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'Blame on both sides'

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NEW YORK -- US President Donald Trump sparked a political firestorm Tuesday when he doubled down on his initial response to the violent white supremacist rally in Charlottesville that ended in bloodshed, saying there was “blame on both sides.” The…

US open to talks if North Korea ready to disarm

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WASHINGTON -- Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said Tuesday, after North Korea’s Kim Jong-Un postponed a threat to fire missiles towards the US territory of Guam, that Washington remains ready for talks. But the top US diplomat said it would…

Global stocks up

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NEW YORK -- World stock markets mostly rose Tuesday, extending the previous day’s rally as fears receded over a potential clash between the United States and North Korea. Investors have cashed out of haven assets, like gold and the Japanese…

Falling tree kills 13 at Portugal religious festival

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LISBON -- Thirteen people were crushed to death and 49 injured Tuesday when a 200-year-old oak tree fell on them at a religious festival on the Portuguese island of Madeira, doctors said. A dozen people, four of them children, were…

Kim Blinks

N. Korea leader holds off on Guam missile plan SEOUL -- North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un said Tuesday he would hold off on a planned missile strike near Guam, but warned the highly provocative move would go ahead in the…

Guam leader backs Trump vs N. Korea

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HAGATNA, Guam -- Guam’s leader said Monday that “sometimes a bully can only be stopped with a punch in the nose”, in a spirited defense of President Donald Trump’s rhetoric against North Korea which has the island in its crosshairs.…

Military option

Amid calls for restraint, Trump again cites ‘military’ option on NKorea WASHINGTON -- US President Donald Trump and his French counterpart pledged Saturday to work to denuclearize North Korea, but Trump again invoked the grim possibility of “military measures” if…

Kim and Trump: A tale of two leaders

SEOUL -- In many ways the two leaders on either side of North Korea-United States missile stand-off could not be more different. In others they are startlingly similar. North Korea’s Kim Jong-Un has just overseen his second test of an…

Contaminated eggs scandal reaches Asia

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BRUSSELS -- A scandal involving eggs contaminated with insecticide spread to 15 EU countries, Switzerland and as far away as Hong Kong on Friday as the European Commission called for a special meeting on the growing crisis. Ministers and food…

Japan deploys missile defense over N. Korea threat to Guam

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TOKYO -- Japan deployed its Patriot missile defense system on Saturday after North Korea threatened to fire ballistic missiles over the country towards the US Pacific territory of Guam, local officials and reports said. Regional tensions are mounting as Washington…

Trump mulling ‘military option’ on Venezuela

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BEDMINSTER, United States -- US President Donald Trump said Friday he was considering military options as a response to the escalating crisis in Venezuela, a move the South American country quickly shot down as “craziness.” Washington has slapped sanctions on…

North Korea mocks Trump, hones Guam strike plans

SEOUL -- Nuclear-armed North Korea announced a detailed plan Thursday to send a salvo of four missiles over Japan and towards the US territory of Guam, raising the stakes in a stand-off with President Donald Trump and mocking him as…

Taiwan reaffirms claim over South China Sea

SAYING the South China Sea (SCS) is an inherent part of its territory, the Taiwan Ministry of Foreign Affairs said they should have been included in the talks to resolve the sea dispute. The foreign ministers of the members of…

Guam stays calm, dismisses North Korea nuke threat

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HAGATNA, Guam -- Guam Governor Eddie Calvo downplayed North Korea’s threat to attack his Pacific island state but said the US territory was “prepared for any eventuality” in a televised speech Wednesday as tensions escalate in the region. US President…

Nagasaki mayor pleads for end to nuclear threat

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TOKYO -- Nagasaki must be the last place to suffer an atomic bombing, its mayor said Wednesday, marking 72 years since the devastating American nuclear attack on the Japanese city with a passionate call for denuclearization. The anniversary comes as…
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