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China surpasses US as world's largest economy based on key measure

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China has surpassed the US in terms of GDP based on purchasing power parity (PPP), becoming the largest in the world by this measure, International Monetary Fund estimates show. In 2014 China reached $17.6 trillion or 16.48 percent of the world’s purchasing-power-adjusted GDP, while the US made slightly less, 16.28 percent or $17.4 trillion, the FT reported citing IMF data. PPP is recognized as... 

North, South Korea trade machine gun fire along land border

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Seoul military officials say North and South Korea have exchanged fire across their land border after the North shot balloons carrying anti-Pyongyang propaganda leaflets floated from the South. South Korea’s Yonhap news agency said shots could be heard from north of the border at around 3:55 p.m. local time (0655 GMT) on Friday, about two hours after balloons containing 200,000 leaflets were... 

US irked by Chinese, Russian military drills

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Chinese aircraft carrier Liaoning A top US air force commander has expressed alarm at the growing number of dangerous midair encounters between American warplanes and those of China and Russia. Head of US Pacific Air Forces General Herbert Carlisle particularly complained about China’s naval and air forces for “very much continuing to push” toward becoming increasingly active in international... 

North Korean leader missing North possibly planning Unification

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We may finally see the end of an evil, repressive, communist regime. It is impossible to know exactly what is going on in North Korea, but something big has happened. The third generation Kim dynasty heir, Kim Jong-un, has been missing from public sight for a month, and may be ill, dead, or overthrown. There is much speculation, and contradictory reports are circulating, including the assertion that... 

Shocking NASA pics show Aral Sea basin now completely dry

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The Aral Sea in 1989 (left), and now (2014) Once the fourth-biggest lake in the world, the eastern basin of the Aral Sea in central Asia is now completely dry. It is the result of a Soviet-era project to divert rivers for agriculture and a lack of rainfall at its source. “This is the first time the eastern basin has completely dried in modern times,” Philip Micklin, an Aral Sea expert from Western... 

28 killed in landslides, floods in northeastern India

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At least 28 people have been killed in landslides and flash floods triggered by two days of heavy rain in northeastern India. Indian authorities said on Tuesday that at least 14 deaths were reported in the northeastern state of Meghalaya while another 14 people lost their lives in neighboring Assam state, where several districts, including the capital Gauhati, were flooded. According to district official... 

Panasonic Lumix DMC-CM1 smartphone brings largest imaging sensor

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Panasonic has debuted a hybrid smartphone-camera sporting the largest imaging sensor yet to feature on a smartphone. The Photokina trade show in Cologne saw the company lifting the curtain off Lumix DMC-CM1, whose camera has been fitted with a 1 inch 20-megapixel sensor. Probably monopolizing the attention of mobile photographers so far has been Samsung’s Galaxy K Zoom, which the Panasonic device... 

Heavy rains in Southwest China leave 19 dead, 20 missing

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Heavy rains in southwest China have left at least 19 people dead and 20 others missing, forcing thousands of residents to leave their homes, state media report. The China News Service said on Monday that 12 people have reportedly died in the southwestern major city of Chongqing, three in neighboring Sichuan Province, and four others in Shaanxi Province. The flooding forced some 160,000 people to flee... 

Sony brings PlayStation 4 games to its Xperia Z3 smartphones and tablets

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Having been fitted onto a PlayStation 4 controller, Sony’s latest smartphones and tablets become capable of streaming videogames. The PS4 Remote Play will be available on Sony’s new Xperia Z3 and Z3 compact phones, plus the company’s Z3 Tablet Compact. The feature enables the gamer to play anywhere at their home. To use it, they would have to attach their Z3 smartphone or tablet to a... 

Monster floods kill over 400 in India, Pakistan

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The heaviest rainfall in 50 years has resulted in more than 400 deaths in the Kashmir region with thousands still trapped on rooftops as residents in both India and Pakistan are criticizing their governments for not doing enough to help them. In India, at least 217 people were reported to have died by Tuesday, with another 47,000 evacuated from their homes. The city of Siringar was still submerged,... 

China to get electronic vehicle charging network

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A tie-up between electronic car pioneer Tesla Motors and mobile phone company China Unicom is to see the setting up of a charging network for electronic vehicles across the country. Peggy Yang, a spokeswoman for Tesla, which already has 200 dedicated charging outlets across China, said the project eyes setting up of 400 charging points in 120 cities. She said the new plan includes a further 20 supercharging... 

Indian politician calls for Indian Muslims to join Pakistani Army

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Firebrand Indian politician Asaduddin Owaisi has called upon Indian Muslims to join Pakistani forces in case India attacks the country, a poster making rounds on social media claims. The Hindi poster that has Owaisi’s picture reads, “Hindus should not consider Indian Muslims separated from their fellow Muslims of Pakistan. If India dares to attack Pakistan, 250 million Indian Muslims... 

North Korean banker steals $5 million and defects to Russia

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North Korean leader Kim Jong-un A senior North Korean scumbag banker, who managed financial affairs of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, has reportedly defected to Russia with 5 million dollars while North Koreans starve of hunger due to extreme poverty caused by prolonged communism. Yun Tae Hyong, a representative of Korea Daesong Bank, disappeared in Russia’s far eastern city of Nakhodka last week... 

China to develop Supersonic Submarine that could reach US in 2 hours

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Traveling from Shanghai to San Francisco in under two hours may sound like a fantasy, but China believes it’s figured out how to design an underwater vehicle that can make the idea a reality. More worryingly, though, is the possibility that the technology will be used to develop even more dangerous weaponry. According to the South China Morning Post (SCMP), the super-fast technology was developed... 

Doctors remove 36-year-old skeleton inside Indian woman

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The skeleton of a fetus left inside mother for 36 years. Doctors have removed the skeleton of a 36-year-old fetus that had been inside an Indian woman. The skeleton was found inside a 60-year-old woman in Maharashtra after she came to a medical center complaining of pain in the abdomen. “The woman suffered a miscarriage because the fetus had been growing outside of her uterus. She became pregnant... 
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