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Kim said to end call for U.S. pullout

updated: 04/20/2018 3:05 a.m. Discuss

SEOUL, South Korea -- Kim Jong Un, North Korea's leader, has removed a key obstacle to negotiations with Washington by ceasing to demand that American troops be removed from South Korea as a condition for denuclearizing his country, the South's president, Moon Jae-in, said Thursday.

The world in brief

updated: 04/20/2018 3:04 a.m. Discuss

Basque's ETA militants set to dissolve

Pentagon: Sarin likely at Syria sites, but questions remain

updated: 04/19/2018 3:52 p.m. Discuss

WASHINGTON — The Pentagon said Thursday a "preponderance of the evidence" indicates there were chemical weapons, including "elements" of sarin nerve gas, at the three Syrian sites bombed by the U.S. and its allies last week. Any definitive conclusion probably will remain an open question for some time.

57-year-old replaces Raul Castro as Cuba's president

posted: 04/19/2018 11:19 a.m. Discuss

HAVANA — Raul Castro said Thursday that he expected 57-year-old Miguel Mario Diaz-Canel Bermudez to serve two five-year terms as president and eventually take Castro's place as head of the Communist Party, potentially dominating Cuban politics until 2031.

Trump touts Pompeo talks; CIA leader, Kim got on well, he says

posted: 04/19/2018 4:30 a.m. Discuss

President Donald Trump said Wednesday that his CIA chief "got along really well" with Kim Jong Un during a secret meeting in North Korea, holding up the unusual talks as a reason to confirm Mike Pompeo as secretary of state.

U.N. team faced gunfire in Syria; gas-probe site called unsafe

posted: 04/19/2018 4:30 a.m. Discuss

Assailants opened fire on a United Nations security team visiting the site of a suspected chemical-weapons attack in Syria, an official said Wednesday, forcing the team to retreat to its base and further delaying a fact-finding mission by outside experts to examine the claims.

Intruders interrupt Nigeria lawmakers

posted: 04/19/2018 3:45 a.m. Discuss

A suspended senator led armed men into Nigeria’s upper legislative chamber in a session Wednesday, stealing the ceremonial staff and, according to analysts, signaling political turmoil ahead of presidential polls in 2019.

To end war, Koreas require help

updated: 04/19/2018 3:39 a.m. Discuss

President Donald Trump has given his "blessing" for North and South Korea to discuss the end of the Korean War amid a diplomatic push to end the North Korean nuclear standoff.

Path cleared for new president of Cuba

updated: 04/19/2018 3:38 a.m. Discuss

Cuba's National Assembly on Wednesday cleared the way for the end of Castro rule, naming Miguel Diaz-Canel Bermudez as the sole candidate for head of state.

Cuban exiles doubt island's new leader different

updated: 04/19/2018 3:37 a.m. Discuss

The political transition in Cuba is generating no joy for exiles in Florida, who say they expect no change after Raul Castro steps down as president.

Palestinian forces, Syrian troops ready for ISIS if talks fail

updated: 04/19/2018 3:35 a.m. Discuss

Syrian troops and allied Palestinian fighters are preparing for an offensive on the last Islamic State bastion in the capital if talks on an evacuation deal fall through.

China's live-fire exercise seen as warning to Taiwan leader

posted: 04/19/2018 3:34 a.m. Discuss

China's navy held live-fire exercises near Taiwan on Wednesday in a warning to the democratic, self-ruled island against what Beijing describes as "dangerous" remarks on independence.

The world in brief

updated: 04/19/2018 3:32 a.m. Discuss

Erdogan sets early elections for June

Names and faces

updated: 04/19/2018 3:29 a.m. Discuss

Buckingham Palace is reporting that Britain's Queen Elizabeth II is devastated by the loss of her beloved corgi Willow, the last in a royal line of loyal, nippy dogs who have kept the monarch company during her entire reign. The Daily Mail said that the 91-year-old queen was hit "extremely hard" by the death of Willow, 14, who was put down Sunday after suffering a bout of cancer.

U.S., Japan plan new talks on 'fair and reciprocal' trade deal

updated: 04/18/2018 6:38 p.m. Discuss

PALM BEACH, Fla. — The U.S. and Japan said Wednesday they've agreed to start talks to develop what President Donald Trump and Japanese Prime Minster Shinzo Abe described as a new "free, fair and reciprocal" trade deal between the two countries after two days of talks.

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