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North Korea controls agenda as world's media pour in

Pyongyang - When one of the world's most secretive states opens the door to the international media, it keeps a firm grip on the handle.

North Korea stages once-in-a-generation party congress

Pyongyang - North Korea kicked off its first ruling party congress for nearly 40 years Friday, with state media lauding the isolated country's "prestige" as a nuclear power while maintaining a news blackout on the event itself.

N. Korea to launch top party gathering amid nuke test fears

Pyongyang - North Korea will Friday launch its highest-level ruling party meeting in almost 40 years, with delegates set to heap praise on its nuclear arsenal as a "precious sword" amid fears of a fresh atomic test.

North Korea readies for party congress, nuclear test fears persist

Seoul - North Korea readied Thursday to kick off its most important ruling party gathering for nearly 40 years, amid persistent concerns of a nuclear test, despite no clear signs of an imminent detonation.

North Korea readies for party congress, nuclear test fears persist

Seoul - North Korea readied Thursday to kick off its most important ruling party gathering for nearly 40 years, amid persistent concerns of a nuclear test, despite no clear signs of an imminent detonation.

North Korea readies for party congress, nuclear test fears persist

Seoul - North Korea readied Thursday to kick off its most important ruling party gathering for nearly 40 years, amid persistent concerns of a nuclear test, despite no clear signs of an imminent detonation.

A coronation for North Korea's Kim Jong-Un

Seoul - After four years of top-level reshuffles, purges and executions, Kim Jong-Un will formally cement his unassailable status as North Korea's supreme leader at a landmark ruling party congress this week.

A coronation for North Korea's Kim Jong-Un

Seoul - After four years of top-level reshuffles, purges and executions, Kim Jong-Un will formally cement his unassailable status as North Korea's supreme leader at a landmark ruling party congress this week.

A coronation for North Korea's Kim Jong-Un

Seoul - After four years of top-level reshuffles, purges and executions, Kim Jong-Un will formally cement his unassailable status as North Korea's supreme leader at a landmark ruling party congress this week.

Former U.S. House speaker: Cruz is 'Lucifer in the flesh'

Washington - Former US House speaker John Boehner has let fly with a stunning critique of fellow Republican and 2016 presidential hopeful Ted Cruz, labeling him the devil incarnate.

Indian PM invited to address joint meeting of US Congress

Washington - Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi will address a joint meeting of the US Congress on June 8 during the leader's visit to Washington, House Speaker Paul Ryan announced Thursday.

North Korea sets party congress date amid nuclear test fears

Seoul - North Korea on Wednesday formally set May 6 for the opening of a landmark ruling party congress -- the first in nearly four decades and an event many fear will be preceded by a fifth nuclear test.

9/11 bill under scrutiny as Obama heads to Saudi Arabia

Washington - US President Barack Obama heads to Saudi Arabia Tuesday amid tensions over congressional legislation which would potentially allow the royal government to be sued in American courts over the September 11, 2001 attacks.

Brazil's impeachment problem: the accusers are also accused

Rio De Janeiro - One by one, Brazilian lawmakers rise on national television, faces red with indignation, voices shaking, to demand impeachment of President Dilma Rousseff.The problem with this righteous scene playing out in Brazil throughout this weekend?

Top food companies urging funding to combat antibiotic resistance

A large number of the nation's top food companies and others sent a letter to Congress this week, urging lawmakers to include funding in the Fiscal Year 2017 budget for the National Action Plan for Combating Antibiotic- Resistant Bacteria.

Argentina lawmakers back deal to repay holdout creditors

Buenos Aires - Argentina's chamber of deputies voted early Wednesday to approve a repayment deal with more holdout creditors, as the nation seeks to finally close the door on 15 years of litigation over its defaulted bonds.

China cuts 2016 growth target to '6.5-7 percent'

Bejing - China on Saturday cut its growth target for this year to a range of 6.5 to seven percent, as the world's second-largest economy faces a litany of challenges from overcapacity to weak trade.

China raises 2016 defence spending by 7.6 percent: budget

Bejing - China will raise its defence spending by 7.6 percent this year, a budget report to the country's Communist-controlled parliament showed on Saturday, a smaller increase than past years as it seeks a more efficient military.

China defence spending to rise '7 to 8%' in 2016: official

Bejing - China will raise its defence spending by seven to eight percent this year, a top official said Friday, a smaller increase than the double-digit rises of the past as Beijing seeks a more efficient military.

Slowing growth looms over China parliament meeting

Bejing - China's Communist-controlled parliament meets on Saturday to approve a new five-year plan to tackle slowing growth in the world's second-largest economy, as President Xi Jinping centralises power and narrows the spaces for public debate.

Shkreli set to take the Fifth Amendment at hearing

Washington - Ex-pharmaceutical entrepreneur Martin Shkreli has stated he would like to "berate" and "insult" Congress. However, for this week’s hearing he is set to take the Fifth Amendment.

Congress passes bill requiring childproof liquid nicotine bottles

Washington - It's called the Child Nicotine Poisoning Prevention Act, and it's intended to keep kids safer by making it more difficult for sticky little fingers to get into yummy-looking but highly toxic liquid nicotine. Congress passed the measure on Monday.

Obama seeks unilateral action on gun control

Washington - In an effort to curb gun violence in the U.S., President Barack Obama is looking for ways to take the issue of gun control out of the hands of Congress.

President considers tightening gun control laws without Congress

Washington - President Barack Obama plans to meet with Attorney General Loretta Lynch on Monday to devise strategies for tightening gun control without the help of ideologically deadlocked U.S. lawmakers.

Emerging powers rise in IMF as U.S. unblocks reforms

Washington - China, India and Russia will soon speak with a louder voice at the International Monetary Fund.

Brooklyn comedian launches campaign to stop 'racist' U.S. bill

Congress is getting ready to vote on a bill that will make it harder for people of certain ethnic backgrounds to enter the US from overseas, even if they're US citizens.

EU diplomats warn U.S. over visa threat

Washington - Diplomats from the 28-member European Union on Monday warned they could respond in kind if the United States makes good on plans to end visa-free entry for some EU nationals.

FBI chief: California killers radicalized before they met

Washington - The Muslim husband and wife who killed 14 people in an attack on a year-end party in San Bernardino, California were radicalized at least two years ago, before they met online, FBI Director James Comey said.

U.S. bill would have tech firms report terrorist activity

San Francisco - Two US senators introduced a bill that would compel tech companies, particularly social media firms like Facebook and Twitter, to warn law enforcement when they detect terrorist activity on their platforms.

U.S. House votes to tighten controls on visa-free travelers

Washington - American lawmakers voted overwhelmingly Tuesday to impose restrictions making it more difficult for visitors to Iraq, Syria and countries listed as supporting terrorism to travel visa-free to the United States.
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