Russia is helping North Korea evade international sanctions: Trump

U.S. President Donald Trump said on Wednesday Russia is helping North Korea evade international sanctions and that Pyongyang is getting "closer every day" to being able to deliver a long-range missile to the United States. "Russia is not helping us at all with North Korea," Trump said during an Oval Office interview with Reuters.

Russia is helping North Korea evade international sanctions: Trump

U.S. President Donald Trump said on Wednesday Russia is helping North Korea evade international sanctions and that Pyongyang is getting "closer every day" to being able to deliver a long-range missile to the United States. "Russia is not helping us at all with North Korea," Trump said during an Oval Office interview with Reuters.

Rival Koreas agree to form first unified Olympic team

South Korean Vice Unification Minister Chun Hae-sung, center, speaks to the media before leaving for the border village of Panmunjom to attend South and North Korea meeting, at the Office of the South Korea-North Korea Dialog... . South Korean Vice Unification Minister Chun Hae-sung, center, leaves for the border village of Panmunjom to attend South and North Korea meeting, at the Office of the South Korea-North Korea Dialogue in Seoul, South Korea, We... .

North Korea to send cheering squad in Olympics delegation

South Korean Vice Unification Minister Chun Hae-sung, center, speaks to the media before leaving for the border village of Panmunjom to attend South and North Korea meeting, at the Office of the South Korea-North Korea Dialog... . South Korean Vice Unification Minister Chun Hae-sung, center, leaves for the border village of Panmunjom to attend South and North Korea meeting, at the Office of the South Korea-North Korea Dialogue in Seoul, South Korea, We... .

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The nation recently discovered Illinois Democrat Dick Durbin after he made the so far unsupported claim that President Donald Trump called several third world nations "sh**hole countries." But, what most Americans don't know is that Dick Durbin has a long history of lying in service to the Democrat Party and the anti-American, left-wing cause.

Tillerson warns military action on NK unless diplomacy works

One of the dozens of sexual abuse victims of a disgraced former Michigan sports doctor has warned at his sentencing hearing that "little girls don't stay little forever." . One of the dozens of sexual abuse victims of a disgraced former Michigan sports doctor has warned at his sentencing hearing that "little girls don't stay little forever."

The Unequal Rules of the Anti-Trump Blame Game

In a memorable scene from the 1986 blockbuster Crocodile Dundee , Paul Hogan and his reporter girlfriend are taking a nighttime "walkabout" in Manhattan when a thug suddenly steps from the shadow and demands their money. Warned that the intruder is brandishing a knife, the cool-as-a-cucumber Dundee says, in his broad Australian accent, "That's nawt a nyfe!" Then, whipping out his own larger, sharper one, he states, " That's a nyfe!" His quip got a big laugh from the audience and the movie thug got the message.

Chuck Hagel: Trump a an embarrassmenta

Former Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel called President Donald Trump "an embarrassment" and said he "is doing great damage to our country internationally" in a newspaper interview Saturday. Hagel's remarks come amid uproar over Trump's reported remarks during a closed-door immigration meeting with lawmakers last week, during which he is said to have called certain African countries "shitholes."

Missile alert in Hawaii sparks terror

It was a nice morning on the Big Island of Hawaii as Kevin and Pamela Spitze drove to an art show in Hilo when the words popped up on Kevin's cellphone screen: The Spitzes, who recently moved from Los Angeles to Hawaii's Big Island, said they were in paradise but already had been living on edge given the recent inflammatory bluster between President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un over nuclear annihilation. "We have such a barrage of negative stuff that has been happening that our senses have been heightened," said Pamela Spitze, 64. "We thought it was the real thing.

Trump congratulates new leaders of Virginia, New Jersey

Crews are slowly digging away masses of mud, boulders and toppled trees after deadly mudslides ravaged a California community but officials say they've already cleared enough debris from creek canals to prevent a... Crews are slowly digging away masses of mud, boulders and toppled trees after deadly mudslides ravaged a California community but officials say they've already cleared enough debris from creek canals to prevent a potential disaster when it rains again. Florida authorities say a casino cruise boat catches fire near Gulf Coast in Tampa Bay area and all 50 passengers make it safely to shore amid rescue operation.

Hawaii changes protocols for alerts after missilea

A false alarm that warned of a ballistic missile headed for Hawaii sent the islands into a panic Saturday, with people abandoning cars in a highway and preparing to flee their homes until officials said the cell phone alert was a mistake. A morning view of the city of Honolulu, Hawaii is seen on January 13, 2018 when people were falsely warned of a "ballistic missile threat inbound to Hawaii."

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The chairman of the Congressional Black Caucus and the top Democrat on the House Judiciary Committee said today that they plan on introducing a censure resolution against President Trump for his reported comments about immigrants from certain countries. The Washington Post reported that Trump made the comment during a Thursday Oval Office meeting with immigration negotiators.

Hawaii Ballistic Missile False Alarm: ‘Someone Pressed the Wrong Button’

The threat of a North Korean missile hitting hitting Hawaii is dangerously real, as President Donald Trump 's "button" tweets stoke dangerous tensions between the United States and the North Korean dictatorship. The threat felt very real on Saturday morning in Hawaii after an emergency alert was sent out to TV, radio, and cell phones about an inbound ballistic missile.

U.S. taxpayers bought world’s priciest gas station – in Afghanistan

This June 10, 2017 photo released by the U.S. Marine Corps shows an AH-64 Apache attack helicopter provides security from above while CH-47 Chinooks drop off supplies to U.S. Soldiers with Task Force Iron at Bost Airfield, Afghanistan. An audit by the U.S. Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction released this past week revealed that a Department of Defense task force to support economic development squandered hundreds of millions of American taxpayer dollars.

Energy dominance can bolster US national security

In one of the latest presidential tweets to make headlines, President Trump responded to North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un's nuclear button threat by saying he had an even bigger and more powerful one. Whether you love or loathe the president's tweets, one must look beyond the 280-character count to assess the administration's foreign policies.

Hindu refugees eagerly await return to Myanmar

Hindu farmer Surodhon Pal has packed his bags, eager to return to Myanmar after fleeing for Bangladesh during a wave of violence last year, but he is in a tiny minority - most of the refugees are terrified of going home. Bangladesh wants the more than 655,000 refugees who have flooded into the country since late August to start returning to Myanmar by the end of this month under a controversial agreement between the two nations.

Trump is about make mark on US nuclear arsenal

The Pentagon is putting the finishing touches on the first comprehensive review of U.S. nuclear forces in nearly eight years. It's shaping up as President Donald Trump's signature nuclear weapons initiative in the face of a growing North Korean nuclear threat.

Nearly 50,000 Rohingya babies expected in 2018, with no repatriation plan in sight

A malnourished Rohingya Muslim refugee boy cries as mothers feed high calorie peanut paste to their malnourished children at a field clinic. Myanmar is officially on the State Department's list of countries that violate religious freedoms , as hundreds of thousands of Rohingya continue to struggle for survival in over-crowded refugee camps, with their numbers about to swell by nearly 50,000.

US suspends security aid to Pakistan

US President Donald Trump speaks during an address from the White House in Washington, US, December 6, 2017. Photo: REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque/File Picture The United States said on Thursday it was suspending at least $900 million in security assistance to Pakistan until it takes action against the Afghan Taliban and the Haqqani network militant groups.

The Latest: Trump makes video address to journalists

White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders played a brief recorded video of Trump reading a statement about the tax cut bill he signed into law before Christmas. Trump's video appearance came the day after details from a forthcoming book painted an unflattering portrait of Trump and his administration.

2017. 2018. New year, same roller coaster

A new tell-all book that lifts the lid on the rancorous West Wing reveals a spectacle of clashing egos, betrayal and revenge, laced with Russia intrigue, sending President Donald Trump into a rage. The stunning repudiation of Trump by his one-time populist nationalist guru Steve Bannon in the book "Fire and Fury" by journalist Michael Wolff, and Trump's response came after Tuesday's all-day tweetstorm from the President, which included attacks on enemies foreign and domestic.

Asia’s ‘best’ and ‘worst’ of 2017

As 2018 begins in Cambodia and around the world, we take a last look at what made headlines and, fitting in this day, lit up Facebook and Twitter in Asia in 2017. From the assassination of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un's half-brother at a Malaysia airport to smog-filled Indian skies and a year-end US presidential visit, the images were all-too-real.

The – nuclear button’ explained: For starters, there’s no button

A military aide traveling with President Donald Trump carries the 45-pound briefcase known as the nuclear football while walking from Marine One to the White House after traveling with Trump to Philadelphia, Jan. 26, 2017. The briefcase, which accompanies the president wherever he goes, contains an instructional guide to carrying out a nuclear strike, a radio transceiver and code authenticators.

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In this photo taken on Saturday, Dec. 30, 2017, by an individual not employed by the Associated Press and obtained by the AP outside Iran, university students run away from stones thrown by police during an anti-government protest inside Tehran University, in Tehran, Iran. Demonstrations, the largest seen in Iran since its disputed 2009 presidential election, have brought six days of unrest across the country and resulted in over 20 deaths.

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In this photo taken on Saturday, Dec. 30, 2017, by an individual not employed by the Associated Press and obtained by the AP outside Iran, university students run away from stones thrown by police during an anti-government protest inside Tehran University, in Tehran, Iran. Demonstrations, the largest seen in Iran since its disputed 2009 presidential election, have brought six days of unrest across the country and resulted in over 20 deaths.

Shanina Shaik explores Singapore with family and fiance

Nuclear button on my desk is 'much bigger' than yours: Trump warns Kim about the size of his arsenal and how it is vastly 'more powerful' than North Korea's after despot's New Year's threat Canadian father who was held hostage by the Taliban for five years in Afghanistan with his wife and three children is arrested on 15 charges including sexual assault Woman, 67, who battled blood cancer for five years 'recovers after treating it with TURMERIC' in the first recorded case of its kind Kim Jong-un reopens hotline with South Korea after nearly two years in olive branch ahead of the Winter Olympics Republicans claim to have found written evidence that proves the FBI found 'criminality' during the probe of Hillary Clinton's email server Trump warns he could end hundreds of millions of dollars in aid to Palestinians, saying they show 'no appreciation' for payments and 'don't even want to ... (more)

Shanina Shaik explores Singapore with family and fiance

Nuclear button on my desk is 'much bigger' than yours: Trump warns Kim about the size of his arsenal and how it is vastly 'more powerful' than North Korea's after despot's New Year's threat Canadian father who was held hostage by the Taliban for five years in Afghanistan with his wife and three children is arrested on 15 charges including sexual assault Woman, 67, who battled blood cancer for five years 'recovers after treating it with TURMERIC' in the first recorded case of its kind Kim Jong-un reopens hotline with South Korea after nearly two years in olive branch ahead of the Winter Olympics Republicans claim to have found written evidence that proves the FBI found 'criminality' during the probe of Hillary Clinton's email server Trump warns he could end hundreds of millions of dollars in aid to Palestinians, saying they show 'no appreciation' for payments and 'don't even want to ... (more)

There actually isn’t a ‘nuclear button’ for Trump to push

President Trump was not quite right on the button when trumpeting the U.S.'s nuclear superiority over North Korea. Among the reactions to his Tuesday tweet saying that his "Nuclear Button" is "much bigger & more powerful" than Kim Jong Un's were embarrassment, anger and fearful laughter, but also questions about how exactly a nuclear attack would be launched.

There actually isn’t a ‘nuclear button’ for Trump to push

President Trump was not quite right on the button when trumpeting the U.S.'s nuclear superiority over North Korea. Among the reactions to his Tuesday tweet saying that his "Nuclear Button" is "much bigger & more powerful" than Kim Jong Un's were embarrassment, anger and fearful laughter, but also questions about how exactly a nuclear attack would be launched.

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The North Korean leader reopens a key cross-border communication channel with South Korea for the first time in nearly two years as the rivals explored the possibility of talks after months of acrimony and fears of war. Trump brags that he has a bigger and more powerful "nuclear button" than Kim Jong Un does - but the U.S. president doesn't actually have a physical button.

Em Rusciano weighs in on a topless woman being groped

Nuclear button on my desk is 'much bigger' than yours: Trump warns Kim about the size of his arsenal and how it is vastly 'more powerful' than North Korea's after despot's New Year's threat Canadian father who was held hostage by the Taliban for five years in Afghanistan with his wife and three children is arrested on 15 charges including sexual assault Woman, 67, who battled blood cancer for five years 'recovers after treating it with TURMERIC' in the first recorded case of its kind Republicans claim to have found written evidence that proves the FBI found 'criminality' during the probe of Hillary Clinton's email server Trump warns he could end hundreds of millions of dollars in aid to Palestinians, saying they show 'no appreciation' for payments and 'don't even want to negotiate peace' U.S. withholds $255 million in aid to Pakistan over ties to terrorism and promises it 'won't forget' ... (more)

Trump Taunts Kim: My ‘Nuclear Button’ Is ‘Much Bigger’ Than Yours

President Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un are once again publicly comparing the size of their respective nuclear arsenals, with the president tweeting that the U.S. "nuclear button" is "much bigger & more powerful" than the one controlled by Pyongyang. Trump's comment on Twitter comes in response to Kim's New Year's address in which the Korean leader warned that the whole of U.S. territory is "within the range of our nuclear strike."

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The world's most powerful man ignited a stunning new showdown with North Korea late Tuesday, as Donald Trump boasted to volatile leader Kim Jong Un that he had a "much bigger & more powerful" nuclear weapon. Trump's flippant comments about his nuclear prowess -- akin to "mine is bigger than yours" schoolyard taunts -- raise new questions about whether the President has thought deeply about the awesome destructive power at his command.

Perils abroad, full plate at home as Trump embarks on 2nd year

The glamour of his holiday break behind him, President Donald Trump returned to Washington on Monday to face a hefty legislative to-do list, critical midterm elections and perilous threats abroad. Trump is starting his second year in office after a lengthy sojourn at his private Palm Beach club, capped by a New Year's Eve bash.

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The glamour of his holiday break behind him, President Donald Trump returned to the White House on Monday night to face a hefty legislative to-do list, critical midterm elections and perilous threats abroad. Trump started his second year in Washington after a lengthy sojourn at his private club in Palm Beach, Florida, capped by a New Year's Eve bash.

Perils abroad, full plate at home, as Trump opens 2nd year

The glamour of his holiday break behind him, President Donald Trump returned to the White House on Monday night to face a hefty legislative to-do list, critical midterm elections and perilous threats abroad. Trump started his second year in Washington after a lengthy sojourn at his private club in Palm Beach, Florida, capped by a New Year's Eve bash.

US suspends $ 255 million military aid to Pakistan

Washington: The United States has suspended its $ 255 million military aid to Pakistan for now, the White House has confirmed, saying the fate of such assistance will depend on Islamabad's response to terrorism on its soil. The confirmation comes on the same day when US President Donald Trump accused Pakistan of giving nothing to the US but "lies and deceit" and providing "safe haven" to terrorists in return for $ 33 billion aid over the last 15 years.

Perils abroad, full plate at home, as Trump opens 2nd year

The glamour of his holiday break behind him, President Donald Trump is returning to Washington to face a hefty legislative to-do list, critical midterm elections and perilous threats abroad. Trump is starting his second year in office after a lengthy sojourn at his private Palm Beach club, capped by a New Year's Eve bash.

Where We Can Agree on Iran – Imagine a free, democratic …

Where We Can Agree on Iran - Imagine a free, democratic, independent and wealthy Iran giving full expression to the beauty of Persian culture and the brains and spirit of its people. Imagine a political, clerical and military elite that doesn't steal its country's patrimony while brutally repressing Trump earns praise for support of Iranian protesters - on Sunday earned praise from lawmakers and former government officials for his approach to the protests taking place in Iran.

