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Russian forces build up in north Syria

Some 300 military police from the Russian region of Chechnya and 20 armoured vehicles have joined other Russian forces near Turkey's border with Syria under a deal between Ankara and Moscow, Russia said Friday. The Russian build-up comes after US forces left the area, though some US units have stayed to guard oil fields. It also bodes ill for German plans to send an international peacekeeping mission to the region.

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Commission chief under fire for Croatia campaign video

EU Commission president Ursula von der Leyen recorded a video in support of Croatia's ruling party, which the EU executive said was in her "personal capacity" - and admits it was a "mistake" that this was not made clear.

Parliament vaping booths 'too confidential' to discuss

The European Parliament is refusing to disclose documents on an internal debate on whether to set up e-cigarette smoking booths at its premises in Strasbourg and Brussels, posing questions on how it handles transparency on relatively minor issues.

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