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Gunmen attack Kabul's Intercontinental Hotel

Gunmen attack Kabul's Intercontinental Hotel

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A luxury Kabul hotel is under siege as gunmen and suicide attackers entered the building, killing and taking guests hostage.Afghan special forces have launched an operation to end the assault on the five star Kabul Intercontinental Hotel, which is popular with foreigners, interior ministry spokesman Najib Danish said.The attack began at about 9pm local time when the men entered the hotel through the kitchen.Four gunmen attacked the hotel and exchanged fire with security forces as residents and staff fled.One attacker was killed by security forces and the other three are still inside the hotel, Nasrat Rahimi, a deputy spokesman for the interior ministry said.Hostages are believed to have been taken and suicide bombers are thought to be among the group.One witness, who did not want to be nam...
South Korea showcases next-generation technology ahead of Olympics

South Korea showcases next-generation technology ahead of Olympics

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SEOUL, South Korea, Jan. 19 (UPI) -- Three weeks ahead of the 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Olympics, a science exhibition offers a virtual preview of the Games through state-of-the-art technology.At the National Science Museum in Daejeon City, the tech hub of South Korea, visitors find themselves immersed in snowy surroundings as they rush down a slope on a bobsled or ski-jump off a ramp through virtual reality technology."I actually don't know much about winter sports so this was a fun way to learn about them. I'm kind of looking forward to the Olympics now," said Chang Seo-jin, a 24-year-old teacher from Seoul.Visitors can also take part in the world's first screen-curling game and, through augmented reality, step onto the stage of the official Pyeongchang Olympics award ceremony."In addition...
Trump expected to be a main attraction at Davos meeting of the world's elite

Trump expected to be a main attraction at Davos meeting of the world's elite

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Next week thousands of the world’s richest and most powerful players will gather in the tiny Swiss town of Davos. Each year the town high in the Alps hosts the World Economic Forum, attended by global political and business leaders, philanthropists, celebrities and media. It is a gathering epitomizing and promoting the global elite that President Trump has railed against throughout his presidency so far. So it took the world by surprise when Mr Trump announced he would be attending the summit this year. The message for the 2018 forum is “Creating a Shared Future in a Fractured World” and strong calls for global cooperation are likely to be focused on issues such as climate change and global instability. Who is going? A record 70 heads of state or government are said to be participatin
Korean Cubans grapple with the legacy of a divided country

Korean Cubans grapple with the legacy of a divided country

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NEW YORK, Jan. 19 (UPI) -- When Joseph Juhn first traveled to Cuba in 2015, the driver who was waiting for him at the airport in Havana expected to pick up a Canadian national.Juhn, a Korean American lawyer who was flying in from Montreal, was also taken by surprise by the woman in the driver's seat: a fourth-generation Korean Cuban.Patricia Lim was the descendant of Korean indentured laborers who first migrated to Mexico, then to Cuba in 1921.Juhn, who is currently producing a documentary on the Korean diaspora in Cuba, said Thursday he learned the experiences of Korean Cubans have intertwined with the history of a divided peninsula.Not only did Korean Cubans take to the streets of Havana to celebrate Korea's liberation from Japanese colonial rule in 1945, they were deeply affected by the...
Israel reveals plans for 40-mile underground wall around Gaza

Israel reveals plans for 40-mile underground wall around Gaza

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Jan. 18 (UPI) -- Officials in Israel on Thursday gave journalists a tour of a destroyed militant Islamist tunnel and a peek at construction of an underground wall they hope will thwart terrorist groups from digging their way into Israeli territory.The massive underground barrier is the first of its kind in the world. The project, scheduled to be finished by the end of next year, is made of reinforced concrete walls that will run for 40 miles along the entire Israeli-Gaza border.The wall will have underground sensors to help to detect any future tunnels and a fence almost 30 feet tall will help prevent crossings over ground.As construction progresses, Israeli military expects to find and destroy several more attack tunnels that enter Israel from Gaza. During the last three months, Israeli f...