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North Korea unveil Hollywood-style movie starring Kim Jong-Un during Hwasong-17 launch

North Koreans were treated to a Hollywood-style movie, with dramatic music and video effects, starring Supreme Leader Kim Jong-un in a leather jacket and dark glasses. State-run television North Korean Central Television usually broadcasts Kim family propaganda, alongside military band concerts and feature films about patriotism and feats of labour. Anything away from this deviates. The […]

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Afghan women protest, demand Taliban reopen girl’s secondary schools

Dozens of protesters, mostly women, gathered close to Taliban’s Ministry of Education on Saturday demanding reopening of girl’s secondary schools. The Taliban has been condemned for ordering them to close, just hours after teenage pupils began to arrive for the start of the new academic year. The protesters chanted, “Education is our right! Open the doors […]

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Indonesia to buy 42 French fighter jets for $8.1 billion amid increasing tensions in Asia Pacific

Indonesia is moving to upgrade its ageing airforce fleet with multi-billion dollar orders for advanced fighters jets from France and the United States, amid increasing tension in the Asia Pacific. The agreement for 42 French Rafale fighters was announced as Indonesian Defence Minister Prabowo Subianto met his French counterpart Florence Parly in Jakarta. Subianto confirmed […]

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One of last public Tiananmen Square memorials covered up with metal in Hong Kong

One of the last public memorials in Hong Kong to those killed in the Tiananmen protests has been covered up. The calligraphy painted on the pavement of a bridge paid tribute to the pro-democracy protesters killed by Chinese authorities in Beijing in 1989. It was covered with metal on Saturday by the University of Hong […]

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Millions across Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan and Kazakhstan left without electricity for hours

Millions of people were left for hours without electricity on Tuesday when a huge power blackout hit cities in three Central Asian countries. Areas of Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan and Kazakhstan were affected when a shared power line was disconnected. It caused traffic jams, airport delays and other public transport disruptions across the ex-Soviet nations. The blackout […]

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Fire in Indonesia’s West Papua nightclub leaves 19 dead

A fight and a fire at a nightclub in Indonesia’s West Papua province have left at least 19 people dead. One person was stabbed to death but the other victims were trapped by the fire that broke out at the Double O club in Sorong city, officials said. It is unclear how the fire began […]

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At least 7 killed in bomb blast on minibus in western Afghanistan city of Herat

At least seven people have been killed in a bomb blast on a minibus in the western Afghan city of Herat, officials said. “Four women were among the seven killed,” the head of Herat’s provincial hospital, Arif Jalali told AFP on Saturday. Herat’s Taliban commander Mawlawi Ansari told Reuters news agency that nine people had […]

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Thich Nhat Hanh: Influential Vietnamese Buddhist Monk has died aged 95

One of the world’s most influential Buddhist monks, Thich Nhat Hanh, has died in Vietnam at the age of 95, his Zen teaching organisation said in a statement. The master of meditation “passed away peacefully” at the Tu Hieu Temple in Hue, the Plum Village Community of Engaged Buddhism said. “We invite our beloved global […]

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Microsoft finds destructive malware capable of wiping off user data

Destructive malware capable of wiping data has appeared on dozens of computer systems at Ukrainian organizations, including government agencies, non-profits and technology organizations, Microsoft warned. The disclosure is an added worry for Ukrainian government agencies after many of their websites were hacked this week and replaced with threatening messages to Ukrainians that their data had […]

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Magawa: Gold medal Cambodian rat who sniffed land mines has died

A landmine-hunting rat that was awarded a gold medal for heroism for clearing ordnance from the Cambodian countryside has died, his charity said Tuesday. Magawa, a giant African pouched rat originally from Tanzania, helped clear mines from about 225,000 sq m of land which is equivalent of 42 football pitches over the course of his […]

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‘Kazakhstan’s deadly violence was an attempted coup’: President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev

Kazakhstan’s President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev described the deadly violence last week as an attempted coup. He told leaders of a military alliance of ex-Soviet states the action had been co-ordinated by a “single centre”, but did not name those responsible. Russia’s President Vladimir Putin said Kazakhstan had been targeted by international terrorism, but provided no evidence […]

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Kazakhstan Unrest: At least 164 killed this week, nearly 6,000 detained over fuel hike protests

More than a hundred people have died in Kazakhstan in the wake of violent riots this week, authorities said.The energy-rich nation of 19 million people has been rocked by a week of upheaval with nearly 6,000 detained over the unrest.At least 164 people were killed in the riots, including 103 in the largest city Almaty, […]