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Category: World News

S.Korean president appoints senior security advisors

25 May, Seoul: South Korean President Moon Jae-in on Wednesday appointed two high-level security advisors who will be tasked with assisting the president to draw up security and foreign policies. Presidential spokesman Park Su-hyun told a press conference that Moon named Lee Sang-chul, a professor at Sungshin University in Seoul, as the first vice chief of the National Security Office of the presidential Blue House. Kim Ki-jung, a political science professor at Yonsei University in Seoul, was appointed as the second vice chief of the National Security Office. The newly appointed first vice chief was an expert on national...

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NASA Replaces a Critical Computer on the ISS During Emergency Spacewalk

NASA astronauts Peggy Whitson and Jack Fischer are carrying out a spacewalk today, Tuesday May 23, to replace a computer system on the outside of the International Space Station that unexpectedly failed on Saturday. Whitson, commander of Expedition 51, is replacing the primary multiplexer-demultiplexer (MDM) data relay box used to control a number of systems on the ISS, including the solar arrays, radiators, cooling loops, and other equipment. The backup MDM is functioning properly and the astronauts are in no immediate danger, but until the new system is installed there will be no redundancy for a number of computer...

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Afghan battle kills 10 militants

24 May, Ghazni, Afghanistan: At least 10 militants had been killed Wednesday outside Ghazni city, the capital of eastern Ghazni province, a police official said. According to police official Bashir Ahmad Taraki, Taliban militants launched a coordinated attack on security checkpoints in the outskirt of Ghazni city, triggering heavy firefight which lasted for several hours. However, he added that the attacking militants fled away after leaving 10 dead bodies. One policeman sustained injuries in the conflict, the official admitted. Taliban militants haven’t commented....

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UN urges Indonesia to free jailed Jakarta governor

23 May, Jakarta: The United Nations pressed Indonesia on Monday to release Jakarta’s jailed Christian governor and repeal blasphemy laws which they say undermine religious freedom in the Muslim-majority nation. The call came as the family of Basuki Tjahaja Purnama, known as Ahok, unexpectedly withdrew an appeal against his conviction and two-year jail term for blasphemy, which had been submitted by his lawyers just hours earlier. Purnama was jailed this month for insulting the Koran, a shock decision that has stoked concern about rising religious intolerance in the world’s most populous Muslim-majority country. A group of UN human rights...

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Australia declares game-up for ‘fake refugees’

22 May, Sydney: Australia Sunday gave 7,500 boatpeople until October to file a claim proving they are genuine refugees or be kicked out, declaring the “game is up” for illegal arrivals ripping off taxpayers. Before the conservatives took power and adopted a tough line on the issue in 2013, an estimated 50,000 asylum-seekers flooded into Australia on more than 800 boats over the previous five years. Hundreds more, many from war-torn Afghanistan, Sri Lanka and the Middle East, died at sea during the treacherous journey. Of those arrivals, the old Labor government processed nearly 20,000, leaving 30,500 to the...

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Trump, in address to Muslims, urges fight against terror

22 May, Riyadh: Even as his administration fights for its travel ban from several Muslim-majority countries, President Donald Trump is using the nation that is home to Islam’s holiest site as a backdrop to call for Muslim unity in the fight against terrorism. Trump’s speech, the centerpiece of his two-day visit to Saudi Arabia, will address the leaders of 50 Muslim-majority countries to cast the challenge of extremism as a “battle between good and evil” and urge Arab leaders to “drive out the terrorists from your places of worship,” according to a draft of the speech obtained by The...

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North Korea fires another ballistic missile despite sanctions threats

21 May, Seoul: North Korea Sunday test-fired a ballistic missile, the latest in a series of launches which have sparked international condemnation and threats of tougher UN sanctions. South Korea described the launch, the second in a week and the eighth this year, as “reckless and irresponsible” while the US military stressed “ironclad commitment” to defend its allies in the region. The missile, described by Washington as a medium-range one, was fired from Pukchang in South Pyongan province and travelled about 500 kilometres (311 miles), according to the South’s armed forces. “Our military is closely monitoring signs for additional...

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Worldwide effort set to keep Trump happy on 1st trip abroad

20 May, WASHINGTON: When President Donald Trump sits down for dinner in Saudi Arabia, caterers have ensured that his favorite meal – steak with a side of ketchup – will be offered alongside the traditional local cuisine. At NATO and the Group of 7 summits, foreign delegations have gotten word that the new U.S. president prefers short presentations and lots of visual aids. And at all of Trump’s five stops on his first overseas trip, his team has spent weeks trying to build daily downtime into his otherwise jam-packed schedule. It’s all part of a worldwide effort to accommodate...

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Trump wants to work with Russia to achieve strategic goals

18 May, Washington: Donald Trump considers working with Russia to accomplish his strategic goals but not at the cost of America’s interests, a senior administration official has said. “He’s (Trump) been very clear on his desire with Russia. There’s a lot of fever in this country about Russia and the Russians. Obviously it seems like they did do some bad things with regards to trying to interfere by doing the DNC hack and all those different things that’s been reported on,” the official said yesterday. “But, he views the world through his strategic objectives area. To the degree that...

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Israel seeks to contain fallout from Trump intel sharing

17 May, Jelusalem: Israel sought Wednesday to contain the fallout from Donald Trump’s sharing of its intelligence with Russia, while not commenting directly on the move ahead of the US president’s visit next week. Israeli Defence Minister Avigdor Lieberman lauded defence ties between the United States and his country, saying it would continue to be “unprecedented” in scope. But he made no mention of Trump divulging intelligence to Russia that a US administration official said had originally come from Israel. “The security relationship between Israel & our greatest ally the United States, is deep, significant & unprecedented in volume,”...

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