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North Korea appears to bolster defenses after flight by U.S. bombers as rhetoric escalates

SEOUL/BEIJING North Korea appears to have boosted defenses on its east coast, South Korea's Yonhap news agency said on Tuesday, after the North said U.S. President Donald Trump had declared war and that it would shoot down U.S. bombers flying near the peninsula. | Video

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Putin, Merkel hold phone call after German polls: Kremlin

MOSCOW Russian President Vladimir Putin has spoken over the phone to German Chancellor Angela Merkel, congratulating her on the victory by a loyal bloc of parties in Germany's parliamentary polls, the Kremlin said in a statement on Tuesday.

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Pakistan's ex-PM Sharif appears before anti-corruption court, set to be indicted

ISLAMABAD Ousted Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif appeared before an anti-corruption court on Tuesday, kicking off trial proceedings that he says are biased and which threaten to dent his party's chances at the next general election due in mid-2018.

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Iraqi soldiers join Turkish exercises near shared border: witness

HABUR, Turkey Iraqi soldiers joined Turkish troops for military exercises in southeast Turkey near the border with Iraq on Tuesday, a Reuters witness said, as the two countries coordinate steps in response to the Iraqi Kurdish independence referendum.

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Palestinian gunman kills three Israeli guards at West Bank settlement

HAR ADAR, West Bank A Palestinian man with security clearance to work at a Jewish settlement in the occupied West Bank opened fire at a checkpoint on Tuesday, killing two Israeli security guards and a paramilitary policeman. | Video

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Mattis seeks deeper ties with India amid China assertiveness

NEW DELHI U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis held talks with Indian leaders on Tuesday to deepen military ties including the potential sales of U.S. jet fighters and surveillance drones that experts say are aimed at helping it rein in China's influence in the region.

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