artillery struck rebel-held eastern Damascus suburbs on Saturday a day after a Russian sponsored ceasefire with a rebel group agreed a halt of fighting in the last opposition enclave in the capital, rebels and witnesses said.

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Lebanese army, Hezbollah announce offensives against Islamic State on Syrian border

BEIRUT The Lebanese army launched an offensive on Saturday against an Islamic State enclave on the northeastern border with Syria, as the Lebanese Shi'ite group Hezbollah announced an assault on the militants from the Syrian side of the frontier.

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Keyboard warriors - South Korea, U.S. gear up for war games to counter North Korea threat

SEOUL In air conditioned bunkers and at military bases across South Korea, it is with keyboards - not tanks - that South Korean and the U.S. forces will launch military exercises on Monday, denounced by North Korea as a rehearsal for war.

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Ukraine plant sucked into North Korea missile row has fallen on hard times

DNIPRO, Ukraine The wall around the Yuzhmash rocket factory in east Ukraine is in places overgrown with weeds, a sign of hard times at a plant which a new study says could be the source of engines that power North Korean missiles.

Romania negotiating to buy U.S. rocket systems worth $1.25 billion - Pentagon

WASHINGTON The U.S. State Department has approved the sale of mobile artillery rocket systems to Romania worth up to $1.25 billion (971.02 million pounds), the Defense Security Cooperation Agency said on Friday.

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Taiwan's Foxconn to build three ancillary facilities as part of Wisconsin LCD campus

TAIPEI Taiwanese electronics manufacturer Foxconn on Monday said it plans to build three facilities in the U.S. state of Wisconsin for operation as early as next year, as part of a campus housing a $10 billion liquid crystal display (LCD) factory due for 2020.