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Duterte, Senators in UK, Trump | Midday wRap

Oct 23, 2017 - 12:54 PM

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Trump says U.S. 'totally prepared' for potential North Korea threat

Oct 23, 2017 - 12:35 AM

'You would be shocked to see how totally prepared we are if we need to be,' US President Donald Trump tells Fox News in an interview

DONALD TRUMP. US President Donald Trump speaks during the Family Research Council's 2017 Value Voters Summit on October 13, 2017 in Washington, DC.  Photo by Brendan Smialowski/AFP

EU to consider further measures against North Korea – summit text

Oct 20, 2017 - 9:33 AM

New measures approved by EU foreign ministers also include a complete ban on investment in the North, and a total embargo on oil and petrol products

Hillary slams Trump's 'dangerous' war of words with North Korea

Oct 18, 2017 - 1:38 PM

Trump's tit-for-tat with the young, autocratic ruler of the isolated regime only dents Washington's credibility and helps Kim bask in global attention he seeks, the former secretary of state tells a forum in Seoul

HILLARY IN SEOUL. This handout photo taken and provided by Maeil Business Newspaper on October 18, 2017 shows former US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton speaking at the World Knowledge Forum in Seoul. Maeil Business Newspaper"/AFP

Marawi, transport strike, Duterte and Trump | Evening wRap

Oct 18, 2017 - 12:00 AM

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AFP, Duterte and Trump, neutron stars | Midday wRap

Oct 17, 2017 - 2:39 PM

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EU sends chief diplomat to fight for Iran deal in Washington

Oct 16, 2017 - 8:46 PM

EU foreign ministers join a chorus of international support for the landmark 2015 accord, warning that Trump's hardline stance jeopardizes efforts to find a peaceful solution to the nuclear crisis with North Korea

TO WASHINGTON. In this file photo, European Union's High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Federica Mogherini in a meeting in Paris, on August 28, 2017. Photo by ludovic Marin/ AFP

N. Korea readies missile launch ahead of US-S. Korea drill

Oct 14, 2017 - 2:08 PM

A US aircraft carrier will lead a joint naval the drill in the coming week with South Korea, a move that will likely rile Pyongyang.

DRILL. This handout photo taken on September 18, 2017 and provided by the South Korean Defence Ministry in Seoul shows US F-35B stealth jet fighters dropping bombs at a shooting range east of Seoul during a joint military drill aimed to counter North Korea’s latest nuclear and missile tests. Photo handouth / South Korean Defence Ministry / AFP

U.S. bombers fly over Korean peninsula in show of force

Oct 11, 2017 - 3:15 PM

Two US B-1B Lancers based in Guam fly over the Sea of Japan, staging a simulated air-to-ground missile firing drill with their South Korean counterparts

This handout photo taken on September 18, 2017 and provided by the South Korean Defence Ministry in Seoul shows a US Air Force B-1B Lancer dropping a bomb at a shooting range in Gangwon Province, east of Seoul, during a joint military drill aimed to counter North Korea’s latest nuclear and missile tests. The US flew four stealth fighter jets and two bombers over the Korean peninsula on September 18 in a show of force after North Korea's latest nuclear and missile tests, South Korea's defence ministry said. / AFP PHOTO / South Korean Defence Ministry / handout / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT "AFP PHOTO / South Korean Defence Ministry" - NO MARKETING NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS

Bautista, Gordon on Faeldon, Trump | Midday wRap

Oct 11, 2017 - 1:09 PM

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Trump meets advisers to discuss North Korea options – statement

Oct 11, 2017 - 9:00 AM

It comes days after Trump said that diplomatic efforts with North Korea have consistently failed, adding that 'only one thing will work'

In this file photo, coverage of an ICBM missile test is displayed on a screen in a public square in Pyongyang on July 29, 2017. Kim Won-Jin/AFP

Duterte: China 'the only monkey wrench' in North Korea plans

Oct 10, 2017 - 6:16 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte tells Australians to 'keep watch' over North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, whose 'goddamn stupid name' he 'can't even pronounce'

SHIP VISIT. President Rodrigo Duterte delivers a brief message on board Her Majesty's Australian Ship (HMAS) Adelaide III docked at the Pier 15 in Manila on October 10, 2017. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Abe vows to tackle North Korea threat ahead of Japan election

Oct 08, 2017 - 9:10 PM

'We will protect our country under stable politics,' Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe says in a televised debate

Japan's Prime Minister and President of ruling Liberal Democratic Party Shinzo Abe gestures as he answers questions during a political debate ahead of the general elections at the Japan National Press Club in Tokyo on October 8, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / Toru YAMANAKA

