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  • North Korea launch may spur talks on U.S. missile defense buildup in Asia

    By Andrea Shalal and David Brunnstrom WASHINGTON (Reuters) - North Korea's latest rocket launch might kick off a rapid buildup of U.S. missile defense systems in Asia, according to U.S. officials and missile defense experts, something that could further strain ties between the United States and…

    Reuters22 mins ago
  • Asia stocks flat as investors fret over global economy

    TOKYO (AP) — Asian stock markets were little changed Monday in thin holiday trading as investors fretted about a global economic slowdown after data showed U.S. employers added fewer jobs last month.

    Associated Press39 mins ago
  • Lunar New Year turbulence as 'fire monkey' swings into action

    As the Lunar New Year of the Monkey swings into action Monday, fortune tellers foresee 12 months of political and financial turbulence at the hands of the mischievous, unpredictable creature. Hong Kong's respected feng shui masters expect an incendiary mix as the monkey combines with the fire…

    AFP
  • North Korean rocket puts object into space, angers neighbors, U.S.

    By Ju-min Park and Louis Charbonneau SEOUL/UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - North Korea launched a long-range rocket carrying what it called a satellite, drawing renewed international condemnation just weeks after it carried out a nuclear bomb test. South Korea and the United States said they would…

    Reuters
  • Obscure at home, 'Texas Daddy' is a right-wing darling in Japan

    By Jon Herskovitz AUSTIN, Texas (Reuters) - Somewhere in the Dallas area, a retired man sitting in a home office is making social media videos backing Japanese right-wing views that have made him a celebrity among hawks in the Asian country. Hardly known in the United States, Tony Marano, 66, is…

    Reuters
  • Russia says Lavrov discussed North Korea rocket launch with Japan's Kishida

    Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov on Sunday discussed a rocket launch by North Korea in violation of U.N. Security Council resolutions with Japanese Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida, Russia's foreign ministry said. Russia stressed the importance of diplomacy in defusing tension in Northeast…

    Reuters
  • Global outrage over North Korea rocket launch

    North Korea hailed an "epochal event" but its latest long-range rocket launch Sunday sparked international anger and plans for talks on a US missile defence system for the peninsula. Pyongyang's state TV announced the nation successfully put a satellite into orbit, "legitimately exercising the…

    AFP
  • Korean skier earns applause at 2018 Olympics test event

    JEONGSEON, South Korea (AP) — South Korean skier Kim Hyeon-tae had a modest goal in his World Cup debut: to finish within five seconds of the winner.

    Associated Press
  • Anti-Islam groups rally across Europe; clashes in Amsterdam

    DRESDEN, Germany (AP) — Protesters rallied against Islam and immigration in several European cities Saturday, sometimes clashing with police or counter-demonstrators amid growing tensions over the massive influx of asylum-seekers to the continent.

    Associated Press
  • Firebrand monks a powerful force in Myanmar despite setback

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Dark-skinned and bearded men jump a young woman after she prays at a Buddhist shrine. They push her to the ground and rape her. Then they cut off her ear and slit her throat.

    Associated Press
  • Rough seas, harsh winter, border limits add to migrant woes

    PRESEVO, Serbia (AP) — Rasul Orwani thought he had faced the worst after braving cold, rough seas in a rickety wooden boat to travel from Turkey to Greece, then came the Balkans.

    Associated Press
  • Monkey Year inspires kung fu, predictions of fire, disease

    BEIJING (AP) — The new Chinese year is the one to go bananas over. On Feb. 8, the zodiac calendar enters the Year of the Monkey — the ninth of 12 animal signs. Plastic monkeys are adorning shopping centers and office buildings, and government departments have been giving out toy monkeys.

    Associated Press
  • Jansrud wins downhill at test event for Pyeongchang Olympics

    JEONGSEON, South Korea (AP) — Kjetil Jansrud confirmed he's the skier to beat on the downhill course for the 2018 Pyeongchang Olympics, winning the test event by a comfortable margin Saturday.

    Associated Press
  • UN chief: 34 groups now allied to Islamic State extremists

    UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Thirty-four militant groups from around the world had reportedly pledged allegiance to the Islamic State extremist group as of mid-December — and that number will only grow in 2016, U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said in a report Friday.

    Associated Press
  • U.S., India in talks to settle solar power trade dispute

    By David Lawder WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States and India are in talks that could settle a long-running solar power trade dispute, delaying the announcement of a ruling by the World Trade Organization, an Obama administration official said on Friday. Washington filed the WTO challenge…

    Reuters
  • Obama, Park press Beijing on N.Korea sanctions

    The campaign to win China's backing for deeper sanctions against North Korea gained in intensity Friday, with the US and South Korean presidents making their case directly to Xi Jinping. Presidents Barack Obama and Park Geun-Hye spoke to their Chinese counterpart by phone in separate calls to…

    AFP
  • DraftKings makes long delayed push into UK

    BOSTON (AP) — Daily fantasy sports giant DraftKings is making its long-anticipated international push with a launch Friday in the United Kingdom even as its industry continues to tangle with U.S. policymakers.

    Associated Press