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United States warns North Korea of 'massive military response'

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South Korea's weather agency said the artificial natural disaster caused by the explosion was five times to six times stronger than tremors generated by the North's previous five tests. In a high-level national security meeting, South Korean President Moon Jae-in called the move a "an absurd strategic mistake" that will lead to the global community further isolating Pyongyang. Read More »

Korea of 'massive' military response

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Mattis also said the worldwide community is unified in demanding the denuclearization of the Korean peninsula and that Kim should know that Washington's commitment to Japan and South Korea is unshakeable. On North Korean television, a news reader called the test a "complete success" and said the "two-stage thermonuclear weapon" had "unprecedented" strength. Read More »

Kenya's opposition leaders slam Kenyatta, call for electoral commission disbandment

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The president said he "personally disagrees" with the ruling but will abide by it, calling for peace as post-election clashes between his supporters and Mr Odinga's have previously claimed hundreds of lives. On Friday, the court invalidated the exercise after the opposition sought legal recourse, claiming vote rigging. In 2013, Maldivian supreme court annulled the results of the September 7 presidential election and ordered a fresh one. Read More »

Court sends Kenyan back to the polls

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Odinga added that he had "no faith at all in the electoral commission as now constituted" and called for the prosecution for its members. This is coming on the back of the Supreme Court Friday, September 1 ruling which annulled President Uhuru Kenyatta's win. Read More »

Kenya's Supreme Court nullifies presidential vote

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The Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission declared Kenyatta the victor last month by a margin of more than 1.4 million votes, with around 19 million eligible voters. He said: "It is now clear that the entire [electoral commission] is rotten". Commission chairman Wafula Chebukati said Friday they will make personal changes before the new vote, and he invited the prosecution of any staffer found to be involved in malpractice. Read More »

Nebraska survives Arkansas State 43-36

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However, I don't think anybody expected the Red Wolves to run 48 first half plays and quarterback Justice Hansen to have one of the best statistical passing performance against Nebraska in school history. Lamar Jackson broke up a pass in the end zone for Justin McInnis. "We just got comfortable", Murray said. Defensively, Nebraska returns significant experience in the secondary and talented players at all three levels of the defense, which will feature a 3-4 look under new defensive ... Read More »

Trump threatens to stop trading with countries doing business with North Korea

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Mattis told reporters: "Any threat to the USA or its territories, including Guam, or our allies will be met with a massive military response , a response both effective and overwhelming". The UN Security Council unanimously voted last month to impose sanctions on Pyongyang after the country launched a series of ICBMs. The nuclear test also drew strong condemnation from other leaders worldwide. Read More »

Rohingya refugees pour into Bangladesh; camps at full capacity

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Indonesian President Joko Widodo has sent his foreign minister to Myanmar to urge its government to halt violence against Rohingya Muslims, he said on Sunday after a petrol bomb was thrown at the Myanmar embassy in Jakarta. "I am still waiting for my Nobel Laureate Aung San Sun Ki to do the same", she added. Around 300 protesters from Australia's Rohingya community have rallied outside Parliament House and called on the government to intervene to prevent violence against Myanmar's Muslim ... Read More »

Indonesian Envoy to Urge Myanmar to Halt Violence in Rakhine

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In response, Myanmar's military unleashed what it called "clearance operations". Indonesian President Joko Widodo has sent his foreign minister to Myanmar to urge its government to halt violence against Rohingya Muslims, he said on Sunday after a petrol bomb was thrown at the Myanmar embassy in Jakarta. Read More »

U.S. diplomats affected after new 'acoustic attack' in Cuba

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U.S. diplomats targeted by sonic attacks in Cuba have suffered permanent hearing loss, brain swelling, loss of balance and concussion, it has emerged, Sky News reports. U.S. officials have not publicly assigned any blame for what they have called "incidents". The Cuban government, which denies any involvement, is said to be cooperating with the ongoing US investigation, but the two governments are not working together on the matter. Read More »

Trump threatens to axe South Korea trade deal

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce said in an email to members that it and other business groups "have received multiple reports " that the Trump administration is prepared to notify South Korea of its intent to withdraw from KORUS on Tuesday, and possibly sooner. Read More »

Putin not to participate in 72nd session of UN GA

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So far, Russia's solution to overcoming the crisis on the peninsula has been the simultaneous suspension of North Korea's missile and nuclear provocations and the joint South Korea-U.S. "[This is] a nation that, despite agreements with the United States, has said they are not going to develop nuclear weapons, yet they continue to". Kim Jong-un simply can not be trusted. Read More »

NDA is nearly dead: Shiv Sena MP

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In an editorial in its mouthpiece "Saamna", the Shiv Sena said, "The BRICS Summit meet in China is a very important event for Prime Minister Modi; so conducting a reshuffle of his Union Cabinet was not necessary; especially hours before he left for the BRICS meet". Read More »

