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South Korea fires shots at North Korea after object crosses border

Beijing wants a denuclearized North Korea, but continues to temper its support for sanctions with maintaining regional stability and backing the Kim regime as a check against USA and South Korean power in the region. The U.S. statements came as South Korean President Moon Jae-in convened a National Security Council meeting to discuss the missile launch, which Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe called a "challenge to the world". Read More »

China, ASEAN agree on framework for S.China Sea code of conduct

China claims most of the sea, a key waterway for global shipping, and has reclaimed disputed reefs and installed military facilities on them. While Huang called the agreement "very significant progress", Ian Storey, senior fellow at the Institute of Southeast Asian Studies, a Singapore-based think tank, described it as more of a "small step forward", based on a draft of the document agreed to in March. Read More »

South Korean troops open fire projectile North Korea

Security Council sanctions and resolutions. "It lets them know that they are on an island and we're all against them and that they need to correct their behavior". Solid-fuel missiles can be fired far more rapidly, dramatically shortening the time available for any attempt to intervene and prevent a launch. Kim Jong Un's regime has responded defiantly, forging ahead with its missile tests, though the country has held back on conducting another nuclear test. Read More »

Flynn hasn't responded to Senate panel's subpoena, chairman says

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NEW- Senate Intelligence Committee: "General Flynn's lawyers have said he will NOT honor the subpoena". "General Flynn's lawyers have said he will NOT honor the subpoena". "We will be responding to the Senate Intelligence Committee today", a source close to Flynn tells NPR's Mary Louise Kelly. Others are insisting on seeing any White House or Federal Bureau of Investigation documents that detail conversations between the two, following a spate of news reports that Comey had kept careful ... Read More »

Mitchell: Trump Trip Being Received 'Very, Very Well' in Middle East

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Standing with Trump after their talk in Abbas' presidential residence, Abbas said that Palestinians "are committed to working with you to reach a historic peace deal between us and Israel ". and resolving longstanding issues based on worldwide law and agreements... in accordance with Arab peace initiative". He says that "our main problem is with the occupation and settlements". Read More »

Donald Trump visits Israel as he continues Middle East trip

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The two leaders met earlier at the King David Hotel after Mr. Trump stopped by the Western Wall, becoming the first sitting US president to visit Judaism's holiest site. Relevant to your professional network? United States policy doesn't hold that the city is part of Israel. "There's a great feeling for peace throughout the Middle East", Trump said. Read More »

Jakarta's Ex-Governor Ahok Drops Blasphemy Appeal

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Basuki Tjahaja Purnama, known by his nickname Ahok, was jailed for two years earlier this month for insulting the Koran , a shock decision that has undermined a reputation for religious tolerance in the world's most populous Muslim-majority country. Read More »

Did Melania Dodge Trump's Hand Again?

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In the second example to surface this week, Melania appears to reject the Donald's attempt to hold her hand. This is not a sign of love or tenderness on the part of the US President who wants to show his own strength and not to attract interest as a presidential couple, since he does not see Melania as equal. Read More »

Manchester Arena attack: First victim identified as 18-year-old college student

After the police determined that an attacker had set off a bomb near the entrance of the Manchester Arena , where Grande was finishing a performance, Grande tweeted that she was "broken" and "so so sorry". Home Secretary Amber Rudd decried "a barbaric attack, deliberately targeting some of the most vulnerable in our society - young people and children out at a pop concert". Read More »

Beijing's new economic weapon: Chinese tourists

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South Korean President Moon Jae-in's special envoy has told the Russian Far East development minister and parliament leaders that South Korea intends to increase economic cooperation with Russia as a means to dissuade North Korea from its nuclear weapons development and military provocations. Read More »

Manchester police hunt for accomplices after concert blast

Manchester police chief Ian Hopkins identified the bombing suspect as 22-year-old Salman Abedi but gave no other details . Prime Minister Theresa May said the incident was being treated as a terrorist attack. I will call them, from now on, losers because that's what they are: "losers". "We struggle to comprehend the warped and twisted mind that sees a room packed with young children not as a scene to cherish but as an opportunity for carnage", May said. Read More »

