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  • North Korea missile launch failed, U.S. Pacific Command says
    North Korea launched a projectile on Saturday but the test ended in failure, according to the U.S. Pacific Command.
  • ASEAN firms up South China Sea stance as Beijing lobbies over statement
    MANILA (Reuters) - Southeast Asian countries have altered a statement to be issued at Saturday's ASEAN summit to include references to militarization and island-building in the South China Sea, the latest draft shows, in a move likely to frustrate Beijing.
  • EU holds summit without UK to formalise Brexit strategy
    The Brussels meeting of 27 European Union members hopes to agree a joint approach for Brexit talks.
  • Reward offered in search for escaped inmate convicted in attempted murder of cop
    David M. Watson, 28, was sentenced to more than 100 years in prison.
  • Violent clashes erupt in Rio
    Buses were set on fire as a general strike turned ugly.
  • Tapper: These Americans have had rougher 100 days than Trump
    "Many Americans" had a tougher past 100 days -- coinciding with the first months of Donald Trump's presidency -- than the President himself, CNN's Jake Tapper said on "The Lead" Friday.
  • How the right furniture can transform a cramped Hong Kong subdivided home
    Four-year-old Vera Wong Zi-wei’s favourite possession isn’t the latest Disney princess doll, but her brand new study desk that fits into the 200 sq ft subdivided flat in Sham Shui Po she calls home. Wong’s desk, complete with a secret compartment for her stationery and toys, is a rare commodity for families that are squeezed into cluttered, shoebox apartments. “She used to only be able to do homework on a folding table that had to be put away all the time, but now she...
  • Exclusive: Widodo‚Äôs peace formula for South China Sea
    States involved in the South China Sea dispute should engage in “concrete cooperation” well before any code of conduct is developed, Indonesian President Joko Widodo has proposed. In an exclusive interview with This Week in Asia ahead of his visit to the Asean summit on Saturday, Widodo said that such cooperation would be an important step towards ensuring peace in the disputed waters. “In the transitional period before we have the code, the building block of trust is very...
  • Syrian youths find freedom through parkour
    Leaping over bombed roofs and jumping through damaged window frames, a group of teenagers run and swing their way through buildings left dilapidated by six years of war in the southern Syrian town of Inkhil.
  • The farmers' market that saved a town
    The closure of a regional town's major employer has become an all-too-familiar occurrence in Victoria in recent years, but the tiny town of Girgarre in the Goulburn Valley proves there is hope after major industry leaves town.
  • Sandwich store cashier gives armed robber a side of chill
    A Kansas City Jimmy John's cashier seemed unfazed after a man pointed a gun to his head during a robbery caught on video.
  • US Homeland Security: Kim Jong Un 'knows what he's doing'
    Shortly after news broke of another North Korean missile test Friday, Department of Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly said the country's dictator, Kim Jong Un, "seems like someone who knows what he's doing."
  • Trump reassures US gun owners
    The US president tells National Rifle Association members he is on their team.
  • Witnessing death: AP reporters describe problem executions
    The sedative midazolam is supposed to prevent condemned prisoners from suffering while they die, but opponents say several problematic executions involving the drug are evidence that it does not work consistently. They raised new concerns after an execution Thursday in Arkansas left the prisoner convulsing and pressing against his restraints....
  • MPs say 'dominance' of big home-building firms must end
    A 'broken' housing market needs a bigger contribution from smaller building firms, MPs say.
  • Trump to order a study on abuses of U.S. trade agreements
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump will sign an executive order on Saturday seeking to identify any problems caused by the nation's existing trade agreements, including an examination of U.S. involvement in the World Trade Organization, a top trade official said.
  • How 'Thelma' still drives Geena Davis
    As a slugger, a president, the Thelma to Louise or an advocate for gender parity in Hollywood, Geena Davis is the ultimate female protagonist.
  • Filipino troops kill commander of group that kidnapped, beheaded Canadians
    The Philippine military chief says marines have killed an Abu Sayyaf extremist commander considered to be one of the most notorious kidnappers in the country's south.
  • Rugby in 240 Hong Kong schools just the start as new chief Robbie McRobbie maps out pathway to the top
    New Hong Kong Rugby Union chief executive Robbie McRobbie says having touch rugby in 240 primary schools by 2019 is only the first step in a plan to create an uninterrupted pathway to the top. McRobbie, who takes over from Vern Reid on May 1, believes achieving this initiative – which is at the forefront of the union’s four-year plan – will have a dramatic knock-on effect. “We want to create a pathway, so that a boy or girl at the age of four comes into the game and...
  • Trump orders review of WTO rules in a move that could lead to US withdrawal
    US President Donald Trump ordered a review of the World Trade Organization’s rules, a move that could lead the country’s commerce department to recommend a withdraw from the trade body. US Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross told reporters on Friday he’s directing the review, which will result in recommendations on what action the US should take to contend with trade agreements that leave the US at a disadvantage. The WTO is a key focus of the review because the trade body is...

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