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U.S. Positive on N. Korea Denuclearization despite 'Operational' Rocket Site

The U.S. still believes the "fully verified denuclearization" of North Korea is possible by the end of President Donald Trump's "first term," a senior official said Thursday, despite warnings a key rocket launch site appears to have resumed operations.

The specialized website 38 North and the Center for Strategic and International Studies used commercial satellite imagery to track construction at the site -- which they said began before last week's aborted summit in Hanoi between Trump and North Korea's Kim Jong Un.

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U.S. Urges U.N. to Bring Back Restrictions on Iran over Missiles

The United States on Thursday accused Iran of carrying out three missile-related launches in defiance of U.N. resolutions and urged the Security Council to "bring back tougher international restrictions" against Tehran.

In a letter to the council seen by AFP, U.S. acting Ambassador Jonathan Cohen warned Iran's activities were destabilizing the entire Middle East and risk triggering an arms race. 

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UK PM May Seeks 'One More Push' from EU on Brexit

Prime Minister Theresa May called on the European Union on Friday to make "one more push" to get the Brexit deal over the line in time for the Britain's exit from the bloc in three weeks.

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Taliban Deny Discussing Ceasefire, Afghan Dialogue with U.S.

The Taliban denied on Friday that they were discussing a ceasefire and dialogue with the Kabul government during ongoing talks with the U.S. in Doha, contrary to statements from Washington.

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Thousands March against Duterte on International Women's Day

Thousands of women took to the streets of Manila Friday in protest against President Rodrigo Duterte's alleged misogyny as an exhibition marking International Women's Day exhibited the clothes of Philippine rape victims.

Protesters marched on Malacanang presidential palace chanting against Duterte, who has repeatedly made jokes about rape and said last year that when he was a teenager he indecently "touched" the family maid.

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Democrats Including Ocasio-Cortez Condemn U.S. Strategy on Venezuela

Sixteen Democratic lawmakers, among them rising star Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, on Thursday sent a joint letter to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo criticizing what they described as "counterproductive" US strategy on crisis-hit Venezuela.

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India Signs $3 bn Submarine Deal with Russia

India has signed a $3 billion deal to lease a third Russian nuclear-powered submarine for 10 years, giving Delhi a boost in the Indian Ocean against arch-rivals Pakistan and China, media reports said.

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Two Dead, Hundreds Evacuated amid Severe Indonesia Floods

At least two people were killed and six more were missing after torrential rains and severe flooding in parts of Indonesia, the disaster agency said Friday, forcing the evacuation of hundreds of people.

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Iran Calls UK Protection for Mother Jailed in Tehran Illegal

Iran has accused Britain of breaking international law by taking the rare step of granting diplomatic protection to a dual British-Iranian mother jailed in Tehran over spy allegations.

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Road Accident in Mexico Leaves 25 Migrants Dead

A truck packed with Central American migrants swerved off a highway in southern Mexico Thursday, leaving at least 25 dead and 32 injured, officials said.

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