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Xi Jinping visits N Korea to boost China's ties with Kim Xi Jinping visits N Korea to boost China's ties with Kim
China's President Xi Jinping is in North Korea for a meeting with Kim Jong-un, in the first Chinese state visit to the North since 2005. The two, who have met in China four times, are expected to discuss the stalled talks over the North's nuclear programme as well as economic issues. China is hugely important to North Korea, as its main trading partner. Mr Xi's visit comes a week before t...
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MH17 plane crash: Investigators 'expected to name four suspects' MH17 plane crash: Investigators 'expected to name four suspects'
Investigators probing the downing of a Malaysia Airlines jet in eastern Ukraine in 2014 will present new evidence later on Wednesday. The Dutch-led Joint Investigation Team (JIT) is expected to name suspects and announce charges for the first time. Flight MH17 was flying from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur when it was shot down, killing all 298 on board. Investigators blame Russian-backed sepa...
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Deadly earthquake hits China's Sichuan province Deadly earthquake hits China's Sichuan province
At least 12 people have been killed and more than 100 injured in a strong earthquake which shook the south-western Chinese province of Sichuan. The 6.0 magnitude earthquake struck near Yibin in Changning County, south-east of the provincial capital Chengdu, late on Monday, officials said. It was followed by several powerful aftershocks. TV footage showed rescuers pulling injured people fr...
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Hong Kong protest: Joshua Wong calls for HK leader Carrie Lam to resign Hong Kong protest: Joshua Wong calls for HK leader Carrie Lam to resign
Hong Kong's most prominent student activist Joshua Wong has called for the resignation of leader Carrie Lam, after walking free from prison. Wong, 22, became the face of the 2014 pro-democracy protests which called for the city to pick its own leaders. People in Hong Kong are again out on the streets, this time against a controversial bill which allows extradition to mainland China. Obser...
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Hong Kong extradition protests: Government suspends bill Hong Kong extradition protests: Government suspends bill
he Hong Kong government has suspended its highly controversial plan to allow extraditions to mainland China, Chief Executive Carrie Lam has announced. She had previously refused to scrap the bill despite mass protests from Hong Kong residents. "I feel deep sorrow and regret that deficiencies in our work and various other factors have stirred up substantial controversies," she said. Pr...
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Swiss women strike for more money, time and respect Swiss women strike for more money, time and respect
Women across Switzerland have begun a day of demonstrations against what they say is the country's unacceptably slow pace to equality. Friday's protest comes 28 years after similar action saw half a million women take to the streets in 1991. Swiss women have long campaigned to accelerate the pace of gender equality. They joined millions of other women in Europe after World War One ended i...
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Hong Kong extradition protests leave city in shock Hong Kong extradition protests leave city in shock
Authorities have shut some government offices in Hong Kong's financial district after the worst violence the city has seen in decades. By Thursday morning the crowds had largely dispersed around government headquarters - where police and protesters had pitched battles on Wednesday. The protesters are angry about plans to allow extradition to mainland China. Despite the widespread oppositi...
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Hong Kong extradition: Debate over bill delayed amid protests Hong Kong extradition: Debate over bill delayed amid protests
Thousands of protesters and police in Hong Kong are engaged in a standoff as anger grows over a bill which would allow extradition to mainland China. Early on Wednesday protesters, some wearing face masks and helmets, blocked key roads around government buildings. Police in riot gear responded by using pepper spray on protesters to disperse them and said they were prepared to use force. T...
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North Korea: Hundreds of public execution sites identified, says report North Korea: Hundreds of public execution sites identified, says report
A South Korean NGO says it has identified 318 sites in North Korea that have been used by the government to carry out public executions. The Transitional Justice Working Group interviewed 610 North Korean defectors over four years for its report. It documented decades of killings, for offences ranging from stealing a cow to watching South Korean TV. Public executions took place near river...
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Japanese pilot 'lost spatial awareness' in F-35A stealth fighter crash Japanese pilot 'lost spatial awareness' in F-35A stealth fighter crash
It is highly likely that a Japanese F-35A stealth fighter jet that crashed into the Pacific Ocean did so because the pilot lost "spatial awareness", officials said. The Lockheed Martin aircraft disappeared from radar screens during an exercise on 9 April. Some debris and the remains of the 41-year-old pilot have been discovered. Officials said F-35A flights, which had been halted, will re...
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