Trump says US is ‘locked and loaded’ in N Korea confrontation

By James Oliphant and Dahee Kim BEDMINSTER, N.J./SEOUL, Aug 12 : President Donald Trump issued a new threat to North Korea, saying the US military was “locked and loaded” as Pyongyang accused him of driving the Korean peninsula to the brink of nuclear war and world powers expressed alarm. The Pentagon yesterday said the United […]

US ban on visiting North Korea a “sordid” limit on exchanges – KCNA

By Christine Kim SEOUL, Aug 4 : North Korea has criticised Washington’s decision to ban US passport holders from visiting the North, with state media describing it today as a “sordid” attempt to limit human exchanges. The North’s KCNA news agency, citing an unidentified spokesman for the foreign ministry, said there was no reason for […]

Strong US jobs report seen in July; wages likely rose

By Lucia Mutikani WASHINGTON, Aug 4 : US employers likely maintained a strong pace of hiring in July while raising wages for workers, signs of labor market tightness that could clear the way for the Federal Reserve to announce next month a plan to start shrinking its massive bond portfolio. According to a Reuters survey […]

Born this way? Researchers explore the science of gender identity

By Daniel Trotta NEW YORK, Aug 3 : While President Donald Trump has thrust transgender people back into the conflict between conservative and liberal values in the United States, geneticists are quietly working on a major research effort to unlock the secrets of gender identity. A consortium of five research institutions in Europe and the […]

Tillerson tightens the reins at US State Department

By Yeganeh Torbati WASHINGTON, Aug 2 : US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson last month tightened his control over the State Department by taking back powers previously held by the top career foreign service officer, an action critics said would delay major decisions and marginalize career diplomats. The move retracted broad decision-making authority granted to […]

North Korea can hit most of United States – US officials

By Idrees Ali and Phil Stewart WASHINGTON, Aug 1 : North Korea’s latest test of an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) has shown that Pyongyang now may be able to reach most of the continental United States, two US officials told Reuters. The assessment, which the officials discussed on condition of anonymity, underscored the growing threat […]