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A man wearing a T-shirt bearing the name of President Donald Trump, right, argues with a counterprotester after being hit by a flying plastic bottle of water near a "Free Speech" rally staged by conservative activists, Saturday, Aug. 19, 2017, in Boston.  An estimated 15,000 counterprotesters marched through the city to historic Boston Common, where many gathered near a bandstand abandoned early by conservatives who had planned to deliver a series of speeches. Police vans later escorted the conservatives out of the area, and angry counterprotesters scuffled with armed officers trying to maintain order.  (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

Tens of thousands of demonstrators, emboldened and unnerved by the eruption of fatal violence in Virginia last weekend, surged onto streets and parks (...)

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un visits the Command of the Strategic Force of the Korean People’s Army  in an unknown location  in this undated photo released on Tuesday by North Korea’s Korean Central News Agency. Photograph: KCNA via Reuters

North Korea on Tuesday eased back on its threat to fire missiles towards Guam, the US Pacific island territory, in what most observers in Seoul saw as(...)

US president Donald Trump with  vice-president Mike Pence  after a briefing with his national security team at Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster, New Jersey, on Thursday. Photograph: Al Drago/New York Times

US president Donald Trump renewed his attack on North Korea last night, warning that the country should be “very, very nervous” if it does anything t(...)

 President Donald Trump issued an apocalyptic warning to North Korea on Tuesday, saying it faces “fire and fury” over its missile program, after US media reported Pyongyang has successfully miniaturized a nuclear warhead. Photogrgaph: AFP/Jung Yeon-Je

This was the moment many Americans, along with the rest of the world, feared. This – precisely this – was what alarmed us most about the prospect of D(...)

US president Donald Trump said North Korea should be “very, very nervous”. Photograph: Nicholas Kamm/AFP/Getty Images

US president Donald Trump has said that perhaps his “fire and fury” warning to North Korea “wasn’t tough enough”. Mr Trump said North Korea had “bett(...)

US president Donald Trump warning North Korea of a  “fire and fury like the world has never seen”  at the Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster, New Jersey, on Tuesday. Photograph: Nicholas Kamm/AFP/Getty Images

First it was a hamburger; now it is “fire and fury like the world has never seen”. US president Donald Trump’s overtures to his North Korean counterp(...)

US Secretary of Defense James Mattis said: “It appears that they took the warning seriously. They didn’t do it”. Photograph: Christian Bruna/EPA

US defence secretary James Mattis said on Wednesday that the Syrian government of president Bashar al-Assad appeared so far to have heeded a warning t(...)

A child sits among the rubble of houses destoyed in air strikes during Eid al-Fitr in Al-Nashabiyah, Syria. Photograph: Mohammed Badra/EPA

The White House has issued a warning to Bashar Assad as it claimed “potential” evidence showed Syria was preparing for another chemical weapons attack(...)

The scene of the intermediate-range ballistic missile Pukguksong-2’s launch test in this undated photo released by North Korea’s Korean Central News Agency. Photograph: Reuters

US defence secretary Jim Mattis has said North Korea is a “clear and present danger” after the United Nations voted to expand sanctions against the st(...)

 Australian prime minister Malcolm Turnbull said the region wanted to see China take a responsible leadership role or risk becoming isolated. Photograph: Wallace Woon/EPA

Grappling with the North Korean nuclear crisis and second-guessing Washington’s plans for the Asia-Pacific are liable to dominate the region’s premier(...)

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