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A North Korean military officer looks through his binoculars on a boat on the Yalu River (HAP/Quirky China News / Rex Features)

North Korea: Life on the border

Rare views of North Korean life are revealed thanks to a set of vantage points at its borders with China, South Korea and Russia that allows photographers a glimpse into the secretive state. North Korea has intensified its threats towards South Korea and the US in recent weeks and a missile test could be imminent. South Korea and its northern neighbour have technically been at war since the cessation of armed conflict in 1953 as a peace treaty was never signed.

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    Asian stocks advance after Wall Street rebounds

    BEIJING (AP) — Asian stocks advanced Friday after Wall Street rebounded from a two-day losing streak and Japanese inflation edged higher.

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    Tessa Jowell calls for more teamwork on brain cancer research

    Baroness Tessa Jowell has called on medical researchers and governments to work more closely on developing treatments for brain cancer. The former Labour Cabinet member, who was diagnosed nine months ago with a glioblastoma - a high-grade brain tumour, chaired a meeting of experts in Whitehall as the Government announced a new £45m funding package. The funding, combining £20m from the Department of Health and £25m from Cancer Research UK, came just four weeks after she called for more funding in a remarkable speech in the House of Lords that drew a standing ovation from peers.

  • China's Huawei set to lead global charge to 5G networks
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    China's Huawei set to lead global charge to 5G networks

    FRANKFURT/HONG KONG (Reuters) - China's Huawei is forging closer commercial ties with big telecom operators across Europe and Asia, putting the company in prime position to lead the global race for next-generation 5G networks despite U.S. allegations it poses a security threat. Huawei's dominant position in China - set to become the world's biggest 5G market by far - is well-documented. Deals to start building 5G networks are still largely a year away, but Huawei has signed 25 Memorandums of Understanding (MoUs) with telecom operators to trial 5G equipment, a Reuters review of company reports and announcements found.

  • Families Are Penning Positive Messages On Rocks And Hiding Them All Over The UK
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    Families Are Penning Positive Messages On Rocks And Hiding Them All Over The UK

    We want to tell the stories of people who have done incredible things for others or the planet.

  • Australia's scandal-hit deputy PM quits
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    Australia's scandal-hit deputy PM quits

    Australia's scandal-hit deputy leader Barnaby Joyce announced Friday he was quitting and moving to the backbench amid claims of sexual harassment and controversy over an affair with a now-pregnant former aide.

  • Haitian director Raoul Peck: 'We've lost the big picture'
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    Haitian director Raoul Peck: 'We've lost the big picture'

    Still basking in acclaim for his visceral documentary on African-American social critic James Baldwin, Raoul Peck has turned his creative energies on another of history's indispensable political minds -- Karl Marx.

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    Harvey Weinstein 'sorry' for Meryl Streep and Jennifer Lawrence quotes

    Harvey Weinstein has apologised after his lawyers used quotes by Meryl Streep and Jennifer Lawrence in legal submissions. The disgraced mogul's representatives used favourable comments from the pair in an attempt to get a class action lawsuit dismissed. Lawrence hit back at the producer, who has been accused of sexual harassment by numerous women, calling him a "predator".

  • Chopper's Brexit Podcast Episode 38: Britain is on course for a ‘Goldilocks Brexit’ says Michael Gove, as he raises prospect of plastic straw ban
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    Chopper's Brexit Podcast Episode 38: Britain is on course for a ‘Goldilocks Brexit’ says Michael Gove, as he raises prospect of plastic straw ban

    Chopper's Brexit Podcast Episode 38: Britain is on course for a ‘Goldilocks Brexit’ says Michael Gove, as he raises prospect of plastic straw ban

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    Florida school shooting: 'abject breakdown at all levels'

    FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — The Florida high school where a former student is accused of fatally shooting 17 people with an assault-type rifle is reopening for teachers as the community grapples with revelations that the armed officer on campus did nothing to stop him.

  • When is the Europa League draw? UK start time, how to follow and clubs in round of 16
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    When is the Europa League draw? UK start time, how to follow and clubs in round of 16

    The added incentive of a place in next season's Champions League will likely spice up the latter stages of the competition, with Arsenal among those unlikely to qualify for Europe's premier club competition through domestic league position. Having made their way through the second leg, Arsenal could face a significantly more prestigious European power in the last 16, with Borussia Dortmund, Atletico Madrid and AC Milan all in hat for the last 16.

  • From paper to fuel, North Koreans endure widespread shortages as sanctions take their toll 
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    From paper to fuel, North Koreans endure widespread shortages as sanctions take their toll 

    From paper to fuel, North Koreans endure widespread shortages as sanctions take their toll 

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    Glitches or not, Nissan starts testing semi-autonomous rides

    In the future Nissan envisions, driverless cars will pick up children from school and recommend restaurants to tourists in various languages. The automaker said Friday that 300 people have already signed up to try out Easy Ride next month. The service was developed in a partnership, which began last year, with Japanese mobile game provider DeNA Co. DeNA has been working on driverless bus and delivery services in Japan.

  • 60 seconds with Miss Piggy and Kermit the Frog
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    60 seconds with Miss Piggy and Kermit the Frog

    60 seconds with Miss Piggy and Kermit the Frog as they announce their new show The Muppets Take The O2 in July, two months after Miss Piggy hopes to make an appearance at the royal wedding. The famous double act also discuss what it has been like keeping their work and relationship separate.

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    NRA strikes a defiant tone, criticizes gun control advocates

    Leaders of the National Rifle Association are accusing gun control advocates of exploiting the deadly Florida school shooting, striking a defiant tone amid a renewed debate over guns and school safety. "They hate the NRA.

