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Nerve agent was used to kill North Korean leader's half brother, police say

Malaysian police announced on Friday that Kim Jong Nam, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un’s half-brother, could have been killed by VX nerve agent, a highly toxic chemical compound banned by the United Nations as a weapon of mass destruction. The announcement that police found traces of the nerve...

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  • A U.S. airstrike may have killed 18 civilians, 'nearly all women and children,' UN report says

    A U.S. airstrike may have killed 18 civilians, 'nearly all women and children,' UN report says

    U.S.-led international forces in Afghanistan are investigating reports that at least 18 civilians were killed in American airstrikes last week, officials said Monday. The airstrikes occurred Feb. 9 and 10 in Sangin, a heavily contested district in Helmand province where U.S. forces have been offering...

  • By testing a missile, North Korea was probably also testing Trump, experts say

    By testing a missile, North Korea was probably also testing Trump, experts say

    In the last five years, North Korea has test fired more than 50 ballistic missiles in an effort to perfect a technology that its opponents fear might someday deliver a nuclear weapon. So the launch of a missile on Sunday that soared 300 miles across North Korea from west to east before crashing...

  • South Korea says North Korea fired a missile into the Sea of Japan

    South Korea says North Korea fired a missile into the Sea of Japan

    North Korea on Sunday morning deployed what may have been a ballistic missile into the Sea of Japan, South Korea officials said. The projectile was North Korea’s first missile test-firing since Donald Trump became U.S. president last month, and its first provocation since leader Kim Jong Un boasted...

  • In a shift, Trump endorses 'one China' policy in phone call with Xi Jinping

    In a shift, Trump endorses 'one China' policy in phone call with Xi Jinping

    Climbing down from a position that put the United States on a collision course with Beijing, President Trump has told Chinese President Xi Jinping in a telephone call that he would abide by the “one China” policy that effectively recognizes Beijing’s sovereignty over Taiwan. The belated concession...

  • Iran tones down the anti-Trump messages as it celebrates its revolution

    Iran tones down the anti-Trump messages as it celebrates its revolution

    Iran celebrated the anniversary of the 1979 Islamic revolution with large nationwide rallies Friday that were strikingly devoid of one thing: the usual full-throated denunciations of the United States. Amid rising tensions between Iran and the U.S. since President Trump took office, many observers...

  • South Korean judge turns down warrant request for Samsung executive's arrest

    South Korean judge turns down warrant request for Samsung executive's arrest

    A South Korean court ruled Thursday that prosecutors lacked sufficient grounds to arrest the de facto head of Samsung Electronics Co. in a bribery case that reached into the highest levels of business and politics in the country. The ruling by Judge Cho Eui-yeon appeared to put to rest, at least...

  • Bollywood icon Salman Khan acquitted of weapons charges

    Bollywood icon Salman Khan acquitted of weapons charges

    Bollywood superstar Salman Khan was acquitted Wednesday of illegal possession of weapons, another victory for an Indian movie icon who has been beset by legal problems. Khan was found not guilty in an incident from 1998, when he was accused of poaching two rare blackbucks, a type of antelope, in the...

  • China ups pressure as Taiwan president extends its reach in the Americas

    China ups pressure as Taiwan president extends its reach in the Americas

    As a Chinese aircraft carrier floated ominously off her nation’s coast, Taiwan’s president short-hopped through the Americas this week, seeking to improve relations with the United States and Central America — while walking a fine line with Beijing. Early indications are that Tsai Ing-wen’s trip...

  • India to Amazon: We're not your doormat

    India to Amazon: We're not your doormat

    No diplomat wants his or her country to be stepped on. India’s foreign minister took that sentiment to another level. Sushma Swaraj lashed out at Amazon’s Canadian website after learning from a Twitter user that the online retailer was selling doormats in the design of the Indian flag. In a series...

  • U.S. military inquiry finds civilians were killed in battle in northern Afghanistan

    U.S. military inquiry finds civilians were killed in battle in northern Afghanistan

    The U.S. military acknowledged Thursday that 33 Afghan civilians were killed and 27 others wounded in a battle in northern Afghanistan in November involving U.S. and Afghan forces. The deaths occurred as U.S. warplanes launched airstrikes during an operation aimed at capturing Taliban commanders...

  • United Arab Emirates says 5 diplomats killed in Afghan blast

    United Arab Emirates says 5 diplomats killed in Afghan blast

    The death toll in two bombings in Afghanistan rose to 46 on Wednesday as the United Arab Emirates said five of its diplomats were killed in an attack in the southern province of Kandahar a day earlier. The federation of Persian Gulf sheikdoms said it would observe three days of mourning for its...

  • Taliban claims responsibility for attack killing 30 in Afghan capital

    Taliban claims responsibility for attack killing 30 in Afghan capital

    Two suicide bombs targeted a minibus in west Kabul on Tuesday, killing at least 30 people and wounding 80, Afghan officials said. A suicide bomber drove an explosives-packed vehicle toward the minibus as it neared the Afghan parliament building and then detonated the explosives, said Sediq Sediqqi,...

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