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North Korea test-fires ballistic missile in defiance of world pressure

SEOUL/UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - North Korea test-fired a ballistic missile on Saturday, South Korea's and U.S. militaries said, defying intense pressure from the United States and the reclusive state's main ally, China. Learn More

 

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U.S. says time to act on North Korea, China says not up to Beijing alone

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson warned on Friday that failure to curb North Korea's nuclear and ballistic missile programs could lead to 'catastrophic consequences,' while China and Russia rebuked Washington's threat of military force. More »

 

Strong earthquake hits off Philippines, no major impact seen

MANILA (Reuters) - A strong earthquake measuring 7.2 struck off the coast of Mindanao island in the Philippines on Saturday, and the country's seismology agency advised people to stay away from coastal areas but expected no major damage. More »

 

Brazil protesters, police clash in first general strike in decades

SAO PAULO/BRASILIA (Reuters) - Brazilian protesters torched buses, clashed with police in several cities and marched on President Michel Temer's Sao Paulo residence on Friday amid the nation's first general strike in more than two decades. More »

 

EU leaders unite on Brexit demands, for now

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - European Union leaders will endorse a stiff set of divorce terms for Britain at a summit on Saturday, rejoicing in a rare show of unity in adversity, but well aware that may start to fray once negotiations begin. More »

 

Holocaust comments drag on Le Pen's French presidential bid

PARIS/CHATELLERAULT, France (Reuters) - Marine Le Pen's bid to defy the odds and win the French presidency risked a setback on Friday when her designated stand-in as National Front party leader stood down to defend himself against charges he shares the views of Holocaust deniers. More »

 

Brazil Supreme Court releases former billionaire Batista from jail

BRASILIA (Reuters) - Brazilian Supreme Court justice Gilmar Mendes ordered the release from jail of former mining and oil magnate Eike Batista, once the country's richest man, ahead of his trial on corruption charges, the court said on Friday. More »

 

Pope to celebrate Mass in Cairo military stadium

CAIRO (Reuters) - Pope Francis celebrates a Mass in a military stadium on Saturday, the last of a two-day visit to Cairo where he has called for leaders of all faiths to reject religious violence and denounce intolerance. More »

 

Two arrested on charges of illegal exports to Russia get time served

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Two Russian nationals arrested in the United States last October on charges of conspiring to export sensitive military technology from the United States to Russia were sentenced to time served on Friday, a spokesman for U.S. prosecutors said. More »

 

Venezuelan opposition activists march to Leopoldo Lopez' jail

LOS TEQUES, Venezuela (Reuters) - Hundreds of activists marched on Friday to the hilltop jail of Venezuela's best-known detained opposition leader Leopoldo Lopez in the latest of a month of protests against the socialist government. More »

 

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