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U.S. official says not ruling out eventual direct talks with North Korea

TOKYO/UNITED NATIONS The United States is not ruling out the eventual possibility of direct talks with North Korea, Deputy Secretary of State John J. Sullivan said on Tuesday, hours after Pyongyang warned nuclear war might break out at any moment.

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Spain High Court jails two Catalan separatist leaders pending investigation

MADRID/BARCELONA Spain moved closer on Monday to imposing central rule over Catalonia to thwart its independence push as Madrid's High Court signaled a hardening line by jailing the leaders of two of the largest separatist organizations.

Spain Oct 16 2017

Macau plans 'simulated attacks' in security ramp-up after Vegas shooting

HONG KONG Authorities in the Chinese territory of Macau have ramped up security measures following the deadly Las Vegas shooting this month and unveiled plans for a series of mock attacks and crisis training to safeguard the world's largest gambling hub.

Oct 16 2017

Malaysia says no decision yet on new offers to search for missing MH370

KUALA LUMPUR Malaysia said on Tuesday it has received proposals from three companies offering to continue the search for Malaysian Airlines flight MH370, which has been missing since 2014, but no decision has been made yet.

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Japanese PM Abe sends ritual offering to Yasukuni shrine for war dead

TOKYO Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe sent a ritual offering to the Yasukuni Shrine for war dead, seen in China and the two Koreas as a symbol of Japan's past militarism, to mark its annual autumn festival, the shrine said on Tuesday.

Japan, China Oct 16 2017

Venezuela vote dispute escalates foreign sanctions threat

CARACAS Venezuela's opposition cried foul on Monday over the ruling socialists' win in gubernatorial elections, raising the threat of more foreign sanctions following the vote in what the United States called "an authoritarian dictatorship." | Video

Oct 16 2017

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