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How serious is the North Korean anthrax danger?

But in South Korea, another deadly weapon is back in the headlines, one that is far easier and cheaper to make: anthrax. This week, the Blue House was forced to deny President Moon Jae-in and other top officials had been vaccinated against the biological weapon. Presidential spokesman Park
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Kremlin: Russia ready to act as mediator for US and North Korea

"You can't become a mediator between two countries just on your own will. It is impossible, you need both sides to be willing," Peskov said.Peskov's comments come just days after the UN Security Council unanimously adopted a new set of US-drafted sanctions on North Korea in response to Pyongyang's November 29 ballistic missile test. The latest sanctions,
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Blaze at eight-story building was South Korea’s deadliest in years

The fire, which ripped through an eight-story building in the city of Jecheon in North Chungcheong province, was the deadliest blaze in South Korea in nine years.The owner of the building, whose surname is Lee, is accused of violating fire safety regulations and committing involuntary homicide by negligence, the official said. Meanwhile, the building's manager, whose
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Deadly bus crash adds to Philippines’ Christmas woes

Twenty worshippers traveling to a dawn Christmas service were killed in the town of Agoo, about 200 km north of the capital Manila.About 3:30 a.m. local time (2:30 p.m. Sunday ET), a public bus collided with a smaller private vehicle known as a jeepney, according to Jason Falao, a senior police officer in Agoo.All the fatalities were aboard the smaller vehicle, an Isuzu
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Australian police make record meth haul; 8 arrested

The meth haul, worth 1.04 billion Australian dollars ($800 million), is the largest in Australian history and is believed to have originated in China. The swoop required months of work and the cooperation of multiple Australian agencies. After being transferred from a ship off the coast, the drugs were allegedly offloaded from a vessel, the Valkoista, in the early hours of
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29 killed in South Korea fire

The fire ripped through an eight-story building in the city of Jecheon in North Chungcheong province just before 4 p.m. local time Thursday (3 a.m. ET), according to an official from the North Chungcheong Fire Service. Twenty bodies, including 18 women and two men, were found in the public bath on the second floor of the building, a Jecheon city spokesman said Friday. The
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The push to counter China’s ‘sharp power’ influence grows

On Wednesday, Beijing summoned Australia’s Ambassador, Jan Adams, to lodge a complaint over Australia’s allegations that China has been interfering in its politics, a signal that China won’t back down in an ongoing diplomatic confrontation between the two nations. Last week, Australia’s government introduced lawsdesigned to combat alleged Chinese interference. “Chinese