• Russian election: Putin-backed party well ahead - exit polls

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    Russia: United Russia, backed by President Vladimir Putin, is well ahead in the nation's parliamentary election, taking more than 40%, exit polls suggest. However its vote, if confirmed, would be down on the 49% won in 2011. The nationalist LDPR and the Communist party are way behind, with 14-16% each. Liberal opposition parties appear to have failed to pass the 5% threshold needed for party-list representation, the polls say, though they could still get seats in individual constituencies. Natalia's struggle to be heard A test of legitimacy? Farce and swagger Country profile A VTsIOM exit ...Read More


  • Swedish appeals court upholds detention order for Assange

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    STOCKHOLM: A Swedish appeals court on Friday upheld a detention order for WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, dismissing the latest attempt by the 45-year-old Australian to make prosecutors drop a rape investigation from 2010. The decision by the Svea Court of Appeal means that the arrest warrant stands for the 45-year-old computer hacker, who has avoided extradition to Sweden by seeking shelter at the Ecuadorian Embassy in London since 2012. Assange, who denies the rape allegation, has challenged the detention order several times. He says he fears he will be extradited to the United States to face...Read More


  • U.S. B-1B Bombers Fly Near North Korea Following Nuclear Test

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    OSAN AIR BASE, South Korea : The United States on Tuesday sent two nuclear-capable supersonic bombers streaking over ally South Korea in a show of force meant to cow North Korea after its recent nuclear test. The B-1B bombers, escorted by U.S. and South Korean jets, were seen by an Associated Press photographer as they flew over Osan Air Base, which is 75 miles from the border with North Korea. The bombers were likely to return to Andersen Air Force Base in Guam, without landing in South Korea. Such flyovers are common when always high animosity rises on the Korean Peninsula, which is technically in a state of war a...Read More


  • North Korea Appears To Conduct Fifth Nuclear Test As Regime Celebrates National Holiday

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    TOKYO: North Korea appears to have conducted its fifth nuclear test, analysts say, after a 5.0 magnitude artificial earthquake was detected near its nuclear test site Friday morning. The test came as North Korea celebrates the "day of the foundation of the republic," the 68th anniversary of the formation of the communist regime by Kim Il Sung, the current leader's grandfather. The United States Geological Survey reported a 5.3 magnitude earthquake near Punggye-ri, the site of North Korea's previous nuclear tests, at exactly 9 a.m. local time. "Possible explosion, located near the location wh...Read More


  • China sends large number of vessels to South China Sea despite Barack Obama's warning

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    HANGZHOU, CHINA: An unusually large number of Chinese vessels have been positioned close to a disputed reef in the South China Sea near the coast of the Philippines for the last week, despite warnings by the United States that China should stay away. The Philippine Defense Department has photographs of four Chinese Coast Guard ships, and six other vessels, less than a mile from Scarborough Shoal, which is claimed by the Philippines and China, the defense minister, Delfin Lorenzana, .. Obama got off the plane by a staircase carried on board Air Force One and released from the belly of the aircraft....Read More



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