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US State Dept condemns North Korea missile test SEOUL: The US State Department condemned North Korea's firing of a submarine-launched ballistic missile on Saturday and said the missile test violated U.N. Security Council resolutions."We call on North Korea to refrain from actions that further raise tensions in the region and focus instead on taking concrete steps toward fulfilling its international commitments," the State Department said in a statement.The United States was monitoring the situation in close coordination with regional allies and partners, it said.Copyright Reuters, 2016 ...

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Chinese man sentenced to death for bus blaze BEIJING: A court in northern China on Sunday sentenced a man to death for starting a bus fire in January that killed 18 people, the government said. Flames engulfed the bus in front of a furniture store in the northern region of Ningxia, state media has previously reported.Thirty-three people were injured. The court in regional capital Yinchuan sentenced Ma Yongping to death after finding him guilty of using an "extremely cruel form of crime", the ...

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Earthquake in Tajikistan destroys 30 homes, school DUSHANBE: At least 30 homes and a school were destroyed in an earthquake that caused no injuries or deaths in Tajikistan, the ex-Soviet country's state emergencies committee reported Saturday.A committee spokesman told AFP an earthquake of 5.4 magnitude struck in the remote Rasht region roughly 200 kilometres (124 miles) east of the Central Asian country's capital Dushanbe at around 1500 GMT on Friday.A full assessment of the damage is still being carried out by the ...

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Anonymous SMS threatens hundreds of journalists in Iran TEHRAN: Hundreds of journalists in Iran have received an anonymous text message warning against contact with "hostile" organisations outside the country, the ISNA news agency reported."All contact and collaboration with hostile elements based abroad, by mail or other methods of communication, is a crime and will be brought to justice. This SMS is the last warning," the message said.Iranian media reported that as many as 700 journalists and public figures received the SMS on Friday ...

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Turkmenistan pardons over 600 prisoners, including 26 foreigners ALMATY: Reclusive Turkmenistan's President Gurbanguly Berdymukhamedov has pardoned 612 prisoners including 26 foreign citizens ahead of festivities marking the end of the holy month of Ramadan, state media reported Saturday.A state television report in the gas-rich country noted Berdymukhamedov had signed the order of amnesty "to further strengthen the unity and solidarity of Turkmen society."The report did not clarify the nationalities of foreign prisoners released under the amnesty but Turkmenistan's prisons are known to hold ...

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China landslide leaves at least 20 missing BEIJING: Heavy rain unleashed a landslide Friday that killed one person and left 20 others missing in China, state media said.The landslide hit early morning and buried 29 people in the village of Pianpo, in the southwestern province of Guizhou, the official Xinhua news agency said, citing local authorities. Nine were pulled from the rubble, one of whom later died and the eight others hospitalised, it said. Rescue efforts were continuing, it added.Pictures posted online ...

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Bingeing Kim Jong-Un piling on the pounds SEOUL: North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un has piled on around 40 kilos (90 pounds) since he took power four years ago, bingeing on food and drink, South Korea's spy agency said Friday.The young leader is also suffering from insomnia and is paranoid about his personal safety, the National Intelligence Service (NIS) reported to a parliamentary committee behind closed doors.When he took over from his late father in 2012, Kim's weight was believed to be 90 ...