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South Korea says approved visit by sanctioned North Korean to pursue peace on peninsula

SEOUL: South Korea said it approved the Winter Olympic visit by a sanctioned North Korean official, blamed for the deadly 2010 sinking of a South Korean navy ship, in the pursuit of peace and asked for public understanding. Kim Yong Chol, vice-chairman of the North’s ruling Workers’ Party’s Central Committee, will lead a high-level delegation at the closing ceremony of ...

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Ex-Trump campaign associates face more charges

WASHINGTON (AP) — Dramatically escalating the pressure and stakes, special counsel Robert Mueller filed additional criminal charges Thursday against President Donald Trump’s former campaign chairman and his business associate. The filing adds allegations of tax evasion and bank fraud and significantly increases the legal jeopardy facing Paul Manafort, who managed Trump’s campaign for several months in 2016, and longtime associate ...

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Fire destroys Pahoa home

No one was injured in this afternoon’s fire that destroyed a Pahoa house, which was unoccupied. SHARE ADVERTISING No one was injured in this afternoon’s fire that destroyed a Pahoa house, which was unoccupied. When Hawaii County firefighters arrived at about 2:19 p.m., the…

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Texas Grants Rare Clemency To Thomas Whitaker Minutes Before Scheduled Execution

Texas Governor Greg Abbott commuted the death sentence of an inmate who was behind the murder of his brother and mother after Thomas “Bart” Whitaker’s father pleaded that his son’s life is spared, even though he also barely survived the attack, according to NBC News. Abbott’s decision was announced just thirty minutes before Whitaker was set to receive a lethal ...

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‘France Is No Longer Free,’ Far-Right Party Leader’s Niece Tells U.S. Conservatives

Far right French politician Marion Maréchal-Le Pen addressed a leading conservative conference outside Washington, D.C., Thursday as part of growing effort by those on the right to link the rise of Donald Trump in the United States with populist nationalism across Europe, The Guardian reports. Maréchal-Le Pen is the granddaughter of Jean-Marie Le Pen, the founder of the far right ...

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Spanish Police Officer Dies Of Cardiac Arrest After Soccer Riot

A Spanish riot police officer died of cardiac arrest after clashes involving Russian soccer fans before a Europa League match on Thursday between hosts Athletic Bilbao and Spartak Moscow, raising concerns less than four months before the World Cup in Russia, The Associated Press reported. Basque Country authorities in northern Spain said the officer died in a hospital after the ...

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Thailand bets on ‘magic pills’ to boost declining birth rate

BANGKOK: Thailand has tried cash bonuses and tax incentives to boost the country’s birth rate, but on Valentine’s Day today it adopted a new approach – handing out vitamin pills. Like several other Asian countries, Thailand is ageing rapidly. Birth rates have dropped sharply from more than 6 children per woman in 1960 to 1.5 in 2015, according to World ...

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Japanese man critical in Maui swimming mishap

A 74-year-old Japanese visitor was found unconscious in waters off Kaanapali Beach on Maui, where so far this year 11 people have died in ocean-related activities. SHARE ADVERTISING A 74-year-old Japanese visitor was found unconscious in waters off Kaanapali Beach on Maui, where so far this year 11 people have died in…

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