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Trump calls North Korean leader 'Rocket Man' in formal speech to U.N., threatens to end Iran deal

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 07:38:00 PDT

President Trump mocked North Korean leader Kim Jong Un as "Rocket Man" and denounced "loser terrorists" in the normally formal occasion of his maiden address to the United Nations General Assembly."Rocket Man is on a suicide mission for himself and for his regime," Trump said in the provocative...(image)

U.N. General Assembly live updates: Trump delivers forceful but highly unusual speech at annual gathering

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 10:17:00 PDT

President Trump mocked North Korean leader Kim Jong Un as "Rocket Man" and denounced "loser terrorists" in the normally formal occasion of his maiden address to the United Nations General Assembly."Rocket Man is on a suicide mission for himself and for his regime," Trump said in the provocative...(image)

Hurricane Maria tears through the eastern Caribbean toward Puerto Rico

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 09:10:00 PDT

Hurricane Maria was churning toward Puerto Rico on Tuesday after devastating the Caribbean island of Dominica overnight, on track to hit several islands still reeling from Hurricane Irma’s damage earlier this month.

Maria made landfall in Dominica with 160 mph winds that sheared off roofs, including...


Aung San Suu Kyi treats Rohingya crisis as a mystery: 'We want to find out why this exodus is happening'

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 08:40:00 PDT

With nearly half of Myanmar’s Rohingya Muslim population having fled the country in the past three weeks, Aung San Suu Kyi addressed the crisis publicly for the first time — and called it a mystery.

“We want to find out why this exodus is happening,” Suu Kyi, the leader of Myanmar’s governing party,...


Slavery is alive and well: 89 million have been in some form of bondage in the last five years, report says

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 07:30:00 PDT

Slavery is alive and well as 89 million have experienced some form of forced bondage in the past five years.(image)

Leaders from round the world gather for the U.N. General Assembly: A quick look at what's on the table

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 03:00:00 PDT

A look at the difficult issues facing world leaders as they gather for the United Nations General Assembly in New York(image)

Costco stores in South Korea offer chopped onions for hot dogs. Koreans have a different idea

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 03:00:00 PDT

The sound of silverware scraping plates reverberates through the Costco cafe, competing with the chatter of customers.

It is the sound of scooping onions.

Chopped onions are being scooped onto hot dogs, onto baked bulgogi sandwiches — and directly into people’s mouths, along with healthy dollops...


Hurricane Maria grows into a Category 5 storm and makes landfall in the storm-battered Caribbean

Mon, 18 Sep 2017 20:00:00 PDT

Hurricane Maria, a dangerous Category 5 storm, reached the island of Dominica in the eastern Caribbean on Monday night with sustained winds of 160 mph, forecasters said.

It was expected to deliver destructive waves, a storm surge of up to 9 feet, flooding and mudslides along a path that the National...


Trump condemns 'bureaucracy and mismanagement' at the U.N.

Mon, 18 Sep 2017 18:00:00 PDT

Acting more the statesman than the flamethrower, President Trump made a smooth debut at the United Nations on Monday, chairing a meeting on reforming U.N. operations and agencies, and urging the global body to “focus more on people and less on bureaucracy.”

He called for the 193 member nations...


What happened to the 'Narcos' location scout found dead in Mexico?

Mon, 18 Sep 2017 17:05:00 PDT

As a location scout for Hollywood projects filming in his native Mexico, Carlos Munoz Portal spent his workdays roaming the country, searching for landscapes that would look great on screen. By age 37, he had racked up an impressive list of credits that included the drug war thriller “Sicario”...


Trump is riding a 'dead horse' on climate issue, Gov. Brown says at New York conference

Mon, 18 Sep 2017 16:45:00 PDT

California Gov. Jerry Brown on Monday touted steps the state has taken toward a healthier climate, but warned that powerful forces he called “climate deniers” are resisting technologies and policies designed to improve conditions.

“I like all the optimism around here, but I don’t want to minimize...


After tough Trump speech, Pakistan scrambles to answer U.S. demands in Afghanistan

Mon, 18 Sep 2017 10:10:00 PDT

Pakistan, facing growing pressure internally and from the United States about the relationship between the two countries, is weighing how to respond to U.S. demands that it do more to help stop the fighting in Afghanistan.

U.S. envoys have renewed calls on Pakistan to crack down on the Haqqani...


The U.N. says Rohingya Muslims are facing ethnic cleansing in Myanmar. So why is India trying to kick them out too?

