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North Korea’s About-Face Complicates South Korea’s Pitch toTrump

North Korea’s About-Face Complicates  South Korea’s Pitch toTrump

May 19, 2018

SEOUL - South Korean President Moon Jae-in has been riding high after a string of successes with North Korea, seeing his popularity surge after his historic meeting...

Pompeo: Nkorea Needs US Security Assurances for Nuke Pact

Pompeo: Nkorea Needs US Security  Assurances for Nuke Pact

May 15, 2018

WASHINGTON — The United States is offering assurances to North Korea’s Kim Jong Un as it seeks to put in motion the potential for a sweeping nuclear deal ahead ...

UK, France, Germany to Discuss Ways to Shield Firms after U.S. Exits Iran Deal

UK, France, Germany to Discuss Ways to Shield Firms after U.S. Exits Iran Deal

May 15, 2018

LONDON - Britain’s foreign minister Boris Johnson said on Monday he will discuss ways to protect companies doing business with Iran at a meeting with ...

North Korea Details Plans to Dismantle Nuclear Bomb Test Site

North Korea Details Plans to  Dismantle Nuclear Bomb Test Site

May 14, 2018

SEOUL/WASHINGTON - North Korea has scheduled the dismantlement of its nuclear bomb test site for sometime between May 23 and 25 in order to uphold its pledge to discontinue ...

EU Meets Balkan Leaders under Shadow of Trump

EU Meets Balkan Leaders  under Shadow of Trump

May 14, 2018

BRUSSELS - EU leaders will seek to boost ties with the Balkans at a summit next week, but it looks set to be overshadowed by the rift with US President Donald Trump ...

Iraq Holds Its First Parliamentary Election Since IS Defeat

Iraq Holds Its First Parliamentary  Election Since IS Defeat

May 13, 2018

BAGHDAD - Iraqis vote Saturday in the first parliamentary election since the country declared victory over the Islamic State extremist group...

US Hopes North Korea will become, Pompeo Says

US Hopes North Korea  will become, Pompeo Says

May 13, 2018

WASHINGTON — The United States aspires to have North Korea as a “close partner” and not an enemy, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said, noting that ...

Trump to Sit Down with Major Automakers on Friday on Fuel Rules

Trump to Sit Down with Major  Automakers on Friday on Fuel Rules

May 12, 2018

WASHINGTON - U.S. President Donald Trump will meet 10 major automakers at the White House on Friday to discuss the fate of landmark fuel efficiency standards and ...

US Embassy in Jerusalem to Open with Initial Staff of 50

US Embassy in Jerusalem to  Open with Initial Staff of 50

May 12, 2018

WASHINGTON — the new U.S. Embassy in Jerusalem will open with an initial staff of at least 50.
That’s according to senior Trump...

Oil Jumps, Global Shares Mixed after US Leaves Iran Deal

Oil Jumps, Global Shares Mixed after  US Leaves Iran Deal

May 10, 2018

SEOUL, South Korea — Oil prices surged and global stock markets were subdued Wednesday after President Donald Trump said the United States will withdraw from ...

Russia’s Putin Held Brief Meeting with Iraqi Kurdistan PM: TASS

Russia’s Putin Held Brief Meeting with  Iraqi Kurdistan PM: TASS

May 10, 2018

Russian President Vladimir Putin held a brief meeting with the prime minister of Iraq’s semi-autonomous Kurdistan region, Nechirvan Barzani, in Moscow on Wednesday...

Xi Jinping and N. Korea’s Kim Jong UNMeet in China

Xi Jinping and N. Korea’s Kim Jong UNMeet in China

May 09, 2018

BEIJING - Chinese President Xi Jinping and Kim Jong Un met in northeast China on Tuesday in an unannounced visit by the North Korean leader ahead of an expected...

Britain’s Johnson Condemns ‘Crazy’ Brexit Customs Plan

Britain’s Johnson Condemns  ‘Crazy’ Brexit Customs Plan

May 09, 2018

LONDON - British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson on Tuesday dismissed as “crazy” a government proposal for customs arrangements with the EU after...

First Signs Go Up for US Embassy in Jerusalem

First Signs Go Up for US Embassy in Jerusalem

May 08, 2018

JERUSALEM - Workmen on Monday put up street signs to the US embassy due to open in Jerusalem on May 14, a move hailed as historic by Israel but loathed by Palestinians. . .

EU Defenses Post-Brexit Starting to Take Shape

EU Defenses Post-Brexit  Starting to Take Shape

May 08, 2018

SOFIA - A broad European military strategy involving Britain after Brexit has started to take shape with France at its center, often in negotiations far from the Brussels . . .

North Korea Says Denuclearization Pledge Not Result of U.S.-Led Sanctions

North Korea Says Denuclearization Pledge  Not Result of U.S.-Led Sanctions

May 07, 2018

SEOUL - North Korea said on Sunday its intention to denuclearize, unveiled at a historic inter-Korean summit, was not the result of U.S.-led sanctions and pressure ...

Anger in France, Britain Over Trump’s Gun Law Speech

Anger in France, Britain Over Trump’s Gun Law Speech

May 07, 2018

PARIS/LONDON - U.S. President Donald Trump caused anger in France and Britain by suggesting looser gun laws could have helped prevent deadly attacks in Paris in 2015 and ...

Britain Backs French Plan for European Defense Force: Minister

Britain Backs French Plan for  European Defense Force: Minister

May 06, 2018

SOFIA - Britain is backing a French plan to create a European military intervention force as a way to maintain strong defense ties with the EU after Brexit, a minister . . .

