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Moscow begins withdrawal of military equipment from Syria
Moscow begins withdrawal of military equipment from Syria

Russia has begun to withdraw military equipment from Syria, the defence ministry said Tuesday.

Moscow begins withdrawal of military equipment from Syria
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Italy's military cargo transit from Afghanistan ratified by Kazakhstan's Senate

The Upper Chamber of Kazakhstan’s Parliament has ratified the Agreement between the government of Kazakhstan and Italy on transit of military equipment and personnel via Kazakhstan’s territory.

Italy's military cargo transit from Afghanistan ratified by Kazakhstan's Senate
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Italy's military cargo transit from Afghanistan approved by Kazakhstan's lower house

The lower chamber of Kazakhstan’s Parliament has given the thumbs up for Italy to withdraw its military equipment and personnel through the Kazakh territory.

Italy's military cargo transit from Afghanistan approved by Kazakhstan's lower house
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Saudi tests Cadbury chocolate for pork traces

Saudi Arabia has withdrawn Cadbury chocolate bars from the market for tests to ensure the products do not contain traces of pig DNA, after the banned substance was detected in Malaysia.

Saudi tests Cadbury chocolate for pork traces
Russian forces 'gradually withdrawing' from Ukraine
Russian forces 'gradually withdrawing' from Ukraine

Ukraine reported a gradual withdrawal of Russian troops from its border that may be linked to Washington's latest push for a diplomatic solution to the worst East-West standoff since the Cold War.

Russian forces 'gradually withdrawing' from Ukraine
Canada threatens to pull Commonwealth funding
Canada threatens to pull Commonwealth funding

Canada's Prime Minister Stephen Harper has threatened to withdraw funding for the Commonwealth in an escalating row over rights abuses by Sri Lanka ahead of a summit next month.

Canada threatens to pull Commonwealth funding
Representatives for Veenzuela, lawyers Luis Britto (L), German Saltron (C) and Manuel Galindo attend the public hearing for the case Brewer Carias vs Venezuela in the Inter-American Court of Human Rig
Venezuela quits regional human rights court

Venezuela withdrew from a regional human rights court on Tuesday, fulfilling the wishes of late president Hugo Chavez to the dismay of activists who fear the state may commit abuses.

Venezuela quits regional human rights court
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Afghan customs fines hike cost of US military pullout

A customs dispute between the Afghan and US governments has disrupted the withdrawal of American military equipment, dramatically inflating the cost of the drawdown.

Afghan customs fines hike cost of US military pullout
US considering speeding up Afghan pullout: report
US considering speeding up Afghan pullout: report

The United States is seriously considering speeding up the withdrawal of its forces from Afghanistan because of frustration with President Hamid Karzai.

US considering speeding up Afghan pullout: report
Kerry looks to ease India concerns on Afghanistan
Kerry looks to ease India concerns on Afghanistan

Secretary of State John Kerry will Monday try to ease India's concerns about the impending withdrawal of US troops from war-torn Afghanistan as he embraces a greater role for the regional power.

Kerry looks to ease India concerns on Afghanistan
Afghan forces take over security from NATO
Afghan forces take over security from NATO

Afghan forces took control of security across the country on Tuesday, marking a major milestone as US-led combat troops prepare to withdraw after 12 years of fighting the Taliban.

Afghan forces take over security from NATO
US demands Hezbollah withdraw from Syria
US demands Hezbollah withdraw from Syria

The United States demanded the immediate withdrawal of Hezbollah fighters from Syria on Wednesday, saying their active role in combat there was an "extremely dangerous escalation."

US demands Hezbollah withdraw from Syria
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Kurdish rebels to begin critical pullout from Turkey

Kurdish rebels are due to begin their much-anticipated withdrawal from Turkey into their stronghold in northern Iraq on Wednesday, a major step towards ending a decades-long conflict that has left tens of thousands dead.

Kurdish rebels to begin critical pullout from Turkey
India, China begin withdrawing troops from border
India, China begin withdrawing troops from border

India and China have starting withdrawing troops from a disputed area in the Himalayas to resolve a row that has strained ties between the nuclear-armed neighbours.

India, China begin withdrawing troops from border
Concerns over African force in Mali grow as France withdraws
Concerns over African force in Mali grow as France withdraws

As France begins withdrawing its troops from Mali, a top US defence official has said a UN-mandated African force was "incapable" of taking over the battle against Islamist extremists.

Concerns over African force in Mali grow as France withdraws
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New Zealand troops begin withdrawal from Afghanistan

New Zealand troops began their withdrawal from Afghanistan Friday, with the lowering of the flag for the last time at their base in Bamiyan to mark the end of a 10-year involvement in the war.

New Zealand troops begin withdrawal from Afghanistan
US says kit removal from Afghanistan to cost $5-6 bn
US says kit removal from Afghanistan to cost $5-6 bn

The US operation to remove military hardware and vehicles from Afghanistan as troops withdraw after 12 years of war will cost between five and six billion dollars.

US says kit removal from Afghanistan to cost $5-6 bn
Ikea pulls meatballs from Europe stores as horsemeat found
Ikea pulls meatballs from Europe stores as horsemeat found

Swedish furniture giant Ikea has withdrawn its own-label meatballs from sale in at least 16 European countries after Czech authorities found horsemeat in the product.

Ikea pulls meatballs from Europe stores as horsemeat found
Afghan leader orders US special forces out of province
Afghan leader orders US special forces out of province

Afghanistan's president has ordered US special forces out of a strategic province over allegations of torture and murder by Afghans working with them.

Afghan leader orders US special forces out of province
NATO to bid farewell to Panetta, seeks new military chief
NATO to bid farewell to Panetta, seeks new military chief

US Defence Secretary Leon Panetta will get a fond farewell from his NATO colleagues at a two-day meeting beginning Thursday.

NATO to bid farewell to Panetta, seeks new military chief