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Israel conducts missile test in the Mediterranean, briefly raising tensions

TEL AVIV, ISRAEL (BNO NEWS) -- Israel launched a missile over the Mediterranean on Tuesday to test a U.S.-backed anti-missile system, briefly raising tensions after Russia reported picking up two ballistic "objects" that were part of the unannounced [...]

Syria’s Assad says Western strike could trigger regional war

DAMASCUS, SYRIA (BNO NEWS) -- Syrian President Bashar al-Assad warned Monday that a Western strike on his country could trigger a regional war, and urged the United States and France to provide evidence that his regime carried out a deadly chemical [...]

N. Korea says it called off meeting with Washington over U.S. ‘provocation’

PYONGYANG, NORTH KOREA (BNO NEWS) -- North Korea said Sunday it rescinded its invitation for a senior American diplomat to visit the country to negotiate the release of an American detainee because the U.S. committed a "grave provocation" by [...]

N. Korea calls off U.S. envoy’s trip aimed at securing release of jailed American

WASHINGTON, D.C. (BNO NEWS) -- North Korea has rescinded its invitation for a senior American diplomat to travel to the country to negotiate the release of a Korean American man who was sentenced to 15 years of hard labor for plotting to overthrow [...]

Ban to meet with UN Security Council powers over Syria crisis

NEW YORK CITY (BNO NEWS) -- United Nations (UN) Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon will meet with ambassadors from China, France, Russia, the United Kingdom, and the United States on Friday after cutting short a visit to Europe over the escalating [...]

U.S. sends envoy to N. Korea to seek release of jailed American

WASHINGTON, D.C. (BNO NEWS) -- The U.S. government will send a senior official to North Korea this week to seek the release of a Korean American man who was sentenced to 15 years of hard labor after being convicted of plotting to overthrow the [...]

UN inspectors to examine Syria ‘chemical attack’ site on Monday

SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA (BNO NEWS) -- A United Nations (UN) fact-finding mission to investigate allegations that chemical weapons were used in an attack near the Syrian capital of Damascus last week is expected to arrive at the site within hours, [...]

Snowden says media being "misled" to print false claims about his situation

MOSCOW, RUSSIA (BNO NEWS) -- American whistleblower Edward Snowden, who is wanted by the United States after revealing classified and previously unknown details about the U.S. government's secret surveillance programs, said Thursday that the [...]

Strong earthquake strikes New Zealand, tremors felt in Wellington

WELLINGTON, NEW ZEALAND (BNO NEWS) -- A strong and shallow earthquake struck the South Island of New Zealand on Friday afternoon, with strong tremors felt in Wellington and other parts of the country, seismologists and witnesses said. There [...]

Central African Republic in danger of becoming a failed state, UN warns

BANGUI, CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC (BNO NEWS) -- The United Nations (UN) Security Council warned Wednesday that turmoil in the Central African Republic (CAR) poses a "serious threat" to the region as a whole, with one UN official urging swift [...]