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South Korea cuts power to Kaesong

South Korea has cut off power and water supplies to a factory park in North Korea, officials said yesterday, a day after the North deported all South Korean workers there and ordered a military takeover of the complex that had been the last major symbolFULL STORY

Zuma pledges to revive economy, cut spending

Weakened by scandal and policy missteps, South African President Jacob Zuma pledged in a state of the nation address on Thursday to revive the country’s economy and cut excessive spending. However, the speech was delayed and repeatedly interrupted by opposition lawmakers who angrily demanded hisFULL STORY

IS has used, can make chemical weapons, CIA says

CIA Director John Brennan has said that Islamic State (IS) fighters have used chemical weapons and have the capability to make small quantities of chlorine and mustard gas, CBS News reported on Thursday. “We have a number of instances where [IS] has used chemical munitions onFULL STORY

Beijing expresses support after Hong Kong violence

China’s central government firmly supports Hong Kong authorities and police in safeguarding public order and punishing those who break the law, the Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs has said in Beijing’s first reaction to a riot in Hong Kong earlier this week. Sixty-four people have beenFULL STORY

Indonesia warns messaging apps to remove emoticons with gay themes

Human Rights Watch yesterday urged Indonesian President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo to protect gay and lesbian rights, a day after his government told instant messaging apps to remove stickers featuring same-sex couples in the latest high-profile attempt to discourage visible homosexuality in the socially conservative country. InFULL STORY

Einstein’s gravitational waves found by scientists

Scientists for the first time have detected gravitational waves, ripples in space and time hypothesized by Albert Einstein a century ago, in a landmark discovery announced on Thursday that opens a new window for studying the cosmos. The researchers said they identified gravitational waves coming fromFULL STORY

Short Mexican prison riot leaves 49 dead

Relatives of 49 inmates slaughtered in a fiery Mexican prison brawl sobbed and fainted yesterday as they read the list of victims on a wall after the country’s deadliest jailhouse riot in years. Thursday’s battle involved two rival factions of the Zetas drug cartel fightingFULL STORY

Oregon standoff finally over after 41 days

The four holdouts in the armed occupation of a federal wildlife refuge in Oregon surrendered on Thursday, with the last protester repeatedly threatening suicide in a dramatic final telephone call with mediators before he gave up, ending the 41-day standoff. David Fry, 27, stayed behind forFULL STORY

NATO starts naval patrols to return refugees to Turkey

NATO has sent a patrol of three warships to intercept refugees trying to reach Greece by sea and send them back to Turkey, as Europe steps up efforts to contain the refugee crisis. The mission was agreed upon and ordered to the Aegean Sea in lessFULL STORY

New York City cop found guilty in stairwell shooting

A jury on Thursday found a rookie New York police officer guilty of manslaughter in the 2014 fatal shooting of an unarmed black man — an incident that fueled US protests against police tactics. Peter Liang now faces up to 15 years in prison for theFULL STORY

World News Quick Take

JAPAN Politician quits over affair A Japanese politician who made headlines over his quest to take paternity leave quit yesterday after admitting to an affair with a bikini model while his wife was pregnant. Yesterday, ruling Liberal Democratic Party lawmaker Kensuke Miyazaki announced his resignation after aFULL STORY

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