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Kim Jong Un: 'Deranged' Trump will 'pay dearly' for threat

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North Korean leader Kim Jong Un is calling President Donald Trump

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North Korea says Trump has 'declared war' on his country

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UNITED NATIONS (AP) — North Korea’s top diplomat said Monday that President Donald Trump’s tweet that leader Kim Jong Un “won’t be around much longer” was a declaration of war against his country by the United States. Foreign Minister Ri Yong Ho told reporters that what he called Trump’s...


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North Korea asserts its right to shoot down US bombers

(c) 2017, The Washington Post. North Korea’s foreign minister on Monday asserted that the pariah state has the right to defend itself by shooting down U.S. planes, even if they are not in the country’s airspace. Ri Yong Ho, speaking to reporters at a hotel across the street from the United Nations,...


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Kurds say they have no friends but the mountains. Now they have Israel, and that could

(c) 2017, The Washington Post. IRBIL, Iraq - Blue and white Israeli flags have become a common sight in the Kurdish regional capital, Irbil. Some Kurds fly them on their cars. Others waved them enthusiastically at massive rallies ahead of Monday’s referendum on independence. Israel has been a vocal...


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Giant pandas habitat increasingly fractured by roads, satellite survey shows

(c) 2017, The Washington Post. The pandas’ shaggy ranks appear to be swelling deep in the Chinese wilderness. A national survey of the bamboo forests, completed in 2013, reported 1,864 giant pandas. The survey completed a decade before counted fewer than 1,600. Population numbers alone, though,...


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Abe announces plans to dissolve lower house

(c) 2017, The Japan News/Yomiuri. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Monday announced he will dissolve the House of Representatives at the beginning of the extraordinary Diet session to be convened Thursday. The general election is expected to be held on October 22, with official campaigning starting on...


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In Japan, election disarray favors ruling bloc

(c) 2017, The Japan News/Yomiuri. Opposition candidates are likely to abound in the upcoming House of Representatives election, with official campaigning starting October 10 and voting on October 22. If the Democratic Party and the Japanese Communist Party fail to form a united front against the...


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Germany: Merkel faces thorny task in building new government

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BERLIN (AP) — German Chancellor Angela Merkel defended an election campaign that left her conservative bloc in first place but significantly weakened as she embarked Monday on what could be a lengthy quest to form a new government. Merkel said the success of a nationalist, anti-migrant party that...


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Uber CEO apologizes to London users for company's mistakes

LONDON (AP) — The new CEO of Uber offered contrition for past mistakes on Monday, just days after London’s transport authority said it would scrap the company’s operating license. Dara Khosrowshahi issued a letter to London’s Evening Standard newspaper acknowledging that the company “has got things...


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Iraqi Kurds vote in referendum on independence from Baghdad

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IRBIL, Iraq (AP) — Iraqi Kurds cast ballots on Monday in their autonomous region and in a wide sweep of captured territories on whether to seek independence from Baghdad, a historic vote that has also raised tensions and fears of instability. The referendum is non-binding and will not immediately...


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Kurds in Iraq vote in historic referendum for independence

(c) 2017, The Washington Post. IRBIL, Iraq - Kurds packed polling station across northern Iraq on Monday in a historic referendum on independence despite vigorous opposition from the country’s central government as well as regional and world powers. Church bells tolled and imams implored Kurds to...


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