Guam’s faithful look to God as North Korea threat looms

August 14, 2017

Hagata, Guam (CNN)Father Paul Gofigan began his homily with a question for the parishioners in Guam’s biggest place of worship — the Catholic Dulce Nombre de Maria Cathedral Basilica. Gofigan was referring to the length of time the Guam Homeland Security department estimates it would take a North Korean missile to reach the island. It’s not idle debate. Last week, North Korean state media said it was drawing up plans…

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Guam, Japan prepare for possible North Korea missile launch

August 13, 2017

Hagata, Guam (CNN)North Korean military figures are putting the final touches on a plan to fire four missiles into the waters around the US-territory of Guam, to be presented to leader Kim Jong Un within days. Recent days have seen a significant escalation of tensions in the region as preparations are put in place for a possible launch in Guam, Japan and South Korea. Trump and Xi speak about North…

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‘We could be gone tomorrow’: Life in North Korea’s crosshairs

August 11, 2017

Hagata, Guam (CNN)With rough, calloused hands, Guam local Marco Martinez steadily trims his fishing line. “If it does happen, OK, it happens, but I just try not to really think about it,” Martinez told CNN. Martinez was born and raised on this small island of 160,000 or so people. They’re used to living with intimidation from North Korea, including in 2013 when Pyongyang warned that the island was within its…

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Guam under threat: Can the US shoot down North Korean missiles?

August 10, 2017

(CNN)The United States is likely to “seriously consider” shooting down any North Korean missiles tests aimed at the waters around the US territory of Guam, but experts warn the technology isn’t guaranteed to work. Adam Mount, senior fellow at the Center for American Progress, told CNN the US military could use its THAAD defense system or Aegis destroyers to stop any North Korean projectiles. THAAD, or the Terminal High Altitude…

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‘They have nothing to lose. We do’: Australia struggles with extremist threat

August 9, 2017

Sydney, Australia (CNN)For most young Australians, the violence and extremism of Syria feels a world away. But for a tiny minority, ISIS exerts a powerful allure, leading a small but significant number to head to the Middle East to take up arms. For some, the ISIS connection is real and immediate. “I know two friends, two personal friends of mine who traveled to fight for ISIS,” says a 20-year-old university…

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Canadian envoy arrives in Pyongyang, North Korean media says

August 9, 2017

(CNN)A Canadian government envoy, Daniel Jean, national security adviser to Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, and his party arrived in Pyongyang, the state-run Korean Central News Agency reported. It gave no further details about why the Canadian official was there. In letters to family, friends, and members of his church in Mississauga, Ontario, Lim has complained of stomach pain and high blood pressure. Former N.Korea bodyguard details abuse

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Xi says military must obey Communist Party as leadership reshuffle nears

August 1, 2017

Hong Kong (CNN)Chinese President Xi Jinping has emphasized the Communist Party’s control over the military as he prepares for a key leadership reshuffle later this year. “As comrade Mao Zedong once pointed out, our principle is to have the Party command the military, not the military command the Party,” Xi said. China steps up censorship on the internet US-China tensions rising “The People’s Army is an army with strong war…

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Pakistan to choose new leader but Sharif family waits in wings

August 1, 2017

Islamabad, Pakistan (CNN)Pakistan’s parliament looks set to approve a former petroleum minister as caretaker Prime Minister Tuesday after the country ousted Nawaz Sharif over corruption allegations. Shahid Khaqan Abbasi, expected to be nominated by parliament Tuesday, will be keeping the seat warm for Shahbaz Sharif, the younger brother of Nawaz Sharif.

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‘Time for talk is over’: US grapples for new approach on North Korea

July 31, 2017

Hong Kong (CNN)North Korea’s test of a long-range missile that could hit major US cities has drawn condemnation from the US, China, Japan and South Korea, and calls for a rethink in tactics toward Pyongyang, given the dramatic escalation in its capabilities. “The time for talk is over,” Haley said, and instead pointed to China, saying Beijing “must decide if it is finally willing to take this vital step” of…

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China shows off newest weapons in huge military parade

July 30, 2017

Beijing (CNN)Chinese leader Xi Jinping presided over a major military parade Sunday, hours after US President Donald Trump renewed his criticism over Beijing’s failure to rein in North Korea. Unlike previous public displays of its growing military might, China held Sunday’s event at the remote Zhurihe military base in Inner Mongolia — instead of in the center of Beijing. China shows off new J-20 stealth fighter

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Test shows North Korea missile could hit LA, Chicago, analyst says

July 29, 2017

(CNN)North Korea tested an intercontinental ballistic missile Friday that appears to have the range to hit major US cities, experts say. If the missile were fired on a a flatter, standard trajectory, it would have major US cities like Los Angeles, Denver and Chicago well within its range, with possibly the ability to reach as far as New York City and Boston, according to David Wright, a missile expert at…

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UK wants to send ‘colossal’ warships to test Beijing’s claims in S. China Sea

July 28, 2017

Hong Kong (CNN)The UK has waded into a tense territorial dispute in the South China Sea, potentially infuriating Beijing. Johnson did not specify exactly where the carriers would be sent, but added the operation was designed to “vindicate our belief in the rules-based international system and in the freedom of navigation through those waterways which are absolutely vital for world trade.” Speaking at an event in Sydney Thursday evening, Johnson…

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Why is China reinforcing its border with North Korea?

