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Trump era sparks new debate about nuclear war authority

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Trump era sparks new debate about nuclear war authority 

It's hard to overstate how thoroughly the U.S. military has prepared for doomsday — the day America gets into a nuclear shooting war.

 

No detail seems to have been overlooked. There's even a designated "safe escape" door at the nuclear-warfighting headquarters near Omaha, Nebraska, through which the four-star commander would rush to a getaway plane moments before the first bomb hit.

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Zimbabwe's Mugabe faces deadline to resign, or impeachment

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Longtime President Robert Mugabe faced a midday deadline set by the ruling party to resign or face impeachment proceedings, while Zimbabweans stunned by his lack of resignation during a national address vowed more protests to make him leave.

 

"Arrogant Mugabe disregards Zanu PF," one newspaper headline said.

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Japan's Abe vows to bolster defense amid North Korea threat

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Japan's Abe vows to bolster defense amid North Korea threat 

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe pledged Friday to bolster his country's defenses, calling the threat from North Korea the gravest security concern Japan has faced since World War II.

 

Outlining his priorities in a policy speech to parliament, Abe described North Korea's sixth nuclear test earlier this year and two missile launches that flew over Japan as a national crisis.

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Children must be top of global migration agenda: UN experts

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All children caught up in the global migration crisis should be treated as children first and foremost, regardless of their nationality or migration status, or that of their parents, said the UN human rights experts.

 

They have said this in authoritative new guidance on the human rights of children in the context of international migration, published on Friday.

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Mugabe holds talks with generals, refuses to stand down

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Founder President of Zimbabwe, Robert Mugabe, has refused to resign after meeting generals who have seized control of the country, as sources suggested the veteran leader was “buying time” to negotiate his exit.

 

The talks in Harare on Thursday come after soldiers this week put Mugabe under house arrest, took over state TV and blockaded main roads in a stunning turnaround for the 93-year-old leader who has ruled the country with an iron fist since 1980.

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Malala among UK's 150 most influential women

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Nobel laureate Malala Yousufzai has been included in UK’s 150 most influential women in a list recently published by Harper’s Bazaar.

 

The list titled ‘Bazaar 150 Visionary Women‘ includes influential female leaders in the UK which span across industries ranging from fashion, beauty and travel to finance, science and the arts.

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Plane crash in Russia's far east kills six: Report

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Six people were killed when a small plane crashed in Russia's far eastern region of Khabarovsk early on Wednesday, Russian news agencies said.

 

 

There were seven people on board the L-410 aircraft including two crew, RIA said, adding that one passenger, a child, had survived the crash, but was in grave condition.

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Gunmen kill 19 in southwestern Pakistan

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Gunmen have shot and killed 15 men who were planning to cross into Iran on their way to Europe as well as a police official and three of his family members in separate attacks in southwestern Pakistan, officials said Wednesday.

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Trump ‘sentenced to death’ by North Korea

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Terming the United States President Donald Trump as ‘hideous criminal’, an editorial of North Korea ruling party newspaper claimed that he (Trump) was sentenced to death by the Korean people.

 

North Korea’s state media has criticised Donald Trump for insulting leader Kim Jong-Un.

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US considers individual sanctions for Myanmar

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The U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said Wednesday that his country was deeply concerned by "credible reports" of atrocities committed by Myanmar's security forces and called for an independent investigation into a humanitarian crisis that has seen hundreds of thousands of Muslim Rohingya flee to Bangladesh.

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Rescuers search debris after Iran-Iraq quake kills over 530

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Rescuers search debris after Iran-Iraq quake kills over 530 

Rescuers on Tuesday used backhoes and heavy equipment to dig through the debris of buildings toppled by a powerful earthquake on the border between Iran and Iraq that killed over 530 people, with weeping women crying out to God as aid workers found new bodies.

 

The grim work began in earnest again at dawn in the Kurdish town of Sarpol-e-Zahab in the western Iranian province of Kermanshah, which appears to be the hardest hit in the magnitude 7.3 earthquake.

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UK lawmakers battle over Brexit amid customs chaos warning

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A fragile government, a legislative minefield and a jittery economy are turning up the tension as Britain tries to turn its vote to leave the European Union into a reality.

 

Exit negotiations with the bloc are stalled on divorce terms, and on Tuesday Prime Minister Theresa May's government faces a battle to push its central piece of Brexit legislation through a divided Parliament.

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Russian PM says he talked to Trump over dinner in Manila

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Russia Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev says he has had a brief conversation with U.S. President Donald Trump about the two countries' relations at a summit in the Philippines.

 

Medvedev said Tuesday he spoke with Trump over dinner during the Association of Southeast Asian Nations summit.

 

He said Trump was "open and friendly" and it was "comfortable to discuss various subjects with him." Medvedev added they talked about "the history of our relations, World War II and some other issues."

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World's half wealth owned by 1% richest: Study

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The globe’s richest 1% own half the world’s wealth, according to a new report highlighting the growing gap between the super-rich and everyone else.

 

The world’s richest people have seen their share of the globe’s total wealth increase from 42.5% at the height of the 2008 financial crisis to 50.1% in 2017, or $140tn (£106tn), according to Credit Suisse’s global wealth report published on Tuesday.

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Powerful earthquake on Iran-Iraq border kills 207 people

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Powerful earthquake on Iran-Iraq border kills 207 people 

A powerful earthquake shook the Iran-Iraq border late Sunday, killing 207 people and injuring 1,686 in the mountainous region of Iran alone, Iranian state media said.

 

The Baghdad government did not immediately give word on casualties in that country, though Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi issued a directive for the country's civil defense teams and "related institutions" to respond to the natural disaster.

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Iran-Iraq quake death toll reaches at 168

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The death toll from Sunday's powerful  magnitude 7.3 earthquake rose to 168 in Iran and Iraq.

 

State media in the two countries informed rescuers searched for dozens trapped under rubble, reports Reuters.

 

At least 164 people were killed in Iran, Behnam Saeedi, a spokesman for Iran’s National Disaster Management Organization, said on the state television. More than 1,650 were injured, he said.

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Trump’s surprise proposal for S China Sea row mediate

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The United States President Donald Trump surprisingly insert himself into the decades-long row risked a backlash from China, which has repeatedly said the United States has no role to play in what it insists is a series of bilateral issues.

 

Trump offered Sunday to mediate in a territorial dispute over the resource-rich South China Sea, after years of Chinese island-building in the contested waters.

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