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JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Israel plans to decriminalise personal marijuana use, Internal Security Minister Gilad Erdan said on Thursday, adopting an approach similar to some U.S. states and European countries.
DOHA (Reuters) - Qatar, a backer of rebels fighting Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, welcomed U.S. President Donald Trump's pledge to order safe zones in Syria, a foreign ministry official was quoted as saying by state news agency QNA on Thursday.
DUBAI (Reuters) - Already suffering grievously under nearly two years of civil war, many thousands of Yemeni state workers now face destitution as their salaries have gone largely unpaid for months.
HAMBURG (Reuters) - More than 15,000 turkeys were being culled on Thursday after the new bird flu subtype H5N5 was confirmed on a north German farm, authorities said, adding to concerns about the spread of different strains of the disease.
PUTRAJAYA: Budget constraints are not an excuse for failing to carry out programmes and projects meant to improve the livelihood of the people.
ISTANBUL (Reuters) - Turkey's foreign ministry said Greece was protecting coup plotters and failing in the fight against terrorism after the Greek Supreme Court ruled on Thursday against the extradition of eight Turkish soldiers wanted over an attempted putsch.
ABU DHABI/MOSCOW (Reuters) - A deal struck in October for Syria to buy one million tonnes of wheat from its ally Russia to prevent bread shortages in government-held areas has not been fulfilled and may never be, Syrian and Russian government sources said.
ATHENS/ANKARA (Reuters) - Greece's Supreme Court ruled against the extradition of eight Turkish soldiers who fled to Greece in July after a failed coup attempt in Turkey, a decision which angered Ankara and further strained relations between the two neighbours.
MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russian and Turkish jets carried out air strikes on Islamic State targets near the Syrian town of al-Bab on Thursday, Interfax news agency cited the Russian Defence Ministry as saying.
BEIJING: China is stepping up preparedness for a possible military conflict with the US as the Donald Trump presidency has increased the risk of hostilities breaking out, state media and military observers said.