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Kamala Harris dives into Asian diplomacy amid questions back home about her political future
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Kamala Harris dives into Asian diplomacy amid questions back home about her political future

Palawan, Philippines CNN  —  Vice President Kamala Harris is sticking close to her script when responding to what Democrats hope will once again be their greatest electoral mobilizer: Donald Trump and his third White House bid. “The president said he intends to run and if he does, I will be running with him,” she told CNN on Tuesday – the first time she’d been asked about Trump’s 2024 candidacy, which he announced last week. She was addressing a gaggle of reporters aboard the Teresa Magbanua, a Philippine Coast Guard vessel stationed at the edge of the South China Sea. Her cautious response at the end of a weeklong gaffe-free trip to Thailand and the Philippines could serve as a reflection of Harris...
Biden Huddles With Japan, SKorea on NKorea Threat, China
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Biden Huddles With Japan, SKorea on NKorea Threat, China

By ZEKE MILLER and SEUNG MIN KIM, Associated PressPHNOM PENH, Cambodia (AP) — President Joe Biden met Sunday with the leaders of Japan and South Korea to coordinate their response to North Korea's threatening nuclear and ballistic missile programs, as well as to seek input on managing China's assertive posture in the Pacific region on the eve of his planned face-to-face with President Xi Jinping.Biden met separately with Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida and South Korean President Yoon Suk Yeol. The three leaders are scheduled to then sit down together on the sidelines of the East Asia Summit in Cambodia.The meetings come as North Korea has fired dozens of missiles in recent weeks, including an intercontinental ballistic missile 10 days ago that triggered evacuation alerts in northe...
North and South Korea exchange missile launches as tensions ratchet up even further
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North and South Korea exchange missile launches as tensions ratchet up even further

Seoul, South Korea — Air raid sirens sounded on a South Korean island and residents there evacuated to underground shelters after North Korea fired at least 17 missiles Wednesday, at least one of them in its direction and landing near the rivals' tense sea border, the South's military said. South Korea quickly responded by launching its own missiles in the same border area.The launches came hours after North Korea threatened to use nuclear weapons to get the U.S. and South Korea to "pay the most horrible price in history" in protest of the ongoing South Korean-U.S. military drills that it views as an invasion rehearsal. The White House maintained that the United States has no hostile intent toward North Korea and vowed to work with allies to curb North Korea's nuclear ambitions....
N Korea Fires Missiles Toward Sea as US Warns Over Nukes
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N Korea Fires Missiles Toward Sea as US Warns Over Nukes

By HYUNG-JIN KIM and KIM TONG-HYUNGSEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea fired two short-range ballistic missiles toward the sea on Friday in its first ballistic weapons launches in two weeks, as the U.S. military warned the North that the use of nuclear weapons “will result in the end of that regime.”South Korea’s military detected the two launches from the North’s eastern coastal Tongchon area around midday on Friday, Seoul’s Joint Chiefs of Staff said in a statement. It said both missiles flew about 230 kilometers (140 miles) at a maximum altitude of 24 kilometers (15 miles).The statement said South Korea strongly condemns the launches, calling them “a grave provocation” that undermines regional peace and violates U.N. Security Council resolutions banning any ballistic activities by ...
Pentagon reviews: China is “pacing challenge” and Russia poses “acute threat”
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Pentagon reviews: China is “pacing challenge” and Russia poses “acute threat”

Despite the international focus on Russia's invasion of Ukraine, China remains the "pacing challenge" — or the nation that threatens to surpass the U.S. — according to strategic documents the Pentagon released Thursday. "The [People's Republic of China] is the only competitor out there with both the intent to reshape the international order and increasingly the power to do so," Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin said Thursday. The Pentagon released the unclassified versions of the National Defense Strategy, Nuclear Posture Review, and Missile Defense Review. The classified versions of these documents were submitted in March shortly after Russia invaded Ukraine, but senior defense officials said Thursday the Pentagon did not need to change the strategy since there were already indica...
Russia arrests 8 in bridge explosion as missile attacks in Ukraine lead to nuclear plant blackout
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Russia arrests 8 in bridge explosion as missile attacks in Ukraine lead to nuclear plant blackout

Russia's main domestic security agency said eight people were arrested over an explosion on a bridge that links Russia to the Crimean Peninsula.Russia's Federal Security Service, known by the Russian acronym FSB, said it arrested five Russians and three citizens of Ukraine and Armenia in the attack on the Kerch Bridge. A truck loaded with explosives blew up while driving across the bridge Saturday, killing four people and causing sections of road to collapse.The span opened four years after Russia annexed Crimea from Ukraine in 2014, serving as a symbol of Moscow's regional dominance as well as a crucial route for getting military supplies to Ukraine and Russian travelers to a popular vacation destination. The FSB alleged the detained suspects...
Seoul’s Reprisal Blows up After North Korean Missile Success
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Seoul’s Reprisal Blows up After North Korean Missile Success

By KIM TONG-HYUNG, Associated PressSEOUL, South Korea (AP) — A malfunctioning South Korean ballistic missile blew up as it plowed into the ground Wednesday during a live-fire drill with the United States that was a reprisal for North Korea's successful launch a day earlier of a weapon that flew over Japan and has the range to strike the U.S. territory of Guam.The explosion and subsequent fire panicked and confused residents of the coastal city of Gangneung, who were already uneasy over the increasingly provocative weapons tests by rival North Korea. Their concern that it could be a North Korean attack only grew as the military and government officials provided no explanation about the explosion for hours.South Korea’s Joint Chiefs of Staff said no injuries have been reported from the ex...