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Japan – Kerry Makes Historic Gut-Wrenching Visit To Hiroshima Site Of A-Bomb Memorial

April 11, 2016 at 09:47 AM
Hiroshima, Japan - An emotional John Kerry said Hiroshima's horrible history should teach humanity to avoid conflict and strive to eradicate nuclear weapons as he became the first U.S. secretary of state to tread upon the ground of the world's first atomic bombing. Kerry's visit Monday to the Japanese city included him touring its peace museum with other foreign ministers of the Group of Seven...

Washington – CIA Director Says He Would Not Obey A Waterboarding Order Even If Ordered By Future President

April 11, 2016 at 09:26 AM
Washington - The director of the CIA says his spy agency will not engage in waterboarding or other so-called enhanced interrogation techniques even if ordered to by a future president. CIA chief John Brennan tells NBC News that he will not agree to carry out such techniques because "this institution needs to endure." President Barack Obama banned waterboarding shortly after taking office in...

Seoul – Senior North Korea Military Officer Defects To South

April 11, 2016 at 09:25 AM
Seoul - A colonel from North Korea's military spy agency fled to South Korea last year in an unusual case of a senior-level defection, Seoul officials said Monday. The announcement came three days after Seoul revealed that 13 North Koreans working at the same restaurant in a foreign country had defected to the South. It was the largest group defection since Kim Jong Un, North Korea's young...

Zagreb – Croatia’s Jews To Boycott Official Holocaust Commemoration

April 11, 2016 at 09:01 AM
Zagreb, Croatia - Croatia's Jewish community confirmed on Monday it will boycott an official Holocaust commemoration to protest the government's alleged inaction to curb the surge of neo-Nazi sentiments in the country. The Coordinating Committee of the Jewish Communities of Croatia said it will hold its own remembrance at the Nazi-run World War II death camp Jasenovac on April 15, a week...

Tehran – Iran Says Russia Delivers First Part Of S-300 Defense System

April 11, 2016 at 08:44 AM
Tehran - Russia has delivered the first part of an advanced missile defense system to Iran, Iranian media reported on Monday, starting to equip Tehran with technology that was blocked before it signed a deal with world powers on its nuclear program. The S-300 surface-to-air system was first deployed at the height of the Cold War in 1979. In its updated form it is one of the most advanced...

Istanbul – Erdogan: Turkey Will Not Drop Demand For Ending Gaza Blockade

April 11, 2016 at 08:12 AM
Istanbul - A Turkish official says normalization of ties with Israel hinges on reaching an agreement over humanitarian aid to the Gaza Strip. Ibrahim Kalin, spokesman for Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, said Monday "the negotiations are continuing (but) we are not at the stage where we can say an agreement has been drafted and sealed." Speaking in Ankara, he said there will be a...

Washington – U.S. Navy Officer Charged With Spying, Possibly For China, Taiwan

April 11, 2016 at 07:50 AM
Washington - A U.S. Navy officer with access to sensitive U.S. intelligence faces espionage charges over accusations he passed state secrets, possibly to China and Taiwan, a U.S. official told Reuters on Sunday. The official, speaking on condition of anonymity, identified the suspect as Lieutenant Commander Edward Lin, who was born in Taiwan and later became a naturalized U.S. citizen...

London – Owner Of Britain’s Daily Mail In Discussions Over Bid For Yahoo

April 11, 2016 at 07:31 AM
London - The owner of Britain's Daily Mail is in early discussions over a bid for the ailing U.S. internet company Yahoo. The Wall Street Journal first reported Sunday that the media company is speaking with private equity firms about an offer. A spokesman for the DailyMail.com said that, given the success of that site and Elite Daily, it has "been in discussions with a number of parties...

Washington – Trump Calls Boston Globe “Stupid” And “Worthless” In Response To Satire

April 11, 2016 at 12:02 AM
Washington - Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump has derided The Boston Globe as "stupid" and "worthless" in response to a satirical front page printed by the newspaper Sunday that lampoons a potential Trump presidency. The fake front page is dated April 9, 2017, and its main story is about Trump calling for deportations. Another article mentions work being halted on a wall at the...

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