Germany to revisit Saudi arms embargo in two months, sources say

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BERLIN (Reuters) – German industry’s voluntary halt in previously authorized arms shipments to Saudi Arabia after the killing of a journalist at the Saudi consulate in Turkey is slated to last until mid-January, industry sources said on Friday. It was not immediately clear whether the halt in deliveries would be extended again or whether the
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Image copyright akhbor.com Image caption Tajik men aged 18-27 are eligible for the draft The Tajik army has completed its autumn conscription campaign in record time, amid reports of men being forced to join up – including a 62-year-old out for an evening stroll. Spokesman Orif Nozimiyon told the ASIA-Plus news site that the draft
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PARIS (Reuters) – French retailers warned after days of unrest over fuel taxes on Friday that prolonged protests could spoil the Christmas shopping season and threaten jobs, while President Emmanuel Macron showed no sign of backing down. FILE PHOTO: People wearing yellow vests, a symbol of a French drivers’ protest against higher fuel prices, block
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MOSCOW (Reuters) – The Kremlin guard service said on Friday that two helicopters spotted by residents taking off near Moscow’s Red Square in broad daylight carrying armed figures on a platform was just part of a routine drill. The surreal spectacle prompted discussion online as to whether the Kremlin’s security forces were practising for the
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PRAGUE (Reuters) – The Czech government on Friday survived a parliamentary vote of no-confidence called by the opposition to dismiss centre-left Prime Minister Andrej Babis over a fraud investigation. The motion fell short of the 101 needed in the 200-seat lower house, according to Reuters vote count. The result was expected after the centre-left Social
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YANGON (Reuters) – Groups representing journalists and lawyers in Myanmar handed a letter to the country’s president on Friday outlining their concerns over the jailing of two Reuters reporters convicted of breaking state secrets laws. FILE PHOTO: Reuters journalist Wa Lone departs Insein court after his verdict announcement in Yangon, Myanmar, September 3, 2018. REUTERS/Ann
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Afghan National Army (ANA) soldiers stand guard at the gate of an army base after a suicide blast in Khost province, Afghanistan November 23, 2018. REUTERS/Stringer KABUL (Reuters) – A suicide blast at a mosque in an army base in eastern Afghanistan on Friday killed at least 26 people and wounded 50, security officials in
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CAIRO (Reuters) – Iran’s Revolutionary Guards have detained a Saudi Arabian fishing boat and arrested its crew, the Iranian Mizan news agency, which covers the judiciary, said on Friday. A local official at the Iranian port city of Bushehr told Mizan that the reason for the detention was under investigation. He did not elaborate on
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MADRID (Reuters) – Spain has a commitment from Britain to support the inclusion of clarifications on the status of Gibraltar in the Brexit package, Spanish Secretary of State for the European Union Luis Marco Aguiriano said on Friday outside a meeting in Brussels. Spain wants to see that commitment from Britain in writing before Sunday’s
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Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov listens to a question during a news conference at the foreign ministry in Madrid, Spain, November 6, 2018. REUTERS/Sergio Perez ROME (Reuters) – Russia would be ready to host a meeting between Palestinians and Israel and to act as a mediator, Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Friday. Lavrov was
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