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

SEOUL North Korea test-fired a ballistic missile on Saturday shortly after U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson warned that failure to curb Pyongyang's nuclear and ballistic missile programs could lead to "catastrophic consequences".

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EU leaders united on Brexit demands - for now

BRUSSELS European Union leaders endorsed 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.

8:21am EDT

Pope, at Cairo Mass, urges unity against fanaticism

CAIRO Pope Francis warned against religious fanaticism on Saturday, wrapping up a brief trip to Cairo where he urged Muslim leaders to unite against violence by Islamic militants threatening to rid the Middle East of its ancient Christian communities. | Video

Pope 7:31am EDT

Independence push threatens Hong Kong's autonomy, says Beijing official

HONG KONG The legal chief of Beijing's representative office in Hong Kong said on Saturday growing calls for independence could make the territory's current "one country, two systems" constitutional framework unsustainable.

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China deports U.S. citizen convicted of espionage

SHANGHAI China has deported a U.S. citizen who was convicted of espionage this week after being held without trial for two years, removing a source of friction between Washington and Beijing.

ASEAN firms up South China Sea stance as Beijing lobbies over statement

MANILA Southeast Asian countries have altered a statement to be issued at Saturday's ASEAN summit to include references to militarization and island-building in the South China Sea, the latest draft shows, in a move likely to frustrate Beijing. | Video

China, South China Sea 5:11am EDT

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