Live Blog: Deadly Protests Continue In Iran

Iran unrest: 'Ten dead' in further protests overnight - Ten people have been killed overnight in anti-government protests sweeping Iran, according to state TV. - "In the events of last night, unfortunately a total of about 10 people were killed in several cities," it said.

This new year, tell Trump: Enough

Iran unrest: 'Ten dead' in further protests overnight - Ten people have been killed overnight in anti-government protests sweeping Iran, according to state TV. - "In the events of last night, unfortunately a total of about 10 people were killed in several cities," it said.

Don’t Panic Over North Korea


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There's actually very little chance humanity won't make it to this magazine's publication date, but news consumers could be forgiven for thinking otherwise. An October poll found 65 percent of Americans thought President Donald Trump was making the situation between the U.S. and North Korea worse.

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One of Hillary Clinton's wealthy pals paid $500,000 in an unsuccessful effort to fund women willing to accuse President Trump of sexual misconduct before the 2016 election, The New York Times reported Sunday. Susie Tompkins Buell, the founder of Esprit Clothing and a major Clinton campaign donor for many years, gave the money to celebrity lawyer Lisa Bloom who was working with a number of Trump accusers at the time, according to the paper's bombshell report.

Former Joint Chiefs chairman: Nuclear war with North Korea closer than ever

A former chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff warned that President Trump's rhetoric aimed at North Korean likely indicates a more aggressive approach to countering the rogue regime's nuclear weapons program. A former chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff warned that President Trump's rhetoric aimed at North Korean likely indicates a more aggressive approach to countering the rogue regime's nuclear weapons program.

17 in ’17: Trump’s most eye-popping tweetsa oeCan you imagine what the…

From threatening North Korea with nuclear annihilation and Mexico with a military invasion to taunting his critics and undermining members of his own Cabinet, Trump has used Twitter in ways that have riled Washington and unnerved America's allies. While his staff and Republican leaders have pleaded with him to rein in his Twitter use, Trump insists it lets him speak directly to Americans by bypassing "biased" news outlets.

Don’t Worry, Be Happy

Scorpene power for the Indian Navy PM Narendra Modi commissioned India's first Scorpene class submarine, the INS Kalvari, in Mumbai on December 14. The Scorpene submarine is a class of diesel-electric attack submarines designed by French naval defence and energy company DCNS and is being manufactured by Mazagon Dock Ltd in Mumbai. The submarine can undertake multiple missions, including anti-surface warfare, anti-submarine warfare, intelligence gathering, mine laying and area surveillance.

North Korea To US: Get Ready For More Nukes In 2018

North Korean state media celebrated the country's nuclear and ballistic weapons achievements in the face of unprecedented pressure from the U.S. and the international community. "Do not expect any change in its policy," the Korean Central News Agency asserted in a new report titled "No Force Can Prevail over Independence and Justice."

North Korea To US: Get Ready For More Nukes In 2018

North Korean state media celebrated the country's nuclear and ballistic weapons achievements in the face of unprecedented pressure from the U.S. and the international community. "Do not expect any change in its policy," the Korean Central News Agency asserted in a new report titled "No Force Can Prevail over Independence and Justice."

Indian state tense ahead of citizens list targeting ‘illegal Bangladeshis’

GUWAHATI, India/NEW DELHI: India has mobilised around 60,000 police and paramilitary troops in a sensitive border state ahead of the publication of a list of citizens it says will be used to detect and deport illegal immigrants: mainly Muslims: from neighbouring Bangladesh. Prime Minister Narendra Modi's Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party took power in the eastern state of Assam for the first time last year, vowing to act against illegal Muslim residents who take away jobs from local Hindus.

North Korea: UN Security Council’s 15-0 Vote Choking a Country into Submission

The Democratic People's Republic of Korea is being choked into submission if not starvation by the UN Security Council, by a vote of 15-0; i.e. unanimously. None of the 15 UNSC states, let alone the five permanent members, have had the guts to say no to a killer Resolution, drafted and proposed by the United States of America, a name that increasingly stands for international rogue and crime nation.

Treasury issues sanctions against 2 North Korean officials

The White House says a large portion of a famed Magnolia tree planted on the south grounds by President Andrew Jackson has become too weak to remain standing. The White House says a large portion of a famed Magnolia tree planted on the south grounds by President Andrew Jackson has become too weak to remain standing.

North Korea: It’s a ‘pipe dream’ if you think we’ll give up nukes

North Korea said it is a "pipe dream" for the United States to think it will give up its nuclear weapons, and called the latest U.N. sanctions to target the country "an act of war" that violates its sovereignty. The U.N. Security Council unanimously approved tough new sanctions against North Korea on Friday in response to its latest launch of a ballistic missile that Pyongyang says can reach anywhere on the U.S. mainland.

North Korea says it’s a ‘pipe dream’ that it will give up nukes

The UN Security Council unanimously approved tough new sanctions against North Korea on Friday in response to its latest launch of a ballistic missile that Pyongyang says can reach anywhere on the US mainland. SEOUL: North Korea said it is a "pipe dream" for the United States to think it will give up its nuclear weapons, and called the latest UN sanctions to target the country "an act of war" that violates its sovereignty.

North Korea calls latest UN sanctions a an act of wara

North Korea on Sunday called the latest U.N. sanctions to target the country "an act of war" that violates its sovereignty, and said it is a "pipe dream" for the United States to think it will give up its nuclear weapons. The U.N. Security Council unanimously approved tough new sanctions against North Korea on Friday in response to its latest launch of a ballistic missile that Pyongyang says can reach anywhere on the U.S. mainland.

North Korea calls latest UN sanctions ‘an act of war’

SEOUL, Korea, Republic Of - North Korea on Sunday called the latest U.N. sanctions to target the country "an act of war" that violates its sovereignty, and said it is a "pipe dream" for the United States to think it will give up its nuclear weapons. The U.N. Security Council unanimously approved tough new sanctions against North Korea on Friday in response to its latest launch of a ballistic missile that Pyongyang says can reach anywhere on the U.S. mainland.

North Korea calls latest UN sanctions – an act of war

North Korea on Sunday called the latest U.N. sanctions to target the country "an act of war" that violates its sovereignty, and said it is a "pipe dream" for the United States to think it will give up its nuclear weapons. The U.N. Security Council unanimously approved tough new sanctions against North Korea on Friday in response to its latest launch of a ballistic missile that Pyongyang says can reach anywhere on the U.S. mainland.

Nikki Haley: The De Facto Agent of Influence

The most recent claim that Russian President Vladimir Putin is "running" Donald Trump as if the U.S. president is a Russian intelligence asset comes from former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper. "[Putin] knows how to handle an asset, and that's what he's doing with the president," Clapper told CNN last Monday.

U.S. sets sights on last of ISIS

Secretive drones and surveillance jets are boring down on an estimated 3,000 remaining Islamic State fighters, who are hiding in Syria along a short stretch of the Euphrates River and surrounding deserts, as the U.S. military campaign against the extremist group enters its final phase. But the focus on a 15-square-mile enclave near the Iraqi border is complicated by skies congested with Russian, Syrian and Iranian aircraft as rival forces converge on that last main pocket of Islamic State militants in Syria.

This Christmas Eve, remember America’s winter soldiers

As your family sits down to enjoy a meal together this Christmas, spare a thought or prayer for families who have an empty seat at their table where a brave son, daughter, husband, or wife would sit if they were not serving overseas in the military. Because America enjoys relative peace this Christmas, it's easy to forget that we are still a country at war.

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On November 8, 2016 millions of Americans rejoiced at the election of Donald J. Trump as the 45th President of the United States. Millions of other Americans reviled the choice of DJT as President.

North Korea Is Not a Threat to Humanity. The US and Its Allies Are Infinitely More Dangerous.

North Korea, notes Prof. Michel Chossudovsky ,[1] "was the only declared nuclear weapons state which voted YES at the UN General Assembly, in favor of the prohibition of nuclear weapons under Resolution L.41[2]" Whereas North Korea is a non-belligerent country, it is surrounded by Western forces which have threatened its very existence since the Korean War Armistice was signed in 1953.

Bots, Justin Bieber and Italy’s Trump Could Shake Things Up in 2018

Who would've predicted at the dawn of 2017 that U.S. President Donald Trump would fire the FBI director? Or that a Democrat would win an Alabama Senate race? Or that a Hollywood sex scandal would spark resignations on Downing Street? Policy makers plotting their way through next year might consider the words of former British Prime Minister Harold MacMillan, who, when asked what could disrupt his government, answered: "Events, my dear boy, events." Indeed, MacMillan was later undone by the Profumo affair, a Cold War scandal involving sex and Soviet spies.

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Road closures set up around Hyde Park Corner after an abandoned vehicle was spotted near the grounds of Buckingham Palace have now been lifted. Bomb squad personnel were seen inspecting a car near the tube station following reports of a A suspicious vehicleA , with officers carrying out a controlled explosion.

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US short of options to punish NKorea for serious cyberattack

The Trump administration vowed Tuesday that North Korea would be held accountable for a May cyberattack that affected 150 countries, but it didn't say how, highlighting the difficulty of punishing a pariah nation already sanctioned to the hilt for its nuclear weapons program. The WannaCry ransomware attack infected hundreds of thousands of computers worldwide and crippled parts of Britain's National Health Service.

Shirtless US and South Korea marines meet for sub-zero winter drills

South Korea and US Marines warm up on a snowy hill during a joint winter drill in Pyeongchang US marines teamed up with South Korean officers in military drills in a defiant show of strength on the doorstep of North Korea. Soldiers also took part in hand-to-hand combat and skiing, with a major emphasis placed on team building of marines on both sides.

Trump’s year of shattered norms leaves world on edge

US President Donald Trump marks the end of his first year in office facing escalating crises - spurred by the unpredictable signals coming from the White House. WASHINGTON: President Donald Trump erupted onto the global stage under the isolationist banner "America First" - bent on tearing the multilateral world order down to its foundations.

Strategy seeks to refocus US relationship with China, Russia

President Donald Trump's new national security strategy seeks to refocus the United States' relationship with China, Russia and the rest of the world, transforming his "America First" mantra into a set of policies and plans for protecting the homeland and advancing its economy. Combating China: The strategy deems China, like Russia, to be a "revisionist" power, determined to reshape the world according to its own ideals.

Top Spook Looks Back on 2016

Michael Morell, former acting head of the CIA, became a political animal in August 2016 when he endorsed Hillary Clinton for president. This month, he came to grips with the consequences of that decision -- that it might have played into President Donald Trump's distrust of the intelligence community.

Trump needs to stand up to China, despite our confrontation with North Korea

North Korea makes the unproven claim that it can hit any place in the continental United States with a missile topped with a nuclear warhead, but America's long-term preeminent strategic concern should continue to be the People's Republic of China. While President Trump remains fixated on North Korea, his own security team and other military experts continue to warn about the Chinese threat to the United States.

Putin says U.S. hurts itself with – invented’ Trump collusion case

Russian President Vladimir Putin scoffed Thursday at allegations of collusion between U.S. President Donald Trump's campaign and Russia, saying the reports have been "invented" by Trump's foes and have hurt the U.S. political system. He also mocked his most visible critic, Alexei Navalny, who is barred from challenging Putin in the March 18 presidential vote due to an embezzlement conviction, saying those like him want to plunge Russia into a destabilized quagmire.

Amid North Korea Tensions, a Narrow Diplomatic Window Opens

The pace of nuclear and missile tests has slowed considerably in recent weeks and history suggests it will remain low in the coming weeks It isn't clear how many more windows of opportunity there will be to resolve the confrontation over North Korea's nuclear weapons program peacefully, but one is opening right now. Whether North Korean leader Kim Jong Un is interested in taking advantage of this chance to avoid disaster is, of course, a different question entirely.

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North Korea Says War Is Inevitable Because of Trump’s ‘Warmongering’ Inner CircleNewsweek

North Korea believes the outbreak of a war on the Korean Peninsula is inevitable because of continual provocations from the U.S., including ongoing military drills with South Korea and statements from high-ranking U.S. politicians and officials. In an article published by state-controlled news agency KCNA on Wednesday, a spokesperson for North Korea's Foreign Ministry called the start of war "an established fact."

N. Korea says war is inevitable as allies continue war games

In this photo provided by South Korea Defense Ministry, U.S. Air Force B-1B bomber, right top, flies over the Korean Peninsula with South Korean fighter jets and U.S. fighter jets during the combined aerial exercise, South Korea, Wednesday, Dec. 6, 2017. The United States flew a B-1B supersonic bomber over South Korea on Wednesday in part of a massive combined aerial exercise involving hundreds of warplanes, a clear warning after North Korea last week tested its biggest and most powerful missile yet.

N. Korea says war is inevitable as allies continue war games

In this photo provided by South Korea Defense Ministry, U.S. Air Force B-1B bomber, right top, flies over the Korean Peninsula with South Korean fighter jets and U.S. fighter jets during the combined aerial exercise, South Korea, Wednesday, Dec. 6, 2017. The United States flew a B-1B supersonic bomber over South Korea on Wednesday in part of a massive combined aerial exercise involving hundreds of warplanes, a clear warning after North Korea last week tested its biggest and most powerful missile yet.

Russian Foreign Ministry Blasts U.S. Over Visas Even As Services Resume

The Russian Foreign Ministry has denounced the United States for continuing to limit the number of visas issued to Russian citizens, even as it welcomed Monday's decision to resume services at U.S. consulates. The two countries have been involved in numerous diplomatic spats since December 2016, when former U.S. President Barack Obama ordered the expulsion of 35 Russian diplomats following allegations of Russian meddling in the U.S. presidential election.

US defies North Korea with war drills involving 230 aircraft

The U.S. and South Korea on Monday began a five-day joint air exercise on the Korean peninsula involving 230 aircraft and 12,000 American troops, the allies said in a joint statement. A day before the Vigilant Ace 18 drills, North Korea called for "merciless revenge" and said the nation would consider the "highest-level hard-line countermeasure in history," according to the state-run Korean Central News Agency.

US, South Korea begin largest-ever joint air drill

The U.S. and South Korea on Dec. 4 kicked off their largest ever joint air exercise, an operation North Korea has labelled an "all-out provocation," days after Pyongyang fired its most powerful intercontinental ballistic missile. The five-day Vigilant Ace drill -- involving 230 aircraft, including F-22 Raptor stealth jet fighters, and tens of thousands of troops -- began Monday morning, Seoul's air force said.

Here’s the Beef with Chicken from China


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On June 21, 2017, ExporTech, a California-based poultry wholesaler, accomplished something both commonplace and unprecedented. The commonplace was to import to the United States five cartons of cooked chicken.

Pentagon evaluates West Coast missile defense sites

The U.S. agency tasked with protecting the country from missile attacks is scouting the West Coast for places to deploy new anti-missile defenses, two congressmen said on Saturday, as North Korea's missile tests raise concerns about how the United States would defend itself from an attack. West Coast defenses would likely include Terminal High Altitude Area Defense anti-ballistic missiles, similar to those deployed in South Korea to protect against a potential North Korean attack.

Senator: It’s time for US military families to leave SKorea

With reporters looking for updates, Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., and other senators rush to the chamber to vote on amendments as the Republican leadership works to craft their sweeping tax bill, on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, Nov. 30, 2017. It would mark the first time in 31 years that Congress has overhauled the tax code, making it the biggest legislative achievement of President Donald Trump's first year in office.

CIA director warns Iranian general on Iraq

CIA Director Mike Pompeo said Saturday that he sent a letter to a top Iranian military official warning him that the United States would hold Tehran accountable for any attacks it conducted on American interests in Iraq. Pompeo, who has voiced staunch opposition to Iran, said he sent the letter to Gen.

