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US commandos helping Philippines troop battle Islamist militants in Marawi 

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US special forces are providing support to the Philippine military battling to dislodge Islamist militants in a southern city, the US embassy said Saturday, as 13 Filipino marines were killed in fresh fighting. Philippine troops are struggling to defeat hundreds of fighters, who rampaged through Marawi on May 23 flying black flags of the Islamic Read More

Indian army to put female soldiers in combat role for first time to tackle women protesters 

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“At times, we are faced with situations in conflict areas where jawans hesitate to deal with women protesters. This is where we require assistance from the women police constables. But if we have our own women jawans then we would become more efficient. “The plan now is to recruit women jawans in the military police Read More

Windfall for banana seller robbed of his savings as strangers rush to donate 

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An elderly Indonesian banana seller has had a sudden upturn in fortune after strangers rushed to donate to his family when he was robbed and left destitute at the side of the road. Suratman, 94, who is known only by one name, was found distressed and crying last week by his roadside banana stall in Read More

Japan set to battle Britain with its gin after winning whisky war

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Not content with distilling whiskies that are consistently voted the best in the world, Japan’s drinks companies are taking aim at another quintessentially British beverage – gin. Asahi Breweries is to release a premium brand named Coffey Gin in Europe and North America in September, while Suntory Spirits has devised a new gin with its Read More

Panama cuts ties with Taiwan in major diplomatic coup for China

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Panama has switched its diplomatic relations from Taiwan to China, signaling Beijing’s economic muscle is forcing the dwindling number of countries who align with Taipei to comply to its will. Only 20 countries – including the Vatican – continue to recognise Taiwan diplomatically, a stance which riles Beijing which promotes a ‘one China’ policy. A statement Read More

Dennis Rodman returns to North Korea – and thinks Donald Trump will be ‘happy’ as he tries to ‘open door’

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Former NBA player Dennis Rodman said was “just trying to open a door” with his visit to North Korea, adding that he expected Donald Trump would be happy with it.   Roadman is expected to arrive in North Korea on Tuesday for a trip the US State Department said is not an official US visit. The former basketball player, who Read More

Picture shows North Korean drone that was ‘spying on US missile defence system’ in South

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South Korea said Tuesday a drone believed sent from North Korea had been spying on a US missile defence system before it crashed. The remains of the small drone, which was equipped with a camera, were retrieved by the South’s military last week from a hillside where it had crash-landed close to the heavily-fortified inter-Korean Read More

US student Otto Warmbier medically-evacuated from North Korea in a coma as Dennis Rodman lands in Pyongyang

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An American student being held prisoner in North Korea has been medically evacuated from the country in a coma, his family have said. Otto Warmbier, 22, has been detained by the North Koreans for a year and a half. He has been in a coma for more than a year, his family said, saying he had Read More

US student ‘brutalised’ in North Korea and left in a coma for over a year pictured as he returns home

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An American student who fell into a coma while imprisoned in a North Korean labor camp returned to the United States late Tuesday after Pyongyang allowed him to be flown home, US media reported. A military aeroplane carrying Otto Warmbier landed in his hometown of Cincinnati shortly before 10:20pm (0220 GMT Wednesday), CBS News reported. Read More

Pregnant women should ‘look at beautiful pictures’ for a healthy baby, Indian government says

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India’s federal government has issued a booklet for pregnant women, recommending abstinence from sex, avoiding meat and harbouring spiritual thoughts in order to ensure a healthy baby. Entitled “Mother and Child Care”, the advisory was released on Tuesday by Srhipad Naik, the Minister for Yoga, Naturopathy and Homeopathy ahead of International Yoga Day on 21 Read More