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Paramilitary policemen and members of a gun salute team shout slogans at an oath-taking ceremony for the upcoming military parade to mark the 70th anniversary of the end of the World War Two, at a military base in Beijing, China. (REUTERS/Stringer)

70-gun salute starts China World War II commemorations

China is marking the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II with a huge military parade in Beijing. 

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Asia Pacific

Paramilitary policemen and members of a gun salute team prepare to fire cannons during a training session for the upcoming military parade to mark the 70th anniversary of the end of the World War Two, at a military base in Beijing, China. (REUTERS/Stringer)

China to put on huge show of force for World War II anniversary

China will put on its biggest display of military might on Thursday in a parade to commemorate victory over Japan in World War II, an event shunned by Western leaders but which underscores Beijing's growing confidence in its armed forces.

Putin arrives in Beijing for China's V-Day parade

Russian President Vladimir Putin arrived on Wednesday afternoon in Beijing to watch China's military parade that marks the 70th anniversary of the victory of the Chinese people's war of resistance against Japanese aggression and the world's anti-fascist war.

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World

A migrant boy holds a sign reading 'SOS help me' as he sits with other migrants in front of the Keleti (East) railway station in Budapest. Hungarian authorities face mounting anger from thousands of migrants who are unable to board trains to western European countries. (AFP/ATTILA KISBENEDEK)

Drowned toddler sparks fresh horror over Europe migrant crisis

Heart-rending pictures of a toddler's lifeless body washed ashore on a Turkish beach sparked horror on Wednesday as the cost of Europe's burgeoning refugee crisis hit home.

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Business

The US Federal Reserve Building in Washington. (AFP/Karen Bleier)

US sees steady growth in July-August: Fed Beige Book

The US economy stuck to its modest-to-moderate pace in recent months but companies complained that China's slowdown and the strong dollar were hurting business, a Federal Reserve report said on Wednesday.

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Sport

France's national football team forward Anthony Martial (R) speaks with press officer Philippe Tournon prior to a press conference in Clairefontaine-en-Yvelines, ahead of the team friendly match against Portugal. (AFP PHOTO/FRANCK FIFE)

Football: Marked man Martial must find place at Manchester Utd

At Old Trafford, Anthony Martial is the most expensive teenager in the game's history, having cost a reported initial fee of £36 million.

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Entertainment

Jayley Woo (left), Sonia Chew (centre) and Romeo Tan (right) at ITE East as part of The Celebrity Stopover outreach programme.

Romeo Tan shares his secret to success with ITE students

As part of outreach programme The Celebrity Stopover, former ITE student Romeo Tan spoke about how he went from being a poor student to one with a grade point average of 3.94, at a motivational talk attended by about 1,000 students at ITE College East on Sunday (Aug 30).

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Technology

A man walks by the poster for the film "The Interview" outside the Alamo Drafthouse theater in Littleton, Colorado December 23, 2014. REUTERS/Rick Wilking

Sony, former workers in deal to settle lawsuit over 'Interview' hacking

Sony Pictures Entertainment Inc has reached a settlement agreement with nine former employees who had filed a lawsuit claiming that their personal data was stolen in a 2014 hacking tied to the studio's release of a comedy film set in North Korea, "The Interview."

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Health

Review examines risks, responses to in-flight medical emergencies

An airplane in flight is one of the worst places to have a medical emergency, even if there's a doctor on board. Medical supplies and drugs are limited. There's often little space for a physician to work or for anyone to render first aid. Critical resources may be hours away.

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Lifestyle

An aerial view of Burning Man 2015 "Carnival of Mirrors" arts and music festival in the Black Rock Desert of Nevada, September 2, 2015. REUTERS/Jim Urquhart

FBI has kept tabs on Nevada's Burning Man festival, documents say

The annual Burning Man counterculture festival now taking place in a Nevada desert is known for attracting scantily clad revelers, bike lovers, artists, musicians and as it turns out, even attention from the FBI.