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15,000 people arrested in China for ‘Internet crimes’

Chinese officials say they have detained 15,000 people for crimes that “jeopardized Internet security,” as they intensify a campaign to detect illegal Internet activities. China’s Ministry of Public Security made the announcement in a late Tuesday statement, without specifying when the arrests had been made, with some reports, however, saying ...

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Japan’s army forces launch annual live-fire drills

Japanese military forces have launched four-day live-fire drills near Mount Fuji as Tokyo seeks to expand the role of the army. Some 2,300 soldiers joined the annual exercises which began on Tuesday, with some 80 tanks and armored vehicles as well as 60 field guns and 20 helicopters deployed in ...

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Death toll rises to 85 in China blasts

Tianjin, China: The number of people killed in giant explosions in the Chinese port of Tianjin has risen to 85, officials said Saturday. At a press conference the northern city´s deputy propaganda chief said 21 firefighters were among the dead after the enormous blasts at a hazardous materials storage facility. ...

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Death toll from China blasts rises to 44

The death toll from a series of explosions at an industrial area in the Chinese port of Tianjin in northern China has risen to 44, authorities say. More than 500 people were also injured – 66 of them in critical condition – in the explosions, state media reported on Thursday. ...

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Iran Navy to be fitted with new radar, combat equipment

A top Iranian commander says the Navy’s vessels will be fitted with new equipment. Iranian Navy Commander Rear Admiral Habibollah Sayyari said equipment, including radar and sonar systems as well as marine combat equipment will be installed on submarines, missile-launching warships, destroyers and other floating vessels. “This important move indicates the Islamic Republic ...

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South Korea, US to hold joint military drills this month

South Korea and the United States will conduct a series of joint heavy-weaponry, live-fire drills, the South Korean Defense Ministry says. Four drills, involving tanks, howitzers, attack helicopters and fighter bombers, will be held this month with the participation of some 2,000 South Korean and US troops in the city ...

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10,000 people leave Chinese city over ammonia leak

Over 10,000 people have been evacuated from a suburb of the southwestern Chinese city of Nanchong over a reported ammonia leak from a fertilizer plant. Residents of the Dingshui district in Nanchong were forced to flee the area on Monday night after the toxic gas leaked from a pipeline operated ...

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Japan PM WWII statement includes apology: Report

A statement to be read out by Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on the anniversary of the country’s World War II defeat reportedly includes the word “apology.” The statement, whose wording is yet to be approved by the premier’s cabinet prior to presentation on Saturday, also includes “aggression,” the DPA reported on ...

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India plans $783 million urea plant in Iran

India is looking for a local partner to set up a urea manufacturing plant in Iran at a cost of $783 million.  A consortium of three Indian companies seeks to form a joint venture with Iranian partners to build the plant in Chabahar with a capacity of 1.3 million tonnes. ...

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