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On the USS Reagan amid growing nuclear tensions

On the USS Reagan amid growing nuclear tensionsABC News' Chief Global Correspondent Martha Raddatz travelled to the USS Reagan for an exclusive look at U.S. military preparations near North Korea.



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Tensions rise as Iraq Kurds defy Baghdad in independence vote

Tensions rise as Iraq Kurds defy Baghdad in independence voteIraq’s Kurds defied widespread opposition to vote Monday in a historic independence referendum, sparking fresh tensions with Baghdad and threats from Turkey while Washington warned it would “increase instability”. The vote in the autonomous Kurdish region of northern Iraq and some disputed areas is non-binding and will not lead automatically to independence, but is seen by the Kurds as a major step towards a long-cherished dream of statehood. Turnout was 72 percent, with 3.3 million of the 4.58 million registered voters taking part, election commission spokesman Shirwan Zirar said late Monday.



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US-North Korean tensions prompt delay in Guam-Japan flights

US-North Korean tensions prompt delay in Guam-Japan flightsHAGATNA, Guam (AP) — Tensions between the U.S. and North Korea have prompted a Hong Kong-based airline to delay flights between the U.S. Pacific territory of Guam and Japan.



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North Korea Fires Another Missile Over Japan As Tensions Mount

North Korea Fires Another Missile Over Japan As Tensions MountNorth Korea launched an “unidentified” missile from Pyongyang over Japan on Thursday, South Korea’s Yonhap News agency reported, the latest in a series of recent provocative actions by the country that also included an underground detonation of a nuclear device.



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Asian traders cautious after sell-off as N.Korea tensions linger

Asian traders cautious after sell-off as N.Korea tensions lingerAsian markets struggled on Tuesday while the safe-haven yen and gold held gains as traders fretted over North Korea's weekend nuclear test which prompted warnings of US military action.



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Guam’s Chamorro People Carry on, Despite Escalation of U.S.-North Korea Tensions

Guam’s Chamorro People Carry on, Despite Escalation of U.S.-North Korea TensionsThe Chamorro people are used to being at the center of conflict — their island has been colonized, occupied and invaded before. This time, however, the threat from North Korea has many on edge.



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Donald Trump accused of inflaming racial tensions amid violent clashes in Charlottesville, Virginia

Donald Trump accused of inflaming racial tensions amid violent clashes in Charlottesville, VirginiaDonald Trump has been blamed for the violent clashes between white supremacists and anti-fascist groups in Charlottesville by the mayor of the Virginia town. Michael Signer said he was disappointed the white nationalists had descended on his town and said responsibility lay with Mr Trump for inflaming racial prejudice during his presidential campaign last year. Mr Signer said: “I’m not going to make any bones about it.



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Full Mullen Interview: China is the Key to Solving North Korea Tensions

Full Mullen Interview: China is the Key to Solving North Korea TensionsIn an exclusive interview on Meet the Press, former Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Adm. Mike Mullen (Ret.) tells Chuck Todd that military options have always been available, but it would be better to defuse North Korean tensions with China's help.



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Tensions spike in Kenya as opposition claims election results manipulated in 'hacking attack'

