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Russia to demand in UN that Turkey halts Syria operation - RIA citing lawmaker

MOSCOW Russia will support Syria diplomatically and will demand in the United Nations that Turkey halt its military operation in Syria's Afrin, a member of the upper house of the Russian parliament's security committee told RIA news on Saturday.

Russian, U.S. army chiefs discussed Syria by phone - RIA

MOSCOW Russian Chief of the General Staff of the armed forces Valery Gerasimov and his U.S. counterpart Joseph Dunford have discussed the situation in Syria by phone, RIA news agency reported on Saturday, citing the Russian Defence Ministry.

U.S. approves possible sale of F-35 jets to Belgium for $6.5 bln

WASHINGTON The U.S. State Department on Friday said it has approved the possible sale of 34 Lockheed Martin Corp F-35 jets to Belgium for $6.53 billion (£4.7 billion), a potential new customer for the No. 1 U.S. defence contractor's most important product.

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GE shares stumble to worst week since financial crisis

NEW YORK General Electric shares tumbled for a fifth straight session on Friday, sending the stock to its biggest weekly percentage drop since the financial crisis, after the company flagged a possible breakup and more than $11 billion in charges earlier in the week.

Russia: reports about Russian army withdrawing from Syria's Afrin denied

MOSCOW Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov was quoted on Friday as saying media reports about Russian military units withdrawing from Syria's Afrin region had been denied.

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Storm damages parts of Russia's S-400 system on its way to China - RIA

MOSCOW A storm has damaged parts of a Russian S-400 surface-to-air missile system while it was being shipped to China, RIA news agency said on Friday, quoting a Russian official.

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China looks to call bluff on Trump trade action

BEIJING As influential voices within the U.S. business community warn China that U.S. President Donald Trump is serious about tough action over Beijing's trade practices, there is little sense of a crisis in the Chinese capital, where officials think he is bluffing. | Video

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En route to Davos, Macron makes Versailles the place to be

PARIS French President Emmanuel Macron will host dozens of the world's most powerful business executives at the gilded Palace of Versailles to pitch France Inc before the global elite's annual gathering at Davos.

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Taiwan stymies new China flights amid route row, official says

TAIPEI/SHANGHAI Taiwan's aviation regulator has stalled applications for new flights from China Eastern Airlines and Xiamen Airlines amid a row between Beijing and the self-ruled island over air routes, a regulatory official said on Friday.

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German industrial employers aim for labour deal by early February

FRANKFURT German industrial companies aim to complete labour talks by early February to avert strikes, the head of their employers' association said.

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North Korea may hold military parade on eve of Olympics, analysts say

SEOUL North Korea may be preparing to hold a military parade on the eve of next month's winter Olympics in South Korea, analysts and diplomats say, even as the two countries have sought to mend ties.

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FTC makes second request on Broadcom's bid for Qualcomm

The U.S. Federal Trade Commission has made a second request for information on chipmaker Broadcom Ltd's $103 billion hostile bid for Qualcomm Inc, Broadcom said in a statement on Friday, a move that could indicate heightened antitrust scrutiny.