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Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT) – UNODA

<b>Article I</b><p>Each nuclear-weapon State Party to the Treaty undertakes not to transfer to any recipient whatsoever nuclear weapons or other nuclear …

Islamic State can make fake Syrian passports: U.S. report

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A U.S. government agency report has warned that Islamic State has the ability to create fake Syrian passports, a federal official confirmed on Friday.<p>Residents drive across a street with a fluttering Islamic State flag, in Tel Abyad town on the Syrian-Turkish border, Raqqa …

Senate Committees

North, South Korea talks end without agreement

SEOUL (Reuters) - The first high-level talks between North and South Korea since an August agreement to end an armed confrontation across their border ended inconclusively on Saturday with no date set for a further meeting.<p>South Korean Vice Unification Minister Hwang Boogi shakes hands with his …

North Korea

U.S. asks Germany for more military help in fight against IS

BERLIN (Reuters) - The United States has asked Germany for more military help in the fight against Islamic State, a German magazine reported on Saturday, a week after parliament approved a plan to join the campaign in Syria.<p>A member loyal to the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) waves an …

Middle East

France and Germany seek to step up fight against militant financing

BERLIN (Reuters) - France and Germany pushed on Wednesday for Europe to speed up a crackdown on money laundering and said they would propose a package of new EU measures next week to cut off funding to militants.<p>Germany has vowed to show solidarity with France after the Nov. 13 militant Islamist …

Oil & Gas Industry

U.S., allies call for new UN meeting on North Korea human rights

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - The United States and eight allies on the United Nations Security Council on Thursday called for reviving discussions on human rights in North Korea, which has been accused by a U.N. inquiry of abuses comparable to Nazi-era atrocities.<p>File photo of China's U.N. Ambassador …

North Korea

Iran says U.S. has plan to divide Iraq, pleads with Iraqis to resist

DUBAI (Reuters) - Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei on Tuesday accused the United States of trying to divide Iraq along sectarian and ethnic lines and urged Iraqis to withstand any such plans.<p>Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei (C) receives a gift from Russia's President …

Middle East

U.S. raises military aid to Philippines amid sea tension with China

MANILA (Reuters) - The United States has raised its military aid to the Philippines this year to $79 million, the U.S. ambassador said on Wednesday, as tension rises in the region over China’s new assertiveness in the South China Sea.<p>U.S. President Barack Obama tours the Philippine Navy's BRP …

China

Obama urges halt to artificial islands in South China Sea

KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) - U.S. President Barack Obama said on Saturday that countries should stop building artificial islands and militarising their claims in the disputed South China Sea.<p>“For the sake of regional stability the claimants should halt reclamation, construction and militarisation of …

China

U.N. asks Vietnam and China to clarify fate of North Koreans

GENEVA (Reuters) - The United Nations voiced alarm on Friday about the fate of nine North Koreans feared to have been deported from Vietnam via China back to their homeland, saying they might face torture or even execution.<p>Forcibly sending refugees back to a country where they could suffer …

North Korea

U.S. likely to make another South China Sea patrol before year-end: Navy official

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Navy will likely carry out another patrol within 12 nautical miles of artificial islands in the South China Sea before the end of the year, a U.S. Navy official said on Friday.<p>Subi reef, located in the disputed Spratly Islands in the South China Sea, is shown in this …

China

U.S. bombers flew near China-built islands in South China Sea: Pentagon

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Two U.S. B-52 strategic bombers flew near artificial Chinese-built islands in the South China Sea this week and were contacted by Chinese ground controllers but continued their mission undeterred, the Pentagon said on Thursday.<p>Subi reef, located in the disputed Spratly …

China

Canadian church wants new PM to help free pastor detained in North Korea

TORONTO (Reuters) - One of Canada’s largest churches said on Thursday it wants new Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to bring attention to the case of its pastor detained in North Korea when he meets with Asian leaders next week in Manila.<p>Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau takes part in a news …

North Korea

Obama says China must stop land reclamation in South China Sea

MANILA (Reuters) - U.S. President Barack Obama said on Wednesday China must stop land reclamation in the disputed South China Sea and reaffirmed Washington’s commitment to the defense and security of the Philippines, one of the parties to the dispute.<p>Philippine's President Benigno Aquino (C) and …

China

Obama says can close Guantanamo jail while keeping Americans safe

MANILA (Reuters) - U.S. President Barack Obama vowed on Thursday to press ahead with the release of his plan on how he hopes to close the Guantanamo military prison but said last week’s Paris attacks would stoke further congressional resistance to his efforts.<p>In this photo reviewed by a U.S. …

