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South Korea Agrees to Pay More for US Troops

MOSCOW-Tommy Yang: Seoul agreed to demands from Washington to share more of the cost for maintaining the US forces stationed in South Korea because the option remains cheaper than boosting its own defence spending to cover the deterrence capabilities the US military presence offers, experts told Sputnik. On Sunday, top ...

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Spain may hold snap parliamentary election on April 14

MOSCOW: Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez is considering the option of holding parliamentary election on 14 April, a year earlier than initially planned, state-owned EFE news agency reported on Monday, citing sources in the government. If this date is chosen, the law states that the government will have to dissolve ...

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NATO, Macedonia sign accession protocol

BRUSSELS: Skopje gained the opportunity to join the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation after the Lake Prespa Agreement with Athens, which aimed to resolve the name dispute between two countries. All 29 NATO countries and Macedonia signed the accession protocol in Brussels. “The signing of the protocol opens the ratification process, and I ...

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Russia ‘closely cooperating’ with Pakistan in fight against terrorism

MOSCOW on Friday reiterated that it is “closely cooperating” with Islamabad in the fight against terrorism and negotiating a political settlement in Afghanistan, reported Radio Pakistan. Russian Foreign Ministry’s Spokesperson Maria Zhakharova made the comments during a weekly briefing and added that both countries share common concerns regarding the momentum ...

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Italian economy enters technical recession

ROME: The Italian economy contracted 0.2 percent in the fourth quarter of 2018 quarter-on-quarter, and the country has entered a technical recession, with its economy reaching the lowest level over the past five years, the Italian National Institute of Statistics (Istat) revealed. Italy’s GDP has been falling for two quarters ...

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