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South Korea asks North to explain canceled visit

South Korea on Saturday requested North Korea to explain why it abruptly canceled plans to send a delegation over the weekend to prepare for a visit by an art troupe during next month’s Pyeongchang Winter Olympics. Read More

Winter is here: ‘Game of Thrones’ ice hotel opens in Finland


Updated on  January 19, 2018 at 8:21 pm
A “Game of Thrones”-themed ice hotel complete with a bar and a chapel for weddings has opened in northern Finland in a joint effort by a local hotel chain and the U.S. producers of the hit TV series. Read More

Malaysia Airlines flight shakes violently but lands safely


Updated on  January 18, 2018 at 6:13 pm
A Malaysia Airlines plane landed safely in an Australian Outback city after the plane shook violently in midflight and passengers braced themselves for a hard landing. Read More

Pope accuses pedophile priest’s victims of slandering bishop

Pope Francis accused victims of Chile’s most notorious pedophile of slander today, an astonishing end to a visit meant to help heal the wounds of a sex abuse scandal that has cost the Catholic Church its credibility in the country. Read More

Nuclear threat ‘gathering force,’ U.N. chief warns


Updated on  January 18, 2018 at 10:21 am
U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres says the threat from weapons of mass destruction “seems to be gathering force” and is urging expanded diplomatic efforts to tackle the security challenge posed by North Korea’s nuclear ambitions. Read More

Japanese public TV says staffer sent missile alert in error


Updated on  January 17, 2018 at 11:13 am
Japanese public broadcaster NHK said Wednesday that an erroneous alert about a North Korean missile fired at Japan was sent by a staff member who meant to transmit a different news flash. Read More
 

New U.S. Embassy criticized by Trump opens in London

The new U.S. Embassy in London, criticized last week by President Donald Trump as too expensive and poorly located, opened its doors to the public Tuesday for the first time. Read More
 

North Korea mocks Trump, calls Hawaii’s false alarm a ‘tragicomedy’


Updated on  January 17, 2018 at 11:53 am
North Korea’s state-run media said President Donald Trump’s tweet about having a bigger nuclear button than leader Kim Jong Un’s is the “spasm of a lunatic” and mocked Hawaii’s false-alarm missile scare Saturday. Read More

Japanese public TV sends mistaken North Korean missile alert


Updated on  January 17, 2018 at 11:24 am
NHK television issued the message on its internet and mobile news sites as well as on Twitter, saying North Korea appeared to have fired a missile at Japan. Read More

U.K. police say death of Dolores O’Riordan is not suspicious

The death of The Cranberries lead singer Dolores O’Riordan is not being treated as suspicious, British police said today. A friend said the singer sounded excited and “full of life” just hours before her death. Read More

Pope Francis under pressure to confront sex abuse in Chile

Pope Francis will be under pressure Tuesday to confront a priest sex abuse scandal during his first full day in Chile, an Andean nation where the majority identifies as Roman Catholic but strong currents of skepticism and even contempt for the church are increasingly present. Read More

Lava flowing from Philippine volcano, thousands evacuated

Nearly 15,000 people have fled from villages around the Philippines’ most active volcano as lava flowed down its crater Monday in a gentle eruption that scientists warned could turn explosive. Read More

U.K. air force scrambles 2 fighters to intercept Russian jets


Updated on  January 15, 2018 at 11:04 am
Britain’s Royal Air Force scrambled two fighter jets to intercept Russian strategic bombers near U.K. airspace today, in another illustration of ongoing tensions. Read More

North Korean orchestra, maybe joint hockey team at Olympics

North Korea’s delegation to the Winter Olympics in South Korea will include a 140-member art troupe, the two sides agreed today, while discussions continue over fielding a joint women’s hockey team. Read More

Double suicide bombing in Baghdad kills at least 38 people

Two suicide bombers blew themselves up at a busy street market in central Baghdad today, in back-to-back explosions that killed at least 38 people, Iraqi health and police officials said — the deadliest attack since last month’s declaration of victory over the Islamic State group. Read More

2 Koreas discuss Northern art troupe’s visit during Olympics

Officials from the two Koreas met Monday to work out details about North Korea’s plan to send an art troupe to the South during next month’s Winter Olympics, as the rivals tried to follow up on the North’s recent agreement to cooperate in the Games in a conciliatory gesture following months of nuclear tensions. Read More

Earthquake in Peru destroys dozens of homes


Updated on  January 14, 2018 at 9:37 pm
A powerful earthquake struck off Peru’s coast early today, tumbling adobe homes in small, rural towns, killing at least one person and injuring dozens, officials said. Read More

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