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US, South Korean Presidents Agree to Revise Treaty on Ballistic Missiles

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State-controlled media say it was a hydrogen bomb. China's quake agency said it had detected a 6.3 magnitude natural disaster in Kilju, Hamgyong Province that was a "suspected explosion". In July, U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer revealed some of Trump's complaints with the South Korea deal during a "special session" that was called in an attempt to begin renegotiations. Read More »

North Korea confirms 'perfect' sixth nuclear test

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The two leaders pledged to continue applying strong diplomatic and economic pressure on the regime and take necessary preparations to deter and defend against North Korea's growing threats. The White House did not mention the voluntary bilateral agreement but said the two leaders agreed to strengthen their defense cooperation and South Korea's defense capabilities. Read More »

South Korea to 'strengthen missiles capabilities'

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The bomb was created to be mounted on its newly developed intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM), the North said. Decision announced after phone call between US President Donald Trump and his South Korean counterpart, Moon Jae-in. The test comes amid heightened regional tension following Pyongyang's two tests of ICBMs in July that potentially could fly about 10,000 km (6,200 miles), putting many parts of the USA mainland within range. Read More »

North Korea's Sixth Nuclear Test Is Its Biggest

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As well as being the first nuclear test since the US president came to power in January, it has also sparked reports of an natural disaster that suggest a much larger weapon than previous tests. Moments after it was rocked with two shallow earthquakes, defiant North Korea led by headstrong leader Kim Jong Un revealed that it has developed a missile ready hydrogen bomb which has "great destructive power". Read More »

House Intelligence Committee may want to hear from Trump on Russian Federation

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Russia's order also came after the Obama administration in late December expelled 35 Russian diplomats in response to alleged hacking of the 2016 presidential election. Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Friday that his country would react with firmness to the USA order. "While there will continue to be a disparity in the number of diplomatic and consular annexes, we have chosen to allow the Russian government to maintain some of its annexes in an effort to arrest the downward ... Read More »

Trump mulling withdrawal from Korea trade deal

While it is still possible Trump could decide to stay in the agreement in order to renegotiate its terms, the internal preparations for terminating the deal are far along and the formal withdrawal process could begin as soon as this coming week, said the people, who spoke on condition of anonymity. Read More »

Angela Merkel wants to end Turkey EU membership talks

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The latest pre-election polls, conducted only three weeks before the elections, place the conservative parties - the Christian Democratic Union (CDU)- led by Merkel and its partner in Bavaria, the Christian Social Union (CSU) - some 14 points ahead of Schulz's party. Read More »

Smoke in San Francisco Russian consulate hours before closure

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The move was a response to Russia's decision to expel hundreds of USA diplomats from the US embassy in Moscow. The U.S.is requiring Russian Federation to shutter its consulate general in San Francisco and its annexes in Washington and NY by September 2, a senior administration official told reporters on Thursday. Read More »

Time to take action on North Korea

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Still, the test drew sharp admonitions from several nations, including the United States, which made it clear military action remained among its options. Trump's reported move comes amidst the United States renegotiating the North America Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) with Mexico and Canada. Trump's comment, a day after Pyongyang fired a ballistic missile over Japan that drew United Nations and other worldwide condemnation, renewed his tough rhetoric toward reclusive, nuclear-armed and ... Read More »

NKorea quake suggests 6th nuclear test

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Since 2006, North Korea has carried out five nuclear tests, including two a year ago. The report could not be independently verified. On Tuesday, the North fired a mid-range ballistic missile that flew over Japan - a test considered one of the most provocative ever by the isolated communist state. Read More »

Powerful Explosion Detected In North Korea In Possible Nuclear Weapons Test

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North Korea has said that it has developed a more advanced nuclear weapon that has great destructive power. KCNA released undated photographs of Kim inspecting the weapon. China's foreign ministry said that the Chinese government has "expressed firm opposition and strong condemnation". Al Jazeera's Adrian Brown, reporting from Beijing , said the timing of the test would be "embarassing" for China. Read More »

Trump, SKorea's Moon Agree to Boost Seoul's Missile Capabilities

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Donald Trump has asked aides to prepare for USA withdrawal from a free trade agreement with South Korea, it was reported on Saturday - a potentially stunning development at a time of tense confrontation with North Korea. Mr Trump has also given "conceptual" approval to the purchase by the South of billions of dollars of USA military hardware. Last week, North Korea's leader Kim Jong-un ordered the production of more rocket warheads and engines, shortly after the United States suggested ... Read More »

Kenya Supreme Court cancels election results

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Worldwide observers had said they saw no sign of manipulation of voting and tallying at polling stations. Supporters of opposition leader Raila Odinga . A visibly fuming Kenyan president on Saturday hit out at judges' annulment of last month's poll results, which frustrated his hopes of reelection to a second term. Read More »

Kenya Presidential Election Annulled, Supreme Court Orders Rerun Within 60 Days

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Odinga claimed that the electronic voting results were hacked into and manipulated in favour of Kenyatta. "The Supreme court can not determine who rules this country, we will have no grand coalition and the election will be conducted by IEBC, we will not have the Opposition playing around with us over disbandment of IEBC", a tough speaking DP Ruto said . Read More »

