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North Korea fires submarine-launched ballistic missile toward Japan

Share This: SEOUL North Korea fired a submarine-launched ballistic missile off its east coast early on Wednesday, South Korea’s military said, the latest in a string of missile…

Bomb blasts kill one, wound 30 in southern Thailand: police

Share This: BANGKOK One Thai person was killed and 30 wounded when two bombs exploded late on Tuesday near a hotel in the southern Thai coastal town of…

Special Report: Massacre reports show U.S. inability to curb Iraq militias

Share This: WASHINGTONShi’ite militias in Iraq detained, tortured and abused far more Sunni civilians during the American-backed capture of the town of Falluja in June than U.S. officials…

Over 1,900 killed in ‘chilling’ Philippines war on drugs

Share This: MANILA More than 1,900 people, or about 36 per day, have been killed in a violent campaign against drugs in the Philippines since President Rodrigo Duterte…

Three shells fired from Syria hit Turkish border town, Turkey retaliates: TV

Share This: ISTANBUL Three rocket shells fired from Syria hit the Turkish border town of Kilis on Tuesday and Turkey’s military fired back in response, broadcaster NTV cited…

In Iraq, Nigeria and now Turkey, child bombers strike

Share This: ISTANBUL The boy looked scared and younger than 16 when Iraqi police grabbed him on the street in the northern city of Kirkuk. Pulling off his…

Philippines drug war deaths climb to 1,800, U.S. voices concern

Share This: MANILA The Philippines has recorded about 1,800 drug-related killings since President Rodrigo Duterte took office seven weeks ago and launched a war on narcotics, far higher…

News

Double joy as mother of only giant panda twins in U.S. pregnant again

Share This: By David Beasley ATLANTA (Reuters) – The mother of the only giant panda…

Syria Kurds win battle with government, Turkey mobilizes against them

Share This: By Rodi Said and Tom Perry HASAKA, Syria/BEIRUT (Reuters) – Syrian Kurdish forces…

Wall St. edges higher on tech, housing boost

Share This: By Chuck Mikolajczak (Reuters) – U.S. stocks rose modestly on Tuesday, as gains…

Syria Kurds win battle with government, Turkey mobilises against them

Share This: By Rodi Said and Tom Perry HASAKA, Syria/BEIRUT (Reuters) – Syrian Kurdish forces…

Experts: Mexico storms led to deaths of millions of monarchs

Share This: MEXICO CITY (AP) — Storms earlier this year blew down more than a…

Turkey evacuates town amid anti-IS Syria campaign

Turkey evacuates town amid anti-IS Syria campaign

Share This: Image copyright AP Image caption The evacuation order comes as Turkish forces exchange…

Rio Paralympics 2016: Russian doping ban ‘cynical’, says PM

Share This: Media captionRussian para-athletes banned after doping scandal Russia has reacted with fury after…

34kg pearl found in Philippines ‘is world’s biggest’

34kg pearl found in Philippines ‘is world’s biggest’

Share This: Image copyright Aileen Cynthia Amurao/SWNS.com Philippine officials believe they may have recovered the…

Turkey says to fully support operation to retake Syria’s Jarablus

Share This: ANKARA (Reuters) – Turkey will give full support to an operation to take…

Import ban on Arista devices approved by USTR, Cisco says

Share This: By Andrew Chung NEW YORK (Reuters) – The U.S. Trade Representative has upheld…

US News

Louisiana floods: Obama ‘heartbroken’ after tour

Share This: Media captionUS President Barack Obama: “We are heartbroken by the loss of life” President Barack Obama has toured the flood-ravaged areas of Baton Rouge, Louisiana, where…

Obama promises support to Louisiana after floods

Share This: BATON ROUGE, La. U.S. President Barack Obama walked door to door in an East Baton Rouge Parish neighborhood on Tuesday hugging people and offering assurances that…

Louisiana floods: Obama ‘heartbroken’ after tour

Share This: Media captionUS President Barack Obama: “We are heartbroken by the loss of life” President Barack Obama has toured the flood-ravaged areas of Baton Rouge, Louisiana, where…

Obama says historic flooding has ‘upended’ lives in Louisiana

Share This: BATON ROUGE, Louisiana U.S. President Barack Obama said on Tuesday that residents of Louisiana have had their lives “upended” by historic flooding in parts of the…

Florida announces Zika case hundreds of miles from Miami

Share This: CHICAGO/TAMPA, Fla. Florida officials on Tuesday announced the first case of Zika transmitted by mosquitoes in Pinellas County, located some 265 miles (425 km) from Miami,…

