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The Young Guns of China: Beijing steps up efforts to recruit a new generation of soldiers

China’s military has used annual budget increases of more than 10 per cent to buy precision-guided weapons, fighter jets and its first aircraft carrier. Now it is seeking to upgrade its recruits to operate them. 13 more words

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Kim Jong-un’s favourite group the Moranbong Band is back

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un’s favourite group the Moranbong Band – with guitar-slinging, miniskirted girls – is back. After a six-month break, the queens of North Korea’s pop scene are once again playing to standing room-only crowds and rave reviews in the state media. 12 more words

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Pyongyang ‘seals tunnel ahead of nuclear test’, say South Korean officials

North Korea has apparently sealed the tunnel to its nuclear test site, a significant sign that it may carry out its fourth nuclear test imminently, according to defence officials in Seoul. 13 more words

Wreckage of steamship sunk in collision with vessel from Hong Kong found in San Francisco Bay

The wreckage of a steamship that sank in the 19th century after a collision in San Francisco Bay with a vessel arriving from Hong Kong has been found near the Golden Gate Bridge. 12 more words

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Three US doctors killed, nurse injured as Kabul hospital guard opens fire

An Afghan security guard opened fire on a group of foreign staff at a Kabul hospital yesterday, killing three US doctors and wounding a US nurse, officials said. 12 more words

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Experts warn that the global shipping industry is vulnerable to cyber-attack

The next hacker target appears likely to be the open seas and the oil tankers and container vessels that ship 90 per cent of the goods moved around the planet. 12 more words

EU wins right to sue Reynolds American for money laundering

Reynolds American, maker of Camel cigarettes, could be sued by the European Union over claims it orchestrated a worldwide scheme to launder drug money, a US federal appeals court ruled in reviving an action filed more than a decade ago. 13 more words

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