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US-North Korea: Trump and Kim agree to restart talks in historic meeting
Donald Trump has become the first sitting US president to set foot in North Korea, after meeting Kim Jong-un in the area dividing the two Koreas. Mr Trump and the North Korean leader posed for handshakes before talking for nearly an hour in the heavily fortified demilitarised zone (DMZ). Both
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Portugal launches first missiles in ten years
“The Navy has not fired ‘sea sparrow’ missiles for over ten years and today [last Monday] we fired three missiles successfully,” Calado said. The Portuguese Navy has launched missiles for the first time in ten years during the largest multinational exercise organised by the force in 2019 About 1,700 military
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Encephalitis lethargica: 100 years after the epidemic
Encephalitis lethargica is a neurological syndrome that spread across Europe and then the world beginning in the winter of 1916–17, and continuing into the 1930s. Although the exact number of people afflicted with encephalitis lethargica during the epidemic period is unknown, it is estimated to be more than one million
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Ghost Ship: The Mary Celeste
On December 4, 1872, a British-American ship called “the Mary Celeste” was found empty and adrift in the Atlantic. It was found to be seaworthy and with its cargo fully intact, except for a lifeboat, which it appeared had been boarded in an orderly fashion. But why? We may never
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Sickening noises
In December 2016, a CIA officer checked in to the American Embassy’s health office in Havana suffering from nausea, headache, and dizziness. Days later, two more CIA officers reported similar ailments. By late 2018, the number grew to 26 Americans and 13 Canadians experiencing nausea, hearing loss, vertigo, nosebleeds, and
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The Incident at Dyatlov Pass
On the first night of February 1959, nine ski-hikers died mysteriously in the mountains of what is now Russia. The night of the incident, the group had set up camp on a slope, enjoyed dinner, and prepared for sleep—but something went catastrophically wrong because the group never returned. On February
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What the Right Gets Wrong About Socialism
As Scandinavia shows, it does feature plenty of public ownership—but also a thriving economy. Global inequality is surging at an unprecedented pace. According to Oxfam, the world’s 26 richest people currently have the same amount of wealth as the poorest 3.8 billion—down from 61 people in 2016. As the rich get richer,
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Afghanistan: US military says two service members killed
The latest deaths bring the tally of US forces killed in Afghanistan to at least six in 2019 and 65 since 2015. Two US service members have been killed in Afghanistan, the NATO-led Resolute Support mission said in a statement without providing details surrounding the circumstances of their deaths. The US military
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UK stealth fighter jets join fight against Islamic State
The UK’s new F-35B Lightning II stealth fighter jets have joined the fight against the Islamic State group in their first operational missions. The jets, based in Cyprus, have carried out more than 14 armed reconnaissance missions over Iraq and Syria, the Ministry of Defence says. The RAF said the
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Here’s How America Can Counter Russia’s Nord Stream-2 Gas Pipeline
Image: Worker at a welding machine prepare a steel cage for the concrete cover of the pipes fortheNord Stream pipeline at a storage facility in Mukran on the Baltic sea island of Ruegen April 8, 2010. Nord Stream will have two pipelines, each with a capacity of 27.5 billion cubic meters a year, on
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