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Abe aims at N. Korea after storming to 'super-majority' vote win

Toukyo - Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe pledged Monday to work with the US, China and Russia to contain North Korea's nuclear threat with "strong, resolute diplomacy", as he "humbly" accepted his landslide victory in a snap election.

Mattis to discuss North Korea threat on Asia trip

Clark - US Secretary of Defense James Mattis said on Monday that curbing military threats from North Korea would be high on the agenda on his Asian tour this week, ahead of a visit by Donald Trump.

'Merkel understood nothing': AfD's fury in east Germany

Cottbus - Chancellor Angela Merkel hails from Germany's ex-communist East, yet it is here where the anger against her runs deepest and the far-right protest party AfD has celebrated its strongest gains.

Trump says US 'totally prepared' for potential NKorea threat

Washington - The United States is "totally prepared" to respond to threats from Pyongyang, US President Donald Trump said in an interview aired Sunday, while also emphasizing his "exceptional relationship" with China's leader.

Former US president Carter says would travel to Pyongyang: report

Washington - Former US president Jimmy Carter says he has offered to go to North Korea on behalf of the White House to try to allay rising tensions, but has not been asked, the New York Times reported Sunday.

Abe: Nationalist blueblood at home, shrewd diplomat abroad

Toukyo - Shinzo Abe, on course to become Japan's longest-serving leader after Sunday's election win, is seen as a pragmatic and canny diplomat who has cozied up to Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin while pushing a nationalist agenda at home.

Abe cruises to 'super-majority' win in Japan vote

Toukyo - Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe swept to a resounding victory in a snap election Sunday and immediately vowed to "deal firmly" with threats from North Korea that dominated the campaign.

Italy regions vote on autonomy bid

Milan - Voters in the northern Italian regions of Lombardy and Veneto vote Sunday in autonomy referendums attracting additional interest against the backdrop of Catalonia's push for independence from Spain.

EU parliament chief 'fears' spread of small nations as Italy regions vote

Rome - European Parliament chief Antonio Tajani said Europe should "fear" the spread of small nations as Spain struggled Sunday with the Catalonia crisis and the Italian regions of Lombardy and Veneto voted in referendums on greater autonomy.

Georgia lawmaker asks if we could quarantine people with HIV

Atlanta - Georgia GOP state representative, Betty Price, in a study committee this week asked if the government could “quarantine” people with HIV to stop the spread of the AIDS virus.

Tillerson in new bid to ease Gulf crisis

Riyadh - US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson is to launch a fresh bid Sunday to ease a crisis between Riyadh and Doha, both allies of Washington, but without high hopes of a breakthrough.

Russian opposition chief Navalny says released from jail

Moscow - Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny said Sunday he had been released from the Moscow detention centre where he had served a 20-day term for organising protests against President Vladimir Putin."Hi.

EU parliament's Brexit pointman pokes May to pay up

London - Guy Verhofstadt, the European Parliament's Brexit coordinator, told British Prime Minister Theresa May on Sunday to confront the Brexiteers in her cabinet and offer greater concessions to the EU.

Trump promises 'a very, very big statement' on opioid crisis

President Trump went off-script this week, promising to declare the opioid crisis a national emergency next week. However, administration officials are now scrambling to come up with some kind of plan to implement Trump's promise.

Mugabe WHO appointment 'contradicts UN ideals': US

Washington - The United States on Saturday sharply criticized the appointment of Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe as a World Health Organization goodwill ambassador, saying it "contradicts United Nations ideals.

Populist billionaire Andrej Babis wins Czech vote

Prague - He may be facing charges over alleged EU subsidy fraud, but billionaire businessman Andrej Babis has won the support of voters in the Czech general election by pushing his trademark anti-corruption and anti-euro ticket.

Tillerson returns to Saudi Arabia as Qatar row simmers

Riyadh - US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson arrived in Saudi Arabia Saturday, his second visit to the region in recent months as he seeks a breakthrough in a diplomatic crisis gripping the Gulf.

Spain to dismiss Catalonia's government, call elections

Madrid - Spain said Saturday it will move to dismiss Catalonia's separatist government and call fresh elections in the region in a bid to stop its leaders from declaring independence.

No pomp as Russia revolution centenary nears

Moscow - A century after its revolution shook the world, Russia strives to strike an odd balance between remembering the uprising that brought about the Soviet Union, while stopping short of romanticising regime change.
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