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UN Security Council strongly condemns N. Korea missile test UNITED NATIONS: The UN Security Council strongly condemned North Korea's test-firing of a missile on Friday, saying that the launch violated UN resolutions even if it was a failure.The council demanded that North Korea refrain from further actions in violation of resolutions barring Pyongyang from developing ballistic missile technology.In a unanimous statement, the council said it would closely monitor the situation and was ready to "take further significant measures" against the reclusive state."Although the DPRK's ballistic missile launch was a failure, this attempt constituted a clear violation of United Nations Security Council resolutions," the statement said.Last month, the council imposed its toughest sanctions to date on North Korea after Pyongyang carried out its fourth nuclear test and fired a rocket that was widely seen as a disguised ballistic missile test.Since the adoption of the new sweeping sanctions, North Korea has carried out at least two sets of ballistic missile launches ...

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New strong quake hits Japan, fresh damage, injuries reported KUMAMOTO: A powerful earthquake hit southern Japan early Saturday, authorities said, sending panicked residents from their homes and damaging buildings in a region where nerves were already frayed by a swarm of strong shaking.The earthquake hit just over a day after another strong tremor in the same area killed nine people, injured hundreds and toppled buildings. Public broadcaster NHK showed footage of rescuers carrying a victim on a stretcher from a collapsed house to an ...

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New strong quake hits Japan, tsunami warning issued TOKYO: A strong 7.0 earthquake hit southern Japan early Saturday, the US Geological Survey said, a day after another powerful tremor killed at least nine people in the same area. The Japan Meteorological Agency issued a tsunami warning for the western coast of the Kyushu island, where hundreds were injured in Thursday's quake. Copyright AFP (Agence France-Presse), 2016 ...

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Strong quakes hit off Vanuatu coast, no tsunami alerts SYDNEY: A 6.5-magnitude earthquake hit off the coast of the Pacific nation of Vanuatu on Friday, just hours after another strong tremor in the same area, but no tsunami alerts were issued.The first quake, at 6.0 magnitude, struck at a depth of 10 kilometres (6 miles) some 86 kilometres from the town of Port Orly, the United States Geological Survey said.This was followed several hours later by the stronger aftershock at the same depth and ...

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North Korea missile launch fails on founder's birthday SEOUL: North Korea tried and failed to test-fire what appeared to be a medium-range Musudan missile on the birthday of founding leader Kim Il-Sung Friday, a high-profile misstep after Pyongyang claimed a series of breakthroughs in its nuclear weapons programme.There had been widespread intelligence reports in recent days that the North was preparing a first-ever flight test of the Musudan, believed to be capable of striking US bases in the Pacific island of Guam.The US ...

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Strong 6.4-magnitude quake hits southwestern Japan TOKYO: A strong 6.4-magnitude earthquake hit Japan's southwestern island of Kyushu on Thursday, but there was no danger of a tsunami, local authorities said.The quake, which the US Geological Survey measured at 6.0, struck at 9:26 pm (1226 GMT) in Kumamoto, central Kyushu at a relatively shallow depth of 10 kilometres (6.2 miles), the Japan Meteorological Agency said.The quake was followed about 30 minutes later by another smaller one with a magnitude of 5.7, the ...

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US fires missiles in Philippines war games near South China Sea CAPAS: Glowing projectiles lit up the Philippine sky from an advanced US long-range missile system on Thursday, in war games aimed at boosting their military alliance in the face of an increasingly assertive China.The High Mobility Artillery Rocket System (HIMARS) was the star of a simulated assault exercise by 5,500 US and Philippine soldiers, unleashing six missiles at distant targets from a dry riverbed three hours' drive from Manila.US Marine Cobra attack helicopters and Philippine ...