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GM to recall 26,000 vehicles from Saudi market

General Motors Middle East is set to recall 26,637 vehicles from the Saudi Arabian market for defects, said a report.   The defects are described to be different from the ones that appeared in the vehicles sold i

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Former Syrian minister defects; in Turkey

Former Syrian Defence Minister General Ali Habib, a prominent member of President Bashar al-Assad's Alawite sect, has defected and is now in Turkey, a senior member of the opposition Syrian National Coalition told Reuters on Wednesday.

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Blow to Assad as army general, 20 soldiers defect

A brigadier general and about 20 soldiers defected from the Syrian army in two separate incidents on Saturday, activists said, in another sign that the strength of President Bashar al-Assad's armed forces is diminishing. Briga

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Syrian army officer defects with soldiers

A Syrian military official has defected in protest at a government crackdown on months of demonstrations against President Bashar al-Assad's rule, footage on Al Jazeera English's website showed on Saturday. Flanked by soldiers brandishing

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Gaddafi's former No 2 defects say Libya rebels

Muammar Gaddafi's former right-hand man, Abdel Salam Jalloud, has defected to rebel-held territory in Libya's Western Mountains, a rebel spokesman said.  Jalloud was a member of the junta that staged a 1969 coup bringing Gaddafi to po

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Philippines embassy awaits word on workers ban

Diplomats were awaiting official word on whether a ban on new Filipino recruits coming to Bahrain had been lifted. It follows a report by the state-run Philippines News Agency, which said the ban had been lifted for new hires as well as wo

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Libya’s foreign minister defects

Libyan Foreign Minister Moussa Koussa, one of Muammar Gaddafi's closest advisers and a former spy chief, defected and flew to Britain on Wednesday in protest at attacks by Gaddafi forces on civilians, a friend said. A British government so

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Iranian nuclear scientist defects to US

An Iranian nuclear scientist who has been missing since June has defected to the US and is helping the CIA, ABC news reported on Tuesday. Citing unnamed sources briefed on the defection, the network said Shahram Amiri, a nuclear physicist

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