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Jo Song Gil, 48, who was posted to Rome as the acting ambassador for Kim Jong Un's government in Pyongyang, applied for asylum in an unidentified western country in early December, according to South Korean newspaper JoongAng Ilbo . " On part of the North Koreans, they see that they have improved the relationship, they have improved the atmosphere over the Korean peninsula, and they expect to see, at least, some easing of the sanctions and they are not seeing that ", Leung said.
  • No deal to end shutdown; Trump says 'could be a long time'

    No deal to end shutdown; Trump says 'could be a long time'

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    Trump arranged a briefing on the border at the White House situation room for lawmakers from both parties, the first face-to-face meeting between the president and Democratic leaders since the shutdown began. The $5 billion Trump is seeking would cover only a portion of the money needed for a border wall, a project estimated to cost about $23 billion. But with the 115th Congress coming to a close, Trump has squandered his last, best opportunity to secure anything in the eventual deal that ...
  • Trump says Romney ought to be ‘team player’

    Trump says Romney ought to be ‘team player’

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    Two days before he's sworn in as Utah's junior senator, the on-again, off-again critic of President Trump announced his arrival in Washington with an op-ed bashing the president's character and praising his policies. Trump retaliated by mocking Romney's 2012 presidential loss and claimed Romney was "begging" for his endorsement during that time. But he adds: "With the nation so divided, resentful and angry, presidential leadership in qualities of character is indispensable.
  • Videos show staff dragging, shoving immigrant kids

    Videos show staff dragging, shoving immigrant kids

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    The video , we should point out, has been blurred, obviously, because you want to protect the identities of the children. It held immigrant children who came to the US without a parent or in some cases were separated from family. In September, a former youth care worker was convicted of sexually abusing seven teenage boys at a Phoenix-area shelter for immigrant children. Southwest Key was forced to close Hacienda del Sol after an investigation found the organisation had not carried out ...
  • Congo heads to polls for tense, long-delayed presidential vote

    Congo heads to polls for tense, long-delayed presidential vote

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    If the elections are " free and fair " an opposition candidate will likely win, according to Jason Stearns of the Congo Research Group, based at the Center on International Cooperation at New York University. In Limete, an opposition stronghold in Kinshasa, two polling centers opened nearly eight hours late because voter rolls were missing. Kabila's critics, among them Fayulu, say the chaos was intentional.
  • Vatican spokesman, his deputy resign suddenly, replacement named

    Vatican spokesman, his deputy resign suddenly, replacement named

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    Saying they thought Pope Francis should be "completely free to assemble a new team" for Vatican communications "at this time of transition", the director of the Vatican press office announced he and the vice director had resigned. The resignations of Burke and Garcia Ovejero will reportedly take effect from 1 January 2019. Garcia Ovejero had been the Vatican correspondent for Spanish broadcaster Cadena Cope .
  • USA military deletes, apologizes for New Year's Eve bomb tweet

    USA military deletes, apologizes for New Year's Eve bomb tweet

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    Navy Capt. Brook Dewalt, Strategic Command spokesperson, said the message was "part of our recap of command priorities". The embedded video showed footage of a B-2 stealth bomber. Former Office of Government Ethics Director Walter Shaub Jr., a sharp critic of the Trump administration who resigned in July of 2017 , posted a screengrab of the original tweet, asking " What kind of maniacs are running this country?" Many were unnerved by the flippant-natured comment, which came from the ...
  • China's Xi Jinping threatens resort to 'force' to unify with Taiwan

    China's Xi Jinping threatens resort to 'force' to unify with Taiwan

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    The Chinese leader stressed that the use of force could target exclusively external interference and separatist groups operating in Taiwan. Xi added that the mainland welcomed exchanges with all political parties and organisations in Taiwan based on the one-China principle and the 1992 consensus - an agreement reached by both sides that there is only one China but each side can have its own interpretation of what that means.
  • Child falls into exhibit during 'Rhino Encounter' at Brevard Zoo in Florida

    Child falls into exhibit during 'Rhino Encounter' at Brevard Zoo in Florida

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    The zoo spokesperson said the girl fell into a small space between bars separating the public from the exhibit. The snout is not the horn of the rhino, but below the horn near the rhino's mouth area, Zirulnik said. "Our number one concern is the safety and welfare of our guests and our hearts go out to the family", the zoo's executive director Keith Winsten said.
  • 2 women below 50 enter Kerala`s Sabarimala Temple

    2 women below 50 enter Kerala`s Sabarimala Temple

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    Millions of Indian women have joined hands along the roads and highways of Kerala state on the first day of the year 2019 to send a strong message of gender equality. India's ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), which has pursued a Hindu nationalist agenda, has painted the September court ruling as an attack on traditional Hindu values.
  • Kim Jong Un issues threats, calls for new summit with President Trump

    Kim Jong Un issues threats, calls for new summit with President Trump

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    At the time, the two leaders signed a vaguely-worded pledge on denuclearisation of the Korean peninsula, but progress has since stalled with Pyongyang and Washington arguing over their agreement's interpretation. Liberty Korea also insisted it would be "impossible" to resume joint economic projects with North Korea unless "substantive progress" is made in dismantling Pyongyang's nuclear arsenal.
  • CBP fires tear gas after 150 migrants attempt to climb border fence

    CBP fires tear gas after 150 migrants attempt to climb border fence

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    US Customs and Border Protection said in a statement the gas was aimed at rock throwers on the Mexican side who it said prevented agents from helping children who were being passed over the concertina wire. The incident took place on the New Year's Eve, with migrants telling Reuters that they expected security to be lax during the first night of 2019 due to celebrations.
  • 'Usman' death toll rises to 75

    'Usman' death toll rises to 75

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    At least 16 power stations in Bicol, Western Visayas and Eastern Visayas experienced temporary shutdowns due to stormy weather, the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) said in a situation report. Henry Torres, a director at the OCD, said the town of Lope De Vega in Northern Samar province was worst hit by flooding, with some residents forced to climb onto the roofs of their houses.
  • John Kelly shines light on life inside Donald Trump's White House

    John Kelly shines light on life inside Donald Trump's White House

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    On Monday's " CNN Right Now", Representative Ryan Costello (R-PA) stated that President Trump's position on the government shutdown , to the degree anyone can figure out what it is, "has been unreasonable", the president isn't getting $5 billion for wall funding, and he has "backed himself into a corner".