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Trump vows if threatened to 'totally destroy' North Korea

UNITED NATIONS U.S. President Donald Trump escalated his standoff with North Korea over its nuclear challenge on Tuesday, threatening to "totally destroy" the country of 26 million people and mocking its leader, Kim Jong Un, as a "rocket man." | Video

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Taking back control? Britain's May to make high-stakes Brexit speech

LONDON After months of Brexit talks that have made little progress and deepened rifts in her party, British Prime Minister Theresa May will try this week to put the negotiations on track and reassert her authority.

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Merkel dismisses hecklers as polls point to fourth term

WISMAR, Germany German Chancellor Angela Merkel is on track to win a fourth term in Sunday's national election despite a dip in support for her conservatives, a poll showed on Tuesday, and she shrugged off calls to quit from far-right hecklers.

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Hamas asks Abbas to lift Gaza sanctions after disbanding shadow government

RAFAH, Gaza Strip Hamas called on Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas on Tuesday to respond to the disbanding of its shadow government in the Gaza Strip by ending his sanctions on the impoverished enclave.

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Catalan mayors exercise right to remain silent in referendum questioning

BARCELONA The first of hundreds of Catalan mayors summoned to answer questions on why they have backed a banned Oct. 1 referendum on independence from Spain appeared before the state prosecutor on Tuesday amid cheers and chants from supporters.

Spain 2:07pm EDT

Russia to pay damages for Beslan school siege after European court ruling, Ifax reports

MOSCOW Russia will abide by a European Court of Human Rights ruling requiring it to pay nearly 3 million euros ($3.6 million) in damages for the 2004 Beslan school siege, Interfax news agency reported on Tuesday, citing the Russian justice ministry.

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