China bolsters defences on North Korean border amid tensions over nuclear program

China has been building up its defences along its border with North Korea, a report says, amid tensions over Pyongyang’s nuclear programme.

Beijing has established a new border brigade, built bunkers to protect civilians against nuclear blasts, and set up 24-hour surveillance along its frontier, the Wall Street Journal said.

War has cost $226 billion to Syria economy: World Bank

Syria's six-year conflict has ravaged its infrastructure and caused losses to its economy of $226 billion, according to estimates published by the World Bank on July 10.

The devastating war has killed over 320,000 people and displaced more than half the country's population since it began in March 2011.