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  • Spanish police kill 5 in resort hours after Barcelona attack An armed policeman grimaces while on patrol in Cambrils, Spain, Friday, Aug. 18, 2017. Spanish police on Friday shot and killed five people carrying bomb belts who were connected to the Barcelona van attack that killed at least 13, as the manhunt intensified for the perpetrators of Europe’s latest rampage claimed by the Islamic State group. (AP Photo BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Police on Friday shot and killed five people wearing fake bomb belts who staged a car attack in a seaside resort in Spain’s Catalonia region hours after a van plowed into pedestrians on a busy Barcelona promenade, killing at least 13 people and injuring over 100 others. Authorities said the back-to-back vehicle ...
  • Mattis says a decision is closer on strategy for Afghanistan Defense Secretary James Mattis listens during a news conference with Japanese officials, Thursday, Aug. 17, 2017, at the State Department in Washington. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin) WASHINGTON (AP) — After months of sometimes heated internal debate, the Trump administration has almost reached a decision on a new approach for fighting the 16-year-old war in Afghanistan, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said Thursday. He gave no hint of what the strategy would look like. In remarks at the State Department, Mattis told reporters President ...
  • Warship captain in collision that killed 7 to lose command © Kazuhiro Nogi/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images Damage to the U.S.S. Fitzgerald, which was berthed at its mother port in Yokosuka, southwest of Tokyo, on Sunday. WASHINGTON (AP) — Poor seamanship and flaws in keeping watch contributed to a collision between a Navy destroyer and a commercial container ship that killed seven sailors, Navy officials said, announcing that the warship captain will be relieved of command and more than a dozen other sailors will be punished. Adm. William Moran, the vice chief ...
  • Estimates of North Korea’s nuclear weapons hard to nail down FILE- In this Aug. 16. 2017, file photo, a South Korean soldier watches the north side at the Imjingak Pavilion in Paju, South Korea. The U.S. intelligence agencies’ assessments of the size of North Korea’s nuclear arsenal have a wide gap between high and low estimates. Size matters and not knowing makes it harder for the United States to develop a policy for deterrence and defend itself and allies in the region. The secrecy of North Korea’s nuclear program, the underground nature of its test explosions and the location of its uranium-enrichment activity has made it historically difficult to assess its capabilities. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man, File) WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. intelligence agencies’ assessments of the size of North Korea’s nuclear arsenal have a wide gap between high and low estimates. Size matters and not knowing makes it harder for the United States to develop a policy for deterrence and defend itself and allies in the region. The secrecy of North Korea’s ...
  • Trump aide: No military solution in North Korea B1 Lancer SK BRIDGEWATER, N.J. (AP) — President Donald Trump’s chief strategist Steve Bannon says there’s no military solution to the threat posed by North Korea and its nuclear ambitions, despite the president’s recent pledge to answer further aggression with “fire and fury.” In an interview with The American Prospect posted online Wednesday, Bannon tells the liberal publication that ...
  • Scientists potentially narrow MH370 search area to 3 spots FILE - In this March 31, 2014 file photo, HMAS Success scans the southern Indian Ocean, near the coast of Western Australia, as a Royal New Zealand Air Force P3 Orion flies over, while searching for missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370. Scientists have potentially narrowed the search area for the missing Malaysian airliner to three specific locations in the southern Indian Ocean, through new satellite and drift analysis of the 2014 crash released Wednesday, Aug. 16, 2017. (AP Photo/Rob Griffith, File) CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Scientists have potentially narrowed the search area for the missing Malaysian airliner to three specific locations in the southern Indian Ocean through new satellite and drift analysis of the 2014 crash released Wednesday. But the Australian Transport Safety Bureau cautioned that the drift analysis by Australian science agency CSIRO is based on ...
  • Iraqi Shiite cleric’s Saudi, UAE trips show Gulf realpolitik In this Sunday, August 13, 2017 photo released by Emirates News Agency, Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, center right, and other officials, meet with influential Iraqi Shia cleric, Muqtada Al-Sadr, in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. Al-Sadr, notorious for his followers’ deadly attacks on U.S. troops in Iraq and long-thought to be close to Iran, is now cultivating ties with Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, two Sunni nations among Arab Gulf states that are fiercely critical of Tehran. (Ryan Carter/Crown Prince Court via AP) DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — An influential Iraqi Shiite cleric, notorious for his followers’ deadly attacks on U.S. troops in Iraq over a decade ago and thought at times to have ties to Iran, has two new stamps in his passport — from the two fiercest Sunni critics of Tehran in the Gulf. Muqtada al-Sadr’s ...
