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North Korea: Tremor detected near weapons’ test site

A magnitude-3.4 earthquake has been detected in North Korea. The earthquake occurred about 50km from a nuclear test site, monitors say. Previous quakes have occurred during weapons’ tests. Chinese seismologists said it was a “suspected explosion”. But South Korea says that it could be a natural quake not caused by ...

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Respect your elders

Image copyright Weibo Image caption Professor Hu Ming’s mother A university professor and his elderly mother have become social media stars in China. Some 9,000 Sina Weibo users commented in response to an article in Beijing Youth Daily highlighting that Prof Hu Ming in south-west Guizhou province has been bringing ...

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China limits oil trade to North Korea and bans textile trade

Image copyright AFP Image caption Petrol prices are on the rise in Pyongyang China has moved to limit North Korea’s oil supply and will stop buying textiles from the politically isolated nation, it said on Saturday. China is North Korea’s most important trading partner, and one of its only sources ...

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New Zealand votes in tight general election

Image copyright AFP New Zealand is heading to the polls in a tightly-fought general election. Polls are showing a slight lead for incumbent Bill English of the ruling National Party over his main challenger Jacinda Ardern of the Labour Party. Labour saw a major surge after the July appointment of ...

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Indonesia: Bali volcano highest alert issued

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Mount Agung last erupted in 1963, killing more than 1,000 people Indonesia has issued its highest level alert for a volcano on Bali, warning that an eruption on the popular tourist island could be imminent. About 10,000 people have already been evacuated, with officials urging ...

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Blocked off

Image copyright Shah Hossain Image caption Shah Hossain’s social media channels were curtailed in the wake of the conflict in Myanmar A number of Rohingya activists have had their social media accounts curtailed during the recent conflict in Myanmar, leading many to question whether they have been targeted by a ...

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‘Deranged US dotard’

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Mr Trump turned 71 in June On Friday the English-speaking world was startled to find itself suddenly reacquainted with the 14th Century term “dotard”, thanks to an unlikely source – Kim Jong-un. The North Korean leader used the ancient word to describe Donald Trump several ...

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Mass protest in Philippines over Duterte ‘dictatorship’

Image copyright EPA Image caption These protesters in Manila marched against President Duterte’s policies, but other rallies were held in support of him Thousands of people in the Philippines have attended a day of protest over President Rodrigo Duterte’s controversial law-and-order policies. Opponents criticised Mr Duterte’s open threat to reinstate ...

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North Korea: Trump signs new order to widen sanctions

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Donald Trump was speaking ahead of a meeting with South Korea’s Moon Jae-in (L) US President Donald Trump has signed a new order that boosts sanctions against North Korea over its nuclear weapons programme. The US treasury has been authorised to target firms and financial ...

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Threat decoded

Image copyright Reuters/KCNA Image caption North Korean state media released this picture of Mr Kim delivering his statement Pyongyang’s foreign minister has said the North is considering a nuclear test around the Pacific, after a personal statement from North Korean leader Kim Jong-un to US President Donald Trump. Analyst Ankit ...

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Who invented planes?

Image copyright Hulton Archive/Getty images Image caption The Wright brothers built and flew the world’s first successful plane India’s junior education minister, Satyapal Singh, raised a few eyebrows on Wednesday when he said that engineering students needed to be taught about ancient Indian scientific discoveries, including the fact that the ...

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India calls Pakistan ‘Terroristan’ in UN speech row

Image copyright AFP Image caption Nuclear-armed neighbours India and Pakistan have fought three wars India has responded angrily to a speech by Pakistan’s prime minister to the UN general assembly, with an envoy calling the country “Terroristan”. In his speech PM Shahid Khaqan Abbasi accused India of “war crimes” in ...

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