US stealth jets arrive in South Korea as North Korean rhetoric heats up

Tensions on the Korean Peninsula escalated over the weekend as US stealth fighters moved into the region and official sources from both North Korea and the US said the chances of war are growing. The bellicose rhetoric from North Korea came in two phases: On Saturday, a statement from its Foreign Ministry said US President Donald Trump is "begging for a nuclear war" through what it called an "extremely dangerous nuclear gamble on the Korean Peninsula"; A day later, a commentary from Pyongyang's Rodong Sinmun newspaper, carried by the official Korean Central News Agency, said US-South Korea joint air exercises scheduled for Monday to Friday are a "dangerous provocation" pushing the region "to the brink of a nuclear war."

F-22, F-35 stealth fighter jets in Korea for joint training

A dozen US F-22 and F-35 stealth fighter jets have arrived in South Korea for a regular joint exercise with South Korean forces, a defense ministry source said Sunday. The allies plan to kick off the five-day VIGILANT ACE 18 practice Monday, which would demonstrate their combined air power against North Korea.

Russian Deputy PM Mutko defiant about Olympic scandal

Journalists walk in the concert hall of the State Kremlin Palace where Friday's final draw for the 2018 soccer World Cup will take place in the State Kremlin Palace in Moscow, Russia, Thursday, Nov. 30, 2017. Jurors have found a Mexican man not guilty of murder in the killing of a woman on a San Francisco pier in a case that touched off a national immigration debate.

Senator: It’s time for US military families to leave South Korea

Sen. Lindsey Graham said Sunday that he believes it's time to start moving the families of American military personnel out of South Korea as North Korea pushes the U.S. closer to a military conflict. Graham, a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, said he will also urge the Pentagon not to send any more dependents to South Korea.

GOP pressing plan to avert government shutdown on Dec. 8

An attorney for U.S. Rep. John Conyers says the 88-year-old lawmaker will fight allegations of sexual harassment involving former female staff members. An attorney for U.S. Rep. John Conyers says the 88-year-old lawmaker will fight allegations of sexual harassment involving former female staff members.

GOP tax bill gains support; Senate leaders work on holdouts

An attorney for U.S. Rep. John Conyers says the 88-year-old lawmaker will fight allegations of sexual harassment involving former female staff members. Maryland officials say 26 people have been indicted after an investigation into gang activity in the state's prisons, including correctional officer called a high-ranking gang member.

HBO cuts ties with Russell Simmons amid second allegation

Simmons announced on Nov. 30, 2017, he would be ... An attorney for U.S. Rep. John Conyers says the 88-year-old lawmaker will fight allegations of sexual harassment involving former female staff members. An attorney for U.S. Rep. John Conyers says the 88-year-old lawmaker will fight allegations of sexual harassment involving former female staff members.

NYT report: White House planning Tillerson’s exita

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson speaks to the media about North Korea during White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee's daily press briefing at the White House on November 20, 2017 in Washington, DC. The White House has a plan ready to oust Secretary of State Rex Tillerson from the State Department, the New York Times reported Thursday.

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The other day President Trump referred jokingly, yet again, to Senator Elizabeth Warren as "Pocahontas", and as a result is even more totally racey-racey-racist than he was the week before. If youA re finding this all a bit hard to follow, relax: If a white grade-school teacher pretends to be black, thatA s totally racist and you should denounce him as such immediately; But if a white professor pretends to be Harvard Law SchoolA s "first woman of color" and you point it out, then youA re the racist.

Pope arrives in Bangladesh in shadow of Rohingya crisis

Pope Francis landed in Bangladesh on Thursday after a diplomatically sensitive trip to mainly Buddhist Myanmar, where he made no direct reference to the plight of Rohingya Muslims who have fled to Bangladesh in their hundreds of thousands. Pope Francis walks with Bangladesh's President Abdul Hamid after arriving at the airport in Dhaka, Bangladesh November 30, 2017.

Vatican defends Pope’s avoidance of word Rohingya on historic Myanmar visit

The Vatican is pushing back against criticism aimed at Pope Francis for not speaking out against Myanmar's treatment of the Rohingya Muslims during his historic visit to the southeast Asian country. Foreign diplomats, including US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, have called what Myanmar's military is doing to the Rohingya ethnic cleansing, a charge that its leadership and the country's defacto ruler Aung San Suu Kyi deny.

Ap Photos: Associated Press editors pick best of 2017

2017 AP YEAR END PHOTOS - President-elect Donald Trump waits to step out onto the portico for his Presidential Inauguration at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, on Jan. 20, 2017. 2017 AP YEAR END PHOTOS - Donald Trump is sworn in as the 45th president of the United States by Chief Justice John Roberts, as Melania Trump and his family looks on during the 58th Presidential Inauguration at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, on Jan. 20, 2017.

War with North Korea is not a viable option


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The Cold War was marked by hysteria over the potential for nuclear conflict. The world seemed to enter a new age when the Soviet Union collapsed.

New missile test shows North Korea capable of hitting all of US mainland

North Korea claims to have successfully tested a new type of intercontinental ballistic missile, topped with a "super-large heavy warhead," which is capable of striking the US mainland. The country's state media made the announcement Wednesday, hours after leader Kim Jong Un ordered the 3 a.m. launch of the Hwasong-15 missile, which reached the highest altitude ever recorded by a North Korean missile.

Trump confronts perilous North Korean test

North Korea pushed President Donald Trump closer to a set of excruciating choices with its most potent missile test yet, which shattered a two-month calm in Northeast Asia and set nerves in Washington back on edge. Trump, who earlier this year warned he would rain "fire and fury" on the isolated state if it continued to threaten the US or its allies, was relatively muted in responding to Kim Jong Un's latest provocation.

North Korea’s Missile launch appears to put D.C. in range

North Korea claimed the entire United States mainland was within reach after "successfully" testing a new kind of intercontinental ballistic missile, which it called the Hwasong-15, and said could carry a "super large heavy warhead." While Pyongyang is prone to exaggeration, its boast of having all of the United States in range is in line with experts' calculations that the missile launched Wednesday, which flew 10 times higher than the International Space Station, could theoretically reach Washington, District of Columbia.

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North Korea issued a direct challenge to President Donald Trump with the launch of an ICBM missile that Defense Secretary James Mattis said demonstrates it has the ability to hit "everywhere in the world." Pyongyang blasted a missile in the early hours of Wednesday morning local time that flew higher, and demonstrated a longer range, than any of its past tests.

Sri Lanka arrests 22 trying to go to Australia by boat

Sri Lankan prison officers escort suspected Sri Lankan illegal immigrants after producing them at a magistrate court in Puttalam, about 120 kilometers north of Colombo, Sri Lanka, Monday, Nov. 27, 2017. Sri Lankan police said Monday that they have arrested 22 people who were attempting to illegally migrate to Australia by boat.

Pentagon tried to block independent report on child sex among Afghan forces, Senate office says

The Pentagon tried to block an independent assessment of child sex abuse crimes committed by Afghan soldiers and police, instead insisting on the creation of its own report offering a far less authoritative review of human rights violations perpetrated by U.S. allies, according to an aide to Sen. Patrick Leahy . Although the report released Nov. 16 by the Defense Department Inspector General's office reached the grim conclusion that, for years, U.S. personnel have been inadequately trained to report such crimes, a parallel investigation by the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction is thought to contain a much more detailed accounting of the problem's severity.

Castro Meets N. Korea Minister Amid Hope Cuba Can Defuse Tensions

Cuban President Raul Castro met with North Korean Foreign Minister Ri Yong Ho on Friday amid hopes the communist-run island might be able to persuade its Asian ally to avert a showdown with the United States. North Korea is facing unprecedented pressure from the United States and the international community to cease its nuclear weapons and missile programs.

Recent developments surrounding the South China Sea

In this April 21, 2017, file photo, an airstrip, structures and buildings on China's man-made Subi Reef in the Spratly chain of islands in the South China Sea are seen from a Philippine Air Force C-130 transport plane of the Philippine Air Force. Leaders of Southeast Asian countries and China have agreed to launch talks on a "code of conduct" aimed at controlling disputes in the South China Sea, a step they described as a milestone, but which some experts said was unlikely to bring concrete results.

No One Man Should Be Able to Trigger Nuclear War

Responsible people in government are increasingly worried that President Trump might ignite nuclear war to salvage his bruised ego and to show the Asians who is boss. Amidst the rising clamor in the US over groping and goosing, America's Congress is beginning to fret about President Donald Trump's shaky finger being on the nation's nuclear button.

No One Man Should Be Able to Trigger Nuclear War

Responsible people in government are increasingly worried that President Trump might ignite nuclear war to salvage his bruised ego and to show the Asians who is boss. Amidst the rising clamor in the US over groping and goosing, America's Congress is beginning to fret about President Donald Trump's shaky finger being on the nation's nuclear button.

Congress sends Trump $700B military spending bill

By RICHARD LARDNER Associated Press WASHINGTON - Congress on Thursday sent President Donald Trump a sweeping defense policy bill authorizing a $700 billion budget for the military, including billions of dollars more for missile defense programs to counter the growing nuclear weapons threat from North Korea.

Japan weighs plans to deal with North Korean evacuees in case of crisis

TOKYO: Japan is studying plans to cope with an influx of perhaps tens of thousands of North Korean evacuees if a military or other crisis breaks out on the peninsula, including ways to weed out spies and terrorists, a domestic newspaper said. The Japan Coast Guard would escort boats fleeing North Korea to designated ports, where police would screen them by checking their identity and possible criminal records and expel those deemed a threat, the Yomiuri newspaper said on Thursday.

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Construction of new homes climbed 13.7 percent in October, the biggest jump in a year as builders broke ground on more apartments and single-family houses. The Commerce Department said Friday that the monthly gain put U.S. housing starts at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1.29 million units.

Why nuclear deterrence can work on North Korea

The same logic that kept a nuclear war from breaking out between the United States and former Soviet Union is the best strategy to now pursue with North Korea, several scholars said Tuesday at Stanford. The panel, convened at Stanford's Center for International Security and Cooperation , included political scientist Scott D. Sagan of CISAC; political scientist Mira Rapp-Hooper of Yale University; and political scientist Vipin Narang of MIT.

Trump distances himself from remarks on Putin over election meddling

U.S. President Donald Trump on Sunday attempted to clear up confusion over whether he accepts Russian President Vladimir Putin's denials of meddling in the U.S. election last year. At a news conference in Vietnam, Trump distanced himself from remarks he made on Saturday in which he suggested he believed Putin when he said there had been no Russian meddling in the election that took him to the White House.

Paris Jackson’s Morrison dress from Melbourne Cup sold out

Beyond Gitmo: The lonely existence of former Guantanamo Bay prisoners who have been released to rebuild their lives in foreign countries without a phone, bank account or driver's license Legendary gossip columnist Liz Smith who chronicled Trump's divorce from Ivana and decades of salacious tittle-tattle in the Big Apple dies aged 94 Why everything you know about happiness is wrong: An intriguing book says the key is to wallow in your worries and remember no one cares what you think Hundreds descend on small Texas town for Sunday service one week after deadly shooting massacre - as it's revealed the church will be demolished and rebuilt elsewhere Torso found in frozen Canadian lake identified as 18-year-old who was reported missing by her family in August Viewers are left 'cringing' as Jared Leto is referred to as chat show host 'Jay Leno' by MC Grindah in awkward encounter at 2017 MTV ... (more)

Trump to Meet Duterte as Ties Recover From Obama Dust-Up

U.S. President Donald Trump is set to sit down for a formal meeting with Rodrigo Duterte on Monday as ties warm a year after the Philippine leader cursed out Barack Obama and publicly pivoted toward China. Trump and Duterte shook hands Monday morning before a ceremony to open two days of meetings in Manila hosted by the Association of Southeast Asian Nations.

Trump calls Putin sincere, ex-US spy chiefs – hacks’ and Kim Jong Un – fat’

Days before returning home from a whirlwind trip to Asia Donald Trump has gone back on the defensive over Russian election meddling and taunted the leader of North Korea. The US President said he considers President Vladimir Putin's denials sincere, dismissed former US intelligence officials as "political hacks" and accused Democrats of trying to sabotage relations between the two countries.

Trump slams ‘haters’ over Russia as he snipes at North Korea’s Kim Jong-un

Russia's President Vladimir Putin and US President Donald Trump talk as they attend the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation leaders' summit - AFP US President Donald Trump unleashed a twitter storm from his Asia tour on Sunday, slamming "haters and fools" playing politics with US-Russia ties and declaring that he would never describe North Korean leader Kim Jong-un as "short and fat". Currently on the Vietnam leg of a five-nation sweep through the region, the US president, who has been relatively quiet on Twitter since leaving Washington, put out half-a-dozen tweets in quick succession ahead of his official welcoming ceremony in Hanoi.

McCain blasts Trump: ‘There’s nothing “America First”‘ about believing Putin


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Senate Armed Services Chairman John McCain, R-Ariz., pauses before speaking to reporters during a meeting of the National Defense Authorization Act conferees, on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Oct. 25, 2017. Sen. John McCain criticized President Donald Trump on Saturday after Trump said he believed Vladimir Putin's claim that Russia did not interfere in the 2016 election.

US, S. Korea start drills in show of force against N. Korea

The United States and South Korea on Saturday started joint naval exercises that will involve three U.S. aircraft carriers in what military officials describe as a clear warning to North Korea. The four-day drills that began in waters off South Korea's eastern coast come as President Donald Trump continues a visit to Asia that has been dominated by discussions over the North Korean nuclear threat.

Three US carriers lead naval drill aimed at N. Korea

South Korean warships joined three US aircraft carriers Saturday in an unusually strong display of naval force aimed at North Korea, whose nuclear ambitions have been a focus of US President Donald Trump's ongoing tour of Asia. The four-day joint exercise in the western Pacific involves three flattops -- USS Ronald Reagan, USS Nimitz and USS Theodore Roosevelt -- and seven South Korean warships including three destroyers, Seoul's defence ministry said.

US, S. Korea start drills in show of force against N. Korea

In this Oct. 21, 2017 file photo, the aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan is escorted into Busan port, South Korea, after completing a joint drill with the South Korean military. The United States and South Korea on Saturday, Nov. 11, 2017, started joint naval exercises that will involve three U.S. aircraft carriers in what military officials describe as a clear warning to North Korea.

UN pressure on Sri Lanka over torture, rape allegations

Sri Lanka's government is facing increasing pressure to answer for alleged human rights violations following an Associated Press investigation that found more than 50 men who said they were raped, branded or tortured as recently as this year. The men's anguished descriptions of their abuses came eight years after Sri Lanka's civil war ended and days ahead of a review of the Indian Ocean nation by the UN's top human rights body.

Trump changes tune on Chinaa s trade imbalance

President Donald Trump lavished praise on Chinese leader Xi Jinping here Thursday, touting "great chemistry" between them while refusing to criticize his counterpart for the trade imbalance that Trump railed against during his campaign. Speaking at a joint appearance with Xi in front of business leaders, Trump said the U.S. trade relationship with China is "a very one-sided and unfair one."

Navy will carry out rare 3-carrier exercise in Sea of Japan

The U.S. Navy has announced that it will carry out a rare exercise this weekend in the western Pacific involving three aircraft carriers. The exercise will take place in the Sea of Japan east of the Korean peninsula and is intended to send a message to North Korea of America's security commitments in the region, according to U.S. officials.

Gleeful Democrats see political wave; GOP says not so fast

New Jersey gubernatorial nominee Phil Murphy celebrates while speaking to supporters during his election night victory party at the Asbury Park Convention Hall, Tuesday, Nov. 7, 2017, in Asbury Park, N.J. Minneapolis has elected a black transgender woman to its city council in what advocacy groups say is a national first. Minneapolis has elected a black transgender woman to its city council in what advocacy groups say is a national first.

