Defence

Soldiers wave during a visit by North Korean leader Kim Jong Un to inspect the defence detachment on Ung Islet, which is defending an outpost in the East Sea of Korea, in this undated photo released by North Korea's Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) in Pyongyang July 7, 2014.

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Soldiers wave during a visit by North Korean leader Kim Jong Un to inspect the defence detachment on Ung Islet, which is defending an outpost in the East Sea of Korea

A general view of the hard-surfaced advanced recording base PEA "Denise" in the north zone of the Moruroa (Mururoa) atoll, southern Pacific ocean, where French forces have conducted 138 nuclear weapon tests until 1996. In order to prevent a potential collapse of the atoll, the ministry of Defense have scheduled improvement works on all its telesurveillance system, named Telsite, starting late 2014 and up to 2017, to monitor the sismic activity of the base. The Telsite system includes a network of sismic captors placed on the surface but also in wells hundreds of meters deep.

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PEA ‘Denise’ in the north zone of the Mururoa Atoll, in the southern Pacific Ocean, where the French military conducted nuclear weapons tests until 1996. The Ministry of Defence has scheduled improvement works starting in late 2014 to monitor the seismic activity of the base amid fears the atoll may collapse

Germany Europe Floods

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A child runs over a wall of sandbags at river Elbe in Dresden, eastern Germany on Thursday. 

Paramilitary policemen gather for a flag-lowering ceremony at Beijing’s Tiananmen Square

Paramilitary policemen gather for a flag-lowering ceremony at Beijing’s Tiananmen Square on May 13 2011. Reuters

Beijing has said it would boost defence spending by 12.7 per cent in 2011, for a total of 601.1bn yuan ($92.5bn) marking a return to double-digit growth.