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North Korea test-fires ballistic missile in defiance of world pressure

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SEOUL North Korea test-fired a ballistic missile on Saturday shortly after U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson warned that failure to curb Pyongyang's nuclear and ballistic missile programmes could lead to "catastrophic consequences".

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Pope urges mediation to end North Korea crisis, avert devastating war 12:48am BST

ABOARD THE PAPAL PLANE Pope Francis said on Saturday a third country, such as Norway, should try to mediate the dispute between North Korea and Washington, to cool a situation that had become "too hot" and posed the risk of nuclear devastation.

WRAPUP 8-N.Korea test-fires ballistic missile in defiance of world pressure 12:45am BST

* Missile test appears to have failed for fourth straight time

China deports U.S. citizen convicted of espionage 29 Apr 2017

SHANGHAI China has deported a U.S. citizen who was convicted of espionage this week after being held without trial for two years, removing a source of friction between Washington and Beijing.

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Philippine leader says North Korea's Kim 'wants to end the world', urges U.S. restraint 29 Apr 2017

MANILA Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte on Saturday urged the United States to show restraint after North Korea's latest missile test and to avoid playing into the hands of leader Kim Jong Un, who "wants to end the world".

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PM Abe says North Korean missile launch grave threat to Japan 29 Apr 2017

LONDON North Korea's decision to test-fire a ballistic missile represents a grave threat to Japan, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said in London on Saturday, calling on the United States and China to keep up pressure on Pyongyang.

UPDATE 1-PM Abe says North Korean missile launch grave threat to Japan 29 Apr 2017

LONDON, April 29 North Korea's decision to test-fire a ballistic missile represents a grave threat to Japan, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said in London on Saturday, calling on the United States and China to keep up pressure on Pyongyang.

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U.S. says time to act on North Korea, China says not up to Beijing alone 29 Apr 2017

UNITED NATIONS U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson warned on Friday that failure to curb North Korea's nuclear and ballistic missile programs could lead to 'catastrophic consequences,' while China and Russia rebuked Washington's threat of military force.

U.S. could speed up North Korea sanctions in response to missile test - official 29 Apr 2017

WASHINGTON The Trump administration could respond to North Korea's latest failed missile test by speeding up its plans for new U.S. sanctions against Pyongyang, including possible measures against specific North Korean and Chinese entities, a U.S. official told Reuters on Friday.

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U.S. says 'major conflict' with North Korea possible, China warns of escalation 28 Apr 2017

WASHINGTON U.S. President Donald Trump said a "major, major conflict" with North Korea was possible over its nuclear and ballistic missile programmes, while China said the situation on the Korean peninsula could escalate or slip out of control. | Video