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A teary and emotional Elton John celebrated the 25th anniversary of his AIDS foundation with a gala in New York City, raising about $4.4 million. A teary and emotional Elton John celebrated the 25th anniversary of his AIDS foundation with a gala in New York City, raising about $4.4 million.

North Korea on Trump’s speech: We’re done listening

North Korean officials were closely watching US President Donald Trump when he addressed the South Korean National Assembly Wednesday, but they say they weren't listening. Though the American leader's tone was more subdued -- and he proposed what some perceived as a conditional olive branch -- officials in Pyongyang authorized to speak for the government told CNN when it comes to Trump, "we don't care about what that mad dog may utter because we've already heard enough."

Trump in Asia: No, South Korea is not just ‘over there’

I grew up listening to stories of the aftermath. Whenever I would complain about my relatively comfortable life growing up in New York City, my parents, born shortly after the end of the Korean War, would reflect on their struggles with abject poverty, deep financial loss, postwar trauma and missed educational opportunities.

Exercise Haedoli-Wallaby

Australia and the Republic of Korea participated in Exercise Haedoli-Wallaby, a bilateral anti-submarine warfare exercise, from November 1-3. The biennial exercise demonstrates a shared commitment by Australia and the Republic of Korea to regional security and security of the Korean peninsula.

84% of Americans say Trump willing to use military force against NK: poll

A large majority of Americans believe their president is willing to use military force against North Korea to counter its nuclear and missile threats, according to a recent survey. The poll, conducted Oct. 25-30 by Pew Research Center, found that 84 percent of Americans thought President Donald Trump is "really willing to use military force against North Korea."

AP News in Brief 11-05-17

On his most grueling and consequential trip abroad, President Donald Trump stands ready to exhort Asian allies and rivals on the need to counter the dangers posed by North Korea's nuclear threat. The 12-day, five-country trip, the longest Far East itinerary for a president in a generation, comes at a precarious moment for Trump.

Trump Should Help North Korea Keep Its Nukes Safe


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The U.S. needs to worry less about the risk of a North Korean nuclear war than about a nuclear accident. Only a handful of nations have ever attempted to acquire a nuclear weapon-the ultimate status symbol-but once they did so, all took seriously the responsibility of managing their nuclear arsenals.

Chickenhawk Donald: A Complete and Total Disgrace

On November 3, US Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, who spent five years as a prisoner of the Taliban in Afghanistan, was sentenced to dishonorable discharge, reduction in rank to private, and a $10,000 fine after pleading guilty to charges of desertion and misbehavior before the enemy.

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My first contact with Leon Wieseltier was by letter. The year was 1977. Written on Balliol College, Oxford, letterhead stationery, the letter informed me that I was a force for superior culture in America, one of the few contemporary intellectuals worthy of respect, and through my writing the all but single-handed savior of Commentary magazine.

Trump in Japan: What Will the Picky President Eat in the Country Known for Its Food?Newsweek

President Donald Trump's five-country Asian tour is packed with meetings and events discussing thony issues such as trade agreements and the North Korean threat, but one thing that he won't have to worry about is where to find a good steak. Ahead of the trip to a country known for its strict etiquette, Trump's staffers were reportedly worried the president would say or do something embarrassing and offensive, but Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is doing his best to make Trump feel at home.

Bergdahl gets no time, a dishonorable release

Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, who in 2009 walked off a U.S. military outpost in eastern Afghanistan and spent the next five years in enemy captivity, was sentenced Friday to a dishonorable discharge from the Army but will avoid prison time. Bergdahl, 31, pleaded guilty in October to charges of desertion and misbehavior before the enemy and had faced a maximum life sentence.

Bergdahl Avoids Jail Time

A military judge ruled Friday that Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, who walked off his military base in Afghanistan in 2009 leading to five years of Taliban captivity, should not receive jail time.

As security threats rise, Trump faces uphill battle in Afghanistan

New members of the Afghan Special forces march during their graduation ceremony at the Afghan Corp, on the outskirts of Kabul, Afghanistan. More than three 3.7 million Afghans, about 11 percent of the population, now live in areas under the control or influence of the Taliban and other armed groups, a new report by the top U.S. watchdog in Afghanistan has found.

US bombers conduct exercise over Korean peninsula

In this June 20, 2017 file photo provided by South Korean Defence Ministry, US Air Force B-1B bombers and South Korean fighter jets F-15K fly over the Korean Peninsula, South Korea. SEOUL: A South Korean military official said Friday the B-1B bombers based in Guam were escorted by two South Korean F-16 fighter jets during the drills Thursday at a field near the South's eastern coast.

Heat on Facebook, Twitter and Google for Russian ads

Exasperated U.S. senators harshly criticized representatives of Facebook, Twitter and Google at a hearing Tuesday for not doing more to prevent Russian agents interfering with the American political process as early as 2015. At one point, Senator Al Franken shook his head after he couldn't get all the companies to commit to not accepting political ads bought with North Korean currency.

Senators blast Facebook, Twitter, Google in Russia probe

Exasperated U.S. senators harshly criticized representatives of Facebook, Twitter and Google at a hearing Tuesday for not doing more to prevent Russian agents interfering with the American political process as early as 2015. At one point, Sen. Al Franken shook his head after he couldn't get all the companies to commit to not accepting political ads bought with North Korean currency.

Senators rip tech firms for not doing more to block Russia links

Senators are harshly criticizing representatives of Facebook, Twitter and Google for not doing more to prevent Russian agents interfering with the American political process. At one point, Sen. Al Franken shook his head after he couldn't get all the companies to commit to not accepting political ads bought with North Korean currency.

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Senators are harshly criticizing representatives of Facebook, Twitter and Google for not doing more to prevent Russian agents interfering with the American political process. At one point, Sen. Al Franken shook his head after he couldn't get all the companies to commit to not accepting political ads bought with North Korean currency.

White House: Trump will not visit DMZ during Asia trip

President Donald Trump listens during a meeting on tax policy with business leaders in the Roosevelt Room of the White House, Tuesday, Oct. 31, 2017, in Washington. President Donald Trump listens during a meeting on tax policy with business leaders in the Roosevelt Room of the White House, Tuesday, Oct. 31, 2017, in Washington.

Agents: Bergdahl debriefs were intelligence ‘gold mine’

Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl was a "gold mine" of intelligence, helping the military better understand insurgents and how they imprison the enemy, two agents testified Tuesday as The testimony runs counterpoint to the case prosecutors presented at Bergdahl's sentencing hearing, calling on severely wounded soldiers to offer gripping testimony about the injuries that troops suffered while searching for Bergdahl after he walked off his post in Afghanistan in 2009.

Defense to push for leniency for U.S. Army deserter Bergdahl

Lawyers for U.S. Army Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl will build their case on Tuesday for why he should be spared prison time for walking off his Afghanistan post in June 2009 and endangering the troops who searched for him. The 31-year-old soldier, a polarizing figure who spent years in captivity and was released in a 2014 Taliban prisoner swap brokered by Democratic President Barack Obama's administration, took the stand at his sentencing hearing on Monday.

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A heated television discussion that leads to, "You better get a lawyer, buddy!" is one sign of the stakes of the scandal unfolding over financing and producing the bogus Steele dossier. We are headed for mortal combat, as the stakes could not be higher.

More wounded soldiers to testify at Bowe Bergdahl sentencing

Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl arrives to the Fort Bragg courthouse for a sentencing hearing on Monday, Oct. 23, 2017, on Fort Bragg, N.C. Bergdahl, who walked off his base in Afghanistan in 2009 and was held by the Taliban for five years, faces up to life in prison after pleading guilty last week to desertion and misbehavior before the enemy. FORT BRAGG, N.C. - The wounds and hardships soldiers suffered during their fruitless search for Army Sgt.

Presidents Are Reckless With Soldiers’ Lives


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The widow of Sgt. La David Johnson, one of four U.S. soldiers killed in Niger on October 4, says she was "very angry" when Donald Trump told her during a condolence call last week that her husband "knew what he signed up for."

DHS says British financier Browder cleared for US travel

The Homeland Security Department said Monday wealthy financier William Browder, a British citizen who lobbied for a law targeting Russian officials over human rights, was cleared for travel to the United States on Oct. 18, four days before he says he was denied entry into the U.S. Browder tweeted on Sunday that Russian President Vladimir Putin placed him on an Interpol travel list and the U.S. had simultaneously revoked his visa. His comments drew outrage from congressional Republicans and Democrats who immediately demanded answers from American officials.

Bergdahl arrives for sentencing hearing


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Sentencing proceedings started on Monday to determine the fate of U.S. Army Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl, who could face life in prison after pleading guilty of deserting his duties in Afghanistan in June 2009 and endangering the lives of fellow troops. Rough Cut .

U.S. Army deserter Bergdahl’s sentencing hearing delayed until Wednesday


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The sentencing hearing for U.S. Army Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl, who could go to prison for life for deserting his duties in Afghanistan in June 2009 and endangering the lives of fellow troops, was postponed on Monday for two days due to an emergency for a lawyer in the case. The proceedings at North Carolina's Fort Bragg will resume on Wednesday, Army Judge Colonel Jeffery Nance said in court.

Dramatic sentencing hearing expected in Bergdahl case

The fate of Bowe Bergdahl - the Army sergeant who pleaded guilty to endangering his comrades by leaving his post in 2009 in Afghanistan - now rests in the hands of a judge. A sentencing hearing for Bergdahl starts Monday at Fort Bragg and is expected to feature dramatic testimony about soldiers and a Navy SEAL badly hurt while they searched for the missing Bergdahl, who was held captive for five years by Taliban allies after leaving his post.

Afghan troops go AWOL in U.S.; IG says wastes taxpayer money, poses security threat

More than 150 Afghan troops brought to the U.S. for military training have gone AWOL since 2005, with 13 of them still unaccounted for and perhaps living as here illegal immigrants now, an inspector general said in a new report Friday. Part of the problem is that the U.S. never puts the trainees through an in-person interview and exempts them from registering as aliens when they arrive - both steps that other visitors would normally have to go through.

Top US Democrat: South Koreans are ‘confused’ and ‘shaken’ over US-North Korea tensions


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Sen. Jack Reed of Rhode Island suggested that South Koreans are "confused" and "shaken" because of the possibility of becoming embroiled in conflict should a military operation kick off, several news outlets reported this week. Reed was referencing the statements made by US President Donald Trump and North Korea over that country's missile program.

Bergdahl: Trump has reaffirmed criticism, tainting case

Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl returns to the Fort Bragg courthouse after a lunch break on Monday, Oct. 16, 2017, on Fort Bragg, N.C. Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl made a last-minute argument Tuesday that President Donald Trump has reaffirmed his criticism of the soldier - preventing him from receiving a fair sentence on charges he endangered comrades in Afghanistan.

Bergdahl guilty pleas leave room for drama at sentencing

Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl returns to the Fort Bragg courthouse after a lunch break on Monday, Oct. 16, 2017, on Fort Bragg, N.C. Bergdahl, who walked off his base in Afghanistan in 2009 and was held by the Taliban for five years, is charged with desertion and misbehavior before the enemy. By JONATHAN DREW, Associated Press FORT BRAGG, N.C. - Army Sgt.

Freed Taliban hostage says captors raped his wife, authorized child’s killing

A Canadian man who was freed along with his family after five years in militant captivity in Afghanistan said his captors authorized the killing of one of his children and raped his wife. "The stupidity and the evil of the Haqqani network's kidnapping of a pilgrim and his heavily pregnant wife engaged in helping ordinary villagers in Taliban-controlled regions of Afghanistan was eclipsed only by the stupidity and evil of authorizing the murder of my infant daughter, Martyr Boyle," Joshua Boyle told reporters upon his arrival at Toronto's Pearson Airport on Friday night.

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Back in 2015 when Wikileaks revealed the contents of the Sony email hack , there was a minor scandal about that fact that the producers of the PBS series "Finding Your Roots" had edited out the fact that Ben Affleck had lobbied to have removed from the documentary that he is descended from slaveowners. Ironic now that Affleck is being swept up in the back eddies of the Weinstein scandal.

US Republican Senator Bob Corker: – The greatest diplomatic activities we have are with China’

US Republican Senator Bob Corker stepped up his public feud with Donald Trump, saying the US president's undermining of his top diplomat was like castrating him in public. Corker told The Washington Post inan interview that Trump had undercut Secretary of State Rex Tillerson's efforts to enlist China in reining in North Korea's nuclear programme by denigrating the diplomat.

Freed Taliban hostage claims wife was raped

A Canadian man who was freed along with his family after five years in militant captivity in Pakistan claimed his captors authorized the killing of one of his children and raped his wife. "The stupidity and the evil of the Haqqani network's kidnapping of a pilgrim and his heavily pregnant wife engaged in helping ordinary villagers in Taliban-controlled regions of Afghanistan was eclipsed only by the stupidity and evil of authorizing the murder of my infant daughter, Martyr Boyle," Joshua Boyle told reporters upon his arrival at Toronto's Pearson Airport Friday night.

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Earlier today, Scott wrote about Harvey Weinstein's employment contract. Reportedly, it provides that if Weinstein "treated someone improperly in violation of the company's Code of Conduct," he must reimburse the company for settlements or judgments.

Exclusive – US warship sails near islands Beijing claims in South China Sea: US officials

A U.S. Navy destroyer sailed near islands claimed by China in the South China Sea on Tuesday, three U.S. officials told Reuters, even as President Donald Trump's administration seeks Chinese cooperation in dealing with North Korea's missile and nuclear programs. FILE PHOTO: USS Chafee, a US Navy destroyer which operates 100 percent on biofuel, sails about 150 miles north of the island of Oahu during the RIMPAC Naval exercises off Hawaii July 18,2012.

News Analysis: Trump feuds with own party amid tensions on Korean Peninsula

U.S. President Donald Trump is feuding with his own party over what the GOP views as provoking conflict with the Democratic People's Republic of Korea , with a key senator blasting Trump for risking "World War III." Leading Republican senator Bob Corker over the weekend engaged in a battle of words with Trump, accusing the president of treating the White House like a reality TV show and of playing fast and loose with words amid rising tensions between Washington and Pyongyang.

U.S. Military Adapting in Complex Environment, Mattis Says

The U.S. military is adapting to remain the most lethal joint force on the planet and to respond to evolving global security challenges, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said here today. Soldiers assigned to the 3rd U.S. Infantry Regiment -- The Old Guard -- perform during the opening ceremony of the Association of the United States Army's annual meeting and exposition in Washington, Oct. 9, 2017.

General Pledges ‘Tidal Wave’ Of Bombs To Rain Down In Afghanistan

Pfc. Samuel Corsolini, a gunner assigned to F Company, 2nd Battalion, 25th Aviation Regiment, 25th Combat Aviation Brigade, pulls security with other Pathfinders as a UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter takes off after unloading his team and members of 2nd Afghan National Civil Order Patrol Special Weapons And Tactics Team during a vehicle interdiction as part of Operation Pranoo Verbena in order to disrupt Taliban operations in Kandahar province, Afghanistan, March 16. US Army/Flickr The top U.S. commander in Afghanistan vowed a new wave of helicopter strikes by the Afghan National Security Forces on Taliban insurgents after the delivery of dozens of UH-60 black hawk helicopters, in a joint Saturday appearance with Afghan President Ashraf Ghani.

Corker’s Alarm About Trump Starting ‘World War III’ Is Spot on – And Overdue


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In the past year, many left-leaning Americans have had the strange experience of finding themselves vigorously nodding along to a handful of right-wingers with whom then never thought they'd agree about anything. We can now add Tennessee Senator Bob Corker to that list, for the same reason as the rest: He has said something obviously true but politically taboo about the incompetence of Donald Trump.

