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Kim Jong Un pays another visit to China
South Korea's Yonhap news agency, citing an unspecified source familiar with North Korea issues, earlier said a North Korean train possibly carrying a "high-level" official had crossed the border into China. Dozens of security vehicles and officials blocked the roads around a train station in the Chinese border city of Dandong through which the train passed, according to Yonhap. On previous occasions when Kim Jong Un has traveled to China…
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$1 trillion is leaving Britain because of Brexit
Banks and other financial companies have shifted at least £800 billion ($1 trillion) worth of assets out of the country and into the European Union because of Brexit, EY said in a report published Monday. Many banks have set up new offices elsewhere in the European Union to safeguard their regional operations after Brexit, which means they also have to move substantial assets there to satisfy EU regulators. Other firms…
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Thousands stung by bluebottle jellyfish on Queensland beaches
According to rescue organization Surf Life Saving Queensland, 3,595 people sought treatment for bluebottle stings over the weekend, while 9,300 have been treated so far in 2019, with nine people hospitalized. In comparison, the organization's yearly report, released in September 2018, revealed that 14,008 bluebottle stings were recorded over the preceding 12 months. Lifeguards temporarily closed several beaches over the weekend, including the Rainbow, Tugun, Coolangatta, and Northcliffe beaches. Surf…
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Crickets could be behind the Cuba ‘sonic attack’ mystery, scientists say
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China’s top gay dating app stops accepting new users after claims it put minors at risk
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Gabon government says ‘situation under control’ after apparent coup attempt
The officers declared their dissatisfaction with President Ali Bongo and said they had seized power to "restore democracy" in the Central African nation. However, government spokesman Guy-Bertrand Mapangou told French news outlet RFI that defense forces have now taken back control of state TV and radio. "It seems it was a group of troublemakers because military officials say they weren't aware of this group," Mapangou said, adding that four have…
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Saudi teen who fled her family allowed to stay in Thailand for now
The 18-year-old, who identified herself as Rahaf Mohammed Mutlaq Al-Qunun on an unverified Twitter account, had barricaded herself in a Bangkok airport hotel room in an effort to prevent officials from sending her back to her family. She posted photographs of herself and her passport, and said she was seeking refugee status from "any country that would protect me from getting harmed or killed due to leaving my religion and…
Golden Globes puts spotlight on winners, not politics, in night of surprises
After Time's Up and #MeToo, and two years of award shows heavy on political messages, the Golden Globes veered toward more comfortable territory for Hollywood -- namely, patting itself on the back, while relying on the winners' passion, not the hosts, to carry a show that was alternately boring, shocking, sentimental and just plain silly. Powered by WPeMatico