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U.S. carrier to arrive in Sea of Japan ‘within days,’ Pence says

20 hours 15 min ago

The USS Carl Vinson aircraft carrier strike group is expected to arrive in the Sea of Japan “within a matter of days,” U.S. Vice President Mike Pence said Saturday amid tensions with North Korea. “Our expectation is that they will be in the Sea of Japan, in position, in a matter of days, before the […]

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Pence reaffirms U.S.-Australia alliance following spat over refugee resettlement deal

22 hours 41 min ago

Vice President Mike Pence and Australia’s prime minister brushed off any lingering hostility over a contentious refugee deal and joined forces on Saturday to urge China to take a greater role in pressuring North Korea to drop its nuclear weapons program. Pence and Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull repeatedly praised the decades-long American-Australian alliance following a […]

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China’s first cargo spacecraft docks with orbiting space lab

22 hours 55 min ago

China’s first cargo spacecraft docked successfully with the Tiangong-2 space lab on Saturday, the official Xinhua news agency reported, marking a major step toward Beijing’s goal of establishing a permanently manned space station by 2022. President Xi Jinping has prioritized advancing China’s space program to strengthen national security. The Tianzhou-1 cargo resupply spacecraft made the […]

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Pyongyang drivers scramble for limited supplies of gasoline

Sat, 04/22/2017 - 05:08

Drivers in Pyongyang are scrambling to fill up their tanks as gas stations begin limiting services or even closing amid concerns of a spreading shortage. A sign outside one station in the North Korean capital said Friday that sales were being restricted to diplomats or vehicles used by international organizations; others were closed or turning […]

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South Koreans outraged after Trump says Xi told him peninsula once was part of China

Sat, 04/22/2017 - 03:35

Buffeted by the currents of diplomacy, South Korea is sometimes described as a “shrimp between two whales,” and U.S. President Donald Trump has touched nerves with remarks that the peninsula “used to be part of China.” The comments came after Trump hosted Chinese President Xi Jinping at his Mar-a-Lago retreat in Florida. As the pair […]

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In shadow of Chinese development, Philippines seeks upgrade for patriots living on remote isle

Sat, 04/22/2017 - 03:25

If the Filipinos on the remote South China Sea island of Thitu had binoculars, they might just be envious of how their neighbors on the next island live. Just 15 miles (24 km) across the shimmering sea from this rundown outpost of the Philippines lies a different world shown by an unbroken line of new, […]

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South Korea president hopeful denies date rape conspiracy

Fri, 04/21/2017 - 09:12

South Korean presidential candidate Hong Joon-pyo on Friday denied his own autobiographical confession of complicity in an attempted date rape, as voter outrage mounted. The firebrand prosecutor-turned-politician and candidate of ousted president Park Geun-hye’s conservative party has been compared to Donald Trump for his outspoken rhetoric and sexist remarks. While a first-year student at the […]

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Visit by Pence to Indonesia pushes Southeast Asia up on Trump administration’s list of priorities

Fri, 04/21/2017 - 07:03

Southeast Asia, a focus of past U.S. presidents, has been overlooked thus far for the Trump administration, but Vice President Mike Pence’s visit to Indonesia starting Thursday marked a sign of change and he announced the president would follow him to the region later this year. Anxious Southeast Asian governments are looking for America’s commitment […]

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Defense chief on Philippine-occupied island in disputed seas

Fri, 04/21/2017 - 07:02

The Philippine defense secretary and military chief of staff visited a Philippine-occupied island in the South China Sea on Friday to assert the country’s claim to the heartland of a disputed area where China is believed to have added missiles on man-made islands. The trip led by Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana on an air force […]

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Drift analysis says Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 likely crashed north of former search area

Fri, 04/21/2017 - 06:16

Analysis of a genuine Boeing 777 wing flap has reaffirmed experts’ opinion that a missing Malaysian airliner most likely crashed north of an abandoned search area in the Indian Ocean, officials said Friday. The $160 million search for Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 ended in January after a deep-sea sonar scan of 120,000 square kilometers (46,000 […]