Agenda: Trump must tear up the US nuclear deal with Iran

WITH only days to go before President Trump must decide if he will grant the Iranian regime compliance with the nuclear deal on October 15, the sands of time are rapidly running out for Tehran's fascist rulers. President Trump told a meeting of the United Nations in September that the deal was "an embarrassment" to the United States.

NORC Poll: Adult caregivers overwhelmed and undertrained

U.S. adults providing long-term care for elderly relatives have a shortage of medical ... AP-NORC Poll: Adult caregivers looking after aging relatives and friends have little training for their stressful roles but still find the experience rewarding. AP-NORC Poll: Adult caregivers looking after aging relatives and friends have little training for their stressful roles but still find the experience rewarding.

US Customs vows to block imports made by North Korea workers

US Customs and Border Protection says it is ready to block US imports of seafood _ as well as any other goods _ produced by North Korean laborers who work in China. An Associated Press investigation tracked salmon, squid and cod processed by North Koreans working at Chinese factories and shipped to American stores, including Walmart and ALDI.

Bangladesh carving out forest land to shelter desperate Rohingya


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Hard-pressed to find space for a massive influx of Rohingya Muslim refugees, Bangladesh plans to chop down a swathe of forest to extend a tent city sheltering destitute families fleeing ethnic violence in neighboring Myanmar. More than half a million Rohingya have arrived from Myanmar's western state of Rakhine since the end of August in what the United Nations has called the world's fastest-developing refugee emergency.

Trump says envoy – wasting his time’ talking to North Korea

President Donald Trump said Sunday that Secretary of State Rex Tillerson was "wasting his time" trying to negotiate with North Korea over its nuclear and missile programs, raising speculation about whether Trump could be undermining efforts to maintain channels of communication or somehow bolstering the diplomat's hand in possible future talks. It was not immediately clear what prompted Trump's tweets, among a series of weekend posts that ranged from hurricane recovery efforts in Puerto Rico to NFL players' allegiance to the national anthem, and at whom they were aimed: Tillerson, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, those pushing for continued diplomacy, those favoring a military response to repeated provocations.

Braley’s World :Time to fire up the DVR


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It's premiere week for some shows and I couldn't be happier. I've mentioned before that September seems more like the start of the new year.

U.S. Navy conducts drills amid North Korea tensions, as China keeps watch

As the commanders of the largest U.S. warship in Asia seek to maintain operational readiness amid protracted tensions over North Korea , they find themselves keeping one eye on China , too. On Saturday, as F-18 Super Hornet jet fighters roared from the decks of the USS Ronald Reagan aircraft carrier during routine drills deep in the South China Sea , two Chinese frigates maintained a constant line-of-sight vigil.

Japan-based U.S. carrier navigates crowded waters as North Korea tensions mount


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As the commanders of the largest U.S. warship in Asia seek to maintain operational readiness amid protracted tensions over North Korea, they find themselves keeping one eye on China, too. On Saturday, as F-18 Super Hornet jet fighters roared from the decks of the USS Ronald Reagan aircraft carrier during routine drills deep in the South China Sea, two Chinese frigates maintained a constant line-of-sight vigil.

President Trump Compliments Kim Jong Un, Makes Case for North Korean Nukes

Presumably, President Donald Trump believed he was sticking a rhetorical dagger in North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un's heart by calling the latter "Rocket Man." But what greater compliment could there be for the leader of a small, impoverished, and isolated nation than being recognized the U.S. president as joining the global superpower in possessing intercontinental missiles and nuclear weapons? By the president's own words, Kim is now one of the "Big Boys."

Tillerson in China as US presses North Korean economic squeeze

The United States sees China as critical to averting a military confrontation with Pyongyang, which is fast advancing toward its goal of developing a nuclear-tipped missile capable of reaching the United States. U.S. officials say Beijing appears increasingly willing to cut ties to North Korea's economy by adopting U.N. sanctions, after long accounting for some 90 percent of its neighbor's foreign trade.

Dunford: North Korea’s Ability to Target US With Nuclear-Tipped ICBM ‘A Very Short Time’ Away

Images released by the North Korean regime early this month show new postage stamps issued to celebrate its intercontinental ballistic missile tests in July. Whether it's three, six or eighteen months, North Korea's capability to reach the United States with a nuclear-tipped ballistic missile is only "a matter of a very short time" away, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Marine Gen.

Palestinian kills 3 Israelis outside West Bank settlement

2 young boys whose parents died in a fall off a cliff during a family hiking trip with them are out of the hospital and recovering at their New York home. North Carolina's Outer Banks are bracing for the effects of Hurricane Maria, even though the storm is expected to pass the state at least 150 miles offshore.

Otto Warmbier was ‘staring blankly into space, jerking violently’ after return from North Korea

Otto Warmbier died three months ago, shortly after he returned to the United States from North Korea in a coma. Today, his parents appeared on Fox News to describe the condition their son was in when he arrived : "We walked over to the plane, the engines are still humming, they had just landed...when we got halfway up the steps we heard this howling, involuntary, inhuman sound," Fred said.

DoD Estimated N. Korea Could Kill 20,000 S. Koreans A Day In A War,…

North Korea only recently developed the ability to threaten the U.S., but the rogue regime's dark shadow has lingered over its southern neighbor for many years. Before the North acquired nuclear weapons, the Pentagon estimated that North Korea could kill as many as 20,000 South Koreans a day in a renewed conflict on the Korean Peninsula, the Los Angeles Times reported , citing information provided by retired U.S. Air Force Brigadier General Rob Givens.

U.S. Dismisses North Korea’s Talk of War

North Korea's foreign minister warned his country would shoot down American warplanes even if they are outside of the country's airspace, in an escalation Monday of the threat of a military confrontation. Ri Yong Ho, speaking to reporters in New York, said the U.S. had declared war on North Korea and his country considered all possible responses to be on the table.

U.S. Supreme Court cancels arguments on previous Trump travel ban


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The U.S. Supreme Court canceled oral arguments scheduled in October to decide the legality of President Donald Trump's previous travel ban, signaling the court might dismiss the case. The Court acted after the White House announced on Sunday it was replacing the temporary executive order with a more tailored ban on eight countries that legal experts said could be harder to fight in court than the prior ban.

UN harrumphs over Trump

Some world leaders have made their disdain for U.S. President Donald Trump very clear, very publicly. On Tuesday, he heard another round of lectures, after delivering one himself, at the United Nations.

Trump slaps travel restrictions on N. Korea

President Donald Trump on Sunday slapped new travel restrictions on citizens from North Korea, Venezuela and Chad, expanding to eight the list of countries covered by his original travel bans that have been derided by critics and challenged in court. Iran, Libya, Syria, Yemen and Somalia were left on the list of affected countries in a new proclamation issued by the president.

Lost Rubens masterpiece is found hanging in country house

The 17th century painting of George Villiers, the 1st Duke of Buckingham, was believed to have been a copy of the lost original. However, after conservation work carried out for the BBC series Britain's Lost Masterpieces, it has been reassessed and confirmed to be an authentic work by Rubens, who lived from 1577 to 1640.

Some Trump supporters grumble in battleground Michigan

Republicans in Michigan, where Donald Trump triumphantly stamped the election last year, are giving the president mixed reviews nine months into his term in light of the all-but-dead effort to undo the Obama-era health care law. While Trump still remains popular with the Michigan GOP's base, a number of state party loyalists attending a weekend conference expressed disappointment in the president's administration and his demeanor.

Samuel Johnson says Connie’s story is a blessing and curse

Stunning Meghan Markle attends her first official engagement with Harry at Invictus Games - and the distracted Prince can't keep his eyes off of her as he sits next to Melania It's spreading! Stevie Wonder kneels 'for America' at Central Park gig in defiance of the President while Bruce Maxwell becomes first big league baseball player to take a knee during national anthem Ditch empty perfume bottles and shoe boxes in your 20s, remove cheap bed linen in your 30s and declutter cutlery in your 40s: The things in your home you need to THROW OUT according to your age Third earthquake in Mexico this month leaves 5 dead - including a man killed by bees and two women who died of heart attacks as volcano near capital spews ash into sky 'Trump wants to fire all black athletes with an opinion so we will only be left with NASCAR': The President is accused of racism as he slams Colin Kaepernick and ... (more)

Trump warns North Korea ‘won’t be around much longer’ if threats continue to escalate

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Trump accuses Iran of working with his nemesis Kim Jong-un

Stunning Meghan Markle attends her first official engagement with Harry at Invictus Games - and the distracted Prince can't keep his eyes off of her as he sits next to Melania It's spreading! Stevie Wonder kneels 'for America' at Central Park gig in defiance of the President while Bruce Maxwell becomes first big league baseball player to take a knee during national anthem Third earthquake in Mexico this month results in 5 dead - including a man killed by bees and two women who died of heart attacks as volcano near capital spews ash into sky Trump is on a 'suicide mission': Kim Jong-un's foreign minister says President's 'Rocket Man' jibe means firing rockets at the US mainland is 'inevitable' - as American B-1B bombers fly off North Korean coast Ditch empty perfume bottles and shoe boxes in your 20s, remove cheap bed linen in your 30s and declutter cutlery in your 40s: The things in your ... (more)

Military assets including ships dumped at knockdown prices

British Forces' ships, planes and vehicles are going at bargain prices in the country's biggest-ever sell-off of military equipment. Experts fear the sale agreed by top brass will reduce Britain's ability to conduct military operations, but the money is desperately needed to plug an estimated A 20 billion black hole in defence finances.

Russia: Relations with US poor over ‘Russo-phobic hysteria’

Russia's foreign minister said Friday the downturn in relations with the United States began with the Obama administration's "small-hearted" and "revengeful" actions and has plummeted further because of "Russo-phobic hysteria." Sergey Lavrov told a news conference there has been a lengthy campaign claiming Russia interfered in the U.S. election to ensure victory for President Donald Trump - "but we do not see any facts."

US Navy carrier drills with Japanese navy amid North Korean tension

The U.S. Navy carrier Ronald Reagan is conducting drills with Japanese warships in seas south of the Korean peninsula, Japan's military said on Friday, in a show of naval power as Pyongyang threatens further nuclear and missile tests. USS Ronald Reagan, a Nimitz-class nuclear-powered supercarrier, leaves from its home port to be deployed for a routine autumn patrol of the Western Pacific, in Yokosuka, south of Tokyo, Japan, in this photo taken by Kyodo September 8, 2017.

Bangladeshi prime minister condemns Myanmar over Rohingya treatment

The Bangladeshi Prime Minister has delivered a sharp judgment on neighboring Myanmar's treatment of Rohingya Muslims, hundreds of thousands of whom have fled across the border to Bangladesh in recent weeks to escape violence in Myanmar's Rakhine State. Addressing the UN General Assembly late Thursday, Bangladesh's leader, Sheikh Hasina, said she did so with a "heavy heart."

Mr. President, please knock off the juvenile tweets

Even after eight months in the most important job in the world, President Trump can't resist being a ridiculous juvenile with some of his tweets. A recent example - we can't say the latest example, because we can't predict what he might tweet between when we write this and when you read it - was his retweet of a doctored video of him hitting a golf ball into Hillary Clinton's back, knocking her down.

The Latest: Kim says Trump will ‘pay dearly’ for threat

President Donald Trump has added economic action to his fiery military threats against North Korea, authorizing stiffer new sanctions in response to the Koreans' nuclear weapons advances. Its leader Kim Jong Un issued a rare statement, branding Trump as "deranged" and warning he will "pay dearly" his threat to "totally destroy" the North if it attacks.

Trump’s threat to ‘totally destroy’ North Korea is straight…

President Donald Trump blasted North Korea's government in a speech at the United Nations General Assembly on Tuesday, threatening to "totally destroy" the recalcitrant nation and calling its leader, Kim Jong Un, "rocket man." While many observers say Trump's speech was unprecedented at the UN, it's not surprising for Trump - it's a page straight out of the "madman" playbook.

Senate panel cancels private interview with Trump lawyer

A scheduled private meeting between President Donald Trump's personal lawyer and Senate committee staff was abruptly canceled on Tuesday amid a dispute over a public statement he issued before the meeting. Senate intelligence committee leaders said they called off the closed-door staff meeting after Michael Cohen sent a public statement to the media just as the interview was about to start.

Trump warns UN assembly he may have to ‘destroy’ North Korea

A bellicose President Donald Trump used his maiden address to the UN General Assembly on Tuesday to warn "Rocket Man" Kim Jong-Un that he will "totally destroy" North Korea if it threatens the United States or its allies. Appearing before the 193-member body that emerged from the ashes of World War II, Trump boasted of America's military strength, signaled he is ready to rip up a nuclear accord with the "murderous regime" in Tehran, and berated US foes from Pyongyang to Caracas.

Clinton criticizes Trump s rocket man nickname for North Korean leader

Hillary Clinton late Tuesday tore into President TrumpA s "very dark" and "dangerous" speech at the United Nations General Assembly earlier in the day, arguing he took the wrong tact in condemning North KoreaA s nuclear pursuits. "When you face dangerous situations like what is happening in North Korea, to make it clear, your first approach should always be diplomatic," Clinton said during an appearance on "The Late Show with Stephen Colbert."

News Analysis: Latest U.S. drone strike in Pakistan may further escalate bilateral tension

The latest U.S. unilateral drone attack in Pakistan would possibly enlarge the gaps between the two countries in their common course of anti-terrorism war, experts and analysts here said , expressing their concerns as the strikes are usually condemned by Pakistan as a violation of its sovereignty. The latest U.S. strike took place on Friday, killing at least three people who were reportedly the members of Afghan Taliban in Pakistan' northwestern tribal region of Kurram Agency that bordering Afghanistan.

Trump to address world leaders at U.N.

North Korea's nuclear threat looms large this week over the annual gathering of world leaders at the United Nations in New York, where diplomats are eager to hear U.S. President Donald Trump address the 193-member body for the first time. North Korean diplomats will have a front-row seat in the U.N. General Assembly for Trump's speech on Tuesday morning, which will touch on the escalating crisis that has seen Trump and Pyongyang trade threats of military action.

Trump, in new dig, mocks North Korea leader as a Rocket Mana

President Donald Trump on Sunday mocked the leader of nuclear-armed North Korea as "Rocket Man" while White House advisers said the isolated nation would face destruction unless it shelves its weapons programs and bellicose threats. Trump's chief diplomat held out hope the North would return to the bargaining table, though the president's envoy to the United Nations said the Security Council had "pretty much exhausted" all its options.

As North Korea threat looms, Trump to address world leaders at U.N.


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North Korea's nuclear threat looms large this week over the annual gathering of world leaders at the United Nations in New York, where diplomats are eager to hear U.S. President Donald Trump address the 193-member body for the first time. North Korean diplomats will have a front-row seat in the U.N. General Assembly for Trump's speech on Tuesday morning, which will touch on the escalating crisis that has seen Trump and Pyongyang trade threats of military action.

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CNN host Anthony Bourdain joked in an interview with TMZ that he would poison President Trump if given the opportunity to cook for him and North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un. "If Trump and Kim Jong-un were going to have a bit of a summit to try and mend relations and they wanted you to cater, what would you serve?" asked a TMZ reporter.

Trump, in new dig, mocks North Korea leader as ‘Rocket Man’

President Donald Trump on Sunday mocked the leader of nuclear-armed North Korea as "Rocket Man" while White House advisers said the isolated nation would face destruction unless it shelves its weapons programs and bellicose threats. Trump's chief diplomat held out hope the North would return to the bargaining table, though the president's envoy to the United Nations said the Security Council had "pretty much exhausted" all its options.

