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North Korea claim test of new submarine-launched missile

bbc– North Korea has confirmed it successfully tested a new submarine-launched ballistic missile on Tuesday. State news outlet KCNA said the missile had “advanced control guidance technologies”, which could make it harder to track. North Korea has carried out a flurry of weapons tests in recent weeks, launching what it said were hypersonic and long-range
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Japan’s new PM dissolves lower house for Oct. 31 national election

npr– Japan’s new Prime Minister Fumio Kishida dissolved the lower house of parliament Thursday, paving the way for elections Oct. 31 that will be Japan’s first of the pandemic. At stake will be how Japan faces a potential coronavirus resurgence and revives its battered economy, and if or how Kishida’s government can leave the shadow […]
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Lebanon left without power as grid shuts down

bbc– Lebanon has been left without electricity, plunging the country into darkness amid a severe economic crisis. A government official told Reuters news agency the country’s two largest power stations, Deir Ammar and Zahrani, had shut down because of a fuel shortage. The power grid “completely stopped working at noon today” and was unlikely to […]
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Afghanistan: US and Taliban hold first face-to-face talks since withdrawal

bbc– US officials have met Afghanistan’s ruling Taliban for their first face-to-face talks since Washington pulled its troops from the country in August. The talks in Qatar are focusing on issues including containing extremist groups, the evacuation of US citizens and humanitarian aid, officials say. The US insists the meeting does not amount to recognition
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Aryan Khan and Ashish Mishra: India gripped by tale of two sons

bbc– The first is Aryan Khan, the 23-year-old son of Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan, who was arrested on early Sunday morning for allegedly doing recreational drugs at a party. The second is Ashish Mishra, the son of India’s junior home minister, who is accused of ordering his driver to plough his vehicle into a […]
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China: Big spender or loan shark?

bbc– China hands out at least twice as much development money as the US and other major powers, new evidence shows, with most of it coming in the form of risky high-interest loans from Chinese state banks. The sheer amount of Chinese lending is startling. Not too long ago China received foreign aid, but now […]
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Air India Express: Deadly plane crash blamed on human error

bbc– Pilot error and failure to follow safety guidelines probably led to the crash of an Air India Express plane in August last year, investigators say. The passenger plane with 190 people on board crashed at the Calicut airport in the southern state of Kerala, killing 21 people. The Boeing 737, which had flown from […]
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Wirathu: Myanmar military releases firebrand Buddhist monk

bbc– Myanmar’s military junta has released controversial Buddhist monk Ashin Wirathu, known for his nationalist and anti-Muslim rhetoric. He had previously been charged for sedition against the civilian government, which has since been deposed in a February military coup. The firebrand monk is known for his pro-military views. He has been dubbed the