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Kim Jong Un calls Donald Trump a ‘psychopath’

Kim Jong Un calls Donald Trump a ‘psychopath’

North Korea on Thursday called US President Donald Trump a “psychopath” as tensions soar following the death of American student Otto Warmbier, who was evacuated in a coma from North Korean detention last week. Pyongyang’s official Rodong Sinmun newspaper said the US president was in a “tough situation” at home and claimed he was toying […]

World’s largest coal company Coal India to retire 37 mines in India

World’s largest coal company Coal India to retire 37 mines in India

The largest coal mining company in the world, Coal India, has announced plans to decommission a total of 37 mines which are no longer economically viable in India. Coal India, which accounts for over 80 per cent of the India’s coal production, produced an average of 1.42 tonnes of coal per day in June last […]

Djibouti Plays the West Off Against the Far East

Djibouti Plays the West Off Against the Far East

China recently established a military base in Djibouti. Little is known about the base except that it may have capacity to house up to 10 000 troops. The military base has attracted much international attention, with little understanding of either Djibouti or China’s motives. Turning 40 years old on 27 June, Djibouti – which has […]

‘Dirty’ Rodrigo Duterte on the ropes as ISIS, US Special Forces crash the Philippines

‘Dirty’ Rodrigo Duterte on the ropes as ISIS, US Special Forces crash the Philippines

Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte has found himself in a perilous situation, as Islamic State-linked militants continue a siege in the country’s south, while US Special Forces have arrived to lend ‘technical support.’ What could possibly go wrong? Just last month, Rodrigo ‘Dirty’ Duterte appeared to be riding high on the tiger of geopolitics with surprising […]

UN agency deploys rapid assessment teams to assist in wake of monsoon floods, landslides in Sri Lanka

UN agency deploys rapid assessment teams to assist in wake of monsoon floods, landslides in Sri Lanka

According to Sri Lanka’s Disaster Management Centre (DMC), the South Asian country is combating floods and mudslides in the wake of Tropical Cyclone Mora, while the United Nations Migration Agency (IOM) today deployed three rapid assessment teams to the most affected districts, where some 177 people have died and 109 remain missing. Secretary-General António Guterres […]

Bitcoin sees $4bn in value wiped out as price of cryptocurrency falls 20%

Bitcoin sees $4bn in value wiped out as price of cryptocurrency falls 20%

The price of the world’s most popular cryptocurrency bitcoin has lost over a fifth of its value from the record high of last week. On Monday, bitcoin was trading at $2,179, down $612 from last Wednesday’s all-time high of $2,791, according to CoinDesk data. “The correction was actually quite brief, the prices today are still […]

Why young South Koreans are turning away from religion

Why young South Koreans are turning away from religion

Church leaders and experts point to unemployment, the hierarchical nature of organised religion and smartphones as reasons for a waning interest in religion. Hongdae, Seoul On a warm spring Sunday morning, the rows of pews inside Seoul Cathedral Anglican Church were nearly full with congregants singing a traditional hymn accompanied by a blaring organ. Among […]

North Korea launches short-range ballistic missile, U.S. military says

North Korea launches short-range ballistic missile, U.S. military says

North Korea on Sunday launched a short-range ballistic missile, the U.S. Pacific Command said.  The missile was tracked for six minutes until it landed in the Sea of Japan, the U.S. Pacific Command said.   The White House said President Trump had been briefed on the launch. This is the ninth missile test North Korea […]

Rodrigo Duterte jokes to soldiers that they can rape women with impunity

Rodrigo Duterte jokes to soldiers that they can rape women with impunity

Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte has sought to reassure soldiers who might be accused of committing abuses under martial law and jokingly said that if any of them were to rape three women, he would personally claim responsibility for it. Duterte is notorious for comments often deemed offensive and made the remark as a joke, reiterating […]

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