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Obama calls on China to increase pressure on N.Korea HANOVER: US President Barack Obama on Sunday urged China to increase pressure on North Korea after another "provocative" weapons test.Speaking after a North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un hailed a submarine-launched ballistic missile test as an "eye-opening success," Obama said: "North Korea continues to engage in continuous provocative behaviour."He added: "We have cultivated cooperation with the Chinese to put pressure on North Korea. Although it is not where we would completely like it to be."The test is the latest in a series of nuclear and missile tests by the isolated country. It was followed just hours later by a North Korean offer to impose a unilateral moratorium on nuclear testing if the United States suspends annual military drills with South Korea.But Obama said: "We don't take seriously a promise to simply halt until the next time they decide to do a test."He said progress was only possible if North Korea showed ...

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Merkel 'on right side of history' over pro-refugee stance: Obama HANOVER: US President Barack Obama on Sunday leapt to the defence of Chancellor Angela Merkel, saying the German leader, facing fire at home over a record refugee influx, is on the "right side of history". "What's happening with respect to her position on refugees here, in Europe, she's on the right side of history on this," said Obama on his fifth and final official visit to Germany.Lauding Merkel for taking "very tough politics not just ...

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Foreign experts say Mexico hindered probe of 43 missing MEXICO CITY: Independent investigators issued a scathing report Sunday on the disappearance of 43 Mexican students, accusing the government of obstructing their probe and questioning the role of federal forces in the tragedy.After a year-long investigation ending this month, the foreign experts from the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights were unable to resolve a case that has shocked the international community and sparked protests against President Enrique Pena Nieto.While the mystery remains, the report calls ...

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US orders 'urgent' engine fix for Boeing 787 Dreamliners NEW YORK: US officials have ordered Boeing to fix engines on some of its 787 Dreamliner airplanes to avoid sudden failure in icy conditions, calling the problem an "urgent safety issue."The Federal Aviation Administration directive concerns a potential problem in General Electric engines that could affect more than 150 of the planes worldwide, following a January incident that caused an engine on a 787, Boeing's newest passenger plane, to fail mid-flight.Pilots on the Japan Airlines ...

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'The world is now watching': DiCaprio tells leaders at UN climate signing UNITED NATIONS: Hollywood actor and environmental campaigner Leonardo DiCaprio urged world leaders signing the Paris climate deal on Friday to deliver on their commitments to cut greenhouse gases, telling them: "The world is now watching.""You will either be lauded by future generations or vilified by them," said DiCaprio at the UN ceremony where 171 nations lined up to sign the landmark accord."We can congratulate each other today, but it will mean absolutely nothing if you ...

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Kerry takes granddaughter to UN climate deal signing UNITED NATIONS: US Secretary of State John Kerry brought his granddaughter to work Friday as he joined senior world officials to formally sign the Paris climate deal at the United Nations.Washington's top diplomat came to the podium cradling two-year-old Isabelle Dobbs-Higginson and triggered warm applause as he endorsed the accord for the United States.Earlier, Kerry had addressed the General Assembly to hail the agreement, which he said was the last chance to slow the devastating ...

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Obama 'deeply concerned' about Syria ceasefire 'fraying' LONDON: US President Barack Obama said Friday he was "deeply concerned" at the prospect of a truce in Syria coming to an end."I am deeply concerned about the cessation of hostilities fraying and whether it's sustainable," he said at a press conference in London with Prime Minister David Cameron.He added: "The cessation of hostilities actually held longer than I expected, and for seven weeks we've seen a significant reduction in violence inside that country and ...