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Indonesia shuts Bali's airport for third day due to volcanic ash

AMED, Indonesia (Reuters) – Indonesia shut its airport on Bali for a third consecutive day on Wednesday due to a volcanic ash cloud, as the rumbling Mount Agung volcano continued to paralyze flights on the holiday island and… Read More

North Korea ICBM test may show Washington within range

SEOUL/WASHINGTON (Reuters) – North Korea launched what officials said was likely an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) that flew high into space before landing near Japan on Wednesday, showing Pyongyang may now be able to reach Washington, D.C. with… Read More

Singapore charges activist for organizing assemblies without permit

SINGAPORE (Reuters) – Singapore authorities charged human rights activist Jolovan Wham on Wednesday for organizing public assemblies without a police permit, prompting rights groups to call on the government to guarantee the right to peaceful assembly. Source:… Read More

China partially lifts ban on group tours to South Korea: Yonhap

SEOUL (Reuters) – Chinese government said on Tuesday it would allow travel agencies in Shanghai and Shandong to resume sales of group tours to South Korea, Yonhap News Agency reported on Tuesday, citing a high-ranking official. Source:… Read More

Hawaii to resume Cold War-era nuclear siren tests amid North Korea threat

(Reuters) – Hawaii this week will resume monthly statewide testing of its Cold War-era nuclear attack warning sirens for the first time in about 30 years, in preparation for a potential missile launch from North Korea, emergency management… Read More

Backlash as Beijing fire safety blitz forces exodus of city's underclass

BEIJING (Reuters) – In Xinjiancun, a ramshackle village of migrant workers on the far southern fringe of Beijing, demolition machinery tears into buildings as residents drag out the last of their belongings under the gaze of police and… Read More

Pope starts Myanmar trip in shadow of Rohingya crisis

YANGON (Reuters) – Pope Francis arrived in Myanmar on Monday on a delicate visit for the leader of the Roman Catholic church to a majority-Buddhist country that the United States has accused of “ethnic cleansing” against its Muslim… Read More

Britain's Prince Harry to marry U.S. actress Meghan Markle

LONDON (Reuters) – Britain’s Prince Harry and his U.S. actress girlfriend Meghan Markle announced on Monday they were engaged and would get married in the spring of next year. Source: Reuters World News

Ousted Hong Kong lawmakers ordered to pay hefty expense bills

HONG KONG (Reuters) – Four Hong Kong pro-democracy lawmakers who were ousted from the legislature this year condemned on Monday as “political persecution” a demand that they pay back hundreds of thousands of dollars in expenses. Source:… Read More

Gold trader's trial strains U.S.-Turkey relations

ISTANBUL/NEW YORK (Reuters) – A trial which has strained Turkish-U.S. ties before it even started opens this week in New York despite the possible absence of a defendant who Turkey says is cooperating with prosecutors in what it… Read More