• S. Korea holds largest artillery drills near N. Korea border
S. Korea holds largest artillery drills near N. Korea border

Thae Yong-ho, the North Korean diplomat who sensationally defected from his London embassy to South Korea, has been accused by DPRK state media of having "raped minors", it emerged on Saturday. A source well acquainted with Pyongyang said Kim Jong-un ordered his team of inspectors to get rid of possible defection factors. "Anyone who is as bright a...

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  • Turkish jets strike Kurdish rebel targets in northern Iraq
Turkish jets strike Kurdish rebel targets in northern Iraq

But Turkey's president vowed to press ahead with the military operation until the IS and Kurdish Syrian fighters no longer pose a security threat to Ankara. In another sign of brewing discord, Cook said the Kurdish pullback to the east side of the Euphrates has "largely occurred". The move is unlikely to be accepted by Turkey, since Ankara wants ...

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  • Turkey-backed Syria rebels advance towards Manbij
Turkey-backed Syria rebels advance towards Manbij

US Vice President Joe Biden last week visited Turkey in an effort to smooth diplomatic strains. Mr Erdogan said on Monday: "The Jarablus operation was a reflection of our determination". Late last week, shortly after the Turkish incursion into Syria, Turkey and the United States told YPG forces to withdraw to the east of the Euphrates.

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  • Australia plan for vote on same-sex marriage suffers a setback
Australia plan for vote on same-sex marriage suffers a setback

While the government has the support of One Nation's four senators plus David Leyonhjelm, Jacqui Lambie and Bob Day, that will not be sufficient to get the plebiscite through the Senate if Labor ultimately votes to block it. A UNIVERSITY lecturer says the proposed plebiscite on same-sex marriage would be not only costly but pointless. Transport a...

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  • Turkey threatens more strikes if Syrian Kurds do not retreat
Turkey threatens more strikes if Syrian Kurds do not retreat

Cook said the US doesn't support reported Turkish airstrikes and artillery shelling of USA -backed Syrian Kurdish fighters - or Kurdish attacks on Turkish troops - in areas where IS fighters no longer are operating. Ankara says that the YPG has failed to stick to a promise made by its USA allies that the militia would move back east across the...

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  • Bangladesh Police Kill 3, Including Suspect in Dhaka Attack
Bangladesh Police Kill 3, Including Suspect in Dhaka Attack

Today, the mastermind of the café attack was killed. The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant claimed responsibility for the restaurant attack, but authorities have denied the claim. "The duration of the operation was one hour". Citing privacy laws, the USA embassy in Dhaka declined to confirm whether the slain suspect, Shehzad Rouf Arka, was an ...

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  • Kerry urges Bangladesh to step up efforts against terrorism
Kerry urges Bangladesh to step up efforts against terrorism

A special U.S. aircraft carrying Kerry along with members of his entourage arrived here from Geneva while his counterpart received him at the Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport's VVIP terminal meant for heads of governments and states. Landing in Dhaka around 10:10am, Kerry first visited Bangabandhu museum in Dhanmondi 32. At least 40 peopl...

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  • Killed in Attack on
Killed in Attack on "American University of Afghanistan" in Kabul

The attack started at around 6:30 p.m. local time (1400 GMT) on August 24 with a large explosion that officials said was a vehicle bomb followed by gunfire. Hossaini told AP he "went to the window to see what was going on, and I saw a person in normal clothes outside". Security forces killed two suspected militants to end the attack on the compou...

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  • Lion design on DU30 shirts depict President's resolve to fight drug lords
Lion design on DU30 shirts depict President's resolve to fight drug lords

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte poses is greeted by supporters following a wreath-laying ceremony in observance of National Heroes Day Monday, Aug. Zhao was apparently surprised by the remarks and just smiled in response. I will be happy to join them in prison. "If you want, you know who these drug lords are".

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  • Lightning strike kills more than 300 reindeer in Norway
Lightning strike kills more than 300 reindeer in Norway

The Norwegian Environmental Agency is still investigating, but officials believe the animals , 323 in total, died in a lightning storm, according to a statement released Sunday. The rugged alpine landscape is (usually) a good place for a reindeer - delicious lichen grows on exposed rocks, and the area is protected from development because it fal...

