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US, S.Korea agree to maintain pressure on N. Korea

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Global alarm at the rapid advance of nuclear-armed North Korea's weapons technology rose further past year when the regime tested its Hwasong-15 ballistic missile theoretically capable of hitting the mainland USA, in a challenge to Washington that has threatened to "utterly destroy" the regime in the event of an attack. Read More »

Samoa in state of disaster after strong tropical cyclone

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Red Cross staff checking on people flooded out in Samoa . Widespread power and water outages are impacting the area, and flood waters remain high throughout the community. The storm is now a Category 4, and forecasters expect it could grow to a Category 5 by the time it strikes Tonga Monday night. Ofa Fa'anunu from the Tonga Meteorological service says Gita will be the strongest cyclone on record to hit the Kingdom. Read More »

Donald Trump, Kim Jong-un impersonators ejected from Opening Ceremony

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Mr Moon said the North and South should continue to work to build conditions so a summit can take place and called for a quick resumption of dialogue between the U.S. South Korean activists burned the North's flag on Sunday in a protest against the two countries' efforts to improve relations during the Winter Olympics . Read More »

Queensland storm: Man shocked while showering, 60000 homes without power

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Residents at Boonah, on the Scenic Rim, posted images of hailstones the size of tennis balls and forecasters said 90km/h wind gusts were recorded at Amberley, Redcliffe, Inner Beacon, Redlands and Archerfield. COAST residents are still without power following a freak storm that ripped through South-east Queensland overnight. Parts of south-east Queensland have fallen short of the maximum temperatures forecast by the weather bureau, with severe storms rolling in late on Sunday afternoon. Read More »

Kim Jong Un invited South Korean president to North Korea, Seoul says

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During previous attempts at ending the crisis the United States and its allies have provided financial incentives to North Korea or agreed to suspend military exercises with South Korea . If Moon accepts the offer, it would be the first time a South Korean president entered North Korea since 2007 - and the third time overall. North Korea conducted its largest nuclear test a year ago and said it had developed a missile capable of carrying a warhead to the United States. Read More »

Pence: Allies remain united on N. Korea

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The Trump administration, and successive American administrations before it, has insisted that North Korea must give up its nuclear weapons program if it wants to be treated as part of the global community. "Now, if we put our hearts and minds together, it will continue to grow larger and larger and turn into a snowman of peace". Moon recalled his past visit to the North's Diamond Mountain resort, where he and his mother met his North Korean aunt during a temporary reunion of families ... Read More »

Historically, North And South Korea's Talks Haven't Accomplished Much

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The handwritten invitation to President Moon was delivered by Mr Kim's influential sister, Kim Yo-jong, at a landmark meeting in the presidential palace in Seoul , as the Games opened on Saturday. The North's official Korean Central News Agency also referred to Moon as president. Two South Korean presidents, both of them progressives, have gone to Pyongyang for summits before, both with Kim Jong Un's father. Read More »

Kim Jong Un invites South Korean president for talks in the North

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All broke out in broad smiles. Now, she must sit out some players who have been with her on that journey and will select three or four North Koreans in each of the three preliminary round games. On Sunday in Seoul , several hundred protesters accused Moon of being too soft on the North. "The grievances that the world has about North Korea are very legitimate". Read More »

North Korea stages show of force with new missiles during parade

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Usually held in April, the parade took place this year on the eve of the opening ceremony of the Winter Olympics being staged in the South Korean mountain resort of Pyeongchang, just across the heavily fortified border. "An early resumption of dialogue between the United States and the North is needed also for the development of the South-North Korean relationship", he said, according to his spokesman. Read More »

Kim Yo Jong Fascinates, And Puzzles, In South Korea

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Virtue, of London, Ont., had the first crack carrying the Maple Leaf before passing it to Moir, of Ilderton, Ont., at the midway point of their tour around the venue as teammates snapped selfies and waved to the crowd. But the athletic aspect of these games has been overshadowed in the buildup to the opening ceremony by a frenzied, increasingly momentous fire-hose spray of political developments. Read More »

