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S. Korea, US stress diplomatic solution for NK nuclear issue - The Korea Herald

The top nuclear envoys of South Korea and the United States on Friday upheld bilateral cooperation in forging a path for a diplomatic solution to bring North Korea to dialogue. The two also said Pyongyang needs to show a “clearer sign” of willingness to talk. 

From left: Lee Do-hoon, South Korea`s special representative for Korean Peninsula peace and security affairs and his US counterpart Joseph Yun (Yonhap)

Lee Do-hoon, South Korea’s special representative for Korean Peninsula peace and security affairs, held a meeting with his US counterpart Joseph Yun to discuss security issues surrounding the Korean Peninsula and ongoing threats from the North’s fast-growing weapons program. The meeting was held on Jeju Island.

“There is no doubt that both of the presidents want to find a peaceful way in regard to North Korea’s nuclear issue. So we discussed them and agreed the pressure campaign...


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Zimbabwe military 'engaging' with Mugabe over leadership impasse - CNN

The statement, which was read on state television, said the ZDF had made "significant progress" in its operation to apprehend "criminals" around Mugabe, the justification it used for its overnight military takeover Wednesday.

Mugabe, who has ruled the country since its independence in 1980, is still -- nominally, at least -- head of state. He appeared in photos published in local media Thursday, speaking with army leader Commander General Constantino Chiwenga at Zimbabwe's State House.

It was the first time the 93-year-old leader had been seen since the military took control of key institutions, and placed the aging leader under house arrest. Mugabe's wife, Grace Mugabe, however, has not been seen since the apparent coup.

Political maneuvering by the couple to position Grace as Mugabe's heir apparent is at the heart of the political tumult in the southern African country. Last week...


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House Republicans pass tax plan, Senate plan's future unclear - CNN

The vote was 227-205, with 13 House Republicans joining all Democrats to oppose the bill. As the vote tally passed the majority mark, Republicans in the House began to cheer. At the same time, Democrats on the other side of the chamber also began to cheer -- and wave goodbye to their colleagues across the aisle, as both sides see the legislation as a polarizing issue going into next year's midterms.

While the bill's passage in the GOP-controlled House was largely drama free, the prospects for the measure are more unclear in the Senate where Republicans hold a slim two-seat majority. On Wednesday, Wisconsin GOP Sen. Ron Johnson announced he opposes the current Senate version and a handful of others have raised concerns. Republican leaders have vowed to get a tax bill to the President's desk by the end of the year.

Trump spoke to the conference ahead of the vote, but members say it's not...


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Read more: House Republicans pass tax plan, Senate plan's future unclear - CNN

House Republicans pass tax plan, Senate plan's future unclear - CNN

The vote was 227-205, with 13 House Republicans joining all Democrats to oppose the bill. As the vote tally passed the majority mark, Republicans in the House began to cheer. At the same time, Democrats on the other side of the chamber also began to cheer -- and wave goodbye to their colleagues across the aisle, as both sides see the legislation as a polarizing issue going into next year's midterms.

While the bill's passage in the GOP-controlled House was largely drama free, the prospects for the measure are more unclear in the Senate where Republicans hold a slim two-seat majority. On Wednesday, Wisconsin GOP Sen. Ron Johnson announced he opposes the current Senate version and a handful of others have raised concerns. Republican leaders have vowed to get a tax bill to the President's desk by the end of the year.

Trump spoke to the conference ahead of the vote, but members say it's not...


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Mugabe seen in talks with military amid Zimbabwe political chaos - CNN

Photographs published by the pro-Mugabe Herald newspaper are the first images seen of the veteran leader since he was placed under house arrest Wednesday morning and the military staged an apparent coup. The Herald's editor, Caesar Zvayi, also tweeted the images.

Among the group of people in the photos is a priest, reported earlier to be brokering the talks for a transitional government, and two South African envoys.

Mugabe appears calm in the photos as he talks with army leader Commander General Constantino Chiwenga. The commander warned the President on Monday that the military could intervene after Mugabe dismissed Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa, triggering the political tumult.

Mugabe -- who has ruled Zimbabwe for 37 years -- has all but lost his grip on power as the country's military leaders and senior officials in his own party turn against him. But he is yet to make a public...


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Read more: Mugabe seen in talks with military amid Zimbabwe political chaos - CNN

Mugabe seen in talks with military amid Zimbabwe political chaos - CNN

Photographs published by the pro-Mugabe Herald newspaper are the first images seen of the veteran leader since he was placed under house arrest Wednesday morning and the military staged an apparent coup. The Herald's editor, Caesar Zvayi, also tweeted the images.

