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N. Korea discusses new policies for increasing ‘nuclear war deterrence’: KCNA

The meeting was Kim’s first reported public appearance in more than three weeks and came after reports said the Trump administration had discussed holding the first US nuclear test in decades North Korea discussed new policies for increasing its “nuclear war deterrence” during a military meeting presided over by leader Kim Jong Un, state media reported Sunday. The meeting was ...

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US discussed holding first nuclear test in decades: report

The Trump administration has repeatedly shaken up US defence policy President Donald Trump’s administration has discussed holding the first US nuclear test since 1992 as a potential warning to Russia and China, the Washington Post reported Friday. Such a test would be a significant departure from US defense policy and dramatically up the ante for other nuclear-armed nations. One analyst ...

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Ramadan rule-breakers: Indonesians try to beat Eid exodus ban

Indonesians have been looking for ways to get home for Eid despite travel restrictions in the country Indonesians are turning to smugglers and bogus travel documents to get around bans on an annual end-of-Ramadan exodus that could send coronavirus cases skyrocketing in the world’s biggest Muslim majority nation. Thousands are using any trick in the book to reach their hometowns ...

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Survivor recalls horror of Pakistan plane crash that killed 97

All but two of the 99 people on board the PIA plane were killed when it crashed into a Karachi residential neighbourhood One of the two people to survive a plane crash in Pakistan that killed 97 people has described jumping from the burning wreckage of the aircraft after it hurtled into a residential neighbourhood. The Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) ...

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Outrage in Hong Kong as China pushes security law

Beijing has made clear it wants new security legislation passed after Hong Kong was rocked by massive and sometimes violent pro-democracy protests last year China has launched its fiercest assault on Hong Kong’s treasured autonomy with its move to impose a security law, pro-democracy campaigners said Friday as they vowed to take to the streets in protest. The proposal for ...

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Death toll from cyclone in India’s West Bengal rises to 80

The Death toll from cyclonic storm Amphan in India’s eastern state of West Bengal rose to 80 Friday as Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi embarked on an aerial tour to review the damage. “Eighty people died in this cyclone. We have evacuated more than 600,000 people. Time and density of cyclone was worse. It is more than a national disaster,” ...

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Trump urges US reopening as China premier warns of challenges

US President Donald Trump — seen here touring a Ford plant in Michigan — says it’s time for the country to reopen, especially churches President Donald Trump pressed for a further reopening of the United States as job losses mount from coronavirus shutdowns, while China’s premier warned of “immense” economic challenges even as the Asian giant emerges from the worst ...

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COVID-19: All 50 US States Move Toward Reopening

On Wednesday, Connecticut became the final state to lift restrictions when it gave the green light to shops and restaurants under certain conditions. As the US COVID-19 death toll surpasses 93,000, all 50 US states have partially reopened after a two-month shutdown. On Wednesday, Connecticut became the final state to lift restrictions when it gave the green light to shops ...

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Experts slam Trump’s letter to WHO

Many experts have blasted U.S. President Donald Trump’s letter to World Health Organization (WHO) Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus. In the letter, a copy of which was published by Trump on Twitter Monday, the president threatened that the United States will permanently cut off its funding to the WHO if the latter does not commit to what he called “substantive improvements ...

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