Mon, 18 Sep 2017 08:50:00 PDT

More than 400,000 Rohingya Muslims have streamed out of Myanmar in recent weeks, fleeing a bloody military crackdown that a top United Nations official described as “a textbook example of ethnic cleansing.”

Now the Rohingya are facing expulsion from another country: India, where an estimated 40,000...


At $80 an ounce, it's not for everyone. But Iranian caviar is eyeing a comeback in the U.S.

Mon, 18 Sep 2017 03:00:00 PDT

Nasser Meshkin Azarian took a careful nibble, letting the salty, grainy texture roll across his tongue. He smiled and washed it down with a sip of cool water.

“I give it an 82 or 83” out of 100, Azarian said. At the retail price of $80 an ounce in Iran, it was an expensive bite. But beluga caviar...


Trump's first speech at U.N. will focus on sovereignty and calls for reform

Mon, 18 Sep 2017 03:00:00 PDT

President Trump takes to the world’s largest stage this week. And many onstage are worried.

Trump will deliver his first address Tuesday to the full United Nations General Assembly, an annual meeting that draws diplomats and leaders from 193 countries.

Neither Russian President Vladimir Putin nor...


Rival Palestinian groups appear to move toward unity after a 10-year split

Sun, 17 Sep 2017 17:00:00 PDT

The Palestinian Authority’s Fatah movement and its militant rival, Hamas, on Sunday appeared to move toward ending a 10-year split after Hamas vowed to accept conditions including a unity government and general elections in the West Bank and Gaza Strip.

Hamas, which took control of Gaza in 2007,...


Acid attack at French train station shows no signs of ties to terror groups

Sun, 17 Sep 2017 12:55:00 PDT

A woman who attacked four women from the United States with acid in Marseille, France, on Sunday did not appear to have ties to terror organizations, authorities said.

The attacker, who sprayed acid at passersby near the city’s Saint Charles rail station, seemed unbalanced and was not targeting...


The U.N. pledged to improve the lives of the world's most needy. Enacting that plan is another matter

Sun, 17 Sep 2017 05:00:00 PDT

It’s been two years since the United Nations adopted 17 goals aimed at fighting poverty and inequality, protecting the environment and fostering peace.

The target year for achieving those goals is 2030, but that’s little time, given the scope of the agenda, and experts note formidable obstacles...


Trump may be reconsidering his opposition to Paris climate accord

Sat, 16 Sep 2017 16:55:00 PDT

A European official said Saturday that the Trump administration has softened its opposition to the landmark Paris climate accord and may not completely withdraw after all.

If true, this would mark another reversal of one of President Trump’s key campaign promises, one of the most controversial.


18-year-old man arrested in connection to London subway blast

Sat, 16 Sep 2017 14:45:00 PDT

Police in Britain said they had arrested an 18-year-old man Saturday in the port city of Dover suspected of involvement in Friday’s terrorist attack on a London subway train when a bomb partially exploded, setting a crowded train car on fire and injuring 29 people.

The apparent breakthrough in the...


Islamic State claims responsibility for London subway attack that injured 29; terror threat 'critical'

Fri, 15 Sep 2017 14:40:00 PDT

An Islamic State group claimed responsibility for the latest attack to rock Britain — the fifth this year — after a homemade bomb exploded in a packed London subway car Friday, sending panicked passengers fleeing for cover during the morning rush hour.

In response to the attack, which left dozens...


Two criminal cases — one in China, one in Taiwan — show a deeper rift between the political systems

Fri, 15 Sep 2017 10:35:00 PDT

Courts in China and Taiwan, rivals for 70 years, each took a criminal state-security case this week involving a suspect from the other side, and outcomes so far are baring schisms between the political systems that will complicate already strained relations.

A court in China’s Hunan province heard...


Fearful of Trump's America, asylum seekers from across the globe stream into Canada

Fri, 15 Sep 2017 10:10:00 PDT

Canada set up tents at the border and converted an Olympic stadium into a shelter to cope with the unprecedented surge of international asylum seekers arriving from the United States.(image)

The children of South Sudan's war face hunger, rape and other violence on their long, often-solitary walks to safety

Fri, 15 Sep 2017 09:15:00 PDT

Obede Lutana lost both his parents amid South Sudan’s increasingly vicious civil war—his father shot to death by soldiers last year on the family’s farm near Yei, his mother succumbing to an outbreak of disease.

Lutana was left to live with his cousin, a young woman who cared for him as the chaos...