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Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe dissolved parliament on Sept. 28, effectively kicking off a national election campaign where he faces an unexpected and formidable challenge from the popular governor of Tokyo.
Hurricane Irma, one of the most powerful Atlantic storms on record, continues to destroy everything on its path and kills at least nine people
SEOUL - Agence France-Presse
North Korea said it detonated a hydrogen bomb designed for a long-range missile on Sept. 2 and called its sixth and most powerful nuclear test a “perfect success,” sparking world condemnation and promises of tougher U.S. sanctions.
World leaders have been pushing for tougher sanctions on North Korea after its latest and the most powerful nuclear test on Sept. 3, while Pyongyang pledged to take “powerful counter measures” to respond to U.S. pressure or any new sanctions against it over its missile programme.
BEIJING – Reuters
China has appointed new commanders of its army and air force in a reshuffle ahead of next month’s Communist Party congress, as President Xi Jinping brings new blood into the military’s top ranks amid an ambitious modernisation program.
Russian President Vladimir Putin warned yesterday of a global catastrophe unless a diplomatic solution is reached over North Korea, but rejected U.S. calls for more sanctions as “useless,” widening a split among major powers over how to rein in Pyongyang.
Tensions between Pyongyang and Washington continue to rise, as US bombers and jets drill over Korean peninsula as a show of force
GENEVA – Reuters
Beijing is waging a campaign of harassment against Chinese activists who seek to testify at the United Nations about repression, while the world body sometimes turns a blind eye or is even complicit, Human Rights Watch has said.
MUMBAI – Agence France-Presse
At least five people were killed as heavy monsoon rain deluged India’s financial capital Mumbai, causing transport chaos and forcing schools and many offices to close yesterday.
North Korea’s biggest-ever nuclear test and declaration it had a hydrogen bomb prompted worldwide condemnation from leaders, as well as thoughts on possible responses they could adopt.
SEOUL/UNITED NATIONS – Reuters
The United Nations condemned North Korea’s “outrageous” firing of a ballistic missile over Japan on Aug. 29, demanding Pyongyang halt its weapons program but holding back on any threat of new sanctions on the isolated regime.