Day of mourning in Lebanon after bloodshed at protest

Lebanon is holding a day of mourning after six people dies and dozens injured in some of the worst violence for years in the capital, Beirut. Gunfire broke out on Thursday during a protest by Shia Muslim groups against the judge investigating last year’s huge blast at the city’s port. Hezbolla, which organised the protest, […]

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North Korea: Soldiers smash bricks, bend iron rods in combat display

State media in North Korea has aired footage of soldiers putting on a display of their combat prowess and ability to smash various objects with their bare hands. The performance was staged at a defence exhibition in Pyongyang, and watched by leaders including Kim Jong-un. Besides destroying bricks and tiles, soldiers were seen lying on […]

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Nearly 2 million displaced in China floods

More than 1.76 million people have been affected by severe flooding in China’s northern Shanxi province. Torrential rain last week led to houses collapsing and triggered landslides across more than 70 districts and cities in the province. Heavy rainfall is hampering rescue efforts, said officials. The flooding comes less than three months after extreme rains […]

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South China Sea: US submarine collides with unknown object

A US nuclear submarine hit an “unknown object” while submerged in waters in the Asia-Pacific region, injuring a number of sailors, said US officials. It was not clear what caused the incident on Saturday, they said. The submarine remained “fully operational”. Unnamed officials said the collision happened in international waters in the South China Sea, […]

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Pakistan earthquake kills 20 in Balochistan province

At least 20 people have been killed after an earthquake struck Pakistan’s southern Balochistan province early on Thursday, said officials. Authorities say the death toll may increase, and that many people were killed when structures collapsed. Many of the dead were women and children. The US Geological Survey said it was a 5.9 magnitude quake […]

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Football Australia to investigate abuse allegations by Matildas players

Former Australian women’s football players have alleged a culture of sexual harassment within the sport. 36-year-old ex-Matildas striker Lisa de Vanna told  newspaper she had been subjected to predatory behaviour and propositions from teammates when she was a teenager. Football Australia said it was not previously aware of the allegations. However, the governing body said […]

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North Korea reopens hotline with South in bid to mend ties

North Korea has restored communication lines with the South, months after it cut a cross-borer hotline. The move comes days after the country’s leader Kim Jong-un said he was willing to restore communication as a conditional olive branch. However, Pyongyang also said the restoration of their relationship was dependent on the “attitude of South Korean […]

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