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SOUTH KOREA POLITICS: Moon Jae-in to Xi Jinping: Do More on North Korea Nuclear Program

SOUTH KOREA POLITICS: Moon Jae-in to Xi Jinping: Do More on North Korea Nuclear Program 0

“China is North Korea’s only ally and China is the country that provides the most economic assistance to North Korea,” Moon said. “Without the assistance of China, sanctions won’t be effective at all.”

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RUSSIA POLITICS: UN Guterres Appoints Russian Veteran Diplomats to Head New Counterterrorism Job

RUSSIA POLITICS: UN Guterres Appoints Russian Veteran Diplomats to Head New Counterterrorism Job 0

Russia’s Ambassador to International Organisations in Vienna, Vladimir Voronkov, told Reuters he met with UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Tuesday.

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RUSSIA POLITICS: Russian Su-27 Chases NATO F-16 Fighter Jet at Baltic Sea

RUSSIA POLITICS: Russian Su-27 Chases NATO F-16 Fighter Jet at Baltic Sea 0

Russian fighter jet chased away a NATO plane that was trying to approach an aircraft carrying Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu over the Baltic Sea.

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PAKISTAN POLITICS: Trump Hardens Approach Toward Pakistan After Afghan War Review

PAKISTAN POLITICS: Trump Hardens Approach Toward Pakistan After Afghan War Review 0

Potential Trump administration responses being discussed include expanding U.S. drone strikes, redirecting or withholding some aid to Pakistan.

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INDIA POLITICS: Darjeeling Separate Statehood Agitation Takes Center Stage

INDIA POLITICS: Darjeeling Separate Statehood Agitation Takes Center Stage 0

“I appeal to people in Darjeeling and nearby areas to remain calm and peaceful. Nobody should resort to violence,” Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh said.

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RUSSIA POLITICS: Putin Warns More US Sanctions Harmful, Talk of Retaliation Premature

RUSSIA POLITICS: Putin Warns More US Sanctions Harmful, Talk of Retaliation Premature 0

“This will, indeed, complicate Russia-American relations. I think this is harmful,” Russian President Vladimir Putin said, according to RIA.

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RUSSIA POLITICS: ‘We Are Ready to Grant Comey Asylum’: Putin Says

RUSSIA POLITICS: ‘We Are Ready to Grant Comey Asylum’: Putin Says 0

“At any rate, if this entails some kind of prosecutions against Comey, we are ready to grant him asylum in Russia. He should be aware of that,” Putin says.

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PHILIPPINE POLITICS: Mohammad Noaim Maute Alias Abu Jadid Arrested: Military Says

PHILIPPINE POLITICS: Mohammad Noaim Maute Alias Abu Jadid Arrested: Military Says 0

Brigadier General Gilbert Gapay, a spokesman for the military’s Eastern Mindanao Command, said Maute was a bomb-maker for the Maute terrorist group.

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NORTH KOREA POLITICS: US Blames Pyongyang for Hacking Spree, Says More Attacks Likely

NORTH KOREA POLITICS: US Blames Pyongyang for Hacking Spree, Says More Attacks Likely 0

The new level of detail about the U.S. government’s analysis of suspected North Korean hacking activity coincides with increasing tensions between Washington and Pyongyang because of North Korea’s missile tests.

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RUSSIA POLITICS: Russian Diplomats Expelled from Moldova Recruited Fighters

RUSSIA POLITICS: Russian Diplomats Expelled from Moldova Recruited Fighters 0

Moldova, a former Soviet state that has long been the focus of a struggle for influence between Russia and the West, expelled the diplomats on May 29.

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PAKISTAN POLITICS: Counter-Terrorism Court Sentences Taimoor Raza to Death for Blasphemy on Facebook

PAKISTAN POLITICS: Counter-Terrorism Court Sentences Taimoor Raza to Death for Blasphemy on Facebook 0

The conviction of Taimoor Raza, 30, follows a high-profile crackdown against blasphemy on social media by the government of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif.

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INDIA POLITICS: Jayaram Jayalalitha Death Takes Center Stage

INDIA POLITICS: Jayaram Jayalalitha Death Takes Center Stage 0

Jayaram Jayalalitha was one of India’s most colourful and controversial politicians, adored by some and condemned by others.

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PHILIPPINE POLITICS: US Forces ‘Assisting’ in Marawi to End City Siege

PHILIPPINE POLITICS: US Forces ‘Assisting’ in Marawi to End City Siege 0

Philippine military spokesman Lieutenant Colonel Jo-Ar Herrera said US personnel were “just providing technical support.” That followed sightings on Friday of a US P3 Orion surveillance aircraft over Marawi.

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INDIA POLITICS: Madhya Pradesh Farmers’ Protest: Rahul Gandhi Takes Center Stage

INDIA POLITICS: Madhya Pradesh Farmers’ Protest: Rahul Gandhi Takes Center Stage 0

Gandhi: “Modi could waive loans worth Rs 1.50 lakh crore of the richest people, but can’t pay heed to the plight of farmers. He can give bullets to them.”

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JAPAN POLITICS: Century-Old Sex Crime Law Finally to be Amended

JAPAN POLITICS: Century-Old Sex Crime Law Finally to be Amended 0

“This is a chance to change the penal code after 100 years: a once in a century opportunity,” said an online petition by more than 30,000 people.

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RUSSIA POLITICS: Putin to Oliver Stone: Nobody Would Survive ‘Hot War’ Between Russia and US

RUSSIA POLITICS: Putin to Oliver Stone: Nobody Would Survive ‘Hot War’ Between Russia and US 0

“I don’t think anyone would survive such a conflict,” Putin replied in a short Showtime teaser, a precursor to a documentary titled ‘The Putin Interviews’ that will be aired next week.

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PHILIPPINE POLITICS: Government Soldier Find Stash of Banknotes as Fighters Pull Back

PHILIPPINE POLITICS: Government Soldier Find Stash of Banknotes as Fighters Pull Back 0

“The recovery of those millions of cash indicates that they are running because the government troops are pressing in and focusing on destroying them,” Marines Operations Officer Rowan Rimas told a news conference in the town as helicopters on machinegun runs buzzed overhead.

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ASIA POLITICS: ASEAN Nations Unite Against Islamic State Threat

ASIA POLITICS: ASEAN Nations Unite Against Islamic State Threat 0

“Our open borders are being exploited by terrorist groups to facilitate personnel and material,” Le Luong Minh, Secretary-General of ASEAN.

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CHINA POLITICS: Activists Fear Intensified Surveillance With New Security Law

CHINA POLITICS: Activists Fear Intensified Surveillance With New Security Law 0

“The intelligence law seems set to give the veneer of legality to intrusive and repressive surveillance activities,” said Eva Pils, expert on Chinese criminal law at King’s College London.

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TAIWAN POLITICS: Taiwan to China: Learn From Us on Democracy on Tiananmen Anniversary

TAIWAN POLITICS: Taiwan to China: Learn From Us on Democracy on Tiananmen Anniversary 0

“When Xi Jinping comes, he’ll know the people of Hong Kong have not forgotten,” said Lee Cheuk-yan, a veteran democracy activist and an organiser of the annual candlight vigil.

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