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On North Korea, Trump Has Now Gone Full 'Madman'

The U.S. president's threat to 'totally destroy' a nation is beyond the pale. But is there method to it?

Trump leaving the podium after his speech on Sept. 19
Trump leaving the podium after his speech on Sept. 19
Aaron Blake

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WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump took to the floor of the United Nations General Assembly on Tuesday and, in his maiden speech there, called the leader of North Korea "Rocket Man," decried "loser terrorists' and said certain parts of the world are "in fact, going to hell."

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In Armenia, demonstraters gathered Wednesday night to protest

Emma Albright and Meike Eijsberg

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Welcome to Thursday, where Russian troops have unleashed an all-out assault on the strategic city of Severodonetsk, Ukraine’s president lashes out at Henry Kissinger for “Munich” stance and the writer of a notable “How to” essay is convicted of murder. We also look at how the plague of school shootings is not exclusive to the United States.

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