No bias in Clinton probe

WASHINGTON -- Former FBI director James Comey was “insubordinate” in his handling of the Hillary Clinton email probe, an official watchdog found Thursday, handing new ammunition to President Donald Trump in his feud with US investigators. But the Justice Department’s…

Bullish Trump

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SEOUL -- Donald Trump accepted an invitation from Kim Jong Un to visit North Korea during their historic summit, Pyongyang state media reported Wednesday, as the US president said the world had jumped back from the brink of "nuclear catastrophe."…

Wary of China, Australia to fund Solomons cable

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SYDNEY -- Australia will help fund and build an underseas communications cable to the Solomon Islands, it was agreed Wednesday, after the Pacific nation was convinced to drop a contract with Chinese company Huawei. The impoverished country and Huawei inked…

Japan warns US-South Korea war drills ‘vital’

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TOKYO -- US military drills with South Korea and Washington's troop presence there are "vital" for regional security, Japan said Wednesday, raising concerns after US President Donald Trump said the drills would be halted. "The drills and the US military…

Summit welcomed as ‘first step’ toward peace

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SEOUL -- Most South Korean newspapers reacted with cautious optimism Wednesday to the historic meeting between Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un in Singapore, although one conservative daily denounced the agreement it produced as "absurd." The centrist Hankook daily noted…

History made?

SINGAPORE — Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un hailed their historic summit Tuesday as a breakthrough in relations between Cold War foes, but the agreement they produced was short on details about the key issue of Pyongyang’s nuclear weapons. The…

France challenges Beijing, sails ships in South China Sea

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PARIS -- France is increasing its military presence in the Indo-Pacific region, sending warships through the South China Sea and planning air exercises to help counter China’s military build-up in disputed waters. In late May, the French assault ship Dixmude…

Kim, Trump in countdown to historic summit

SINGAPORE — Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un were making last-minute preparations Monday on the eve of their historic summit, as officials scrambled to narrow yawning differences over Pyongyang’s nuclear arsenal. Tuesday’s meeting will be the first time a serving…

Trump escalates ‘war’ on allies

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QUEBEC CITY -- The G7 summit ended in farce and a renewed threat of global trade war on Saturday as US President Donald Trump abruptly rejected the text of a consensus statement and bitterly insulted the Canadian host. Just minutes…

Kim-Trump summit in Singapore

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SINGAPORE -- Seven decades of antagonism and mistrust will shadow Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un as they sit down for their unprecedented summit in Singapore -- historical baggage that will weigh heavily on discussions over North Korea's nuclear arsenal…

G6 vs Trump

LA MALBAIE, Canada — Donald Trump and America’s closest allies will bid to paper over the cracks Saturday after a fractious G7 summit, before the US presidents sets off on a mission to make peace with a traditional enemy. The…

Singapore rolls out tough summit security

SINGAPORE -- Singapore’s reputation for rigid law and order was seen as a major factor for being chosen to host Tuesday’s US-North Korea summit — and the tiny city-state is determined not to disappoint. Police, including elite units of Nepalese…

Summit agenda

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SEOUL -- The issue at the top of US President Donald Trump’s agenda for his summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un is also the most complicated — denuclearisation. Pyongyang’s decades-long pursuit of atomic weapons and the means to…
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