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    Earthquake measuring 6.8 magnitude strikes off Rabaul in Papua New Guinea: USGS

    SYDNEY (Reuters) - A strong earthquake with a magnitude of 6.8 struck off the town of Rabaul in Papua New Guinea on Wednesday, the U.S. Geological Survey said. The epicenter of the quake was located 89 km (55 miles) northeast of Rabaul on New Britain island and at a depth of 499 kms (310 miles). (Reporting

  • North Korea makes progress on missiles, but no evidence of nuclear weapons yet
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    North Korea makes progress on missiles, but no evidence of nuclear weapons yet

    By James Pearson and Ju-min Park SEOUL (Reuters) - North Korea has made considerable progress this year on weapons technology, including testing a submarine-launched missile for the first time, but it's still not clear if the isolated nation has developed a nuclear warhead. It also does not yet

  • Reuters

    Philippines' Duterte: Obama must listen to me on human rights

    Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte said on Wednesday he was ready to discuss any issues with Barack Obama when they meet in Laos next week, but added that the U.S. president must listen to him first before bringing up the question of human rights. Washington has expressed concern about a surge in

  • Christian Science Monitor

    India's clothing guidelines for female tourists stir backlash from feminists

    In a welcome kit presented to foreign arrivals to India, female tourists "are given dos and don'ts," tourism minister Mahesh Sharma explained while discussing tourist security in the north Indian city of Agra, the home of the Taj Mahal. The safety tips, introduced last year, are part of

  • Christian Science Monitor

    How Chicago’s crisis of violence compares to other US cities

    After decades of declining violence, Chicago is once again living a moment of crisis – not just of rising violence, but also a loss of public confidence in their police, and of police morale. Sixty-seven people were shot over the weekend, reported the Chicago Tribune on Monday, and 11 of the victims

  • Christian Science Monitor

    Iraq’s opportunity in the battle for Mosul

    In the next few weeks or months, the Iraqi Army is expected to fight “the mother of all battles” against Islamic State. With American support, it plans to retake Mosul, Iraq’s second-largest city and IS’s main stronghold since 2014. For Iraq, however, retaking Mosul could bring a fresh start for its

  • Christian Science Monitor

    Turkey's push into Syria: Even limited objectives carry risk

    When Turkey’s military campaign launched in dramatic fashion a week ago, with tanks and allied Syrian rebels seizing a key border town from Islamic State (IS) within hours, the question was how much Turkey might change the balance of power in Syria’s war. Recommended: How well do you understand the

  • Trump to make quick trip to Mexico before immigration speech
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    Trump to make quick trip to Mexico before immigration speech

    EVERETT, Wash. (AP) — In a surprise move, Donald Trump will travel to Mexico on Wednesday to meet with President Enrique Pena Nieto, just hours before the Republican delivers a highly anticipated speech on immigration.

  • Associated Press

    Top Asian News 3:50 a.m. GMT

    NAYPYITAW, Myanmar (AP) — Hundreds of representatives of Myanmar's ethnic tribes gathered Wednesday in the country's capital for historic peace talks with the government aimed at ending decades of separatist insurgencies that have claimed thousands of lives. The delegates, dressed in traditional

  • Reuters

    North Korea executes vice premier in latest purge: South

    By Ju-min Park SEOUL (Reuters) - North Korea has executed its vice premier for education and rebuked two high-ranking officials, South Korea said on Wednesday, which, if true, would mark a new series of measures by leader Kim Jong Un to discipline top aides. Kim took power in 2011 after the death of

  • The Latest: Serena Williams says she's used cupping therapy
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    The Latest: Serena Williams says she's used cupping therapy

    NEW YORK (AP) — The Latest on the U.S. Open (all times local):

  • Rwanda-Burundi border trade hit as awkward neighbours fall out
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    Rwanda-Burundi border trade hit as awkward neighbours fall out

    Akanyaru (Rwanda) (AFP) - "Before, at this time of year, we imported beans from Burundi but now they say they don't want to sell their crops to 'the enemy'," said Evariste Ndikumana, a trader on the Rwandan side of the border. Worsening relations between Burundi and Rwanda mean

  • Lawsuit pending, Bouchard out at US Open; Serena, Venus win
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    Lawsuit pending, Bouchard out at US Open; Serena, Venus win

    NEW YORK (AP) — Eugenie Bouchard wrung her hands at her post-match news conference. She rubbed her lower lip. She squeezed her left arm.

