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Vietnam says would welcome U.S. accelerating lifting of arms ban

Vietnam says would welcome U.S. accelerating lifting of arms ban Vietnam would welcome the United States “accelerating” the lifting of a lethal arms embargo, which would reflect trust between the two countries and recognition of its needs to defend itself, its foreign ministry said on Thursday. Vietnam’s comments on a …

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China landslide death toll climbs to 22

China landslide death toll climbs to 22 The death toll in a landslide in China’s southeastern Fujian province has risen to 22, with 17 people still missing, state media said on Monday. The landslide, triggered on Sunday by heavy rain, hit a hydroelectric power station that was under construction in …

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Secretive North Korea hails nuclear program as it opens party congress

Secretive North Korea hails nuclear program as it opens party congress North Korea opened the first congress of its ruling Workers’ Party in 36 years on Friday, with Kim Jong Un expected to further consolidate his control over a country that has grown increasingly isolated over its pursuit of nuclear …

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Iraq protesters end Green Zone sit-in for now after issuing demands

Iraq protesters end Green Zone sit-in for now after issuing demands Protesters camped out in Baghdad’s Green Zone for 24 hours left the heavily fortified government district on Sunday after issuing demands for political reform but they pledged to return by the end of the week to keep up the …

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South Korea revives GPS backup project after blaming North for jamming

South Korea revives GPS backup project after blaming North for jamming South Korea has revived a project to build a backup ship navigation system that would be difficult to hack after a recent wave of GPS signal jamming attacks it blamed on North Korea disrupted fishing vessel operations, officials say. …

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China trains ‘fishing militia’ to sail into disputed waters

China trains ‘fishing militia’ to sail into disputed waters The fishing fleet based in this tiny port town on Hainan island is getting everything from military training and subsidies to even fuel and ice as China creates an increasingly sophisticated fishing militia to sail into the disputed South China Sea. …

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North Korea sentences Korean American to 10 years hard labor

North Korea sentences Korean American to 10 years hard labor North Korea’s Supreme Court on Friday sentenced a Korean American man to 10 years of hard labor for subversion, North Korean media reported, in the latest conviction of a foreigner for crimes against the isolated state. Kim Dong Chul, 62, …

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Japanese stimulus inaction sends yen soaring

Japanese stimulus inaction sends yen soaring A lack of fresh stimulus from the Bank of Japan sent the yen soaring and world stocks into the red on Thursday, half a day after the U.S. Federal Reserve signaled it too was hitting the policy pause button. The yen JPY= surged almost …

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North Korea reportedly readies another missile test launch

North Korea reportedly readies another missile test launch North Korea appears to be preparing a test-launch of an intermediate-range ballistic missile, South Korea’s Yonhap news agency said on Tuesday, after what the United States described as the “fiery, catastrophic” failure of the first attempt. Separately, President Barack Obama said the …

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Mukalla offensive kills 800-plus militants, Saudi Yemen coalition says

Mukalla offensive kills 800-plus militants, Saudi Yemen coalition says Yemeni government forces and their allies killed more than 800 al Qaeda fighters when they advanced into the port city of Mukalla, the Saudi-led pro-government coalition said. Yemeni and Emirati soldiers seized the seaport on Sunday, depriving the group of the …

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