North Korea's Kim promotes sister, reaffirms nuclear drive

Oct 08, 2017 - 6:35 PM

Kim Jong-Un's sister Kim Yo-Jong is now an alternate member of the ruling party's powerful decision-making body

This undated picture released from North Korea's official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) on March 12, 2015 shows North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un (C) inspecting the Sin Islet defence company in Kangwon province, while Kim Yo-Jong (2nd L), vice department director of the Central Committee of the Worker's Party of Korea (WPK) and the younger sister of Kim Jong-Un, follows him. AFP PHOTO / KCNA via KNS REPUBLIC OF KOREA OUT THIS PICTURE WAS MADE AVAILABLE BY A THIRD PARTY. AFP CAN NOT INDEPENDENTLY VERIFY THE AUTHENTICITY, LOCATION, DATE AND CONTENT OF THIS IMAGE. THIS PHOTO IS DISTRIBUTED EXACTLY AS RECEIVED BY AFP. ---EDITORS NOTE--- RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT "AFP PHOTO / KCNA VIA KNS" - NO MARKETING NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS / AFP PHOTO / KCNA / KNS

Trump says North Korea diplomacy has failed, 'only one thing will work'

Oct 08, 2017 - 4:40 PM

US President Donald Trump adds that North Korea's nuclear program 'should haven been handled during the Obama administration'

NORTH KOREA. US President Donald Trump rejects talks with Pyongyang over its nuclear program. File photo by Nicholas Kamm/AFP

North Korea says it is operating some factories left by Seoul

Oct 06, 2017 - 3:28 PM

In response to the announcement, an official at Seoul's unification ministry tells Yonhap news agency: 'North Korea must not infringe upon property rights of South Korean companies'

In this file photo, North Korean employees work at a factory of a South Korean-owned company at the Joint Industrial Park in Kaesong on December 19, 2013. Kim Hong-Ji/Pool/AFP

Pentagon chief says U.S. admin backs Tillerson's North Korea effort

Oct 04, 2017 - 7:50 AM

Pentagon chief Jim Mattis tries to clear up doubts about the US administration's North Korea strategy, backing Secretary of State Rex Tillerson's effort to find a diplomatic solution to the nuclear stand-off

In this file photo, US Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis(L) and US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson conduct a press conference on June 21, 2017, at the US Department of State in Washington, DC. Paul J Richards/APF

Kim Jong-Nam suffered extensive organ damage, trial hears

Oct 03, 2017 - 7:27 PM

Vital organs, including Kim Jon-Nam's lungs and brain, swell due to a build-up of fluid, pathologist Mohamad Shah Mahmood testifies after carrying out the post-mortem

KIM JONG-NAM. A man watches a television showing news reports of Kim Jong-Nam, the half-brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un, in Seoul on February 14, 2017. File photo by Jung Yeon-Je/AFP

Aguirre, Cagayan van crash, Trump | Midday wRap

Oct 02, 2017 - 12:35 PM

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Women plead not guilty to murdering North Korea leader's half-brother

Oct 02, 2017 - 10:07 AM

(3rd UPDATE) Two women go on trial accused of murdering the half-brother of North Korea's leader, in an audacious assassination in Malaysia that stunned the world and sparked a diplomatic crisis

In this file photo, a man watches a television showing news reports of Kim Jong-Nam, the half-brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un, in Seoul on February 14, 2017. Jung Yeon-Je/AFP

Negotiating with North Korea a waste of time – Trump

Oct 02, 2017 - 12:30 AM

'I told Rex Tillerson, our wonderful Secretary of State, that he is wasting his time trying to negotiate with Little Rocket Man,' tweets US President Donald Trump

TRUMP. US President Donald Trump calls on the UN to "focus on results," a call that was echoed by UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres. File photo by Nicholas Kamm/AFP

U.S. probes North Korea's willingness to talk

Sep 30, 2017 - 10:35 PM

(UPDATED) The US State Department says that while such communications channels do exist North Korea has shown no interest in talking about giving up its nuclear weapons

TILLERSON IN CHINA. US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson (L) attends a meeting with Chinese State Councilor Yang Jiechi (not pictured) at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on September 30, 2017. Photo by Lintao Zhang/Pool/AFP

The week in photos: September 23-29, 2017

Sep 30, 2017 - 2:01 PM

This week's selection of photo highlights here and around the world

CRISIS CASUALTIES. Dead bodies of Rohingya Muslim refugees lay on the shore of Inani beach, near Cox's Bazar on September 28, 2017. Photo by Fred Dufour/AFP

Tillerson in China to pile pressure on North Korea

Sep 30, 2017 - 1:48 PM

(UPDATED) The visit comes as relations between the two superpowers appear to be improving after months of tensions over how to handle North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un's nuclear provocations

US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson. Photo by Brendan Smialowski / AFP

WATCH: Did you know the Philippines exports to North Korea?