Among the group of people in the photos is a priest, reported earlier to be brokering the talks for a transitional government, and two South African envoys.

Mugabe appears calm in the photos as he talks with army leader Commander General Constantino Chiwenga. The commander warned the President on Monday that the military could intervene after Mugabe dismissed Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa, triggering the political tumult.

Mugabe -- who has ruled Zimbabwe for 37 years -- has all but lost his grip on power as the country's military leaders and senior officials in his own party turn against him. But he is yet to make a public...


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Democrats just caught a massive break with Bob Menendez's mistrial - Washington Post

The bribery trial of Sen. Robert Menendez (D-N.J.) ended in a mistrial Nov. 16, which is seen as a major victory for the senator who fought 18 counts of alleged corruption. (Reuters)

Sen. Bob Menendez (D-N.J.) may still one day be convicted, but as far as Senate Democrats are concerned, they just dodged the bullet.

The news of a mistrial in Menendez's corruption case Thursday means Democrats won't be confronted with the prospect of trying to keep a convicted felon in the Senate for two months. That's the amount of time until Jan. 16, when Democratic Gov.-elect Phil Murphy replaces Republican Gov. Chris Christie (R). Had Menendez been found guilty, he would have had to hang on to avoid a Republican appointee that would have expanded the GOP's Senate majority from 52-48 to 53-47.

As The Post's Paul Kane wrote a while back, Democrats could have made it work procedurally, but it...


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Read more: Democrats just caught a massive break with Bob Menendez's mistrial - Washington Post

Democrats just caught a massive break with Bob Menendez's mistrial - Washington Post

The bribery trial of Sen. Robert Menendez (D-N.J.) ended in a mistrial Nov. 16, which is seen as a major victory for the senator who fought 18 counts of alleged corruption. (Reuters)

Sen. Bob Menendez (D-N.J.) may still one day be convicted, but as far as Senate Democrats are concerned, they just dodged the bullet.

The news of a mistrial in Menendez's corruption case Thursday means Democrats won't be confronted with the prospect of trying to keep a convicted felon in the Senate for two months. That's the amount of time until Jan. 16, when Democratic Gov.-elect Phil Murphy replaces Republican Gov. Chris Christie (R). Had Menendez been found guilty, he would have had to hang on to avoid a Republican appointee that would have expanded the GOP's Senate majority from 52-48 to 53-47.

As The Post's Paul Kane wrote a while back, Democrats could have made it work procedurally, but it...


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House Republicans pass tax plan, Senate plan's future unclear - CNN

The vote was 227-205, with 13 House Republicans joining all Democrats to oppose the bill. As the vote tally passed the majority mark, Republicans in the House began to cheer. At the same time, Democrats on the other side of the chamber also began to cheer -- and wave goodbye to their colleagues across the aisle, as both sides see the legislation as a polarizing issue going into next year's midterms.

While the bill's passage in the GOP-controlled House was largely drama free, the prospects for the measure are more unclear in the Senate where Republicans hold a slim two-seat majority. On Wednesday, Wisconsin GOP Sen. Ron Johnson announced he opposes the current Senate version and a handful of others have raised concerns. Republican leaders have vowed to get a tax bill to the President's desk by the end of the year.

Trump spoke to the conference ahead of the vote, but members say it's not...


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Read more: House Republicans pass tax plan, Senate plan's future unclear - CNN

House Republicans pass tax plan, Senate plan's future unclear - CNN

The vote was 227-205, with 13 House Republicans joining all Democrats to oppose the bill. As the vote tally passed the majority mark, Republicans in the House began to cheer. At the same time, Democrats on the other side of the chamber also began to cheer -- and wave goodbye to their colleagues across the aisle, as both sides see the legislation as a polarizing issue going into next year's midterms.

While the bill's passage in the GOP-controlled House was largely drama free, the prospects for the measure are more unclear in the Senate where Republicans hold a slim two-seat majority. On Wednesday, Wisconsin GOP Sen. Ron Johnson announced he opposes the current Senate version and a handful of others have raised concerns. Republican leaders have vowed to get a tax bill to the President's desk by the end of the year.

Trump spoke to the conference ahead of the vote, but members say it's not...