Iran keen to deepen ties with South Korea under new president

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Moon Jae-in has said dialogue and pressure must be used to ease tensions on the Korean peninsula and stop the North's weapons pursuit. Moon's envoy to Washington, South Korean media mogul Hong Seok-hyun, said Trump spoke of being willing to use engagement to ensure peace, Hong said in comments carried by television on Thursday. Read More »

8-Year-Old, Teen Are First Identified Victims of UK Concert Blast

Also authorities say an 8-year-old girl, Saffie Roussos, was among the 22 who died in the Manchester bombing. "The global reach of ISIS right now remains is largely intact, despite the extremely effective work that has been done to degrade ISIS in its caliphate", Nicholas Rasmussen , head of the U.S. Read More »

Mueller cleared by U.S. ethics experts to head Russia probe

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The nation's intelligence director says he won't comment on a news report that President Donald Trump asked him to publicly deny any collusion between his campaign and Russian Federation. Coats also criticized the stream of leaks from the intelligence community, saying they "played a very significant negative role" to national security. Read More »

Lib Dems want 5p cup tax and tough new obesity strategy

Tim Farron has dismissed claims he was against abortion after it emerged that he previously said the practice was "wrong". The party promises option to remain in the bloc if British voters reject final Brexit deal. Brinton also said people should be free to wear a cross and nuns should be permitted to wear veils. Other flagship policies included a second referendum on a Brexit deal and giving tenants the ability to use rent payments to buy their own homes. Read More »

Ex-FBI Director James Comey Hid Among Curtains to Avoid Trump

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If President Donald Trump was hoping to head out on his first big foreign trip with turmoil calmed at home , he's going to have a disappointing Air Force One departure on Friday. Wittes describes Comey as bothered by Trump's efforts to chit-chat with the Federal Bureau of Investigation director, who traditionally is supposed to maintain a formal, clearly defined relationship with the president. Read More »

Terror threat level raised from 'severe' to 'critical' after Manchester Arena attack

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Desperate parents and friends posted heart-wrenching messages and pictures on social media in the search for their loved ones who had been at the concert by Ariana Grande, a USA singer who has a large number of young and teenage fans. David Videcette, a former Metropolitan Police detective who investigated the London attacks, told AFP that the jihadist group would have carefully chosen the target in Manchester . Read More »

Extra armed police on streets of Shrewsbury after Manchester attack

Some 59 people were also injured in the blast when the attacker detonated an improvised explosive device at the Manchester Arena. Detective Superintendent Glen Channer, head of the ECTIU, said: "We have close policing partnerships across the United Kingdom and we will all be working together to respond in the aftermath of such a shocking and senseless attack". Read More »

SKorea's new leader to take on family-owned business empires

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Moon told Abe that he held a similar view about the issues they face regarding North Korea. During the campaign, Moon advocated for engagement with North Korea - particularly on the economic front - as the best method to work towards a denuclearized Korean Peninsula. Read More »

Senate Intelligence Committee Presses For Flynn Documents

Mr Flynn's lawyers claimed an "escalating public frenzy" against the former aide justified declining the subpoena for his records. Richard Burr , R-N.C., said Tuesday that the panel also sent a letter to Flynn's lawyer questioning whether his client can indeed invoke the Fifth Amendment to avoid turning over documents. Read More »

Trump just made a historic visit to a holy site in Jerusalem

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Trump promised during his campaign to recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital and move the United States embassy in Tel Aviv to Jerusalem , but has since backed off that pledge - at least for now. Speaking at an event Sunday, Netanyahu said , "50 years ago, we returned to the heart of our capital and our land, 50 years ago, we didn't conquer, we liberated". Read More »

Latest North Korean missile test sparks Western fury

The letters read: "It does not seem to be an ICBM missile". That missile launch showed that North Korea's technology seems to be getting more sophisticated, and it represented a significant advance for Kim Jung Un and his nuclear weapons program, Martin reported . Read More »