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Xi Tells Kim Jong Un He’s Seeking Stable China-North Korea Ties – Bloomberg

President Xi Jinping called for stable China-North Korea ties in a message to Kim Jong Un shortly before Donald Trump makes his first visit to Asia as U.S. president. Xi sent the note after Kim congratulated him last week on a second term as general secretary of the Communist Party of China Central Committee, the […]

Newly Released Bin Laden Document Describes Iran, Al Qaeda Link – NBCNews.com

WASHINGTON — A document seized the night Navy SEALs killed Osama Bin Laden suggests that Al Qaeda and Iran had a relationship more complicated and intimate than previously known — one that included threats and kidnappings, but also occasional cooperation. The document was among a massive trove of material released Wednesday by the CIA following […]

Michael Fallon, UK Defense Secretary, Quits Over Inappropriate Conduct – New York Times

Earlier this week he admitted that he had put his hand on the knee of a female journalist, Julia Hartley-Brewer, in 2002. She has accepted his apology, and made light of the incident in recent days, posting a picture of her knees on Twitter, and writing that they were still intact. Full medical check-up this […]

North Korea working on advanced version of missile that could reach US, source says – CNN

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Navy Collisions That Killed 17 Sailors Were ‘Avoidable,’ Official Inquiry Says – New York Times

“The collisions were avoidable,” Adm. John M. Richardson, the chief of naval operations, said in a summary of the reports, released by the Navy on Wednesday morning. The release of the reports came a day after the Navy held closed-door briefings for lawmakers on Capitol Hill and sent officers crisscrossing the country to brief family […]

Exclusive: US pursues direct diplomacy with North Korea despite Trump rejection – Reuters

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The United States is quietly pursuing direct diplomacy with North Korea, a senior State Department official said on Tuesday, despite U.S. President Donald Trump’s public assertion that such talks are a waste of time. Using the so-called “New York channel,” Joseph Yun, U.S. negotiator with North Korea, has been in contact with […]

Mueller’s Team Worried That Paul Manafort And Rick Gates Would Flee Or Destroy Evidence – BuzzFeed News

Court documents unsealed on Tuesday show that special counsel Robert Mueller’s team was worried that former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort and his deputy Rick Gates would flee or destroy evidence once they learned criminal charges were filed against them. On Oct. 27, according to one of the newly unsealed documents, prosecutors asked a federal […]

The Other Reformation: How Martin Luther Changed Our Beer, Too – NPR

Left: A bartender at Hops & Barley brewpub draws a pint of beer in Berlin. Right: A portrait of Martin Luther. The protest that Luther launched 500 years ago revamped not only how Europe worshipped but also how it drank. He and his followers promoted hops in beer as an act of rebellion against the […]

High-level North Korean Defector Urges Engagement With Pyongyang – Voice of America

The highest-level North Korean defector to make it out of the country in 20 years says the West must use “maximum engagement” with the Kim Jong Un regime. Thae Yong-ho is making his first visit to Washington. The former deputy chief of mission at the North Korean embassy in London defected to South Korea with […]

Trump Foreign Policy Advisers Were Brought On to Solve a Political Problem. Now They Are One. – New York Times

They have described Carter Page, an energy executive who F.B.I. agents suspected had once been marked for recruitment by Russian spies, as a gadfly who had been “put on notice” by the campaign and whom Mr. Trump “does not know.” Mr. Page’s trip to Moscow in July 2016 was one of the triggers leading the […]

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