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Russia votes to hand Vladimir Putin 4th presidential term

Updated on  March 17, 2018 at 11:25 pm
Vladimir Putin’s victory in Russia’s presidential election today isn’t in doubt. The only real question is whether voters will turn out in big enough numbers to hand him a convincing mandate for his fourth term — and many Russians are facing intense pressure to do so. Read More

S. Korea leader took the reins in N. Korea nuclear diplomacy

South Korean President Moon Jae-in has always wanted to lead the diplomacy aimed at ending the North Korean nuclear crisis, even as he was overshadowed in his first year in office by a belligerent standoff between Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un. Read More

Sweden, North Korea end 3 days of talks on security issues

Sweden’s foreign minister concluded three days of talks today with her North Korean counterpart, saying they discussed the “opportunities and challenges for continued diplomatic efforts to reach a peaceful solution” to the Koreas’ security dispute. Read More

Vatican bans archbishop, accused of pedophilia, from returning to Guam

Updated on  March 16, 2018 at 7:40 pm
The Vatican has removed the suspended Guam archbishop from office and ordered him not to return to the Pacific island after convicting him of some charges in a sex abuse trial. Read More

U.K. opens murder probe into death of Russian Nikolai Glushkov

British police said today they have launched a murder investigation into the death of London-based Russian businessman Nikolai Glushkov after an autopsy revealed that he died from compression to the neck. Read More

Adm. Harris delivers blunt message on N. Korea and China to Senate

Updated on  March 16, 2018 at 8:31 am
Adm. Harry Harris, the top U.S. military commander in the Pacific, said today he thought North Korean leader Kim Jong Un would “be a happy man” if the U.S. withdrew its troops from South Korea. Read More

U.S., France, Germany blame Russia for U.K. nerve agent attack

The leaders of the United States, France and Germany joined Britain today in blaming Russia for poisoning a former spy with a powerful nerve agent, condemning what they called the first attack with a nerve agent in Europe since World War II. Read More

Chinese workers illegally lured to Saipan to build casino for low pay

U.S. officials have been investigating and announced settlements last week with four Chinese construction firms to pay $14 million in back wages and damages to 2,400 workers who brought to the Northern Mariana Islands illegally to work on a casino construction site. Read More

Tillerson’s firing, Pompeo’s hiring causes anxiety in Iran

U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson’s firing is reverberating across a Middle East where Iran fears his replacement will fight to end the 2015 nuclear deal, a hope of Gulf Arab states as Palestinians worry about a further-emboldened nationalist Israeli government. Read More

Theoretical physicist Stephen Hawking dies at 76

Updated on  March 13, 2018 at 9:27 pm
Stephen Hawking, whose brilliant mind ranged across time and space though his body was paralyzed by disease, has died, a family spokesman said. Read More

Russia calls poisoning accusations by Britain ‘nonsense’

Russia today dismissed accusations of any involvement in the poisoning of an ex-spy and his daughter as “nonsense,” saying it will only cooperate with a British investigation if it receives samples of the nerve agent believed to have been used. Read More

U.S. Defense Secretary Mattis arrives in Afghan capital

U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said Tuesday he believes victory in Afghanistan is still possible — not necessarily on the battlefield but in facilitating a Taliban reconciliation with the Afghan government. Read More

Nepal crash seemingly followed confusion over plane’s path

Updated on  March 12, 2018 at 9:49 pm
A plane crash at Nepal’s main airport killed 49 of the 71 people on board, police said Tuesday as an investigation was ordered into the cause of the accident, which occurred after seeming confusion over landing instructions before the plane, flying low and erratically, struck the ground and erupted in flames. Read More

Tillerson points to Russia in poisoning of ex-spy in Britain

Updated on  March 12, 2018 at 1:30 pm
U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson cast the poisoning of an ex-spy in Britain as part of a “certain unleashing of activity” by Russia that the United States is struggling to understand. He warned that the poisoning would “certainly trigger a response.” Read More

Plane carrying 71 people crashes, catches fire in Kathmandu

A plane carrying 71 people from Bangladesh swerved erratically and flew dangerously low before crashing and erupting in flames as it landed today in Kathmandu, Nepal’s capital, killing at least 50 people, officials and witnesses said. Read More