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North Korea nuclear crisis: Putin warns of planetary catastrophe

As Kim Jong-un reportedly prepares further missile launch, Russian president says further sanctions would be ‘useless’<p>The Russian president, Vladimir Putin, has warned that the escalating North Korean crisis could cause a “planetary catastrophe” and huge loss of life, and described US proposals for …

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White House aides wrestle with Trump’s race comments

There is a strong feeling of unease among some White House officials, including economic adviser Gary Cohn.<p>White House aides are wrestling with how to respond to President Donald Trump’s defiant news conference on Tuesday in which he doubled down on his statement that “both sides” are to blame for …

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Beijing warns Pyongyang: You’re on your own if you go after the United States

BEIJING — China won’t come to North Korea’s aid if it launches missiles threatening U.S. soil and there is retaliation, a state-owned newspaper warned Friday — but it would intervene if Washington strikes first.<p>The Global Times newspaper is not an official mouthpiece of the Communist Party, but in …

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Trump signs bill approving new sanctions against Russia

<b>Washington (CNN) —</b> President Donald Trump signed into law Wednesday morning legislation that levies new sanctions against Russia and restricts Trump's own ability to ease sanctions in place against Moscow.<p>The bill is one of the first major pieces of legislation that was sent to Trump's desk, and it …


Kelly wins praise across the aisle, but will Trump change?

WASHINGTON (AP) — Raised voices could be heard through the thick door to the Oval Office as John Kelly — then secretary of Homeland Security — offered some tough talk to President Donald Trump.<p>Kelly, a whip-cracking retired general who was sworn in as White House chief of staff on Monday, had …

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