Trump Blocks China-Backed Lattice Bid as Beijing Urges Fairness

President Donald Trump blocked a Chinese-backed investor from buying Lattice Semiconductor Corp., casting a cloud over Chinese deals seeking U.S. security clearance and spurring a call for fairness from Beijing. It was just the fourth time in a quarter century that a U.S. president has ordered a foreign takeover of an American firm on national-security concerns.

.com | Myanmar’s Suu Kyi to speak on deadly Rohingya crisis

Myanmar's leader Aung San Suu Kyi will address the crisis engulfing Rakhine state next week, in her first speech since scores were killed in violence that has sent nearly 380 000 Rohingya Muslims fleeing to Bangladesh and battered her reputation as a defender of the downtrodden. In a press conference, government spokesperson Zaw Htay said Suu Kyi will "speak for national reconciliation and peace" in a televised address on September 19. He said the Nobel laureate, who has been pilloried by rights groups for failing to speak up in the defence of the Rohinyga minority, would skip the United Nations General Assembly next week to tackle the crisis unfurling at home.

S. Korea tests cruise missile, detects radiation from North

South Korea said Wednesday it had conducted its first live-fire drill for an advanced air-launched cruise missile that would strengthen its pre-emptive strike capability against North Korea in the event of crisis. South Korea's military said the Taurus missile fired from an F-15 fighter jet traveled through obstacles at low altitudes before hitting a target off the country's western coast during drills Tuesday.

Trump says UN North Korea sanctions are ‘not a big deal’

President Donald Trump and congressional lawmakers signaled on Tuesday that more steps need to be taken to rein in North Korea's rapidly developing nuclear program despite the United Nations Security Council's unanimous vote to pass additional sanctions on the rogue nation. Trump noted the 15-0 United Nations vote during a meeting with Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak, but said they are "just another very small step, not a big deal" and suggested that he doesn't know "if it has any impact."

How Russia quietly undercuts sanctions intended to stop North Korea’s nuclear program

A South Korean news magazine with photos of President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un under the headline "Korean Peninsula Crisis" is displayed at the Dong-A Ilbo building in Seoul. Russian smugglers are scurrying to the aid of North Korea with shipments of petroleum and other vital supplies that could help that country weather harsh new economic sanctions, U.S. officials say in an assessment that casts further doubt on whether financial measures alone can force dictator Kim Jong Un to abandon his nuclear weapons program.

Local experts say US may be using the idea as leverage to press China on NK sanctions

Despite repeated rebuttals from the South Korean government, talk of bringing US tactical nuclear weapons here continues to grow, with signs of Washington warming to the idea amid North Korea's persistent nuclear and missile threats. But experts here are still cautious, questioning whether the US would really have the intention to redeploy tactical nukes on the Korean Peninsula, risking sparking military tensions in Northeast Asia, and potentially, a regional nuclear arms race.

Taiwan activist pleads guilty in Chinese subversion trial

The newly crowned Miss America isn't worried that she may start her reign in a Twitter war with President Donald Trump, who she says shouldn't have pulled the U.S. out of the Paris climate accord. While the U.S. contends with the destruction caused by two ferocious hurricanes in three weeks, Americans also are marking the 16th anniversary of one of the nation's most scarring days.

Panel will no longer assess nuke threat to power grid


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This image made from video of a news bulletin aired by North Korea's KRT on Monday, May 15, 2017, shows what was said to be the launch of the Hwasong-12 missile at an undisclosed location in North Korea. Threatening to fire a volley of missiles toward a major U.S. military hub _ and the home to 160,000 American civilians _ may seem like a pretty bad move for a country that is seriously outgunned and has an awful lot to lose.

UN approves watered-down new sanctions against North Korea

The U.N. Security Council has unanimously approved new sanctions on North Korea in a watered-down resolution without an oil import ban or international asset freeze on the government and leader Kim Jong Un that the... The U.N. Security Council has unanimously approved new sanctions on North Korea in a watered-down resolution without an oil import ban or international asset freeze on the government and leader Kim Jong Un that the Trump administration wanted. Sen. John McCain says the U.S. needs to step up actions against North Korea and send a message to leader Kim Jong Un that aggressive acts will lead to his country's destruction.

How Democrats left America nakedbefore North Korea’s nukes

With last weekend's surprise nuclear test, North Korea has reached the final stage of its crash course to develop thermonuclear weapons that can reach and destroy US cities. So why are we not on a crash course to protect our cities from North Korean nuclear missiles? Answer: Because for more than three decades, Democrats have done everything in their power to prevent, obstruct or delay ballistic-missile defense.

U.S. heavy bombers link up with ASDF for training amid North Korea tensions


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U.S. Air Force B-1B heavy bombers from Guam linked up with fighter jets from the Air Self-Defense Force on Saturday for the latest training drill between the two militaries amid soaring tensions on the Korean Peninsula. The two B-1Bs from Andersen Air Force Base on Guam trained over the East China Sea with two ASDF F-15 fighters based in Naha, Okinawa Prefecture, the Defense Ministry said in a statement.

Has Trump been tamed by his generals and the Pentagon?

Foreign policy crises comes and go, but the power struggle between an unorthodox and ignorant president and America's military machine is eternal. With North Korea repeatedly demonstrating the potency of its nuclear arsenal, the president and the Pentagon are struggling to counter a new threat to U.S. allies in Asia and potentially to the United States itself.

Most South Koreans don’t expect war with North, poll shows, as Trump highlights military option

South Koreans feel increasingly doubtful that North Korea will start a war, a survey released on Friday showed, just days after its largest nuclear test and as President Donald Trump again highlighted the possibility of military action. People look toward the north at an observation platform near the demilitarized zone separating the two Koreas in Paju, South Korea, August 14, 2017.

War Gaming a U.S. Withdrawal From Afghanistan

Ironically, Pakistan's opposition to U.S. and NATO efforts to stabilize Afghanistan through its support of the Taliban and Haqqani insurgents would lead to greater regional instability and, perhaps, create an existential threat to Pakistan itself should Western forces withdraw. In the absence of U.S. and NATO assistance, the Afghan government would fall within twelve months and Afghanistan would revert to conditions similar to those of the 1990s civil war when the country was divided along ethnic and, to some extent, religious lines.

Four steps to take if war breaks out

Various experts and government officials have specified four steps to follow if a war on the Korean Peninsula breaks out. It appears experts and government officials here and abroad have yet to decide just what to think of North Korea's latest nuclear test on Sunday.

Trump’s strategic reset

At various times during our history, American troops abroad have been targeted with special ferocity by enemies aware that the more U.S. troops they killed, the more likely our government would be to accelerate already declared timetables for withdrawal. That ends now, President Donald Trump declared in his recent speech about policy toward the war in Afghanistan.

For Trump, summer of crises leads into autumn of consequence

Looming ahead are critical government funding deadlines and the last, best chance at championing a legislative win -- tax reform -- ahead of the 2018 midterm election. But Trump is clashing with Republican leaders, his approval ratings are in the 30s in most polls and more than half of voters are convinced he is bent on tearing the country apart, according to one recent Fox News survey.

Metro Koreans calm amid North Korean tension

As tension between North Korea and the United States continues to grow, people in the metro with ties to the region wonder what could lie ahead. American leaders have said North Korea could be "begging for war" after another round of missile tests over the weekend.

Russia releases videos of alleged ‘illegal actions’ by US at its diplomatic posts

Russia's Ministry of Foreign Affairs blasted America's seizure of three Russian diplomatic posts on Sunday, calling the actions an "outrageous move" that the country treats as "a blatantly hostile act," while releasing videos of what it is calling "illegal actions." The seizures of the properties, which took place Saturday at Russia's consulate in San Francisco and trade offices in Washington D.C. and New York, are part of an ongoing tit for tat between the two countries, which has escalated after Russian President Vladimir Putin's order earlier this summer that the U.S. close two diplomatic buildings in Russia -- a warehouse and a recreational facility -- and reduce its staff in the country by 755 employees.

Anti-Trump ‘Resistance’ Groups Spreading North Korean Propaganda

Two of the nation's most active anti-Trump "resistance" organizations are taking decidedly pro-North Korea stances in the United States' developing nuclear standoff with the communist country, whose leader, Kim Jong Un, has repeatedly threatened to launch a nuclear strike against America. One group is Refuse Fascism, a well-funded "resistance" group created for the express purpose of opposing President Trump's administration.

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Test A scaryA for nearby Chinese: People in Yanbian, the Chinese region next to north-eastern North Korea, have been reacting to the nuclear test today on social media. On the most popular site, microblogging platform Sina Weibo, many say they felt the quake strongly, which is "scary".

North Korea, Afghanistan top Hill’s fall national security agenda

The Senate returns to Washington in September preparing to take up a massive defense policy bill led by Sen. John McCain as the Arizona Republican returns to Congress following his first round of treatment for brain cancer. The chairman of the Senate armed services committee, McCain will lead debate on the National Defense Authorization Act, one of the few remaining "must-pass" pieces of legislation that would authorize $700 billion in Pentagon spending and set a wide swath of military policy.

Trump condemns North Korea nuclear test

President Donald Trump condemned North Korea's claimed test of a hydrogen bomb in a series of tweets Sunday morning, calling Pyongyang's words and actions "hostile and dangerous" and saying "talk of appeasement will not work." "North Korea has conducted a major Nuclear Test.

Trump condemns North Korea nuclear test

President Donald Trump condemned North Korea's claimed test of a hydrogen bomb in a series of tweets Sunday morning, calling Pyongyang's words and actions "hostile and dangerous" and saying "talk of appeasement will not work." "North Korea has conducted a major Nuclear Test.

After North Korea Nuclear Test, Trump Saves Harshest Words for South Korea

President Trump on Sunday called North Korea 's biggest nuclear test to date "very hostile and dangerous," but his most significant rhetorical escalation was against South Korea , a close United States ally, which he accused of talking about "appeasement." Mr. Trump expressed his frustration in three sternly worded tweets early Sunday that were more muted than the previous taunts and threats he has directed at North Korea's young leader, Kim Jong-un.

After North Korea Nuclear Test, Trump Saves Harshest Words for South Korea

President Trump on Sunday called North Korea 's biggest nuclear test to date "very hostile and dangerous," but his most significant rhetorical escalation was against South Korea , a close United States ally, which he accused of talking about "appeasement." Mr. Trump expressed his frustration in three sternly worded tweets early Sunday that were more muted than the previous taunts and threats he has directed at North Korea's young leader, Kim Jong-un.

Heavy Smoke from SF Russian Consulate Chimney as Moscow Fears Search by US

Russia's Foreign Ministry said that U.S. law enforcement officials intend to search its San Francisco consulate and some diplomatic residences, and it complained the U.S. demands were posing a "direct threat" to its citizens. Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said in a statement posted September 1 that unnamed U.S. agencies plan to conduct the search on September 2, following the State Department's announcement this week ordering the consulate and two other trade annexes in New York and Washington closed.

Diplomatic tit-for-tat between Russia and the US escalates

Russia on Friday promised a "tough response" to a U.S. order to shut the Russian consulate in San Francisco and offices in Washington and New York, the latest round in a diplomatic tit-for-tat. The U.S. issued its order Thursday and gave Russia 48 hours to comply, intensifying tensions between the two countries.

US orders Russia to close San Francisco consulate

The United States on Thursday ordered Russia to close its consulate in San Francisco and two other installations in two days, a move Moscow greeted with "regret," as relations between the nuclear-armed powers took another dive. The State Department said the decision was made "in the spirit of parity," after Moscow in July ordered a dramatic reduction of US diplomatic staff in Russia.

In tit for tat, U.S. tells Russia to close post in San Francisco

The Consulate-General of Russia in San Francisco, as seen on Aug. 10. The United States is retaliating against Russia by forcing the closure of its consulate in San Francisco and scaling back its diplomatic presence in Washington and New York. WASHINGTON>> In an escalating tit-for-tat, the United States forced Russia today to shutter its consulate in San Francisco and scale back its diplomatic presence in Washington and New York, as relations between the two former Cold War foes continued to unravel.

Defense secretary begins sending additional troops to Afghanistan

The Pentagon has begun sending additional troops to Afghanistan to carry out President Donald Trump's new war strategy, which will stick to his predecessor's approach of supporting the Afghans' fight against the Taliban rather than doing the fighting for them, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said Thursday. "Yes, I've signed orders, but it's not complete," Mattis told reporters in an impromptu news conference at the Pentagon.

16 Rohingya, including children, drown fleeing Myanmar

Officials in Bangladesh say growing numbers of Rohingya are trying to cross the Naf river that divides the two countries in rickety boats, which often do not survive the rough waters as they become increasingly desperate to escape. The International Organization for Migration said Wednesday that at least 18,500 Rohingya had crossed into Bangladesh since fighting erupted in Myanmar's neighbouring Rakhine state six days earlier.

US, South Korea fly bombers over Korean Peninsula

The US and South Korea have staged a joint show of force over the Korean Peninsula, two days after North Korea fired a missile over Japan. Two US B-1B bombers, four South Korean F-15 fighter jets and four US F-35B fighter jets took part in the joint US-South Korean exercise, an official with the South Korean Air Force told CNN.

The Latest: China says war not an option in Korea

In this combination of file photos, top: U.S. Air Force B-1B Lancer bombers fly over Japan on July 8, 2017, in this photo released by the Joint Staff Office of the Defense Ministry of Japan; and two U.S. Air Force F-35 jets arrive at Hill Air Force Base in Utah, on Sept. 2, 2015.

‘False and wholly unsubstantiated’: Trump’s lawyer pushes back on…

Michael Cohen, President Donald Trump's longtime personal lawyer, submitted a letter to Congress disputing allegations made against him in an explosive and unverified 35-page dossier which claims that Trump and his campaign colluded with Russia to tilt the 2016 election in his favor. The dossier, compiled by ex-British spy Christopher Steele, paints Cohen as a central figure in the Trump-Russia controversy, alleging that he was a key player in "the ongoing secret liaison relationship between the New York tycoon's campaign and the Russian leadership."

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Trump: ‘All options are on table’ after North Korea missile launch over Japan

President Donald Trump said Tuesday that "all options are on the table" in terms of a U.S. response to North Korea's launch of a missile over Japan. In a terse, written statement Tuesday, Trump said that with the missile launch North Korea has "signaled its contempt for its neighbors, for all members of the United Nations, and for minimum standards of acceptable international behavior."

Polish-born artist Krzysztof Wodiczko practices art as agent of change

Turning an inanimate object imbued with symbolism into an animate being embodying the said symbolism, artist Krzysztof Wodiczko brings private narratives to public spaces. "My Wish," commissioned by the National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Korea and on display at the museum's Seoul branch in Sogyeok-dong as part of the artist's first major retrospective in Asia, tells the stories of 13 marginalized people in Korean society.

Complexity of Afghan situation warrants new plan, more troops

At various times during our history, American troops abroad have been targeted with special ferocity by enemies aware that the more U.S. troops they killed, the more likely our government would be to accelerate already declared timetables for withdrawal. That ends now, President Donald Trump declared last week in an important speech about policy toward the war in Afghanistan.

Complexity of Afghan situation warrants new plan, more troops

At various times during our history, American troops abroad have been targeted with special ferocity by enemies aware that the more U.S. troops they killed, the more likely our government would be to accelerate already declared timetables for withdrawal. That ends now, President Donald Trump declared last week in an important speech about policy toward the war in Afghanistan.

Ongoing Myanmar Clashes Leave 96 Dead, Including 6 Civilians

Myanmar's government and advocates for the country's Muslim Rohingya ethnic minority traded charges Sunday of killing civilians, burning down buildings and planting land mines, as clashes that began last week when insurgents launched attacks against police posts continued. An announcement posted online by the office of the country's leader, State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi, said the death toll from the violence that started Thursday night had reached 96, mostly alleged Rohingya attackers but also 12 security personnel.