  • China urges US, North Korea to ‘hit the brakes’ on threats In this image provided by the U.S. Air Force, a U.S. Air Force B-1B Lancer assigned to the 37th Expeditionary Bomb Squadron, deployed from Ellsworth Air Force Base, South Dakota, in flight during a 10-hour mission from Andersen Air Force Base, Guam, flying in the vicinity of Kyushu, Japan, the East China Sea, and the Korean peninsula, Aug. 7, 2017 (HST). (Airman 1st Class Gerald Willis/U.S. Air Force via AP) BEIJING (AP) — China has urged the United States and North Korea to “hit the brakes” on threatening words and work toward a peaceful resolution of their tense standoff created by Pyongyang’s recent missile tests and threats to fire them toward Guam. The dispute has also raised fears in South Korea, where a conservative political party ...
  • Analysis: To launch or not? Either way, North Korea may gain In this Aug. 10, 2017, file photo, a man watches a TV screen showing a local news program reporting on North Korea’s threats to strike Guam with ballistic missiles, at the Seoul Train Station in Seoul, South Korea. If, after all the fanfare, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un doesn’t actually launch missiles toward Guam, many may write the whole episode off as another of the North’s seemingly endless bluffs. But from Pyongyang’s perspective and in the eyes of some U.S. military experts, Kim and his generals have already won this round. (AP Photo/Ahn Young-Joon, File) SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — If, after all the fanfare, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un doesn’t actually launch missiles toward Guam, many may write the whole episode off as another of the North’s seemingly endless bluffs. But from Pyongyang’s perspective and in the eyes of some U.S. military experts, Kim and his generals have ...
  • Both Korean leaders, US signal turn to diplomacy amid crisis This image made from video of an Aug. 14, 2017, still image broadcast in a news bulletin on Tuesday, Aug. 15, 2017, by North Korea’s KRT shows North Korean leader Kim Jong Un receiving a briefing in Pyongyang. North Korea said leader Kim Jong Un was briefed on his military’s plans to launch missiles in waters near Guam days after the Korean People’s Army announced its preparing to create “enveloping fire” near the U.S. military hub in the Pacific. Independent journalists were not given access to cover the event depicted in this photo. (KRT via AP Video) SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea’s military on Tuesday presented leader Kim Jong Un with plans to launch missiles into waters near Guam and “wring the windpipes of the Yankees,” even as both Koreas and the United States signaled their willingness to avert a deepening crisis, with each suggesting a path toward negotiations. The tentative ...
  • Beijing warns Pyongyang: You’re on your own if you go after the United States U.S. Air Force B-1B bomber from Andersen Air Force Base, Guam, lands at Osan Air Base in Pyeongtaek, South Korea, Wednesday, Sept. 21, 2016. The United States has flown a pair of supersonic bombers over ally South Korea for the second time in as many weeks in a show of force following North Korea's latest nuclear test earlier this month. (Seo Myung-gon/Yonhap via AP) KOREA OUT(PhatzNewsRoom / WAPO)    —-    BEIJING — China won’t come to North Korea’s aid if it launches missiles threatening U.S. soil and there is retaliation, a state-owned newspaper warned Friday — but it would intervene if Washington strikes first. The Global Times newspaper is not an official mouthpiece of the Communist Party, but in this case its ...
  • Will NKorea’s Kim pull the trigger? Possible signs to watch B1 Lancer SK SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Tensions between the United States and North Korea tend to flare suddenly and fade almost as quickly — but the latest escalation won’t likely go away quite so easily. Events closer to home, including deadly violence at a white nationalist rally in Virginia, could demand more of President Donald Trump’s attention ...
  • China to cut off North Korean imports under UN sanctions China Trade BEIJING (AP) — China announced Monday it will cut off imports of North Korean coal, iron ore and other goods in three weeks under U.N. sanctions imposed over the North’s nuclear and missile programs. China, the isolated North’s main trading partner, has been reluctant to push leader Kim Jong Un’s regime too hard for fear it ...
  • Trump warns N. Korea that U.S. is ‘locked and loaded’ NK ICBM TestBEDMINSTER, New Jersey — President Donald Trump tweeted on Friday that the U.S. military is “locked and loaded” as he warned North Korea against threatening the U.S., escalating an exchange of threats between the nuclear-armed nations. American and South Korean officials said they would move forward with large-scale military exercises later this month that North Korea, ...
  • Venezuela’s Maduro: ‘Mr. Donald Trump, here is my hand’ VZ President CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Venezuelan leader Nicolas Maduro said Thursday he wants a meeting with President Donald Trump — the same man he ridicules as a crass imperial magnate and blasts for U.S. sanctions against officials in his socialist administration. In a lengthy address to the 545 members of a new, all-powerful constitutional assembly, Maduro instructed ...
