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US to sharpen ‘military edge’ in Asia Pacific with more subs, undersea drones – Pentagon chief

The United States aims to “sharpen its military edge” in Asia Pacific with modernized military equipment to “undergird security” in the region and counter China’s rising military might, US Defense Secretary Ash Carter has said.

Duterte tells critics he’d be ‘happy to slaughter’ drug addicts like Hitler massacred Jews

Tired of critics portraying him as a “cousin of Hitler,” Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte said he would be “happy” if his brutal campaign against drugs was as effective as the infamous Nazi leader’s holocaust against the Jews.

A year of Russian anti-ISIS ops in Syria: 5 key milestones

Precisely a year ago Moscow joined the campaign in Syria at the request of Damascus. While killing thousands of jihadists, Russia suffered military losses, but became one of the driving forces behind attempts at the national reconciliation process.

Beijing warns outsider Japan against ‘playing with fire & messing in South China Sea’

China has warned Tokyo against “playing with fire” and joining US-led naval “patrols” and “exercises” in the disputed South China Sea, telling Japan, which is “outside the region”, that it should stop meddling in affairs that are none of its concern.

Moscow ‘keeps in mind’ US readiness to use nukes, prepared for ‘countermeasures’

Russia has promised to take all necessary countermeasures to ensure its national security given recently-announced US plans to modernize its nuclear triad and hawkish statements on nuclear deterrence coming from Washington.

‘Best gift to terrorists’ would be US boycott of Syria peace effort – Moscow

The US’ refusal to cooperate with Russia would be a real “gift” to terrorists in Syria, on a par with its failure to separate “moderates” from jihadists and the recent airstrike against Syrian army, Moscow said in response to a barrage of criticism from Washington.

UN fails to launch independent probe into Yemen war crimes

An EU-backed resolution demanding an independent inquiry into human rights violations during the Yemeni war has been withdrawn at the UN Human Rights Council.

New French documentary on radical Islam sparks controversy, author accused of ‘sensationalism’

A new documentary on the rise of radical Islam in France has sparked controversy among the French public, with viewers’ opinions ranging from praise to outrage.

UN’s first space mission will fly ‘Dream Chasers’ into orbit by 2021

The United Nations has announced it will launch its first ever orbital mission aboard the Sierra Nevada's ‘Dream Chaser’ spaceplane within five years to help countries without established programs explore outer space.

China warns against US deployment of THAAD anti-missile system in S. Korea

The Chinese Defense Ministry has warned the US against deploying the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense system in South Korea.

Driver shouting ‘Allahu Akbar’ tried to run over pedestrians in Vienna – media citing police

Police detained a 21-year old man in Vienna after he deliberately tried to run over pedestrians while shouting “Allahu Akbar” out of his car.

Conflict of interest between White House & Pentagon is why Syrian ceasefire failed – Assad adviser

Internal disagreements in the US as well as Washington’s support for terrorist groups in Syria are hampering peace efforts, President Assad’s Political and Media Adviser Dr.

1 in 10 children carry immunity to AIDS - study

One in ten children possess a rare “monkey-like” genetic system that makes them immune to developing AIDS, a new study has revealed.

‘Anti-mosque’ law passed in northern Italy

The Italian region of Liguria has approved a controversial law that may make it almost impossible for new mosques to be built.

China to build 'world’s largest' high-speed railway station under Great Wall

China has unveiled plans to build the world’s deepest and largest high-speed railway station as part of its preparations for hosting the 2022 Winter Olympics.

US duped into airstrike that killed 22 Somali soldiers, local officials claim

Up to 22 Somali soldiers may have been killed by a suspected United States military airstrike in what local officials called a ruse orchestrated by rival regional authorities.

Iran & Italy hold joint drills in strategic Strait of Hormuz, despite recent US military incidents

An Italian frigate has participated in joint drills with Iran in the Strait of Hormuz, an Iranian commander has said.

Up to 250 people killed in alleged chemical attacks in Darfur since January – Amnesty (GRAPHIC)

Up to 250 people, many of them children, have died from exposure to suspected chemical weapons in Darfur in the past eight months, Amnesty International has reported.

‘Kill the worthless dog’: Saudi princess abuses Paris decorator, Twitter users enraged

A Saudi Arabian princess sparked a tsunami of angry remarks online, after it became known that she had made a Parisian decorator kiss her feet and told her bodyguards to “maim” and “kill” the worker.

Saudis could pull billions from US economy, hinder access to Mideast bases following 9/11 lawsuits

Saudi Arabia and its allies could retaliate against US legislation allowing the kingdom to be sued for the 9/11 attacks, including scaling back investment in the US economy or restricting access to important regional air bases, experts claim.