  • For del Potro and Tipsarevic, 1st US Open wins since 2013
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    For del Potro and Tipsarevic, 1st US Open wins since 2013

    NEW YORK (AP) — Juan Martin del Potro and Janko Tipsarevic found themselves on a practice court together at Wimbledon, though they spent more time talking than hitting the ball.

  • Asian stocks mixed ahead of US jobs data
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    Asian stocks mixed ahead of US jobs data

    TOKYO (AP) — Asian stocks were mixed in listless trading Wednesday ahead of key jobs data later this week in the U.S. that could lead to higher interest rates.

  • The Latest: Trump says immigrants taking minorities' jobs
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    The Latest: Trump says immigrants taking minorities' jobs

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the U.S. presidential race (all times EDT):

  • At least 9 dead as typhoon hits northern Japan
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    At least 9 dead as typhoon hits northern Japan

    TOKYO (AP) — Nine elderly people were killed when their nursing home flooded in northern Japan after Typhoon Lionrock dumped heavy rains on the area.

  • Hurricane threatens Hawaii; storm churns off Florida
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    Hurricane threatens Hawaii; storm churns off Florida

    By Letitia Stein TAMPA, Fla. (Reuters) - Residents of Hawaii's Big Island on Tuesday were warned on Tuesday of an encroaching hurricane expected to bring strong winds and heavy rains, while weather forecasters told Floridians to prepare for a tropical system later in the week. The storm was forecast

  • Associated Press

    Ex-wartime sex slaves sue South Korea over deal with Japan

    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Twelve South Korean women who were forced into sexual slavery by Japan's military in World War II have sued the Seoul government over a deal it reached with Tokyo to compensate the victims.

  • Trump to visit Mexico before immigration speech
    AFP

    Trump to visit Mexico before immigration speech

    Donald Trump announced he will travel to Mexico on Wednesday to meet with the country's president, just hours ahead of the Republican White House hopeful's much-anticipated Arizona speech on immigration. "I have accepted the invitation of President Enrique Pena Nieto, of Mexico, and look

  • Andy Murray into US Open second round
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    Andy Murray into US Open second round

    New York (AFP) - World number two Andy Murray brushed aside Lukas Rosol of the Czech Republic 6-3, 6-2, 6-2 to reach the US Open second round.

  • Cashed-up Premier League leads record transfer spree
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    Cashed-up Premier League leads record transfer spree

    The cashed-up English Premier League led a record-breaking raid by Europe's top clubs before the transfer window slams shut Wednesday, with Arsenal alone paying more than 60 million euros for German defender Shkodran Mustafi and Spanish striker Lucas Perez. The Premier League's TV riches have

  • Myanmar holds historic peace talks with ethnic groups
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    Myanmar holds historic peace talks with ethnic groups

    NAYPYITAW, Myanmar (AP) — Hundreds of representatives of Myanmar's ethnic tribes gathered Wednesday in the country's capital for historic peace talks with the government aimed at ending decades of separatist insurgencies that have claimed thousands of lives.

  • Associated Press

    South Korea says top North Korean official executed

    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea has executed a vice premier and banished two other top officials to rural areas for re-education, South Korean officials said Wednesday.

  • Japan's military seeks record spending to counter North Korea, China moves
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    Japan's military seeks record spending to counter North Korea, China moves

    By Tim Kelly TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan's defense ministry on Wednesday asked for a hike in spending to record levels, as it juggles its responses to a growing ballistic missile threat from North Korea and China's assertive moves in the East China Sea. If approved, the hike of 2.3 percent will