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 The North’s official Korean Central News Agency did not specify what type of weapon was involved in the test. File Photograph: KCNA/EPA

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un will travel to Russia this month for talks with President Vladimir Putin, the Kremlin said on Thursday, announcing th(...)

Sudanese people  celebrate in the streets of Khartoum on Friday after Sudanese defense minister and head of Sudan’s military council, Awad Ibn Auf, stepped down a day after leading a military coup. Photograph: EPA

Sudan’s defence minister stepped down abruptly last night as head of the country’s transitional ruling military council after only a day in the post, (...)

 Firemen extinguish the remains of a  massive fire which followed a major blast  at a leaky pipeline in Tlahuelilpan, Hidalgo state, Mexico, on Saturday, January 19th, 2019. At least 79 were killed in the fire. Photograph: Alfredo Estrella/AFP/Getty Images

A blast at a gasoline pipeline in Mexico that killed at least 79 people has put renewed attention on the government’s strategy to stop fuel theft, wit(...)

US secretary of defence James Mattis: “We believe that we do have to have a relationship with China.”  Photograph: Reuters

There are signs that Sino-US tensions are intensifying after Beijing postponed military talks with Washington in protest over the US decision last wee(...)

The entrance to the Habib Bourguiba University Hospital in Sfax, eastern Tunisia,  where victims of a migrant shipwreck were brought for treatment.  Photograph: Getty

At least 47 people died and 68 others were rescued after their migrant boat sank off Tunisia’s southern coast, according to the country’s defence mini(...)

The  Philippine  navy  simulating a rescue  during a navy anniversary celebration in Manila. President Rodrigo  Duterte has said he would go to war over his country’s rights to resources in the South China Sea  area. Photograph: EPA

China has urged the US to stop “causing trouble” in disputed territories in the South China Sea after US warships sailed near the Paracel Islands clai(...)

A woman stands on rubble of damaged buildings in Raqqa, Syria. File photograph: Reuters.

Four Russian military personnel were killed in fighting in eastern Syria’s Deir al-Zor province, Interfax news agency reported on Sunday, citing the (...)

Chinese foreign minister Wang Yi will become the first Chinese foreign minister to visit North Korea in more than a decade. File photograph: Madoka IkegamI/AFP/Getty Images

China’s top diplomat Wang Yi will visit North Korea this week, the foreign ministry in Beijing said, just days after ground-breaking talks between Nor(...)

US Navy sailors man the rails aboard the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Donald Cook as the ship departs Larnaca, Cyprus, to move within striking range of Syria. Photograph: Getty Images

US president Donald Trump said he was holding meetings on Thursday on Syria, where he has threatened missile strikes in response to a suspected poison(...)

H-6K bombers flying during a military parade in Xilingol League, Inner Mongolia autonomous region of China, on July 30th, 2017.  The H-6K bomber carries the DH-20 land-attack cruise missile, giving it the ability to hit targets as far away as Australia.  Photograph: Cui Nan/VCG via Getty Images

Chinese fighter jets and bombers have carried out manoeuvres in disputed areas of the South China Sea and the western Pacific, the air force said, and(...)

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