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August 14, 2017 2:46 PM China Bans Key North Korean Imports

Coal, iron and seafood from the North will be prohibited by Pyongyang’s biggest trading partner BEIJING—China is banning imports of North Korean coal, iron and seafood, starting Tuesday, in a move that could assuage U.S. demands while enforcing new United Nations sanctions targeting Pyongyang’s nuclear-weapons program. The trade halt, announced Monday 70

August 6, 2017 8:26 AM North Korea: China urges neighbour to stop missile tests

China's foreign minister has told his North Korean counterpart that Pyongyang should stop carrying out nuclear and missile tests, hours after fresh sanctions were agreed by the United Nations Security Council. Wang Yi said he urged Ri Yong-ho to abide by UN resolutions in a meeting on Sunday in the Philippines. Saturday's resolution banning North Korean 133

August 5, 2017 11:48 PM United Nations bans key North Korea exports over missile tests

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - The United Nations Security Council unanimously imposed new sanctions on North Korea on Saturday that could slash by a third the Asian state's $3 billion annual export revenue over Pyongyang's two July intercontinental ballistic missile tests. The U.S.-drafted resolution bans North Korean exports of coal, iron, iron ore, lead, lead ore and seafood 83

August 5, 2017 1:05 AM US officially tells UN it wants out of Paris climate deal

WASHINGTON — The Trump administration on Friday officially told the United Nations that the U.S. intends to pull out of the 2015 Paris climate pact. But the State Department’s announcement doesn’t formally start the process of the U.S. getting out of the voluntary agreement. That’s still to come. Still, the department described its communication as a “strong 60

August 4, 2017 10:32 PM Manchin dodges party-switch fallout

The West Virginia senator’s reelection bid is complicated by Gov. Jim Justice’s Trump-inspired flip to the GOP. The West Virginia Democrat’s path to reelection in 2018 was already the toughest of his career. Now, party-switching Gov. Jim Justice just complicated it even more. By defecting to the GOP in a show of unity with President Donald Trump in Huntington 66

August 4, 2017 7:03 AM West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice isn’t the only Democrat Trump won over

HUNTINGTON, W. Va. — While it is highly unusual for a sitting governor to change political parties while in office — as West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice (D) announced he would do during a rally with President Trump on Thursday night — the process of crossing over was familiar to many in the crowd that night. Kimberly Barrington, a 46-year-old stay-at-home 74

August 4, 2017 1:44 AM In West Virginia, Trump Hails Conservatism and a New G.O.P. Governor

Mr. Justice said he would officially change his voter registration on Friday. “I will tell you with lots of prayers and lots of thinking, today I will tell you as West Virginians that I can’t help you anymore being a Democrat governor,” he said. He imagined his mother, who has passed away, saying, “Jimmy, it’s about damn time you came to your senses 95

July 25, 2017 9:06 PM Listen to Russian pranksters trick Rick Perry into a conversation about pig manure

It was a winding, wonkish and occasionally obscure conversation about foreign coal exploration, natural-gas pipelines and pig manure as a power source. But only one of the men on the line — Energy Secretary Rick Perry — held sway over his nation’s energy policy. On the other end of the conversation were Vladimir “Vovan” Kuznetsov and Alexei “Lexus 52

July 25, 2017 12:25 PM The Korean Games of Thrones

The time for pious American lectures is over. North Korea seeks respect on the cheap — and attention and cash — that it cannot win the old-fashioned way by the long, hard work of achieving a dynamic economy or an influential culture. Over the last quarter-century, it has proved that feigned madness and the road to nuclear weapons (Pakistan is another 80

July 21, 2017 3:12 AM North Korea 2016 economic growth at 17-year high despite sanctions: South Korea

SEOUL (Reuters) - North Korea's economy grew at its fastest pace in 17 years in 2016, South Korea's central bank said on Friday, despite the isolated country facing international sanctions aimed at curbing its defiant pursuit of nuclear weapons. Gross domestic product (GDP) in North Korea last year rose 3.9 percent from the previous year when the economy 124