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U.S. urges strict U.N. sanctions until North Korea acts on denuclearization

via The Japan Times    Jul 21, 2018

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and U.N. Ambassador to United Nations Nikki Haley sit together during their meeting with United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres at U.N. headquarters in New York on Friday. | REUTERS

The United States called on North Korean leader Kim Jong Un on Friday to act on his promise to give up nuclear weapons and said ...

China to invest in North Korea infrastructure; U.N. diplomats say aid would violate sanctions

via The Japan Times    Jul 21, 2018

Chinese President Xi Jinping shakes hands with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in Beijing in this undated photo released June 20. | KCNA / VIA REUTERS

China has decided to invest 600 million yuan ($88 million) in North Korean infrastructure such as roads around a border bridge, sources in both countries ...

Thai secretary to Myanmar’s Rohingya panel quits, citing lack of progress

via The Japan Times    Jul 21, 2018

Rohingya play soccer at the Kutupalong refugee camp in Ukhia, Bangladesh, on Thursday. | AFP-JIJI

The Thai secretary to an international panel set up by Myanmar to advise on the Rohingya crisis has quit his post, dealing another blow to ...

Top CIA official says China waging ‘cold war’ to replace U.S. as leading global power

By Jesse Johnson
- via The Japan Times    Jul 21, 2018

In this undated photo, a Chinese H-6K heavy bomber is seen on patrol over the South China Sea. | AP

A top CIA official for Asia said Friday that Beijing is waging a “cold war” against Washington and seeking “to replace the United States as ...

U.N. diplomats: Russia puts ‘hold’ on U.S. requests over North Korea oil sanctions breach, with China backing

via The Japan Times    Jul 20, 2018

This Feb. 16 photo released by Japan's Ministry of Defense shows what it says is the North Korean-flagged tanker Yu Jong 2 (bottom) and the Min Ning De You 078 lying alongside in the East China Sea. Diplomats say Russia has asked for additional time to investigate U.S. allegations that North Korea is smuggling refined petroleum products into the country beyond the quota of 500,000 barrels per year allowed under U.N. sanctions. | JAPAN'S MINISTRY OF DEFENSE / VIA AP

Diplomats say Russia has asked for additional time to investigate U.S. allegations that North Korea is smuggling refined petroleum products into the country beyond the ...

Global slavery report slams North Korea and other repressive regimes

via The Japan Times    Jul 20, 2018

Modern slavery is most prevalent in North Korea and other repressive regimes, but developed nations also bear responsibility for it because they import $350 billion ...

North Korea puts planned August reunion of war-separated families in doubt

via The Japan Times    Jul 20, 2018

A TV screen at Seoul Station shows North Korean restaurant workers in China during a news program on Friday. | AP

North Korea said Friday that an August reunion of Korean families separated since the 1950-53 Korean War may not happen if South Korea doesn’t immediately ...

South Korea’s ex-President Park given eight more years in prison

via The Japan Times    Jul 20, 2018

A supporter of former South Korean President Park Geun-hye waves a national flag near the Seoul Central District Court on Friday. | AP

Disgraced former South Korean President Park Geun-hye was convicted of charges including illegally receiving funds from the country’s spy agency on Friday and given eight ...

WhatsApp, blamed for letting lethal rumors spread, curbs service in India

via The Japan Times    Jul 20, 2018

WhatsApp announced limits on the forwarding of messages by its 200 million Indian users in an effort to stop a spate of horrific lynchings and ...

Thailand’s cave boys wake up at home for first time in weeks

via The Japan Times    Jul 19, 2018

Thailand’s rescued cave boys woke up in their own homes for the first time in more than three weeks on Thursday, with many rising at ...

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