  • North Korea details plan to fire missile salvo toward Guam South Korean army's multiple launch rocket systems fire rockets during South Korea-U.S. joint military live-fire drills at Seungjin Fire Training Field in Pocheon, South Korea, near the border with North Korea, Wednesday. April 26, 2017. (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon) SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea has announced a detailed plan to launch a salvo of ballistic missiles toward the U.S. Pacific territory of Guam, a major military hub and home to U.S. bombers. If carried out, it would be the North’s most provocative missile launch to date. The announcement Thursday warned that the North ...
  • Police: French soldier attack suspect not known as radical In this image taken from video, masked police stand outside a residence during a search at Sartrouveille suburb, northwest Paris, Wednesday, Aug. 9, 2017. Officials have said that French police are searching a building which is believed to be linked to the chief suspect in a car attack that injured six soldiers in Paris. (AP Photo) PARIS (AP) — The man suspected of ramming a BMW into a group of soldiers near Paris is a 37-year-old Algerian who was known to police as a suspect in minor crimes but not as someone with radical beliefs, police said Thursday. Hamou Benlatreche was living legally in France and had never been convicted of a ...
  • Guam’s worries grow as tensions rise between US, North Korea In this May 11, 2017, file photo, cars enter Naval Base Guam near Hagatna, Guam. Security and defense officials on Guam said on Aug. 9, 2017, that there is no imminent threat to people there or in the Northern Mariana Islands after North Korea said it was examining its operational plans for attack. (AP Photo/Haven Daley, File) HAGATNA, Guam (AP) — Residents of the tiny Pacific island of Guam say they’re afraid of being caught in the middle of escalating tensions between the U.S. and North Korea after Pyongyang announced it was examining plans for attacking the strategically important U.S. territory. Though local officials downplayed any threat, people who live and work on the ...
  • Violent protests in Kenya as opposition alleges vote fraud Residents of the Mathare area of Nairobi, Kenya, take to the streets by blocking roads with burning tyres to protest in support of Kenyan opposition leader and presidential candidate Raila Odinga, Wednesday Aug. 9, 2017. Odinga alleges that hackers manipulated the Tuesday election results which appear to show President Uhuru Kenyatta has a wide lead over Odinga. (AP Photo. (AP Photo/Brian Inganga) NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Kenya’s election took an ominous turn on Wednesday as violent protests erupted in the capital and elsewhere after opposition leader Raila Odinga alleged fraud, saying hackers used the identity of a murdered official to infiltrate the database of the country’s election commission and manipulate results. Soon after Odinga spoke on television, angry ...
  • Vehicle hits soldiers in Paris suburb, injuring 6 French police officers work on the scene where French soldiers were hit and injured by a vehicle in the western Paris suburb of Levallois-Perret near Paris, France, Wednesday, Aug. 9, 2017. French police are searching for a driver who slammed his BMW into a group of soldiers, injuring six of them in an apparent ambush before speeding away, officials said. The incident in Levallois, northwest of Paris, is the latest of several attacks targeting security forces in France.(AP Photo/ LEVALLOIS-PERRET, France (AP) — French police are searching for a driver who slammed his BMW into a group of soldiers in a Paris suburb Wednesday, injuring six of them in what appeared to be a carefully timed ambush before speeding away, officials said. The driver’s motive is unclear, but officials said he deliberately aimed at the ...
  • Analysis: Even new UN sanctions might not budge North Korea NK Missles issues WASHINGTON (AP) — The strongest sanctions yet against North Korea could still prove no match for the communist country’s relentless nuclear weapons ambitions. While the United States hails a new package of U.N. penalties that could cut a third of North Korea’s exports, the sanctions themselves aren’t the American objective. They’re only a tactic for getting ...
  • Powerful Venezuela assembly meets again as pressure mounts Opponents of President Nicolas Maduro march in Caracas, Venezuela, Thursday, April 20, 2017. Tens of thousands of protesters flooded the streets again Thursday, one day after three people were killed and hundreds arrested in the biggest anti-government demonstrations in years. (AP Photo/Ariana Cubillos) CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Foreign ministers from 14 nations are meeting in Peru on Tuesday in hopes of finding consensus on a regional response to Venezuela’s growing political crisis, while President Nicolas Maduro’s all-powerful constitutional assembly is forging ahead on promises to punish the embattled leader’s foes. The assembly was expected to gather at the stately ...
