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NK fires two unknown projectiles Pyongyang-Washington nuclear talks remain stalled

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un attended the testing of a “super-large multiple rocket launcher” at an undisclosed location in North Korea on September 10, 2019. Photo: IC   North Korea fired two “unidentified projectiles” on Thursday – the Thanksgiving holiday in the US – Seoul said, as nuclear talks between Pyongyang and Washington remain deadlocked. …

New Zealand PM apologizes for fatal 1979 air disaster

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern Photo: Xinhua Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern offered an official apology Thursday on the 40th anniversary of New Zealand’s worst peacetime disaster, the Mount Erebus air crash in which 257 people died. An Air New Zealand DC-10 on a sightseeing flight over Antarctica slammed into remote Mount Erebus during “whiteout” …

Retrial ordered for ex-S.Korean president Park

A South Korean court on Friday sentenced the impeached President Park Geun-hye to 24 years in jail with a fine of 18 billion won (17 million US dollars) for corruption. South Korea’s top court on Thursday ordered a second retrial for disgraced former president Park Geun-hye, seeking heavier punishment for illegally taking money from the …

Japan MPs’ disaster helmet drill sparks Twitter debate

Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe delivers a speech at the end of a disaster drill to simulate an emergency response to a strong 7.3 magnitude quake in Tokyo on September 1, 2015. Photo: VCG Some Japanese lawmakers giggled this week during a drill to practice the use of disaster prevention helmets, at least one of …

The hair salon changing how transgenders are seen in Pakistan

Transgender beautician Bebo Haider (behind) attends to a customer in her beauty parlor in Karachi, Pakistan, on October 15. Photo: AFP Bebo Haider’s beauty parlor is bright, small, and decorated sparsely with three large photographs: transgender models who became her clients because the Karachi salon is one of the few in Pakistan which caters to …

World’s largest tram network shuts down as Melbourne drivers strike

File photo: Xinhua Tram drivers in the Australian city of Melbourne stopped work on Thursday, demanding higher pay and more reliable work schedules. The halt of the world’s largest tram network has forced thousands of passengers onto replacement buses, following an ongoing dispute between the workers’ union and private operator Yarra Trams. The action took …