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Kim says US should know North Korean nuclear force a reality

By ERIC TALMADGE and KIM TONG-HYUNG, Associated Press SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korean leader Kim Jong Un said Monday that the United States should be aware that his country's nuclear forces are now a reality, not a threat. But he also struck a conciliatory tone in his New Year's ...

Trump slams Pakistan for ‘lies & deceit’ in New Year’s tweet

By KATHY GANNON, Associated Press ISLAMABAD (AP) — President Donald Trump slammed Pakistan for 'lies & deceit' in a New Year's Day tweet that said Islamabad had played U.S. leaders for 'fools.' 'No more,' Trump tweeted. Trump in his tweet said the U.S. had given Pakistan $33 billion in ...

Iran protests have violent night; at least 12 dead overall

By NASSER KARIMI and JON GAMBRELL, Associated Press TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Nationwide protests in Iran saw their most violent night as "armed protesters" tried to overrun military bases and police stations before security forces repelled them, bringing the death toll in the unrest to at least ...

Australian diplomat’s tip a factor in FBI’s Russia probe

WASHINGTON (AP) — An Australian diplomat's tip appears to have helped persuade the FBI to investigate Russian meddling in the U.S. election and possible coordination with the Trump campaign, The New York Times reported Saturday. Trump campaign adviser George Papadopoulos told the diplomat, ...

Merkel sees Germany split over pace of social change

BERLIN (AP) — Germans have rarely been so divided about the changes taking place in their society, the country's long-time leader Angela Merkel said Sunday, adding in her New Year's address that she is committed to helping tackle the challenges of the future by swiftly forming a new ...

Protests in Iran fanned by exiled journalist, messaging app

By JON GAMBRELL, Associated Press DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — As protests over Iran's faltering economy rapidly spread across the country, a channel on a mobile messaging app run by an exiled journalist helped fan the passions of some of those who took to the street. The Telegram app ...

Obama to Prince Harry: Leaders must use care on social media

By GREGORY KATZ, Associated Press LONDON (AP) — Former President Barack Obama told Prince Harry in an interview broadcast Wednesday that people in leadership roles must be careful in their use of social media and warned against spending too much time immersed in the internet at the expense ...

Prosecutors demand 12-year prison term for Samsung heir Lee

By HYUNG-JIN KIM, Associated Press SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korean prosecutors on Wednesday demanded a 12-year prison term for Samsung's jailed billionaire heir, Lee Jae-yong, who maintained his innocence during an appeal of his conviction on bribery and other charges. In August, a ...

Treasury issues sanctions against 2 North Korean officials

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. Treasury Department issued sanctions Tuesday against two officials it describes as "key leaders of North Korea's unlawful weapons programs." The sanctions against Kim Jong Sik and Ri Pyong Chol block them from any property or interests in property within U.S. ...

Syria rebels, opposition reject Russia-proposed talks

By SARAH EL DEEB, Associated Press BEIRUT (AP) — Syrian rebels and opposition groups on Tuesday rejected Russia's proposed peace talks, accusing Moscow of failing to pressure its ally, President Bashar Assad, to end the conflict. In a series of statements, 40 rebel groups, including some of ...