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Japan to host joint missile drills with US, South Korea

Japan’s Defense Minister Itsunori Onodera has announced that a joint drill with the United States and South Korea will be held this week amid an escalated stand-off in the region over North Korea’s missile and nuclear tests. Onodera said Sunday during a visit to a garrison in northern Japan that ...

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UN chief urges more efforts toward nuclear disarmament

The United Nations (UN)’s Secretary General Antonio Guterres has called for greater efforts toward nuclear disarmament and the non-proliferation of atomic weapons. “It is essential to make progress on disarmament and it is essential to be very firm on non-proliferation,” Guterres told reporters at the UN headquarters in New York ...

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Iran’s Larijani urges Muslims to cut political, trade ties with US

Iran’s Parliament Speaker Ali Larijani has called on Muslim nations to halt their political and trade ties with the US in response to President Donald Trump’s “imprudent” recognition of Jerusalem al-Quds as the Israeli “capital.” “Nothing has broken the hearts of Muslims more than Trump’s move,” Larijani told a parliament session on Sunday. He ...

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Rohingya refugees must return to own homes, aid groups say

Aid groups from across the world have stressed that the Rohingya Muslim refugees returning to Myanmar from Bangladesh must be allowed to settle in their original homes. More than a dozen humanitarian organizations, including Save the Children and Oxfam, said in a joint statement on Saturday that they were “concerned” ...

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N Korea blames US ‘nuclear blackmail’ for rising tensions

North Korea has blamed US “nuclear blackmail” for the surging tensions over its military program during talks with a senior UN official, but agreed to remain in regular contact with the world body. The United Nations Undersecretary-general for Political Affairs Jeffrey Feltman on Saturday wrapped up a five-day tour of ...

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Asian markets look to recovery of Iran’s LPG exports

Iran’s LPG export program has extended its decline for a fourth month in December, even though the South Pars gas field resumed production around three weeks ago after two months’ maintenance, trade sources said this week. The initial shipment program shows about 199,000 mt of LPG will be lifted in ...

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North Korea says UN envoy willing to ease Korean Peninsula tensions

North Korea says the UN envoy who recently visited Pyongyang has expressed willingness to ease tensions in the Korean Peninsula as a fresh war of words has escalated markedly after the North’s latest missile and nuclear tests. “The United Nations expressed concerns over the heightened situation on the Korean Peninsula ...

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