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Five policemen killed in attack in north Sinai

CAIRO (Reuters) - At least seven policemen and one civilian were killed in a bomb attack on a checkpoint in the northern Sinai city of al-Arish on Monday, and five of the attackers were also killed, the Egyptian Interior Ministry said.


Iran to expand military spending, develop missiles

DUBAI (Reuters) - Iranian lawmakers approved plans on Monday to expand military spending to five percent of the budget, including developing the country's long-range missile programme which U.S. President-elect Donald Trump has pledged to halt.


Some Gulf Arabs commiserate over Iran's Rafsanjani, Saudi silent

DUBAI (Reuters) - Four Gulf states sent condolences on Monday for former Iranian president Ali Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani, signalling appreciation for a pragmatist who sought regional detente, but there was no immediate word from Riyadh, Tehran's main Gulf Arab adversary.


Turkish army says 48 Islamic State militants killed in Syria on Sunday

ISTANBUL (Reuters) - Turkish-led air and ground operations in Syria killed 48 Islamic State militants on Sunday while Turkish warplanes destroyed 23 buildings and shelters used by the jihadists, Turkey's armed forces said in a statement on Monday.


Monuments to failure

Automatic street toilets, a Taj Mahal-inspired food court, a sophisticated flood warning system and bridges meant for the blind are among the projects in the city that have failed and cost taxpayers millions of ringgit.


U.S. military vows more complex training in Europe to deter Russia

BREMERHAVEN, Germany (Reuters) - The U.S. military on Sunday vowed to increase the scope and complexity of its European training exercises to deter Russian aggression, as more U.S. tanks, trucks and other equipment arrived in Germany for a big buildup on NATO's eastern flank.


Former Pakistan army chief to head Saudi-led military alliance - Pakistani media

ISLAMABAD (Reuters) - Pakistan's recently retired army chief Raheel Sharif has been appointed to lead a new Saudi-military alliance to fight terrorism, Pakistani media have reported.


Trafficker leaves migrants in freezing German motorway car park

BERLIN (Reuters) - A people smuggler left 19 migrants, including five children, at a motorway parking area in freezing temperatures in southern Germany and fled the scene, police said on Sunday.


French military to boost defenses against cyber attacks-minister

PARIS (Reuters) - France is no less vulnerable than the United States to cyber attacks from foreign countries and the French military will boost its resources to defend against them, the French defence minister said on Sunday.


Syrian government decides Aleppo renovation plan - state media

BEIRUT (Reuters) - The Syrian government on Saturday decided a plan of works to restore services, industry and security to the war-ravaged northern city of Aleppo, state media reported.