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7.2 Earthquake hits off Papua New Guinea, tsunami warned

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An earthquake of magnitude 7.2 struck off Papua New Guinea on Thursday, the US Geological Survey reported. This is just two days after a 7.4-magnitude jolt shook the southern coast. The quake, which struck 150km southwest of the town of Arawa, appears to be relatively shallow. There have been no immediate reports of damage or casualties, Reuters says. A tsunami alert has been issued by the Pacific... 

US 'Old Thinking' Leads to Conflict With China

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While Beijing is seeking to link its growing economic power to geopolitical ambition, Washington is still refusing to treat China as an equal; the US, stuck in its “old thinking,” risks aggravating tensions with China, Philip Stephens warned. Washington is not ready to concede its superiority to Beijing in Asia, and since neither side wants a cold war, the best offer on the table is a... 

Russia invites China to create moon base

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Russia’s Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin, second left, and Vice Premier of the State Council of the People’s Republic of China Wang Yang, second right, meet in Hangzhou, China. Moscow may team up with Beijing to create a scientific station on the Moon. The challenge for Russia is to build its own space station by 2024 to achieve its lunar exploration goals. According to Russian Deputy... 

Top Google executive killed in Nepal quake, 100s of foreign tourists missing

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Dan Fredinburg was one of three Americans killed when the massive earthquake struck Nepal on Saturday, killing more than 3,700 people. He was given letters by friends and family when he reached the summit. The head of privacy at the secretive Google X facility was one of the 18 people killed in an avalanche at Mount Everest, triggered by the Nepal earthquake. Hundreds of foreign nationals are also... 

250 killed in Nepal mudslide avalanche

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A door standing by the rubble of a collapsed home 25 kilometers (15.5 miles) from the epicenter of Saturday’s massive earthquake in Pokhridada, Gorkha district, Nepal. At least 250 villagers are feared missing in a new mudslide and avalanche days after a deadly 7.8-magnitude earthquake hit the South Asian country of Nepal. On Tuesday, officials said the mudslide and avalanche took place in the... 

Over 2,000 people killed in Nepal earthquake

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The death toll from Nepal’s massive earthquake has surpassed 2,000 in the Himalayan country and neighboring nations as the rescue operations continue in the region. Nepalese national police spokesman Kamal Singh Ban said Sunday that the number of confirmed dead from quake had risen to 1,953 in the country. This is while officials in neighboring India said the toll from the tremor stood at 53 and... 

Chinese researchers modify human genome

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For the first time ever, Chinese scientists report having successfully edited human embryos’ genomes. The breakthrough has, however, also revived heated debate about the ethical feasibility of such experiments, which are feared to lead to eugenics. The 16-person team of researchers was based at the Sun Yat-Sen University in Guangzhou, China, and led by Junjiu Huang, a gene-function researcher. They... 

Japan's maglev train sets new world record with 603kph test run

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When it comes to fast trains, Japan takes top honors thanks to German brilliance and Japanese precision. A trailblazing maglev, short for ‘magnetic levitation’, train has set a world speed record during a test run near Mount Fuji, clocking over 600kph (373mph). The new record comes less than a week after the seven-car train clocked 590kph, breaking its own 2003 record of 581kph. The maglev hovers... 

6.8 quake off Taiwan coast prompts tsunami alert in southwestern Japan

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Japan’s Miyakojima and Yaeyama areas have been placed on high alert with tsunami advisories being issued following a shallow 6.8-magnitude underwater earthquake off Taiwan’s coast. Warnings were lifted after no significant wave activity was registered. Following the quake, Japan Meteorological Agency issued tsunami advisories for the Miyakojima and Yaeyama areas of Japan. While JMA issued alerts... 

Iran urges India, China & Russia to counter NATO missile system

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Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) interceptor by the US army. Iran has announced its readiness to cooperate with Russia, China and India on the issue of NATO’s missile shield and related threats from the military bloc, the head of its defense ministry said in Moscow. “I’d like to support the idea of developing multifaceted defense cooperation between China, Iran, India and Russia... 

Mass Whale Beaching Re-Ignites Quake Fears Among Japanese

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Only three of some 150 electra dolphins are believed to have been saved, after being washed ashore in the Ibaraki Prefecture. Scientists are trying to explain the incident, while some see it as an ominous sign to a similar case before the 2011 earthquake. At least 149 melon-headed whales, a species of dolphin, were found at the Hokota beach on Friday, according to local officials. Rescue efforts were... 

Russia invites Iran to join key Eurasia trading bloc

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Russia has proposed to Iran to join the Eurasian Economic Union (EAEU). Russia has proposed to Iran to join the Eurasian Economic Union (EAEU) a regional trading bloc comprised of states located primarily in northern Eurasia. Mehdi Sana’ei, Iran’s ambassador to Russia, has been quoted by the media as saying that the proposal was raised during a meeting in Moscow with Viktor Khristenko, the chairman... 

US bans Intel from selling CPUs to China amid nuclear fears

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A Chinese supercomputer ranked fastest in the world four years running could soon slip from that top spot: Intel, the US-based microprocessor maker, says it’s been blocked by the US government from selling chips to China. Representatives for Intel Corp. confirmed to the Wall Street Journal this week that it’s stopped shipping microprocessor chips to Chinese customers after the US Department of... 

Japan Wants to Open to Millions of Immigrants like Europe and America

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With a declining population, Japan is on track to lose about half its workforce by 2060, and with that, its status as an economic superpower. Some are calling for an “immigration revolution” but that is gaining little traction in a country that is seen as the most homogenous in the world. In Japan, birth rates are at record lows and the ageing population at record highs. Now, the former... 

New Deal Allows Japan to Defend US Forces Worldwide

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The US and Japan are close to finalizing the revision of bilateral defense rules that would expand the two countries’ military cooperation, and allow Tokyo to play a more “proactive” role in regional security, according to US Defense Secretary Ash Carter. The bilateral defense agreement lays down a set of rules for joint operations between the US Military and Japan’s Self-Defense Forces... 
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