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Top US general says

Top US general says "not refuting" reports Russia supplying Taliban

The militants reportedly used rocket-propelled grenades and rifles, and also detonated several suicide vests that were packed with explosives. "Defence Minister Abdullah Habibi and Army Chief of Staff Qadam Shah Shahim stepped down with immediate effect", the presidential palace announced in a post on its Twitter account.


U.S. envoy Nikki Haley says Syria regime change is inevitable

U.S. envoy Nikki Haley says Syria regime change is inevitable

In an exclusive interview with AFP in Damascus - his first since the alleged April 4 attack prompted a USA air strike on Syrian forces - Assad said his army had given up all its chemical weapons and that Syrian military power was not affected by the US strike.


France's CAC 40 set to lead European shares higher (UKX)

France's CAC 40 set to lead European shares higher (UKX)

The May 7 runoff will be between the populist Marine Le Pen and centrist Emmanuel Macron, and French politicians on the moderate left and right immediately urged voters to block Le Pen's path to power. Protesters waved red flags and sang "No Marine and No Macron!" in anger at the results of the first-round election. Emmanuel Macron, the 39-year-old independent who placed first in this year's round, declared that the nation had "discarded" the two once-dominant parties.


Gold Ends Lower As Havens Lose Ground After French Vote

Gold Ends Lower As Havens Lose Ground After French Vote

Le Pen's campaign took aim on Monday at what they see as further weak spots: Macron's previous job as an investment banker and his role as a deregulating economy minister under Hollande. She follows in the footsteps of her father Jean-Marie, who made it through to the 2002 presidential run-off in what was a political quake for France.


Palestinians in Israeli jails hold mass hunger strike

Palestinians in Israeli jails hold mass hunger strike

Israel Prison Service, which "has past experience in dealing with hunger strikes and has the means to contain them", was transferring striking prisoners to separate cell blocks, she said in a statement. "Even though it is one of the most unsafe and hard decisions, they [inmates] are only making this choice because conditions [inside the prisons] have reached a new low", Amina al-Taweel, spokesperson for the Hebron-based Palestinian Prisoners Center for Studies, told Al Jazeera.


Build economy first, then aircraft carriers

Build economy first, then aircraft carriers

Even though its layout is nearly the same, the new carrier features the latest equipment, including a bigger hangar to carry more J-15 fighters and more space on deck for helicopters and other aircraft. The article also slammed India for presenting a negative example by purchasing its first aircraft carrier from the United Kingdom in 1957. China sees the need to have a strong navy in view of maritime disputes such as the South China Sea.