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Analysts say Kim Jong Un's decision to send his sister to the South reflected an eagerness to break out of diplomatic isolation by improving ties with the South, which the country could eventually use as a bridge to approach the United States.
  • North Korean media print pictures of South Korea's Moon

    North Korean media print pictures of South Korea's Moon

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    The rapprochement pushed by Mr Moon has angered conservatives, who accused him of being a North Korea sympathiser. Then when the Korean team entered the stadium under a unified flag, Pence sat stone-faced while Moon and North Korean officials stood together in applause.
  • Will North Koreans try to defect at the Olympics?

    Will North Koreans try to defect at the Olympics?

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    Vice President Pence watches the opening ceremony seated in front of Kim Yo Jong , sister of North Korea's leader. Moon's office said he told Abe that the talks between the Koreas would not disrupt worldwide efforts to deal with North Korea's nuclear program.
  • President Trump refuses to release Democratic memo on Russian Federation probe

    President Trump refuses to release Democratic memo on Russian Federation probe

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    McGahn wrote that Trump had directed the Justice Department to provide "technical assistance" to the House intelligence panel should it wish to "revise" the document for possible release. The White House informed this on Friday and said the Democratic memo contained several classified passages. The individual in question is Carter Page, a foreign policy adviser to the Trump campaign who had already left Team Trump by the time the FISA court approved the wiretap.
  • Man suffers electric shock taking shower during Brisbane storm

    Man suffers electric shock taking shower during Brisbane storm

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    The cities of Logan and Brisbane were most affected, and authorities say a number of schools have been affected and some may be closed on today. "Medium (50%) chance of showers during this afternoon and evening". He was transported to Prince Charles Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. Trains were suspended in both directions on the Gold Coast, with further interruptions between Kingston and further south.
  • Tillerson sees hard talks with Turkey on northern Syria

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    US officials agreed on Friday that most of Tillerson's discussions will likely be hard, saying those with North Atlantic Treaty Organisation ally Turkey will probably be especially prickly given Turkish military action against USA -backed Kurdish rebels in northern Syria and escalating anti-American rhetoric in Ankara.
  • Beijing police detain man after knife attack in shopping district

    Beijing police detain man after knife attack in shopping district

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    The other injured are not in danger. In a video posted on Twitter , shoppers were seen running towards an exit, and a trail of blood was left behind by an injured man. The measures are security in the big cities are very serious, but in recent years there have been a series of attacks with knives or axes, many of them against children, Reuters noted.
  • Pence uses Olympics to push tougher stance on N. Korea

    Pence uses Olympics to push tougher stance on N. Korea

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    Moon was heard asking the visiting delegation "I appreciate you stayed late out in the cold, are you all well?" before the talks proceeded behind closed doors. During their meeting President Moon was pictured smiling and shaking hands with Kim Yo Jong. South Korean participants included senior officials Jeong Eui-yong, Jo Myong-gyoon and Im Jong-suk - the chief presidential secretary.
  • Merkel defends coalition deal against critical party members

    Merkel defends coalition deal against critical party members

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    On Friday SPD leader Martin Schulz abandoned a plan to serve as foreign minister in the new government, saying he did not want debate about his role to jeopardise the new coalition. A survey by pollsters Civey found this week that around 60% of SPD supporters would back the party entering government once again. "It was a very conscious decision at one point [during negotiations] to say "yes" this works, even though I know and I myself felt it was painful", Merkel said.
  • South Korea probes cyber shutdown during Olympics ceremony

    South Korea probes cyber shutdown during Olympics ceremony

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    The last summit was held in October 2007 between Roh Moo-hyun and Kim Jong-il, the father of the North Korean leader. Clad in coordinated outfits of red with white and blue accents, North Korea's throng of more than 200 cheerleaders are stealing the spotlight at the 23rd Winter Olympic Games in South Korea as they chant, sway and dance in unison.
  • Pence Left out as Korean Leaders Rejoice in 'Peace Olympics'

    Pence Left out as Korean Leaders Rejoice in 'Peace Olympics'

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    It is the first time in over a decade for a South Korean president to hold formal talks with high-ranking North Korean officials. But it would be Kim's first meeting with a foreign head of state. Moon's government is clearly more optimistic than the Trump administration about the potential for the Koreas' cooperation at the Olympics to create the groundwork for more substantial discussions.
  • Conway Defends Trump Response To Abuse Allegations Against Ex-Aide