China State Media Sees Positives in Trade Talks with U.S.

China State Media Sees  Positives in Trade Talks with U.S.

May 06, 2018

BEIJING - Chinese state media struck an optimistic note on trade talks between Chinese and U.S. officials after U.S. President Donald Trump threatened to impose . . .

Top Finance Officials of ASEAN, China, Japan, S. Korea Voice Opposition to Protectionism

Top Finance Officials of ASEAN, China, Japan,  S. Korea Voice Opposition to Protectionism

May 05, 2018

MANILA - The finance ministers and central bank governors of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), China, Japan and South Korea (ASEAN+3) on Friday ...

Turkey Opposition Names Fiery Lawmaker as Erdogan Challenger

Turkey Opposition Names Fiery  Lawmaker as Erdogan Challenger

May 05, 2018

ANKARA - Turkey’s main opposition party Friday named a senior lawmaker known for his fiery and impassioned rhetoric as its candidate to challenge President Recep ...

White House Says Iran Nuclear Deal Made on “False Pretense”

White House Says Iran Nuclear Deal  Made on “False Pretense”

May 03, 2018

WASHINGTON - The White House said on Tuesday that the landmark Iran nuclear deal was made on “false pretense” in 2015, while the United Nations nuclear watchdog ...

China Reiterates Call to Continue Upholding Iran Nuclear Deal

China Reiterates Call to Continue  Upholding Iran Nuclear Deal

May 03, 2018

BEIJING - China’s foreign ministry on Wednesday reiterated that all sides should continue to uphold the Iran nuclear agreement, and that the International ...

S. Korea, Japan, China to Hold Summit Next Week

S. Korea, Japan, China to Hold Summit Next Week

May 02, 2018

SEOUL - South Korea, China and Japan will hold a trilateral summit in Tokyo next week, Seoul announced Tuesday, the latest move in a diplomatic whirlwind centredaround . . .

US Holds Off on EU, Canada, Mexico Metal Tariffs for 30 Days

US Holds Off on EU, Canada,  Mexico Metal Tariffs for 30 Days

May 02, 2018

WASHINGTON - US President Donald Trump on Monday held off on imposing controversial tariffs on steel and aluminum from Canada, Mexico and the European Union, offering . . .

Britain’s May Names New Minister to Try to End Immigration Scandal

Britain’s May Names New Minister to  Try to End Immigration Scandal

May 01, 2018

LONDON - British Prime Minister Theresa May appointed a former banker of South Asian origin as interior minister on Monday, trying to draw a line under an immigration scandal ...

Putin, Macron, Agree on Need to Preserve Iran Nuclear Deal: Kremlin

Putin, Macron, Agree on Need to  Preserve Iran Nuclear Deal: Kremlin

May 01, 2018

MOSCOW - Russian President Vladimir Putin and his French counterpart Emmanuel Macron agreed in a phone conversation on the need to preserve and fully implement the Iran ...

North Korea’s Kim to Invite U.S. Experts for Nuclear Site Shutdown as Trump Presses for Full Denuclearization

North Korea’s Kim to Invite U.S. Experts for Nuclear Site  Shutdown as Trump Presses for Full Denuclearization

April 30, 2018

SEOUL - North Korean leader Kim Jong Un plans to invite experts and journalists from the United States and South Korea when the country shuts its nuclear test ...

Putin Tells S. Korean President Russia Ready to Promote Inter-Korean Cooperation

Putin Tells S. Korean President Russia  Ready to Promote Inter-Korean Cooperation

April 30, 2018

MOSCOW - Russian President Vladimir Putin told his South Korean counterpart Moon Jae-in during a phone call Sunday that Russia is willing to promote ...

China’s Xi, India’s Modi Seek New Relationship after Summit

China’s Xi, India’s Modi Seek  New Relationship after Summit

April 29, 2018

WUHAN, China - The leaders of China and India agreed to open a new chapter in their relationship on Saturday after an informal summit, just months after a dispute over ...

Russia Sees No Option to Six-Party Talks on Korean Peninsula Denuclearization

Russia Sees No Option to Six-Party Talks  on Korean Peninsula Denuclearization

April 29, 2018

MOSCOW - Moscow sees no alternative to the six-party talks to denuclearize the Korean Peninsula, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Igor Morgulov said Saturday, after Pyongyang ...

China Warns of More Action after Military Drills near Taiwan

China Warns of More Action after  Military Drills near Taiwan

April 26, 2018

BEIJING/TAIPEI - A series of Chinese drills near Taiwan were designed to send a clear message to the island and China will take further steps if Taiwan independence ...

Donors Pledge $4.4 Billion in Syria Aid, Short of UN Needs

Donors Pledge $4.4 Billion in  Syria Aid, Short of UN Needs

April 26, 2018

BRUSSELS — International donors on Wednesday pledged an estimated $4.4 billion in humanitarian aid for Syria and neighbors sheltering its refugees in 2018, falling . . .

Russia and China Seek International Support for Iran Nuclear Deal

Russia and China Seek International  Support for Iran Nuclear Deal

April 25, 2018

GENEVA - Russia and China are asking U.N. member states to back a draft statement expressing “unwavering support” for the Iran nuclear deal, a senior Russian diplomat ...

UN Says Farming Should be at Heart of Syria Reconstruction

UN Says Farming Should be at  Heart of Syria Reconstruction

April 25, 2018

BRUSSELS — International efforts to rebuild Syria once the civil war is over should center on agriculture to kick start the economy and quickly improve the livelihoods ...