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Japanese capital holds first N Korean missile attack drill

Tokyo held its first missile evacuation drill on Monday with volunteers taking cover in subway stations and other underground spaces that would double as shelters for the Japanese capital in the event of a North Korean missile strike. The choreographed evacuations at a fair ground and park ringing the Tokyo Dome baseball stadium involved around 300 volunteers. Small groups of ...

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EU GSP+ report on Pakistan demonstrates progress, but improvement needed still – MEP Karim

Trade Chief MEP, Sajjad Karim, today welcomed the European Union’s (EU) biennial report on the Generalised Scheme of Preference (GSP+) arrangement with Pakistan, but highlighted the need for improvement still. The report, which covers the period 2016-2017, was published by the European Commission last Friday and shows the positive impact of the EU’s scheme on developing economies, including Pakistan in ...

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Philippines says it won’t be embroiled in US-China sea spat

The Philippines says it won’t get embroiled in a fresh spat between the US and China involving Beijing’s protest of an American warship passing near a Chinese-controlled shoal also claimed by the Philippines. Presidential spokesman Harry Roque Jr. said Sunday that “the United States can take care of its own interest” and added “we do not wish to be part ...

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Honduran security forces battle protesters as election chaos lingers

Honduran soldiers and police clashed with protesters blocking roads across the Central American country on Saturday, as discontent continues to fester nearly two months after a disputed presidential election. At least one person died as security forces launched tear gas against rock-throwing supporters of the center-left Opposition Alliance Against the Dictatorship and tried to clear impromptu roadblocks of burning tires ...

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Turkey says ground forces push into Syria, Kurdish militia says attack repulsed

Turkish ground forces pushed into northern Syria’s Afrin province on Sunday, media cited the prime minister as saying, as Ankara stepped up artillery attacks on a US-backed Kurdish militia it aims to sweep from its border. NATO’s second-largest army entered northern Syria shortly after 11am local time (0800 GMT), broadcaster HaberTurk cited Prime Minister Binali Yildirim as saying. The Syrian-Kurdish ...

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Kabul: Gunmen shot Intercontinental Hotel diners – eyewitness

An eyewitness has told the BBC of the terrifying moment gunmen burst into Kabul’s Intercontinental Hotel restaurant on Saturday. The man, who is not being named for security reasons, said he was spared after saying he was an Afghan. “Where are the foreigners?” they shouted. Fourteen foreigners are confirmed to have died, along with four Afghans. The interior minister said ...

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Syria: Turkey war planes launch strikes on Afrin

Turkish war planes have launched air strikes on Kurdish positions in northern Syria, in a move likely to cause tensions with the US. Turkey wants to oust these Kurdish fighters from Syria’s Afrin region, which lies near its southern border. It considers them a terrorist group. But some were US allies in the battle against the Islamic State group. Turkey ...

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China says US warship ‘violated’ its sovereignty

Beijing on Saturday said it had dispatched a warship to drive away a US missile destroyer which had “violated” its sovereignty by sailing close to a shoal in the disputed South China Sea. The USS Hopper sailed within 12 nautical miles of Huangyan Island on the night of January 17 without alerting Beijing, the foreign ministry said, referring to the ...

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US and Pakistan clash at UN over Afghanistan

The United States urged Pakistan on Friday not to give sanctuary to “terrorist organizations” — and Pakistan demanded that the Trump administration address safe havens inside Afghanistan and its income from the narcotics trade. The exchange took place Friday at a Security Council meeting on the issue of Afghanistan’s relations with its Central Asia neighbors and the link between peace ...

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Female Sherpa from Nepal scales new heights

When Dawa Yangzum Sherpa first set her sights on being a mountain guide, she was told it was no job for a girl. Now she has proved her doubters wrong, becoming Nepal’s first woman to earn a prestigious international qualification. Last month, the 27-year-old completed a rigorous course run by the Swiss- based International Federation of Mountain Guides, often described ...

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