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Cambodia and China armies hold drills

Cambodia and China yesterday started military exercises focused on counterterrorism and rescue operations, highlighting the strong ties between the two countries amid strained relations between Cambodia and the US. Major General Zhang Jian, commander of the Chinese People’s Liberation Army Southern Theater Command, and Royal CambodianFULL STORY

Jacob Zuma to face corruption, fraud charges

Former South African president Jacob Zuma will face prosecution on corruption charges that haunted much of his term in office, South African National Director of Public Prosecutions Shaun Abrahams said on Friday. Zuma is accused of taking kickbacks from US$5 billion in purchases of fighter jets,FULL STORY

Australians file to prosecute Suu Kyi

Lawyers in Melbourne filed a private prosecution application against Burmese State Counselor Aung San Suu Kyi, who was in Australia, on charges of crimes against humanity. The private prosecution application faces significant barriers to proceeding — a universal jurisdiction prosecution in Australia would require the consentFULL STORY

Chinese create outlandish nicknames for celebrities

When it comes to Chinese names for Western celebrities, “Sweet Tea” is definitely hot, “Fruit Sister” is off the menu and an ample posterior can have you anointed “Lord of Butt.” The recent Academy Awards minted a new star in China, Timothee Chalamet, a best actorFULL STORY

Thousands flee eastern Ghouta as air raids kill scores

Syrian civilians in the last rebel-held pockets of besieged eastern Ghouta were urged to flee as Russia-backed Syrian Army forces stormed into the beleaguered area near Damascus, with intense airstrikes killing dozens and causing thousands more to evacuate. The latest deaths on Friday brought the deathFULL STORY

Kremlin furious as UK blames Putin

Britain on Friday provoked Russia’s wrath by directly implicating Russian President Vladimir Putin in the poisoning attack on a former double agent, with the Kremlin saying the claims were “shocking and unforgivable.” The war of words between Moscow and London over the nerve agent attack onFULL STORY

Europe pens new Iran sanctions to appease Trump

Britain, France and Germany have proposed fresh EU sanctions on Iran over its ballistic missiles and its role in Syria’s war, according to a confidential document, in a bid to persuade Washington to preserve the 2015 nuclear deal with Tehran. The joint paper, seen by Reuters,FULL STORY

Sessions fires ex-FBI deputy director

US Attorney General Jeff Sessions on Friday night announced that he was firing former FBI deputy director Andrew McCabe, a long-time and frequent target of US President Donald Trump’s anger, just two days before his scheduled retirement date. The move was made on the recommendation ofFULL STORY

Next to exit White House? Odds favor McMaster, according to online bookie

US National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster is most likely the next official to leave the administration of US President Donald Trump, following a string of firings and resignations, according to an online betting Web site, which put the odds against him staying at 3/2. Trump’s record-settingFULL STORY

FEATURE: Mini-cars drive away children’s fears of surgery in northern French hospital

Wearing a big grin, Marame clambered into the small electric sports car and drove off — to the operating theater. The five-year-old girl was a patient at the public hospital in the northern French city of Valenciennes, which has begun using toys rather than drugsFULL STORY

Walking dead: Court rejects Romanian’s claim he is alive

Constantin Reliu in January learned that he was dead. After more than 20 years of working as a cook in Turkey, the 63-year-old returned home to Romania to discover that his wife had had him officially registered as dead. He has since been living a legalistic nightmareFULL STORY

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PHILIPPINES Seven die in plane crash At least seven people were killed when a small plane crashed into house while trying to take off just outside Manila yesterday, police and aviation officials said. The twin-engine aircraft crashed into a house just after taking off in Plaridel, killingFULL STORY

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