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Oz man charged with acting as N Korea agent

Oz man charged with acting as N Korea agent

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A South Korean-born Sydney man has been charged with acting as an agent for North Korea in Australia.The 59-year-old is alleged to have attempted to broker sales for Pyongyang including components used in ballistic missiles.The Australian Federal Police say the naturalised Australian, named Chan Han Choi, is alleged to have used encrypted communication to broker sales and discuss the supply of weapons of mass destruction.He is reported to have lived in Australia for 30 years.He is accused of generating tens of millions of dollars for Pyongyang by arranging the sale of missiles.He was also allegedly trying to arrange the transfer of coal from the country to Indonesia and Vietnam.Police said his actions contravened both United Nations and Australian sanctions against North Korea.Image:Austra...
Argentina ousts navy chief after San Juan sub disappearance

Argentina ousts navy chief after San Juan sub disappearance

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Dec. 16 (UPI) -- Argentina has dismissed its navy chief one month after the disappearance of the submarine ARA San Juan off its southern coast with 44 crew members.Defense Minister Oscar Aguad placed Adm. Marcelo Eduardo Hipolito Srur in retirement, the Argentina newspaper La Nacion reported Saturday. The ministry plans to name an interim leader Monday.Srur, 60, was named head of the navy and promoted to admiral in January 2016.The San Juan, a 34-year-old, German-built, diesel-electric vessel, has not been found after losing contact on Nov. 15 in the south Atlantic Ocean.The sub's last known location was in the San Jorge Gulf was between where it departed from southern Argentina's Tierra del Fuego archipelago and its home base in Mar del Plata.One week after the disappearance, Argentina's ...
ANC gathers to choose leader to replace Jacob Zuma

ANC gathers to choose leader to replace Jacob Zuma

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South Africa's governing African National Congress (ANC) is preparing to choose a new party leader to succeed President Jacob Zuma.The main candidates are the current deputy president, Cyril Ramaphosa, and former cabinet minister Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, President Zuma's ex-wife.Whoever wins is likely to succeed Mr Zuma as South African president.But their bitter leadership battle has raised fears that the ANC could split before national elections in 2019.President Zuma can remain head of state until those elections. He has been in office since 2009 and South Africa limits the presidency to two five-year terms.As delegates gathered for the four-day conference in Johannesburg, Mr Zuma, who faces multiple corruption allegations, has urged the party to unite behind the eventual winner.The lead...
4 Palestinians dead, hundreds injured in clashes ahead of Mike Pence's visit

4 Palestinians dead, hundreds injured in clashes ahead of Mike Pence's visit

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For the second Friday in row, thousands of Palestinians in Jerusalem, Gaza and across the occupied West Bank turned out to protest more than a week after President Donald Trump's announcement recognizing Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and days before his vice president visits the region. Nearly 400 Palestinians were injured today across the Palestinian territories, according to the Palestinian Health Ministry. Four Palestinians have also been shot dead by Israeli forces, two in the West Bank and two in Gaza, the Gaza Health Ministry said. Today was the deadliest day since Trump's Dec. 6 announcement, and the funerals are expected to be held Saturday. In Gaza, one of the two Palestinians killed was 29-year-old Ibrahim, a paraplegic who lost both legs during an Israeli airstrike in th...
6,700 Rohingya Muslims 'killed in a month'

6,700 Rohingya Muslims 'killed in a month'

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At least 6,700 Rohingya Muslims were killed over the course of a month during a crackdown by Myanmar's security forces, according to a charity.Doctors Without Borders (Medecins Sans Frontieres or MSF) says its survey of refugee camps in Bangladesh put the death toll at around 9,000 between 25 August and 24 September.It said 6,700 died as a result of the violence, adding that of those 730 were children under the age of five.Myanmar's army has claimed 400 have died since the start of the crisis.Image:Refugees wait for food at a camp in BangladeshMyanmar's Information Ministry said the majority of fatalities were "extremist terrorists" who died during "clearance operations".MSF medical director Sidney Wong said: "We met and spoke with survivors of violence in Myanmar, who are now sheltering i...