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U.S. submarine makes South Korea port call, North remains defiant

The USS Michigan , a nuclear-powered submarine, arrived at the South Korean port of Busan in what was described as a routine visit to rest the crew and load supplies. But the unpredictable communist nation rattled its saber all the same, with drills that served as a reminder of the threat it poses below the border to US -allied South Korea.



UK leader meeting top EU officials for Brexit working dinner

May hosted Juncker and chief European Union negotiator Michel Barnier for dinner at her Downing Street official residence, which her aides said was an attempt to improve the atmosphere before Brexit talks start in earnest in early June. The issue of a Brexit "divorce bill" of an estimated £50 billion could arise, given Mr Barnier's insistence that the United Kingdom must "settle the accounts" before beginning talks on a future trading relationship with the EU.



China Launches New Aircraft Carrier, Bolstering Naval Presence

The new carrier, which was set afloat at the northwestern port of Dalian amid a champhane popping ceremony on Wednesday, will eventually be sent out to the Pacific and the Indian Ocean, state media said. The official news website of China's People's Liberation Army said Gen. Fan Changlong, a member of the Political Bureau of the Communist Party of China Central Committee and vice chairman of the Central Military Commission, attended the ceremony, where he was joined by PLAN commander Vice Adm.


Turkey gave less than 1 hour notice before Syria strikes

Turkey gave less than 1 hour notice before Syria strikes

Turkey said it struck rebels taking part in the Kurdish insurgency in its southeast. The US Department of State said it was "deeply concerned" the strike was conducted "without proper coordination" either with the US military or commanders within a broader worldwide coalition, which claims to be fighting Daesh Takfiri terrorists in Iraq and Syria.



Top DPRK leader supervises largest-ever combined firing drill

The live-fire drill came as a USA submarine docked in South Korea in a show of force by Washington amid growing concern over the North's nuclear and missile programs. Chinese President Xi Jinping, who spoke to Trump on Monday, is urging restraint from both Pyongyang and Washington . The Trump administration invited the entire Senate to a briefing by top officials Wednesday afternoon at the White House, with the president planning to drop by.



The euro is steady the day after its Macron inspired rally

But even presidential candidates sometimes have to face criticism from the family. "Jerks. They're not the guys who are usually here", said one of Le Pen's aides, suggesting she had fallen into a trap. Le Pen, campaigning in a farmers' market in the small town of Rouvroy in northern France, told reporters Macron "runs for presidential election while having no program" on counterterrorism issues.