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Erdogan Warns foreign Companies over Gas Drilling near Cyprus

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Tuesday warned foreign energy companies not to "overstep the mark" in the Mediterranean, after Turkey's warships blocked an Italian drilling vessel seeking to begin exploration for gas off Cyprus.

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Macron Sticks by Plan for Compulsory National Service

Two decades after it scrapped its compulsory military service France will introduce a mandatory "national service" for all young people, the government said Tuesday, confirming a campaign pledge by President Emmanuel Macron.

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U.S. Budget Outline Calls for Huge Pentagon Increase, Cuts to State Dept.

The Pentagon has unveiled a mammoth budget proposal for fiscal 2019 that would see a more than 10 percent boost in spending and add thousands more troops across the U.S. military services.

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British Warship to Sail Through Disputed South China Sea

A British warship will sail from Australia through the disputed South China Sea next month to assert freedom of navigation rights, a senior official said Tuesday in a move likely to irk Beijing.

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Secret Confidante of S.Korea's Park Jailed for 20 Years over Scandal

The secret confidante of ousted South Korean president Park Geun-hye was convicted Tuesday and jailed for 20 years over the scandal that brought down the former head of state.

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North Korea's Kim Lauds South's Hospitality

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has praised the welcome the South gave his sister and said it was important to build on the Olympics-driven momentum for dialogue on the divided peninsula.

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Two Ethnic Groups Sign up to Myanmar's 'Broken' Peace Process

Two armed ethnic groups will sign on to a ceasefire in Myanmar on Tuesday in a ceremony the government hopes will showcase a significant victory for a peace process derided as "broken" by critics.

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French Budget Minister Questioned in Rape Inquiry

French budget minister Gerald Darmanin was questioned by investigators Monday over rape accusations dating back nearly a decade, which he has steadfastly denied, a legal source said.

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Trump Offers Putin Condolences over Plane Crash

U.S. President Donald Trump called his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin on Monday to offer his condolences after a deadly plane crash near Moscow, a White House official told AFP.

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French Trial Opens for Suspected High-Ranking al-Qaida Member

A French-Algerian man suspected of being a ranking al-Qaida member tasked with helping carry out attacks in Europe went on trial Monday in Paris, years after his arrest in Pakistan in 2012.

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