Sep 28, 2017 - 9:09 PM

The Philippines is one of the top exporters to North Korea

North Korea accuses 'old lunatic' Trump of exploiting Warmbier death

Sep 28, 2017 - 8:59 PM

In a statement issued by the official KCNA news agency, North Korea's foreign ministry attacks the US for 'luring and pushing' the 22-year-old student into breaking the country's laws

This photo taken on February 29, 2016 and released by North Korea's official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) on March 1, 2016 shows US student Otto Frederick Warmbier (R), who is arrested for committing hostile acts against North Korea, speaking at a press conference in Pyongyang. File photo by KCNA via KNS/AFP

Trump Twitter tirades deepen Asia alarm over conflict risk

Sep 26, 2017 - 7:00 PM

'If we get into a war it's because of misperception,' says Robert Kelly, professor of political science at Pusan National University

TRUMP AND KIM. AFP file photos

China sees 'no winner' in a war on Korean peninsula

Sep 26, 2017 - 5:31 PM

'A war on the Korean peninsula will have no winners and would be even worse for the region and regional countries,' foreign ministry spokesman Lu Kang tells a regular news briefing

LU KANG. Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Lu Kang speaks to the media during a press conference in Beijing on July 13, 2016.  File photo by Nicolas Asfouri/AFP

U.S. labels North Korea 'war' claim absurd, as Pyongyang boosts defenses

Sep 26, 2017 - 3:03 PM

White House: 'We have not declared war against North Korea and frankly the suggestion of that is absurd'

This picture taken on February 15, 2017 and released by North Korea's official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) on February 16, 2017 shows North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un (C) attending a national meeting at the Pyongyang Indoor Stadium in Pyongyang to celebrate the 75th birth anniversary of the late leader Kim Jong-Il. KCNA via KNS/AFP

Aegis Juris founder, North Korea, LeBron James | Midday wRap

Sep 26, 2017 - 1:10 PM

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North Korea says Trump has declared war

Sep 26, 2017 - 12:07 AM

(UPDATED) Foreign Minister Ri Yong-ho responds to Trump, who had warned on Twitter at the weekend that North Korea 'won't be around much longer' if it keeps up its threats

NORTH KOREA'S TOP DIPLOMAT. North Korea's Foreign Minister Ri Yong-Ho departs after speaking to reporters at the UN Millenium Plaza hotel on September 25, 2017 in New York City. Amir Levy/Getty Images/AFP

#PugadBaboy: The sum of our fears

Sep 25, 2017 - 11:00 AM

North Korea, Venezuela, Chad among 8 countries on new U.S. travel ban

Sep 25, 2017 - 7:42 AM

(UPDATED) Sudan, one of 6 majority-Muslim countries on the original travel ban, is removed from the list, leaving 8 nations with complete or partial blocks on travel to the United States

AIRPORT ARRIVALS. People walk through international arrivals at terminal four at John F. Kennedy (JFK) airport on June 26, 2017 in New York City. Spencer Platt/Getty Images/AFP

North Korea minister launches tirade against Trump at UN

Sep 24, 2017 - 2:47 PM

Describing Trump as a 'mentally deranged person full of megalomania,' Ri says the US leader who 'holds the nuclear button' poses 'the gravest threat to international peace and security today'

AT THE UN. Ri Yong Ho, Minister for Foreign Affairs of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea, addresses the general debate of the General Assembly's 72nd session, September 23, 2017. UN Photo/Cia Pak

3.5-magnitude earthquake rattles North Korea near nuclear test site

Sep 23, 2017 - 9:26 PM

It comes after days of increasingly bellicose rhetoric between US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un's regime, as international alarm mounts over Pyongyang's nuclear ambitions

EARTHQUAKE IN NORTH KOREA. People watch a television news screen showing a map of the epicenter of an earthquake in North Korea, at a railway station in Seoul on September 23, 2017. Photo by Jung Yeon-Je/AFP

The week in photos: September 16-22, 2017

Sep 23, 2017 - 4:12 PM

This week's selection of photo highlights here and around the world

BULLSEYE. Children play around a protest banner during an anti-government rally in Luneta on September 21, 2017. Photo by Rob Reyes/Rappler

North Korea 'more opaque' after YouTube propaganda ban – monitors

Sep 23, 2017 - 3:35 PM

YouTube has cut off a vital supply of video used by open source researchers, which means there is now less visibility into what's happening in North Korea

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Sep 22, 2017 - 8:16 PM

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Russia 'concerned' by escalation of Korea tensions after Trump, Kim exchange – Kremlin

