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Back in the 1980s, I was addicted to American action movies, especially the First Blood series starring Sylvester Stallone and the Delta Force series starring Chuck Norris. They were the coolest  on the earth, invincible and ruthless yet kind-hearted. I was particularly struck by Norris’ character in The Delta Force, Major Scott McCoy, who was the ...

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Liverpool and Hoffenheim

Liverpool and Hoffenheim battle it out at Anfield on Wednesday, August 23, to determine which club will qualify for the UEFA Champions League group stages. Liverpool has the upper hand heading into the second leg with a 2-1 lead on aggregate. Hoffenheim has to overcome the deficit and the home ...

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Yemen Air Strike

At least 35 killed, 13 wounded in air strike on hotel in #Yemeni capital Sanaa, rescue operation underway. At least 30 people were killed in an air strike on a hotel north of the Yemeni capital Sanaa on Wednesday, the armed Houthi movement said.  The Houthis, who control Sanaa and ...

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US Navy sacks Joseph Aucoin

The US Navy has dismissed Vice Adm Joseph Aucoin as commander of the Seventh Fleet following a string of collisions involving warships in Asia. Ten sailors are still missing after the USS John S McCain collided with an oil tanker near Singapore on Monday. Navy officials say human remains have ...

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Malaysia joins search

PUTRAJAYA, Malaysia, Aug. 21 (Xinhua) — Malaysian authorities said Monday assets had been deployed to join the search and rescue operation after U.S. navy destroyer John S. McCain collided with a merchant vessel near the Strait of Malacca. U.S. navy said 10 of its sailors were missing and five were ...

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115 militants killed

115 militants killed in Afghan forces’ operations in 24 hours: gov’t KABUL, Aug. 20 (Xinhua) — Up to 115 armed militants were killed and 105 others wounded during operations launched by the Afghan security forces within a day, said the country’s Defense Ministry on Sunday. “The Afghan National Defense and ...

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President Buhari

Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari has addressed the nation following three months of medical leave in the UK. In a televised speech, Mr Buhari, 74, said he was “distressed” by calls for the dissolution of Nigeria, urging Nigerians to come together. But the president failed to disclose his illness. It was ...

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China’s new-generation bullet trains

BEIJING, Aug. 21 (Xinhua) — China’s new-generation high-speed bullet train, the “Fuxing,” was put into operation Monday on two railway lines connecting the major cities in the Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei area. The high-speed service marks a key step in integrated transportation services within the region as the Chinese government seeks coordinated economic ...

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