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Lost in Spelling: Two US Marines Mistype Liechtenstein, Get Lost in Germany

Two US marines have got lost in Germany: they misspelled the name of Liechtenstein country and ended up a small town of Lichtenstein in German Saxony, some 600 km north-east from their target; the officers were rescued by the head of the town’s Doll and Toy Museum, who drove then to a train station and sent to Liechtenstein’s capital Vaduz.

Turkish Army Conducts Airstrikes in Syria, Kills 25 PKK, PYD Fighters

The airstrikes of the Turkish Air Force in northern Syria claimed the lives of 25 fighters of the Syrian Kurdish Democratic Union Party (PYD) and the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), according to local media.

Target Audience: Who is France Selling Military Equipment to?

Rights activists have accused Paris of exporting military equipment to countries that target civilians, according to the investigation website Mediapart.

Tornado Sweeps Along Russian Black Sea Resort

The twister was apparently hovering in the vicinity of the city's residential areas for about half an hour before dispersing.

Turkey Lifts Ban on Police Hijabs After Green Light From Canadian & Scots Cops

Following announcements by police authorities in Canada and Scotland which allow Muslim women to wear a hijab as part of their uniform, the Turkish authorities have lifted a ban on police wearing a headscarf on duty.

Iraqi Foreign Ministry Urges Saudi Arabia to Change Ambassador to Baghdad

The Iraqi Foreign Ministry asks its colleagues from Saudi Arabia to replace the kingdom's ambassador in Baghdad, according to officail statement.

Swiss Defense Minister Says Terror Menace in Country on Rise

Swiss Defense Minister Guy Parmelin stated that it is clear that the threat of attacks has increased in Switzerland.

Russia Relocates Airborne, Marine Troops to Crimea as Part of Snap Inspection

Russian Defense Ministry said that Russia has repositioned its airborne troops and marines to ranges located in Crimea and the Krasnodar Territory in the country's south as part of the ongoing snap combat readiness inspections.

Russian Journalist Found Shot Dead in Kiev Apartment

Alexander Shchetinin, Russian journalist and a head of an online media outlet, was found shot dead in an apartment in the city of Kiev, Ukraine's capital, according to local police.

On Stand-By: Russia Successfully Updates Its Missile Approach Warning System

Russia is making great progress in developing its missile approach warning system, according to Mikhail Hodoryonok, a military expert writing for the news website

Will the US Flood Global Markets With Shale Fuel as Promised?

Recent reports suggest that some US shale drillers might be returning to the oil patch, boosting spending on new wells as the price of crude rises to $50 per barrel; Russian experts, however, believe that their success is not as big as is being portrayed, and the recent activity of some shale producers is “just the usual fuss.”

Indonesian Police Detain Alleged Daesh Follower Trying to Blow Indonesian Church

Indonesian law enforcement officers on Sunday detained an alleged follower of the Daesh terrorist group, during his attempt to carry out a suicide bombing in a Catholic church, a spokesman for the country's National Police said.

EU Border Agency Plans 'Stress Test' as Italy Sees Surge of Migrants

European Union border management agency Frontex has agreed with several European countries to carry out a "stress test" of border control in the EU, German newspaper Welt am Sonntag reported.

At Least 28 Prisoners Escape After Attack on Philippine Jail

At least 28 prisoners of Philippines' Lanao Del Sur provincial jail escaped after the prison was attacked by a group of extremists, local media reported Sunday.

China Launches Freight Train Route From Guangzhou to Russia's Kaluga Region

Chinese authorities on Sunday launched a freight train route from country's southern city of Guangzhou to Russia's central Kaluga Region, local media reported.

Syria Doomed to Failed State Status Amid 'Huge Power Vacuum' If Assad Removed

If President Assad is removed from power, it will create a huge power vacuum in the country which will be instantly filled with jihadist groups; they will foul up the county and it will remain a failed state for decades, according to Gunter Meyer, a German political scientist and one of Europe’s leading experts on the Middle East.

At Least 10 Killed, Over 30 Injured in China Bus Accident

According to media reports, at least 10 people were killed and 32 were injured in a Sunday bus accident in southern China.

UK Increases Spending to Protect NPPs From Terror Attacks

The United Kingdom allocates additional funding to the protection of country's nuclear power plants (NPP) from potential terror attacks, local media reported Sunday.

Scientists Hope Octopus-Inspired 'Octobot' Will One Day Explore the Human Body

The world's first completely soft robot is a prototype for robots which are gentle enough to work closely with living biological organisms, Michael Wehner of Harvard University, one of the scientists involved in the project, told Radio Sputnik.

Turkey's Gripe With Cleric Gulen Doesn't 'Warrant Extradition' Without Evidence

The issue of sending Fethullah Gulen to Turkey to face trial should be addressed within the framework of existing US law, according to Dr. Alp Aslandogan, executive director of the Alliance for Shared Values, a non-profit organization supporting the Islamic cleric.

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