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North Korea slams upcoming joint US-South military exercises

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– North Korea warned Sunday that the United States will be “pouring gasoline on fire” by conducting an annual war game in the South next week amid heightened tensions between Pyongyang and Washington. Combative rhetoric between the nations spiked after Pyongyang tested two intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBM) last month that …

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Greece: Immigrants finding refuge in books

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The brightly coloured minivan that pulls into Athens’ food market, drawing a group of refugees around it, is not carrying something edible. The contents – hundreds of books – are there to satisfy a different sort of hunger. For tens of thousands of refugees stuck in Greece for the past …

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Cambridge University Press comes under fire for giving in to Chinese censorship requests

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Cambridge University Press, one of the most respectable and oldest publishing houses has come under fire by academics throughout the world for bowing down to China’s demands of censorship.The press has been accused for agreeing to eliminate politically sensitive articles from its Chinese website. According to the Guardian, the publishing …

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Defence firms eye billion-dollar chance for ‘made in India’

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India has drawn up a shopping list for tens of billions of dollars of foreign fighter jets, armoured vehicles, submarines and helicopters but it will only sign the cheques if they are made in India. The world’s largest defence importer has announced a new policy inviting foreign defence manufacturers to …

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Iraq begins battle to retake Tal Afar, IS bastion near Mosul: PM

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Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi announced early Sunday the start of a battle to retake Tal Afar, a key Northern Iraqi bastion of the Daesh group and one of their last remaining strongholds in the region. The announcement comes a month after the capture by Iraqi forces of second city …

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Israel freezes controversial settlement law

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Israel’s Supreme Court has frozen implementation of a law legalising dozens of Jewish settlements built on private Palestinian land, which the UN labelled a “thick red line”. Court documents seen by AFP Friday show that Judge Neal Hendel issued Thursday an open-ended restraining order suspending a bill passed by parliament …

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Death toll from Sierra Leone floods passes 400

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The death toll from devastating floods in Sierra Leone has passed 400 with 600 people still missing in the stricken capital, the Red Cross said Friday, as Britain promised £5 million in fresh aid. The disaster began on Monday when heavy rains hit the city and the partial collapse of …

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Samurai sword attack outside Taiwan presidential office

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A samurai sword-wielding attacker carrying the national flag of China slashed a military police guard outside Taiwan s presidential office Friday, authorities said. The Taiwanese man who was arrested at the scene said he was expressing his political views and had stolen the sword from a nearby history museum, police …

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Six Vietnamese killed by US-war era bomb

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Six Vietnamese villagers, including three children, were killed Friday when a US war-era bomb exploded in a mountainous area along the country s south central coast, state media reported. Early reports said authorities believe the ordnance detonated after villagers discovered it in their farmland in Khanh Hoa province. “The initial …

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34 nationalities among Spain attack killed and wounded

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The vehicle attacks that killed 14 and wounded over 100 more in a bustling tourist area of Barcelona and another Spanish seaside resort affected people of at least 34 different nationalities. The dead and injured came from countries as varied as France, Venezuela, Australia, Ireland, Peru, Algeria and China.

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