  • European Union MPs call on Xi Jinping to release Gui Minhai
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    European Union MPs call on Xi Jinping to release Gui Minhai

    Dozens of EU politicians have written to the Chinese president, Xi Jinping, demanding the immediate and unconditional release of Swedish bookseller Gui Minhai. A Communist party newspaper, meanwhile, has slammed international media scrutiny of the scandal as the work of arrogant rumour-mongers. It was the latest twist in an increasingly knotty two-year mystery surrounding the Hong Kong-based publisher who dealt in raunchy, thinly sourced tomes on China’s political elite.

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    Hearing set on if US will seize assets of 'Pharma Bro'

    NEW YORK (AP) — "Pharma Bro" Martin Shkreli is due back in court Friday for a hearing about whether he should forfeit millions of dollars in assets including a one-of-a-kind Wu-Tang Clan album as part of his conviction in a securities fraud scheme. Prosecutors are expected to argue in federal court in Brooklyn that Shkreli is on the hook for more than $7 million. Along with the Wu-Tang Clan "Once Upon a Time in Shaolin" album that Shkreli has boasted he bought for $2 million, prosecutors have said he should give up $5 million in cash in a brokerage account, his interest in a pharmaceutical company and other valuables including a Picasso painting.

  • Indonesia president says toxic river should be clean enough to drink within seven years
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    Indonesia president says toxic river should be clean enough to drink within seven years

    Indonesia's president on Thursday said water from the Citarum River should be made drinkable within seven years under a new cleanup project for the Java island river often ranked among the world's most polluted. Running 300 km (190 miles) from a spring in West Java to the sea near capital city Jakarta, the Citarum feeds three hydro power stations and is used for 400,000 hectares of rice paddies. "The Citarum River, which was once clear is now the most polluted," President Joko Widodo tweeted after visiting the source of the river in West Java on Thursday.

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    IS Christmas bomb plot: Munir Mohammed and Rowaida el Hassan jailed

    A couple who plotted an Islamic State-inspired bomb or poison attack over the Christmas holidays after meeting on a dating website have been jailed. Sudanese asylum seeker Munir Mohammed was sentenced to life with a minimum of 14 years and his partner, pharmacist Rowaida el Hassan, was jailed for 12 years, plus five years on extended licence. A court at the Old Bailey heard Mohammed, 36, from Derby, met Hassan, 33, of Willesden, north London on dating website SingleMuslim.com.

  • Grand Canyon helicopter crash: Fourth British tourist dies
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    Grand Canyon helicopter crash: Fourth British tourist dies

    One of the survivors of a helicopter crash in the Grand Canyon has died, taking the number of British fatalities to four. Jonathan Udall, 32, had been in a critical condition since the crash on Saturday 10 February. More than £21,000 has been raised for Mr Udall and Ms Milward through a JustGiving crowdfunding webpage.

  • Martial arts teacher who left brother-in-law unconscious in car park spared jail to finish City business degree
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    Martial arts teacher who left brother-in-law unconscious in car park spared jail to finish City business degree

    A martial arts teacher who put his brother-in-law in a chokehold and left him unconscious in a deserted car park has been spared jail so he can finish his City business degree. Ali El-Fouani, 22, attacked 25-year-old Adam Gomes, grabbing him round the neck and cutting off oxygen to his brain. The row was over El-Fouani’s sister splitting up from Mr Gomes and the question of who would keep gold from their marriage.

  • City bosses fall victim to 'slick' £1 million rugby tickets scam
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    City bosses fall victim to 'slick' £1 million rugby tickets scam

    A string of City bosses have fallen victim to a “slick” £1 million rugby tickets scam after paying for fake Six Nations corporate boxes at Twickenham. Dozens of senior executives said they were left feeling “like mugs” when they learned that the corporate hospitality packages they had paid up to £12,000 each for did not exist. A company calling itself Elite Sports Hospitality targeted senior business figures with offers of “half-price” boxes at sell-out rugby fixtures including last week’s clash between England and Wales and likely decider England v Ireland on March 17, St Patrick’s Day.

  • Police appeal after shop owner threatened with 'large hunting knife'
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    Police appeal after shop owner threatened with 'large hunting knife'

    A 45-year-old shop owner was made to hand over money from the till after being threatened by a man wielding a large hunting knife. The robbery took place at a mini supermarket in Erith, London, on February 1.

  • Large DNA Study Confirms Mysterious Origins of British People
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    Large DNA Study Confirms Mysterious Origins of British People

    New evidence shows that the original ancient Britons, the group of people responsible for feats such as Stonehenge, nearly completely disappeared between around 4,500 years ago. Up to 90 percent of these early inhabitants of England were replaced by a group of people from the East known as the Beaker people. The Beaker people are named after the elaborate beakers, or drinking jugs, in which they were buried with, The Guardian reported.

  • Steve Jobs' pre-Apple job application could fetch $50,000 at auction
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    Steve Jobs' pre-Apple job application could fetch $50,000 at auction

    A job application filled out by Steve Jobs more than four decades ago that reflects the Apple founder's aspirations to work in technology and design will go up for auction next month. With an estimated value of about $50,000, the one-page application from 1973, complete with spelling and punctuation errors, lists his name as "Steven jobs" and address as "reed college," the Oregon college he attended briefly, Boston auction house RR Auction said on Thursday. Under a section titled "Special Abilities," Jobs wrote "tech or design engineer.

  • Five gigs to see this week (Feb 23-March 1)
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    Five gigs to see this week (Feb 23-March 1)

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