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Germany To Increase Defense Spending, But Legacy Also Important: Foreign Minister

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Germany will increase its defense spending in the coming years as promised to NATO allies, but the government should also keep its military history and fears among European neighbors in mind, Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel said on Wednesday.

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Syrian Army Takes District Near Aleppo: Monitor, Media Unit

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The Syrian army and its allies took a small district on the outskirts of Aleppo from rebels on Wednesday, a war monitor and a military media unit run by Damascus ally Hezbollah said.

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Kremlin Says Not In Talks With U.S. On Timing Of Putin-Trump Meeting

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Moscow and Washington are not currently holding talks on possible dates for a first meeting between Russian President Vladimir Putin and U.S. President Donald Trump, Kremlin aide Yuri Ushakov said on Wednesday.

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UK Court Rules S'pore Woman's Kids Be Given Up For Adoption

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A woman from Singapore, who was in financial difficulty with her husband, had two of her children taken away from her and placed in foster care while she was living in Britain.

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China Finishing South China Sea Buildings That Could House Missiles

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China, in an early test of U.S. President Donald Trump, has nearly finished building almost two dozen structures on artificial islands in the South China Sea that appear designed to house long-range surface-to-air missiles, two U.S. officials told Reuters.

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Malaysia Names North Korean Diplomat Wanted For Questioning In Murder Case

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Malaysian police on Wednesday named a North Korean diplomat along with a state airline official who are wanted for questioning over the murder of Kim Jong Nam, the estranged half-brother of North Korea's leader.

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In Bavarian Town, Syrian Sisters Get To Grips With Germany's Freedoms

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More than a year ago, Mayar and Nawar Ballish escaped car bomb attacks in Damascus. Now the Syrian sisters, both students in their twenties, go to school by train past neat gardens and farms in the quiet hills of Bavaria, southern Germany.

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Flooding Forces Hundreds From Homes In San Jose, California

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Murky, waist-high floodwaters swamped neighborhoods along a rain-swollen creek in the northern California city of San Jose on Tuesday, prompting authorities to issue evacuation orders or advisories for more than 1,000 homes, city officials said.

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Taiwan Reduces Reliance On Mainland Chinese Tourists

Beijing's attempt to punish Taiwan by throttling tourism from the mainland hasn't made much impact. Taiwan set a new tourism record last year by successfully courting visitors from the rest of Asia.

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French Presidential Candidate Macron Tells London Expats To Return After Brexit

The centrist French presidential candidate Emmanuel Macron also met with Prime Minister Theresa May during his visit to the British capital. His campaign rally attracted 2,000 French voters living in London.

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