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U.S. eyes October talks with North Korea on hunt for remains of war dead

via The Japan Times    Sep 21, 2018

Vice President Mike Pence (center) listens to retired Army Col. Richard Dean, vice chairman of the Korean War Veterans Memorial Foundation, followed by Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke, at the start of a ceremony to present a American flag to the Korean War Veterans Memorial Foundation that was used during a ceremony in Hawaii in August for the return of remains from the Korean War, Thursday at the Korean War Veterans Memorial in Washington. | AP

The U.S. hopes to begin face-to-face negotiations with North Korea next month on terms for resuming on-the-ground searches in North Korea for remains of American ...

Floodwaters inundate lake at retired North Carolina power plant, threatening dam

via The Japan Times    Sep 21, 2018

In this drone photo released by Duke Energy, flooding from the swollen Cape Fear River overtops an earthen dike at Sutton Lake, a 1,100-acre (445-hectare) lake at the L.V. Sutton Power Station near Wilmington, North Carolina, Thursday. Duke Energy activated a high-level emergency alert at the retired coal-fired power plant due to the flooding, raising concerns of a potential breach. | DUKE ENERGY / VIA AP

Duke Energy activated a high-level emergency alert at a retired coal-fired power plant in North Carolina as floodwaters from the nearby Cape Fear River overtopped ...

U.S. takes off the gloves in global fight against cyberattacks: top officials

via The Japan Times    Sep 21, 2018

A hooded man holds a laptop computer as cyber code is projected on him in 2017. | REUTERS

The United States is taking off the gloves in the growing, shadowy cyber war waged with China, Russia and other rivals, a top White House ...

Yellowstone thermal spring erupts for fourth time in 60 years, prompting boardwalk closure

via The Japan Times    Sep 21, 2018

Steamboat Geyser emits a small jet of steam in Yellowstone National Park in Wyoming in May. A thermal spring near Old Faithful in Yellowstone National Park has erupted for the fourth time in the last 60 years, a park official said Thursday. | RACHEL LEATHE / BOZEMAN DAILY CHRONICLE / VIA AP

A thermal spring near Old Faithful in Yellowstone National Park has erupted for the fourth time in the last 60 years, a park official said ...

Botswana fights claims of rampant elephant poaching

via The Japan Times    Sep 21, 2018

Col. George Bogatsu of the Botswana Defense Force (BDF) reacts as he inspects the carcass of an elephant, after reports that conservationists have discovered 87 of them slaughtered just in the last few months, in the Linyanti area of Botswana Wednesday. | REUTERS

Botswana has rejected claims of a surge of elephant poaching made by a leading conservation charity and put on display carcasses of animals allegedly slaughtered ...

Paris police bust knock-off Eiffel Tower network exploiting migrants, bag tons of trinkets

via The Japan Times    Sep 21, 2018

A souvenir vendor sells Eiffel tower models for tourists in front the Eiffel Tower at the Trocadero in Paris in 2011. | REUTERS

French police have broken up a suspected criminal gang who sold miniature copies of the Eiffel Tower at tourist sites around Paris often using illegal ...

Survey of 104 countries finds 1.3 billion people live in poverty, including 662 million kids

via The Japan Times    Sep 21, 2018

A survey of 104 countries comprising 5.5 billion people that looked at health, education and living standards has found that some 1.3 billion people are ...

Trump’s former ‘fixer’ Michael Cohen cooperating in Robert Mueller’s Russia probe: report

via The Japan Times    Sep 21, 2018

Michael Cohen, former personal lawyer for U.S. President Donald Trump, leaves federal court on Aug. 21 in New York.Trump's former personal lawyer and fixer Cohen has spent hours over the past month being interviewed by investigators of special counsel Robert Mueller, ABC News reported Thursday. | AFP-JIJI

President Donald Trump’s former personal lawyer and fixer, Michael Cohen, has spent hours over the past month being interviewed by investigators of special counsel Robert ...

With song and sadness, Puerto Rico marks year since Hurricane Maria devastated island

via The Japan Times    Sep 21, 2018

Dignitaries and guests attend a remembrance ceremony convened by Puerto Rico Gov. Ricardo Rossello at the San Cristobal Castle, on the anniversary of Hurricane Maria, in San Juan Thursday. Hurricane Maria left almost 3,000 dead, caused economic losses amounting hundreds of millions of dollars and left a path of destruction and damaged infrastructure through the island. | AP

Clapping and raising their hands to the sky, hundreds of people clad in white gathered at an 18th-century fort in the Puerto Rican capital on ...

Eight EU countries urge Israel to reconsider razing Palestinian village

via The Japan Times    Sep 21, 2018

Members of a delegation of the European Parliament speak with Palestinian children during a visit to the Palestinian Bedouin village of Khan al-Ahmar, in the occupied West Bank, Wednesday. | REUTERS

Eight European Union nations are underlining their opposition to Israel’s planned demolition of the Palestinian village of Khan al-Ahmar and are urging its government to ...

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