ICC war crimes prosecutors seek to open Afghan probe

War crimes prosecutors said Friday they will ask the International Criminal Court’s judges for permission to launch a full-blown probe into crimes committed in war-torn Afghanistan, including possible offences committed by US troops. The move is said to be The Hague-based court’s most complex and politically controversial investigation to date and will be the first time possible crimes committed by […]

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N Korea test could see ‘radioactive leak’

A fresh nuclear test at North Korea’s mountainous testing site could trigger a leak of radioactive material, South Korea’s chief meteorologist has warned. A hollow space of up to 100m in length in the bottom of Mount Mantap could implode, Nam Jae-cheol said. Pyongyang’s last nuclear test in early September appeared to have triggered several landslides. North Korea has conducted […]

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UK blames North Korea for cyberattack

Britain on Friday blamed North Korea for a ransomware attack this year that a new report revealed affected a third of English hospitals and could have been prevented with “basic” IT security. “This attack, we believe quite strongly that it came from a foreign state,” Ben Wallace, a junior minister for security, told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme. “North Korea […]

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China’s Leader Won’t Name an Heir

When President Xi Jinping of China walks into the Great Hall of the People this week to reveal the team of leaders who will help him rule China for the next half decade, all eyes will be on whether the lineup includes one or two younger faces in the running to become his successor. However, it increasingly appears that may not happen. […]

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Why Are Russia and India on Army Drills by North Korea?

Russia’s forces in the Pacific continue their ongoing courtship of foreign militaries, launching a joint drill with India off the coast of its border with North Korea, according to state news agency Itar-Tass. The Indra-2017 exercise, which will draft a total of 700 ground troops from both countries and 50 aircraft including warplanes and helicopters, kicked off with a ceremony in […]

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Spain to impose direct rule on Catalonia as deadline passes

The Spanish government is to suspend Catalonia’s autonomy and impose direct rule after the region’s president refused to abandon the push for independence that has led to Spain’s biggest political crisis for 40 years. The announcement of the unprecedented measure came after the Catalan president, Carles Puigdemont, threatened a unilateral declaration of independence if the Spanish government did not agree […]

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