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Plane carrying 132 crashes in China, Xi orders probe

By Laurie ChenAgence France-Presse (AFP) — A China Eastern passenger jet carrying 132 people crashed onto a mountain in southern China on Monday causing a large fire, shortly after losing contact with air traffic control and dropping thousands of metres…

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…