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Park’s downfall a big setback for South Korean women fighting bias

Back in 2013, South Korea’s Park Geun hye smashed through the ultimate glass ceiling, giving women hope their first female president would lead to better gender equality in a deeply male dominated society. Her messy political downfall hasn’t exactly been a lean in moment for South Korean women. Fast forward …

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Bangladesh siege restaurant reopens after massacre

The upscale restaurant in Bangladesh where Islamist extremists killed 22 hostages last year has reopened at a new location, its owner said on Wednesday. The Holey Artisan Bakery in Dhaka was a favourite hangout for the city’s expats and well-heeled until five armed men laid siege to it on July …

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China makes war with Japan six years longer

BEIJING: China has ordered all schools to teach pupils that its 20th-century war with Japan lasted 14 years rather than eight, the education ministry said on Wednesday, to “strengthen patriotic education”. Chinese textbooks currently date the “Chinese People’s War of Resistance Against Japanese Aggression” to July 7, 1937 and the …

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Syrian governor says deal to restore Damascus water

BEIRUT: Syria’s government has reached a deal for the army to enter a rebel held area near Damascus and restore the capital’s water supply, the provincial governor said on Wednesday. Opposition sources denied there was any such deal, but a source inside the Wadi Barada region reported several hundred civilians …

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China ship enters strait, Taiwan warns against ‘panic’

TAIPEI: China’s only aircraft carrier has entered the Taiwan Strait in a highly symbolic show of strength, but Taiwan insisted on Wednesday there was no need for panic even as tensions boil over the island’s diplomatic status. Beijing has upped its military drills near the island in recent weeks after …

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Trump news conference sets worldwide social media afire

WASHINGTON: In his first news conference since the Nov. 8 election, President-elect Donald Trump set social media ablaze on Wednesday with remarks including harsh criticism of the press and a defence of his goal to improve ties with Russia. The session, held in the lobby of his Trump Tower headquarters …

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China turns to robots as workers age

Wuzhen, China: Flat, orange robots glide under stationary cars and ferry them to empty Chinese parking bays, using space more efficiently and, their creators say, reducing driver stress. It is one of a number of elegant and expensive mechanical solutions China is turning to as it faces an ageing population, …

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US backs Afghan claim of terrorist safe havens in Fata

WASHINGTON: In a rare acknowledgement of the difficulties Pakistan faces in combating terrorists in Fata, the US State Department has said that the remoteness of the area and the military’s tactical limitations prevent Islamabad from eliminating all terrorist safe havens. But at a Tuesday afternoon news briefing, a department spokesman …

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Trump rejects ‘phoney’ dossier allegations about ties with Russia

President-elect Donald Trump on Wednesday flatly denied “phoney” explosive allegations about ties with Russia and lurid behaviour on a trip to Moscow that have tainted his election victory and threatened to engulf his presidency. Just over a week before Trump takes office, the United States has been rocked by unsubstantiated …

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Hamas members dupe Israeli soldiers while pretending to be women: Israel military

The smartphones of dozens of Israeli soldiers were hacked by Hamas members pretending to be “attractive young women” online, an Israeli military official said on Wednesday. Using fake profiles on Facebook with alluring photos, Hamas members allegedly contacted the soldiers via groups on the social network, luring them into long …

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