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U.S. diplomacy with North Korea to continue until ‘first bomb drops’ – Tillerson

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said Sunday that President Donald Trump had instructed him to continue diplomatic efforts to calm rising tensions with North Korea, saying “those diplomatic efforts will continue until the first bomb drops.”

PH embassy in Iraq assures Filipinos in Kurdistan it’s monitoring situation as tensions rise

The Philippine embassy in Iraq has advised Filipinos in the Kurdistan region to postpone travel plans, coordinate closely with Philippine authorities and avoid going specifically to Kirkuk, as tensions are rising between the central government and the local Kurd authorities.

Kurdish leaders reject Baghdad demand to cancel independence vote, renew dialogue offer

Iraq’s Kurdish leadership rejected on Sunday the Iraqi government demand that it cancel the outcome of an independence referendum as a precondition for talks to resolve the dispute.

Small quake near North Korea nuke test site not manmade – South

A small earthquake rattled the area near North Korea’s nuclear testing field but it did not appear to be manmade, South Korea’s weather agency said on Friday, the latest to be observed after the North conducted its sixth and biggest nuclear test in early September.

Kidnapped U.S.-Canadian couple, 3 children freed in Pakistan

A kidnapped U.S.-Canadian couple and their three children born in captivity have been freed in Pakistan, nearly five years after the couple was abducted in neighboring Afghanistan, Pakistani and U.S. officials said on Thursday.

US withdraws from UN’s cultural agency UNESCO

The United States announced on Thursday it was withdrawing from UNESCO, the UN’s cultural and educational agency, complaining about how it is run and about what Washington described as bias against Israel.
Thailand is putting the finishing touches this month to a lavish five-day funeral ceremony in a final goodbye to its late King Bhumibol Adulyadej, who helped shape the Southeast Asian nation for decades after World War Two.

U.S. flies bombers over Korea as Trump discusses options vs Pyongyang

The U.S. military flew two Air Force B-1B Lancer bombers over the Korean peninsula in a show of force late on Tuesday amid high tensions over North Korea’s nuclear and missile programs, South Korea’s military said.

California wildfires kill 15, raze 1,500 homes

Fast-moving wildfires burning across Northern California’s wine country had claimed at least 15 lives by Tuesday afternoon and destroyed an estimated 1,500 homes and commercial buildings, according to the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection.

U.S. warship sails near disputed island in South China Sea – officials

A U.S. Navy destroyer sailed near islands claimed by China in the South China Sea on Tuesday, three U.S. officials told Reuters, even as President Donald Trump’s administration seeks Chinese cooperation in dealing with North Korea’s missile and nuclear programs.

North Korea’s Kim consolidates position, promotes sister

SEOUL -- The promotion of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un’s 28-year-old sister to the country’s top decision-making body is a sign he is...

Thousands flee wildfires in California wine country

Wildfires fanned by strong winds swept through California’s wine country on Monday after killing at least one person, forcing some 20,000 residents to flee, and destroying hundreds of homes and businesses.

Saudi balances recession, deficit in tough decision on energy reform

Saudi Arabia is expected to decide by the end of this month on the timing of domestic fuel and electricity price hikes that could risk pushing the economy further into recession, sources said.