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US, Japan urge China to exert pressure on N. Korea


Over the decades since the peninsula was divided, dozens of North Korean soldiers have fled to the South through the zone which extends for two km either side of the actual border. North Korea's agency in charge of inter-Korean relations also described President Moon Jae-in's dual-track approach of seeking dialogue and sanctions as a "foolish act and self-deception". Read More »

At Senate hearing, Sessions heatedly denies improper Russia contacts

During the hearing, Sessions lent his support to the special counsel, Robert Mueller , who is now in charge of the Trump campaign-Russia investigation. "What are they?" Wyden asked. Sessions's smile vanished, replaced with an indignant scowl. "Why don't you tell me?" There are none, Senator Wyden. The Attorney General said, "You might have have been very critical of me, if I as active part of the campaign was seeking intelligence relating to something that might be relevant to the campaign". Read More »

Charlie Flanagan to meet James Brokenshire in Stormont today


Theresa May's government is in absolute chaos. Republicans complain the Good Friday agreement, the 1998 peace settlement, is in peril. "At the same time there are very real questions to be asked over any suggestion that equal rights for LGBTI people or women's rights could be diminished in any part of the United Kingdom by this deal". Read More »

Sessions: 'I did not recuse myself from defending my honor'

The live stream will begin at 2:30 p.m. Sessions' remarks came after sacked FBI boss James Comey said he believed he was fired to influence the agency's investigation into Russian political meddling. And while he had recused himself from the Russian Federation probe, Sessions insisted, "I did not recuse myself from defending my honor against scurrilous and false allegations". Read More »

DUP leader slams 'hyperbole' over gay rights policy


Britain's Press Association, quoting two unnamed sources from the meeting, said May told lawmakers at a closed-door session that she admitted she was the one who "got us into this mess" and vowed that she would be the one who will "get us out of it". Read More »

United States confirms high-level visit to N. Korea behind student's release

Visitors and medical personnel enter a transport plane carrying Otto Warmbier , a 22-year-old University of Virginia undergraduate student who was imprisoned in North Korea in March 2016, before he is transferred to an ambulan. But Nauert is firm in stating "Dennis Rodman had nothing to do with the release of Mr. Warmbier". Warmbier's release came on the same day the former National Basketball Association star Dennis Rodman arrived in the North. Read More »

Heinrich: Sessions' testimony shows 'concerted effort' to obstru

He vowed to defend his honor "against scurrilous and false allegations". During his testimony, the Attorney General was asked if he had been given some of the details about the "active measures" used by Russian Federation to interfere in the US elections - his answer was, no, as Sessions said he had stayed away from anything to do with the matter, to honor his recusal as Attorney General. Read More »

Jeff Sessions to Face Long-awaited Senate Grilling on Russia Ties, Comey Firing

Mr. Sessions flatly denied he was part of any collusion with Russian Federation, and said in his involvement with the campaign - or his time since as attorney general - he's seen no evidence of such collusion. "The president tweeted repeatedly about his anger about investigations into his associates and Russian Federation". It was perplexing to some senators on the committee, who grilled him about whether Trump was invoking executive privilege , which allows the president to ask his cabinet ... Read More »

Comey and the Gang That Couldn't Leak Straight — PETER LUCAS

With stronger evidence, Trump could face the same sort of criminal allegations that forced president Richard Nixon to resign in 1973, and saw Bill Clinton impeached by the House of Representatives but survive a Senate trial in 1998-99. Comey was leading that probe. The pledge came as Trump accused James Comey of lying to Congress about their private exchanges. He told the Senate panel he took meticulous notes of each meeting or conversation he had with Trump because "I was honestly ... Read More »

President Moon visits South Korea-US Combined Forces Command


Pyongyang , led by young leader Kim Jong Un , test-fired Thursday surface-to-ship cruise missiles that traveled up to some 200 kilometers off its eastern coast. But after the missile launch, he said the government won't step back on national security. Settling Japan and South Korea's historical disputes will take time, particularly with regard to wartime "comfort women", South Korean President Moon Jae-in told a key member of Japan's ruling party here Monday. Read More »

