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South Korea says U.S. reaffirms it will pay THAAD costs; joint drills wrap up

SEOUL South Korea said the United States had reaffirmed it would shoulder the cost of deploying the THAAD anti-missile system, days after President Donald Trump said Seoul should pay for the $1-billion battery designed to defend against North Korea.

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Iran's leader dismisses Rouhani's detente policy ahead of vote

LONDON Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has criticized President Hassan Rouhani for saying his detente policy with the West had caused the threat of war to fade as tensions intensify in Tehran before May election.

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ASEAN gives Beijing a pass on South China Sea dispute, cites 'improving cooperation'

MANILA Southeast Asian countries took a softer stance on South China Sea disputes during a weekend summit, according to a statement issued on Sunday, which went easy on China by avoiding tacit references to its building and arming of its manmade islands.

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Merkel's conservatives widen lead to 7 points 5 months before German vote

BERLIN German Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservative Christian Democrats have opened a seven-point lead over the centre-left Social Democrats five months ahead of the Sept. 24 election, according to a poll on Sunday in the Bild am Sonntag newspaper.

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Swiss climber dies after fall, preparing for Mount Everest ascent

KATHMANDU An experienced Swiss climber died on Sunday after he fell in the Everest region of Nepal during preparations to climb the world's highest mountain, the first to perish in the current climbing season, officials said.

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Labour gains in British polls, but May's party keeps strong lead

LONDON Three polls on Saturday showed a rise in support for the opposition Labour party, although the governing Conservative party maintained a commanding lead.

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