Ethnic Rohingya attempt to flee violence in Burma

In this image made from video, a man lying on a bed with a bandaged hand is cared for in a hospital in Buthidaung township, Myanmar, Friday, Aug. 25, 2017. COX'S BAZAR, Bangladesh -- Thousands of ethnic Rohingya Muslims were trying to cross from Burma into Bangladesh on Saturday, after an attack by Rohingya militants in western Burma that left 89 people dead in an escalation of communal violence that has plagued the region.

Deadly Navy accidents in the Pacific raise questions over a force stretched too thin

Constant deployments, a shrinking number of ships and high demands on crews have frayed the U.S. Navy, according to naval experts and current and former Navy officers, leading to four major incidents at sea this year and the deaths of 17 sailors. The collision of the USS John S. McCain and an oil tanker on Aug 21 - which left 10 sailors dead - was the culmination of more a decade of nonstop naval operations that has exhausted the service.

Trump announces a realistic plan

At various times during our history, American troops abroad have been targeted with special ferocity by enemies aware that the more U.S. troops they killed, the more likely our government would be to accelerate already declared timetables for withdrawal. For years while former President Barack Obama was in office, the Taliban and other terrorists in Afghanistan operated under an enormous advantage: They knew Obama planned to continue drawing down troop strength in that country for political, not military, reasons.

Miniskirt Photo Swayed Trump on Afghanistan

President Donald Trump changed his mind about sending more troops to Afghanistan after a campaign by his national security adviser H.R. McMaster which reportedly included showing the president a photograph of women in miniskirts in Kabul. The picture from 1972 was used by McMaster in an effort to demonstrate to Trump that Western culture could return to Afghanistan if he sent more troops, the Washington Post reported.

U.S. possesses a powerful – but risky – tool to halt North Korea’s nuclear progress


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The U.S. government is turning the screws on companies that do business with North Korea in violation of U.N. sanctions but has stopped short of taking the more aggressive - and riskier - move of targeting Chinese banks that facilitate Pyongyang's trade in arms and other banned goods. On Tuesday, the Trump administration blacklisted 16 Chinese, Russian and Singaporean companies and individuals for trading with banned North Korean entities, including in coal, oil and metals.

Nuclear Apocalypse: Trump and Kim Should Not Hold the World Hostage

Not too far away from Seattle, Washington there are eight ballistic-missile submarines carrying the world's large shipments of nuclear weapons. The 560-foot-long black submarines are docked at the Naval Base Kitsap-Bangor, hauling what is described by Rick Anderson in a recent Los Angeles Times article as "the largest concentration of deployed nuclear weapons in the US."

Cheong Wa Dae dismisses possible reopening of Kaesong complex in N. Korea

South Korea is not considering reopening the joint industrial park in North Korea's Kaesong, at least for now, the presidential office Cheong Wa Dae said Wednesday, dismissing news reports that suggested the possibility. "We want to clarify the issue because it may send a wrong message not only to our people but also those in other countries," a Cheong Wa Dae official told reporters.

McMaster Showed Trump Picture Of Afghan Women In Skirts To Sell Troop Increase

President Donald Trump's new Afghanistan strategy is in many ways the product of a trio of former generals who urged him to reconsider his gut feelings and recommit U.S. forces to a long-term presence in the war-ravaged country. Defense Secretary James Mattis, White House Chief of Staff John Kelly and National Security Advisor H.R. McMaster - flag officers with battlefield command experience - guided Trump away from his instinct to draw down, warning him about the national security consequences of abandoning Afghanistan to the Taliban and assorted terrorist groups there.

The Strategic Truth About The War In Afghanistan

The so-called U.S. "alliance" with Pakistan in the fight against radical Islam is a farce because, long ago, Pakistan decided to use radical Islam as one pillar of its security policy, the others being nuclear weapons and China as its chief geopolitical patron. The Taliban are simply Pashtun cannon fodder that Pakistan uses to maintain Afghanistan as a client state.

Trump commits U.S. to open-ended Afghanistan war; Taliban vow a graveyarda

President Donald Trump committed U.S. troops to an open-ended war in Afghanistan, a decision the Afghan government welcomed on Tuesday but which Taliban insurgents warned would make the country a "graveyard for the American empire." Trump offered few specifics in a speech on Monday but promised a stepped-up military campaign against the Taliban who have gained ground against U.S.-backed Afghan government forces.

Philip Rucker & Robert Costa:

President Donald Trump was frustrated and fuming. Again and again, in the windowless Situation Room at the White House, he lashed out at his national security team over the Afghanistan war, and the paucity of appealing options gnawed at him.

North Korea mocks Donald’s Trump’s ‘weird’ tweets

North Korea has condemned US President Donald Trump as a leader who frequently tweets "weird articles of his ego-driven thoughts" and "spouts rubbish" to give his assistants a hard time. North Korea has condemned US President Donald Trump as a leader who frequently tweets "weird articles of his ego-driven thoughts" and "spouts rubbish" to give his assistants a hard time.

Andrew Degrandpre & Alex Horton

President Donald Trump was expected to announce an increase of a few thousand troops in Afghanistan Monday night, taking the reins of a conflict where today 8,500 personnel are mostly focused on buttressing their Afghan counterparts in the face of Taliban and Islamic State gains. The Defense Department, the State Department, the U.S. Agency for International Development and other agencies have spent $714 billion of war and reconstruction funding since the invasion of Afghanistan in late 2001 to bolster education programs, improve infrastructure and increase the competency of Afghan security forces.

Trump calls on global allies to increase troops and funding for the…

Trump calls on global allies to increase troops and funding for the war in Afghanistan 'in line with our own' Donald Trump has said he is confident that Nato allies such as Britain will increase troops and funding for the war in Afghanistan "in line with our own". Donald Trump has said he is confident that Nato allies such as Britain will increase troops and funding for the war in Afghanistan "in line with our own".

Trump commits US to fight on in Afghanistan; no speedy exit

President Donald Trump speaks at Fort Myer in Arlington Va., Monday, Aug. 21, 2017, during a Presidential Address to the Nation about a strategy he believes will best position the U.S. to eventually declare victory in Afghanistan. WASHINGTON - Reversing his past calls for a speedy exit, President Donald Trump recommitted the United States to the 16-year-old war in Afghanistan Monday night, declaring U.S. troops must "fight to win."

In Afghanistan course correction, Trump learns winning is not so easy

But on Monday night, as he laid out his new strategy for Afghanistan, America got to see how its new President confronted what many experts believe is a no-win situation: a war that has dragged on with no end in sight for 16 years. Trump laced his prime-time speech with volleys of bold language that might be expected from a new commander-in-chief taking over a failing war.

US Embassy in Russia stops issuing tourist visas for 8 days

In a step that could affect hundreds of thousands of Russian tourists, the U.S. Embassy in Russia said Monday it would suspend issuing nonimmigrant visas for eight days from Wednesday in response to the Russian decision to cap embassy staff. The embassy made the decision after the Russian Foreign Ministry ordered a cap on the number of U.S. diplomatic personnel in Russia, it said in a statement, adding that it would resume issuing visas in Moscow on Sept.

Trump Expected To Order 4,000 More Troops To Afghanistan

President Trump is expected to deploy about 4,000 more troops to Afghanistan and try to tighten expectations on its government and that of neighboring Pakistan, senior U.S. officials tell NPR. Trump is scheduled to deliver a speech on Monday night outside Washington in which he announces his decision, which follows months of deliberation with top U.S. commanders, political advisers and even enlisted veterans of the nearly 16-year war.

U.S. Embassy in Russia suspends issuing nonimmigrant visas

The embassy made the decision after the Russian Foreign Ministry ordered a cap on the number of U.S. diplomatic personnel in Russia. U.S. Embassy in Russia suspends issuing nonimmigrant visas The embassy made the decision after the Russian Foreign Ministry ordered a cap on the number of U.S. diplomatic personnel in Russia.

Trump campaign meeting: lobbyist Rinat Akhmetshin has deepest ties to Kremlin

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Mattis Confirms New Afghan Strategy Decided

Secretary of Defense James Mattis confirmed Sunday that a decision has been made on a new US strategy in Afghanistan. Mattis declined to offer details about the decision, saying President Donald Trump would choose when to make the announcement.

Trump to announce ‘path forward’ for US in Afghanistan

President Donald Trump will outline the United States' "path forward" in Afghanistan in a speech Monday night, the White House announced Sunday. Trump's address, scheduled for 9 p.m. ET Monday at Fort Myer in Arlington, Virginia, comes as Trump and Secretary of Defense James Mattis have said a decision has been made on a new US strategy in Afghanistan.

Mattis confirms decision made on path forward in Afghanistan

Defense Secretary Jim Mattis confirmed Sunday that a decision has been made on a military strategy in Afghanistan, where more than 8,000 troops already are based in the longest-running war in U.S. history. Speaking to reporters on a military plane en route to meetings in Jordan, Mattis said it is up to President Donald Trump to announce the details of a review of U.S. policy in Afghanistan and South Asia.

Who’s ready for the US – South Korea war games?

We've only just now managed to cool down the easily inflamed ego of Kim Jong-un after his threat to rain down ICBMs around Guam, possibly tipping it over in the process. The back and forth saber rattling has moved up considerably in temperature ever since we found out he now has some amazingly advanced rockets and very likely the ability to miniaturize his nukes to fit on them.

Trump studying options for new approach to Afghan war

President Donald Trump is "studying and considering his options" for a new approach to Afghanistan and the broader South Asia region, the White House said Friday after the president huddled with his top national security aides at Camp David. White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders issued a brief statement saying Trump had been briefed extensively on a new strategy to "protect America's interests" in the region.

Xinhua offers some advice for anybody hoping to get one of the rare replies from the president

Thousands of people write to President Xi Jinping each week but young people and favoured industry groups have a higher chance of being among the handful each year who receive a reply, according to Chinese media reports. According to the Southern Metropolis News , about 2,000 letters from the public are sent to Chinese leaders via the State Bureau for Letters and Visits each day, with about two-thirds addressed directly either to the president or Premier Li Keqiang.

Trump aides struggle for new strategy for Afghan war

President Donald Trump and his top national security aides huddled in the seclusion of Camp David on Friday, trying to formulate an effective new Afghanistan strategy after 16 frustrating years of war. The administration has struggled for months to fashion a plan for turning around the stalemated war.

The wrong way to prevent nuclear war

A vast majority of countries want to eliminate the existential threat of nuclear catastrophe, and rightly so. But achieving a world free of nuclear weapons is easier said than done, and there is a risk that some attempts to do so could prove self-defeating.

Most Talk Back writers are concerned about North Korea

Concern is the mildest term to use to describe the level of anxiety we should all feel as President Donald Trump continues to use inflammatory language in what is a delicate situation that is best left in the hands of informed diplomats. We have a president who is the bully on the playground and, unlike other presidents who were deeply concerned about the lives of those they might put in peril, this man is concerned about being seen as the macho cowboy, locked and loaded.

Trump. aides struggle for new strategy for Afghan war

President Donald Trump and his top national security aides huddled in the seclusion of Camp David on Friday, trying to formulate an effective new Afghanistan strategy after 16 frustrating years of war. The administration has struggled for months to fashion a plan for turning around the stalemated war.

Bannon Said Something Everybody Knows Is True: Therefore We Must Fire Him

Or just CLICK THIS LINK to start shopping for anything. Don't worry - anything you buy through it will pay Daily Pundit a commission! Thanks! That was how one veteran Washington correspondent began a conversation with me following reports Thursday morning of White House counselor Steve Bannon's sensational interview with the liberal American Prospect magazine.

Mattis Congratulates South Korea’s New Defense Minister

Defense Secretary Jim Mattis spoke by phone yesterday with South Korean Defense Minister Song Young-moo to congratulate him on his confirmation for the position and to discuss a range issues related to the U.S.-South Korean alliance, chief Pentagon spokesperson Dana W. White said in a statement released today. "Both Secretary Mattis and Minister Song strongly condemned North Korea's second intercontinental ballistic missile test on July 28 and resolved to continue to closely coordinate responses to the North Korean threat," White said.

U.S. Pays $50 Mil for Luxury Cars, Weapons, Booze to Mentor Afghan Intel Officers

A foreign company hired by the U.S. government to mentor and train Afghan intelligence officers billed Uncle Sam for more than $50 million in luxury cars-including Porsches, an Aston Martin and Bentley-and the lucrative salaries of executive and their spouses, who didn't do any work. The firm also spent $1,500 on alcohol and $42,000 on automatic weapons prohibited under the terms of the contract, according to figures provided by a U.S. Senator from a federal audit that has not been released to the public.

China says US trade probe would violate international rules

In this Tuesday, Aug. 8, 2017 photo, a worker watches as shipping containers are loaded onto a ship at a port in Qingdao in eastern China's Shandong province. China's government says it will respond to a possible trade probe ordered by President Donald Trump with "all appropriate measures" to protect Chinese interests.

US ‘closer to war than ever before’


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What's the football? And what's the biscuit? Trump has the US nuclear codes that, together with the Pentagon, could launch an ICBM in 5 minutes and start a nuclear war with North Korea, or anyone really. North Korean government launches the Hwasong-15 intercontinental ballistic missile, at an undisclosed location in North Korea.

Declassified by Eli Lake:

Despite doubling down on his rhetoric of "fire and fury" and deriding his predecessors for failed negotiations, Trump looks as if he wants to eventually strike a deal with the nation's tyrant, Kim Jong Un. Just look at what Secretary of State Rex Tillerson is doing.

A snapshot of Guam before US-North Korea conflict and now

In this image released by the U.S, Air Force, a B-1B Lancer assigned to the 9th Expeditionary Bomb Squadron, deployed from Dyess Air Force Base, Texas, prepares for takeoff from Andersen AFB, Guam, to conduct a sequenced bilateral mission with South Korean F-15 and Koku Jieitai F-2 fighter jets, July 7, 2017. In this image provided by the U.S. Air Force, a B-1B Lancer assigned to the 9th Expeditionary Bomb Squadron, deployed to Andersen Air Force Base, Guam, receives fuel from a KC-135 Stratotanker over the Pacific Ocean March 10, 2017.

Analysis: Will Trump’s domestic chaos fuel global instability?

The endless turnover at the White House and the constant tweeting by the US president has led to feelings that chaos in Washington is damaging the ability of the US to conduct foreign policy. Donald Trump Jr. watches his father Republican US presidential candidate Donald Trump leave the stage on the night of the Iowa Caucus.

Trump’s national security adviser says U.S. no closer to war with North Korea than a week ago

National security adviser H.R. McMaster on Sunday defended President Trump's escalating rhetoric directed at North Korea and said that he does not believe that the United States is any closer to war than it was a week ago. "We have a very high degree of readiness, so the United States military is always locked and loaded, but the purpose of capable, ready forces is to preserve peace and prevent war," McMaster said during an appearance on ABC's "This Week."

Trump, Korea, the Marines, The Photo

"Well, that's good," I said to myself with a tension-reducing sigh. Congress is taking August off and the Senate actually took steps to keep Trump from making any recess appointments should he decide to, say, fire the attorney general or anyone else.

Trump ‘fire and fury’ is justified; America won’t back down in the face of bullies like North Korea

The hand-wringers were out in full force this past week, moaning and wailing about President Donald Trump's rhetoric regarding North Korea. That the left, the weak-kneed and the RINOs have filled a week of media coverage with rants and dire pronouncements about the supposed dark effect of Trump's bold message to the regime only shows how far down the progressive path Barack Obama managed to push the nation - how far away from the Founding Father we've strayed.