Dennis Rodman says 'trying to open door' in North Korea

Thank you for sponsoring my mission. He said in Beijing his aim is to try to "bring sports to North Korea". "The Secretary of State has confirmed to me that Otto has been released by North Korea, and is being returned to his family", the Ohio Republican said in a statement. Read More »

American student released by North Korea

Warmbier was sentenced to 15 years of hard labor . He was sentenced in March 2016 after a televised tearful public confession to trying to steal a propaganda banner. As of Tuesday morning, Warmbier was on his way home to Cincinnati , although other details surrounding the dramatic events were not released. The North Korean court held that Mr Warmbier had committed a crime "pursuant to the U.S. Read More »

US university student released by DPRK returns home

During a televised trial, he was sentenced to 15 years of hard labor . The release was the result of US-North Korea negotiations, mediated by Sweden. Nauert also warned Americans against traveling to North Korea, a caution that former USA government officials echoed. There are now three American citizens being held in North Korea. Read More »

Suspected N. Korean drone crashes with images of USA missile sites


Despite their longstanding differences - the two countries are still technically at war - South and North Korea have a strong shared footballing history. North Korean drones are known to have flown over South Korea several times. The idea of a joint bid has been mentioned by South Korea's president Moon Jae-in, who says co-hosting "would help to create peace" between the two nations. Read More »

Trump tweet sparks social media ridicule


But this time, users the world over have been left scratching their heads over "covfefe": a weird word apparently created by the President. He deleted it at 5.50 a.m., and by then, it was re-tweeted more than 100,000 times, making it the career best for Mr. Read More »

US Student Detained In North Korea Is Released As Dennis Rodman Visits


His release comes as former United States basketball star Dennis Rodman visited the reclusive country. In video taken at the time of the trial, Mr. Warmbier appeared dazed and seemingly had to be carried by North Korean soldiers. Before his trial, Warmbier had said he tried to steal a propaganda banner as a trophy for an acquaintance who wanted to hang it in her church. The former National Basketball Association player went to North Korea this week. Read More »

Once again, senators try to cut off Kamala Harris

MILLER: You didn't view it as her talking over top of him? " I think she was hysterical ", Miller stated, sticking to his guns. Harris followed up, "Sir, I am not asking about you the principle". While Sessions evaded answering most questions, Harris persisted and even interrupted any responses that she ascertained were not direct answers. Burr: Senators will allow the chair to control the hearing. Read More »

Cyclone flattens Rohingya refugee camps in Bangladesh


All flights in and out of Chittagong's Shah Amanat International Airport were also cancelled. Authorities were battling to evacuate more than half a million people from the coastal areas. Cyclone Mora has stuck Bangladesh, lashing the country's south-eastern coast with rain and winds. The storm made landfall on Tuesday morning (local time) between the fishing port of Cox's Bazar and the city of Chittagong, bringing winds of up to 117km/h. Read More »

Trump '100 percent' willing to testify on Comey

In particular, three main themes stood out. He had been scheduled to answer questions before the House and Senate spending committees Tuesday, but instead wants to show up to the intelligence committee instead. "I'll tell you about that maybe sometime in the very near future", he said. He is a good guy. "I hope you can let this go". And, perhaps most disturbing of all, Comey said for the first time that the president's conduct may fall within "the scope" of the FBI's investigation. Read More »

Chastain "disturbed" by portrayal of women at Cannes


Kidman wasn't at the French Rivera ceremony, but sent a video message from Nashville, saying she was "absolutely devastated" to miss the show. But after he reacts foolishly to the theft of his phone, the respected father of two finds himself dragged into shameful situations. Read More »

United Kingdom parliament holds first post-election session

May's party fell eight seats short of retaining their parliamentary majority, and is now in talks with Northern Ireland's ultra-conservative Democratic Union Party ( DUP ), which won 10 seats, to forge an informal alliance. Speaking alongside her party's deputy leader, Nigel Dodds , Mrs Foster pledged to use her newly acquired influence wisely and she defended the DUP's role as kingmakers at Westminster. Read More »

High-five from UK's Jeremy Corbyn ends in awkward thud

Labour performed at the same level as Gordon Brown in 2010 in terms of the number of seats won . On Tuesday, the Labour leader was greeted with a standing ovation, desk-banging and cheers before being praised for running a principled campaign. Read More »