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Read more: House Republicans pass tax plan, Senate plan's future unclear - CNN

Democrats just caught a massive break with Bob Menendez's mistrial - Washington Post

The bribery trial of Sen. Robert Menendez (D-N.J.) ended in a mistrial Nov. 16, which is seen as a major victory for the senator who fought 18 counts of alleged corruption. (Reuters)

Sen. Bob Menendez (D-N.J.) may still one day be convicted, but as far as Senate Democrats are concerned, they just dodged the bullet.

The news of a mistrial in Menendez's corruption case Thursday means Democrats won't be confronted with the prospect of trying to keep a convicted felon in the Senate for two months. That's the amount of time until Jan. 16, when Democratic Gov.-elect Phil Murphy replaces Republican Gov. Chris Christie (R). Had Menendez been found guilty, he would have had to hang on to avoid a Republican appointee that would have expanded the GOP's Senate majority from 52-48 to 53-47.

As The Post's Paul Kane wrote a while back, Democrats could have made it work procedurally, but it...


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Read more: Democrats just caught a massive break with Bob Menendez's mistrial - Washington Post

Democrats just caught a massive break with Bob Menendez's mistrial - Washington Post

The bribery trial of Sen. Robert Menendez (D-N.J.) ended in a mistrial Nov. 16, which is seen as a major victory for the senator who fought 18 counts of alleged corruption. (Reuters)

Sen. Bob Menendez (D-N.J.) may still one day be convicted, but as far as Senate Democrats are concerned, they just dodged the bullet.

The news of a mistrial in Menendez's corruption case Thursday means Democrats won't be confronted with the prospect of trying to keep a convicted felon in the Senate for two months. That's the amount of time until Jan. 16, when Democratic Gov.-elect Phil Murphy replaces Republican Gov. Chris Christie (R). Had Menendez been found guilty, he would have had to hang on to avoid a Republican appointee that would have expanded the GOP's Senate majority from 52-48 to 53-47.

As The Post's Paul Kane wrote a while back, Democrats could have made it work procedurally, but it...


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Heavy police presence remains at scene where Baltimore detective was shot - Baltimore Sun

Baltimore Police officers searched Ashley Smith’s home on Bennett Place on Thursday morning, checking the windows in the back and her basement, after a city homicide detective was shot in the head nearby the night before.

The officer, identified as Det. Sean Suiter, died Thursday at Maryland Shock Trauma Center, police said.

About 16 hours after Suiter was shot, numerous officers remained on the scene Thursday morning. Yellow police tape stretched blocks around the perimeter, blocking traffic as far as West Franklin Street to the south and Edmondson Avenue to the north. Smith, 22, like other residents in the Harlem Park neighborhood of West Baltimore, said she was unable to leave her home Wednesday night, and was struggling to return Thursday morning after she and her 15-month-old son left to get something to eat.

Police cadets in khaki pants and dark jackets fanned out across the...


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Senator Al Franken Apologizes for Groping a Woman in 2006 - New York Times

“As with all credible allegations of sexual harassment or assault, I believe the Ethics Committee should review the matter,” Mr. McConnell said in a statement. “I hope the Democratic leader will join me on this. Regardless of party, harassment and assault are completely unacceptable — in the workplace or anywhere else.”

Democrats gave Mr. Franken no quarter.

“This is unacceptable behavior and extremely disappointing. I am glad Al came out and apologized, but that doesn’t reverse what he’s done or end the matter. I support an ethics committee investigation into these accusations and I hope this latest example of the deep problems on this front spurs continued action to address it,” said Patty Murray of Washington, one of the most senior Democratic women in the Senate.

Ms. Tweeden published a first-person account of the incident on KABC Radio in Los Angeles on Thursday. She wrote that it...


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Judiciary Sens: Kushner was contacted about WikiLeaks, Russia ahead of election - The Hill

Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) and ranking member Dianne FeinsteinDianne Emiel FeinsteinSenators push mandatory sexual harassment training for members, staff Bipartisan group of lawmakers aim to reform US sugar program Senate panel to hold hearing on bump stocks MORE (D-Calif.) on Thursday disclosed that White House senior adviser Jared Kushner received an email about WikiLeaks in the lead-up to the 2016 presidential election.

The two senators sent a letter to Kushner's lawyer Thursday demanding additional documents from Trump's son-in-law as part of the committee's ongoing investigation of Russia's election interference. In the letter, Grassley and Feinstein say Kushner received an email about WikiLeaks in September 2016 that he passed on to an official within President Trump’s campaign, in addition to communication about a “Russian backdoor overture and...


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Zimbabwe: Talks underway to form transitional government, source says - CNN

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A senior opposition source told CNN that discussions were taking place with military leaders against the backdrop of tacit support from key African nations.

