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Turkey to purchase Russian missile system

By: RFE/RL Source: RFE/RL Turkey’s president has said his country will proceed with plans to purchase the advanced S-400 air-defense system from Russia despite pressure from the United States to scrap the deal. “We made the S-400 deal with Russia, so it is out of the question for us to turn back,” President Recep Tayyip Erdogan told journalists in Ankara on February 16. U.S. officials had given NATO-member Turkey an informal deadline of February 15 to respond to a rival U.S. offer to purchase a Patriot missile-defense system for $3.5 billion. Erdogan said Turkey was still open to purchasing the Patriot systems, but Washington has said it would withdraw the offer if Turkey...

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Saudi sends first communications satellite into orbit

By: MENAFN Source: MENAFN RIYADH, Feb 6, (KUNA): Saudi Arabia’s first communication satellite (SGS-1) has been launched successfully from Guiana Space Centre in French Guiana on the northeast coast of South America on Tuesday. An Ariane 5 rocket put the satellite into orbit, the Saudi Press Agency (SPA) reported this evening, citing a statement by King Abdul-Aziz City for Science and Technology (KACST). Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman bin Abdul-Aziz signed the fi- nal piece of satellite before its launch with the words, ‘above the clouds.’ Minister of Energy, Industry and Mineral Resources Khaled bin Abdul- Aziz Al-Falih hailed the event as ‘a spectacular...

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Concern as Israel bars monitoring group from Hebron

By: AFP Source: The Daily Star RAMALLAH, Palestine: Palestinian and European officials expressed concern and regret Wednesday over Israel’s decision not to renew the mandate of an international monitoring group in the occupied West Bank city of Hebron. The Temporary International Presence in Hebron (TIPH) was established after a massacre of Palestinians in 1994. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced Monday he would not extend its mandate, accusing it of bias. The Palestinians labeled the move a “green light” for Israeli settlers in the city to carry out abuses. “I think nations should stand tall against this,” PLO secretary general Saeb Erekat...

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