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  • Majority of Israelis, Palestinians Support Two-State Solution, New Poll Finds
Majority of Israelis, Palestinians Support Two-State Solution, New Poll Finds

Conversely, only 39% of Palestinians polled supported a hypothetical peace agreement based on negotiations conducted in the past. "This has far-reaching implications because if you feel you are part of the minority, you will be less outspoken and proactive and confident", Tamar Hermann, the academic director of the Israel Democracy Institute's Gu...

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  • Thousands who fled California wildfire allowed to return
Thousands who fled California wildfire allowed to return

The number of hand crews rose Sunday from 74 to 93 - supported by 297 engines, 43 water tenders, 14 helicopters, seven air tankers and 47 bulldozers - to fight the fire that started on the afternoon of August 13 just south of Nacimiento Reservoir, a Cal Fire spokesman said Sunday evening.

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  • Thailand detains several people for questioning over deadly blasts
Thailand detains several people for questioning over deadly blasts

Numerous crude devices recovered at the attack scenes, including ignition devices that used hard-to-trace Malaysian rather than more tightly controlled Thai mobile SIM cards, were similar to those used in past BRN-C attacks. It was reported yesterday that the Thai police had sought Malaysian help to identify the source of a mobile phone used to...

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  • FARC sets permanent cease-fire under Colombia peace deal
FARC sets permanent cease-fire under Colombia peace deal

Possible low voter turnout is also a concern because a minimum of 13 percent of the registered voters, or about 4.4 million voters, must vote in favour for the accord to be ratified. "The war with arms is over, now begins the debate of ideas". US President Barack Obama spoke by phone with Santos on Wednesday to congratulate him on the deal , t...

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  • Germany expects fewer than 300000 refugees this year
Germany expects fewer than 300000 refugees this year

Germany saw an unprecedented influx of asylum-seekers past year, due in part to Chancellor Angela Merkel's decision to allow migrants stuck in other European countries to come to Germany . Ms Merkel has repeated the slogan "Wir schaffen das," meaning "We can do this" in relation to the large influx of refugees to the country. "Doing everythin...

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  • Challenger predicts victory as Gabon awaits vote results
Challenger predicts victory as Gabon awaits vote results

He added that it would allow members of the security forces "to vote several times in several polling centres by registering on several supplementary lists". The campaign period has been tense, with Bongo accusing the opposition of inciting violence by claiming he plans to steal the vote. In 2009, Bongo won with 41.73 percent of the vote.

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  • German Economy Minister Says EU-US Trade Talks Have Failed
German Economy Minister Says EU-US Trade Talks Have Failed

Negotiations over the controversial Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (Ttip) have "de facto failed ", said Sigmar Gabriel. Gabriel accused the United States of being "angry" about the deal that the European Union struck with Canada, known as CETA.

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  • Half of Germans say no Merkel serving fourth term in office
Half of Germans say no Merkel serving fourth term in office

The head of Germany's Federal Office for Migration and Refugees (BAMF), Frank-Juergen Weise, told the newspaper that he expects a maximum of 300,000 refugees to arrive in Germany this year. Sources in Chancellor Angela Merkel's Christian Democrat (CDU) party on Saturday denied a magazine report that said the German leader was delaying an announceme...

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  • 2 dead, 41 injured in Lousiana Bus crash carrying floodaid workers
2 dead, 41 injured in Lousiana Bus crash carrying floodaid workers

Trooper Melissa Matey says the driver also did not have a commercial license. According to State Police, the incident involves a charter bus with an unknown amount of passengers. The second person killed was in the back seat of a vehicle involved in the second accident, police say. One of the St. John the Baptist Parish firefighters is in critica...

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  • Argentina defeat Boks in rugby thriller
Argentina defeat Boks in rugby thriller

No way through for Springbok Francois Louw. South Africa was left to rue goalkicking lapses: Starting flyhalf Elton Jantjies and Steyn jointly missed four kicks at goal while Nicolas Sanchez, Juan Martin Hernandez, and Iglesias maintained flawless records for Argentina , sharing six goals from six attempts.

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