    Conway Defends Trump Response To Abuse Allegations Against Ex-Aide

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    Debby Tucker, president of the board of directors for the National Center on Domestic and Sexual Violence, said women are far more likely to be accused of fabricating stories than men. But now Kelly is the White House chief of staff. Senior White House officials, including Kelly, Joe Hagin, deputy chief of staff, and McGahn received word from the bureau that the allegations were credible and that Porter was not likely to pass his background check.
  • Peacemaking Trump And Kim Jong Un Impersonators Booted From Olympics

    Peacemaking Trump And Kim Jong Un Impersonators Booted From Olympics

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    Kim's unusual invitation, which was received by Moon with both caution and optimism, was the latest sign of growing closeness between the two rival governments after an exceptionally tense period over the North's nuclear weapons program. It figured to be because no matter which side of the border they were representing, Korean hockey players simply aren't ready to compete on such a big world stage.
  • Moon holds near 3-hour meeting with N. Korean delegates

    Moon holds near 3-hour meeting with N. Korean delegates

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    Moon apparently cited the conditions necessary for an inter-Korean summit. Pence also has promised the US will soon unveil "the toughest and most aggressive round of economic sanctions on North Korea ever". At a Friday VIP reception for delegation leaders, Pence arrived late and stayed for just five minutes - and did not interact with the delegation from the North.
  • Latest White House resignation has Valdosta connection

    Latest White House resignation has Valdosta connection

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    She said the same thing on CNN's State of the Union with Jake Tapper. "I spoke with the president last night about this very issue, and he wanted me to reemphasize to everyone, including this morning, that he has full confidence in his current Chief of Staff General John Kelly , and that he is not actively searching for replacements", Conway said.
  • 5 people killed in shootings in Johnson County

    5 people killed in shootings in Johnson County

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    A 911 call about the auto led deputies to an apartment complex, where they found two women dead inside one of the units. Then, in a search for suspect Jospeh Nickell, two additional victims were found dead at an apartment complex, the Johnson County Sheriff's Office said.
  • Wenger: Spurs loss a giant blow to Arsenal's top-four hopes

    Wenger: Spurs loss a giant blow to Arsenal's top-four hopes

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    Although Kane was named Man of the Match, it was the display of Jan Vertonghen that got Spurs supporters talking on Twitter. "I don't think they lack hunger to defend", he declared. Totttenham were good value for the win at the national stadium, but only claimed all three Premier League points thanks to a Harry Kane header in the 49th minute.
  • Amid a White House in tumult, Trump defends former aide

    Amid a White House in tumult, Trump defends former aide

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    Is there no such thing as Due Process any longer?' Trump tweeted. Porter had been under fire since Willoughby and Colbie Holderness, another of Porter's exes, shared their stories of domestic abuse and that they'd previously told the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
  • Uncle Of 11-Year-Old Jasmine Forrester Charged With Her Murder

    Uncle Of 11-Year-Old Jasmine Forrester Charged With Her Murder

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    Meanwhile, the injured girl is battling for her life and is described as being in a critical condition with life-threatening injuries. A spokesperson for the West Midlands Police also confirmed that 51 year old man has been arrested in connection with the murder.
  • Full-length robes not a must for Saudi women: Cleric

    Full-length robes not a must for Saudi women: Cleric

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    Activists have blasted the country's guardianship system, which requires a male family member to grant permission for a woman to study overseas, travel and other activities. It has also been reported this week that the kingdom's Public Prosecution will begin hiring Saudi women as investigative officers. Last year, however, a woman was interrogated by police - she was released later and not charged - after a brief Snapchat video of her wearing a short skirt and midriff top was seen online.
  • NBC apologizes to Korea for Japan comments

    NBC apologizes to Korea for Japan comments

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    While introducing Japan , Ramos said the following, " Every Korean will you that Japan is a cultural, and technological, and economic example, has been so important to their own transformation ". A petition demanding an apology quickly began circulating online. The apology, plus the fawning, gushy coverage of the attendance of Kim Jong-un's sister, has already made the network's coverage of the games a spectacular failure.
  • Afrin Op: Turkish Military Helicopter Shot Down Near Syrian Border, Two Dead

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    Diplomacy is making no progress toward ending a war, now approaching its eighth year, which has killed hundreds of thousands of people and forced half the pre-war Syrian population of 23 million from their homes. It said the dead includes a medic and at least 10 children. On January 9, Syria's military accused Israel of launching missiles at military outposts in the vicinity of Qutayfeh, near Damascus.
  • Brief shutdown coming as Senate debate stalls

