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The spy who came in from the North

Gwangju - Condemned to death twice for spying, Seo Ok-Ryol spent three decades in prison, most of it in solitary confinement. Now aged 90, the only thing he wants to do before he dies is go home -- to North Korea.

Macron limbers up for tricky dance with Merkel

Paris - French President Emmanuel Macron likes to describe France and Germany as two tango dancers who are enthusiastic partners but wary about embracing.

Turkey hosts NATO naval exercises amid tensions

Marmaris - Turkey on Wednesday was preparing to wind up naval exercises with fellow NATO members being held at a time of a crisis in relations with several alliance states and controversy over Ankara's plan to purchase weapons from Russia.

Japan PM says time for North Korea dialogue is over

New York - Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Wednesday declared the time for dialogue with North Korea to be over and rallied behind a US warning that "all options" are on the table.

Unlike Trump, Britain's May defends multilateral world

New York - British Prime Minister Theresa May urged world leaders to defend the rules-based international order and its multilateral institutions Wednesday, one day after US President Donald Trump had hailed national sovereignty.

Japan PM says time for North Korea dialogue is over

New York - Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Wednesday declared the time for dialogue with North Korea is over and rallied behind a US warning that "all options" are on the tableAddressing the UN General Assembly, Abe said "there is not much time left" to tak...

51 countries line up to sign UN treaty outlawing nuclear weapons

New York - With the North Korean nuclear crisis looming large, 51 countries on Wednesday lined up to sign a new treaty outlawing nuclear weapons that has been fiercely opposed by the United States and other nuclear powers.

China jabs back at Trump's barb over South China Sea

Bejing - Beijing hit back Wednesday at US President Donald Trump's veiled criticism of its territorial claims in the disputed South China Sea, countering that the United States was a greater threat to sovereignty.

Trump and Merkel: global partners, worlds apart

Washington - The first time Donald Trump met Angela Merkel, pictures of their awkward non-handshake in the Oval Office went around the world -- and the months that followed did little to break the ice.

Egypt's Sisi urges Palestinians to unite, co-exist with Israel

New York - Egypt's President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi on Tuesday urged Palestinians to unite and "be ready to co-exist" in peace with Israelis, in his address to the United Nations.

Israel's Netanyahu vows to fight 'Iranian curtain'

New York - Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu vowed Tuesday to fight an "Iranian curtain" descending on the Middle East, pledging to prevent Tehran from ever establishing a permanent foothold in Syria.

Tillerson raises 'troubling allegations' with Suu Kyi

New York - US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson called Myanmar leader Aung Sang Suu Kyi on Tuesday to urge her government to address "deeply troubling allegations of human rights abuses and violations.

US will forfeit trust if exits nuclear deal: Rouhani

Washington - Iranian President Hassan Rouhani warned Tuesday that the United States would forfeit the trust of the international community if it abandons a nuclear accord with Tehran.

S.Africa model seeks to strip Mrs Mugabe of immunity

Pretoria - The South African glamour model who accuses Zimbabwe's first lady of battering her with an electrical plug launched a legal bid on Tuesday to have Grace Mugabe stripped of her immunity.

Brazil warns 'no alternatives' to democracy in Venezuela

New York - Brazil's leader on Tuesday warned that there were "no alternatives to democracy" in Venezuela as he voiced solidarity with the people of the crisis-consumed nation.

Egypt's Sisi meets Israeli PM at UN for first public talks

Cairo - Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi met Israeli premier Benjamin Netanyahu publicly for the first time in New York to discuss Middle East peace after US President Donald Trump said he would push for resuming stalled negotiations.

Sri Lanka general says denied visa to attend UN

Colombo - Sri Lanka's ex-army chief Sarath Fonseka Tuesday said he had been denied a visa to attend the UN general assembly because of unresolved war crime allegations against the military.

Front row for N. Korea, beef for lunch: a look at the UN gathering

New York - It's been dubbed the Super Bowl of diplomacy, the Oscars of world statesmanship: the UN General Assembly kicks off on Tuesday with US President Donald Trump in the spotlight as he makes his first address to the 193-nation body.

Egypt says Sisi met Israel PM at UN for first public talks

Cairo - Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi met Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in New York to discuss the Middle East peace process in their first public talks, his office said on Tuesday.

China, Russia urge end to North Korea vicious cycle

New York - The Chinese and Russian foreign ministers called for a peaceful end to the "vicious cycle" on the Korean peninsula as they met in New York for the UN General Assembly, Beijing said Tuesday.

Trump warns Venezuela is 'collapsing'

New York - President Donald Trump warned Monday that Venezuela is "collapsing," suggesting the United States may take additional steps to restore democracy.

US halts arms sales to Erdogan bodyguards: Congress

Washington - The US government has frozen arms sales to the bodyguards of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan after his aides attacked demonstrators in Washington last May, two senators said Monday.

Poland's leader condemns anti-Semitism, praises Israel

Varsovia - The powerful head of Poland's governing right-wing party denounced anti-Semitism and hailed Israel at a ceremony Monday honouring Poles who rescued Jews during the Holocaust.

Trump touts peace hopes at Netanyahu meeting

New York - US President Donald Trump again expressed his hopes for a peaceful settlement to the Middle East crisis Monday as he met Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

Turkey again summons German envoy in growing spat

Ankara - Turkey on Monday summoned the German ambassador for the second time in just three days, Turkish diplomatic sources said, as an intensifying bilateral crisis showed no sign of ending.

At UN, countries launch push to end trade in torture goods

New York - About 60 countries led by the European Union on Monday launched a bid at the United Nations to end the trade in goods like electro-shock batons and lethal drugs used to carry out torture and death sentences.

Tillerson meets Russia's Lavrov ahead of UN assembly

New York - US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson met his Russian counterpart Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov in New York on Sunday ahead of the UN General Assembly, officials said.

US looks to work with Paris climate accord 'partners': Tillerson

Washington - After a succession of mixed messages on the US stance on climate change, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said Sunday that the Trump administration was seeking "ways in which we can work with partners in the Paris climate accord.

US may close Cuba embassy after 'attacks' on diplomats

New York - The United States may again close its embassy in Cuba, which reopened two years ago after a half-century stand-off, following a series of mystery "health attacks" on its diplomats, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said Sunday.

US warns N.Korea will be 'destroyed' if threats continue

Washington - Donald Trump's administration ramped up the pressure on North Korea on Sunday ahead of a week of high-stakes diplomacy at the United Nations, warning Pyongyang will be "destroyed" if it refuses to end its "reckless" nuclear and ballistic missile drive....
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