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S.Korea postpones military service for K-pop world stars BTS

The National Assembly passed a bill Tuesday that would allow globally recognized male pop culture artists to postpone their mandatory military duties. The assembly gave the nod to the bill on revising the Military Service Act to grant an exceptional right to defer national defense duties to acclaimed pop artists, such as K-pop megastars BTS, […]...Read More

Kashmiris shutter down shops, businesses to protest land rights law, biggest strike since 2019 ‘blackout’ protests

Indian Kashmir was hit Saturday by its biggest general strike since losing its semi-autonomous status last year, with local anger brewing over a new measure allowing outsiders to buy land in the disputed territory. The Himalayan region has been divided and disputed between India and Pakistan for more than 70 years and has seen decades […]...Read More

Chilean polls open for nations’s referendum overhaul

Polls have opened in Chile for a referendum on whether the Pinochet-era constitution should be torn up and replaced by a fresh charter drafted by citizens, a key demand in protests that erupted last year. Fierce anti-government demonstrations over inequality and elitism in one of Latin America’s most advanced economies broke out last fall and […]...Read More

Indonesia rejects U.S. navy’s ‘Poseidon’, no leave to land, re-fuel on its grounds

Indonesia rejected this year a proposal by the United States to allow its P-8 Poseidon maritime surveillance planes to land and refuel there, according to four senior Indonesian officials familiar with the matter. U.S. officials made multiple “high-level” approaches in July and August to Indonesia’s defence and foreign ministers before Indonesia’s president, Joko Widodo, rebuffed […]...Read More

‘Cynical and reckless’: UK, U.S. condemn Russian hacking into Tokyo 2020 in a bid to disrupt Olympics

Russian hackers targeted this year’s Olympic Games in Tokyo with the aim of disrupting them, UK officials said. The Foreign Office said Russia’s GRU military intelligence carried out “cyber reconnaissance” against officials and organisations involved. The alleged attacks took place before the Games were postponed until 2021 because of the coronavirus pandemic. Officials did not, […]...Read More

Nagorno-Karabakh: Humanitarian truce out the shattered window in a bid for ‘revenge’

Armenia on Sunday accused Azerbaijan of violating a fresh humanitarian truce aimed at halting weeks of fighting over the Nagorno-Karabakh region that has claimed hundreds of lives. Yerevan’s defence ministry spokeswoman Shushan Stepanyan said on Twitter that Azerbaijan had fired artillery shells and rockets in the early hours of Sunday, just minutes after the ceasefire […]...Read More

N.Korea unveils ballistic missile, ’disappoints’ US as denuclearisation talks still deadlocked

A US official said Sunday it was “disappointing” that North Korea had displayed a new intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) at a military parade in Pyongyang, as denuclearisation negotiations between the two countries remain deadlocked. Leader Kim Jong Un watched the huge ICBM roll through Pyongyang at the climax of an unprecedented night-time parade on Saturday, […]...Read More