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Russian PM: West is rekindling the Cold War with NATO moves
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Russian PM: West is rekindling the Cold War with NATO moves

Russias prime minister accused NATO on Saturday of restarting the Cold War amid increased military maneuvers and troop deployments to countries neighboring Russia, moves the alliances top official defended as a necessary response to aggression from Moscow. Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev told a meeting of top defense officials, diplomats and national leaders that sanctions imposed after ...


Antonin Scalia, conservative US Supreme Court justice, dies

US Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia - one of the most conservative members of the high court - has died. Justice Scalias death could shift the balance of power on the US high court, allowing President Barack Obama to add a fifth liberal justice to the bench. The courts conservative 5-4 majority has recently stalled major efforts by the Obama administration on climate change and immigrati...


US OKs sale of 8 Lockheed F-16 fighter jets to Pakistan: Pentagon

The US government said on Friday it had approved the sale to Pakistan of up to eight F-16 fighter jets built by Lockheed Martin Corp, radar and other equipment in a deal valued at $699 million. The Pentagons Defense Security Cooperation Agency, which oversees foreign arms sales, said it had notified lawmakers about the possible deal. The agency said the F-16s would allow Pakistans Air Force...


Zika virus may hide in organs protected from the immune system
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Zika virus may hide in organs protected from the immune system

The Zika virus may be particularly adept at entrenching itself in parts of the body that are shielded from the immune system, making it harder to fight off and possibly lengthening the timeframe in which it can be transmitted, top US experts said on Friday. Researchers reported that Zika virus can be detected in semen for 62 days after a person is infected, adding to evidence of the viruss pre...


Einstein's gravitational waves detected in landmark discovery

Scientists for the first time have detected gravitational waves, ripples in space and time hypothesised by Albert Einstein a century ago, in a landmark discovery announced on Thursday that opens a new window for studying the cosmos. The researchers said they identified gravitational waves coming from two distant black holes - extraordinarily dense objects whose existence also was foreseen by Ei...


Japan 'paternity leave' MP quits amid affair scandal

A Japanese MP who sparked a national debate about paternity leave has quit after admitting to having an affair as his wife was due to give birth. Kensuke Miyazaki apologised for causing an uproar at a news conference and resigned his seat. Mr Miyazaki made waves last month when he became the first ever male MP in Japan to request paternity leave. He faced strong opposition from people who...


Syria conflict: World powers agree cessation of hostilities
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Syria conflict: World powers agree cessation of hostilities

World powers have agreed to seek a nationwide cessation of hostilities in Syria to begin in a weeks time, after talks in Germany. The halt will not apply to the battle against jihadist groups Islamic State (IS) and al-Nusra Front. Ministers from the International Syria Support Group also agreed to accelerate and expand aid deliveries. The announcement comes as the Syrian army, backed by R...


UAE names first minister of state for happiness
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UAE names first minister of state for happiness

A woman will lead the United Arab Emirates attempt to secure happiness for its citizens after being named the countrys first ever minister of state for happiness. Ohood Al Roumis appointment to the position was announced on Wednesday via Twitter by Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the prime minister, ruler of Dubai and the vice president of the UAE. National happiness isnt a wish. Plan...


North Korea to cut hotlines with South amid Kaesong shutdown

North Korea has vowed to cut two crucial communication hotlines with the South, and says the Kaesong industrial park is now a military zone. It comes after Seoul suspended its operations at the jointly-run Kaesong complex in the North, in protest over Pyongyangs recent rocket launch. Kaesong is one of the last points of co-operation between the two Koreas and a key source of revenue for Pyon...


Hong Kong to send Chinese man back to US over teen deaths
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Hong Kong to send Chinese man back to US over teen deaths

A Chinese man agreed in a Hong Kong court Thursday to be sent back to the U.S., where he is wanted by authorities in connection with the slayings of his teenage nephews. Shi Deyun signed a document in a magistrates court giving consent for his extradition. U.S. police last month found the boys, who were 15- and 16-years-old, in their Arcadia, California, home with head trauma. Investigato...


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