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Syrian rebels approach symbolic Islamic State village | Reuters

ISTANBUL/BEIRUT (Reuters) - Syrian rebels backed by Turkey and a U.S.-led coalition are closing in on the Islamic State-held village of Dabiq, the site of an apocalyptic prophesy central to the militant group’s ideology.<p>Free Syrian Army (FSA) rebel groups have been pushing southwards into Islamic …

Middle East

The Death of a Leading Tibetan Monk in Chinese Custody Has Sparked Outrage

Tenzin Delek Rinpoche, a Tibetan religious leader imprisoned by China since 2002, died on Sunday. He was 65.<p>The cause of his death remains unknown, …

China

Moazzam Begg to be freed as prosecutors drop terror charges

Case against former Guantánamo Bay detainee collapsed after secret intelligence material was handed to prosecutors<p>The prosecution of former Guantánamo inmate Moazzam Begg has dramatically collapsed after the police and crown prosecutors were handed secret intelligence material which undermined the …

'Umbrella Revolution' Protesters Heckle Hong Kong Leader

HONG KONG — Pro-democracy activists heckled and jeered Hong Kong’s leader Leung Chun-ying Wednesday as he drank Champagne at an event marking China's National Day — just hours after refusing to meet “Umbrella Revolution” protest leaders.<p>Hundreds yelled at Leung to step down then fell silent and …

China

Hong Kong-China relationship is changing amid new dynamic

The colorful skyscrapers and massive luxury shops glistening along both sides of Hong Kong's harbor offer architectural proof of the economic boom that hit this city after Britain handed the former colony back to China in 1997.<p>To many of the pro-democracy demonstrators now clogging Hong Kong's …

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Israel intercepts ship with weapons headed to Gaza

The Israel Defense Forces said Wednesday it intercepted an Iranian shipment of "advanced" weapons bound for "terrorist organizations" operating in Gaza.<p>The Israeli navy stopped a Panamanian-flagged civilian cargo ship and boarded the vessel, the IDF said.<p>The weapons found were identified as …

Tension over South Korea airspace expansion

South Korea is set to expand its air defence zone to partially overlap China's recently enlarged airspace, South Korean officials have said.<p>Seoul's defence ministry said on Sunday that the expansion, which covers an extra 66,480 square kilometres, would include two territorial islands to its south, …

National Geographic puts more than 500 historic maps on Google

National Geographic and Google are trying to recreate the thrill of cracking open one of the magazine's signature paper maps, but in the digital world. A new project puts more than 500 of National Geographic's 800 historic maps online using Google's Maps Engine platform.<p>"People have collected our …

South Korea extends its air defence zone to overlap with China's

New spur to regional tensions as Japan also warns China against claims on South China Sea<p>South Korea says it has extended its air defence zone to partially overlap with a similar zone declared by China two weeks ago that has sharply raised regional tensions.<p>Beijing's declaration of an air defence …

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UK soldier and veteran suicides 'outstrip Afghan deaths'

http://vod-pro-ww-live.akamaized.net/mps_h264_hi/public/news/uk/994000/994784_h264_1500k.mp4?__gda__=1522272006_818ed077c3f0ad86dea1aa0ea2c874e9<p><b>More British soldiers and veterans took their own lives in 2012 than died fighting the Taliban in Afghanistan over the same period.</b><p>BBC Panorama learned …

Afghanistan

Philippines country profile

<b>More than 7,000 islands make up the Philippines, but the bulk of its fast-growing population lives on just 11 of them.</b><p>Much of the country is mountainous and prone to earthquakes and eruptions from around 20 active volcanoes. It is often buffeted by typhoons and other storms.<p>The Philippines - a …

Asia

Guide to the Philippines conflict

<b>The southern Philippines has a long history of conflict, with armed groups including Muslim separatists, communists, clan militias and criminal groups all active in the area.</b><p>Three groups comprise the Muslim separatists - the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF), the Moro Islamic Liberation Front …

Asia

Philippines and MILF rebels in wealth-sharing deal

<b>The Philippines has reached a deal with the country's largest Muslim rebel group to share wealth generated from Mindanao's natural resources.</b><p>The Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) will receive 75% of the gold, copper and other resources mined from the southern island.<p>It follows lengthy …

Asia

Interview: U.S., China seek to advance military-to-military ties in strategic talks - People's Daily Online

WASHINGTON, July 7 (Xinhua) -- As U.S. and Chinese officials are to meet for their fifth Strategic and Economic Dialogue (S&ED) this week, some …

China

Backgrounder: China-Russia joint military exercises since 2003 - People's Daily Online

VLADIVOSTOK, July 5 (Xinhua) -- A China-Russia joint naval drill, dubbed "Joint Sea 2013", is going on in waters near Russia's Peter the Great Bay on …

Senior Chinese, U.S. military officers meet in Pentagon on ties - People's Daily Online

WASHINGTON, July 12 (Xinhua) -- Chairman of the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff Martin Dempsey on Thursday met with Wang Guanzhong, deputy chief of …

In pictures: China, Russia hold largest-ever joint naval drills (8) - People's Daily Online

Worldwide Air Pollution Deaths Per Year Number Over 2 Million, New Study Claims

<i>By Rachael Rettner, Senior LiveScience Writer:</i><p>Air pollution may be responsible for more than 2 million deaths around the world each year, according to a new study.<p>The study estimated that 2.1 million deaths each year are linked with fine particulate matter, tiny particles that can get deep into the …