5 dead after 'horrific murder spree' in Johnson County

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Then, in a search for suspect Jospeh Nickell, two additional victims were found dead at an apartment complex, the Johnson County Sheriff's Office said. "The perpetrator then took his own life". Authorities determined that Nickell fatally shot the four other people, the station reported. "As officers, one of our first concerns is for the surviving family members", he concluded. Read More »

Trump aide's abuse scandal bruises White House

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Kelly reportedly offered his resignation over the matter, amid allegations he knew about Porter's problems but allowed him to keep his White House post - without full Federal Bureau of Investigation security clearance. The President himself has also been the subject of allegations of sexual harassment by several women. Routinely, Trump has accepted claims of innocence from men facing similar allegations, including Fox News head Roger Ailes, anchor Bill O'Reilly and former Alabama ... Read More »

Arsene Wenger snaps back at Martin Keown's jibes after Tottenham defeat

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We were destabilised by the goal they scored and they had two or three more opportunities that they could have scored. In football if you don't kill the game you will concede chances and suffer. But Wenger, who was challenged in his post match press conference about Keown's lacking hunger comments, insists that Kane is simply a world-class striker. Read More »

NBC apologizes to Koreans for Opening Ceremony remarks about Japan

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The remark immediately ignited outrage in South Korea , the Olympic host nation, where resentment of Japan's harsh early 20th-century annexation of the Korean Peninsula continues to simmer. Koreans around the world criticised his remarks on social media and a petition soon circulated online. This is the second Olympics that Ramo has worked for NBC . Read More »

Rand Paul Triggers Overnight Government Shutdown

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While Mr. Paul's performance in the Senate strained the patience of his colleagues, he focussed on the same concern that caused so many House Republicans to oppose the bill - deficit spending . The delays forced a partial government shutdown after midnight, to minimal impact. The House began debating the bill around 3 a.m. Friday. "Don't collude with this administration", he said . Read More »

The US Government Shut Down… Again

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The two-year budget deal would lift caps on defense and non-defense spending by $300 billion over two years. It passed the Senate easily with a tally of 71-28. Democrats and some Republicans have critiqued that framework over its cuts to legal immigration and limitations on family-based immigration, The Hill reported . Read More »

Trump's Bold Memo Snub Risks High-Stakes Standoff with Dems, Feds,

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President Donald Trump on Saturday accused the Democrats of playing politics with classified information, asserting that their memo countering GOP allegations about the conduct of the FBI's Russian Federation probe was a trap meant to "blame the White House for lack of transparency". Read More »

Winter Olympics kicks off with Korean show of unity

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Neither approach inspired a goal from the home team, which went down 0-8, but it was clear who connected with the mainly young South Korean fans, who have grown up physically separated from the poor, one-party state to the North. United Nations deputy spokesman Farhan Haq told reporters at United Nations headquarters that Guterres sat near 90-year-old Kim Yong Nam at a dinner Friday night, and they were also near each other during the opening ceremony of the Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang . Read More »

North Korea's Kim invites Moon to Pyongyang for summit

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President Moon responded to the invitation by saying "we should accomplish this by creating the right conditions", adding that talks between North Korea and the United States were needed for the improvement of North-South relations, and requested that North Korea be more active in talking with the USA, according to Kim Eui-kyeom. Read More »

Winter Olympics 2018: North and South Korea hold landmark meeting

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But Moon Jae In's more compliant decisions to gather Koreans under a unification flag for the Opening Ceremony and especially to create a combined Korean women's ice-hockey team-which means a number of South Korean hockey players will be forced to cede ice time to their new North Korean teammates, at least three of whom must dress for every game-are less popular. Read More »

Heading home, Pence insists 'no daylight' on North Korea

In expressing the administration's displeasure, Pence went so far as to refuse to be seated for dinner at a pre-ceremony reception hosted by South Korean President Moon Jae-in. As part of his push against North Korean propaganda, Pence attended the short track speed skating with Fred Warmbier, the father of an American student who died a year ago after being imprisoned in North Korea for 17 months. Read More »