Alphons Kannanthanam: Demolition man-turned MoS in Modi cabinet

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Retired bureaucrat Alphons Kannanthanam takes the oath during the swearing-in ceremony of new ministers at the Presidential Palace in New Delhi, India, Sunday, Sept.3, 2017. The ministerial berth is a gift for his political stands. Known for his experience and expertise in foreign policy and national security, he is the president and chairman of think-tank Research and Information System for Developing Countries (RIS) and was the vice president of the International Peace Institute, New York. Read More »

USA to prepare new draft sanctions on N. Korea: Treasury chief

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The Trump administration on Friday asked Congress to approve a $7.85 billion package as part of an initial request for funds in response to Hurricane Harvey, which dumped 51 inches on rain on some parts of Texas and is expected to leave about 30,000 people in need of temporary shelter. Read More »

White House Wants Congress to Tie Harvey Funds to Debt Ceiling Rise

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Trump has called on Congress to approve nearly $8 billion for initial aid to Harvey victims although that's only the first in what is expected to be lots more money in aid in the near future. Many conservative Republicans have indicated they will only vote for a debt limit bill that contains promises of federal spending cuts. Rates on Treasury bills maturing Oct.5, one of the maturities most vulnerable to a failed debt-ceiling increase, rose last week to 1.21 per cent from 1.12 per cent a ... Read More »

Texas governor says $8B Harvey relief is only a 'down-payment'

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President Donald Trump visited storm-ravaged areas in Texas on Saturday, expressing hope for speedy congressional action on relief aid. When Congress returns this month for 12 days in session, it will have focus on Harvey funds as well as a crucial vote on the debt ceiling, which now stands at $19.8 trillion. Read More »

Belgium seal World Cup place with win in Greece

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Roberto Martinez's side have become the first European nation to secure a spot in next year's tournament, although hosts Russia, Brazil, Iran, Japan and Mexico have already secured their positions. Romelu Lukaku registered his name on the score-sheet with a close-range header in the 21st minute while Axel Witsel, Eden Hazard and another Lukaku goal made it 6-0 before the break. Read More »

The North Korea crisis needs a grown-up -- Trump is making it worse

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The missile is categorized as intermediate-range and has the capability to reach American, Japanese, and South Korean military installations in Northeast Asia. Chinese foreign ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying said the situation on the peninsula was serious. The tweet came shortly before U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis met with South Korean Defense Minister Song Young-moo at the Pentagon. Read More »

UN calls emergency meeting after N Korea fires missile over Japan

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Security Council". Tensions on the Korean Peninsula grew on Thursday, Aug. 28 as North Korea carried out a missile test and sent a ballistic missile fly directly over Japan . " All options are on the table ", Trump said in a statement on Tuesday. Can Pyongyang hit mainland U.S.? "All parties should exercise restraint and work together to maintain peace and stability on the Peninsula", said Foreign Ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying at a daily press briefing when commenting on the ... Read More »

Hajj Pilgrims Perform Devil-Stoning Ritual Near Mecca

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The incredible images show Muslims performing the Tawaf by circling the Kaaba - the cube-shaped shrine in the centre of the Grand Mosque of Mecca, Saudi Arabia . More than 2.35 million faithful participated in this year's Hajj , including more than 1.75 million, from all corners of the globe, the Ministry of Hajj and Umrah has said. Read More »

Tight security for Haj stoning ritual two years after stampede

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He attributed the success to the Kingdom's employment of all its human, physical and technical capabilities to serve the pilgrims, expand and develop the two Holy Mosques and the holy sites. Awfa Nejm, from a village near Homs, said: "We ask God to protect Syria and its people and return it to the way it was before". In previous years, jostling to perform the stoning before returning to Mecca accounted for numerous stampedes and crushes that have afflicted Haj . Read More »

United States To Withdraw Free Trade Deal With South Korea

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Trump has also spoken twice this week with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. President Donald Trump and South Korean President Moon Jae-in shake hands in the Rose Garden of the White House on June 30. The latest nuclear test comes amid heightened regional tension following Pyongyang's two tests of intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBM) in July that potentially could fly about 10 000 km (6 200 miles), putting many parts of the mainland United States within range. Read More »

Trump hints at withdrawal from US-South Korea free trade deal

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White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders denied there was any inconsistency in Trump's remarks. And we're continuing to move forward on that. Japan also raised the prospect of further sanctions, saying curbs on North Korea's oil trade would be on the table. North Korea has been working to develop a nuclear-tipped missile capable of hitting the United States and has recently threatened to land missiles near the U.S. Read More »

South Korea's Moon condemns North's nuke test, orders retaliatory measures

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That launch came after Pyongyang tested two intercontinental missiles in July and claimed to have the United States mainland within its range. Despite Pyongyang's snub of Moon's invitations for talks in July, the South Korean president continued to emphasize the importance of dialogue with its neighbor in the phone call with his American counterpart. Read More »

South Korea's Moon condemns North's nuke test, orders retaliatory measures

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That launch came after Pyongyang tested two intercontinental missiles in July and claimed to have the United States mainland within its range. Despite Pyongyang's snub of Moon's invitations for talks in July, the South Korean president continued to emphasize the importance of dialogue with its neighbor in the phone call with his American counterpart. Read More »