North Korea ‘ready to sink’ US aircraft carrier Vinson

North Korea ‘ready to sink’ US aircraft carrier Vinson

Image copyright AFP Image caption The Vinson battle group was conducting exercises with the Japanese navy in the Philippine Sea on Sunday North Korea is “ready to sink” a US aircraft carrier heading for the peninsula, state media have said. A commentary in the Rodong Sinmun newspaper warned that the USS Carl Vinson could be […]

Mazar-e Sharif attack: Afghanistan mourns deadly Taliban assault

Mazar-e Sharif attack: Afghanistan mourns deadly Taliban assault

Image copyright Reuters Image caption The Afghan government is battling a long-running Taliban insurgency Afghanistan is holding a day of national mourning after the Taliban attacked an army base, killing or wounding more than 100 soldiers. President Ashraf Ghani said the assault near the northern city of Mazar-e-Sharif had been contrary to all human values […]

Afghan casualties in Taliban Mazar-e Sharif attack pass 100

Afghan casualties in Taliban Mazar-e Sharif attack pass 100

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Afghan troops keep watch at the base near Mazar-e-Sharif after the attack More than 100 Afghan soldiers were killed or wounded in a Taliban attack on an army base on Friday, the defence ministry has confirmed. Fighting lasted for several hours near the city of Mazar-e Sharif in northern Balkh […]

Dozens of Afghan troops dead in Taliban base attack

Dozens of Afghan troops dead in Taliban base attack

Image copyright AFP Image caption The army says it has rushed reinforcements to the base in Balkh province At least 50 Afghan soldiers have been killed in an attack by Taliban insurgents on a military base in northern Balkh province, military officials say. Reports say the number of casualties is far higher than the eight […]

Why Vietnamese villagers are holding police hostage

Why Vietnamese villagers are holding police hostage

Image copyright AFP Image caption Villagers have blocked roads during the week-long stand-off Residents of a village outside Hanoi are holding policemen and officials hostage in a week-long stand-off over a land dispute. Local authorities have fled and residents now control the village. They have built barricades to keep police out and the situation is […]

MH370: New analysis reiterates plane’s likely location

MH370: New analysis reiterates plane’s likely location

Image copyright ATSB Image caption This image shows both the genuine and replica flaperons used for the drift analysis Fresh evidence suggests that Malaysia Airlines flight 370 is most likely located to the north of a main search zone, Australian scientists say. MH370 disappeared while flying to Beijing from Kuala Lumpur with 239 people on […]

Thai police arrest man smuggling semen into Laos

Thai police arrest man smuggling semen into Laos

Image copyright Science Photo Library Image caption File photo of a vial of semen Thai police have arrested a man attempting to smuggle six vials of human semen into Laos. Authorities found a nitrogen tank containing the vials in the man’s bag when he was crossing the border at the northern Thai town of Nong […]

South Korean man dies after eating toads

South Korean man dies after eating toads

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption It is not known which species of toad the man consumed, but some like the cane toad can produce a venom through their skin A South Korean man has died from poisoning after eating toads he had mistaken for edible bullfrogs. Police said on Friday that he was among […]

Panama Papers: Pakistan PM Nawaz Sharif survives corruption ruling

Panama Papers: Pakistan PM Nawaz Sharif survives corruption ruling

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Nawaz Sharif and his family have denied any wrongdoing Pakistan’s Supreme Court has ruled there is insufficient evidence of corruption to remove Nawaz Sharif from the role of prime minister. It instead ordered a further investigation into money transfers. Questions arose over the business dealings of Mr Sharif’s family when […]

Have North Korea’s missile tests paid off?

Have North Korea’s missile tests paid off?

Image copyright EPA Image caption North Korea regularly threatens to lay waste to its enemies, but how realistic are such threats? North Korea displayed a lot of missiles – including big ones – at a bombastic military parade over the weekend. But what do we really know about Pyongyang’s missile capabilities? Defence expert Melissa Hanham […]

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