Russians suspected in hack of New York Times, other U.S. media: CNN

Share This: WASHINGTON The FBI and other U.S. security agencies are investigating cyber breaches targeting reporters at the New York Times and other U.S. news organizations that are…

Appeals court upholds Ohio law that shortens early voting

Share This: A federal appeals court on Tuesday upheld an Ohio law passed in 2014 that shortened the state’s early voting period and abolished a so-called Golden Week…

Zika virus: Florida announces five new cases

Zika virus: Florida announces five new cases

Share This: Image copyright AP Image caption The total number of non-travel related cases stands at 42 in Florida Florida’s governor has announced five new cases of Zika,…

US new home sales rise at fastest pace since 2007

US new home sales rise at fastest pace since 2007

Share This: Image copyright Getty Images US new homes sales jumped in July to their fastest rate in nearly nine years, according to Commerce Department figures. Low interest…

Australian News

AFP raid Parliament House over NBN leaks

AFP raid Parliament House over NBN leaks

Share This: Video Image AFP officers are seen entering Parlianment House to carry out raids over NBN leaks. Parliament House is…

Why guys are getting personal online

Why guys are getting personal online

Share This: Video Image This week’s Insight sees an all-male audience discuss the disturbing question – why are male suicide rates…

A month’s rain to fall in one day

A month’s rain to fall in one day

Share This: More than 100mm is expected to fall today along parts of the NSW coast, including Sydney. Picture: BOM. PARTS…

Murder charge after grisly backyard find

Murder charge after grisly backyard find

Share This: Human remains, confirmed to be those of Patricia Riggs, were found at Margate on Sunday. UPDATE: A resident uncovered…

Submarine leak ‘of concern’: PM

Submarine leak ‘of concern’: PM

Share This: Video Image PM Malcolm Turnbull says he’s not worried about information leaked from the French company (DCNS) constructing Australia’s…

AFP to raid Parliament House: Conroy

AFP to raid Parliament House: Conroy

Share This: AFP are set to raid Parliament House over the NBN leaks, it has been claimed. Picture: Supplied POLICE will…

Politics

Brexit: Owen Smith opposes Article 50 move without vote

Share This: Image copyright AFP Image caption Mr Smith has urged Jeremy Corbyn to match his commitment Owen Smith has said he will try to stop Theresa…

Jeremy Corbyn pledges to ‘renationalise’ the NHS

Share This: Image copyright PA Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn is to promise to “remove” private provision within the NHS as part of plans to “renationalise” the health…

MPs call for ban on plastic microbeads

Share This: Image copyright SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY Image caption Microbeads are used in cosmetics, including toothpaste, to add body and provide abrasion A worldwide ban on plastic…

Virgin challenges Jeremy Corbyn train footage

Share This: Image copyright Virgin Trains Image caption Virgin Trains has released footage of Mr Corbyn’s journey Virgin Trains has questioned footage showing Jeremy Corbyn sitting on…

First minister warns on cost of Brexit to Scotland

Share This: Image copyright GEOFFROY VAN DER HASSELT Image caption Nicola Sturgeon believes leaving the EU would cost the Scottish economy billions The first minister has warned…

Seven day NHS pledge faces ‘staff shortages’

Share This: Image copyright Science Photo Library A confidential review of government plans for a seven-day NHS in England has identified 13 risks, according to the Guardian…

Travel Advice

Paraguay

Share This: A small number of British tourists visit Paraguay every year. Most visits are trouble-free, but violent crime is increasing. See Crime and Consular Assistance Cases…

St Kitts and Nevis

Share This: The hurricane season normally runs from June to November. See Natural disasters. There’s no British High Commission in St Kitts. If you need consular assistance,…

Czech Republic

Share This: Information and advice for British nationals travelling and living in Europe, following the result of the EU referendum. Over 300,000 British nationals visit the Czech…

Spain

Share This: Information and advice for British nationals travelling and living in Europe, following the result of the EU referendum. Over 12 million British nationals visit Spain…

Japan

Share This: The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) advise against all travel to the exclusion zones around the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear facility identified by the Japanese authorities.…

Poland

Share This: Information and advice for British nationals travelling and living in Europe, following the result of the EU referendum. Around 650,000 British nationals visited Poland in…

All Sports

My Life in Rugby: Tony Buckley – former Munster, Sale and Ireland prop

Share This: Up to the age of 16 my shoe size correlated with my age, meaning I had to have rugby boots specially made…

Ryan Bevington agrees Bristol switch

Share This: Bristol have bolstered their front row options with the arrival of Wales international Ryan Bevington. The 27 year-old prop, who joins from…

