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UN chief calls for calm after violence erupts following Kenya polls

UNITED NATIONS, Aug. 13-- UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Saturday called on Kenyan opposition leaders to address their disputes over the presidential election through legal means instead of violence."He (Guterres) calls on those political leaders disputing the election results to address... Read More

Trump to direct USTR to look into probing China's trade practices

WASHINGTON, Aug. 13 -- The U.S. administration said here on Saturday that President Donald Trump will direct on Monday the US trade representative (USTR) to determine whether to investigate China's trade practices, triggering concerns that Washington may take unilateral moves harming China-US trade... Read More

Mortar shell kills at least 16 civilians in Afghanistan

MOSCOW, Aug. 12 -- At least 16 civilians, including 10 children, were killed by a mortar shell in northwestern Faryab province of Afghanistan, Pajhwok news agency said, quoting the Dawlatabad district police chief Col. Niamatullah Tofan.According toTofan, the clash betweenthe security forces and the... Read More

Japan installs extra missile defense after N Korea threat to Guam

TOKYO, Aug. 12 -- The Japanese Defense Ministry on Saturday finished deploying Patriot missile defense systems in the country’s south in anticipation of North Korea’s possible strike on Guam, the state broadcaster NHK said.North Korea's military has said it plans tofire four medium-... Read More

Trump calls China’s Xi for talks on North Korea, Xi urges restrain

BEIJING, Aug. 12 -- US President Donald Trump and Chinese leader Xi Jinping had a late-night phone conversation on North Korea, Chinese state media reported Saturday.The two leaders exchanged opinions onthe current situation inthe Korean peninsula. President Xi stressed Washington and Beijing were... Read More

Trump to call for crackdown on China trade Monday

MOSCOW, Aug. 12 -- US President Donald Trump may announce a probe into China’s alleged intellectual property theft on Monday after repeatedly accusing Beijing of "unfair" trade practices, US media said.A government official confirmed toPolitico that Trump was going toinstruct US Trade... Read More

Trump: No talks with Maduro until democracy is back in Venezuela

WASHINGTON, Aug. 12 -- US President Donald Trump has been asked to have a phone conversation with Venezuela’s leader Nicolas Maduro and will gladly speak with him once democracy is restored in this South American country, the White House said Friday.The Trump administration said Washington... Read More

Venezuelan Defense Minister calls Trump's military action warning

MOSCOW, Aug. 12 --Venezuelan Defense Minister Vladimir Padrino said Friday that US President Donald Trump’s threat of military action was an act of craziness.Trump told reporters the United States would not rule outtaking military action againstVenezuela's President Nicolas Maduro, citing a... Read More

Pentagon denies receiving orders on military action against Venezuela

WASHINGTON, Aug. 12 -- The Pentagon has not been ordered to take military action on Venezuela, its spokesman said Friday, after President Donald Trump declared using force was an option.President Trump told a press conference the White House had "many options" forVenezuela where over120 people have... Read More

Violent protests Erupt in Kenya over contested presidential vote

MOSCOW, Aug. 12 -- Kenyatta’s long-standing rival Raila Odinga protested the result ofTuesday’s vote, which put Kenyatta ahead witha 9.4-percent lead, claiming the vote was rigged. International observers denied this.Members ofOdinga’s Luo ethnic group came outin force... Read More

Military action vs N. Korea should not be an option

WASHINGTON, Aug. 12 -- Military action should not be an option when confronting the problem of escalating tensions with North Korea, US Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney said in a statement.Maloney noted that Defense Secretary James Mattis has said that diplomatic efforts to contain North Korea are... Read More

US, Russia set date for plenary commission meeting

WASHINGTON, Aug. 12 -- A US-Russian commission will convene on November 7-9 for a plenary meeting dealing with American and Russian prisoners of war and those missing from Cold War conflicts.Taranov, deputy chief ofthe Russian Defense Ministry’s department tasked withkeeping alive the memory... Read More

Magnitude 5.6 quake kills 1, hurts 2 in Peru

MOSCOW, Aug. 12 -- One person was killed and two others injured after a strong earthquake hit off the Peruvian coast on Friday night, the governor of the affected region said.The quake measuring magnitude 5.6 struck the South Pacific nearthe city ofCamana inPeru’s Arequipa region at21:45 UTC,... Read More

Trump: US considering additional sanctions on North Korea

WASHINGTON, Aug. 12 -- Last week, the UN Security Council unanimously approved a resolution tightening sanctions againstthe country. Commenting onthe sanctions, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un promised totake decisive steps againstthe United States, including "physical actions.""We are considering... Read More

36 dead, 13 hurt in NW China road mishap

XI'AN, Aug. 11 -- At least 36 people were killed and 13 others injured in an expressway accident in northwest China's Shaanxi Province Thursday night, local authorities said Friday morning.The accident occurred at around 11:34 p.m. when a coach hit the wall of the Qinling tunnel of the... Read More

Oil prices rise on falling US stockpiles

NEW YORK, Aug. 9 -- Oil prices rose on Wednesday after report showed US crude inventories fell more than expected.US crude oil inventories fell by a sharp 6.5 million barrels in the August 4 week to 475.4 million, 3.6 percent below the level a year ago, according to a report released by the US... Read More

Scientists develop 2 new ways to eradicate agricultural pests

CANBERRA, Aug. 9 -- Two separate studies undertaken by scientists in Australia have come up with new ways to deal with the eradication of pests such as feral pigs, rabbits, and mice, which cost the local agricultural economy more than one billion Australian dollars (USD 800 million) every... Read More

China to build first Mars simulation base

XINING, Aug. 9 -- China will establish the country's first Mars simulation base in northwest China's Qinghai Province, the local government said Tuesday.The base will be in the red cliff region in Da Qaidam (also known as Dachaidan) district in the Mongolian-Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture of... Read More

S.Korea monitors possible N. Korea "provocation" strike on Guam

SEOUL, Aug. 9 -- South Korea's unification ministry said Wednesday that the country was closely monitoring "possible provocation" from North Korea after it warned of preemptive missile strikes against the US island of Guam in the Pacific.Seoul's unification ministry spokesman Baek Tae-hyun told a... Read More

7 killed in 7.0-magnitude quake in SW China

CHENGDU, Aug. 9 -- A 7.0-magnitude earthquake struck a remote area in southwest China's Sichuan Province Tuesday night, leaving seven people dead and 88 injured, including 21 seriously, by 1:30 a.m. Wednesday.At least five of the dead were visitors to the popular tourist destination of Jiuzhaigou in... Read More