Barack Obama

Netanyahu wants U.S. release of Israeli spy Pollard kept low-key

JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has instructed Israeli officials to keep low-key about Friday’s scheduled release by the United States of Israeli spy Jonathan Pollard, a cabinet minister said.<p>The former U.S. Navy analyst’s espionage for Israel in the 1980s remains a strain …

Israel

U.N. panel condemns North Korea abuses, Pyongyang cites U.S. 'plot'

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - A United Nations General Assembly committee on Thursday condemned what it said were rampant and planned human rights abuses in North Korea, but Pyongyang denounced the accusation as a hostile plot organized by the United States and its allies.<p>North Korean leader Kim Jong …

North Korea

North and South Korea set for talks on easing tension

SEOUL (Reuters) - North and South Korea agreed on Friday to hold talks on Nov. 26, setting the stage for the first government-level meeting focused on easing tension since the two pledged to improve ties following an armed standoff in August.<p>The North’s Committee for the Peaceful Reunification of …

North Korea

China's navy 'restrained' facing U.S. provocations: admiral

SHANGHAI (Reuters) - China’s top admiral said his forces have shown “enormous restraint” in the face of U.S. provocations in the South China Sea, while warning they stand ready to respond to repeated breaches of Chinese sovereignty.<p>Subi reef, located in the disputed Spratly Islands in the South …

China

Manila asks Japan for large ships to patrol South China Sea

MANILA (Reuters) - Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe may consider a request from the Philippines for large coastguard ships to patrol the disputed South China Sea, after the two allies reached a deal on defense equipment and technology.<p>Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe (L) is greeted by Filipino …

China

North Korea prepares for possible missile launch: Yonhap

SEOUL (Reuters) - North Korea has declared a no-sail zone off its east coast in a sign it could be preparing a missile launch, Yonhap news agency reported on Sunday.<p>Missiles are taken on trucks past a stand with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un during the parade celebrating the 70th anniversary of …

North Korea

U.N. mum over report Sec-Gen Ban to visit North Korea this week

SEOUL (Reuters) - U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon will visit North Korea’s capital Pyongyang this week, South Korea’s Yonhap news agency reported on Monday, though there was no confirmation from either the United Nations or the South Korean foreign ministry.<p>U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon …

North Korea

China says has shown 'great restraint' in South China Sea

BEIJING (Reuters) - China has shown “great restraint” in the South China Sea by not seizing islands occupied by other countries even though it could have, a senior Chinese diplomat said on Tuesday ahead of two regional summits where the disputed waterway is likely to be a hot topic.<p>Chinese dredging …

China

Obama puts South China Sea dispute on agenda as summitry begins

MANILA (Reuters) - U.S. President Barack Obama put tensions over Beijing’s claims to the South China Sea squarely on the agenda ahead of an Asia-Pacific summit on Tuesday, pointedly visiting the main warship of close ally the Philippines shortly after he landed in Manila.<p>Australia's Prime Minister …

China

North Korea says laborers work abroad legally, not mistreated

NEW YORK (Reuters) - North Korea said on Tuesday it has sent laborers to work abroad legally in Russia, China and elsewhere and that it was a “vicious slander” to say they were mistreated or forced to go.<p>U.N. human rights investigator Marzuki Darusman last month raised concerns that North Korea …

North Korea

Philippines says stands with U.S. on freedom of navigation at sea

MANILA (Reuters) - Philippines President Benigno Aquino said on Wednesday that he agreed with U.S. President Barack that laws on the freedom of navigation at sea should be upheld, a reference to the dispute with China over claims to the South China Sea.<p>Philippine's President Benigno Aquino (C) and …

China

Russian PM says terrorism requires global response

MANILA (Reuters) - Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev said on Wednesday terrorism was a global challenge and required a a global response.<p>Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev chairs a cabinet meeting in Moscow, Russia, November 12, 2015. REUTERS/Alexander Astafyev/RIA Novosti/Pool<p>Speaking on …

Russia

U.N. denies Secretary-General Ban will visit North Korea next week

(Reuters) - United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon will not visit North Korea next week, a U.N. spokesman said in a statement on Wednesday after China’s Xinhua news agency reported that he will visit the North on Monday and stay for about four days.<p>U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon speaks to …

North Korea

Presidential candidate Bush wants increased U.S. presence on ground in Iraq

CHARLESTON, S.C. (Reuters) - Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush called for an increased U.S. troop presence on the ground in Iraq as part of a global coalition to fight Islamic State militants, shifting to a more hawkish stance in response to the Paris attacks.<p>Republican U.S. presidential …

National Security