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North Korea fires second missile in less than a week

By Sunghee HwangAgence France-Presse (AFP) — North Korea fired a suspected ballistic missile into the sea on Tuesday, with South Korea’s military warning the second such weapons test in less than a week showed clear signs of progress. The early-morning launch came…

Philippines typhoon death toll hits 375

By Ferdinandh CabreraAgence France-Presse (AFP) — The death toll from the strongest typhoon to hit the Philippines this year surged to 375 on Monday, as desperate survivors pleaded for urgent supplies of drinking water and food. The Philippine Red Cross reported “complete…

China stuns West with hypersonic missile test

By Daphne Benoit and Jurgen Hecker, with Helen Roxburgh in BeijingAgence France-Presse (AFP) — A Chinese hypersonic test flight involving a high speed missile launch points to a major breakthrough, but Beijing’s capacity to deploy the advanced technology in combat…

Fire at overcrowded Indonesian prison kills 41

(AFP) — A fire tore through an overcrowded Indonesian prison in the early hours of Wednesday when most inmates were asleep, killing 41 people and injuring dozens of others, an official said. Firefighters extinguished the blaze — which was mostly…