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North Korea says sanctions will accelerate nuclear programme.

North Korea has warned that more sanctions and pressure will only make it accelerate its nuclear programme. In a strongly worded statement, Pyongyang called a new set of UN sanctions "the most vicious, unethical and inhumane act of hostility". Meanwhile, the presidents of the US and China committed to "maximising pressure" on the North through vigorous enforcement of UN resolutions.

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Caribbean braced for major new hurricane

A strengthening Hurricane Maria swirled toward the eastern Caribbean early today, with forecasters warning it probably would be a major storm by the time it passed through the already battered Leeward Islands later in the day. Maria grew into a hurricane yesterday, and forecasters said it was expected to become much stronger over the next 48 hours following a path that would take it near many of the islands devastated by Hurricane Irma. A hurricane watch is now in effect for Puerto Rico, the US and British Virgin Islands, St Martin, St Barts, Saba, St Eustatius and Anguilla. The US National Hurricane Center said that Maria had sustained winds of 145 kilometres per hour yesterday.(web)

Bengal teenager hospitalised after playing "Blue Whale Challenge"

A teenage girl from West Bengal was hospitalised today after she was found to have injured herself while playing the deadly online game "Blue Whale Challenge". According to the police, the girl’s classmates found blood oozing from her arm yesterday and told the school authorities about it.

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Hamas says it is ready to hold first elections since 2006

The Palestinian militant group Hamas says it is ready to dissolve the committee that rules Gaza and hold a general election for the first time since 2006. It also said it was aiming for more talks with rivals Fatah as it aims to end their decade-long feud.

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Kurdish MPs say yes to independence referendum

The Iraqi Kurdish parliament has voted to back an independence referendum in the face of opposition from across the globe. The Kurdistan Regional Government, sitting for the first time in two years, backed the 25 September vote yesterday. Iraq's central government rejected the referendum as unconstitutional on Tuesday. Iran, Turkey and the US also object to the vote, fearing further instability.

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UK terror threat increased to critical after Tube bomb

The UK terror threat has been increased to its highest level as police continue the hunt for the person behind the Tube bombing in south-west London. The prime minister, Theresa May said the threat was now critical, meaning an attack is expected imminently, after a device was detonated at Parsons Green station.

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Actor Harry Dean Stanton dies at 91

Actor Harry Dean Stanton, known for his roles in many films and TV shows such as "Alien" , "The Godfather II", and "Repo Man", has died at the age of 91. The Kentucky born star had a career which spanned more than six decades, appearing in dozens of films. More recently, he appeared in the hit HBO show "Big Love", and this year's revival of the cult classic Twin Peaks. He died at Cedars Sinai Hospital in Los Angeles yesterday.

North Korea 'fires missile from Pyongyang'.

North Korea has fired a missile over northern Japan, the South Korean and Japanese governments say. The missile is likely to have reached an altitude of about 770 kilometres and travelled some 3,700km, South Korea's military said. The missile flew over Japan's Hokkaido island before landing in the Pacific Ocean, officials say.

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Japan and India to deal with North Korea jointly

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said in Gandhinagar at the end of his bilateral discussion with Prime Minister Narendra Modi that North Korea will have to roll back its missile and nuclear programmes. Addressing the media, Mr. Abe said that Japan and India will take firm steps against the challenges that have emanated from North Korea and will force North Korea to roll back its recent aggressive moves.

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Hillary Clinton releases new book titled "What Happened"

Hillary Clinton released a new book yesterday titled "What Happened", which gives reasons as well as takes responsibility for her defeat in the US Presidential Elections last year.

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