Tensions spike in Kenya as opposition claims election results manipulated in 'hacking attack'A bitterly divisive presidential election in Kenya descended into chaos on Wednesday after the opposition leader claimed that a government-sanctioned hacking attack had subverted the results to rob him of victory. Police shot dead three protesters as violent clashes in the capital and elsewhere raised fears that the country could again be pitched into electoral violence after Raila Odinga accused Uhuru Kenyatta, the president, of resorting to “massive” fraud to secure re-election. Mr Kenyatta, seeking a second and final five-year term, was on course for a convincing victory. With nearly all the votes tallied, the president had secured 54.3 per cent of the vote against Mr Odinga’s 44.8, according to provisional results released by the electoral commission – a much wider margin of victory than opinion polls had suggested. Supporters of Kenyan Opposition leader Raila Odinga shout and gesture during a protest at Kondele on August 9, 2017 in Kisumu, Kenya Credit: AFP Although the election appeared to have been the best-run in decades, Mr Odinga was quick to reject the result, claiming there had been a reprise of the rigging that probably cost him victory ten years ago. “The electoral fraud and fabrication of results was massive,” he said. “It has always been common knowledge that Uhuru Kenyatta’s regime was a fraud. This takes Mr Kenyatta and [deputy president] William Ruto’s fraud … to another level.” As groups of Mr Odinga’s supporters gathered in the slums of the capital Nairobi and in his strongholds in western Kenya, some feared a return to the bloodshed that killed 1,300 people and forced 600,000 more following his defeat in 2007. Anti riot policemen deploy after protesters set tyres on fire in Mathare, Nairobi Credit: REUTERS Opposition supporters in Nairobi’s slums said they were awaiting an official declaration and further instructions from their candidate before taking action. Kalonzo Musyoka, Mr Odinga’s running mate, called on supporters to remain calm but he ominously hinted at the possibility of taking to the streets if the result was not overturned. “There may come a time we may have to call you to action,” he said. Fury over the result was palpable in Nairobi’s Kibera slum, one of Mr Odinga’s strongest bastions in the capital, where many said they were willing to face death if President Kenyatta’s victory was allowed to stand. “We are running out of patience,” said Jane Aoko, a teacher who had joined a growing gaggle of increasingly angry people gathered around a radio on one of the slum’s fetid alleys. “If you want peace you cannot keep making people angry. There can be no peace without justice.” Aftermath of protesters tear-gassed in Kenya 00:34 The tension in Kibera was mirrored in other city slums inhabited by tribes supporting Mr Odinga’s coalition, which largely represents ethnic groups that have never held power. Since independence from Britain in 1963, the presidency has always been held by either the Kikuyu or the Kalenjin, the two tribes that dominate Mr Kenyatta’s ruling party. Many in Kibera spoke of deep-held resentments caused by half a century of perceived disenfranchisement, with some saying that only an uprising would redress a system seen as designed to enrich two tribes at the expense of the other 40. Anti riot policemen deploy to disperse protesters in Mathare, in Nairobi Credit: REUTERS “We have been oppressed so much,” said Ayub Agutu, a Luo designer. “We are going to do a revolution once and for all to remove Uhuru Kenyatta.” But the president's fellow Kikuyus were angry that Mr Odinga, blamed by them for unleashing the bloodshed ten years ago, again appeared to be harnessing the street to challenge the outcome of the vote. "If he has a problem he should go to court," said Moses Mijere, a driver in Kibera, advocating a course Mr Odinga has said he would not pursue after his bid to overturn the last election in 2013 was rejected by judges.  Kenyan opposition leader Raila Odinga addresses a news conference Credit:  REUTERS Amid the rising passions, the electoral commission attempted to defuse tensions by delaying the announcement of a final result, promising to investigate Mr Odinga’s claims and inviting his agents to verify the results. According to the opposition, the electoral commission’s main database was hacked into and uploaded with an algorithm that added votes for Mr Kenyatta while taking them away from Mr Odinga. A Kenyan riot policeman fires a tear gas canister toward demonstrators supporting opposition leader Raila Odinga “[The Hackers] arrogantly walked into the database, took control of the entire electoral process, manipulated data and published a facade for a result,” Mr Odinga said. The opposition leader refused to divulge how he had been able to expose the alleged fraud, saying he had to “protect” his sources. 102-year-old woman votes in Kenya election 01:29 Mr Kenyatta has yet to comment on the allegations, although the secretary-general of his ruling Jubilee Party accused Mr Odinga of causing “unnecessary drama”. There is as yet no evidence to support Mr Odinga’s claims and foreign observers will not give their verdict until an official result is announced. The murder late last month of the electoral official in charge of the electronic transmission of results — the very element the opposition says was manipulated — will also raise suspicions. Mr Odinga alleged that the password of the dead man, Chris Msando, was used by the hackers to access the commission’s chief server.



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Dollar slumps, Tokyo tanks as North Korea tensions spike

Dollar slumps, Tokyo tanks as North Korea tensions spikeThe Nikkei slumped to its lowest close for almost three months Wednesday, leading an Asia-wide sell-off sparked by President Donald Trump’s apocalyptic warning over North Korea’s weapons programme. Escalating tensions around Pyongyang’s nuclear ambitions sent a shiver through markets worldwide and pushed the dollar to below 109.7 yen in afternoon forex trade to an eight-week low against the safe haven currency, piling more pressure on Japanese stocks. Tokyo’s blue-chip index tumbled 1.3 percent to its lowest close since late May after the Dow’s winning streak of nine straight records ended following Trump’s sharp rhetoric of “fire and fury”, with the main European bourses also opening lower Wednesday.



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