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Aug 23, 2016

U.N. command condemns North Korean mine-laying on border

North Korea has been laying fresh land mines on its side of the demilitarized zone, the U.N. Command said Tuesday. The mining follows a spate of high-profile defections and appears aimed at preventing its troops from fleeing. Military personnel were seen planting mines on ...

Aug 23, 2016

Australian unearths 'beast' of a truffle

An Australian has uncovered what is thought to be the largest black truffle ever discovered in the country, a 1,511-gram (53.3-ounce) monster that could also be a world-beater. Stuart Dunbar said he had known since February that a truffle had been growing in the ...

Aug 23, 2016

Doctors in India remove 40 knives from man's stomach

Doctors in northern India say they’ve surgically removed 40 knives from the stomach of a man who had swallowed them over the past two months. The 42-year-old man is recovering in a hospital in Punjab state after undergoing surgery Friday in which doctors removed ...

Aug 23, 2016

North Korea rolls out on-demand TV service

North Korea is rolling out an on-demand TV catch-up service, allowing people with some sort of internet access to enjoy the highly propagandized output of its four state-run TV channels at their leisure. The system, which goes by the name Manbang (“Everywhere”), functions like ...

Aug 22, 2016

Chinese envoy's visit Taiwan met with protests

A Chinese envoy arrived in Taiwan Monday for a city-to-city dialogue, amid a chill in relations between the sides following the inauguration of the island’s independence-leaning President Tsai ing-wen in June. The visit by Shanghai Communist Party official Sha Hailin marks a rare point ...

After Rio, Olympics headed for Asian venues seen as safe

Aug 22, 2016

After Rio, Olympics headed for Asian venues seen as safe

For the Olympics, it’s so long Rio, hello Asia. The next three Olympics are headed for relatively calmer ports of call in South Korea, Japan and China following the organizational drama surrounding the 2014 Winter Olympics in Russia and the Summer Games in Brazil, ...

Risks high as major drills with U.S. kick off in South Korea

Aug 22, 2016

Risks high as major drills with U.S. kick off in South Korea

Tens of thousands of South Korean and U.S. troops began a military exercise simulating an all-out North Korean attack Monday, as Pyongyang issued bellicose threats of pre-emptive nuclear strikes in retaliation. The two-week annual Ulchi Freedom exercise is largely computer-simulated, but still involves around ...