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Pence seeks to reassure allies on N. Korean nuclear threat

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Tokyo, Feb 7 (AP) - Vice President Mike Pence is seeking to reassure and refocus American allies on the grow-ing nuclear threat from North Korea with visits to Japan and South Korea this week.
In meetings with government leaders, military officials and U.S. service members, Pence said he wants to...
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Pentagon says Trump ordered Washington military parade

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Washington, Feb 7 (AP) - President Donald Trump has asked the Pentagon to plan a grand parade of the U.S. armed forces in Washington this year to celebrate military strength, officials said Tuesday.
The Washington Post, which was first to report the plan, said Trump wants an elaborate parade this...
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Shutdown less likely as Senate closes in on budget agreement

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Buoyed by the sudden likelihood of a budget pact, lawmakers are on track avoid a repeat of last month's government shutdown - though President Donald Trump unexpectedly raised the possibility of closing things down again if he can't have his way on immigration.
"I'd love to see a shutdown if we...
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Vietnam gives life term to oil exec after alleged abduction

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Hanoi, Feb 5 (AP) - A court in Vietnam gave a second life prison sentence Monday to a former executive at Vietnam's state oil giant accused of corruption and who Germany said was kidnapped from there by Vietnamese agents last year.
State-run online newspaper VnExpress said Trinh Xuan Thanh, the...
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N Korea to send nominal head of state to S. Korea

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Pyeongchang, Feb 5 (AP) - North Korea will send its nominal head of state and other senior officials to South Korea this week, Seoul officials said Sunday, as the rivals push through with rare rapprochement steps ahead of this month's Winter Olympics in the South.
Kim Yong Nam, the head of the...
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