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Laos defence minister killed in plane crash

 A Laotian air force plane with at least 14 people on board crashed on Saturday, a defence ministry source said, and a witness at the site said the defence minister was among the dead. "A Laos air force plane has crashed

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Yemen defence minister escapes assassination bid

Suspected al Qaeda-linked gunmen attacked Yemen's presidential palace on Friday and tried to kill the defence minister in his car, selecting high profile targets in apparent reprisal for the army's biggest push against militants in nearl

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Army chief Sisi ‘to stay on as defence minister’

Egyptian army chief Field Marshal Abdel Fattah al-Sisi will keep his post as defence minister in a new government, an official source said on Wednesday, quashing speculation he was about to announce a widely expected bid for the presidency.

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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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Saudi appoints new deputy defence minister

Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah appointed Prince Salman bin Sultan as deputy defence minister late on Tuesday in a move that strengthens his credentials for future high office in the world's top oil exporter.  

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Saudi King removes deputy defence minister

Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah has removed veteran deputy defence minister Prince Khaled bin Sultan from his post, state media reported on Saturday, the latest move in a reshuffle among princes holding government jobs in the US-allied kingdom.

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Barak says to quit politics

Defence Minister Ehud Barak, a main architect of Israel's policy towards Iran's nuclear programme, said in a surprise announcement on Monday that he was quitting politics and would not run in the January 22 national election.

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Yemen minister escapes assassination bid

Yemen's defence minister escaped an assassination attempt on Tuesday but the car bomb that targeted his motorcade killed at least five bodyguards, government sources said. Witnesses said the explosion took place as Major Gener

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Israel ‘very far’ from decision to attack Iran

Any decision about an Israeli attack on Iran was “very far off” said Israel’s Defence Minister on Wednesday.      Ehud Barak was speaking on Israel's Army Radio ahead of a planned visit this week by US armed forces

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Kuwait defence minister to be named PM?

Kuwait's emir will name outgoing Defence Minister Sheikh Jaber Al-Mubarak Al-Sabah as new prime minister and ask him to form a government, Al Jazeera television and Kuwaiti newspapers reported on Wednesday. The Qatar-based news station

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