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Thursday, November 08, 2018

Kremlin says Putin, Trump will speak 'briefly' in Paris this weekend
Russian President Vladimir Putin will speak "briefly" with his US counterpart Donald Trump when they meet in Paris this weekend for World War I centenary events, Putin's advisor Yuri Ushakov said on Wednesday.

"It has been agreed that the leaders of the US and Russia will talk only briefly in Paris, it will be a standing meeting," foreign policy advisor Ushakov said.

Pak, Afghan discuss ways to enhance cooperation for Afghan refugees' repatriation
Pakistan and Afghanistan officials on Wednesday held second meeting of the Refugee Working Group during which they discussed ways for dignified repatriation of Afghan refugees. The two sides held talks under the Afghanistan-Pakistan Action Plan for Peace and Stability (APAPPS) at the Ministry of State and Frontier Regions (SAFRON) in Islamabad.  

Russia marks anniversary of 1941 military parade
Thousands of troops in World War II uniform have marched across Moscow's Red Square in a re-enactment of a historic wartime parade. On November 7, 1941, Red Army soldiers marched directly to the front line during the Battle of Moscow to repel the invading Nazi forces closing in on the Soviet capital. Moscow Mayor Sergei Sobyanin said Wednesday the 1941 parade was "a symbol of courage and faith," paving way for "the first difficult step toward victory over the Nazis."

Egypt court sentences 8 to death for attacking troops
An Egyptian military court has sentenced eight men to death in absentia for their alleged involvement in deadly militant attacks on troops. The court in Ismailia issued life sentences Wednesday to 32 defendants and sentenced another two to 15 years in prison on terror-related charges linked to the killing of at least 14 soldiers. The court acquitted another two defendants. Military prosecutors had accused the defendants of belonging to the Islamic State group and plotting attacks against security forces.

Grenade-shaped belt buckle halts trains in Madrid, Barcelona
A hand grenade-shaped belt buckle in the suitcase of a train passenger triggered major disruptions Wednesday on rail services in Spain's two main cities, prompting station evacuations before police declared the incident a false alarm.

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