August 19th, 2017

World News

Experts: US-N.Korea nuclear war unlikely, but risk is rising

By The Associated Press on August 9th, 2017

A nuclear war between North Korea and the United States is not imminent, analysts said, but the inflammatory rhetoric on both sides is increasing the risk. They called on all parties to de-escalate. North Korea’s army said in a statement distributed by state media Wednesday that it was examining a plan to use ballistic missiles ... Read More »

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Key facts about Guam, the centre of US-North Korea tension

By The Associated Press on August 9th, 2017

HAGATNA, Guam – The North Korean army’s announcement that it is examining operational plans for attacking Guam after rising tensions with President Donald Trump has brought more global attention to the tiny U.S. territory in the Pacific than it has had in decades. Here is a rundown on the island and it strategic importance. GEOGRAPHIC ... Read More »

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A-bomb anniversary in Nagasaki amid US-North Korea tension

By Mari Yamaguchi, The Associated Press on August 9th, 2017

TOKYO – Amid growing tension between Washington and North Korea, the mayor of Nagasaki said Wednesday that the fear of another nuclear bomb attack is growing at a ceremony marking the 72nd anniversary of the U.S. atomic bombing of his city. Nagasaki Mayor Tomihisa Taue urged nuclear states to abandon such weapons and criticized Japan’s ... Read More »

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Attacks in France this year focus on security forces

By The Associated Press on August 9th, 2017

PARIS – Attacks in France by Islamic extremists since 2015 have killed more than 200 “soft targets” – concertgoers, cartoonists and people celebrating Bastille Day. But French security forces are increasingly becoming the focus of the violence. Interior Minister Gerard Collomb says that as of Aug. 6, intelligence services have foiled seven attacks so far ... Read More »

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Taliban frees 235 villagers in northern Afghanistan

By The Associated Press on August 9th, 2017

KABUL – Taliban insurgents released 235 civilians held since seizing control of an area in northern Sari Pul province five days ago, provincial officials confirmed Wednesday. Zabi Amani, spokesman for the provincial governor, said the civilians were released after negotiations between the Taliban and tribal elders. The insurgents were still holding an unknown number of ... Read More »

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Egyptian officials: 4 policemen killed in northern Sinai

By Ashraf Sweilam, The Associated Press on August 9th, 2017

EL-ARISH, Egypt – Egyptian security officials say four policemen have been killed in an ambush in restive northern Sinai peninsula where Islamic militants are active. They said the policemen were heading to the town of el-Arish early Wednesday when gunmen attacked the car they were riding in and opened fire, killing one police officer, a ... Read More »

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New Zealand politician resigns after revealing past fraud

By Nick Perry, The Associated Press on August 9th, 2017

WELLINGTON, New Zealand – The co-leader of New Zealand’s Green Party resigned Wednesday, three weeks after confessing she committed welfare fraud as a struggling young mother more than 20 years ago. Metiria Turei said the scrutiny on her family following her disclosure had become unbearable and she worried she was hindering her party’s chances six ... Read More »

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Deposed Pakistani PM begins 2 days of rallies

By Munir Ahmed, The Associated Press on August 9th, 2017

ISLAMABAD – Pakistan’s deposed prime minister Nawaz Sharif began two days of rallies Wednesday aimed at demonstrating his political strength, making stops from the capital Islamabad to his hometown of Lahore, ignoring security threats and drawing thousands of supporters. Sharif planned to spend at least two nights along Grand Trunk Road, the main road from ... Read More »

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Violent protests in Kenya as opposition alleges vote fraud

By Tom Odula And Christopher Torchia, The Associated Press on August 9th, 2017

NAIROBI, Kenya – 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 ... Read More »

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Tillerson leaves Malaysia, wraps up Southeast Asia tour

By The Associated Press on August 9th, 2017

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia – U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson wrapped up an overnight visit to Malaysia on Wednesday, ending a Southeast Asia tour aimed at signalling President Donald Trump’s commitment to the region. Deputy Prime Minister Zahid Hamidi said in a statement they held talks Wednesday, centred on security issues including terrorism and human ... Read More »

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