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North Korea Vows to Make the U.S. Pay for Sanctions

North Korea has vowed to retaliate and make “the US pay a price” for drafting fresh UN sanctions over its banned nuclear weapons programme.

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Trump Administration Preparing Broad Investigation Into China’s Trade Practices

The White House is preparing to open a broad investigation into China’s trade practices, according to people with knowledge of the Trump administration’s plans, amid growing worries in the United States over a Chinese government-led effort to make the country a global leader in microchips, electric cars and other crucial technologies of the future.

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Shahid Abbasi Elected as Pakistan’s Prime Minister

Pakistan’s lower house of parliament on Tuesday elected veteran lawmaker Shahid Khaqan Abbasi as the country’s new prime minister, less than a week after the Supreme Court disqualified thrice-elected Nawaz Sharif for concealing assets.

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After North Korea’s Missile Test, South Korea Agrees to Build Up Its Own Ballistic Missiles

The United States agreed to start negotiations to allow South Korea to build more powerful ballistic missiles to counter North Korea’s rapidly advancing missile technologies, the office of the South’s president said Saturday.

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South Korea Says North Korea’s Hacking More Focused on Making Money Than Espionage

North Korea is behind an increasingly orchestrated effort at hacking into computers of financial institutions in South Korea and around the world to steal cash for the impoverished country, a South Korean state-backed agency said in a report.

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Commander of U.S. Pacific Fleet Says He Would Comply If Trump Ordered Nuclear Strike on China

The commander of the United States Pacific Fleet was asked a hypothetical question during a talk on Thursday in Australia: If President Trump ordered a nuclear strike on China, would he comply?

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U.S. Says It is Making Progress With China on North Korean Sanctions, Says Russia is the ‘True Test’

The United States is making progress in talks with North Korean ally China on imposing new United Nations sanctions on Pyongyang over its latest missile test, but Russia’s engagement will be the “true test,” U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Nikki Haley said.

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China Beefs Up Defense Along Shared Border With North Korea

China has been beefing up its defense along its shared 880-mile border with North Korea, according to a review of Chinese military and government reports.

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Chinese Jets Intercept US Spy Plane

Two Chinese fighter jets intercepted a U.S. Navy surveillance plane over the East China Sea over the weekend, with one coming within about 300 feet (91 meters) of the American aircraft, two U.S. officials told Reuters on Monday.

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Investigation Says US Navy to Blame for Collision of USS Fitzgerald With Philippine Cargo Ship

Preliminary findings in the investigation into the collision between the USS Fitzgerald and a Philippine cargo ship off the coast of Japan in June suggest the accident was caused by multiple errors by the Fitzgerald’s crew and a failure to take action in the minutes leading to the collision, according to two defense officials.

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India Says It is in Quiet Talks With China to Tackle Border Stand-off

When Chinese President Xi Jinping and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi met on the sidelines of a regional conference last month, officials said they reached an understanding not to let the two countries’ long-standing “differences become disputes”.

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Philippine President Asks Congress to Extend Martial Law on Island of Mindanao Until End of the Year

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte on Tuesday asked Congress to extend martial law on the southern island of Mindanao until the end of the year, to grant him time to crush a rebel movement inspired by the c group.

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