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War with North Korea would be tragic: US military chief

Military action on the Korean peninsula would be 'tragic on an unbelievable scale', Pentagon chief James Mattis says.

James Mattis and Joint Chiefs Chairman  Joseph Dunford

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Duterte: China's Xi threatened 'war' over sea oil

Philippine president says Chinese counterpart warned war would start if oil drilling began in disputed South China Sea.

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North Korea vows to strengthen nuclear-strike ability

Pyongyang deputy ambassador to the UN says his country will strengthen and develop nuclear capability despite sanctions.

North Korea tested a longer-range missile

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Heatwave grips northern China

Yellow alert in force as temperatures approach 40 degrees Celsius in Beijing, Tianjin, as well as parts of Hebei.

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Japan cabinet approves Emperor Akihito abdication bill

The bill allows only for the abdication of Akihito, who says he fears his age might make it hard to fulfill his duties.

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Chinese jet 'flies upside down' over US spy plane

Fighter jets carry out what US describes as 'unprofessional' intercept of radiation detection plane over East China Sea.

Chinese fighter jets

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Seoul says it wants to reopen communication with North

S Korean announcement appears to indicate a 'softer position' as UN Security Council weighs new sanctions on Pyongyang.

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Facebook still available in Thailand despite ban threat

Regulator says it expects website to comply with court orders for removal of content deemed to threaten security.

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Researchers eye possible N Korea link to cyberattacks

Some code in massive WannaCry attack was earlier used in hacking operation linked to Pyongyang.

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PNG: Asylum seekers fear for safety ahead of relocation

Human rights groups and asylum seekers fear violence as PNG prepares for the closure of the detention centre.

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