• Head of Interpol accused of corruption

      Head of Interpol accused of corruption

      The head of the international police agency Interpol, who last month disappeared, had resigned "with immediate effect" after China said the man was under investigation for corruption, the Chinese Ministry of Public Security said in a statement Monday. According to the information, Meng Hongwei, who was also a vice minister of public security in China, has been accused by the Chinese government of accepting bribes and committing unspecified other crimes and was “under the supervision” of an anticorruption watchdog tied to the party.

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    • North Korea estimated to have up to 60 nuclear weapons

      North Korea estimated to have up to 60 nuclear weapons

      Estimates on the size of North Korea's nuclear arsenal range from 20 bombs to as many as 60. Furthermore Pyongyang is believed to have produced another 50kg of weaponised plutonium, enough for 8 bombs, the South's unification minister Cho Myoung-gyon told parliament on Monday, marking the first time Seoul has made public remarks about the size of the Pyongyang’s secretive haul of atomic weapons, citing intelligence authorities.

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    • Iraqi elects Barham Salih as new president

      Iraqi elects Barham Salih as new president

      After months of deadlock in Iraq that followed an inconclusive national election in May, parliament has elected veteran Kurdish politician Barham Salih as country's eighth president. Member of the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK), Salih beat his main rival Fuad Hussein, of the Kurdistan Democratic Party's (KDP), by 219 votes to 22 routed his main rival with 219 votes to 22. "I promise to safeguard Iraq's unity and safety," Salih, 58, said during his swearing-in ceremony.

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    • 29 killed in attack on Iranian military parade

      29 killed in attack on Iranian military parade

      Gunmen disguised as soldiers attacked an annual Iranian military parade Saturday in the country's oil-rich southwest, shooting dead at least 29 people, including women, children and journalists, in the bloodiest assault to strike the country in recent years. According recent media reports Islamic State group has claimed responsibility for the shooting rampage in Ahvaz dubbed a "terrorist" attack by the authorities, in which at least 57 people were also wounded.

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    • North, South Korea vow to end war

      North, South Korea vow to end war

      South Korean President Moon Jae-in and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un declared they had made a major step toward peace on the Korean Peninsula during their third summit, signing a comprehensive set of agreements. The two leaders stood side by side after their second day of talks in Pyongyang as they announced the concrete moves they have made to bring peace to the Korean Peninsula once and for all - something they first committed to at their April summit.

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    • Inter-Korean summit starts today

      Inter-Korean summit starts today

      North Korean leader Kim Jong Un greeted South Korean President Moon Jae-in on his arrival in Pyongyang Tuesday for their third summit this year, as the two countries look to establish peace on the Korean Peninsula. The two leaders smiled and hugged at the foot of Moon's plane at Sunan International Airport, amid crowds of cheering North Koreans waving flowers and national flags, including those symbolizing a unified Korean Peninsula. The highly choreographed arrival was the first time Kim had greeted visitors at the airport since the young North Korean leader took power in 2011.

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    • Chinese building projects narrowing economic gaps, report say

      Chinese building projects narrowing economic gaps, report say

      Chinese-financed railways and other projects in Africa and Asia are helping to reduce economic inequality between regions in the countries where they are built, a group of multinational researchers said Tuesday. China’s Belt and Road initiative has prompted complaints about debt and unease about Beijing’s ambitions among governments from the United States to Russia to India. But a study led by AidData at the College of William & Mary in Virginia strikes a positive note.

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    • North Korean leader asks Trump for another meeting

      North Korean leader asks Trump for another meeting

      North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has sent a "very warm, very positive letter" to the US President Donald Trump requesting a follow-up meeting with him after the summit in Singapore earlier this year, the White House announced on Monday. "The primary purpose of the letter was to request and look to schedule another meeting with the president," White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders told reporters.

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