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LÉ Aisling: Irish Navy in 'terrible' ship deal LÉ Aisling: Irish Navy in 'terrible' ship deal
A former Irish Naval Service vessel sold for 110,000 euros (£93,500) two months ago, is being offered for sale in Holland for 685,000 euros. LÉ Aisling is being sold as a fisheries protection vessel in the Netherlands. The sale of the vessel appears to have been "a terrible deal", the Permanent Defence Forces' Representative Association said. The Irish Department of Defence has said no reserve ...
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Corruption and North Korea ignite S Korea poll Corruption and North Korea ignite S Korea poll
South Koreans will elect a new president on Tuesday, months ahead of schedule, after a corruption scandal that felled conservative President Park Geun-hye. The poll comes amid major tensions with North Korea, rising youth unemployment and bubbling anger among the electorate over corruption. Liberal Moon Jae-in, a human rights lawyer, has dominated opinion polls and is the clear front-runner. His...
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Willesden shooting: Police foil 'active terror plot' Willesden shooting: Police foil 'active terror plot'
Police say they have foiled an active terror plot after a woman was shot during a raid on a house in Willesden, north-west London. The 21-year-old woman was one of the subjects of the investigation and is in a serious but stable condition. A raid also took place in Kent, with six people arrested in total. Officers say the operation was not connected to an arrest near Parliament on Thursday, whe...
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China says Interpol seeks arrest of tycoon Guo Wengui China says Interpol seeks arrest of tycoon Guo Wengui
China says Interpol has issued a notice for the arrest of a billionaire who has criticised the government in Beijing. Property tycoon Guo Wengui is currently thought to be in the US. Authorities did not give a reason for the notice, but state media outlets have claimed that Mr Guo bribed a vice-minister, which he has denied. Mr Guo has recently made allegations regarding top Chinese officials a...
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Australia to introduce stricter rules on working visas Australia to introduce stricter rules on working visas
Australia will introduce stricter visa requirements for skilled workers from overseas, the government said. The 457 visa programme is used mainly to hire foreign workers in the restaurant, IT and medical industries - the majority came from India, the UK and China. But PM Malcolm Turnbull said it will be abolished to prioritise the recruitment of Australian nationals. Critics of 457 said Austral...
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Sri Lanka rubbish dump collapse kills 19 Sri Lanka rubbish dump collapse kills 19
At least 19 people, including five children, have died after a huge rubbish dump collapsed on to their homes in Sri Lanka, the army says. The 300ft-high (91m) pile of rotting debris had shifted after floods and a fire then collapsed on Friday. At least 40 homes on the edge of the dump were destroyed. The army said an unknown number of people were missing. There had been concerns over the safety...
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China Uighurs: Xinjiang ban on long beards and veils China Uighurs: Xinjiang ban on long beards and veils
China has introduced new restrictions in the far western region of Xinjiang in what it describes as a campaign against Islamist extremism. The measures include prohibiting "abnormally" long beards, the wearing of veils in public places and refusing to watch state television. Xinjiang is the homeland of the Uighurs, a traditionally Muslim group who say they face discrimination. Recent years have...
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Cyclone Debbie: Thousands flee as Australia braced for 'monster' storm Cyclone Debbie: Thousands flee as Australia braced for 'monster' storm
Northeast Australia is bracing itself for the arrival of a "monster" cyclone expected to bring waves of up to 8m (26ft) to the Queensland coast. Cyclone Debbie, which has been upgraded to a Category four storm, is carrying winds of up to 250km/h (155 mph). Thousands of people have already been evacuated and Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has urged residents to act immediately. The storm is exp...
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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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