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NORTH KOREA POLITICS: Kim Jong Un Threatens to Reduce US to ‘Ashes and Darkness’, ‘Sink’ Japan

NORTH KOREA POLITICS: Kim Jong Un Threatens to Reduce US to ‘Ashes and Darkness’, ‘Sink’ Japan

The 15-member Security Council voted unanimously on a U.S.-drafted resolution and a new round of sanctions on Monday in response, banning North Korea’s textile exports that are the second largest only to coal and mineral, and capping fuel supplies. The North reacted to the latest action by the Security Council, which had the backing of veto-holding China and Russia, by reiterating threats to destroy the United States, Japan and South Korea.

“Let’s reduce the U.S. mainland into ashes and darkness. Let’s vent our spite with mobilization of all retaliation means which have been prepared till now,” the statement said.

“The four islands of the archipelago should be sunken into the sea by the nuclear bomb of Juche. Japan is no longer needed to exist near us,” the committee said in a statement carried by the North’s official KCNA news agency.

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NORTH KOREA POLITICS: DPRK Warns US of ‘Greatest Pain’, Rejects Sanctions

NORTH KOREA POLITICS: DPRK Warns US of ‘Greatest Pain’, Rejects Sanctions

North Korea was condemned globally for its latest nuclear test on Sept. 3, which it said was of an advanced hydrogen bomb. The Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) is “ready to use a form of ultimate means”, Pyongyang’s ambassador, Han Tae Song said without elaborating.

“The forthcoming measures by DPRK will make the U.S. suffer the greatest pain it ever experienced in its history,” he said.

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SOUTH AFRICA POLITICS: ICC Declines to Refer South Africa to UN for Not Arresting Sudan’s Bashir

SOUTH AFRICA POLITICS: ICC Declines to Refer South Africa to UN for Not Arresting Sudan’s Bashir

ICC indicted Sudanese President Omar Hassan al-Bashir in 2008 over the deaths and persecution of ethnic groups in Sudan’s Darfur province between 2003 and 2008.

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USA POLITICS: Trump to Use Force on North Korea ‘If We Must’: Nikki Haley UN Envoy

USA POLITICS: Trump to Use Force on North Korea ‘If We Must’: Nikki Haley UN Envoy

“Our capabilities lies with our considerable military forces. We will use them if we must, but we prefer not to have to go in that direction,” Haley said.

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NORTH KOREA POLITICS: Pyongyang Warns US of ‘Super-Mighty Preemptive Strike’

NORTH KOREA POLITICS: Pyongyang Warns US of ‘Super-Mighty Preemptive Strike’

North Korea regularly threatens to destroy Japan, South Korea and the United States and has shown no let-up in its missile tests.

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NORTH KOREA POLITICS: Pyongyang to US: ‘Don’t Mess With Us’

NORTH KOREA POLITICS: Pyongyang to US: ‘Don’t Mess With Us’

North Korean state media warned the Americans of a “super-mighty preemptive strike” and said don’t “mess with us”.

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SYRIA POLITICS: Idlib Chemical Attack ‘Fabrication’: Bashar al-Assad

SYRIA POLITICS: Idlib Chemical Attack ‘Fabrication’: Bashar al-Assad

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad said an alleged poison gas attack blamed on his government last week in Idlib province was “100 percent fabrication” used to justify a U.S. air strike, news agency AFP reported on Thursday.

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DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF CONGO POLITICS: UN Investigators Bodies Found in Congo

DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF CONGO POLITICS: UN Investigators Bodies Found in Congo

Villagers in Democratic Republic of Congo discovered the remains of two UN investigators and their Congolese interpreter who went missing this month in an area engulfed in a violent uprising, a government spokesman said on Tuesday.

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DR CONGO POLITICS: Rebel Revival Endangers Elections: United Nations

DR CONGO POLITICS: Rebel Revival Endangers Elections: United Nations

Congo’s ambassador to the United Nations, Ignace Gata Mavita, detailed a series of M23 incursions that began in November and accelerated last month.

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ISREAL POLITICS: Palestinians, Israel Warned Against Taking Unilateral Measures Harmful to Peace

ISREAL POLITICS: Palestinians, Israel Warned Against Taking Unilateral Measures Harmful to Peace

Some 70 countries on Sunday reaffirmed that only a two-state solution could resolve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and warned they would not recognize any unilateral steps by either side that could prejudge negotiations.

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SYRIA POLITICS: Rebels Freeze Russian-Backed Peace Conference

SYRIA POLITICS: Rebels Freeze Russian-Backed Peace Conference

Like previous Syria ceasefire deals, it has been shaky from the start, with repeated outbreaks of violence in some areas, but has largely held elsewhere.

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ISRAEL POLITICS: After Anti-Settlement UN Vote, Netanyahu Hopes In Trump

ISRAEL POLITICS: After Anti-Settlement UN Vote, Netanyahu Hopes In Trump

“We have no doubt the Obama Administration initiated it, stood behind it, coordinated on the wording and demanded that it be passed,” PM Benjamin Netanyahu.

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ISRAEL POLITICS: U.S. Isolates Israel By Anti-Settlement UN Vote

ISRAEL POLITICS: U.S. Isolates Israel By Anti-Settlement UN Vote

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu summoned ambassadors of 10 nations to Jerusalem to reprimand them and had more harsh words for the Obama administration.

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PALESTINE POLITICS: UN Passes Resolution to End Israeli Settlements, US Abstained

PALESTINE POLITICS: UN Passes Resolution to End Israeli Settlements, US Abstained

It was adopted with 14 votes in favor. It is the first resolution the Security Council has adopted on Israel and the Palestinians in nearly eight years.

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EGYPT POLITICS: Egypt Postpones UN Vote On Israeli Settlements After Trump, Israel Urge US Veto

EGYPT POLITICS: Egypt Postpones UN Vote On Israeli Settlements After Trump, Israel Urge US Veto

Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi put off the vote after a request from Israel. Egypt was the first Arab state to make peace with Israel.

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SYRIA POLITICS: Assad’s Troops Ready To Take Aleppo’s Old City

SYRIA POLITICS: Assad’s Troops Ready To Take Aleppo’s Old City

Rebel-held districts of Aleppo, reduced to a few kilometers across, where tens of thousands of civilians are trapped, looks set to fall.

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JAPAN: Government May Blacklist Firms In China

JAPAN: Government May Blacklist Firms In China

The government is considering blacklisting companies based in China or other countries known to be facilitating transactions with North Korea.

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SYRIA: Assad Forces Recaptured Territory From Insurgents

SYRIA: Assad Forces Recaptured Territory From Insurgents

President Bashar al-Assad’s forces, backed by Russian air power and Iranian, Lebanese and Iraqi fighters on the ground, hold the upper hand in Aleppo.

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SOUTH SUDAN: Riek Machar ‘Not Dead Politically’ – UN

SOUTH SUDAN: Riek Machar ‘Not Dead Politically’ – UN

Political rivalry between Salva Kiir and Riek Machar sparked a civil war in 2013 and, while the pair signed a shaky peace deal a year ago, fighting has continued and Machar fled the country after the eruption of violence in

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SYRIA: Russia, US Clash Now Over Syria

SYRIA: Russia, US Clash Now Over Syria

US ambassador to UN, Samantha Power: “Russia really needs to stop the cheap point scoring and the grandstanding and the stunts and focus on what matters.”

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