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Malaysia names North Korean diplomat wanted for questioning in airport murder

KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) - Malaysian police named on Wednesday a senior official in the North Korean embassy and another linked to its state airline, wanted for questioning over the murder last week of Kim Jong Nam, the North Korean leader's estranged half-brother. Learn More


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Exclusive: China finishing South China Sea buildings that could house missiles - U.S. officials

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - China, in an early test of U.S. President Donald Trump, is nearly finished building almost two dozen structures on artificial islands in the South China Sea that appear designed to house long-range surface-to-air missiles, two U.S. officials told Reuters. More »


Philippine minister doubtful of China row resolution 'during our lifetime'

MANILA (Reuters) - The foreign minister of the Philippines expressed doubt on Wednesday that a maritime sovereignty dispute with China could be resolved "during our lifetime", so it was better to set it aside, engage Beijing and avoid an armed confrontation. More »


German Social Democrats still hard on heels of Merkel's conservatives: poll

BERLIN (Reuters) - Germany's Social Democrats (SPD) held steady at 31 percent support in a survey published on Wednesday, remaining hard on the heels of Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservatives - on 34 percent - seven months ahead of a federal election. More »


China calls landmark Taiwan protests part of Chinese liberation struggle

BEIJING (Reuters) - China on Wednesday described landmark Taiwan protests against Nationalist troops in 1947 as part of China's liberation struggle that Taiwan independence forces were trying to hijack, ahead of commemorations next week for the 70th anniversary. More »


Netanyahu blasts U.N. 'hypocrisy', Australian PM opposes 'one-sided resolutions'

SYDNEY (Reuters) - Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull offered a staunch defense of Israel on Wednesday, criticizing the United Nations and vowing never to support "one-sided resolutions" calling for an end to Israeli settlement building on occupied land. More »


Ecuador presidential election goes to runoff between leftist, ex-banker

QUITO (Reuters) - Ecuador's presidential election will go to an April runoff between leftist government candidate Lenin Moreno and ex-banker Guillermo Lasso, the electoral body said on Tuesday, after a nail-biter first round over the weekend. More »


Mexico homicides jump by a third amid cartel infighting

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - Homicides in Mexico jumped by more than a third in January, new figures showed, fueled by violence in states hit by an internal split in the Sinaloa drug cartel. More »


Former Hong Kong leader jailed in what judge calls fall from "such a height"

HONG KONG (Reuters) - Former Hong Kong chief executive Donald Tsang, the highest-ranking ex-official to be charged in the city's history, was jailed for 20 months on Wednesday for misconduct in public office, a ruling some said reaffirmed the financial hub's vaunted rule of law. More »


China defends deportation of Taiwan citizens as internationally accepted

BEIJING (Reuters) - China on Wednesday defended the deportation of Taiwan citizens involved in overseas telecom fraud cases to China as having won widespread international approval, after Taiwan protested against Spain's decision to deport around 200. More »


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