December 15, 2018

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North Korea could test hydrogen bomb in Pacific, says foreign minister

North Korea could test hydrogen bomb in Pacific, says foreign ministerNorth Korea could respond to Donald Trump’s threats of military action by testing a powerful nuclear weapon in the Pacific Ocean, the country’s foreign minister has said, hours after the North Korean leader, Kim Jong-un, said the US president would “pay dearly” for threatening to destroy the regime. Ri was speaking after Kim said that he was considering retaliating at the “highest level” after Trump warned that the US would “totally destroy North Korea” if it was forced to defend itself or its allies. Earlier this month, North Korea detonated a powerful hydrogen bomb at its Punggye-ri nuclear test site in the north-east of the country.


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Police chief: 'A lot of concerns' after shooting of deaf man

Police chief: 'A lot of concerns' after shooting of deaf manOKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The police chief of Oklahoma City said Thursday the fatal shooting of a deaf man has raised "a lot of concerns" about training for officer interaction with people with hearing or speech problems, and he plans to meet with advocates for those who have such impairments.


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Bangladesh's PM at UN urges 'safe zones' for Myanmar's Rohingya

Bangladesh's PM at UN urges 'safe zones' for Myanmar's RohingyaBangladesh's prime minister on Thursday proposed creating UN-supervised safe zones inside Myanmar to protect Rohingya Muslims who are fleeing a military crackdown to seek refuge in her country. "These people must be able to return to their homeland in safety, security and dignity," Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina told the UN General Assembly. The United Nations says more than 420,000 Rohingya have fled for safety to Bangladesh in the face of an army campaign in northern Rakhine state that includes rape and the burning of villages.


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Russia says will target U.S.-backed fighters in Syria if provoked

Russia says will target U.S.-backed fighters in Syria if provokedBy Andrew Osborn and Phil Stewart MOSCOW/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Russia warned the United States on Thursday it would target U.S.-backed militias in Syria if Russian troops again came under fire, as the United States disclosed an unusual face-to-face meeting between U.S. and Russian generals meant to avoid such clashes. The Russian warning underscored growing tensions over Syria between Moscow and Washington.


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GOP health bill offers provisions aimed at helping 2 states

GOP health bill offers provisions aimed at helping 2 statesWASHINGTON (AP) — Provisions shoehorned into the Republican health care bill dangle extra money for Alaska and Wisconsin, home states of one GOP senator whose vote party leaders desperately need and another who co-sponsored the legislation, according to analysts who've studied the legislation.


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Despair rises for relatives of the missing in Mexico quake

Despair rises for relatives of the missing in Mexico quakeMEXICO CITY (AP) — As painstaking attempts to reach survivors in quake-ravaged buildings across Mexico City stretched into a third day Thursday, desperation mounted among loved ones who earlier had high hopes for quick rescues and some complained they were being kept in the dark about search efforts.


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AP Explains: Why Japan doesn't sign nuclear arms ban treaty

AP Explains: Why Japan doesn't sign nuclear arms ban treatyTOKYO (AP) — Japan, the only country to have suffered atomic bomb attacks, has repeatedly called for a global ban on nuclear weapons. Yet it sided with the nuclear powers and NATO in refusing to sign a treaty to ban such weapons during the U.N. General Assembly meeting in New York.


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