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China, Philippines agree to avoid force in South China Sea dispute

China, Philippines agree to avoid force in South China Sea disputeBEIJING/MANILA (Reuters) – China and the Philippines have agreed to avoid force to resolve their differences over the South China Sea, according to a joint statement issued on Thursday by China at the end of a visit to Manila by Chinese Premier Li Keqiang. China and the Philippines have long sparred over the South China Sea, but relations have improved considerably under Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte.



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South Koreans Conflicted as Trump Tempts War

South Koreans Conflicted as Trump Tempts WarRichard Engel reports on the protests in South Korea both for and against a war with the north that Donald Trump is inching closer to, and looks at how some Koreans are dealing with the very immediate threat of death in the event of such a war.



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Protests in Seoul ahead of Trump's South Korea visit

Protests in Seoul ahead of Trump's South Korea visitSome 500 protesters took to the streets in Seoul Saturday, chanting slogans and waving banners as they accused Trump of bringing the Korean peninsula to the brink of war.



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3 Days After They Were Abducted by South American Pirates, Family Makes Dramatic Escape

3 Days After They Were Abducted by South American Pirates, Family Makes Dramatic EscapeThe family miraculously survived with just insect bites and scratches after trekking through the Amazon jungle to safety.



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An 11-Year-Old South Carolina Girl Fatally Shot Herself Because of Bullying at School

An 11-Year-Old South Carolina Girl Fatally Shot Herself Because of Bullying at SchoolShe had been bullied for months, her family said



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China, South Korea Announce Talks, Looking to Reset Strained Ties

China, South Korea Announce Talks, Looking to Reset Strained TiesSouth Korea and China will push to normalize their ties badly strained over the deployment of a contentious U.S. missile defense system in the South, both countries announced Tuesday.



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South Korea, China nuclear envoys to meet in Beijing: South Korea government

South Korea, China nuclear envoys to meet in Beijing: South Korea governmentSouth Korea’s foreign ministry said Lee Do-hoon, its representative for six-party nuclear talks, and his Chinese counterpart, Kong Xuanyou, will meet in Beijing on Tuesday. The meeting will be the first since the two officials took office and is an extension of recent meetings between nuclear envoys from South Korea, the United States and Japan, the foreign ministry said in a statement. The officials will exchange analyses on the current situation regarding North Korea’s nuclear and missile program and also discuss ways to cooperate in managing the situation in a stable manner, the statement said.



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South African farmers convicted of attempted murder for forcing black man into a coffin 

South African farmers convicted of attempted murder for forcing black man into a coffin Two white farmers who forced an unemployed black man into a coffin and threatened to kill him have been jailed following a trial that has reignited debate about the legacy of apartheid in South Africa.  William Oosthuizen, 29 and Theo Jackson, 30, were found guilty of forcing Victor Mlotshwa into a coffin and then threatening to douse him with petrol and set him alight. Their leave to appeal was dismissed.  Judge Sheila Mphahlele, said the two men showed “no remorse"  and that she wanted the sentence to send a “harsh” message to those in South Africa who still practiced racism.  "The most appalling act of the accused was to put the complainant in a coffin against his will. Whilst in the coffin they threatened to set it alight. They asked him how he wanted to die – quickly or slowly,” she said, summing up. The two were also found guilty of assaulting the only witness in an attempt to stop him from testifying against them. The Magistrates Court in Middelburg after being sentenced to more than a decade in prison Credit:  GIANLUIGI GUERCIA/ AFP Oosthuizen will serve 11 years in jail. Jackson, a father of three, was sentenced  to 14 years.  Oosthuizen and Jackson had pleaded not guilty to the charges after they were arrested last year in the small farming town of Middelberg, 100 miles east of Johannesburg.  They claimed they wanted to “teach Mr Mlotshwa a lesson,” after they came across him trying to steal cables on their farm. They also claimed he threatened to kill their families and burn their crops.  Mr Mlotswha reported the farmers to the police only after a 20-second video clip emerged on You Tube and went viral on social media.  Victor Mlotshwa attending the sentence of the two white farmers convicted of attempted murder Credit:  WIKUS DE WET/ AFP In the video Mr Mlotshwa begs for his life as he is pushed into the coffin.   One of the men pushes the lid of the coffin down while the other threatens to put petrol and a snake inside. According Afriforum, a civil rights group, at least 70 white commercial farmers have been murdered in South Africa so far this year. 



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U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley Was Evacuated From a South Sudan Displacement Camp

U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley Was Evacuated From a South Sudan Displacement CampThe U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, Nikki Haley, was evacuated from a U.N. camp for displaced people in South Sudan on Wednesday because of a demonstration against President Salva Kiir, witnesses said.



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North Korea threat is 'critical, imminent,' Japan tells U.S., South Korea

North Korea threat is 'critical, imminent,' Japan tells U.S., South KoreaThe threat from North Korea has grown to a "critical and imminent level" and the United States, Japan and South Korea must address the matter, Japanese Defense Minister Itsunori Onodera told his U.S. and South Korean counterparts in talks on Monday.



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