S. Korea’s Moon heads to US as North threat grows Monday, June 26th, 2017

SEOUL, (AFP): South Korea's dovish new President Moon Jae-In -- who backs engagement with the nuclear-armed North -- heads to Washington this week for talks with his hawkish US counterpart Donald Trump, as Pyongyang defies international sanctions to accelerate its missile programme.  Centre-left..

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146 killed in Pakistan oil tanker fire, parliamentarian confirms Sunday, June 25th, 2017

ISLAMABAD, (Xinhua): At least 146 people were killed and over 120 others injured in an oil tanker fire that happened in the eastern Punjab province of Pakistan on Sunday morning, said a local politician.  Makhdoom Ali Hussain, a member of Pakistan's lower house National Assembly from the district..

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120 killed, over 100 injured in Pakistan oil tanker fire

ISLAMABAD, (Xinhua): At least 120 people were killed and over 100 others injured in an oil tanker fire that broke out in Pakistan's eastern Punjab province on Sunday morning, said hospital sources. Dr. Aurangzeb, Medical Superintendent of Victoria Hospital in Bahawalpur, a district in Punjab..

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Philippine military declares Eid truce in war-torn city

MARAWI, Philippines, (AFP): The Philippine military declared an eight-hour ceasefire Sunday in its offensive against Islamist militants occupying parts of the war-torn city of Marawi, to allow residents to celebrate the end of Ramadan.  Assaults backed by air and artillery bombardment stopped at..

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UK Parliament Under Cyber Attack Saturday, June 24th, 2017

LONDON, (AFP): British lawmakers on Saturday said they were unable to access their e-mail accounts remotely as parliament's security team battled against a cyber attack. Liberal Democrat lawmaker Chris Rennard tweeted that there was a "cyber security attack on Westminster; Parliamentary e-mails..

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North Korea Releases US Student Held For 17 Months Tuesday, June 13th, 2017

WASHINGTON, (REUTERS): North Korea has released Otto Warmbier, a U.S. university student held captive there for 17 months, U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said on Tuesday. Warmbier, 22, a University of Virginia student from suburban Cincinnati, was on his way back to the United States,..

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China Launches Record-Breaking Drone Swarm Monday, June 12th, 2017

BEIJING: China has launched a swarm of 119 fixed-wing unmanned aerial vehicles, breaking the previous record of a swarm of 67 drones, authorities said today. According to the China Electronics Technology Group Corporation (CETC), "swarm intelligence" is regarded as the core of artificial..

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Al-Jazeera Says Battling Cyber Attack

DOHA, (AFP): Qatar-based broadcaster Al-Jazeera said Thursday that it was under a widescale cyber attack which had targeted "all systems", according to a statement released on social media by the broadcaster. "Al Jazeera Media Network under cyber attack on all systems, websites & social media..

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Threat Of Asteroid Impact Looming Over Earth: Experts Thursday, June 8th, 2017

LONDON, (PTI): The risk of a sizeable asteroid hitting the Earth is significantly growing every few years, warn Czech scientists who analysed 144 fireballs from a recent meteor shower. The Taurid meteor shower showed significantly enhanced activity in 2015. Researchers found that this was due to a..

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8 Cops Fired 50 Bullets To Stop London Attackers: Police Chief Sunday, June 4th, 2017

LONDON, (REUTERS): Eight police officers fired an unprecedented number of bullets to stop three attackers in London who appeared to be suicide bombers wearing explosive vests, Britain's counter-terrorism police chief said on Sunday. The three attackers drove a hired van into pedestrians on London..

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At Least 15 Killed In Blast At Cemetery In Afghan Capital Kabul Saturday, June 3rd, 2017

KABUL, (AFP): At least 15 people were killed and wounded as explosions rocked the funeral of an Afghan politician's son who died during an anti-government protest over spiralling insecurity in Kabul, raising tensions in a city already on edge. Witnesses reported three explosions at the burial site..

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Nepal To Elect New Prime Minister On Sunday

KATHMANDU: Following the resignation of Pushpa Kamal Dahal 'Prachanda' after a brief stint of nine months, Nepal is set to elect a new prime minister on Sunday. The Secretariat of the Legislature-Parliament has published the election schedule for the post of prime minister. As per the schedule,..

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Zimbabwe: Mugabe Resigns, Mnangagwa To Be Next President – OpEd Thursday, November 23rd, 2017

Zimbabwean president Robert Mugabe has resigned after 37 years in power. He resigned in a letter sent to parliament as it began impeachment proceedings. His ally turned..