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Turkey hails Pompeo comments over defence against 'terrorists'

Turkey hails Pompeo comments over defence against 'terrorists'Turkey on Saturday welcomed the latest statement made by Washington’s top diplomat over Ankara’s right to defend itself from “terrorists” after the US withdraws from Syria. “We find correct his statement about the removal of the elements that concern Turkey,” Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said in a speech in the southern Turkish province of Antalya. Cavusoglu spoke on the phone Saturday with US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, who was in Abu Dhabi as part of a regional tour, and they discussed “the steps that need to be taken” in Syria, he said.



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Trump tweets incorrect immigrant crime statistics in defence of Mexico border wall

Trump tweets incorrect immigrant crime statistics in defence of Mexico border wallDonald Trump has tweeted incorrect criminal statistics on immigration in as effort to support his border wall and publicly pressure Democrats to hand over $ 5.6bn (£4.4bn) for its construction.



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US Syria withdrawal must be done with allies' defence 'assured': Bolton

US Syria withdrawal must be done with allies' defence 'assured': BoltonUS President Donald Trump’s national security adviser said Sunday during a visit to Israel that the American withdrawal from Syria must be done with the defence of allies “assured”. “We’re going to be discussing the president’s decision to withdraw, but to do so from northeast Syria in a way that makes sure that ISIS is defeated and is not able to revive itself and become a threat again,” John Bolton said when meeting Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Jerusalem.



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French defence minister in Jordan to visit troops fighting IS

French defence minister in Jordan to visit troops fighting ISFrance’s defence minister arrived in Jordan on Monday to visit troops battling the Islamic State group, showing Paris’s determination to continue the fight after a shock US decision to withdraw from Syria. After a stopover in Amman, where Florence Parly is set to meet with Jordanian Prime Minister Omar al-Razzaz, she is expected to visit the H5 airbase from which French fighter jets take off for sorties against the jihadists. The minister’s last-minute trip to Jordan comes on the heels of US President Donald Trump’s surprise decision in mid-December to pull out all 2,000 American troops stationed in Syria, saying “we’ve won” against IS.



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UK defence minister says he has grave concerns about Huawei: Times

UK defence minister says he has grave concerns about Huawei: TimesBritish Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson said he had “grave concerns” about Chinese company Huawei providing technology for Britain’s planned 5G telecoms networks, the Times newspaper reported on Thursday. Huawei, the world’s biggest producer of telecoms equipment, is facing intense scrutiny in the West over its ties to the Chinese government and concerns its equipment could be used by Beijing for spying. Williamson said a closer examination of security threats was needed before Huawei could be allowed to participate in the upgrade of Britain’s mobile network, becoming the first senior British minister to have aired such concerns, the Times said.



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Israeli defence minister quits: What you need to know

Israeli defence minister quits: What you need to knowIsraeli Defence Minister Avigdor Lieberman announced his resignation on Wednesday, leaving the future of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s government uncertain. Why did Lieberman resign? Lieberman has long called for harsh action against the Palestinian Islamist movement Hamas, which runs the Gaza Strip, and has recently made clear he disagrees with Netanyahu’s strategy.



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China's defence minister to visit Washington: Mattis

China's defence minister to visit Washington: MattisUS Defence Secretary Jim Mattis said Saturday his Chinese counterpart Wei Fenghe would visit Washington next week, following tensions between the two powers. “I would just point out that (our) strategic competition does not imply hostility,” Mattis said at a Middle East security conference in Bahrain, in response to a question about tensions. “I have met with my counterpart in Beijing a month ago, I have met with him again in Singapore a week ago.



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Khashoggi killing undermines stability in the Middle East, warns US Defence Secretary Jim Mattis

Khashoggi killing undermines stability in the Middle East, warns US Defence Secretary Jim MattisUS Defence Secretary Jim Mattis warned the killing of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi threatened the stability of alliances in the Middle East, as the kingdom’s foreign minister claimed the ongoing global outcry had become “hysterical”. Speaking at a conference in Bahrain on Saturday, Mr Mattis said Washington would take “additional measures” against those found responsible.



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'Active shooter' in Virginia puts major defence company building on lockdown

'Active shooter' in Virginia puts major defence company building on lockdownPolice are investigating reports of reports of an “active shooter” at a defence company General Dynamics in Portsmouth, Virginia. The call was received earlier in the day fro a security guard on site and Portsmouth police have called for people to stay clear of the area. Police are investigating a report of an active shooter at 2 Harper Ave. Dispatch received the 911 call at 1146am.



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Russia, India to sign deal on S-400 air defence systems this week: Kremlin

Russia, India to sign deal on S-400 air defence systems this week: KremlinRussian President Vladimir Putin will oversee the signing of a $ 5 billion deal this week to supply Delhi with S-400 air defence systems, a top Kremlin aide said on Tuesday ahead of Putin’s trip to India. “The president is leaving for India on October 4,” Putin’s top foreign policy aide Yury Ushakov told reporters. “The key feature of this visit will be the signing of the agreement to deliver S-400 air defence systems,” he said.



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