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Ukraine disbands army unit after fiasco push into east

Kiev—Ukraine on Thursday disbanded an army unit that lost six armoured vehicles to pro-Russian militants, as Kiev’s military reeled from a disastrous attempt to oust separatists in its eastern regions. “The 25th parachute brigade, members of which showed cowardice and gave up their weapons, will be demobilised and the guilty servicemen brought before court,” acting President Oleksandr Turchynov told parliament.

Turkish president rules out role swap with Erdogan

Ankara—Turkey’s president appeared to rule himself out as a potential future prime minister on Friday, saying a “Putin-Medvedev model” under which he might swap roles with Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan was not suitable for Turkey.

Iran says will firmly deter any attacks as military displays might

Ankara—Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said the Islamic Republic had the might to deter any attacks as its military displayed a range of drones and missiles at an annual parade in Tehran, state television reported on Friday.

14 killed in car bombing in Homs

Beirut—A powerful car bomb exploded Friday outside a mosque in a pro-government district of central Syria, killing 14 peoples, state-run Syrian television reported. The area, populated mainly by Alawites, members of President Bashar Assad’s minority sect, repeatedly has been targeted by car bombs in recent months. Opposition activists also reported the blast. The Syrian Observatory for Human rights said the explosion killed at least nine people, adding that the number likely would rise because many of the wounded were in critical condition.

Arvind Kejriwal’s five blunders

Rajeev Sharma

ARVIND Kejriwal had waded into the now-ongoing Indian general elections with his eyes set on the moon. But the writing on the wall is that the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leader will have to content himself with a few pebbles accidentally washed ashore for him. Kejriwal will be the biggest loser of the Indian elections. The formal confirmation will come on May 16 when the votes are counted after the 9-phase marathon poll process, which started on April 7, comes to an end on May 12.

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