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In photos, North Korea signals a more powerful ICBM in the works

SEOUL – With photographs obliquely showing a new rocket design, North Korea has sent a message that it is working on an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) more powerful than any it has previously tested, weapons experts said. (NORTHKOREA-MISSILES/ICBM (UPDATE 1, PIX, GRAPHICS), by Jack Kim and Heekyong Yang, 645 words)

– NORTHKOREA-MISSILES/USA-SANCTIONS (TV), moved, by Yeganeh Torbati and David Brunnstrom, 999 words

Seoul court to rule on Samsung scion Lee in bribery trial

SEOUL – South Korean court will rule Friday on corruption charges against Jay Y. Lee, billionaire head of Samsung Group, after six-month trial in nationwide bribery scandal that triggered dismissal from office of country’s president. (SAMSUNG-LEE/ (PIX, TV), moved, by Joyce Lee and Soyoung Kim, 668 words)

Thailand deploys 4,000 police as Yingluck supporters gather ahead of court ruling

BANGKOK/KHON KAEN – Hundreds of supporters of ousted former Thai prime minister Yingluck began to gather outside Bangkok’s Supreme Court early on Friday hours before the court was due to rule on a negligence case against her in which she faces up to 10 years in prison. (THAILAND-POLITICS/YINGLUCK (PIX, TV), moved, by Aukkarapon Niyomyat and Panu Wongcha-um, 507 words)

U.S. Navy suspends sea search efforts for missing USS McCain sailors

SINGAPORE – U.S. Navy suspends wider search and rescue operations for sailors missing after warship USS John S. McCain collided with merchant vessel in waters near Singapore and Malaysia earlier this week. (USA-NAVY/CRASH (UPDATE 2, PIX, TV, GRAPHIC), moved, by Aradhana Aravindan, 411 words)

ASIA

In China, the Party’s push for influence inside foreign firms stirs fears

BEIJING – Late last month, executives from more than a dozen top European companies in China met in Beijing to discuss their concerns about the growing role of the ruling Communist Party in the local operations of foreign firms, according to three people with knowledge of the discussions. (CHINA-CONGRESS/COMPANIES (EXCLUSIVE, PIX), moved, by Michael Martina, 963 words)

Stonehenge: Australia’s forgotten farmers

STONEHENGE – Stonehenge is dry and has been for too long – seven years too long. You can taste the dust well before you cross the cattle grids that cut the only road into town. More than 1,700 km (1,056 miles) northwest of Sydney, Australia’s Stonehenge could not be more different from its famous namesake, the World Heritage prehistoric monument of Stonehenge in England. (AUSTRALIA-STONEHENGE/ (PIX), move, by David B Gray, 798 words)

MIDDLE EAST

Kushner stresses Trump’s Mideast peace optimism but details scant

JERUSALEM – U.S. President Donald Trump remains committed and optimistic about achieving Israeli-Palestinian peace, his son-in-law and senior adviser tells sides during his first visit to region since last month’s surge of violence. (ISRAEL-PALESTINIANS/ (UPDATE 2, TV), moved, by Jeffrey Heller, 563 words)

Trump calls Egypt’s Sisi, says keen to overcome obstacles

CAIRO – U.S. President Donald Trump calls Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi on Thursday and says he is keen to overcome any obstacles in the way of cooperation, just days after the U.S. said it would withhold some financial aid to Egypt. (USA-EGYPT/ (UPDATE 1), moved, 357 words)

UNITED STATES

Trump blames fellow Republican leaders for debt ceiling ‘mess’

WASHINGTON – President Donald Trump picks new fight with his fellow Republicans, saying congressional leaders could have avoided “mess” over raising U.S. debt ceiling if they had taken his advice. (USA-TRUMP/BUDGET (UPDATE 5, TV, PIX), moved, by David Alexander and Makini Brice, 906 words)

Fuel prices rise, refiners shut as U.S. braces for major hurricane

SAN ANTONIO – Slow-moving Gulf of Mexico storm intensifies quickly and is poised to become biggest hurricane to hit United States in 12 years. Potential for up to 7-foot storm surges and 30 inches of rain triggers evacuations and cancellation of first day of school along south Texas coast. (STORM-HARVEY/ (UPDATE 6, PIX, TV, GRAPHIC), moved, by Jim Forsyth, 700 words)

EUROPE

Has ‘ambitious’ British PM aimed too high with EU demands?

LONDON – Prime Minister Theresa May always said she would be “ambitious” in negotiating Britain’s exit from European Union, and government documents show scale of that ambition — wanting closest of ties without costs. (BRITAIN-EU/ (PIX), moved, by Elizabeth Piper, 825 words)

Belgium gave tip to Catalan police about imam before attack -source

MADRID – Belgian policeman told Catalan colleague in 2016 that imam thought to have instigated last week’s Barcelona attack was suspicious person, but no information was found then to tie him to Islamist militancy, Catalan government source says. (SPAIN-SECURITY/BELGIUM (UPDATE 2, TV, PIX), moved, by Julien Toyer, 965 words)

AFRICA

Angola’s ruling MPLA takes commanding lead in provisional vote count

LUANDA – Angola’s ruling MPLA party holds commanding lead in provisional general election results, with 64.57 percent of votes tallied compared with opposition UNITA party’s 24.4 percent, electoral commission says. (ANGOLA-ELECTION/ (UPDATE 2, PIX), moved, by Stephen Eisenhammer, 652 words)

SPECIAL REPORT

How Taser inserts itself into investigations involving its weapons

MIAMI BEACH, Fla. – Taser International defends safety of its stun guns by spending millions on studies and forging close ties with police, medical examiners and consultants. When someone dies after altercation involving Taser, manufacturer is quick to offer guidance to investigators, Reuters finds. (USA-TASER/EXPERTS (SPECIAL REPORT, PIX, TV), moved, by Jason Szep, Tim Reid and Peter Eisler, 3,888 words)

– USA-TASER/STRIKEBACK, moved, by Tim Reid and Paula Seligson, 606 words

– USA-TASER/CASES, moved, by M.B. Pell, 814 words

(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

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