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  • Here's why China refuses to block North Korea's nuclear ambitions

    Here's why China refuses to block North Korea's nuclear ambitions

    China’s latest diplomatic crisis began with an earthquake in a region not known for seismic activity. North Korea confirmed international fears hours later, when a woman in a bubble-gum pink dress went on state television to announce that the country had tested its fifth, and strongest, nuclear...

  • North Korea's latest nuclear test could be a key step in its weapons program

    North Korea's latest nuclear test could be a key step in its weapons program

    Tremors that emanated Friday from North Korea's northeastern nuclear test site alerted the world to another crucial step that the isolated nation had made in its defiant, decade-long march to develop long-range missiles tipped with lightweight nuclear warheads. The man-made earthquake, detected...

  • Taliban's assault on Afghan provincial capital met with airstrikes

    Taliban's assault on Afghan provincial capital met with airstrikes

    Hundreds of Taliban militants stormed a provincial capital in southern Afghanistan on Thursday and were fighting on multiple fronts with government forces, officials said. Afghan officials deployed reinforcements to Tarin Kot, in Uruzgan province, and Afghan and U.S.-led NATO warplanes were carrying...

  • Obama on Trans-Pacific trade deal: 'I remain confident that we can get TPP passed'

    Obama on Trans-Pacific trade deal: 'I remain confident that we can get TPP passed'

    President Obama expressed fresh optimism Sunday that his sweeping trade pact with Pacific Rim nations would still be approved by Congress, despite widespread political opposition that has left the 12-nation deal all but dead. Both Democrats and Republicans have soured on the Trans-Pacific Partnership...

  • Duterte expresses regret for his Obama insult. But he's always had a way with words

    Duterte expresses regret for his Obama insult. But he's always had a way with words

    Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte made headlines this week after he called President Obama a “son of a bitch.” But given Duterte’s record of crude remarks, the insult could be considered typical, maybe even tame.  During Duterte’s presidential campaign — he was inaugurated on June 30 — he remarked...

  • Pandas removed from international endangered list, but China says they still face serious threat

    Pandas removed from international endangered list, but China says they still face serious threat

    A leading international group has taken the giant panda off its endangered list thanks to decades of conservation efforts, but China's government discounted the move Monday, saying it did not view the status of the country's beloved symbol as any less serious. The International Union for Conservation...

  • Three bomb blasts hit Kabul, Afghanistan in one day, killing at least 35

    Three bomb blasts hit Kabul, Afghanistan in one day, killing at least 35

    Militants set off three bombs in the Afghan capital on Monday and engaged security forces in a gun battle through the night. Twin blasts near the Afghan Defense Ministry killed at least 35 people, including four Afghan soldiers and a deputy brigade commander, according to Gen. Muhammad Radmanish, deputy...

  • In China, Obama struggles for elusive deal with Russia on Syria

    In China, Obama struggles for elusive deal with Russia on Syria

    President Obama’s emissaries spent much of Sunday talking with Russian officials here about how to quell the violence in Syria, but the president all but shrugged his shoulders when asked about the prospects of a successful deal with Russian President Vladimir Putin. “Given the previous failures...

  • Anti-Beijing forces gain momentum in Hong Kong election

    Anti-Beijing forces gain momentum in Hong Kong election

    The movement for greater autonomy from mainland China gained momentum Sunday in the most important election since the 1997 handover of Hong Kong from Britain. Votes were still being tallied Monday morning, but it was already clear that five seats in the Legislative Council were won by young activists...

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