10 sailors missing after Japan-based U.S. Navy destroyer and merchant ship collide near Singapore


The USS John S. McCain guided missile destroyer docked Monday at Singapore's naval base with "significant damage" to its hull after an early morning collision with an oil tanker, as vessels from several nations searched for 10 missing U.S. sailors. The collision east of Singapore between the destroyer and the 183-meter (600-foot)… Read


U.S.-S Korea joint drills begin amid N Korea tensions


South Korea and the United States began annual war games on Monday, U.S. Forces Korea said, amid heated warnings by Pyongyang that the exercises will worsen tensions in the region. Tens of thousands of troops are taking part in the Ulchi Freedom Guardian joint military drills, a largely computer-simulated exercise… Read


Trump to lay out U.S. strategy for Afghanistan on Monday night


U.S. President Donald Trump will lay out his long-awaited strategy for the war in Afghanistan in a prime-time television address to the American people on Monday night, the White House said on Sunday. A White House statement said Trump's 9 p.m. speech from Fort Myer, Virginia, near Washington, would "provide… Read


Merkel stands by her 2015 decision to open German borders


German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Sunday stood by her decision to open Germany's borders to hundreds of thousands of refugees two years ago, a move she has previously defended as a necessary response to a humanitarian emergency. Asked during a pre-election television event with voters whether she would do things… Read


No relations with Syria for countries backing rebels: Assad


Countries that want to reopen embassies in Damascus or resume ties with Syria's government must end their support for Syria's rebels, President Bashar al-Assad said on Sunday. "We are not isolated like they think, it's their arrogance that pushes them to think in this manner," said Assad in a speech… Read


NAFTA partners wrap up first round of renegotiation talks

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U.S., Canadian and Mexican negotiators on Sunday wrapped the first round of talks aimed at revamping the 23-year-old North American Free Trade Agreement, part of a U.S. effort to cut its trade deficit. The three NAFTA countries are "committed to an accelerated and comprehensive negotiation process that will upgrade our… Read


Barcelona van attack suspect may have crossed into France


Spanish police hunting for a suspect after the Barcelona van attack that killed 13 people said on Sunday they could not rule out that he had slipped over the border into France. Spanish police said security operations were under way in Catalonia and on the French border as they try… Read


Iraq starts offensive to take back Tal Afar from Islamic State

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Iraqi security forces launched an offensive to take back the city of Tal Afar on Sunday, their next objective in the U.S.-backed campaign to defeat Islamic State militants, Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi said. "You either surrender, or die," Abadi said in a televised speech announcing the offensive, addressing the jihadists.… Read


Tens of thousands protest in Hong Kong over jailing of democracy activists


Tens of thousands of people took to the streets of Hong Kong on Sunday to protest against the jailing of three young democracy activists, with many questioning the independence of the Chinese-ruled city's judiciary. On Thursday, Joshua Wong, 20, Nathan Law, 24 and Alex Chow, 27, were jailed for six… Read


Australia releases strategy to prevent vehicle terror attacks


Australia on Sunday released a strategy to prevent vehicle terror attacks carried out in crowded public places following deadly assaults in Barcelona, Nice and London. The report -- commissioned after 86 people were killed in the Nice truck attack last year -- gives venue operators a "toolkit" to work from… Read

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