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North Korea steel plant unhampered by UN sanctions

CHOLLIMA, North Korea -- A crane moves a giant bucket brimming with 40 tons of molten steel towards a gangway in North Korea’s Chollima Steel Complex. Flames, smoke and a shower of sparks erupt as a worker thrusts his temperature…

Frozen assets

BANGKOK -- Thai authorities have frozen seven bank accounts belonging to ex-premier Yingluck Shinawatra over a $1 billion fine she faces for her administration’s controversial rice subsidy scheme, her lawyer said Tuesday. The move is seen as unprecedented because it…

Trump scuttles Syrian rebel assistance program

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WASHINGTON -- US President Donald Trump on Monday announced he had ended a program to support rebels fighting against Syrian President Bashar al-Assad because it was “massive, dangerous, and wasteful.” The comments came days after General Tony Thomas, the head…

China probes Politburo member

BEIJING -- The Chinese Communist Party’s anti-graft watchdog has launched an investigation into a Politburo member once seen as a contender for a top leadership post, just months before a major political congress. The Central Commission for Discipline Inspection is…

Qatar ‘terrorist’ blacklist bared

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RIYADH -- Saudi Arabia and its allies unveiled a “terrorist” blacklist on Tuesday of 18 organizations and individuals suspected of links with Islamist extremism that they said had ties with regional rival Qatar. The move by the four Arab governments…

Japan aims to reduce suicides by 30% in 10 years

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TOKYO -- Japan aims to cut suicides by 30 percent over 10 years, with the government Tuesday approving a plan which seeks to curb extreme work hours seen as contributing to one of the world’s highest suicide rates. Japan has…

France attempts forced vaccination on unwilling population

Headlines were recently made announcing that the French government plans to make 11 vaccines compulsory for children, adding to the three-shot combination already mandatory (diphtheria, tetanus, and polio). Under the new jurisdiction, parents would be forced to follow the vaccination…

White House spokesman out

WASHINGTON -- White House press secretary Sean Spicer abruptly resigned Friday in protest at a major shake-up of Donald Trump's scandal-tainted administration, as pressure mounted from a broadening investigation into the Trump campaign's ties to Russia. Spicer quit after Trump…

US city police chief quits

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CHICAGO -- Fallout intensified Friday from the fatal police shooting of an unarmed Australian woman, as Minneapolis's police chief resigned, an angry crowd shouted down the mayor, and protesters filled streets for the second day in a row. Police chief…

Deadly London stabbings

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LONDON -- Nearly one young person a week has been stabbed to death in London so far this year, leaving British authorities hunting for ways to stop the increasing violence. Twenty-seven people under the age of 25 have been stabbed…

Shaky debut

WASHINGTON -- Donald Trump’s first six months in the White House have been a riot of scandal, chaos and outrage that — absent a major course correction — could spell doom for his entire administration. All US presidents face crises…

S. Korea probes defector who ‘returned’ to North

SEOUL -- South Korea is investigating the case of a North Korean defector who became a celebrity refugee in Seoul, but recently appeared on Pyongyang television to claim she had returned home from the “hell” of the capitalist South. Lim…
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