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September 24, 2017 4:02 AM New Zealand's ruling party ahead after poll but kingmaker in no rush to decide

WELLINGTON: The leaders of New Zealand's main parties prepared on Sunday to start talks with Winston Peters, the leader of a nationalist party who emerged as kingmaker after an inconclusive general election, but Peters indicated he was in no rush to pick a side. Prime Minister Bill English's National Party won the largest number of votes in Saturday's 3

September 23, 2017 8:07 PM North Korea says strike on US is 'inevitable' as Pentagon flies bombers off coast

North Korea's foreign minister called U.S. President Donald Trump "a mentally deranged person full of megalomania" and promised a strike on the American mainland was "inevitable" in a blistering speech to the United Nations General Assembly Saturday. The address by Ri Yong Ho began as the Pentagon announced that it had flown bombers and fighter escorts 2

September 23, 2017 7:42 PM North Korea says rockets to US 'inevitable' after Donald Trump calls Kim Jong Un 'rocket man'

UNITED NATIONS (REUTERS) - North Korea said on Saturday targeting the US mainland with its rockets was inevitable after “Mr Evil President” Donald Trump called Pyongyang’s leader “rocket man”, further escalating rhetoric over the North’s nuclear weapons and missile programmes. North Korean Foreign Minister Ri Yong Ho’s remarks to the United Nations General 3

September 23, 2017 5:04 AM Nuclear logic and logistics

If nuclear deterrence is a cardinal principle, why should it be a cardinal principle only for a few? Why should North Korea denuclearise when others are not doing so? When the others are testing and enhancing their nuclear capacity? When the US has militarised the Northern Pacific, with its self-declared Pivot to China? With its nuclear-armed submarines 3

September 23, 2017 4:44 AM Brexit: UK needs to clarify issues

The UK must provide more clarity about its negotiating position on Brexit, the French president has said. Emmanuel Macron said the issues of EU citizens, the exit bill and the Irish border question must be settled before talks could be held on trade. On Friday, Theresa May made suggestions including a two-year transition period after Brexit, and that the UK pay the EU for "commitments" 4

September 23, 2017 4:37 AM Russia wants Trump and Kim Jong Un to calm down

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - Russia urged "hot heads" to calm down on Friday as the United States admitted it felt "challenged" by North Korea's warning that it could test a hydrogen bomb over the Pacific and President Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un traded more insults. Trump called the North Korean leader a "madman" on Friday, a day after Kim dubbed him a "mentally 6

September 22, 2017 9:29 PM Brazil army deploys in Rio slum as drug-related violence worsens

RIO DE JANEIRO: Hundreds of Brazilian soldiers poured into Rio de Janeiro's Rocinha slum on Friday in a bid to help the cash-strapped state government quell the drug-related violence that authorities blamed for at least four deaths and several injuries there this week. The army deployed 950 troops in the sprawling favela, responding to a request from the Rio state 3

September 22, 2017 9:00 PM May calls for 2-year transition after Brexit

But British PM's concessions to EU may still not be enough to move stalled negotiations FLORENCE • British Prime Minister Theresa May called yesterday for Britain to stay in the European Union's single market during a roughly two-year transition out of the EU, while offering concessions on a divorce deal as she appealed for a revival of Brexit negotiations 3

September 22, 2017 8:47 PM The flip side of Trump’s ‘America First’ sentiment

For the first time since the Williams’ sisters took the centre stage, two Black American women this month found themselves in the Finals of the US Open. In fact, for the first time ever, three Black American women were in the Semis. The commentators, most of them Americans since the tournament took place on American soil, gushed about how good it all was for American 1

September 22, 2017 5:25 PM Close but no hurrah: EU welcomes May Brexit speech, but warily

BRUSSELS: Theresa May's "constructive spirit" won a cautious welcome from the European Union on Friday, though the British prime minister's keynote Brexit speech raised more questions than answers for some and they want more details next week. "The speech shows a willingness to move forward, as time is of the essence," the EU's chief Brexit negotiator 4