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US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson meets with Afghanistan president

Tillerson, who was on the ground for just over two hours, met with President Ashraf Ghani, according to the US Embassy and pool reports. The secretary of state then departed for Doha, Qatar.The visit is part of Tillerson's week-long trip to the Middle East, South Asia and Europe and follows a deadly string of attacks in the war-torn country. On Saturday, at least 15
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Thailand’s royal cremation ceremony caps year of mourning

Massive crowds gathered in the Thai capital on Thursday to observe the pomp and circumstance on day two of the country's elaborate five-day funeral for King Bhumibol Adulyadej, who ruled the country for 70 years.The King's body was transported in a procession from the Grand Palace, where it was lying in state, to Sanam Luang, the site of the royal crematorium,
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Has Trump boosted Pyongyang textile trade?

The less-than-subtle banner was just one of a number devoted to US President Donald Trump, whose threats of "fire and fury" over the region's nuclear crisis have earned him few friends in Pyongyang.But while the nuclear missile saga and Trump's feud with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un continue to play out, those on the factory floor are getting on with
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US preparing for North Korea’s ‘final step’

"From a US policy perspective, we ought to behave as if we are on the cusp of them achieving that objective," Pompeo said Thursday at a security forum held by the Foundation for Defense of Democracies. "They are so far along in that, it's now a matter of thinking about how do you stop the final step.""Whether it happens on Tuesday or a month from Tuesday, we're