In this Monday, May 5, 2008 file photo Russian army S-300 air defense missiles move during a final rehearsal of Victory Day parade at Red Square, with St. Basil Cathedral, right in the background, in Moscow. President Vladimir Putin said Tuesday, June 4, 2013 that Russia hasn't yet fulfilled a contract to send sophisticated S-300 air defense missile systems to Syria to avoid tilting the balance of power in the region. Russian officials have acknowledged that Moscow signed a deal for the delivery of the powerful missiles a few years ago, but have been coy about whether any of them have been delivered. (AP Photo/Sergey Ponomarev, File)

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Russia’s Justice Ministry says it has shut the nation’s top independent election monitoring group for failing to register as a “foreign agent” under a controversial Kremlin law.…
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The New England Patriots released tight end Aaron Hernandez on Wednesday “following his arrest in the investigation of a homicide” last week in North Attleboro, Mass., the team announced in a statement.…
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France makes room for UN troops in northern Mali

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Taliban clash with Afghan police at security post

Afghan national police say they clashed with Taliban fighters in the northern province of Baghlan in a gunbattle that left at least two police officers and two militants dead.…