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North Korea suspends nuclear tests, missile launches

by Mickey McLean
Posted 4/21/18, 10:01 am

North Korea’s state-run media reported early Saturday that the country is suspending nuclear tests and intercontinental ballistic missile launches ahead of planned summits with South Korea and the United States. North Korean leader Kim Jong Un made the announcement at a meeting of the ruling party’s Central Committee on Friday.

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American pastor disavows charges in Turkish court

International | Andrew Brunson’s trial on espionage and terrorism-related allegations begins
by Julia A. Seymour
Posted 4/17/18, 02:35 pm

The trial of American pastor and missionary Andrew Brunson began Monday in Turkey. U.S. Sen. Thom Tillis, R-N.C., and Ambassador-at-Large for International Religious Freedom Sam Brownback were present.

Turkish authorities indicted Brunson in March on espionage and terrorism-related charges. He served as a pastor in Turkey for 23 years until his arrest and detainment in late 2016. If convicted, he faces up to 35 years in prison.

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Deadly volcanic eruption rocks Japanese ski resort

by Onize Ohikere
Posted 1/23/18, 10:48 am

A sudden volcanic eruption in central Japan on Tuesday killed at least one soldier and injured 11 other people as they skied on the mountain’s slopes. Mount Kusatsu-Shirane’s eruption spewed volcanic rocks and black ash across the ski slope, sending people fleeing for shelter. Defense officials said eight injured soldiers belonged to a group of 30 undergoing ski training when the volcano erupted. Defense Minister Itsunori Onodera identified the dead soldier as Wataru Tatsukawa and said five other soldiers sustained serious injuries.

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