News 15 mins ago 2:39 p.m.Trump calls Guam governor, predicts ‘tenfold’ jump in tourism in lighta

President Donald Trump spoke Friday with Guam Governor Eddie Baza Calvo, who posted to his social media accounts a video of the three-minute phone conversation, assuring the lawmaker that his constituents are safe in light of North Korea's threat to fire ICBMs at the island. The president also predicted a boom in tourism for the U.S. territory in light of the North Korean threat.

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Tokyo - Japan was on Saturday deploying its Patriot missile defence system after North Korea threatened to fire ballistic missiles over the country towards the US Pacific territory of Guam, reports said. Regional tensions are mounting as Washington and Pyongyang ratchet up their war of words, with President Donald Trump warning Pyongyang would "truly regret" any hostile action against the US.

Trump: North Korea Threat Will Be Great For Guam’s Tourism Industry

North Korea's threat to launch nuclear missiles toward Guam will cause the U.S. territory's tourism to "go up like tenfold," President Donald Trump told Guam Gov. Eddie Calvo Friday evening. "I think - tourism, I can say this, your tourism, you're going to go up like tenfold with the expenditure of no money, so I congratulate you," Trump said during a phone call released by Calvo on his Facebook page.

Analysis: Trump meets crisis with familiar bluster, risk

Faced with perhaps his gravest international crisis yet, President Donald Trump this week responded precisely as his some of supporters hoped and his critics long feared. The mix of plain-spoken bluster, spontaneity and norm-breaking risk that defined his political rise defined his approach to a round of fresh threats from nuclear North Korea.

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Democrat Rep. Keith Ellison and vice chairman of the DNC said on Friday that North Korean dictator Kim Jong-Un is a "more responsible" leader than President Trump. Ellison's statement was so egregious that left-wing activists in the audience gasped.

Even on vacation, Trump sows confusion about his foreign policy

It's been a week of walk backs from the White House after President Trump took questions from reporters at his golf club in New Jersey about some sensitive foreign policy issues. On Friday, a National Security Council official told Yahoo News that Trump was "being sarcastic" the day before in saying he was "very thankful" Putin had ordered a reduction of hundreds of employees, including diplomats and support staff, in U.S. missions in Russia.

Catholic Church Attempts To Dissuade War With North Korea

U.S. and South Korean Catholic bishops have called for the U.S. and North Korea to deescalate the current threat of war between them. Bishop Oscar Cantu, head of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops' international justice and peace committee, sent a letter to Secretary Rex Tillerson on Thursday urging Washington to avoid war and find a dialogue-based solution to the current tensions with Pyongyang, according to Newsweek .

Trump’s North Korea rhetoric splits candidates

Trump's rhetoric toward North Korea splits Senate candidates Republicans support president, try to downplay war threats; Democrats sharply critical Check out this story on montgomeryadvertiser.com: President Donald Trump has sent out another warning against North Korea saying that American weapons are "locked and loaded." As is customary for Trump, he tweeted this out also saying: " Hopefully Kim Jong Un will find another path!" These comments come after threats North Korea made and after his very own defense secretary said that they were ready to counter any threat.

Us B-1 bombers ready if called upon

Shortly after tweeting the US military was "locked and loaded" should North Korea "act unwisely," President Donald Trump returned to Twitter on Friday to emphasize his point by retweeting images of US B-1 bombers currently stationed in Guam. Featuring a series of photos depicting B-1B Lancers deployed to the US territory, the tweet from US Pacific Command said: "B-1B Lancer #bombers on Guam stand ready to fulfill USFK's #FightTonight mission if called upon to do so."

Chinese Navy eyes Indian Ocean as part of PLA’s plan to extend its reach

China's Navy wants to join hands with India to maintain security of the Indian Ocean, amid growing concerns in New Delhi over the increasing presence of the PLA fleet in India's backyard. Throwing open its strategic South Sea Fleet base in the coastal city of Zhanjiang to a group of Indian journalists for the first time, People's Liberation Army Navy officials say the Indian Ocean is a common place for the international community.

Trump aide says Tillerson’s role is diplomatic, not military

A deputy assistant to President Donald Trump has dismissed as "simply nonsensical" statements by Secretary of State Rex Tillerson regarding a military response to North Korea, arguing that Tillerson was stepping beyond his administration role as the nation's top diplomat. The remarks by Trump aide Sebastian Gorka to the BBC came after media criticism that the Trump administration - the president as well as Tillerson and Defense Secretary Jim Mattis - had offered mixed messages as tension rose over North Korea's nuclear program.

Getting closer to deciding Afghan policy: Trump

Washington, Aug 11 President Donald Trump has said that he is close to taking a decision on Afghanistan, for which his administration is carrying out a review of policy, with Senator John McCain unveiling his own plan for the war-torn country. "We are getting close.

McCain: Trump failing on Afghanistan


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REPUBLICAN Senator John McCain has launched his own Afghanistan strategy, saying Donald Trump has done nothing for the troops and that they 'deserve better'. Senator McCain declared that "America is adrift in Afghanistan" as he unveiled a war strategy of his own that includes more US combat forces and greater counter-terrorism efforts.

North Korea details plan to fire missile salvo toward Guam

ADDS TRANSLATION OF SIGN: Tens of thousands of North Koreans gathered for a rally at Kim Il Sung Square carrying placards and propaganda slogans as a show of support for their rejection of the United Nations' latest round of sanctions on Wednesday Aug. 9, 2017, in Pyongyang, North Korea. Sign says, "Protect our nation to the death" and "Hearts of 10 million people are burning."

North Korea details plan to fire missile salvo toward Guam

U.S. Air Force A-10 attack aircraft wait to take off on the runway at the Osan U.S. Air Base in Pyeongtaek, South Korea, Thursday, Aug. 10, 2017. North Korea on Wednesday officially dismissed President Donald Trump's threats of "fire and fury," declaring the American leader "bereft of reason" and warning ominously, "Only absolute force can work on him."

Dana Milbank: The 144 million people who like Trump best

The fake news media is full of accounts about how President Trump's standing is slipping among his “base” - his most loyal supporters. There is absolutely no reason to think Trump's support has slipped in the slightest among those who like him best: the 144 million men, women and children of the Russian Federation.

Lieberman: US Not ‘Organized or Prepared’ For Bioattack

President Donald Trump's warning of "fire and fury" against North Korea if it threatens the United States were "strong," former Sen. Joe Lieberman said Wednesday, but he is concerned about Kim Jong-un developing the capability for a bioattack on the United States. "We've tried for years and years, really decades with diplomatic language and a lot else with the North Koreans and it hasn't worked," Lieberman, the co-chairman of the Blue Ribbon Panel on Biodefense, told CNN's "New Day" about Trump's tough talk.

Richardson: Tillerson ‘Tamped Down’ Trump’s Tough Talk on NKorea

President Donald Trump's "fire and fury" warnings to North Korea over its nuclear capabilities "initially was over the top," but it was effectively "tamped down" by Secretary of State Rex Tillerson on Wednesday, according to former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Bill Richardson. "The president has his own style," Richardson, also a former New Mexico governor, told Fox News' "America's Newsroom" anchor Bill Hemmer.

Trump’s ‘fire and fury’ remark was improvised but familiar

President Trump's fierce warning to North Korea was improvised in the moment, not part of a scripted statement that he prepared to deliver Tuesday, according to three people with knowledge of the remarks. Trump has long been bothered by North Korean Leader Kim Jong Un's threats against the United States and has privately vented about a powerful United States response to the rogue nation.

Guam’s worries grow as tensions rise between US, North Korea

Residents of the tiny Pacific island of Guam say they're afraid of being caught in the middle of escalating tensions between the U.S. and North Korea after Pyongyang announced it was examining plans for attacking the strategically important U.S. territory. Though local officials downplayed any threat, people who live and work on the island, which serves as a launching pad for the U.S. military, said Wednesday they could no longer shrug off the idea of being a potential target.

North Korea considers missile strike on Guam after Trump’s ‘fire and fury’ warning

North Korea said on Wednesday it is considering plans for a missile strike on the U.S. Pacific territory of Guam, just hours after President Donald Trump told the North that any threat to the United States would be met with "fire and fury". The sharp increase in tensions rattled financial markets and prompted warnings from U.S. officials and analysts not to engage in rhetorical slanging matches with North Korea.

Threats Will Be Met With ‘Fire And Fury: Trump

Amid sharply escalating tensions with North Korea, President Donald Trump on Tuesday promised "fire and fury like the world have never seen" if the country continues to threaten the United States. "North Korea best not make any more threats to the United States," the president warned, responding to a reporter's question at his Bedminster Golf Club, where Trump has spent the last several days.

The Latest: Nuke expert doubts North Korea could attack Guam

In this July 28, 2017, file photo distributed by the North Korean government, shows what was said to be the launch of a Hwasong-14 intercontinental ballistic missile at an undisclosed location in North Korea. North Korea was the main concern cited in the "white paper" approved by Japan's Cabinet on Tuesday, Aug. 7, 2017, less than two weeks after the North test-fired its second ICBM.

N. Korea threatens preemptive strike on Guam as tensions rise

North Korea says it's "carefully examining" plans for launching a preemptive strike against Guam, hours after the Trump administration warned the rogue nation to drop its threats against the United States or face "fire and fury." North Korea said it's studying a plan to create an "enveloping fire" around the U.S. territory, home to Andersen Air Force Base.

Trump warns NKorea of ‘fire and fury’ as nuke threat worsens

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How North Korea Cheats Sanctions


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In July 2013, U.S. law-enforcement was tipped off about a North Korean vessel that was making its first visit to the Americas in four years. Authorities were told the Chong Chon Gang, which was supposed to be carrying sugar from Cuba to North Korea, was hiding drugs or weapons in its cargo.

Why North Korea would be insane to nuke the US

Kim Jong Un, North Korea's supreme leader, may preside over the most propaganda-inundated, oppressed, and ruthless country on earth, but he's not crazy. In fact, under the Kim dynasty, North Korea has time and time again shown strategic thinking and cunning, essentially staying one step ahead of international efforts to curb the regime's power.

Analysis: Even new UN sanctions might not budge North Korea

The strongest sanctions yet against North Korea could still prove no match for the communist country's relentless nuclear weapons ambitions. While the United States hails a new package of U.N. penalties that could cut a third of North Korea's exports, the sanctions themselves aren't the American objective.

Haley: ‘Yes,’ We Had To Twist Arms To Get China, Russia…

U.S. ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley speaks while Japan's U.N. Ambassador Koro Bessho and South Korea's U.N. Ambassador Cho Tae-yul look on during a press encounter ahead of an emergency meeting of the U.N. Security Council at the United Nations in New York, U.S., May 16, 2017. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Nikki Haley revealed Monday that the U.S. had to twist China and Russia's arms to get them on board with the new sanctions on North Korea.

NATO Troops Kill Suspected Afghan ‘Inside Attacker’

Romanian soldiers assigned to NATO's Resolute Support training mission foiled an insider attack Saturday, killing a member of the Afghan National Civil Order Police who had opened fire on a group of military advisers in southern Afghanistan. One of the Romanian troops was wounded in the shootout, which occurred following a training session in Kandahar province, according to a statement from Resolute Support headquarters in Kabul.

Why we lost the war in Afghanistan

You want to know all Trump has to do to understand how badly we've lost in Afghanistan? Get the Air Force to carry him over there and fly along the route from Kabul to Kandahar, or Kabul to Jalalabad, and have a look at the roads. Yep, that's all you need to know.

Why are Navy SEALs currently the “it” special forces?

Why are Navy SEALs currently the "it" special forces? Why was SEAL Team Six called upon to assault the Bin Laden house, and not another SEAL team, or the Rangers or Green Berets? - David WELL, if there's some quarter in which SEAL Team Six isn't perceived as the "it" special-ops team, it's not for lack of trying on their part. I draw your attention to a 2011 Washington Post piece in which an anonymous member of ST6 describes his cadre as follows: "We're the dark matter.

Trump Is Right About China and North Korea

As Trump nears the threshold of a military crisis with North Korea, he needs to sustain this early intuition -- and not be driven into actions that may look tough but would leave every player worse off. The template hasn't really changed from the first Korean War in 1950: The North's aggressive actions bring an American response, and then a general war that devastates the Korean Peninsula.

Whata s in the Russia sanctions bill that President Trump will sign

President Trump is expected to sign off on punishing new sanctions against Russia for its interference in the 2016 presidential election, instead of vetoing the rare bipartisan piece of legislation that damages his push for better relations with Russia. The bill requires the executive branch to get a resolution of approval for any changes to sanctions - a significant constriction on the president's powers by his own party in Congress.

McCain threatens to give his own Afghanistan strategy to Trump

Senate Armed Services Chairman John McCain on Monday threatened to present President Donald Trump with his own Afghanistan strategy if the Trump administration won't develop its own. McCain issued a statement saying he would offer an amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act in September that would provide a strategy for Afghanistan, the 16-year war that has been a divisive issue within the White House.

Russia urges US to fix ties as it cuts US diplomatic staff

Russia urged the United States Monday to show "political will" to mend ties even as it ordered sweeping cuts of U.S. embassy personnel unseen since Cold War times. President Vladimir Putin's spokesman, Dmitry Peskov, said it will take time for the U.S. to recover from what he called "political schizophrenia," but added that Russia remains interested in constructive cooperation with the U.S. "We are interested in a steady development of our ties and are sorry to note that we are still far from that," he said.

ISIS Attacks the Iraqi Embassy in Kabul


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Afghan official say they killed three militants who attacked the Iraqi Embassy in Kabul Monday, an operation that highlights the precarious security situation in the Afghan capital 16 years after the U.S.-led invasion. ISIS claimed responsibility for the attack in which a suicide bomber detonated a device outside the entrance to the embassy.

Putin lays down a number: U.S. must cut 755 Moscow diplomats

Russian President Vladimir Putin has demanded the United States cut its embassy and consulate staff in Russia by 755 people, underlining his displeasure with U.S. sanctions and heightening tensions between Washington and Moscow. Putin's announcement Sunday came three days after the U.S. Congress approved sanctions against Russia and just hours after U.S. Vice President Mike Pence landed in Estonia, which borders Russia, for talks with the country that holds the rotating European Union presidency.

Foreign policy challenges escalate amidst domestic turmoil

President Donald Trump's turbulent few weeks at home -- the palace intrigue of White House rivalries, sudden departures and legislative defeats -- have been echoed by a brewing storm of challenges overseas. North Korea is launching missiles designed to reach the US; Moscow is forcing a drastic reduction in US diplomatic staff in Russia; Venezuela is wracked by violence as its democracy dies; and Iran has been expanding its reach in Syria and Iraq.

US bombers fly over South Korea after North’s 2nd ICBM test

In this photo released by Japan Air Self Defense Force, U.S. Air Force B-1B bombers, top, fly with a Japan Air Self Defense Force F-2 fighter jet over Japan's southern island of Kyushu, just south of the Korean Peninsula, during a Japan-U.S. joint exercise Sunday, July 30, 2017. Japan's Defense Ministry reported the U.S. supersonic bombers flown from the Anderson Air Force Base in Guam conducted a joint exercise with South Korean Air Force over the Korean Peninsula later in the day.

The Latest: Abe, Trump agree to action against North Korea

In this photo provided by South Korea Defense Ministry, a U.S. Air Force B-1B bomber, left, flies with South Korean F-15K fighter jets over Osan Air Base in Pyeongtaek, South Korea, Sunday, July 30, 2017. The United States flew two supersonic bombers over the Korean Peninsula on Sunday in a show of force against North Korea following the country's latest intercontinental ballistic missile test.