    Brief shutdown coming as Senate debate stalls

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    Just a few hours before the deadline, Paul took to the Senate floor to demand a vote on an amendment to keep budget caps in place, then launched into a filibuster that lasted into the small hours of the morning. Now that Republicans are in control, however, they themselves want to pass a bill that experts say will result in a $1 trillion deficit . Moving legislation swiftly through the upper chamber of Congress requires consent by all 100 members, but Mr Paul objected.
  • North Korea had frank, candid talks with South's president: KCNA

    North Korea had frank, candid talks with South's president: KCNA

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    In a historic move, South Korean President Moon Jae-in welcomed senior North Korean officials, including leader Kim Jong-un's sister Kim Yo-jong, to the presidential palace for a lunch meeting on Saturday. The meeting led to a series of reunions of families separated by the 1950-53 Korean War, as well as the launch of a joint factory park in the North's border town of Kaesong in 2004.
  • Congress passes budget deal to reopen government

    Congress passes budget deal to reopen government

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    But those arguments failed, as a majority of both parties voted 71-28 at 1:52 am to approve the two-year budget deal unveiled on Wednesday, which included full funding for the military, and temporary funding for the rest of the federal government through March 23.
  • Trump tells Democrats to refile probe memo

    Trump tells Democrats to refile probe memo

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    The president's rejection of the Democratic memo was in contrast to his enthusiastic embrace of releasing the Republican document, which accuses the Federal Bureau of Investigation and Justice Department of abusing their surveillance powers in obtaining a secret warrant to monitor former Trump campaign foreign policy adviser Carter Page.
  • Olympics: North and South Korea celebrate peace through taekwondo show

    Olympics: North and South Korea celebrate peace through taekwondo show

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    The North Korean taekwondo athletes arrived South this week and performed at the Pyeongchang Olympic Games opening ceremony on Friday as part of four performances during their nine-day trip. North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has invited South Korean President Moon Jae-in for a summit in the near future, Moon's office announced Saturday after a brief meeting between Moon and Kim's sister at the Winter Olympics in South Korea.
  • Donald Trump, Kim Jong Un impersonators escorted from Olympic Opening Ceremonies

    Donald Trump, Kim Jong Un impersonators escorted from Olympic Opening Ceremonies

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    Pence spent the days leading up to the games warning that the North was trying to "hijack the message and imagery of the Olympic Games " with its "propaganda". He then recalled his past visit to the North's Diamond Mountain resort, where he and his mother met his North Korean aunt during a temporary reunion of families separated by the 1950-53 Korean War.
  • North's 'army of beauties' seduces as Koreans' Olympics debut ends in tears

    North's 'army of beauties' seduces as Koreans' Olympics debut ends in tears

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    South Korea has been using the Pyeongchang Games to break the ice with the reclusive North, which has been trading nuclear threats with the United States recently. 20]. The team consists of 22 athletes, who will compete in five sports, although their women's ice hockey players will compete in a unified Korean team.
  • Amid Olympic Détente, Pence Snubs North Koreans In Visit To Pyeongchang

    Amid Olympic Détente, Pence Snubs North Koreans In Visit To Pyeongchang

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    Moon is expected to meet with Kim Jong Un's sister, Kim Yo Jong on Saturday at the Blue House. Although the two leaders failed to narrow gaps on these two key issues, they did agree to resume shuttle diplomacy between Seoul and Tokyo as well as host a summit between South Korea , Japan and China in Tokyo soon.
  • Iranian environmental activist dies in prison, his son…

    Iranian environmental activist dies in prison, his son…

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    They identified the professor as Kavous Seyed-Emami, a 63-year-old professor of sociology at Imam Sadeq University in Tehran and the managing director of the Persian Heritage Wildlife Foundation. Human rights groups outside the country have accused Iranian authorities of systematic abuses in prisons. After a landmark nuclear deal between Iran and world powers in 2015, Canada announced the lifting of economic sanctions on the country and said it was reviewing its wider relations.
  • Rohingya must be allowed to return to their homes, warns Boris Johnson

