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South Korean president lands in North Korea for latest summit
Pyeongyang Press Corps/Getty Images (PYONGYANG, North Korea) -- North Korean leader Kim Jong Un greeted South Korean President Moon Jae-in with a lavish welcome ceremony Tuesday at Sunan International Airport in Pyongyang, North Korea, as the two leaders kicked off their third summit this year.Kim and his wife, Ri Sol Ju, hugged the first couple from the South at the red-carpeted airfield as a crowd of thousands lined up to cheer for them -- some holding national flags, some holding unified-peninsula flags and some holding colorful plastic bouquets.North Korea's ceremonial guards honored the South's delegation. Kim's influential sister, Kim Yo...
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Strongest storm recorded this year leaves path of destruction across Asia
iStock/Thinkstock (HONG KONG) -- Although they are used to weathering several typhoons every year, Hong Kongers woke up shell-shocked on Monday after Super Typhoon Mangkhut, the strongest storm on the planet recorded this year, tore through the city on Sunday, injuring over 300 people but killing none. Even after such a devastating storm, most people went back to work on Monday, and the stock markets opened for trading.Despite weakening after first hitting the Philippines and killing at least 65 people, the Hong Kong Observatory confirmed Mangkhut was the most powerful storm to hit the southern Chinese territory since records have...
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Global warming's melting of polar ice allows 1st commercial container ship to cross Arctic Ocean
iStock/Thinkstock (NEW YORK) -- Maritime history was made this month with the passage of the first commercial container ship through the Northern Sea Route of the Arctic Ocean, a route made possible by the melting of Arctic ice.The Venta Maersk, a new ship loaded with Russian fish and South Korean electronics, left Vladivostok, Russia, at the beginning of September and is expected to arrive in Bremerhaven, Germany, next week, after successfully navigating ice-plagued seas from the Bering Straits north.The waters at the top of the world have warmed rapidly over the last four decades, at nearly twice the rate of...
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Australia investigates sewing needles in strawberries as consumers advised to cut fruit before eating
iStock/Thinkstock (BRISBANE, Australia) -- Australian authorities have ordered a review into the handling of strawberries after they say fruit containing sewing needles turned up in supermarkets across the country.Annastacia Palaszczuk, premier of Queensland state, also offered a reward of roughly $72,000 for information leading to the arrest of anyone responsible.“Whoever is behind this is not just putting families at risk across Queensland and the rest of Australia – they are putting an entire industry at risk,” she said in a statement.No suspects have been identified.The first reported case of strawberry contamination sparked national fears last week. Hoani van Dorp went...
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2018 World's Strongest Storm: Typhoon Mangkhut barrels through Philippines toward China
Jes Aznar/Getty Images (NEW YORK) -- The strongest storm on Earth in 2018 barreled through the northern Philippines before dawn on Saturday, bringing with it ferocious winds and torrential rain. Typhoon Mangkhut, known locally as Ompong, made landfall in Cagayan province on northeast Luzon island at 1:40 a.m. local time, according to the country's weather agency, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration. It's estimated that the tropical cyclone put at least five million people at risk. Mangkhut, considered the strongest storm on the planet so far this year, was the 15th to hit the Philippines. The Joint Typhoon...
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South Korean president to fly to North Korea for first time to continue nuclear talks
iStock/Thinkstock (SEOUL) -- South Korea's president, Moon Jae-in, is expected to fly to Pyongyang for the first time next week in hopes of accelerating international efforts to denuclearize North Korea."At this stage, I believe it is most important to put a complete end to military tensions between North and South, or possibility of military conflict, or war threat," Moon told reporters Thursday.It will be the third summit this year between Moon and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. The first two meetings -- in April and May -- took place at Panmunjom, which separates the two Koreas.Moon and the South...
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Bin Laden raid commander resigns from Pentagon board after criticizing Trump
Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call (WASHINGTON) -- Retired Adm. William "Bill" McRaven, who led the mission to kill Osama bin Laden, resigned from his post on the Pentagon's Defense Innovation Board last month, just days after he publicly criticized President Donald Trump, the Pentagon confirmed Thursday."I can confirm that Admiral (Ret.) William H. McRaven resigned from the Defense Innovation Board, effective Aug. 20, 2018,” Heather Babb, a spokesperson for the Pentagon, told ABC News on Thursday. "The department appreciates his service and contribution on the board."The Defense Innovation Board is an independent advisory committee to the Pentagon specializing in issues related...
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China joins the close of Russia's spectacular 'war games'
Satellite image (c)2018 DigitalGlobe, a Maxar company (TSUGOL, Russia) -- Russian President Vladimir Putin Thursday watched a huge simulated battle put on by Russian and Chinese troops, as he attended the largest so-called war games in his country’s history.Putin attended the climax of the Vostok or “East” 2018 exercises that have been held across Russia’s far eastern regions this week.After the mock battle, Putin oversaw a vast combined military parade of Russian and Chinese troops, who joined the exercise for the first time.The military spectacle was a remarkable instance of Russian and Chinese cooperation and one that seemed intended as...
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Russians accused of poisoning Skripals say they were in Salisbury to visit cathedral
RT (SALISBURY, England) -- Two men accused of poisoning ex-Russian spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter, Yulia, in Salisbury have denied carrying out the attack and said they were just visiting the town to see the cathedral in an interview with Kremlin-funded news channel RT.Alexander Petrov and Ruslan Boshirov confirmed they are the men accused of carrying out the attack in the interview with RT. Boshirov also called on the U.K. to apologize for the allegations, claiming that their lives had been "turned upside down.""We’re afraid of going out. We fear for ourselves, our lives and lives of our loved...
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Sen. Chris Murphy: U.S. 'turning a blind eye to likely war crimes' in Yemen
iStock/Thinkstock (WASHINGTON) -- Secretary of State Mike Pompeo told Congress late Tuesday that Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) are taking "demonstrable actions" to minimize civilian casualties in their war against Houthi rebels in Yemen -- in a certification required by law.But to critics, his words are, to a certain extent, refuted by the State Department's own report, an unclassified version that was obtained by ABC News.The certification from Pompeo means that the U.S. will continue to assist the Saudi-led coalition with mid-air refueling for its war planes. But it comes amid mounting pressure from Congress and the...
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Pussy Riot member in critical condition after suspected poisoning
Taylor Hill/WireImage (MOSCOW) -- A member of the Russian protest group Pussy Riot was listed in critical condition on Wednesday after possibly being poisoned, according to the band.Pyotr Verzilov was rushed to a Moscow hospital late Tuesday after he reportedly lost his eyesight and speaking ability."His life is in danger. We think that he was poisoned," the band, known for its colorful masks and controversial protests of the Russian government, tweeted Wednesday.Verzilov fell ill after a court hearing on Tuesday and later was taken to the toxicology ward of the Bakhrushin City Clinical Hospital in Moscow, according to his girlfriend."When...
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Inside the massive Russian ‘war games’ involving 300,000 troops
iStock/Thinkstock (TELEMBA, Russia) -- The huge war games that Russia is holding this week are taking place across the vast wilderness of the country’s Far East, close to the borders of Mongolia and China.The drills —- called Vostok 2018 –- are being touted by Russia's military as the largest in its history, involving a staggering 300,000 troops, almost 1,000 aircraft and over 36,000 tanks and armored vehicles.Located across nine training ranges and three seas off Russia's eastern coast, the war games began to swing into higher gear on Tuesday, with troops maneuvering in the taiga, or snow forest, and Russian...
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