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Police say 19 killed in blast at Grande concert

LONDON – The Latest on an explosion at an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester, England, that authorities say killed several people. (all times local): 1:20 a.m. Greater Manchester Police say 19 people have been confirmed dead in an explosion at Manchester Arena that is being treated as a possible terrorist attack. Police said roughly 50 people were injured. Police said …

Kim Jong-un approves mass production of successfully launched ballistic missile

MOSCOW— North Korean leader Kim Jong-un ordered on Monday to deploy Pukguksong-2 ballistic missile for combat use. Earlier on Monday media reported, that Pyongyang announced the successful launch of the intermediate-range ballistic missile. “This type of missile should be rapidly mass-produced in a serial way,” Kim said as quoted by Yonhap news agency. The North …

Thousands of youngsters rally against Abe’s constitution amending attempts in Japan

TOKYO— Some 1,800 people, mainly youngsters, gathered here on Sunday to protest against Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s attempts to amend the pacifist Constitution. The protestors, many of them college students, gathered in the Shinjuku Central Park in Tokyo, holding banners and shouting slogans such as “what should be changed is not the Constitution but …

U.S.-Islamic summit in Riyadh ends, with new center for combatting extremism launched

RIYADH— The Arab Islamic American summit concluded on Sunday in Riyadh, highlighting the readiness to form counterterrorism force of 34,000 soldiers and a Middle East coalition by next year, Al Arabiya local news reported on Sunday. The summit was attended by U.S. President Donald Trump and leaders of 55 Islamic countries. The summit launched a …

UN refugee agency to step up humanitarian work in Libya

TRIPOLI— The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) Filippo Grandi said on Sunday that the UNHCR is stepping up its humanitarian work in Libya to help the country tackle the worsening situation. Grandi made the comments on a visit to Libya’s capital Tripoli on Sunday, where he met with refugees and migrants in some …

South Korean president orders national security council meeting

SEOUL— South Korean President Moon Jae-in on Sunday ordered the convening of a national security council meeting at the presidential Blue House after the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) test-launched a ballistic missile earlier in the day. Presidential spokesman Park Su-hyun told a press briefing that President Moon issued the order after receiving a …

APEC trade ministers seek deeper cooperation

HÀNỘI— Trade ministers from the 21 Pacific Rim countries gathered during a major trade meeting on Saturday in Hànội to discuss future plans for regional trade co-operation amid growing fears of protectionism, as well as changes in politics, economies and technology. As one of APEC’s most prominent ministerial gatherings, the 23rd Meeting of Ministers Responsible …

North Korea fires ‘unidentified projectile’ – South Korean Military

MOSCOW— North Korea has launched an unidentified ballistic missile on Sunday, the South Korean Joint Chief of Staff said in a statement. “North Korea fired an unidentified ballistic missile in the eastern direction at around 4:59 p.m. [7:59 GMT] from the vicinity of Pukchang in Pyeongannam-do (South Pyeongan Province),” the statement reads, as cited by …

Security forces foil terror bid in southwestern Pakistan

ISLAMABAD–Pakistani security forces foiled a terror bid by confiscating heavy cache of weapons in Quetta, the provincial capital of the country’s southwest Balochistan Province, the military said. The Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR), Pakistan army’s media wing, said in a statement that the security forces raided a hidden weapons depot on Saturday and seized a huge …

G20 meeting of health ministers focuses on combating global health risks

BERLIN–The first meeting of the G20 health ministers, with combating global health hazards as the focus, concluded here on Saturday. A declaration themed “Together Today for a Healthy Tomorrow” has been made, noting health is key to the G20 presidency of Germany this year. The ministers affirm their role in strengthening the political support to …

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