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Trump Vows to ‘Totally Destroy’ North Korea if It Threatens U.S.

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UNITED NATIONS — President Trump brought a characteristically confrontational message to the United Nations on Tuesday as he vowed to “totally destroy North Korea” if it threatened the United States or its allies and denounced the nuclear agreement with Iran as “an embarrassment” that he may abandon. In his first address to the United Nations General Assembly, Mr. Trump framed the conflicts with “rogue regimes” like North Korea, Iran and Venezuela as a test of the international system. With typically bombastic flourishes like vowing to crush “loser terrorists” and labeling North Korea’s leader, Kim Jong-un, “Rocket Man,” Mr. Trump at times dispensed with the restrained rhetoric many American presidents use at the United Nations. “If the righteous many do not confront the wicked few, then evil will triumph,” he said as the audience of presidents, prime ministers, monarchs and diplomats remained largely stone-faced. “When decent people and nations become bystanders to history, the forces of destruction only gather power and strength.” He asserted that some parts of the world “are going to hell.” He also sought to explain his America First policy to an audience concerned about what it means for United States leadership in the world. From the dais of an organization meant to bring nations together, Mr. Trump argued that nationalism can be the foundation for strong nations to join c…

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Powerful earthquake hits central Mexico, collapses buildings

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A magnitude 7.1 earthquake rocked central Mexico on Tuesday, collapsing some buildings, cracking the facades of others and scattering rubble on streets less than two weeks after another tremor killed at least 90 in the country's south. Mexican media broadcast images of several downed buildings in heavily populated parts of Mexico City and nearby Cuernavaca. A column of smoke rose from a structure in one central neighborhood in the capital. Dramatic video showed a mid-rise building collapsing into a cloud of dust. It was not clear whether there were people inside. The quake caused buildings t…

'We have lost all what money can buy’: Hurricane Maria devastates Dominica

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The Post's Jason Samenow has the latest forecast for Hurricanes Maria and Jose as they approach the Caribbean, Puerto Rico and the Northeast coast. (Elyse Samuels,Monica Akhtar/The Washington Post) As Hurricane Maria bore down on Dominica on Monday evening, some of the most revealing updates about the storm’s havoc came in the succinct, prayerful Facebook posts of Roosevelt Skerrit, the prime minister of the tiny Caribbean island nation. Earlier in the day, Skerrit had warned residents that the looming hurricane would be one of the most dangerous storms to pass over Dominica and or…

Spanish Police Arrest Catalan Officials Over Secession Vote

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Voice of America, Spanish Police Arrest Catalan Officials Over Secession Vote Spanish police arrested at least 12 people Wednesday in raids on Catalan government offices, news reports said, as national authorities intensified a crackdown on the region's preparations for a secession vote that Spain says is illegal. It was the first time Spanish authorities have detained Catalan officials since the campaign for a secession vote in Catalonia began to gather momentum in 2011. The move was the latest spike in tension in the standoff between authorities based in Madrid and pro-independence Catalans. Almost immediately after the news, hundreds of Catalans gathered to angri…

Many Disappointed in Aung San Suu Kyi’s Speech on Rohingya Crisis

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Voice of America, Many Disappointed in Aung San Suu Kyi’s Speech on Rohingya Crisis Aung San Suu Kyi’s first speech on the weeks-old Rohingya crisis was a nationally televised event that many hoped would signal a new direction or perhaps an inspiring attempt to mend the conflict with the power of oratory. But many observers say the 30-minute address Tuesday did not rise to the occasion, and may have obscured the more serious allegations against the country’s military. “It’s rather an important time and there were lots of expectations both within the country and abroad, especially abroad, that she will come up with something that can really defuse the current crisis,” said…

Kenya Supreme Court says why it annulled presidential poll

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NAIROBI, Kenya — Kenya’s police tear gassed opposition and ruling party supporters outside the Supreme Court as it delivered its full judgment Wednesday on why it annulled President Uhuru Kenyatta’s re-election in August. The court annulled Kenyatta’s victory in the August 8 election saying there were irregularities and illegalities. It made the decision in response to opposition leader Raila Odinga’s petition challenging the official results that Kenyatta won with 54 percent of the vote. The electoral commission has set Oct. 17 as the date for a fresh election. Opposition supporters and ru…

Third Suspect Arrested in London Subway Bombing

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Voice of America, Third Suspect Arrested in London Subway Bombing British police have arrested a third suspect in last week's bombing on a London Underground train that injured more than 30 people. The Scotland Yard said Tuesday that the 25-year-old suspect was arrested in Newport, Wales. Police were searching a property in Newport, but they would not release any more details. Two other men were arrested over the weekend. An 18-year-old refugee from Iraq was nabbed in the port area of Dover, a major ferry terminal for travel between Britain and France, and a 21-year-old from Syria was arrested in the west London suburb of Hounslow, which is home to Londo…

Australia prime minister says 50 refugees will soon go to US

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CANBERRA, Australia — The first 50 refugees to be resettled in the United States under a contentious agreement with Australia will be notified within days that they will be leaving the Pacific island camps where they have languished for years, the Australian prime minister said Wednesday. Former President Barack Obama’s administration agreed to accept up to 1,250 of Australia’s refugees — mostly from Iran, Afghanistan and Sri Lanka — in a deal some saw as repayment for Australia agreeing to accept Honduran and Salvadoran refugees under a U.S.-led resettlement program from a camp in Costa Ric…

Russian Helicopter Fires on Spectators During Drills

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Voice of America, Russian Helicopter Fires on Spectators During Drills A Russian attack helicopter mistakenly fired at least one rocket into a crowd of spectators during a large-scale military exercise in western Belarus simulating a counterattack against NATO forces. The Russian military acknowledged that a rocket was fired by accident by a helicopter, but insisted that no one was hurt in the incident. It also would not say when or where the incident took place. However, several Russian online media portals have reported that as many as three people were injured and two vehicles were destroyed. A video posted on the British news site showed…

Russia Unveils Monument to Designer of Iconic AK-47

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MOSCOW — Russia on Tuesday unveiled a statue of Mikhail Kalashnikov, inventor of the AK-47 assault rifle that became by some estimates the most lethal weapon ever made and the best known Russian brand abroad. Perched atop a pedestal in a tiny square on Moscow's busy Garden Ring thoroughfare, the statue of Kalashnikov, who died in 2013, has him dressed in a bomber jacket and clutching an AK-47 in both hands. A new monument to Russian firearm designer Mikhail Kalashnikov is unveiled during an official ceremony in Moscow, Russia, Tuesday, Sept. 19, 2017. Pavel Golovkin / AP "I c…