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Sunday, May 28, 2017

An overnight shooting in the US state of Mississippi has left eight people dead, including a local deputy sheriff, police say. The shootings took place in three separate locations in Lincoln County, south Mississippi. A male suspect, named in local media as Willie Cory Godbolt, was detained by police on Sunday morning.


Sunday, May 14, 2017

The Chinese government is investing tens of billions of dollars as part of an ambitious economic plan to rebuild ports, roads and rail networks. China's President Xi Jinping has pledged $124bn (£96bn) for the scheme, known as the Belt and Road initiative.

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Saturday, May 13, 2017

North Korea has fired a ballistic missile from a region near its west coast, the South Korean military say. The missile was launched near Kusong, north-west of the capital, Pyongyang, and flew 700km (430 miles), it said.


Monday, May 01, 2017

Japan has dispatched its biggest warship, in the first such operation since it passed controversial laws expanding the role of its military. The helicopter carrier Izumo is escorting a US supply vessel within Japanese waters. The US ship is heading to refuel the naval fleet in the region, including the Carl Vinson aircraft carrier group. ... Japan's post-World War Two constitution bars its military from using force to resolve conflicts except in cases of self-defense. Rupert Wingfield-Hayes of BBC News in Tokyo writes, "Pacifist Japan has one of the most powerful militaries in the world, with a navy bigger and more modern than the British Royal Navy.


President Donald Trump has described North Korean leader Kim Jong-un as a "pretty smart cookie." Speaking to CBS, he noted Kim had assumed power at a young age, despite dealing with "some very tough people." ... "People are saying: 'Is he sane?' I have no idea. ... but he was a young man of 26 or 27 ... when his father died. He's dealing with obviously very tough people, in particular the generals and others. And at a very young age, he was able to assume power. A lot of people, I'm sure, tried to take that power away, whether it was his uncle or anybody else. And he was able to do it. So obviously, he's a pretty smart cookie."


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