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China uncovers environmental breaches at two-thirds of firms

Fri, 04/21/2017 - 05:47

More than two-thirds of the companies investigated by China in its latest campaign against pollution have violated environmental rules, a environment ministry official told a briefing on Friday. China launched a campaign earlier this month aimed at “normalizing compliance” in 28 cities in the Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei region, a major pollution hot spot. Tian Weiyong, head of […]

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Giant sulphur-powered shipworm found for the first time in the Philippines

Fri, 04/21/2017 - 04:22

An enormous black worm that lives in the mud of the sea floor and survives on the remnants of noxious gases digested by bacteria has been unveiled by scientists for the first time. The slimy giant shipworm can grow up to 155 centimeters in length, despite living a sedentary life in ocean sediment and apparently […]

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China launches first unmanned cargo carrier on mission to space station

Fri, 04/21/2017 - 04:07

China on Thursday launched its first unmanned cargo spacecraft on a mission to dock with the country’s space station, marking further progress in the ambitious Chinese space program. The Tianzhou 1 blasted off at 7:41 p.m. atop a latest-generation Long March 7 rocket from China’s newest spacecraft launch site, Wenchang, in the southern island province […]

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Colas, cigarettes: North Korea airline diversifies as threats mount of sanctions

Fri, 04/21/2017 - 04:02

Even after disembarking from North Korea’s Air Koryo plane at Pyongyang airport, it is difficult to miss the airline’s brand. The Air Koryo conglomerate makes cigarettes and fizzy drinks, besides owning a taxi fleet and gas stations — and all have the same flying crane logo as the carrier. The military-controlled airline has expanded into […]

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Pyongyang threatens ‘super-mighty preemptive strike’ as U.S. plots next move

Thu, 04/20/2017 - 20:00

North Korean state media warned the United States of a “super-mighty preemptive strike” after U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said the United States was looking at ways to bring pressure to bear on North Korea over its nuclear program. U.S. President Donald Trump has taken a hard line with North Korean leader Kim Jong […]

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Thai man held in bid to smuggle sperm into ‘rent a womb’ haven Laos

Thu, 04/20/2017 - 13:20

Thai authorities arrested a man trying to smuggle six vials of sperm into Laos, a customs officer said Thursday, the latest sign that a commercial surrogacy industry is growing in the opaque communist country following curbs around the region. The 25-year-old was arrested in the border town of Nong Khai with the tubes packed inside […]

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Trump mulls military options for North Korea. They’re all grim.

Thu, 04/20/2017 - 07:47

Three weeks before becoming president, Donald Trump weighed in on the threat of North Korea developing a nuclear warhead capable of reaching the U.S. “It won’t happen,” he vowed on Twitter. Now planners are contemplating what a U.S. strike to prevent that development might look like, and the options are grim. Analysts estimate North Korea […]

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Australia to tighten citizenship rules, raise English-fluency level

Thu, 04/20/2017 - 01:26

Australia plans to tighten its citizenship rules to require higher English language skills, longer residency and evidence of integration such as a job, officials said Thursday. Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull said the new citizenship test would reflect Australian values instead of the current multiple-choice format. “This will be good for the applicants, good for the […]

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Philippine leader may launch ‘invasion’ of Abu Sayyaf’s island lair

Wed, 04/19/2017 - 13:08

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte warned on Wednesday he might “invade” an island stronghold of the Islamic State-linked Abu Sayyaf to “finish the game” following a thwarted attempt by the group to kidnap tourists on a resort island last week. Duterte offered cash rewards for the capture, dead or alive, of six Abu Sayyaf militants still […]

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North Korea marks late founder’s birthday with video depicting massive nuclear strike on U.S.

Wed, 04/19/2017 - 09:17

A North Korean musical show celebrating the anniversary of its late founder has conveyed an explosive message for the United States — one depicting a massive nuclear strike on an unnamed city. State television footage aired of the chorus performance on Sunday, a day after Pyongyang used a huge military parade to mark the anniversary […]

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