Safe return needed for Rohingya refugees - Johnson

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Almost 700,000 people have left since the action began last August. The camp is home to 500,000 refugees - the equivalent of the population of Leicester. But aid agencies have expressed concern over the projected figures for the transfer - Myanmar has agreed to accept 1,500 Rohingya each week; Bangladesh says it aims to return everyone within two years. Read More »

South and North Korean athletes unite during opening ceremony in Pyeongchang

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North and South Korea competed together for the first time at an Olympics on Saturday as the first five of 102 gold medals were decided against a fast-moving backdrop of diplomatic manoeuvring. Her presence helped the theme of Korean unity to dominate the opening ceremony as the two Koreas marched under one flag. He had been dispatched from Washington for the Olympics in part, he said, to make sure that people didn't lose sight of how the US government perceives the North - as a misbehaving ... Read More »

North Korean Cheerleaders: 100 Olympic Stars Are Born

Pence met with four North Korean defectors Friday as he uses his appearance at the Winter Olympics to counter the regime's "charm offensive". Instead, they said , Kim simply wasn't seated in the area where Pence was receiving well-wishers. Read More »

Detained Iranian-Canadian Activist Reportedly Dies In Tehran Prison

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On his Instagram account, Raam Emami wrote that authorities said his father had committed suicide. "He was one of the defendants in a spying case and unfortunately he committed suicide in prison since he knew that many had made confessions against him and because of his own confessions", Tehran prosecutor Abbas Jafari-Dolatabadi told the ILNA news agency. Read More »

Modi Voices Support for Palestinian State in West Bank Visit

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India was one of the 120 UN member states that voted in favor of Palestine in the UN General Assembly resolution calling on the U.S.to retract its recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital last December. India's refusal to support the USA moves to recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital disappointed Israel. Al-Quds said that Israeli forces Saturday arrested a 15-year-old minor outside the Ibrahimi Mosque compound in the Old City neighborhood in Hebron, in the southern West Bank, for ... Read More »

Pennsylvania GOP Submits New Congressional Map to Governor

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The map by House Speaker Mike Turzai and Senate President Pro Tempore Joe Scarnati would reduce dozens of municipal or county divisions while keeping almost 70 percent of state residents in their existing districts. Wolf will review the new map over the weekend, though Democrats in the statehouse urged him to reject the proposal, claiming Republican legislators drew the new lines without outside consultations. Read More »

Israeli settlements complicate the task of making peace

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Trump's comments about Israel mark rare criticism from a president who has adopted a hostile policy toward the Palestinians while forging close relations with Israel. "I don't know, frankly, if we are going to even have talks". "It's our only opportunity, and it will never happen after this". The United States' role as a broker in the Israeli-Palestinian peace process has come under fire following the Trump administration's decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel in ... Read More »

Speeding train kills four wild elephants in Assam

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Locals also alleged that the train was on high speed and that the locals have also informed the nearest railway station about movement of elephants along the railway tracks. Four elephants were run over by a train and killed in northeast India . Elephant deaths, due to accidents, are on the rise in Assam; the state forest department data says 110 elephants died in 2016 and 118 in 2015. Read More »

Trump laments 'shattered lives' after aides resign

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The Washington Post first reported Sorensen's resignation Friday evening, and reported that his ex-wife, Jessica Corbett , alleged that "he ran a auto over her foot, put out a cigarette on her hand, threw her into a wall and grasped her menacingly by her hair while they were alone on their boat in remote waters off Maine's coast, an incident she said left her fearing for her life". Read More »

Another Trump aide out after abuse allegations; speechwriter accused by ex-wife

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It was unclear from the Post report if that was Sorensen's version of what Corbett claimed was him running over her foot. Porter, who denies the allegations, stepped down from his White House job Wednesday. "We certainly wish him well, and it's a tough time for him", Trump said in the Oval Office. Kelly, along with Porter, helped organize the West Wing's policy and decision-making process and infused the staff with a clearer sense of goal, officials said. Read More »

Israeli air strikes against Syria 'biggest since 1982'

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On Tuesday, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was joined by members of the powerful 10-member security cabinet for a briefing on Mount Avital that outlined Israel Defence Forces (IDF) readiness to tackle the ongoing threat posed by Hezbollah and other Iran-backed forces along the northern border. Read More »