    Rohingya must be allowed to return to their homes, warns Boris Johnson

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    The UK's foreign secretary told reporters the charred homes of devastated Rohingya villages were like nothing he had seen before in his life, after visiting refugee camps in Bangladesh and northern Rakhine state in Myanmar. The meeting followed his visit to a refugee camp in Bangladesh's Cox's Bazar district, where almost 700,000 Rohingya Muslims have sought sanctuary in squalid settlements.
  • North Korea's Summit Offer Could Test US-South Korea's United Nuclear Front

    North Korea's Summit Offer Could Test US-South Korea's United Nuclear Front

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    But South Koreans at Saturday's hockey game were hopeful the diplomatic freeze was finally thawing after decades of deep divisions that have left the South prosperous and the North struggling economically. Not long after, North and South Korean athletes entered Olympic Stadium together, waving flags showing a unified Korea - the long-time dream, in theory at least, of many Koreans both North and South.
  • Abe, Moon affirm "pressure" stance on N. Korea ahead of Olympics

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    Kim Yo Jong arrived in South Korea on Friday with Kim Yong Nam, the North's nominal head of state, for the opening ceremony of the Winter Olympics in the alpine resort town of Pyeongchang. Dr Bong Young Shik, of Yonsei University's Institute for North Korean Studies, said the denuclearisation issue "must be part of the equation of the inter-Korean summit".
  • Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi arrives in Oman

    Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi arrives in Oman

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    However, he asserted that a lot of work had to be done. "India's leap in World Bank's Ease of Doing Business Rankings from 142 to 100 is unprecedented". This is Modi's second visit to the UAE , home to over three million expatriate Indians, after his visit in 2015, which was the first by an Indian Prime Minister in 34 years.
  • Savant Capital Lifted Amazon Com (AMZN) Holding; Korea Fund Has 1.83 Sentiment

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    Bank Pictet & Cie Asia Ltd who had been investing in Amazon Com Inc for a number of months, seems to be bullish on the $648.51 billion market cap company. Valmark Advisers invested in 8,720 shares. Pennsylvania-based Pnc Services Grp Inc Inc has invested 0% in BioTelemetry, Inc. Axa stated it has 0% of its portfolio in Navigant Consulting, Inc.
  • Pa. Republican leaders meet challenge to redraw congressional districts

    Pa. Republican leaders meet challenge to redraw congressional districts

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    In a 5-2 decision along party lines on January 22, the court declared that the state's 18 congressional districts "clearly, plainly and palpably" violate the state constitution. The Republican leaders said their map splits only 32 counties and municipalities, 62 fewer than the 2011 map. "The districts are compact", Drew Compton, a Republican legislature aide involved in drawing the new map told The Associated Press .
  • Man storms Indonesian church with sword, injures 5 people

    Man storms Indonesian church with sword, injures 5 people

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    Extremists in Indonesia have mounted a series of attacks against Christians and other minorities. Video shows people in the church throwing books at the man as he lunged toward them with his sword. The assault occurred during the Sunday's mass in St Lidwina Bedhog Trihanggo church of Sleman district in the province, said the police officer who is in charge of the police station in Gamping sub-district where the incident took place.
  • Trump unsure if Israel wants peace with Palestinians

    Trump unsure if Israel wants peace with Palestinians

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    In the interview, Trump criticized Israel's West Bank settlements, which the Palestinians and most of the worldwide community view as illegal obstacles to peace. The US President also criticized his predecessor Barack Obama who he said was "terrible" for Israel, due to his pursuing of the Iran nuclear deal. The United States' role as a broker in the Israeli-Palestinian peace process has come under fire following the Trump administration's decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of ...
  • Five elephants killed due to train-hit in Assam

    Five elephants killed due to train-hit in Assam

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    A herd of the animals was crossing the railway tracks on Saturday when the train ploughed into them. "Five elephants, including three calves, reportedly died due to the impact". "The incident took place at a location where there was no notified elephant corridor". However based on inputs received from forest department a speed restriction of 30 kmph had been imposed and all trains were instructed to slow down while passing by issuing caution order to the loco pilots.
  • Trump has confidence in Kelly, not seeking replacement

    Trump has confidence in Kelly, not seeking replacement

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    And now, all of a sudden, they're saying these frightful things about him, " Trump said. At the same time, you have to look at the results. "People's lives are being shattered and destroyed by a mere allegation", Trump tweeted. "I was appalled when I learned of the allegations against Rob Porter ", Pence said in an NBC interview Friday from South Korea, where he was attending the opening ceremony of the Winter Olympics.