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Quake hits China province

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CHENGDU, China — China on Wednesday evacuated tens of thousands people in its mountainous southwest after a strong earthquake killed at least 19 people and rattled a region where memories of a 2008 seismic disaster remain fresh. The 6.5-magnitude earthquake…

Dire warning

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TOKYO -- North Korea’s missile development poses a “new level of threat”, Japan’s defense ministry said Tuesday in an annual report that also reiterated concerns over China’s increasing military posture. Japan, which lies across the sea from North Korea, has…

‘Sanctuary city’ Chicago sues Trump administration

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CHICAGO -- The city of Chicago filed suit Monday against the Donald Trump administration for planning to withhold funds from so-called “sanctuary cities” that fail to cooperate with federal efforts cracking down on undocumented immigrants. The lawsuit, the first of…

Japan’s chastened prime minister rules on

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TOKYO -- Less than six months ago Prime Minister Shinzo Abe appeared poised to stay in power until 2021, becoming Japan’s longest-serving leader and cementing a coveted place in history. Now, the humbled hawk finds himself fighting for his political…

Palm oil, coffee for jets

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JAKARTA — Indonesia said Tuesday it would trade palm oil, coffee and tea for Russian fighter jets, saying it wanted to capitalize on international sanctions on Moscow as Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov was due to arrive for a visit. Russia…

S.Korean court orders Japan’s Mitsubishi to pay over war labor

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SEOUL -- A South Korean court ruled Tuesday that Japan’s Mitsubishi Heavy Industries should pay compensation to former wartime slave workers. The district court in the southern city of Gwangju ruled Mitsubishi Heavy Industries should pay 120 million won ($106,700)…

Tough stance

US tells North Korea to end missile tests for talks US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson on Monday ruled out a quick return to dialogue with North Korea, as he said new UN sanctions showed the world had run out…

Tough task

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US pushes Asian nations on North Korea MANILA -- US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson sought to build pressure on North Korea after securing a new round of United Nations sanctions as he launched into two days of high-level diplomacy…

Troubled waters

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VIETNAM urged other Southeast Asian nations to take a stronger stand against Chinese expansionism in the South China Sea, as a tense regional security forum began Saturday with North Korea also under fire over its nuclear program. Ahead of the…

China ups ante in high-altitude feud with India

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BEIJING -- China has stepped up its rhetoric in an increasingly tense border row with India, hinting at the possibility of military action in a propaganda push that analysts are calling “genuinely troubling.” For more than a month, Indian and…

UN to vote on tougher North Korea sanctions

UNITED NATIONS, United States — The UN Security Council was to vote Saturday on a US-drafted resolution toughening sanctions on North Korea, diplomats said Friday, a proposed ban on certain exports that could deprive Pyongyang of $1 billion in annual…

New assembly dividing Venezuela begins work

CARACAS -- A new assembly packed with allies of unpopular President Nicolas Maduro and with sweeping powers was to begin work on Saturday, deepening divisions in a crisis-wracked Venezuela. The Constituent Assembly, headed by a former foreign minister, Delcy Rodriguez,…

China will protect its sovereignty: Xi

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BEIJING -- China will iercely protect its sovereignty against “any people, organization or political party,” President Xi Jinping warned Tuesday, as the country celebrated the 90th anniversary of its military, the People’s Liberation Army. The message comes as the ruling…

Up to US, N. Korea -- China

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UNITED NATIONS, United States -- China hit back at the United States over North Korea on Monday with its ambassador to the United Nations saying Washington and Pyongyang bore primary responsibility for easing tensions, not Beijing. “No matter how capable…
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