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Ghani orders anti-Daesh operation in Nangarhar

Afghanistan’s President Ashraf Ghani has ordered the country’s National Defense and Security Forces (ANDSF) to launch a major operation against Daesh-linked terrorists in an eastern province. Ghani announced the order during a Friday speech before the Afghan military forces in a visit to Nangarhar Province, which has witnessed an increasing ...

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China may build nuclear power plants in disputed waters: Report

China may build mobile nuclear power plants in the South China Sea, in what could be an act of defiance by Beijing against a ruling that challenged its claims to sovereignty in the disputed waters. “Marine nuclear power platform construction will be used to support China’s effective control in the ...

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Ban ready to mediate peace talks between Pakistan and India

UNITED NATIONS: Uni­ted Nations Secretary Gen­e­r­al Ban Ki-moon stands ready to mediate peace talks between Pakistan and India amid heightening tensions, provided the two neighbours accept his good offices, a spo­kesman said on Wednesday. “Good offices is a standing offer,” UN spokesman Stephane Dujarric said at the regular noon briefing ...

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Thousands protest US missiles in South Korea

Thousands of South Koreans have protested against a planned deployment of US-built THAAD missile system in Seongju which is home to 40,000 people. The protest rally on Wednesday was held as South Korea and the US chose the southeastern county as the site for the deployment. Protesters held up red banners reading “We absolutely oppose THAAD deployment,” referring to the sophisticated ...

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Hague-based tribunal rules against Beijing claims in South China Sea

A Hague-based international tribunal has ruled that China has no “historic rights” to the islands in disputed the South China Sea, in a long anticipated verdict that could heighten tensions between Beijing and its neighbors, particularly the Philippines.  “The Tribunal concluded that there was no legal basis for China to claim historic rights ...

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Philippine troops kill 40 Daesh-linked Abu Sayyaf militants

The Philippine army has killed at least 40 members of the Daesh-affiliated Abu Sayyaf militant group and injured 25 others in the country’s volatile south, a military official says. According to regional military spokesman, Major Filemon Tan, who was speaking on Monday, the casualties occurred in two battlefronts in the ...

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N Korea vows ‘physical response’ to US, South

North Korea has pledged “physical response” to US deployment of the sophisticated THAAD missile system in Korean Peninsula.  The strong reaction on Monday came after Russia warned South Korea and the US of “irreparable consequences” and China summoned ambassadors of the two countries to hear a protest against the controversial ...

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