Japan North Korea South Korea United States World 

US, South Korea, Japan Meet In Seoul Amid North Korea Threat

Diplomats from the United States, South Korea and Japan met in Seoul on Wednesday to discuss how to respond to North Korea’s nuclear weapons program. U.S. Deputy Secretary of State John Sullivan said that Washington continues to view diplomacy as the primary means for solving the crisis, but added that the allies must be prepared for “any eventuality.” “Our objective is, throughout that campaign of pressure, to bring North Korea to the negotiating table without preconditions so that we can achieve our objective of a denuclearized Korean Peninsula,” Sullivan said…

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Syria Terrorism United States 

US-backed Syrian forces capture Raqqa, ISIS centre of global operations

The liberation overnight of the Syrian city of Raqqa, the “capital’’ of Islamic State’s self-declared Caliphate, is a profound blow not only against ISIL, but against the toxic ideology is espouses. Ever since it fell to the militants in 2014 Raqqa has been used as a symbol of Islamic State’s strength and power. At the height of its influence ISIL claimed control of territory stretching from Syria across northern Iraq and encompassing the northern Iraqi city of Mosul. ISIL’s propaganda machine pumped out thousands of images depicting life in the…

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Taliban World 

At least 14 killed in Taliban attack on Afghanistan police training centre

A Taliban attack on a police training centre in Afghanistan’s eastern Paktia province has killed at least 14 people, including civilians. Health Ministry spokesman Waheed Majroo said dozens were also wounded in the attack on Tuesday in Gardez, the provincial capital. He said the city hospital reported receiving 130 wounded in the attack, which included a suicide bombing. Hamza Aqmhal, a student at the Paktia University, told The Associated Press that he heard a very powerful blast. He said it shattered glass and broke all the windows at the building…

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Spain World 

Spain sets deadline in Catalan independence dispute

Spain has given Catalonia’s separatist leader until October 16th to clarify whether he intends to push ahead with independence, warning that Madrid could take control of the region if it insisted on breaking away. Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy has vowed to do everything in his power to prevent Catalan secession following a banned referendum in the region, which remains deeply divided over independence. He held an emergency cabinet meeting after Catalonia’s president Carles Puigdemont announced on Tuesday that he had accepted the mandate for “Catalonia to become an independent state.”…

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North Korea South Korea 

North Korean Hackers Reportedly Steal South Korea-US War Plans

North Korean hackers are believed to have stolen a large amount of classified military documents, including a South Korean-U.S. plan to “decapitate” its leadership, according to South Korean media. The media reports suggest Democratic Party Rep. Lee Cheol-hee said the hackers broke into South Korea’s Defense Integrated Data Center, which stores digital military data, in September 2016 to steal the secret files. Among the files was Operational Plan 5015. That plan relates to the latest Seoul-Washington plan to handle an all-out war with Pyongyang, which reportedly contains detailed procedures to…

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Bangladesh World 

Rohingya boat toll rises to 23 as more bodies found

The bodies of another nine refugees have washed up in Bangladesh after an overloaded boat carrying scores of desperate Rohingya sank in rough seas, police said Tuesday, taking the confirmed death toll to 23. Eight bodies were found on the banks of the Naf river, which separates Bangladesh from Myanmar, and another was found kilometres away on the island of St Martin. More than half of the victims in the latest disaster were children, said Mian Uddin, police chief for the border town of Teknaf. He could not say how…

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North Korea South Korea World 

South Korea threatens to drop blackout bombs on North Korea

South Korea is ready to deploy graphite bombs that can paralyse North Korea’s power grid in the event of a nuclear war. Military sources have revealed that the “blackout bomb” works by spreading chemically treated carbon graphite filaments over electric facilities to short-circuit and disrupt the electricity grid. The weapons have been developed by South Korea’s Agency for Defence Development, as one element of the Kill Chain pre-emptive strike program. The program is designed to detect, identify and intercept incoming missiles in the shortest possible time. It works with Korea’s…

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Natural Disaster United States World 

Deadly hurricane Nate speeds into US Gulf Coast

Hurricane Nate came ashore at the mouth of the Mississippi River on Saturday and pelted the central Gulf Coast with wind and rain as the fast-moving storm steamed toward the Mississippi coast, where it was expected to make another landfall and threatened to inundate homes and businesses in vulnerable low-lying areas. Nate was expected to pass to the east of New Orleans, sparing the city its most ferocious winds and storm surge. And its quick speed decreased the likelihood of prolonged rain that would tax the city’s weakened drainage pump…

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Spain World 

Catalonia will take its next step towards independence on Monday

Catalonia will move on Monday to declare independence from Spain, a regional government source said, as the European Union nation nears a rupture that threatens the foundations of its young democracy and has unnerved financial markets. Pro-independence parties which control the regional parliament have asked for a debate and vote on Monday on declaring independence, the source said. A declaration should follow this vote, although it is unclear when. Catalan President Carles Puigdemont earlier told the BBC that his government would ask the region’s parliament to declare independence after tallying…

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Spain World 

Spain expecting more protests in Catalonia crisis

Spain braced for more protests on Saturday despite tentative signs that the sides may be seeking to defuse the crisis after Madrid offered a first apology to Catalans injured by police during their outlawed independence vote. Catalan leaders had threatened to declare independence unilaterally and Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy vowed to stop them, rejecting calls for mediation in a dispute that has drawn cries of concern even from Barcelona and Real Madrid footballers. Spain’s deepest political crisis in decades has raised fears of further unrest in the northeastern region,…

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