I’d suffer the pain again for England says Jack Nowell 

Share This: Fearless Jack Nowell has revealed how he battled through the pain barrier to help England clinch June’s 3-0 series win over Australia.…

Captain Jack Lam vows to get mean in bid for survival

Share This: Rock solid new Bristol captain Jack Lam wants his side to get mean in their defence this season to avoid becoming one-hit…

Exeter Chief Cowan-Dickie targets new season ahead

Share This: Luke Cowan-Dickie admitted it was nice to “dust off the cobwebs” as he helped Exeter Chiefs make it two wins from two…

Dream Team: Tom Catterick – Newcastle fly-half

Share This: 1. Mako Vunipola – I played England age goups with him and he’s an all-round ball carrier. He’s a proper scrummager and…

Sport UK

Celtic hang on to reach Champions League

Share This: Celtic qualified for the Champions League group stage for the first time in three years Celtic survived a second-leg onslaught to reach the Champions League…

Trott ‘frustrated’ by rivals’ questions over GB success

Share This: Laura Trott, right, and fiance Jason Kenny won five cycling gold medals between them at Rio 2016 Four-time Olympic champion Laura Trott is frustrated rival…

Trott ‘frustrated’ by rivals’ questions over GB success

Share This: Laura Trott, right, and fiance Jason Kenny won five cycling gold medals between them at Rio 2016 Four-time Olympic champion Laura Trott is frustrated rival…

Andre Gray: FA charges Burnley striker with misconduct over tweets

Share This: Andre Gray’s tweets were highlighted on Saturday, the day he scored his first top-flight goal to help Burnley beat Liverpool 2-0 The Football Association has…

US Open: Andy Murray seeded second, Johanna Konta career-high 13th

Share This: Murray and Konta represented Great Britain at this month’s Olympic Games in Rio Andy Murray has been seeded second in the men’s singles for the…

‘Dear Team GB, you had it easy – watching was hard.’ Miranda Hart’s open letter

Share This: <!– “It has been a test of mental resilience and physical prowess to stay awake, set alarms, find the right channel, let alone deal with…

Sport US

The Latest: US goalie Solo calls Sweden "a bunch of cowards"

Share This: RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — The Latest on the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro (all times local): 5:35 a.m. Hope Solo sure has…

Rodriguez bags double in Yankee Stadium swan song

Share This: New York (AFP) – Mother Nature couldn’t put a complete damper on Alex Rodriguez‘s going away party as he revelled in his final New York…

Rodriguez helps Yanks to victory in pinstripe farewell

Share This: By Larry Fine NEW YORK (Reuters) – One last play in the field, that was all Alex Rodriguez wanted and with a 6-3 lead in…

Wesley Bryan leads PGA John Deere Classic

Share This: Los Angeles (AFP) – Wesley Bryan fired a seven-under 64 to take a one stroke lead in the second round of the rain-suspended PGA Tour’s…

Rodriguez released after Yankees win over Rays

Share This: New York (AFP) – Mother Nature couldn’t put a total damper on Alex Rodriguez‘s going away party at Yankee Stadium night. Thunder and lightning cut…

Basketball: U.S. men survive Serb scare to stay unbeaten

Share This: By Steve Keating RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) – The U.S. men’s team extended their Olympic unbeaten run to 21 games with a tense 94-91 win…

Health

HIV effort let down by test shortages, says WHO

Share This: Image copyright SPL A shortage of HIV testing could undermine global efforts to diagnose and treat people with the infection, warn experts from the World…

Could mouthwash combat gonorrhoea?

Share This: Image copyright Thinkstock “A gargle a day keeps gonorrhoea away” is an unlikely slogan, but researchers believe it could hold some truth. Recent studies have…

Smallpox eradication ‘giant’ Donald Henderson dies at 87

Share This: Image copyright AFP Image caption Smallpox, an infectious disease, was once one of the world’s biggest killers US doctor and epidemiologist Donald Henderson, who led…

Smallpox eradication ‘giant’ Donald Henderson dies at 87

Share This: Image copyright AFP Image caption Smallpox, an infectious disease, was once one of the world’s biggest killers US doctor and epidemiologist Donald Henderson, who led…

Smallpox eradication ‘giant’ Donald Henderson dies at 87

Share This: Image copyright AFP Image caption Smallpox, an infectious disease, was once one of the world’s biggest killers US doctor and epidemiologist Donald Henderson, who led…

Smallpox eradication ‘giant’ Donald Henderson dies at 87

Share This: Image copyright AFP Image caption Smallpox, an infectious disease, was once one of the world’s biggest killers US doctor and epidemiologist Donald Henderson, who led…