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N. Korean missile test fails hours after UN meeting on nukes

It was the third test-fire flop just this month but a clear message of defiance as a U.S. supercarrier conducts drills in nearby waters.

North Korean ballistic missile tests are banned by the United Nations because they're seen as part of the North's push for a nuclear-tipped missile that can hit the U.S. mainland. The latest test came as U.S. officials pivoted from a hard line to diplomacy at the U.N. in an effort to address what may be Washington's most pressing foreign policy challenge.

US seeks tough NKorea action, but China shows no inclination

Stepping back from suggestions of U.S. military action, he even offered aid to North Korea if it ends its nuclear weapons program.

The range of Secretary of State Rex Tillerson's suggestions, which over a span of 24 hours also included restarting negotiations, reflected America's failure to halt North Korea's nuclear advances despite decades of U.S.-led sanctions, military threats and stop-and-go rounds of diplomatic engagement. As the North approaches the capability to hit the U.S. mainland with a nuclear-tipped missile, the Trump administration feels it is running out of time.

US urges new sanctions on NKorea and warns of catastrophe

Doing nothing could be "catastrophic," top diplomat Rex Tillerson told a special U.N. Security Council session he chaired.

Amid council members' warning about the potential for conflict, Tillerson urged tougher action from China, North Korea's main trading partner. Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi countered that a solution doesn't lie with Beijing and suggested resuming a long-stalled dialogue with Pyongyang.

Tillerson eyes cutting 2,300 jobs at State Department

The plan will almost certainly meet resistance from lawmakers opposing President Donald Trump's proposal to shrink the size of the federal government.

Tillerson's proposal reduces the number of new diplomats being hired and includes the State Department and U.S. Agency for International Development's possible consolidation, according to officials briefed on the proposal. The staff cuts would amount to about 3 percent of the department's roughly 75,000-strong workforce.

Mnuchin: Trump has 'no intention' of releasing tax returns

Steve Mnuchin made the comment while briefing reporters on the president's new proposed tax plan Wednesday.

Trump has repeatedly refused to make his past returns public, breaking decades of tradition. He says it's because his taxes are being audited by the IRS.

While it's impossible to know for sure without access to his returns, Trump's proposed tax plan could save the president and his family significantly over the years.

Mnuchin declined to comment on that potential conflict of interest.

US ups Korean defenses, top admiral says forces are capable

And America's Pacific commander said any North Korean missile fired at U.S. forces would be destroyed.

"If it flies, it will die," Adm. Harry Harris Jr., told Congress.

South Korea's trumpeting of progress in setting up the Terminal High-Altitude Area Defense system, or THAAD, comes as high-powered U.S. military vessels converge on the Korean Peninsula and as a combative North Korea signals possible nuclear and missile testing.

US$29 million more in remittance fees? Jamaicans overseas may help pay for Trump's border wall

The US Congress introduced a bill to tax remittances from a pool of Caribbean and Latin American countries including Jamaica in order to pay for the border wall between Mexico and USA. The bill still needs approval by both the Lower and Upper houses before becoming law.

Top Mexican official calls US border wall a 'hostile' act

And while Trump has repeatedly asserted that he will get the U.S.'s neighbour to pay for building the wall, Foreign Secretary Luis Videgaray repeated in a meeting with legislators that Mexico's won't pay a cent for it.

Trump had requested that Congress provide U.S. funds to begin the wall, but he signaled Monday that he would not insist on it, saying he might be willing to wait until September for the funding.

Videgaray also said Mexico's government would consider reducing security cooperation with the United States if talks on immigration and trade issues don't go well.

US sets up missile defense in S. Korea as North shows power

The South's trumpeting of progress on setting up the Terminal High-Altitude Area Defense system, or THAAD, comes as high-powered U.S. military assets converge on the Korean Peninsula and as a combative North Korea signals possible nuclear and missile testing.

No sign probes into Russia, Trump campaign will die down

President Donald Trump has dismissed the story as "fake news" and raised allegations of politically inspired spying by the Obama administration, but the investigations show no sign of abating anytime soon.

Here are the latest developments and background on the scandal:

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