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US sends dozens of troops to Somalia, 1st time in decades

US sends dozens of troops to Somalia, 1st time in decades

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MOGADISHU, Somalia: The US military is sending dozens of regular troops to Somalia in the largest such deployment to the Horn of Africa country in roughly two decades. The United States pulled out of Somalia after 1993, when two helicopters were shot down in the capital, Mogadishu, and bodies of…

North Korea rolls out missiles, other weaponry at parade

North Korea rolls out missiles, other weaponry at parade

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PYONGYANG: North Korea paraded its intercontinental ballistic missiles in a massive military display in central Pyongyang, with ruler Kim Jong Un looking on with delight as his nation flaunted its increasingly sophisticated military hardware amid rising tensions across the region. Kim did not speak during the annual parade, which celebrates…

Australia abolishes visa programme popular with Indians

Australia abolishes visa programme popular with Indians

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MELBOURNE: Australia abolished a visa programme used by over 95,000 temporary foreign workers, majority of them Indians, to tackle the growing unemployment in the country. The programme known as 457 visa allows business to employ foreign workers for a period up to four years in skilled jobs where there is…

North Korea fails in new missile test: US military

North Korea fails in new missile test: US military

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SEOUL: The US military detected a failed North Korean missile launch attempt, with a missile exploding within seconds of its launch, a US military spokesman said. South Korea said the apparent North Korean test launch did not go off normally. But the US military statement shed more light on the…

North Korea maintains readiness for nuclear test at any time: South Korea

North Korea maintains readiness for nuclear test at any time: South Korea

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SEOUL: North Korea has maintained readiness to conduct a new nuclear test at any time, a South Korean military official said, amid a report of a possible test within days as Pyongyang defies international pressure. US and South Korean military surveillance assets were closely monitoring the North’s Punggye-ri nuclear test…

South Korea prosecutors seek arrest of ex-president Park

South Korea prosecutors seek arrest of ex-president Park

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SEOUL: South Korean prosecutors sought an arrest warrant for ousted president , they said, days after questioning her over the corruption and abuse of power scandal that brought her down. Park, 65, had her removal from office confirmed by the country’s top court earlier this month, ending her executive immunity,…

‘Monster’ cyclone Debbie batters northeast Australia

‘Monster’ cyclone Debbie batters northeast Australia

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AYR, AUSTRALIA: A “monster” cyclone made landfall in northeast Australia, cutting power and uprooting trees as coastal towns went into lockdown in the face of lashing rain and howling winds. Great Barrier Reef islands popular with foreign tourists were pummeled by the category four storm which hit the Queensland state…

Japan PM Abe’s support dives in wake of school scandal

Japan PM Abe’s support dives in wake of school scandal

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TOKYO: Support for Japanese Prime Minister  has plunged after questions were raised in parliament about a murky land deal involving an elementary school to which his wife had ties. Abe has said neither he nor his wife, Akie, was involved in the deal for state-owned land purchased by Moritomo Gakuen,…

Ousted South Korea leader arrives back home, expresses defiance

Ousted South Korea leader arrives back home, expresses defiance

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SEOUL: Ousted South Korean President  expressed defiance toward the corruption allegations against her as she vacated the presidential palace and returned to her home two days after the Constitutional Court removed her from office. In her first public comments since the court’s ruling, Park said in statement, “Although it will…

Japan’s largest warship to join India, US in South China Sea naval exercise

Japan’s largest warship to join India, US in South China Sea naval exercise

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TOKYO: Japan plans to dispatch its largest warship on a three-month tour through the South China Sea beginning in May, sources said, in its biggest show of naval force in the region since World War Two. China claims almost all the disputed waters and its growing military presence has fuelled…

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