  • Lebanon’s army prepares to clear border area of IS militants Lebenon BEIRUT (AP) — Lebanon’s U.S.-backed military is gearing up for a long-awaited assault to dislodge hundreds of Islamic State militants from a remote corner near Syrian border, seeking to end a years-long threat posed to neighboring towns and villages by the extremists. The campaign will involve cooperation with the militant group Hezbollah and the Syrian army ...
  • S.Korea, U.S. agree to pressure N.Korea, China hopes for North-South talks © REUTERS/Carlos Barria U.S. President Donald Trump leaves the Oval Office as he departs for vacation in Bedminster, New Jersey, from the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, U.S.(PhatzNewsRoom / Reuters)     —-    South Korean President Moon Jae-in and his U.S. counterpart, Donald Trump, agreed to cooperate and apply maximum pressure on North Korea in a telephone call on Monday, as Chinese media warned of the limits of new U.N. sanctions. The United Nations Security Council unanimously imposed new sanctions on North Korea on Saturday ...
  • U.S. Troops Train in Eastern Europe to Echoes of the Cold War nato-troops (PhatzNewsRoom / NYT)   —-    NOVO SELO TRAINING RANGE, Bulgaria — After more than a decade spent fighting Islamic insurgents in Iraq and Afghanistan, the United States Army is scrambling to relearn Cold War-era skills to confront potential threats from Russia here in Eastern Europe, territory formerly defended by the Soviet Army. The adjustments to the new ...
When American envoy Kurt Volker meets his Russian counterpart to try to restore peace in eastern Ukraine, the man sitting across the table will be no ordinary diplomat. Vladislav Surkov, is a powerful Kremlin adviser who has played a central role in managing pro-Russia separatist fighters, according to former rebel [...]
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President Donald Trump will give a nationally televised address Monday night to unveil his strategy for the war in Afghanistan, the White House said, and that might mean 4,000 more troops being sent over. [...]
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The U.S., Mexico and Canada on Sunday afternoon wrapped up the opening round of talks to renegotiate the 23-year-old North American Free Trade Agreement. [...]
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One man is still at large in the hunt for those responsible for Thursday's terror attacks in Spain, according to authorities, who say two other at-large suspects most likely were dead. [...]
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A new cycle of escalation on the Korean Peninsula looks set to begin this week when the U.S. and South Korea kick off annual military exercises that have a history of enraging Pyongyang. [...]
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A disparate collection of forces have launched two separate offensives against Islamic State, solidifying a de-facto alliance between longtime opponents Iran and the U.S. to drive the group from the last remaining territory it holds. [...]
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Police in Finland on Sunday continued trying to reconstruct the sequence of events around a spree of stabbings deemed a terror attack that left two people dead and eight more injured in the Nordic country. [...]
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South Africa's government granted diplomatic immunity to Zimbabwe's first lady, Grace Mugabe, who allegedly assaulted a young woman who had been socializing with her sons in a Johannesburg hotel. [...]
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Iceland's tourism push helped save the once-remote island from a deep economic crisis, but now that business is booming the North Atlantic nation is straining under the weight of the windfall. [...]
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Iraqi security forces launched an offensive to retake Tal Afar, one of the last big towns in the country held by Islamic State, Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi said. [...]
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Six coaches of a passenger train derailed in northern India, killing 23 people and injuring more than 80. The cause wasn't immediately known. [...]
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A knife-wielding man went on a stabbing rampage in a Siberian city, wounding seven people before police shot and killed him. Islamic State claimed responsibility but Russia suggested it didn't suspect terrorism. [...]
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Finnish police said the stabbings in the city of Turku that left two people dead and eight injured are being investigated as a terrorist attack. [...]
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Police said up to three culprits behind this week's deadly twin terror attacks could still be at large, as they worked to determine the identities of those killed in an explosion as they tried to assemble a bomb. [...]
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Venezuela's new constituent assembly, which is loyal to President Nicolás Maduro, on Friday took power away from the country's opposition-controlled congress. [...]
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President Donald Trump's trade chief on Friday launched an investigation into Chinese efforts to secure technology and Beijing's treatment of intellectual property. [...]
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Police shot and detained a man who allegedly stabbed at least eight people in Turku, Finland, killing two, according to law-enforcement officials. [...]
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The publishing house of one of the world's most prestigious universities said it had removed sensitive articles from its Chinese site, heightening concerns about Beijing's ability to enlist others in its efforts to censor speech. [...]
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During four years based in Kabul, a Journal foreign correspondent watched the capital become a battle zone. [...]
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China formalized existing measures to curb outbound investment in sectors such as property, hotels, cinema, entertainment and sports teams amid persistent capital-outflow pressure. [...]
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