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Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe speaks during a press conference in Darwin on November 16, 2018, on the sidelines of Abe's visit to Papua New Guinea for the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Summit. (Photo by MICHAEL FRANCHI - POOL - AFP)

Shinzo Abe visits Australia’s Darwin, 75 years after WWII bombing

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe made a historic visit to Darwin on Friday, some 75 years after Japan bombed the northern Australian city, as the two countries cement ties in the face of an emergent China.
Yoshitaka Sakurada, 68, said he has never used a computer, instead instructing his secretaries and employees. Wavebreakmedia Ltd-A-Alamy

Japan’s cybersecurity minister says he has never used a computer

A Japanese Minister, Yoshitaka Sakurada, in charge of the Government’s cybersecurity strategy has drawn controversy after admitting that he has never used a computer.
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UK lawmakers block suspension of member accused of sexual harassment

Britain’s upper House of Lords on Thursday voted to block the suspension of a parliamentarian who allegedly tried to force a woman to sleep with him in exchange for a promotion.
The President of the European Council Donald Tusk attends a wreath laying ceremony at the monument of Marshal Jozef Pilsudski on the centennial observances marking 100 years of Polish independence on November 10, 2018 in Warsaw. (Photo by Janek SKARZYNSKI / AFP)

Poland marks independence centenary amid tensions

Poles mark a century of independence on Sunday amid tensions in the isolated and deeply polarised country over the prominent role that marginal far-right groups gained in shaping the main state parade.
People cast their ballots for or against the independence of New Caledonia from France. Theo Rouby-AFP-Getty Images

Early results show New Caledonia votes to remain part of France

The "no" vote against independence for New Caledonia is in the lead with about half the ballots counted in the French Pacific territory, reports say.

Australian nun Patricia Fox to leave Philippines after battle with Rodrigo Duterte

An Australian nun who battled a government bid to expel her from the Philippines after she angered President Rodrigo Duterte, said Wednesday she will leave rather than face certain arrest and deportation.
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe attends a meeting with Chinese Premier Li Keqiang (not pictured) at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on October 25, 2018. (Photo by Roman PILIPEY - POOL - AFP)

Japan’s Shinzo Abe meets Chinese premier as relations thaw

Japan's Shinzo Abe and his Chinese counterpart Li Keqiang commemorated the 40th anniversary of a friendship treaty on Thursday, at the start of a rare trip to Beijing by the Japanese prime minister, who is seeking to repair frayed relations.
(FILES) In this file photo taken on August 08, 2018 the river bed of the Rhine is dried in Duesseldorf, western Germany, as the heatwave goes on. - Businesses and boats at a standstill, discoveries of wrecks and even a bomb from the Second World War: the Rhine reached its lowest level on October 18, 2018, due to lack of rain for months in Germany. (Photo by Patrik STOLLARZ / AFP)

Drought cripples crucial German waterways

The docks are eerily quiet at Cologne's main port on the mighty River Rhine, with hundreds of containers piled up and awaiting their journey north on one of Europe's busiest commercial arteries.

Burundi accuses Belgium of ordering hit on independence hero

Burundi on Sunday accused former colonial power Belgium of ordering the assassination of independence hero and Crown Prince Louis Rwagasore in 1961, a move likely to further poison ties between the two countries.
Banksy posted an Instagram picture of shocked attendees watching the painting disintegrate, with the caption- Going, going, gone... [Banksy-Instagram]

Banksy painting self-destructs after $1.4 million sale

A painting by mysterious British artist Banksy shred itself into pieces at the moment it was sold for more than one million pounds at a London auction.
The president had a warmer reception in the Caribbean island of Saint-Martin. THOMAS SAMSON-AP

Emmanuel Macron flips back over ‘middle finger’ photo

President Emmanuel Macron has shrugged off a controversy over a photo of him posing with a bare-chested youth who is giving the middle finger during a trip to French territories in the Caribbean.
Russian military forces perform a landing during the Vostok-2018 (East-2018) military drills at Klerka training ground on the Sea of Japan coast, outside the town of Slavyanka, some 100km south of Vladivostok, on September 15, 2018. Mladen ANTONOV / AFP

Russia holds naval drills in Sea of Japan

Russian troops taking part in the country's largest-ever war games on Saturday held drills in the Sea of Japan, despite Tokyo's concerns about a Russian military buildup in the area.
International Olympic Committee (IOC) vice president and chairman of the Coordination Commission for Tokyo 2020, John Coates speaks during a press conference in Tokyo on September 12, 2018. The International Olympic Committee (IOC) threw its weight behind calls by Japanese organisers to implement daylight savings time at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics as concerns mount over athlete safety. / AFP PHOTO / Behrouz MEHRI

IOC backs daylight savings to ease Tokyo 2020 heat fears

The International Olympic Committee on Wednesday backed calls by Japanese organisers to implement daylight savings time at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics as concerns mount over athlete safety in soaring temperatures.
Russian President Putin shakes hands with Japanese PM Abe during their meeting on the sidelines of the Eastern Economic Forum in Vladivostok

Vladimir Putin proposes Russia signs peace deal with Japan

President Vladimir Putin suggested Wednesday Russia and Japan sign a peace deal “without any preconditions” by the end of the year, a historic proposal to try to solve a territorial dispute after decades of deadlock.
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Donald Trump threatens to pull US out of World Trade Organization

President Donald Trump has threatened to pull the United States out of the World Trade Organization if it does not “shape up.”
Russian President Vladimir Putin speaks during an address to the nation concerning a pension reforms proposed by the government, in Moscow, on August 29, 2018. - AFP PHOTO - SPUTNIK - Alexey DRUZHININ

Russia’s Vladimir Putin softens controversial pension reform

Russian President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday proposed a series of measures to soften a deeply unpopular pension reform, in an apparent attempt to stem a major fall in his approval ratings.
French President Emmanuel Macron speaks during a press conference at the Energy Interconnections Summit at the European Maritime Safety Agency in Lisbon on July 27, 2018. - AFP PHOTO - PATRICIA DE MELO MOREIRA

Emmanuel Macron: EU security must no longer depend on US

French President Emmanuel Macron on Monday called for Europe to stop relying on the United States for its military defence as he pushed for fresh EU integration in the face of rising nationalism around the continent.
Marco Ofenstein from Rhineland-Palatinate's bomb disposal team works on the disposal of a World War II aerial bomb in Ludwigshafen, western Germany, on August 26, 2018.Around 18,500 people had to leave their houses in an evacuation measure due to the bomb disposal. / AFP PHOTO / dpa / Uwe Anspach / Germany OUT

WWII bomb defused in Germany after 18,500 evacuated

A German bomb disposal team on Sunday successfully defused an unexploded World War II bomb that had forced the evacuation of 18,500 people in the city of Ludwigshafen.

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