Sep 22, 2017 - 6:12 PM

'Moscow still calls on all interested parties to display restraint so as not to provoke this escalation even further,' spokesman Dmitry Peskov says

DONALD TRUMP. US President Donald Trump addresses the 72nd Annual UN General Assembly in New York on September 19, 2017. Photo by Timothy A. Clary/AFP

N. Korea FM raises threat of H-bomb test in Pacific

Sep 22, 2017 - 1:56 PM

North Korean Foreign Minister Ri Yong-ho raises the possibility after Kim Jong-Un warned the US of the 'highest level of hard-line countermeasure in history'

This photo taken on May 6, 2016 and released on May 7 by North Korea's official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) shows North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un reporting works of North Korean Workers Party Central Committee during the 7th Workers Party Congress at the 'April 25 Palace' in Pyongyang. KCNA via KNS / Stringer /AFP

FULL TEXT: Kim Jong-Un's message to Donald Trump

Sep 22, 2017 - 12:33 PM

Read Kim Jong-Un's statement as published by the official KCNA news agency

INSPECTION. This undated picture released from North Korea's official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) on September 16, 2017 shows North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un inspecting a launching drill of the medium-and-long range strategic ballistic rocket Hwasong-12 at an undisclosed location. AFP PHOTO/KCNA VIA KNS

Japan FM urges countries to cut ties with North Korea

Sep 22, 2017 - 10:37 AM

Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Kono estimates that North Korea would lose 90% of its export revenue if all nations implemented existing UN Security Council resolutions

#ThewRap: Things you need to know, September 22, 2017

Sep 22, 2017 - 10:30 AM

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LES MISERABLES. Protesters at the Luneta Park sing the Filipino version of '€œDo You Hear the People Sing?'€ from 'Les Miserables' during the rally on September 21, 2017, the 45th anniversary of the declaration of Ferdinand Marcos' Martial Law. Photo by Martin San Diego/Rappler

Kim hits back at Trump as U.S. ramps up North Korea sanctions

Sep 22, 2017 - 8:10 AM

Kim Jong-Un is keen to show the world that he is not intimidated by Donald Trump's forceful rhetoric

This photo taken on May 6, 2016 and released on May 7 by North Korea's official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) shows North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un reporting works of North Korean Workers Party Central Committee during the 7th Workers Party Congress at the 'April 25 Palace' in Pyongyang. KCNA via KNS / Stringer /AFP

NATO condemns UN nuclear weapon ban treaty

Sep 20, 2017 - 8:36 PM

NATO says the treaty 'disregards the realities of the increasingly challenging international security environment' in the face of growing threats, particularly from Pyongyang, which recently carried out its sixth nuclear test

Trump warns UN assembly he may have to 'destroy' North Korea

Sep 19, 2017 - 11:46 PM

(UPDATED) Trump boasts of America's military strength, signals he is ready to rip up a nuclear accord with the 'murderous regime' in Tehran, and berates US foes from Pyongyang to Caracas

DONALD TRUMP. US President Donald Trump addresses the 72nd Annual UN General Assembly in New York on September 19, 2017. Photo by Brendan Smialowski/AFP

Japan deploys missile defense to Hokkaido – minister

Sep 19, 2017 - 3:43 PM

Japan deploys an additional missile defense system on its northern island of Hokkaido, days after North Korea launched a missile over the island

In this file photo, a man watches a screen showing a graphic of a North Korean missile launch, at a railway station in Seoul on September 15, 2017. Jung Yeon-Je/AFP

China, Russia urge end to North Korea vicious cycle

Sep 19, 2017 - 1:07 PM

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi and his Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov urges all parties to seek a 'peaceful resolution' to the current stand-off with Pyongyang over its nuclear weapons program

This undated picture released from North Korea's official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) on September 16, 2017 shows North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un inspecting a launching drill of the medium-and-long range strategic ballistic rocket Hwasong-12 at an undisclosed location. KCNA via KNS / AFP

U.S. flies bombers over Korean peninsula for drill – Seoul

Sep 18, 2017 - 6:09 PM

The flight was to 'demonstrate the deterrence capability of the US-South Korea alliance against North Korea's nuclear and missile threats'

Trump pushes UN reform as world leaders gather for crisis talks

Sep 18, 2017 - 1:45 PM

Trump, who once disparaged the world body as a 'club' for 'people to get together, talk and have a good time,' will lay out his views on how to improve the United Nations a day before he makes his first address to the General Assembly

#UNGA. A sign outside of the General Assembly building highlights the hash tag for attendees to use to promote the seventy-second session's debate, September 17, 2017. UN Photo/Kim Haughton