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Talks Under Way With US to Bridge Differences on Afghan War

ISLAMABAD —  Pakistan says high-level discussions “away from public glare” are under way with the United States to bridge differences stemming from the new Afghan strategy U.S. President Donald Trump announced in August. Pakistan did not agree with the U.S. policy because “there was a difference in understanding and perceptions …

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Anti-Duterte Protests Staged in Philippine Capital

A coalition of leftist groups gathered in Manila Thursday to protest President Rodrigo Duterte’s recent suggestions that he will assume sole power of the Pacific archipelago. About 1,000 protesters will march from historic Bonifacio Square to the Mendiola Peace Arch to stage a rally against Duterte’s government. Duterte has threatened …

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US, China Hold Quiet Military Talks Amid North Korea Tensions

U.S. and Chinese generals engaged in an unusual set of security talks on Wednesday, just hours after North Korea’s most powerful missile test yet, focused on how the mighty American and Chinese militaries might communicate in a crisis. As President Donald Trump greeted the North’s launching of another intercontinental ballistic …

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US Imposing Yet More Sanctions on N. Korea in Response to Latest ICBM Test

WHITE HOUSE —  U.S. President Donald Trump said Wednesday that the United States would respond to North Korea’s latest intercontinental ballistic missile test flight by slapping more sanctions on Pyongyang. Trump mentioned new “major sanctions” in a tweet and said they would be unveiled later in the day. Administration officials …

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Pope Speaks of Need for ‘Forgiveness’ in 1st Myanmar Mass

YANGON —  Pope Francis spoke of the need for “forgiveness” and avoiding “revenge” at a mass attended by tens of thousands of people in Myanmar’s biggest city, Yangon, on Wednesday. He skirted direct mention of the persecuted Rohingya Muslim minority for the second time in his four-day visit, after talking …

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North Korea Claims More Advanced ICBM Capable of Hitting U.S.

SEOUL —  North Korea’s test-firing of a new intercontinental ballistic missile, the first since September, has ratcheted up tensions as Pyongyang announced it can now hit the United States mainland with a warhead. “The newly developed intercontinental ballistic missile Hwasong-15 has been successfully test-launched according to the political decision and …

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