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India receives Russian S-400 training equipment

Amid the ongoing Russia-Ukraine war, India has received defence equipment for the training squadron of the Russia-made S-400 Triumf advanced surface-to-air missile defence system, local media reported on Friday.  In December, India announced that Russia had begun deliveries of the S-400 long-range defense systems to India. Local news agency Asian …

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UK could send asylum seekers to Rwanda ‘within weeks’

The British government’s new immigration strategy that would see asylum seekers and refugees being sent to Rwanda could begin in a matter of weeks, according to an official.  Andrew Griffith, the director of Downing Street’s policy unit, said the prime minister’s new immigration strategy could be up and running by …

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Girls’ education ban reveals deep rifts within Taliban

The Taliban prohibition on girls' education shows the movement's conservatives retain tight control of the group, and exposes a power struggle that puts at risk crucial aid for Afghanistan's desperate population, experts say. The ban has triggered international outrage and even left many in the Taliban movement baffled by the …

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China holds drills around Taiwan as US lawmakers visit

China said it conducted military drills around Taiwan on Friday as a US Congressional delegation visited the island in a show of support to a fellow democracy, with Beijing blaming the lawmakers for raising tensions with their "provocative" trip. China's military sent frigates, bombers and fighter planes to the East …

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Growing defiance of Covid curbs in China brings wave of arrests

Sun Jian, a 37-year-old master's degree student in the Chinese city of Yantai, for months staged a solo campaign against his university's Covid-19 prevention measures, including blistering criticism on social media. The last straw for authorities came on March 27, when Sun walked around his campus carrying a placard that …

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Penthouses in North Korea are mainly for the unfortunate few

For people in many countries, living in a penthouse is the dream. In North Korea? Not so much. Leader Kim Jong Un keeps building outwardly glamorous high-rise apartment buildings in the capital, Pyongyang, with the latest being an 80-storey skyscraper completed this week. But defectors and other North Koreans say …

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