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South Korea says U.S. reaffirms it will pay THAAD costs; Trump calls Asia allies


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. | Video

Saudi Arabia awards Jeddah airport contract to Singapore's Changi

DUBAI Sinapore's Changi Airport Group [CHAP.UL] has been awarded the contract to operate the King Abdulaziz International Airport in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia for up to 20 years, the kingdom's aviation authority said on Sunday.

Airbus CEO weighs in for Macron in France's presidential election

PARIS Airbus Chief Executive Tom Enders has offered support for French presidential hopeful Emmanuel Macron, just days ahead of the second round of an election that will pit the centrist, pro-European candidate against far-right Marine Le Pen.

China-built amphibious aircraft takes maiden flight: Xinhua

BEIJING China's domestically developed AG600, the world's largest amphibious aircraft, took its maiden flight ahead of schedule on Saturday from the southern city of Zhuhai, according to the official Xinhua news agency.

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".

Military plane crashes in Cuba killing all eight on board

HAVANA A military airplane crashed into a mountain in Cuba's north-western region of Artemisa on Saturday morning, killing all eight personnel on board, the Ministry of Revolutionary Armed Forces said.

Russia's Lavrov says ready to cooperate with U.S. on Syria: agencies

MOSCOW Moscow is ready to cooperate with the United States on settling the Syrian crisis, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Saturday, Russian news agencies reported.

Russia says U.S. missiles in Poland, Romania would violate treaty

MOSCOW A U.S. deployment of ballistic missile defense systems in Romania and plans to place more defense systems in Poland violate an existing arms treaty, Russia's foreign ministry said in a statement on Saturday.

PM Abe says North Korean missile launch grave threat to Japan

LONDON North Korea's decision to test-fire a ballistic missile represents a grave threat to Japan, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said in London on Saturday, calling on the United States and China to keep up pressure on Pyongyang.

French amphibious carrier visits Japan ahead of Pacific show of power

SASEBO As tension spikes on the Korean peninsula, a French amphibious assault carrier sailed into Japan's naval base of Sasebo on Saturday ahead of drills that risk upsetting China, which faces U.S. pressure to rein in North Korea's arms programs.

Amazon's moves beyond retail get Wall Street thumbs up, for now

SAN FRANCISCO Amazon.com Inc's ventures far beyond online retail, from cloud computing to movie making, are raising questions among corporate strategy experts about its focus.