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SKorea, China move to resolve disputes and hold summit talks

SKorea, China move to resolve disputes and hold summit talks

South Korea and China will push to normalize their ties badly strained over the deployment of a contentious U.S. missile defense system in the South, both countries announced Tuesday, with Seoul saying their leaders are set to hold summit talks next week. South Korea allowed the United States to install the Terminal High-Altitude Area Defense system on its soil this […]

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Canada may impose further Venezuelan sanctions

Canada may impose further Venezuelan sanctions

Further sanctions may be needed against Venezuela to punish the anti-democratic actions of President Nicolas Maduro, Canadian Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland said Thursday. Speaking to reporters after a meeting in Toronto of the Lima group of regional Latin American countries, Freeland said Canada was considering another round of sanctions. “Other countries should consider doing so as well,” she said. “If […]

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Taiwan’s president calls for improved ties with China

Taiwan’s president calls for improved ties with China

Taiwan’s President Tsai Ing-wen has called on China to adopt a fresh approach to relations between the two entities, Taiwanese media reported. The appeal followed the Communist Party congress in Beijing that saw President Xi Jinping consolidate his grip on power. Tsai said China and Taiwan had reached a “turning point” of opportunity to improve bilateral ties, Focus Taiwan, the […]

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US denies CIA plot to overthrow President Duterte

US denies CIA plot to overthrow President Duterte

A top diplomat of the United States on Thursday denied allegations about a supposed destabilization plot by the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) to bring down the government of President Rodrigo Duterte. “There is absolutely no effort by the CIA to undermine the Philippines leadership,” U.S. Ambassador to the Philippines Sung Kim told foreign correspondents in a media forum, according to […]

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UN chief calls for dialogue in Central African Republic

UN chief calls for dialogue in Central African Republic

  Militia groups in Central African Republic (CAR) should lay down their arms and join the political process,UN  Secretary General Antonio Guterres said late Thursday. “Central African religious communities — Christians, Muslims and others — have always lived together,” he told a news conference in the capital Bangui, according to a UN statement. “It is imperative that political leaders, leaders of […]

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Pentagon chief Mattis stresses diplomacy in Korean crisis

Pentagon chief Mattis stresses diplomacy in Korean crisis

On his first visit to the tense but eerily quiet frontier between North and South Korea as U.S. secretary of defense, Jim Mattis conveyed the message he hopes will win the day: Diplomacy is the answer to ending the nuclear crisis with the North, not war. He made the point over and over – at the Panmunjom “truce village” where […]

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Mattis visits Seoul for defense talks as tensions climb

Mattis visits Seoul for defense talks as tensions climb

U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis flew into Seoul on Friday for annual defense talks as tensions with North Korea climb ahead of a visit to the region next month by President Donald Trump. Mattis has emphasized diplomatic efforts to find a peaceful solution to the crisis during his week-long trip to Asia, even as North Korea’s weapons tests and bellicose […]

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Australian court to rule on deputy PM citizenship crisis

Australian court to rule on deputy PM citizenship crisis

Australia’s High Court is due to rule on Friday whether the deputy prime minister can remain in parliament as he held dual citizenship when elected. If he is found ineligible, Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull would lose his one seat majority. Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce is one of seven politicians whose eligibility to sit in parliament was thrown into doubt […]

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Trump orders some Kennedy assassination documents released: officials

Trump orders some Kennedy assassination documents released: officials

President Donald Trump ordered the release on Thursday of some secret documents related to the 1963 assassination of President John Kennedy but held some back for further review after entreaties from the FBI and the CIA, senior White House officials said. Trump’s decision meant the National Archives will shortly release 2,800 previously secret documents with more to follow. He ordered […]

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Mugabe would have rejected WHO role, says spokesman after its U-turn

Mugabe would have rejected WHO role, says spokesman after its U-turn

Robert Mugabe would have rejected the role of World Health Organization goodwill envoy had he been formally asked, his spokesman said on Tuesday, days after state media cheered the Zimbabwean president’s appointment. WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus named Mugabe as a goodwill ambassador on Wednesday at a conference in Uruguay that both men were attending. But the appointment was rescinded […]

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