The technological error that explains how an official activated a ballistic missile alert that sparked panic in Hawaii

A short but forceful message shook the people of Hawaii this weekend. “Threat of ballistic missile launch for Hawaii, seek refuge immediately, this is not a simulacrum”, said the message that unleashed the chaos. It was a notification that was sent on Saturday morning – at 08:07 (18:07 GMT) –...

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Iranian oil tanker wreck produces two slicks in East China Sea: China

Iranian oil tanker wreck produces two slicks in East China Sea: China

BEIJING – An Iranian oil tanker that sank in the East China Sea has left two oil slicks covering a combined 109 square km (42 square miles), the Chinese government said late on Tuesday, as maritime police scour for damage and prepare to explore the wreck. Satellite imaging showed a...

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U.S. withholds $65 million in Palestinian aid after Trump threat

U.S. withholds $65 million in Palestinian aid after Trump threat

WASHINGTON  – The United States on Tuesday said it would withhold about half the initial aid it planned to give a U.N. agency that serves the Palestinians, two weeks after President Donald Trump questioned the value of such funding. In announcing that it would provide $60 million to the U.N....

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Thai court drops royal insult case over ancient king

Thai court drops royal insult case over ancient king

BANGKOK  – Thailand’s military court on Wednesday dropped the prosecution of an 85-year-old academic who had been accused of royal insult for questioning the truth of a 17th century elephant-back battle, he and his lawyer said. Under Thailand’s strict lese majeste law against defaming, insulting or threatening the monarchy, Sualak...

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Nations to consider more North Korea sanctions, U.S. warns on military option

VANCOUVER  – Twenty nations agreed on Tuesday to consider tougher sanctions to press North Korea to give up its nuclear weapons and U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson warned Pyongyang it could trigger a military response if it did not chose negotiations. A U.S.-hosted meeting of countries that backed South...

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Ex-U.S. Navy officers face negligent homicide charges over ship collisions

Ex-U.S. Navy officers face negligent homicide charges over ship collisions

WASHINGTON  – The commanding officers of two U.S. Navy destroyers involved in deadly collisions last year in the Pacific Ocean face courts-martial and military criminal charges including negligent homicide, the U.S. Navy said in a statement on Tuesday. Filing charges against the officers marks the Navy’s latest effort to address...

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El Salvador eyes work scheme with Qatar for migrants facing exit from U.S.

SAN SALVADOR  – El Salvador is discussing a deal with Qatar under which Salvadoran migrants facing the loss of their right to stay in the United States could live and work temporarily in the Middle Eastern country, the government of the Central American nation said on Tuesday. Last week, U.S....

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Hong Kong democracy leader Joshua Wong jailed a second time for 2014 protest

Hong Kong democracy leader Joshua Wong jailed a second time for 2014 protest

HONG KONG – Hong Kong democracy activist Joshua Wong, 21, was sentenced to a second jail term of three months on Wednesday for what a judge described as his “leading” role during some of the 2014 pro-democracy “Umbrella Movement” street demonstrations. Wong and 19 other demonstrators were found guilty of...

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United States: Donald Trump “has no cognitive problems,” according to the White House doctor

United States: Donald Trump “has no cognitive problems,” according to the White House doctor

Days after speculation about Donald Trump’s mental health circulated, the White House doctor came out to deny them. Dr. Ronny Jackson said that the president of the United States does not show abnormal signs, according to the results of a cognitive examination that he practiced, and that he also enjoys...

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‘The Fakeys’: Comedians turn tables on Trump’s ‘fake news’ awards

‘The Fakeys’: Comedians turn tables on Trump’s ‘fake news’ awards

LOS ANGELES – Comedian Samantha Bee is campaigning for “Shrillest Reporting,” late-night talk show host Stephen Colbert put up a billboard in New York’s Times Square in a bid to win votes, and rival Jimmy Kimmel calls them “The Stupid People’s Choice Awards.”  Far from silencing these critics, U.S. President...

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