Japan North Korea South Korea United States World 

US, South Korea, Japan Meet In Seoul Amid North Korea Threat

Diplomats from the United States, South Korea and Japan met in Seoul on Wednesday to discuss how to respond to North Korea’s nuclear weapons program. U.S. Deputy Secretary of State John Sullivan said that Washington continues to view diplomacy as the primary means for solving the crisis, but added that the allies must be prepared for “any eventuality.” “Our objective is, throughout that campaign of pressure, to bring North Korea to the negotiating table without preconditions so that we can achieve our objective of a denuclearized Korean Peninsula,” Sullivan said…

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Syria Terrorism United States 

US-backed Syrian forces capture Raqqa, ISIS centre of global operations

The liberation overnight of the Syrian city of Raqqa, the “capital’’ of Islamic State’s self-declared Caliphate, is a profound blow not only against ISIL, but against the toxic ideology is espouses. Ever since it fell to the militants in 2014 Raqqa has been used as a symbol of Islamic State’s strength and power. At the height of its influence ISIL claimed control of territory stretching from Syria across northern Iraq and encompassing the northern Iraqi city of Mosul. ISIL’s propaganda machine pumped out thousands of images depicting life in the…

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Natural Disaster United States World 

Deadly hurricane Nate speeds into US Gulf Coast

Hurricane Nate came ashore at the mouth of the Mississippi River on Saturday and pelted the central Gulf Coast with wind and rain as the fast-moving storm steamed toward the Mississippi coast, where it was expected to make another landfall and threatened to inundate homes and businesses in vulnerable low-lying areas. Nate was expected to pass to the east of New Orleans, sparing the city its most ferocious winds and storm surge. And its quick speed decreased the likelihood of prolonged rain that would tax the city’s weakened drainage pump…

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United States World 

UN to end 13-year military peacekeeping mission in Haiti This October 

A UN peacekeeping mission in Haiti that has helped maintain order through 13 years of political turmoil and catastrophe is coming to an end as the last of the blue-helmeted soldiers from around the world leave despite concerns that the police and justice system are still not adequate to ensure security in the country. The U.N. lowered its flag at its headquarters in Port-au-Prince during a ceremony Thursday that was attended by President Jovenel Moise, who thanked the organization for helping to provide stability. After a gradual winding down, there…

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Crime Las Vegas Terrorism United States World 

Las Vegas massacre probe turns to gunman’s girlfriend in Philippines

The Filipina-Australian girlfriend of Las Vegas mass-killer Stephen Paddock has landed in the US where investigators are keen to probe her about the massacre. Marilou Danley touched down at Los Angeles International Airport on Tuesday night (Wdenesday AEDT) from a flight from the Philippines. The 62-year-old former Queenslander was met by FBI agents and will be escorted to Las Vegas. “We have a lot of questions,” Las Vegas Undersheriff Kevin McMahill told reporters on Tuesday. “I can tell you that.” Investigators want to know why her boyfriend Stephen Paddock, 64,…

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Featured Las Vegas Terrorism United States World 

Loaded magazines, 42 guns recovered from Vegas shooter’s hotel room and Nevada house

A total of 42 guns were found in the suspected Las Vegas shooter’s hotel room and house, police said Monday night. Las Vegas Police Department Assistant Sheriff Todd R. Fasulo said that 23 guns were found in the Mandalay Bay Hotel and Casino room where suspected shooter Stephen Paddock fired into a crowd, and 19 were discovered out of his Mesquite, Nevada home. Multiple loaded high-capacity magazines were found in the hotel room, law enforcement sources said earlier on Monday. Among the guns and ammunition police found the in the…

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Las Vegas Terrorism United States 

At least 20 dead, more than 200 injured in Las Vegas shooting

At least 20 people were killed and more than 200 injured when a “lone wolf” gunman opened fire at a country music festival in Las Vegas, police said. Authorities shut down part of the Las Vegas Strip and Interstate 15 after receiving reports of an active shooter at the Route 91 Harvest festival, near the Mandalay Bay Casino at about 10:10 p.m. local time. Sheriff Joe Lombardo of Las Vegas Police confirmed at a news conference that the shooter had fired from the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay. He said officers responded and the suspect was…

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Featured North Korea United States World 

North Korea Moving Airplanes To Boost Defence After US Bomber Flight

North Korea has been moving airplanes and boosting defences on its east coast after the United States dispatched B-1B bombers to the Korean peninsula over the weekend, South Korea’s Yonhap News Agency reported on Tuesday, citing the country’s spy agency. The United States seemed to have disclosed the flight route of the bombers intentionally because North Korea seemed to be unaware, the report said. South Korea’s National Intelligence Service was unable to confirm the report immediately. Meanwhile, North Korea’s foreign minister said on Monday President Donald Trump had declared war…

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Featured Pakistan United States World 

US reveal 9 secret locations housing Pakistan’s nuclear weapons

Pakistan has stored its nuclear arsenal at nine different locations across the country, according to a recent report by the Federation of American Scientists (FAS). United States-based nuclear weapon expert Hans Kristensen, who co-authored the report, said Pakistan’s nuclear warheads may be located in storage facilities near the bases identified by the report. Kristensen added that these bases appear to house nuclear-capable launchers which would be used for the warheads. Pakistan Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi had last week bragged about his country’s tactical or nonstrategic nuclear weapons, stating that the nukes…

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North Korea United States World 

US bomber and fighter jets fly off North Korea coast amid fears of further nuclear tests

US bombers escorted by fighter jets have flown close to North Korea’s east coast, according to US officials, in a display of military strength after an escalating war of words between the two countries. The Pentagon said Saturday’s flight was the farthest north of the demilitarised zone separating North and South Korea that any US fighter jet or bomber has flown this century. The US and South Korea are currently conducting a series of joint drills close to the Korean border. It said the operation over international waters showed the seriousness…

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