Seoul: North Korean leader Kim demotes top official
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Seoul: North Korean leader Kim demotes top official

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korean leader Kim Jong Un is believed to have demoted one of his top officials and sent him to a rural collective farm for reeducation, South Korea’s spy agency told lawmakers Tuesday. If confirmed, the banishment of Choe Ryong Hae would be the latest in a series of executions, purges and … Continue reading

4 Brits, 2 Aussies among 7 dead in New Zealand chopper crash
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4 Brits, 2 Aussies among 7 dead in New Zealand chopper crash

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — Four tourists from Britain and two from Australia were among seven people killed Saturday when a helicopter crashed on a scenic New Zealand glacier, police said. An image released by police showed the wreckage wedged between walls of ice in a crevasse on the Fox Glacier. Police said in a … Continue reading

Malaysia calls IS evil, Obama vows no safe haven for killers
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Malaysia calls IS evil, Obama vows no safe haven for killers

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — President Barack Obama promised that Islamic extremists would find no safe haven anywhere, while the leader of Muslim-majority Malaysia branded the Islamic State group as a “new evil” that has blasphemed the religion, and urged world leaders to confront it forcefully. Obama and Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak were speaking … Continue reading

Blast at Japan’s controversial war shrine injures no one
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Blast at Japan’s controversial war shrine injures no one

TOKYO (AP) — An explosion Monday damaged a public restroom at a controversial shrine in Tokyo that honors Japanese war dead, with police suspecting foul play. No one was injured. The Yasukuni shrine, which honors 2.5 million Japanese war dead, including executed war criminals, has been the target of criticism from China and South Korea, … Continue reading

Australia tries to halt unrest at immigration detention camp
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Australia tries to halt unrest at immigration detention camp

SYDNEY (AP) — Australian officials were working Monday to contain unrest at a remote detention center for asylum seekers in the Indian Ocean, with protesters lighting a series of small fires and guards withdrawing from the compound. The immigration department confirmed there was a “major disturbance” at the detention center on the Australian territory of … Continue reading