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The 10 best films of 2013, joint 3rd – Gravity

When Gravity finally dropped at the Venice film festival earlier this year, it answered a question that had been perplexing the film world for quite some time: was this long-in-the-making space thriller going to be a gigantic disaster, a folie de grandeur from fast-talking Mexican writer-director …

German parliament confirms Angel Merkel for new term

<b>Angela Merkel has been confirmed as German chancellor for a third term, at the head of a grand coalition, by a vote in the Bundestag (parliament).</b><p>The coalition between her centre-right CDU/CSU bloc and the Social Democrats (SPD) has a huge majority, with 504 of the 631 seats in the lower house.<p>Mrs …

Japan increases defence budget amid tensions with China

Japan is to significantly increase its defence spending over the next five years to acquire surveillance drones, fighter jets, naval destroyers and amphibious vehicles to counteract China's growing military activity in the region.<p>New defence and security strategies ordered by Japan's conservative …

Kerry downplays dispute with China in East China Sea

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said the United States do not view differences with China over the East China Sea as a scenario of rising tension.<p>Kerry underlined though that US will speak out when countries “raised the temperature” through unilateral actions in territorial disputes.<p>“We are not …

Archbishop Tutu: Nelson Mandela services excluded Afrikaners

<b>Archbishop Desmond Tutu has said that Nelson Mandela would have been appalled that Afrikaners were excluded from memorial services marking his death.</b><p>He highlighted the absence of the Dutch Reformed Church and the limited use of the Afrikaans language at the services.<p>A mainly Afrikaner party …