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North Korea sacks soldiers, South Korea awards medals after defector's border dash

SEOUL North Korea has reportedly replaced guards and fortified a section of its border with South Korea where a North Korean soldier staged a daring defection last week, while South Korean and U.S. soldiers have been decorated for their role in his rescue.

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Philippines' Duterte ditches peace process with Maoist rebels

MANILA Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte has terminated the on-again, off-again peace talks with Maoist-led rebels as hostilities have continued despite the negotiations, the president's spokesman said on Friday.

Nov 23 2017

At least three dead as Indian passenger train derails in northern India

MUMBAI A passenger train slipped off the rails in northern India early on Friday, killing at least three people and injuring about 10, the railways ministry said.

Nov 23 2017

Syria opposition meeting in Riyadh sees no role for Assad in transition

RIYADH/AMMAN Syria's main opposition stuck by its demand on Thursday that President Bashar al-Assad play no role in an interim period under any U.N.-sponsored peace deal, despite speculation it could soften its stance because of Assad's battlefield strength.

Syria, United Nations Nov 23 2017

China police probe latest case of alleged childcare abuse

BEIJING Police in China are investigating claims of sexual molestation and needlemarks on children at a Beijing kindergarten run by pre-school operator RYB Education Inc, the latest case in a booming childcare industry to spark outrage among parents.

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Mnangagwa the "Crocodile" to be sworn in as Zimbabwe's president

HARARE Emmerson Mnangagwa will cap a stunning political comeback when he is sworn in as Zimbabwe's president on Friday, bringing the final curtain down on the 37-year rule of Robert Mugabe.

Africa Nov 23 2017

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