Beijing holds successful missile defense test

AFP 02/06/2018

CHINA said Tuesday it successfully conducted a test of a ground-based missile defense system amid rising tensions on the Korean peninsula. Concern over a potential conflict with nuclear-armed North Korea is growing following a series of bellicose…

Reading returns to Iraq’s post-jihadist Mosul

AFP 02/04/2018

Literary cafes, poetry readings and pavement bookstalls – Mosul’s cultural scene is back in business, months after Iraqi forces ousted the Islamic State (IS)group from the city following three years of jihadist rule. At the “Book Forum”…

WWII bomb defused in Hong Kong after thousands evacuated

AFP 02/01/2018

A wartime bomb was defused in Hong Kong on Thursday after forcing a busy commercial district into lockdown, with roads closed and thousands evacuated from surrounding shops, hotels and offices. It was the second time within a…

Official: Kabul hotel attack killed 40 people

AFP 01/25/2018

At least 40 people were killed in the attack on Kabul’s luxury Intercontinental Hotel during the weekend, official figures showed yesterday — almost double the earlier toll released by Afghan authorities. “The final death toll (among Afghans)…

Fake medicines flourish in Africa

AFP 01/17/2018

There’s nothing covert about Roxy – a huge market in Abidjan selling counterfeit medicine, the scourge of Africa and the cause of around 100,000 deaths annually on the world’s poorest continent. Located in the bustling Adjame quarter…

Kids chained in house of horrors; parents arrested

AP 01/16/2018

PERRIS, California — A 17-year-old girl called police after escaping from her family’s home where she and her 12 brothers and sisters were locked up in filthy conditions. Some of them were so malnourished that police officers…

Iran rejects change to nuke deal

AFP 01/13/2018

Iran yesterday rejected any modification of its nuclear deal with world powers after US President Donald Trump demanded tough new measures to keep the agreement alive. Iran “will not accept any amendments in this agreement, be it…

Warm smiles on cold frontier

AFP 01/09/2018

  North and South Korean officials exchanged warm greetings amid light flakes of snow on the world’s last Cold War frontier Tuesday, in contrast from previous frosty gatherings. The delegates shook hands and even cracked a joke…

Sydney swelters through hottest day since 1939

AFP 01/07/2018

HOT Sydney sweltered through one of its hottest days on record Sunday as temperatures soared in southern Australia and authorities imposed a fire ban in a sizzling start of summer. Australia’s largest city recorded its hottest day…

Storm Eleanor brings chaos to Europe

AFP 01/04/2018

Walkers take photographs of stormy seas by the lighthouse in New Brighton, northwest England, as Storm Eleanor swept over the country Winter storm Eleanor swept across Europe on Wednesday, bringing death, damage and disruption, snarling transport networks…

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