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North Korean cheering squads wave upon their arrival at the Korean-transit office near the Demilitarized Zone in Paju, South Korea, Wednesday, Feb. 7, 2018. A North Korean delegation, including members of a state-trained cheering group, arrived in South Korea on Wednesday for the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics. (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon. Pool)
February 07, 2018 - 2:40 am
PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (AP) — The Latest on the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics (all times local): 4:30 p.m. A 229-member strong, all-female cheering section has arrived from North Korea for the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics. The squad, which features women chosen for their youth, good looks and...
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February 07, 2018 - 2:30 am
Nevada's major political parties are locked in a legal battle over a Republican effort to take control of the state Senate by recalling two freshly elected Democratic lawmakers — a tactic that Democrats warn could undermine the validity of elections across the U.S. Experts and those from both...
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In this photo released by the Taiwan Presidential Office, Taiwan's President Tsai Ing-wen, center back-facing, is briefed at the site of a collapsed building from an earthquake, Wednesday, Feb. 7, 2018, in Hualien, southeastern Taiwan. Rescuers continue to search for dozens of unaccounted people for in several buildings damaged by a strong earthquake near the island's eastern coast. (Taiwan Presidential Office via AP)
February 07, 2018 - 2:27 am
TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — A rescue crew on Wednesday was trying to free two people from a hotel whose ground floor caved after a strong earthquake hit near Taiwan's east coast and killed at least four people. The shallow, magnitude 6.4 quake that struck late Tuesday night caused at least four buildings...
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February 07, 2018 - 1:58 am
DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — Syria's official news agency says the military has responded to "a new Israeli aggression" near the capital. SANA says air defenses confronted the Israeli planes, which targeted an outpost in the Damascus countryside. It did not provide details and there was no immediate...
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A Chinese investor reads a newspaper while monitoring stock prices at a brokerage house in Beijing, Wednesday, Feb. 7, 2018. Asian shares recouped losses across the board on Wednesday, mirroring the "correction" rally on Wall Street, though gains were in a modest range and most benchmarks fell back after opening sharply higher. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein)
February 07, 2018 - 1:46 am
TOKYO (AP) — Asian shares were mixed Wednesday as a rebound from a sell-off the day before lost steam. Japan's benchmark Nikkei 225 index surged as soon as trading began, but gave up its initial gains as the yen strengthened against the dollar to end the day up only 0.2 percent at 21,645.37. The...
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U.S. Vice President Mike Pence, top center, inspects a PAC-3 interceptor missile system with Japanese Defense Minister Itsunori Onodera, top center left, at Defense Ministry in Tokyo Wednesday, Feb. 7, 2018. Pence, who arrived Tuesday in Japan, said he has not ruled out the possibility of meeting with North Korean officials at the upcoming Olympics in South Korea. (Kiyoshi Ota/Pool Photo via AP)
February 07, 2018 - 1:45 am
TOKYO (AP) — The Latest on Vice President Mike Pence's visit to Asia (all times local): 3:30 p.m. Vice President Mike Pence is reassuring Japan of its support against the North Korean nuclear threat as he meets with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. "The United States is with you in this challenge," Pence...
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Volunteers take a group photo in front of the Olympic rings at the Olympic Park ahead of the 2018 Winter Olympics in Gangneung, South Korea, Wednesday, Feb. 7, 2018. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)
February 07, 2018 - 1:27 am
PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (AP) — The Latest on the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics (all times local): 3:30 p.m. The IOC Athletes' Commission is trying to assure the 3,000 Olympians entered in Pyeongchang that they will be competing against "clean athletes." This stems from the chaos around Russia, which...
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German Chancellor Angela Merkel arrives for what is supposed the last day of the coalition talks between her Christian Democratic bloc and the Social Democratic party at the CDU headquarters in Berlin, Tuesday, Feb. 6, 2018. (Gregor Fischer/dpa via AP)
February 07, 2018 - 1:20 am
BERLIN (AP) — Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservatives and Germany's main center-left party are still haggling over a deal to form a new coalition government after negotiations that lasted through the night. There was no sign of an imminent end to talks between Merkel's Union bloc and the Social...
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In this photo released by the Taiwan Presidential Office, Taiwan's President Tsai Ing-wen, center back-facing, is briefed at the site of a collapsed building from an earthquake, Wednesday, Feb. 7, 2018, in Hualien, southeastern Taiwan. Rescuers continue to search for dozens of unaccounted people for in several buildings damaged by a strong earthquake near the island's eastern coast. (Taiwan Presidential Office via AP)
February 07, 2018 - 1:15 am
TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — A rescue crew on Wednesday was trying to free two people from a hotel whose ground floor caved after a strong earthquake hit near Taiwan's east coast and killed at least four people. The shallow, magnitude 6.4 quake that struck late Tuesday night caused at least four buildings...
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U.S. Vice President Mike Pence leaves after inspecting a PAC-3 interceptor missile system with Japanese Defense Minister Itsunori Onodera, second from left, at Defense Ministry in Tokyo Wednesday, Feb. 7, 2018. Pence, who arrived Tuesday in Japan, said he has not ruled out the possibility of meeting with North Korean officials at the upcoming Olympics in South Korea. (Kiyoshi Ota/Pool Photo via AP)
February 07, 2018 - 12:50 am
TOKYO (AP) — Vice President Mike Pence is seeking to reassure and refocus American allies on the growing nuclear threat from North Korea with visits to Japan and South Korea this week. In meetings with government leaders, military officials and U.S. service members, Pence said he wants to make sure...
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