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North Korea replaces soldiers, South Korea awards medals after defector's border dash

SEOUL North Korea has reportedly replaced guards and fortified a section of its border with South Korea where a North Korean soldier defected last week, while South Korean and U.S. soldiers have been decorated for their role in the defector's rescue.

U.S., South Korea to hold joint air force drill in early December

SEOUL The air forces of South Korea and the United States are scheduled to hold a regular joint drill next month, deploying six F-22 Raptor stealth fighters in the exercise, a South Korean defense ministry official said on Friday.

Mitsubishi Materials shares drop after units falsify product data

TOKYO Mitsubishi Materials Corp saw its stock fall as much as 11 percent on Friday after it said three subsidiaries had falsified product data, marking the latest in a series of quality assurance scandals involving Japanese manufacturers.

U.S. Navy halts search for three sailors lost in Philippine Sea air crash

TOKYO A U.S. Navy said it has called off a search for three sailors missing since a transport plane crashed in the Philippines Sea south of Japan on Wednesday enroute to the USS Ronald Reagan aircraft carrier.

Chinese airlines court Cathay pilots facing pay squeeze

SHANGHAI/SINGAPORE Chinese airlines are circling disaffected pilots at Hong Kong's Cathay Pacific Airways , offering sky-high salaries to fill a shortage of experienced captains in a rapidly expanding aviation industry.

Russia likely to reduce troops in Syria before year-end: military chief

SOCHI, Russia The size of Russia's military force in Syria is likely to be significantly reduced and a drawdown could start before the end of the year, the chief of the Russian military general staff said on Thursday.

North Korea's wounded defector 'nice guy', says surgeon

SEOUL North Korea's latest defector, a young soldier known only by his family name Oh, is a quiet, pleasant man who has nightmares about being returned to the North, his surgeon said on Thursday.

Russia likely to reduce forces in Syria before year-end -general

SOCHI, Russia Russia's military forces in Syria are likely to be "substantially" reduced and a drawdown could begin before the end of the year, the head of the Russian general staff, Valery Gerasimov, said on Thursday.

Russian bombers hit Islamic State targets in Syria: RIA

MOSCOW Russia's defense ministry said on Thursday long-range bombers had carried out air strikes on Islamic State targets in Syria's Deir al-Zor province, the RIA news agency reported.

Airbus CEO questioned in Kazakh deal investigation: reports

PARIS French anti-corruption investigators questioned Airbus Chief Executive Tom Enders and three other company executives as witnesses in an investigation centered on the sale of satellites to Kazakhstan in 2010, according to media reports on Thursday.

U.N.'s de Mistura to visit Moscow on Friday: RIA

MOSCOW U.N. special envoy on Syria Staffan de Mistura will visit Moscow on Friday, RIA news agency reported on Thursday, citing Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Gennady Gatilov.