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Restraint urged

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In call with Trump, Xi urges ‘restraint’ on North Korea BEIJING -- Chinese President Xi Jinping urged “restraint” on North Korea during a phone call Monday with US President Donald Trump, days before an American supercarrier is due to arrive…

Strong response

SYDNEY -- Australia and New Zealand stiffened their rhetoric against North Korea Sunday after the isolated state threatened Canberra with a nuclear strike, urging it to think twice before “blindly and zealously toeing the US line”. The move comes as…

Magnitude 5.9 quake hits off Chile coast

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SANTIAGO -- A magnitude 5.9 earthquake rocked central Chile late Saturday, monitors said, though there were no immediate reports of injuries or damage. The tremor took place at 11.36 pm (0236 GMT), centered off the coast at 42 kilometers (26…

Nepal quake injured stalked by disability two years on

KATHMANDU -- The day after Nepal was struck by a devastating earthquake, Samrat Basnet opened his doors to the wounded as hospitals overwhelmed with thousands of victims had to send away those without life-threatening injuries. Two years on Basnet is…

‘Silent protest’ over 20 deaths in Venezuela

CARACAS — Dressed in white, Venezuelan protesters opposed to President Nicolas Maduro marched in silence in several cities on Saturday to pay respects to 20 people killed in three weeks of unrest. Unlike demonstrations in recent days, the rallies in…

What’D XI say?

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S.Korea outraged over Trump’s China comment SEOUL -- Buffeted by the currents of diplomacy, South Korea is sometimes described as a “shrimp between two whales”, and US president Donald Trump has touched nerves with remarks that the peninsula “used to…

Standoff

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HANOI -- A group of Vietnamese farmers who took more than a dozen police and officials hostage over a land dispute said Thursday they would resist any rescue attempt by the authorities and have sealed off their village. The incident…

After poll defeat, Jakarta’s Christian gov may escape jail

JAKARTA -- Jakarta’s Christian governor may escape jail for alleged blasphemy after prosecutors Thursday recommended only probation, a day after he lost in a religiously charged run-off that damaged Indonesia’s image as a bastion of tolerant Islam. The recommendation of…

Venezuela opposition vows fresh protests despite deaths

CARACAS -- Opponents of the Venezuelan government vowed fresh huge protests on Thursday, upping the ante in their bid to oust President Nicolas Maduro after a day of deadly clashes in the oil-rich but beleaguered nation. A 17-year-old boy and…

Japan militaristic edict revival hit, welcomed

TOKYO -- Japan’s century-old imperial proclamation urging people to be willing to die for the emperor was consigned to history books until video surfaced showing children in an Osaka kindergarten enthusiastically reciting it. A cabinet decision allowing schools to teach…

Scare game

YOKOSUKA, Japan -- The United States will counter any North Korean attack with an “overwhelming and effective” response, Vice President Mike Pence vowed Wednesday, as he stood on the deck of a massive American aircraft carrier docked in Japan. Donald…

In Mosul, it’s Iraqi snipers vs jihadist sharpshooters

MOSUL, Iraq — A few hundred meters from an iconic mosque in west Mosul, Iraqi sniper Salah al-Zuheiri has his eye glued to his scope as he searches for Islamic State group jihadists. Iraqi forces are battling to retake Mosul…

Man arrested for California shooting spree

LOS ANGELES -- A man arrested for a shooting spree in the central California city of Fresno on Tuesday in which three white men were killed saw himself as part of an ongoing race war, according to family and police.…

US vs N.Korea

Pyongyang should not ‘test Trump’s resolve’ — Pence SEOUL — US Vice President Mike Pence warned North Korea Monday not to test Donald Trump’s resolve, declaring that “all options are on the table” in curbing its missile and nuclear weapons…
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