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China accused by Taiwan of stepping up spy operations China accused by Taiwan of stepping up spy operations
China is accused of increasing its secret operations in Taiwan, after the island elected the independence-leaning Tsai Ing-wen as president last year. Wang Ting-yu, chairman of the defence committee in Taiwan's parliament, said Chinese spies were masquerading as academics or business people. He claimed Beijing was trying to sow chaos within Taiwanese society. China considers the self-ruling isl...
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North Korea: Four ballistic missiles fired into sea North Korea: Four ballistic missiles fired into sea
North Korea has launched four ballistic missiles towards the Sea of Japan. Three of them fell into Japan's exclusive economic zone (EEZ) after flying some 1,000km (620 miles), in what PM Shinzo Abe called a "new stage of threat". They were fired from the Tongchang-ri region, near the North's border with China, the South Korean military said. The type of missile is unclear but the North is banne...
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China says Dalai Lama border visit will damage ties with India China says Dalai Lama border visit will damage ties with India
BEIJING: China is warning of “severe damage” to relations with India and increased regional instability if exiled Tibetan leader the Dalai Lama proceeds with a visit to a disputed area along their still-unsettled border. Beijing has expressed its concerns to New Delhi on numerous occasions and urged India to “avoid offering a state for the Dalai Lama to carry out anti-China separatist activitie...
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Saudi king’s tour begins with 459 tonnes of luggage Saudi king’s tour begins with 459 tonnes of luggage
The king of Saudi Arabia has arrived in Indonesia on the first leg of a month-long tour of Asia accompanied by one of the largest entourages assembled for a diplomatic trip. King Salman bin Abdulaziz al Saud, 81, arrived today at a military airbase in the capital Jakarta in his private jet. It is the first visit to the world’s most populous Muslim country by a Saudi monarch in almost half a cen...
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Kim Jong-nam killing: Suspect 'was paid $90 for baby oil prank' Kim Jong-nam killing: Suspect 'was paid $90 for baby oil prank'
An Indonesian woman arrested for the murder of the half-brother of North Korea's leader has said she was given 400 Malaysian ringgits ($90; £72) to carry out a prank. Indonesian embassy officials met Siti Aisyah, 25, on Saturday in the Malaysian capital. She said she was given the cash to smear Kim Jong-nam's face with "baby oil" as part of a reality show joke. Tests show Mr Kim was killed with...
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Turkey reverses female army officers' headscarf ban Turkey reverses female army officers' headscarf ban
A ban on female army officers in Turkey wearing the Muslim headscarf has been lifted by the government. The military is the last Turkish institution to see the ban removed. It has long been seen as the guardian of Turkey's secular constitution. Wearing headscarves in public institutions was banned in the 1980s. But Turkey's Islamist-leaning President, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, argues that the ban i...
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China piles pressure on North Korea by banning coal imports China piles pressure on North Korea by banning coal imports
China is suspending all imports of coal from North Korea as part of efforts to increase pressure on the country over its latest missile test. China's commerce ministry said the ban would operate until the end of 2017. It follows reports last week that China had rejected a shipment of North Korean coal worth $1m (£806,000; €942,100). The ban brings China, North Korea's only ally, closer to fully...
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Turkey arrests Frenchman suspected of helping plan New Year nightclub attack Turkey arrests Frenchman suspected of helping plan New Year nightclub attack
ISTANBUL: Turkish authorities have arrested a Frenchman suspected of helping plan a New Year’s Day shooting in an Istanbul nightclub which killed 39 people, the state-run Anadolu news agency said on Tuesday. The man, a 22-year-old French citizen of Turkish descent, was caught in Istanbul, Anadolu said. A police official said he had been detained weeks ago and formally charged last week. His d...
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pe Deadly Berlin Christmas Market Episode Is Latest in Europe pe Deadly Berlin Christmas Market Episode Is Latest in Europe
A truck driver barreled into a crowded Christmas market in Berlin on Monday night, killing at least 12 people and injuring scores more. The police believed it to be an attack, but the identity of any attackers and their motives were not immediately clear. It was the most recent deadly episode to shake Europe in the last two years. Many recent attacks have been linked to jihadists, and some to t...
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Chapecoense plane crash: Bolivia arrests LaMia airline boss
The authorities in Bolivia have arrested the head of the airline involved in a crash last week that killed 71 people, including most of the Brazilian football team, Chapecoense. Gustavo Vargas, a retired air force general, has been detained as part of an investigation into the crash. The plane, operated by the tiny LaMia airline, was taking the team to Colombia when it ran out of fuel. A Bolivi...
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