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South Korea's Foreign Minister Says Seoul May Lift Some Sanctions on North Korea

South Korea's Foreign Minister Says Seoul May Lift Some Sanctions on North KoreaSouth Korean President Moon Jae-in has described inter-Korean engagement as crucial to resolving the nuclear standoff



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North Korea Foreign Minister Says Country Won't Disarm Without Trust

North Korea Foreign Minister Says Country Won't Disarm Without TrustRi Yong Ho called on the U.S. to follow through on promises made during a summit



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Japan's foreign minister says country to open to foreigners

Japan's foreign minister says country to open to foreignersHANOI, Vietnam (AP) — Japan is gearing up to accept more foreign workers as its own population is on the brink of a steep decline, Foreign Minister Taro Kono said Friday.



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Foreign fighters in Syria's Idlib face last stand

Foreign fighters in Syria's Idlib face last standHailing from far and wide, they flocked to Syria to wage “holy war”. Now foreign jihadists face a fight to the last to hold onto Idlib, their final bastion. Syrian troops, backed by Russia and Iran, have massed around the northwestern province ahead of an expected onslaught against the largest rebel-held zone left in the country.



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Putin attends Austrian foreign minster's wedding

Putin attends Austrian foreign minster's weddingRussian President Vladimir Putin attended the wedding of Austrian Foreign Minister Karin Kneissl on Saturday, in a visit that the opposition says has damaged Austria’s reputation for political neutrality. Putin was one of around 100 guests at Kneissl’s wedding to businessman Wolfgang Meilinger in the picturesque village of Gamlitz in southeastern Austria.



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Vladimir Putin dances at Austrian foreign minister's wedding 

Vladimir Putin dances at Austrian foreign minister's wedding  Russian President Vladimir Putin danced arm in arm with Austria's Foreign Minister Karin Kneissl at her wedding on Saturday, after receiving an invitation that opposition critics said undermined the West's stance against Moscow. Putin arrived in a car carrying a bouquet of flowers and accompanied, local media said, by a troupe of Cossack singers booked to serenade the newlyweds – on a stopover on his way to meet German Chancellor Angela Merkel outside Berlin. Photographs showed Kneissl, 53, smiling in a long white and cream "dirndl" dress and talking to Putin as they danced in a vineyard in southern Styria province, the venue of her wedding to entrepreneur Wolfgang Meilinger. The invitation surprised many in Vienna and Moscow, particularly at a time when the European Union is at odds with Russia over its annexation of Ukraine's Crimea region and other issues. There have been no reports that Kneissl – a polyglot Middle East expert without political affiliation – has a particularly close friendship with Putin. But she was appointed to her job by the far-right Freedom Party (FPO) which has links with Putin's party. The invitation surprised many in Vienna and Moscow, particularly at a time when the European Union is at odds with Russia over its annexation of Ukraine's Crimea region and other issues. Credit: Reuters FPO leader and Vice Chancellor Heinz-Christian Strache, who joined Austria's governing coalition last year, praised her as a "bridge builder" as he congratulated the couple and wished them "all the luck in the world and eternal love!" The international coverage of the visit would bring priceless publicity, he added. "A better advertisement for Austria, its wonderful nature, dreamlike landscape and real life hospitality cannot exist!" Joerg Leichtfried from the opposition Social Democrats tweeted that Austria's current presidency of the Council of the European Union put it in an especially delicate spot given tensions between Putin and the West. "All the more symbolic and harmful to court the Russian president in this manner," he said. Mr Putin arrived in a car carrying a bouquet of flowers and accompanied by a troupe of Cossack singers to serenade the couple  Credit: Reuters Austria's governing coalition – led by the conservatives of Chancellor Sebastian Kurz, who also attended the wedding – has presented itself as a bridge builder with Moscow. It says it shares the EU's foreign policy stance, but did not follow other members of the bloc in expelling Russian diplomats after Britain accused Russia of involvement in the poisoning of a former Russian spy and his daughter in England – a charge Moscow denies. Putin is due to travel to Germany later on Saturday to meet Chancellor Angela Merkel for talks about Syria, Ukraine and energy at the government's Meseberg palace outside Berlin.



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North Korea's Foreign Minister Shoots Back at U.S. Over Sanctions Warnings

North Korea's Foreign Minister Shoots Back at U.S. Over Sanctions WarningsThe move comes after U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo spoke in Sinagpore



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IS claims Tajikistan attack that killed 4 foreign cyclists

IS claims Tajikistan attack that killed 4 foreign cyclistsMOSCOW (AP) — The Islamic State group on Tuesday claimed responsibility for a car-and-knife attack on Western tourists cycling in Tajikistan that killed two Americans and two Europeans.



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Abortion restrictions tied to foreign aid threaten fight against AIDS, report says

Abortion restrictions tied to foreign aid threaten fight against AIDS, report saysThe Trump administration’s policy on global health assistance — an approach that originated in the Reagan era and later fell out of favor — forbids aiding organizations that provide or promote abortions. A recent report makes clear it’s harming efforts to curb AIDS and other diseases around the world.



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Abortion restrictions tied to foreign aid threaten fight against AIDS, report says

Abortion restrictions tied to foreign aid threaten fight against AIDS, report saysThe Trump administration’s policy on global health assistance — an approach that originated in the Reagan era and later fell out of favor — forbids aiding organizations that provide or promote abortions. A recent report makes clear it’s harming efforts to curb AIDS and other diseases around the world.



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