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China-Japan relations in chaos after maritime collision

BEIJING — China has suspended senior bilateral contact with Japan over the detention of a Chinese captain accused of ramming his boat against Japanese patrol vessels in disputed waters, state media said Sunday. “China has already suspended bilateral exchanges at and above the provincial or ministerial levels,” the official Xinhua…

Japan confirms its first case of new superbug gene

Japan confirms its first case of new superbug gene in man returning from India Japan has confirmed the nation’s first case of a new gene in bacteria that allows the microorganisms to become drug-resistant superbugs, detected in a man who had medical treatment in India, a Health Ministry official said…

Afghan military operation goes badly wrong: NY Times

An Afghan operation to flush out Taliban rebels and showcase growing military competence has turned into a debacle, with many troops dead or captured and commanders pleading for help, The New York Times reported Friday. A senior US official with knowledge of the mission — apparently not coordinated in advance…

US-Russia spy swap at Vienna airport

VIENNA (AFP) – Russia and United States Friday staged their biggest spy swap since the Cold War at Vienna airport with 10 agents deported by US authorities and four imprisoned in Russia thought to have been exchanged. Special Russian and US flights which took the spies to the Austrian capital…

Plane crashes in Afghanistan with 43 on board

An Afghan passenger plane crashed into the mountains of northern Afghanistan on Monday with 43 people on board, including foreigners, the interior ministry told AFP. The Pamir Airways plane was en route from the northern province of Kunduz to Kabul when it came down over the Hindu Kush mountains. The…

Polish president’s plane crashes in Russia; 87 die

Powered by Mochila Polish president’s plane crashes in Russia; reports say 87 dead Officials say a plane carrying Polish President Lech Kaczynski and his wife has crashed in western Russia and that at least 87 people have been killed. The Polish Foreign Ministry confirmed that the president and his wife…

UK troops trained by firing at ‘replica mosques’

A political and religious uproar has erupted in Great Britain over news that the British Army trained troops for the Afghanistan mission by having them fire on replica mosques. A British Muslim group is demanding that the UK military immediately disband seven replica mosques built on an army firing range…

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