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Kim Jong Un

North Korea: Donald Trump Is on a Suicide Mission

North Korea's foreign minister says U.S. President Donald Trump's insult calling leader Kim Jong Un "rocket man" makes "our rocket's visit to the entire US mainland inevitable all the more." Ri Yong Ho called Trump "a mentally deranged person"

Mexico Earthquake

New Earthquake Shakes Mexico as Death Toll Climbs

A new earthquake shook Mexico, causing new alarm in a country reeling from two still-more-powerful quakes this month that have killed nearly 400 people. It swayed buildings and set off a seismic alarm

72nd Annual Golden Globe Awards - Cocktail Party

Colin Firth Becomes Italian Citizen Over Brexit

British actor Colin Firth has become a dual citizen of Great Britain and Italy after his home nation voted to leave the European Union. His wife Livia Giuggioli, who is Italian, has also applied for British citizenship

Kirkuk's provincial governor Najim al-Din Karim third from right, who was recently sacked by the Iraqi parliament, attends a rally in support of the upcoming independence referendum in Kirkuk on Sept. 19, 2017

The Impact of the Vote for Kurdish Independence

For decades, even a census has been considered too risky in the hotly contested northern Iraqi city of Kirkuk. But on Monday, the city's residents will join people across northern Iraq in a vote on Kurdish independence

Trees block the streets after Hurricane Maria at Escambron Beach in San Juan, Puerto Rico on Sept. 20.

Towns Forced to Evacuate After Puerto Rico Dam Fails

Puerto Rican officials could not communicate with more than half the towns in the U.S. territory as they rushed to evacuate tens of thousands of people downstream of a failing dam in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria

Voting booths in polling place

Hackers Targeted Voter Systems Before 2016 Election

The federal government is telling election officials in 21 states that hackers targeted their systems last year, although in most cases the systems were not breached. Officials said the hackers are believed to be Russian agents

Ex-Stanford Swimmer Rape

DeVos Rescinds Campus Sex Assault Guidelines

The Trump administration is scrapping Obama-era guidance on investigating campus sexual assault, replacing it with new interim instructions. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos has said the rules were unfairly skewed against students accused of assault