"There is a transition of power underway and it has tacit agreement from regional powers," the senior member of Zimbabwe's opposition party, Morgan Tsvangirai's Movement for Democratic Change, told CNN.

"There are active talks underway to form a transitional government and that transitional government will need to include the opposition," added the source, who declined to be named. "It looks as if it is a done deal."

Zimbabwe was thrust into uncertainty early Wednesday when army spokesman Maj. Gen. S.B. Moyo announced in a live television broadcast that the army was conducting an operation to target "criminals" close to Mugabe. Mugabe and his family, the commander said, were safe.

According to South African President Jacob Zuma,...


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A senior opposition source told CNN that discussions were taking place with military leaders against the backdrop of tacit support from key African nations.

"There is a transition of power underway and it has tacit agreement from regional powers," the senior member of Zimbabwe's opposition party, Morgan Tsvangirai's Movement for Democratic Change, told CNN.

"There are active talks underway to form a transitional government and that transitional government will need to include the opposition," added the source, who declined to be named. "It looks as if it is a done deal."

Zimbabwe was thrust into uncertainty early Wednesday when army spokesman Maj. Gen. S.B. Moyo announced in a live television broadcast that the army was conducting an operation to target "criminals" close to Mugabe. Mugabe and his family, the commander said, were safe.

According to South African President Jacob Zuma,...


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Read more: Zimbabwe: Talks underway to form transitional government, source says - CNN

Zimbabwe: Talks underway to form transitional government, source says - CNN

4291971 zimbabwe-talks-underway-to-form-transitional-government-source-says-cnn

A senior opposition source told CNN that discussions were taking place with military leaders against the backdrop of tacit support from key African nations.

"There is a transition of power underway and it has tacit agreement from regional powers," the senior member of Zimbabwe's opposition party, Morgan Tsvangirai's Movement for Democratic Change, told CNN.

"There are active talks underway to form a transitional government and that transitional government will need to include the opposition," added the source, who declined to be named. "It looks as if it is a done deal."

Zimbabwe was thrust into uncertainty early Wednesday when army spokesman Maj. Gen. S.B. Moyo announced in a live television broadcast that the army was conducting an operation to target "criminals" close to Mugabe. Mugabe and his family, the commander said, were safe.

According to South African President Jacob Zuma,...


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Gunman in Northern California rampage was not supposed to have guns - CNN

Kevin Neal -- killed Tuesday morning by police officers near Corning -- was told he could not own weapons as part of a protective order for two female neighbors with whom he had a confrontation in late January, according to Tehama County District Attorney Gregg Cohen.

Cohen said Neal, whom he called a "deranged, paranoid killer," was being prosecuted by his office on several charges related to that incident.

Neal fired shots at the women, stabbed one and held them hostage, Cohen said. He made $160,000 bail and repeatedly harassed those alleged victims, officials said. A protective order was served in February.

Assistant Sheriff Phil Johnston told reporters he did not know whether Neal had surrendered the weapons. The shooter illegally manufactured guns he used Tuesday, officials said. Handguns police recovered were not registered to him, Johnston said.

Neal "was not law enforcement...


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New Allegations Surface Against Moore As His Campaign Tries To Discredit An Accuser - NPR

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Alabama GOP Senate candidate Roy Moore has been accused of sexual misconduct by several women, including one who says he initiated sexual contact with her when she was 14.

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Three new accusers have come forward against Alabama GOP Senate nominee Roy Moore, adding to mounting allegations of sexual misconduct against teen girls when Moore was in his 30s.

The Washington Post, which broke the initial allegations against Moore last week, reported late Wednesday that Moore approached Gena Richardson when she was a high-schooler working at Sears and asked...


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To understand the coup in Zimbabwe, you need to know more about Grace Mugabe - Washington Post


Zimbabwe’s President Robert Mugabe and his wife Grace chant the party’s slogan during a solidarity rally in Harare, on Nov. 8. (AP)

In Zimbabwe, the military has taken control of the capital Harare, with tanks and troops stationed around the city. Its army generals officially announced around 4 a.m. local time on Wednesday that President Robert Mugabe and his family “are safe and sound and their security is guaranteed.”

While Gen. Constantine Chiwenga insists it is not a military takeover, “safe and secure,” for those of us who study African politics, is also code for secured. This effectively means that the first family is now under some type of arrest and those closest to first lady Grace Mugabe, who until the takeover appeared to be in charge in the ruling party, have been arrested for attempting to recolonize the country and undermining the revolution.

This type of coup is...


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