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Philippine Catholic Church head urges end to drug killings

The head of the Philippines’ powerful Catholic Church called Sunday for an end to the “waste of human lives” following a brutal week in President Rodrigo Duterte’s drug war in which a 17-year-old boy was among dozens killed. Police raids dubbed “One Time Big Time” saw at least 76 people ...

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Iran missile program will continue unabated: Defense minister

Iran’s new Defense Minister Brigadier General Amir Hatami says the missile program of the Islamic Republic will push ahead relentlessly, vowing to continue activities of the country’s defense industry. “[Iran’s] missile program will proceed according to the approved plans,” Hatami told reporters on Sunday following the first cabinet session of the newly-formed Iranian government. ...

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China plans to relaunch world’s fastest trains

China is relaunching the world’s fastest bullet trains, running at 350 kilometers (217 miles) per hour. The trains will service the route from Beijing to Shanghai starting next month, making the 1,250-kilometer (777-mile) journey in just 4 hours, 30 minutes. Other routes are being added. China first ran trains at ...

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S Korea, US start joint military drills amid tensions with North

South Korea and the United States have started annual joint military exercises, ignoring strong warnings from Pyongyang, which has slammed the wargames as the “most explicit expression of hostility” against the North. Tens of thousands of troops from the US and South Korea are participating in the drills, codenamed Ulchi ...

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Philippines: Daesh-linked militants kill 5 Muslims

Militants linked to the Daesh Takfiri terrorist group in the Philippines have killed several Muslim fighters from a former rebel group that signed a peace agreement and is now helping the government fight extremists. Police Senior Superintendent Agustin Tello said five fighters from the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) died ...

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US provocations aimed at demonizing Iran: UN ambassador

Iran’s Ambassador to the United Nations Gholamali Khoshroo has condemned Washington’s latest accusations against Tehran regarding its nuclear deal as provocative measures aimed at creating Iranophobia. In a Friday statement, Khoshroo stressed that the August 15 statement by US Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley on Iran “is devoid of any shred ...

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