International incidents

From left, Japan's Land, Infrastructure and Transport Minister Keiichi Ishii, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Finance Minister Taro Aso attend a Cabinet meeting in Tokyo Friday, Aug. 2, 2019. Japan has approved the removal of South Korea from a "whitelist" of countries with preferential trade status, escalating tensions between the neighbors. (Yoshitaka Sugawara/Kyodo News via AP)
August 02, 2019 - 7:34 am
TOKYO (AP) — The Latest on Japan downgrading South Korea's trade status (all times local): 11:25 p.m. Senior U.S. officials say they don't expect an escalating dispute between Japan and South Korea to affect cooperation on efforts to get North Korea to get rid of its nuclear weapons. Four officials...
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People watch a TV showing a file footage of a North Korea's missile launch during a news program at the Seoul Railway Station in Seoul, South Korea, Friday, Aug. 2, 2019. South Korea's military said North Korea fired unidentified projectiles twice Friday into the sea off its eastern coast in its third weapons tests in just over a week. The sign reads "The third provocation." (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)
August 01, 2019 - 11:04 pm
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea fired what appeared to be short-range ballistic missiles twice Friday into the sea off its eastern coast in its third round of weapons tests in just over a week, South Korea's military and presidential office said. The increased testing activity is seen as...
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India's External Affairs Minister S. Jaishankar talks with U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo before the East Asia Summit meeting in Bangkok, Thailand, Friday, Aug. 2, 2019. (AP Photo/Sakchai Lalit)
August 01, 2019 - 10:46 pm
BANGKOK (AP) — India on Friday again rejected President Donald Trump's offer to mediate its dispute with Pakistan over Kashmir. India's foreign minister said he told Secretary of State Mike Pompeo that any discussion of the disputed Himalayan region would be between India and Pakistan only. The two...
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In this image made from video of a still image broadcasted by North Korea's KRT on Thursday, Aug. 1, 2019, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un supervises a rocket launch test . North Korea said Thursday, Aug. 1, leader Kim supervised the first test firing of a new multiple rocket launcher system that could potentially enhance its ability to strike targets in South Korea and U.S. military bases there.(KRT via AP Video)
August 01, 2019 - 3:40 am
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea said Thursday leader Kim Jong Un supervised the first test firing of a new multiple rocket launcher system that could potentially enhance its ability to strike targets in South Korea and U.S. military bases there. The report by North Korea's official Korean...
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South Korean police officers stand guard for possible rallies against Japan in front of a building which houses Japanese embassy in Seoul, South Korea, Thursday, Aug. 1, 2019. Police say a 72-year-old South Korean man is in critical condition after setting himself ablaze in downtown Seoul, apparently to express his anger toward Japan amid worsening tensions between countries over trade and wartime history. (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)
August 01, 2019 - 1:27 am
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — A 72-year-old South Korean man was in critical condition after setting himself ablaze in downtown Seoul on Thursday, apparently to express his anger toward Japan amid worsening tensions between countries over trade and wartime history, a police official said. An official...
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People watch a TV showing a file image of North Korea's missile launch during a news program at the Seoul Railway Station in Seoul, South Korea, Wednesday, July 31, 2019. North Korea on Wednesday fired several unidentified projectiles off its east coast, South Korea's military said, less than a week after the North launched two short-range ballistic missiles into the sea in a defiance of U.N. resolutions. The signs read: "Possibility of long-distance multiple rocket launch system." (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)
July 31, 2019 - 1:56 pm
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korea's military said North Korea conducted its second weapons test in less than a week Wednesday, firing two short-range ballistic missiles off its east coast in a move observers said could be aimed at boosting pressure on the United States as the rivals struggle to...
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In this Sunday, July 21, 2019 photo, a speedboat of Iran's Revolutionary Guard trains a weapon toward the British-flagged oil tanker Stena Impero, which was seized in the Strait of Hormuz on Friday by the Guard, in the Iranian port of Bandar Abbas. Global stock markets were subdued Monday while the price of oil climbed as tensions in the Persian Gulf escalated after Iran's seizure of a British oil tanker on Friday. (Morteza Akhoondi/Tasnim News Agency via AP)
July 31, 2019 - 10:20 am
TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — For the first time in six years, officials from Iran and the United Arab Emirates met in Tehran to discuss maritime security amid an increase in tensions in the Persian Gulf, both countries confirmed Wednesday. This week's meeting was significant because the UAE, a close ally of...
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Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, left, and Thailand Foreign Minister Don Pramudwinai share a light moment after a press conference at Foreign Ministry in Bangkok, Thailand, Tuesday, July 30, 2019. Top diplomats from the Asia-Pacific region started gathering Tuesday in the Thai capital to discuss issues of concern to the area, including security on the Korean peninsula and China's territorial claims in the South China Sea. (AP Photo/Sakchai Lalit)
July 30, 2019 - 12:08 am
BANGKOK (AP) — Top diplomats from the Asia-Pacific region started gathering Tuesday in the Thai capital to discuss issues of concern to the area, including security on the Korean peninsula and China's territorial claims in the South China Sea. The meetings in Bangkok are hosted by the 10-member...
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The European Union's political director Helga Schmid and Iran's deputy Foreign Minister Abbas Araghchi, from left, wait for a bilateral meeting as part of the closed-door nuclear talks with Iran at a hotel in Vienna, Austria, Sunday, July 28, 2019.
July 28, 2019 - 5:01 pm
VIENNA (AP) — The Latest on tensions in the Persian Gulf and over the 2015 Iran nuclear accord (all times local): 7:30 p.m. Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has penned an open letter to Britain's new prime minister, saying he hopes the countries' diplomatic ties will be stronger under Boris Johnson...
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In this Sunday, July 21, 2019 photo, a speedboat of the Iran's Revolutionary Guard moves around a British-flagged oil tanker Stena Impero which was seized in the Strait of Hormuz on Friday by the Guard, in the Iranian port of Bandar Abbas. Global stock markets were subdued Monday while the price of oil climbed as tensions in the Persian Gulf escalated after Iran's seizure of a British oil tanker on Friday. (Morteza Akhoondi/Mehr News Agency via AP)
July 27, 2019 - 10:37 am
TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — A top Omani diplomat was in Iran on Saturday for bilateral talks after weeks of volatility over the Strait of Hormuz, the passageway for a fifth of all globally traded crude. Oman, seen as a neutral Gulf Arab country that has acted as a facilitator of talks between the U.S. and...
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