How Harvey Relief Could Help - Or Hinder - Congress' Budget Deals

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He said, "There's time for political sniping later". Championing funding for their constituents should be one of the easiest moves for any congressional representative, but in Harvey's wake, the majority of the Texas delegation seems to have worked itself into an impossible political space. Read More »

Irma Incoming: Another major hurricane is brewing in the Atlantic

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Hurricane-force winds of 120 mph extend up to 25 miles outward from the center, with tropical storm-force winds extending up to 105 miles outward. The storm, now some 1,200 miles east of Puerto Rico, is traveling west at about 15 mph. The storm weakened to a Category 2 hurricane on Saturday , but it is forecast to regain strength next week. "It is far to early to tell what, if any, impacts will be felt on the continental U.S". Read More »

Wyoming 'sputtered on offense' against Iowa

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Iowa went on to win the game 24-3. The Iowa defense shut down highly touted QB Josh Allen , picking him off twice. Here is to hoping, for his sake, the first-half against Iowa isn't the exception to the Allen rule and not the rule of foot - I mean, thumb. Read More »

N.Korea believed to have conducted 6th nuclear test

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North Korea said on Sunday it has developed a more advanced thermonuclear weapon that possesses "great destructive power" and will be loaded on a new intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) that experts believe has the range to hit much of the United States. Read More »

Penalty woe for Jose Mourinho in Grenfell Tower charity game

Giving his team talk before the match, Shearer jokingly called out Mourinho, who played as goalkeeper for part of the game and during the penalty shootout. "So my decision was I don't want to be a manager because that's what I am every day, I want to play, I want to do something different. I've lost nine and won only once!" Despite an impressive cameo, he couldn't keep a clean sheet after Kasabian bassist Chris Edwards struck an equaliser in the second half - though the 54-year old was ... Read More »

Parrikar congratulates Sitharaman on becoming first woman Defence Minister

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Another leader from the generation, Amit Shah, is already at the helm of party affairs. 58 year-old Sitharaman is India's first female Defence Minister since Indira Gandhi . The current strength of the council of ministers, including the prime minister, is 73 and the maximum number of ministers can not go beyond 81. Ananth Kumar Hegde is MoS for Skill Development with Dharmendra Pradhan as his Cabinet Minister. Read More »

Hurricane Harvey: Overnight curfew imposed in Houston to prevent looting, armed robberies

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People in about 115 homes have already evacuated voluntarily. At least 18 people have now died in the torrential flooding, including one police officer, Sergeant Steve Perez, 59 . He told a news conference that there is no reason for people to be on the streets during those hours. "We have had problems with armed robberies, with people with guns and firearms", Houston Police Chief Art Acevedo advised citizens on Tuesday. Read More »

Kenyan Girls Die in Nairobi Dorm Fire

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Education CS, Dr. Fred Matiang'i, Governor Sonko, opposition leader Raila Odinga, former Nominated Senator Beatrice Elachi and Energy Cabinet Secretary, Charles Keter, were among leaders that visited the school. The school has since been closed for two weeks to allow conclusive investigations. Even as we console the families bereaved in yesterday's fire, we must demand speedy investigations into the incident. Read More »

9 new faces in Modi's cabinet

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Her promotion to the cabinet as the defence minister was the second surprise that Modi sprung. Sheikh Hasina: Current Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina also holds the portfolio of defence. Sitharaman, who was appointed MoS for industry and commerce in May 2014, was on Sunday elevated to the Cabinet rank by Modi. The induction of Kannanthanam (64), who had shot into limelight as commissioner of Delhi Development Authority when he removed encroachments in the national capital's markets ... Read More »

George Clooney Jokes About Being US President

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He looked sharp in his tailored suit and Amal was lovely in a violet dress by Atelier Versace . Photo: GettyThe Clooneys have split their time between Italy and England. "There's a dark cloud hanging over our country right now". "A lot of us are angry, angry at ourselves, angry at the way the country is going, angry at the way the world is going", he added. Read More »

Mexico Insists Once Again It Won't Pay For Trump's Border 'Wall'

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Trump was asked about his controversial decision during a joint press conference with the president of Finland on Monday. Trump's response was in keeping with a general reluctance to take a tough line against Russian Federation, which US intelligence agencies say interfered in last year's presidential election to try to benefit Trump. Read More »

Cambodian PM says United States behind opposition leader Sokha in anti-gov't plot

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The arrest was confirmed by Kem Sokha's daughter, Monovithya Kem, who tweeted that her father and the bodyguards were taken away by the police without a warrant after they raided his home. Last month, Cambodia expelled the Washington-based National Democratic Institute and ordered local radio stations to stop broadcasting reports from the US government-funded Voice of America and Radio Free Asia. Read More »

Thousands evacuated in Frankfurt as officials work to defuse WW2 bomb

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The massive bomb was discovered last week in a leafy suburb of the city; an area home to numerous city's wealthiest residents. The evacuation area includes Germany's central bank which houses half the country's gold reserves. If that fails they will try to cut the fuses away with a water jet. A 1.8-tonne HC 4000 British bomb packed with 1300kg of explosives is set to be defused in the densely populated upmarket Westend neighbourhood on Sunday. Read More »