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US commissions largest-ever warship: What does it mean for Asia?

(CNN)The United States has just sent “a 100,000-ton message to the world,” says US President Donald Trump. Military players in North Asia Kadena Air Base on the Japanese island of Okinawa is home to the US Air Force’s 18th Wing, billed as the largest combat-ready wing in the service. More than 50 F-15 Eagle fighters are based at Kadena, supported by tankers and AWACS command and control aircraft. In South Korea, the US maintains two major air bases, Osan with F-16 fighters and A-10 “tank killers,” and Kunsan with F-16s.…

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9 bizarre things that actually happened in the ’90s

(CNN)As we age, we tend to look back on earlier decades’ culture with smug superiority. Here are just nine examples: You had to dial up the Internet — and it took forever Back in the day when you wanted to “surf the Information Superhighway” — er, go online — you had to attach your desktop computer to a modem that would establish a balky Internet connection over the telephone. That’s right — you couldn’t talk on the phone and search the Internet at the same time. The struggle was real.…

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Shenzhen’s never-ending skyscraper boom

(CNN)It rises like a mirage as you pass the fallow fields and fish ponds of outer Hong Kong: a wall of skyscrapers shimmering in the distance. This is Shenzhen, which has grown from a small fishing village into a major financial and technology hub in less than 40 years. Today, Shenzhen has evolved beyond its manufacturing roots to become a hub for service industries — especially technology and design. Often described as “China’s Silicon Valley,” the city is home to huge companies like Tencent (which itself built two skyscrapers) and…

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Manchester United beat Real Madrid after farcical penalty shoot-out

Jos Mourinhos men prevailed on penalties in Santa Clara after Jesse Lingards opener had been cancelled out by Casemiro Despite Julia Roberts, an Oscar-winning member of Hollywood royalty, Manchester United and Real Madrid drew 109,318 to Michigan Stadium for a pre-season friendly. Levis Stadium appeared noticeably under its 68,500 capacity on Sunday, despite the official attendance being given as 65,109. Given Reals, and to a lesser extent Uniteds, appeal to Californias large Latino population, there may be questions about why this was not sold-out. That 2014 match in Michigan involved…

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‘I just want to go home’: German teenager who joined Isis speaks of regrets reports

Linda Wenzel, 16, who is being held in an Iraqi prison after joining the jihadist group, says she wants to get away from the war A German teenager who joined Islamic State is now being held in detention in Iraq and says she regrets joining the jihadist group and just wants to come home to her family, media reported. Der Spiegel magazine reported that four German women who joined Isis in recent years, including a 16-year-old girl from the small town of Pulsnitz near Dresden, were being held in an…

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Justine Damond’s fiance says he regrets not staying on phone before shooting

Don Damond describes final call as godmother says Justine hoped to return to Australia due to fears of US gun violence The fiance of Justine Damond, the woman killed by a Minneapolis police officer, is haunted by their last conversation. On the night of 15 July, she called to tell him she heard what sounded like a rape happening in the alleyway behind their home. I have played this over in my head over and over, Don Damond told the Malcolm Turnbull, called it shocking and inexplicable. On Friday, Minneapolis…

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Turkish activists decry attack on press freedom as journalists stand trial

Charges include claims that Cumhuriyet journalists helped the separatist Kurdistan Workers party and Glen movement The trial of 17 reporters and executives from Cumhuriyet, one of Turkeys last standing opposition newspapers, is set to begin on Monday with rights activists decrying the continuing muzzling of free speech in one of the worlds largest jailers of journalists. The charges include accusations that the newspapers journalists aided the separatist Kurdistan Workers party (PKK) and the Fethullah Glen movement, which is widely believed in Turkey to have orchestrated last years coup attempt, and…

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