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Ivanka Trump to push for ‘maximum pressure’ on North Korea

U.S. President Donald Trump’s daughter toured the 2018 Winter Olympics on Saturday, the morning after telling South Korea’s president that she will use her visit to the Pyeongchang Games to advocate maximum pressure on North Korea to halt its nuclear program. Read More

Malaysian rapper’s dog video sparks claim of insulting Islam

Malaysian police said a popular ethnic Chinese rapper has been detained over complaints that his latest music video featuring dancers wearing dog masks and performing “obscene” moves insulted Islam and could hurt racial harmony. Read More

At least 44 dead as bus veers off cliff in Peru

A double-deck bus ran off the Panamerican Highway and tumbled 200 meters (about 650 feet) down a cliff in southern Peru today, and police said at least 44 people died. Read More

North Korea canceled meeting with Pence at last minute

Vice President Mike Pence was all set to hold a history-making meeting with North Korean officials during the Winter Olympics in South Korea, but Kim Jong Un’s government canceled at the last minute, the Trump administration said today. Read More

More than 100 killed in Syrian assault on Damascus suburb

Intense Syrian government shelling and airstrikes on rebel-held Damascus suburbs killed nearly 130 people in two days, marking some of the deadliest bombardment of the rebellious region in three years, a monitoring group and paramedics said Tuesday. Read More

Ex-workers at Russian ‘troll factory’ trust U.S. indictment

Updated on  February 19, 2018 at 11:24 am
While Russian officials scoff at a U.S. indictment charging 13 Russians with meddling in the 2016 U.S. presidential election, several people who worked at the same St. Petersburg “troll factory” say they think the criminal charges are well-founded. Read More

Kentucky 2030? Could Korea export its rural Olympic gamble?

A coal mine stands on the mountain exactly as it was the day it was abandoned, now a rusting relic of blue-collar glory lost to a globalized world. Read More

Moon won’t discuss possible summit with North Korea’s Kim

South Korean President Moon Jae-in said today that he hopes his efforts to engage rival North Korea at the Olympics will also lead to better ties between the North and its other major rival, Washington, as well as help set up talks on ridding the North of its nuclear bombs. Read More

Quake damaged homes, but Mexico avoided major destruction

Updated on  February 17, 2018 at 11:39 am
Mexico appeared Saturday to have escaped major destruction after a magnitude 7.2 earthquake rattled the country, but it rekindled fears in a population that still sees daily reminders of deadly earthquakes that struck five months ago. Read More

13 killed in helicopter crash after Mexican quake

Updated on  February 17, 2018 at 11:48 am
A military helicopter carrying officials assessing damage from a powerful earthquake crashed Friday in southern Mexico, killing 13 people and injuring 15, all of them on the ground. Read More

Meddling ‘incontrovertible’ to U.S., ‘just blabber’ to Russia

Updated on  February 17, 2018 at 8:06 am
President Donald Trump’s national security adviser said Saturday there was “incontrovertible” evidence of a Russian plot to disrupt the 2016 U.S. election, a blunt statement that shows how significantly the new criminal charges leveled by an American investigator have upended the political debate over his inquiry. Read More

Pope revives lapsed sex abuse commission amid skepticism

Pope Francis has revived his lapsed sex abuse advisory commission by naming new members, after coming under fire for his overall handling of the scandal and his support for a Chilean bishop accused by victims of witnessing and ignoring their abuse. Read More

Kaneohe man punches police outside Buckingham Palace

Updated on  February 16, 2018 at 11:35 am
A tourist from Hawaii pleaded guilty today to punching two London police officers outside Buckingham Palace on Valentine’s Day. Read More

U.K. blames Russian military for ‘malicious’ cyberattack

Updated on  February 15, 2018 at 1:32 pm
Britain and the United States blamed the Russian government today for a cyberattack that hit businesses across Europe last year, with London accusing Moscow of “weaponizing information” in a new kind of warfare. Read More

Russia says 5 citizens probably killed by U.S. strike in Syria

After a week of swirling controversy, Russia acknowledged today that five of its citizens may have been killed by a U.S. strike in Syria, the first time Russians have died at U.S. hands in Syria. Read More

Humiliating downfall for anti-apartheid hero

President Jacob Zuma of South Africa, a master tactician who survived a string of corruption scandals and harsh court judgments during his nearly nine-year presidency, agreed on Wednesday night to step down. Read More

Olympics are a chance to go home again for Korean-American

When Song Hong used to tell his grandchildren about his childhood, he would joke that they were “country folks” from a rugged and rural corner of the world that none of their fellow Americans had ever heard of, or likely ever would. Read More

Reports: Russian contractors killed by U.S. strike in Syria

An unknown number of private Russian military contractors were killed by a U.S. strike in Syria, Russian media reported today in a development that could further inflame Russia-U.S. tensions. Read More