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Show of force

US warplanes fly off North Korea coast WASHINGTON -- US bombers and fighter escorts flew off the coast of North Korea Saturday in a show of force against its nuclear weapons program, escalating already sky-high tensions. The hermit state’s foreign…

N. Korea 'more opaque'

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SEOUL -- North Korea has become “more opaque” to the outside world following a decision by YouTube to silence an official propaganda channel, a monitoring group has warned, as new sanctions over Pyongyang’s nuclear program begin to bite. Observers have…

Iran tests new missile defying US warnings

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TEHRAN -- Iran said on Saturday that it had successfully tested a new medium-range missile in defiance of warnings from Washington that it was ready to ditch a landmark nuclear deal over the issue. State television carried footage of the…

Foreigners killed in Mexico earthquake

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MEXICO CITY -- The bodies of eight foreigners have been recovered from the rubble of the quake that struck Mexico City, officials said Friday. The remains were those of four Taiwanese women, a Korean man, a Spanish man, a Panamanian…

Hong Kong students press fight for freedoms

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HONG KONG -- Universities have become the latest battleground over freedoms in Hong Kong as a ban on signs on campuses advocating independence from China sparks fresh fears that the city's liberties are under threat. As term kicked off earlier…

N. Korea hints at Pacific nuke test

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SEOUL -- North Korea could consider testing a hydrogen bomb over the Pacific Ocean in retaliation to Donald Trump’s threats to destroy the country, Pyongyang’s Foreign Minister said Friday. In a tirade against Trump responding to the US president’s thundering…

Hurricane-stricken Filipinos rescued

IN a successful race against time, the Philippines yesterday evacuated more than a hundred Filipino hurricane survivors from Puerto Rico just hours before another devastating storm was to slam into the American territory. “We praise and thank God for the…

Peaceful resolution

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NEW YORK -- The Chinese and Russian foreign ministers called for a peaceful end to the “vicious cycle” on the Korean peninsula as they met in New York for the UN General Assembly, Beijing said Tuesday. Chinese Foreign Minister Wang…

Suu Kyi appeals to global community on Rohingya crisis

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NAYPYIDAW, Myanmar -- Aung San Suu Kyi said Tuesday she does not fear global scrutiny over the Rohingya crisis, pledging to hold rights violators to account and to resettle some of the 410,000 Muslims who have fled army operations in…

Japan deploys missile defense to northern island — official

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TOKYO -- Japan will Tuesday deploy an additional missile defense system on its northern island of Hokkaido, a defense ministry spokesman told AFP, days after North Korea launched a missile over the island. “We are deploying a PAC-3 system at…

World leaders anxious to hear Trump

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UNITED NATIONS, United States, Sept. 19 (AFP) - World leaders open their annual debate at the United Nations on Tuesday, eager to hear US President Donald Trump deliver his maiden address amid global anxiety over North Korea and Iran. Trump…

Pyongyang warned

US warns N.Korea will be ‘destroyed’ if threats continue WASHINGTON -- Donald Trump’s administration ramped up the pressure on North Korea on Sunday ahead of a week of high-stakes diplomacy at the United Nations, warning Pyongyang will be “destroyed” if…

Nuke power

SEOUL -- North Korea said Saturday it was seeking military "equilibrium" with the United States as leader Kim Jong-Un vowed to complete Pyongyang's nuclear program, which he said had "nearly reached the terminal." North Korea successfully fired a Hwasong-12 intermediate-range…

London bomber hunted as threat level raised

LONDON -- British police raced Saturday to track down whoever planted a bomb on a packed London Underground train, as authorities raised the national threat level to maximum, meaning another attack may be imminent. Friday morning's blast, which left 29…
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