July 26, 2017

(CNN)China is further fortifying its border with North Korea, new reports show, amid continued tensions on the peninsula and concerns over potential US military action against Pyongyang. In more hospitable months, the border city of Dandong plays host to hundreds of tourists coming to gawp at North Korea — from boats on the Yalu River which separates the two countries, or through binoculars on a section of the Great Wall…

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Videos suggest Russian government may be arming Taliban

July 25, 2017

Kabul, Afghanistan (CNN)The Taliban have received improved weaponry in Afghanistan that appears to have been supplied by the Russian government, according to exclusive videos obtained by CNN, adding weight to accusations by Afghan and American officials that Moscow is arming their one-time foe in the war-torn country. These two videos show sniper rifles, Kalashnikov variants and heavy machine guns that weapons experts say are stripped of any means of identifying…

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Rising political star in China under investigation as Xi tightens grip

July 25, 2017

(CNN)Chinese President Xi Jinping has moved to further consolidate his power over the world’s newest superpower, striking down a rising political star. Former Guizhou party secretary Chen Min’er, a protege of Xi, was announced as his replacement earlier on July 15. He had been seen as a direct rival to Xi for the top spot. Chongqing is one of China’s largest cities, far from the political centers of Beijing and…

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US commissions largest-ever warship: What does it mean for Asia?

July 24, 2017

(CNN)The United States has just sent “a 100,000-ton message to the world,” says US President Donald Trump. Military players in North Asia While those new additions to the region may be making the recent headlines, the US has maintained a robust force at bases from Japan to Australia. Kadena Air Base on the Japanese island of Okinawa is home to the US Air Force’s 18th Wing, billed as the largest…

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Indonesian leader polishes strongman image by calling for drug killings

July 24, 2017

(CNN)Indonesian President Joko Widodo has called on police to kill drug dealers who resist arrest in what critics say is an attempt to burnish his credentials as a strongman leader among wavering voters. If enacted, the new policy would closely follow that of Philippines’ President Rodrigo Duterte, who’s brutal war on drugs has left up to 8,000 people dead in just over a year. In 2015, the head of Indonesia’s…

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‘Easier to move a mountain’: China vows new military drills amid India spat

July 24, 2017

(CNN)China has promised to carry out more military drills near a disputed border region amid an escalating war of words with India. India and China have been in a weeks-long standoff over a thin strip of land bordering both countries and Bhutan, in the Himalayas. Though not a part of Indian territory, the area is close to the “chicken’s neck,” a strategic corridor that serves as a vital artery between…

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North Korea facing its worst drought since 2001, UN warns

July 21, 2017

(CNN)North Korea is heading for its worst drought since 2001, the United Nations has warned, raising the possibility of increased food shortages in the rogue state. “Should drought conditions persist, the food security situation is likely to further deteriorate.” Millions of tons of food aid was sent to North Korea for years from countries around the world to avoid an even larger death toll. “There’s a chronic shortfall of food…

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South Korea proposes military talks with North Korea

July 17, 2017

Seoul (CNN)South Korea’s new government is making overtures to the North, proposing military talks at the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) that separates the two rivals. The talks at Panmunjon would be aimed at ending “hostile acts” between the two, which “escalate military tension,” according to a statement from South Korean Deputy Defense Minister, Seo Joo-seok. North Korea missile launch ceremony taunts US Zakaria: Kim Jung Un is unpredictable Haley: Military action…

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Guns and money: Why US’ top North Korea diplomat is in Southeast Asia

July 17, 2017

Hong Kong (CNN)When US Ambassador Joseph Yun visits Myanmar this week, he’ll likely be trying to convince a longtime military partner of Pyongyang to join US efforts to rein in Kim Jong Un’s nuclear efforts. But the trip, say analysts, is emblematic of a key tactic from the Trump administration: cutting off North Korean revenue, no matter how small or obscure the source. Cutting off North Korea’s illicit revenue streams…

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‘A cannon to shoot sparrows’: New Indonesian anti-Islamist law slammed

July 13, 2017

(CNN)An Indonesian government decree that allows the country’s president to disband religious and civil society organizations without a right of appeal has been condemned by human rights organizations. “There is a logic in it for Widodo, for this government … but this is like using a cannon to shoot sparrows, it is like burning a barn just to catch some mice. It is just overkill,” Human Rights Watch researcher Andreas…

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US, India and Japan begin naval exercises, as China looks on

July 11, 2017

New Delhi (CNN)A rising Chinese presence in the Indian Ocean has prompted the largest naval exercise the region has seen in more than two decades. Conducted annually since 1992, Malabar has grown in size and complexity in recent years to address what the US Navy describes as a “variety of shared threats to maritime security in the Indo-Asia Pacific.”

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South Korea’s Moon: I’ll meet Kim ‘at any time, at any place’

July 7, 2017

(CNN)South Korea’s president has doubled down on diplomacy at a time when tensions all around him are rising. Speaking in Berlin ahead of G20 talks in Hamburg, Moon said the reunification of East and West Germany gave him hope that peace could be achieved on the Korean Peninsula. What options does Trump have left on N. Korea? Trump weighs ‘severe things’ for North Korea

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