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Kim Jong-un's wife makes first public appearance as first lady – video

Ri Sol-ju, the wife of North Korea's leader, made her first public appearance as first lady last weekend at a ballet performance by a visiting Chinese troupe. Kim Jong-un's decision to give his wife the title is widely seen as a major boost to her status

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Filthy lucre: scavenging grime and sewage for gold on Mumbai's streets | Puja Changoiwala

Along the narrow alleys of one of India’s largest bullion markets, men and women scrape a living scouring the dust and even the drains for specks of the precious metal When most of Mumbai is fast asleep at 5am each day, 41-year-old Tanu Behre sets out o

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North Korea wants total denuclearisation, says Seoul

South Korea’s president says Pyongyang has not attached any conditions such as US troop withdrawalNorth Korea has expressed a desire for “complete denuclearisation” of the Korean peninsula without attaching preconditions such as the withdrawal of US

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Korean Air headquarters reportedly raided in probe into 'nut rage' sister

Cho Hyun-min, a senior vice president at Korean Air, is under investigation by police for possible assault.

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Kim Jong-un elevates wife to position of North Korea's first lady

State media use title for first time in 40 years ahead of summits with South Korea and USNorth Korea’s leader, Kim Jong-un, has given his wife the title of first lady in what analysts say is a major boost to her status ahead of back-to-back summits with

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The US has 'locked the door' on us, Chinese tech giant Huawei says

Huawei has faced increasing headwinds in its push to make inroads in the U.S. market.

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There's 'tremendous' potential for city planning in the Middle East, says infrastructure exec

The Middle East has been forward-looking when it comes to unusual property developments, says Wong Heang Fine.

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Japan's #MeToo: senior bureaucrat resigns over sexual misconduct allegations

Junichi Fukuda’s resignation is further embarrassment to Shinzo Abe, who is struggling to contain a cronyism scandal Japan’s most senior finance ministry bureaucrat has resigned over allegations of sexual misconduct, in what is being described as the

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UK and India 'lay ground' for free trade deal with bilateral agreement

Countries sign bilateral agreement before Thursday’s Commonwealth summit in LondonBritain and India have laid the ground for a possible post-Brexit bilateral free trade deal and signed off on a series of commercial agreements worth up to £1bn, accordin

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First monsoon rain exposes risks for Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh

Further rainstorms at Cox’s Bazar could leave refugees from Myanmar at risk of diseases, infections and mudslidesThe first of much-feared rains fell on the Bangladeshi border town of Cox’s Bazar on Wednesday, bringing with it apprehension and the firs

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Australians split over plans to trap urban peacocks

City councils want to stop the bird population from growing and damaging the local ecosystem.

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Forget India as a consumer market, here’s what Delhi wants to sell you

India could play a "great role" in the digital economy, Rakesh Bharti Mittal, president of the Confederation of Indian Industry, told CNBC.

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India is a ‘republic of fear’. The UK must keep the pressure on Modi | Amrit Wilson

The Indian PM is in Britain. Let’s hold him to account for the horrific rapes committed in the name of Hindu nationalismAs Indian prime minister Narendra Modi lands in the UK, the details of two horrific rape cases in India have emerged. Huge protests a

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Samoa wants nothing to do with drunken sailors

Officials warn nation's seafarers about the perils of strong drink as they take up new jobs abroad.

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North Korea: can Trump succeed where so many others have failed?

South Korea is talking about a peace treaty with Kim Jong-un but US president’s participation is a huge wild cardOn the same day that the White House confirmed that secretary of state nominee Mike Pompeo met the North Korean leader, Kim Jong-un, South K

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Justin Langer set to replace Darren Lehmann as Australia coach

Former batsman Justin Langer is set to be appointed Australia head coach, according to Australian media.

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What's bringing Kim Jong Un to the table

North Korea's relationship with the world seems to be changing for the better. But how did we get here?

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James Stannard assault: Briton pleads not guilty in Sydney

The UK man will contest charges that he punched Australia's rugby sevens captain James Stannard.

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China defiant after new US security regulations target telecoms firms

State media calls for Chinese citizens to stand up for phone makers ZTE and Huawei as backlash growsNew US regulations affecting Chinese technology companies have raised the stakes of an ongoing trade dispute between the world’s two largest economies.Af

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Jacinda Ardern ‘infuriated’ by comparisons to Donald Trump

Wall Street Journal compared the New Zealand prime minister to Justin Trudeau but said ‘she’s more like Trump on immigration’New Zealand’s prime minister, Jacinda Ardern, has said she was “infuriated” and “very angry” by being compared to

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South Korea considering peace treaty with North

Replacing current armistice would be contingent on Pyongyang abandoning its nuclear ambitions, Seoul saysSouth Korea may seek to replace its uneasy truce with North Korea with a formal peace treaty, according to officials in Seoul, as the country’s pres

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Will China beat the world to nuclear fusion and clean energy?

China's nuclear fusion research might put the country at the fore of future clean energy solutions.

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Modi’s government fails to act on rape | Letters

The media must question Modi about the involvement of his party members in these atrocities, write signatories including Meena Kandasamy, Sarah Green and Pragna PatelIn the context of Indian PM Narendra Modi’s visit to the UK, we are deeply shocked at t

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Trump and Japan's Abe meet over North Korea and global trade

The US and Japanese leaders meet at Mar-a-Lago, with both seeking respite from pressures at home.

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Why a widower ran a marathon for his wife, and their sons

Peter Bayliss found a new mission after his wife, Lisa, died of a rare inherited disease.

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Singer Jessie J wins Chinese equivalent of X-Factor

The British musician was announced as the winner of Chinese programme Singer 2018.

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Indian police arrest teenager who posed as doctor for five months

Suspicions were raised about Adnan Khurram, 19, because he had so much free time Delhi police have arrested a teenager who posed as a doctor for at least five months at one of India’s most prestigious medical institutions.Adnan Khurram, 19, was friends

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Choi Eun-hee, actor once abducted by North Korea, dies

Celebrated South Korean actor spent several years being forced to make movies for Kim Jong-ilChoi Eun-hee, one of South Korea’s most famous actors, who was abducted and made to make films in North Korea during the 1970s and 80s, has died aged 91. During

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China central bank cuts reserve requirement for most banks

China's central bank announced on Tuesday it will cut the amount of cash that most commercial and foreign banks must hold as reserves to pay back medium-term lending facilities.

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Japan publishes list of members of Unit 731 imperial army branch

Historical accounts say unit conducted lethal experiments on second world war prisonersJapan has disclosed the names of thousands of members of Unit 731, a notorious branch of the imperial Japanese army that conducted lethal experiments on Chinese civilia

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