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Attack sirens ring out over Hawaii

A SIREN blared across Hawaii today for the first time since the end of the Cold War in an effort to prepare tourists and residents for a possible nuclear attack from North Korea. The state is the first to bring back the Cold War-era warning system, Hawaii emergency management officials …

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US runs ‘secret floating prisons’

THE US Coast Guard is reportedly using boats as floating prisons to combat the war on drugs, it has been revealed. The US is deploying ships across the Pacific Ocean to stop the flow of cocaine from South and Central America by using cutter ships, or commissioned vessels, to hold …

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Cold War missile system revived

AMID rising missile tests from North Korea, Hawaii has brought back a Cold War-era missile warning system. Hawaii’s alert warning signal will be used to instruct the public to turn on their television or radio and immediately take shelter in the case of an attack. The move comes after an …

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Nuclear nightmare looms as dome leak fears grow

AT FIRST glance it could be mistaken for any picture-perfect group of holiday islands. However, a closer inspection reveals a dark history which bears the legacy of nuclear tests carried out by the United States. Now rising sea levels and climate change threaten to unleash highly radioactive plutonium into the …

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Police recruitment video goes viral

New Zealand Police have released the world’s “most entertaining recruitment video”. The video released on Facebook depicts a funny and thrilling police chase. The opening line: “We want New Zealand to be the safest country in the world, but we can’t do it without your help.” The video stars more …

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Army sent in to Manus Island

THE Papua New Guinea army has been sent in on Manus Island to clear out more than 100 men still refusing to leave the detention centre. THE Papua New Guinea army has been sent in on Manus Island to clear out more than 100 men still refusing to leave the …

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Jesus sex joke backfires horrendously

A SEX joke involving Jesus has landed a councillor in a world of trouble after a reporter posted it on Twitter. New Zealand journalist Angela Cuming blasted the “inappropriate and offensive” meme sent to her by Hamilton City councillor Mark Bunting. It shows two electronic road signs that read, “Jesus …

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Young girl suffers horrific torture

A six-year-old girl in Papua New Guinea accused of witchcraft and slowly tortured over five days by a mob narrowly escaped death last week following a rescue mounted by members of a local charity and Chilean missionary. The victim, who cannot be named for legal reasons, sustained first-degree burns to …

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Massive quake rocks New Caledonia

A POWERFUL earthquake measuring 7.3 has hit off the east coast of New Caledonia triggering a tsunami alert. The quake struck around 10am (AEDT) at a depth 25 kilometres, some 85 kilometres to the east of the lightly populated Loyalty Islands, initial data from the survey said. There was no …

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NZ pledges $3m to Oz refugees

NEW Zealand will spend $NZ3 million ($A2.7 million) to provide essential services for refugees and asylum seekers on Manus Island and Nauru while still putting pressure on Australia to accept an offer to resettle 150 people. NZ Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern revealed the spend after a second conversation in two …

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