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FILE - In this Sept. 5, 2018, file photo, New Zealand's Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, center, and Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters, right, speak to the media during the Pacific Islands Forum in Nauru. New Zealand plans to increase the number…
Human rights advocates urged New Zealand lawmakers on Wednesday to drop restrictions on the intake of Middle Eastern and African refugees, saying the policy undermines the character of a nation praised for its response to deadly mosque attacks this year
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August 21, 2019
Protesters display a balloon with an anti-China message during a rally near the Philippine Congress to protest the 4th State of the Nation (SONA) address by President Rodrigo Duterte Monday, July 22, 2019 in suburban Quezon city, northeast of Manila…
More than half the public places "little trust" in China, a Metro Manila opinion research firm said in July
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August 21, 2019
South Korean Unification Minister Kim Yeon Chul, right, and U.S. Special Representative for North Korea Stephen Biegun, left, talk during their meeting at a government complex in downtown Seoul, South Korea, Wednesday, Aug. 21, 2019. The United…
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US top envoy in Seoul as US-ROK drills wrap up
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August 21, 2019
FILE - In this Feb. 24, 2019, file photo, U.S. fighter aircraft F-16 perform aerobatic maneuvers on the last day of Aero India 2019 at Yelahanka air base in Bangalore, India. The Trump administration has informed Congress it plans to sell F-16…
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China has already denounced the widely discussed sale, one of the biggest yet by the US to Taiwan
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By Reuters
August 21, 2019
U.S. special envoy for North Korea Stephen Biegun, left, pose with his South Korean counterpart Lee Do-hoon during their meeting at the Foreign Ministry in Seoul, South Korea, Wednesday, Aug. 21, 2019. (Kim Hong-Ji/Pool Photo via AP)
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North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has expressed a willingness to continue dialogue after the conclusion of US-South Korea military drills, which ended this week
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August 21, 2019
Chile's Energy Minister Juan Carlos Jobet, left, Chile's Environment Minister Carolina Schmidt, second from left, and China's Xie Zhenhua, third from left, are on a tour of the Quilapilún solar plant in Chile, Tuesday, Aug. 20, 2019.
In July, China pledged on the sidelines of the G20 summit in Osaka to show 'the highest possible ambition' in the fight against climate change
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August 21, 2019
Gen. David Berger, the new U.S. Marines commandant, speaks during a press conference in Tokyo, Aug. 21, 2019.
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Gen. David Berger says he is concerned about deteriorating relations between Japan and South Korea, both key regional allies, but expresses hopes politicians will work out a resolution
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August 21, 2019