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SEOUL -- South Korea and the United States on Saturday conducted joint air drills near the Korean Peninsula, involving two U.S. strategic bombers, Yonhap news agency reported citing the South Korean Joint Chiefs of Staff.

Two U.S. B-1B Lancer bombers made a sortie over South Korea's air defense identification zone, escorted by South Korean F-35A fighter jets and U.S. F-16 fighters, according to the Yonhap report. (S. Korea-US-Air Drills)

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SOFIA -- Bulgarian authorities have detained five suspects over connection with the deadly bomb attack in Istanbul, the country's prosecution authority said Saturday.

The five detainees were involved in logistics operations after the bomb attack, Siyka Mileva, spokesperson for Bulgaria's prosecutor's office, told local media. (Bulgaria-Istanbul Explosion-Suspects)

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DAMASCUS -- Four soldiers were killed on Saturday by an Israeli missile strike on military sites in central and coastal Syrian areas, the state news agency SANA reported.

The Israeli missile strike launched from the Mediterranean also wounded another and caused material damage, said the report, citing a military source. (Israel-Syria-Missile Attack)

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VLADIVOSTOK -- A gas explosion in a residential building has killed seven, including three children, and injured nine others in the Tymovskoye village of Russia's far eastern Sakhalin region on early Saturday.

Valery Limarenko, governor of the Sakhalin Region, said the rescuers are still searching for another three people. (Gas Explosion-Russia-Death) Enditem

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