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Pope Francis urged concerted international efforts Monday to rebuild trust on the Korean peninsula and in Syria, using his annual foreign policy address to demand that political leaders put the dignity of their people before war, profit or power. #Asia, #Europe, #MiddleEast
Pope Francis urged concerted international efforts Monday to rebuild trust on the Korean peninsula and in Syria, using his annual foreign policy address to demand that political leaders put the dignity of their people before war, profit or power.  #Asia, #Europe, #MiddleEast
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A hermit-like state, ruled with an iron fist by the son and now the grandson of Eternal President Kim Il-sung, North Korea has, since the war that divided this peninsula in the early 1950s, been one of the world’s most autocratic nations and one of its biggest enigmas. While visitors here were, for decades, verboten, the country’s leaders are waking up to the potential profits of tourism, and so granting more tourist visas. The times are changing in a place that has been almost frozen.
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A hermit-like state, ruled with an iron fist by the son and now the grandson of Eternal President Kim Il-sung, North Korea has, since the war that divided this peninsula in the early 1950s, been one of the world’s most autocratic nations and one of its biggest enigmas. While visitors here were, for decades, verboten, the country’s leaders are waking up to the potential profits of tourism, and so granting more tourist visas. The times are changing in a place that has been almost frozen.

A hermit-like state, ruled with an iron fist by the son and now the grandson of Eternal President Kim Il-sung, North Korea has, since the war that divided this peninsula in the early 1950s, been one of the world’s most autocratic nations and one of its biggest enigmas. While visitors here were, for decades, verboten, the country’s leaders are waking up to the potential profits of tourism, and so granting more tourist visas. The times are changing in a place that has been almost frozen.
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North Korea missile threats harmless, says US non-profit organization
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North Korea's leader Kim Jong-Un has told rocket units to be on standby for an attack on US bases, according to state media.

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un ordered Friday to prepare for strategic missile attacks against American continent and U. bases in the Pacific in response to

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North Korea says it is ready to launch strike against US bases - Pyongyang escalates confrontation after US flew two nuclear-capable stealth bombers over Korean peninsula

North Korea missile threats harmless, says US non-profit organization

North Korea missile threats harmless, says US non-profit organization
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Human Rights Watch has released its annual report for 2018, which looks at the state of human rights in more than 90 countries. The report begins with a call to arms for political leaders willing to fight against what the organization calls “authoritarian populist agendas.” “The past year showed the importance of pushing back against the threat posed by demagogues and their abusive policies,” according to Kenneth Roth, executive director of Human Right
Human Rights Watch has released its annual report for 2018, which looks at the state of human rights in more than 90 countries. The report begins with a call to arms for political leaders willing to fight against what the organization calls “authoritarian populist agendas.” “The past year showed the importance of pushing back against the threat posed by demagogues and their abusive policies,” according to Kenneth Roth, executive director of Human Right
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Turkey is pulling 40 soldiers out of a NATO exercise in Norway, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Friday, after his name was included in a list of enemies on a poster at the drill, an incident that drew an apology from NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg. #Europe
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Turkey is pulling 40 soldiers out of a NATO exercise in Norway, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Friday, after his name was included in a list of enemies on a poster at the drill, an incident that drew an apology from NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg. #Europe

Turkey is pulling 40 soldiers out of a NATO exercise in Norway, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Friday, after his name was included in a list of enemies on a poster at the drill, an incident that drew an apology from NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg.  #Europe

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The Philippines, still recovering from battles last year against a group of Islamic State-inspired, anti-government Muslim rebels, is confronting a rise in violence by another band from the same region and with a similar ideology.  #Asia

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An Islamic State offshoot is claiming it carried out the October attack in Niger that killed four U.S. soldiers and four Nigerien troops and sparked questions about U.S. military involvement in West Africa’s vast Sahel region. #Africa, #USA

Pakistani authorities on Monday released anti-U.S. and pro-Taliban cleric Maulana Sufi Muhammad after eight years in prison. He was facing sedition charges and was allegedly involved in attacks on police stations.  #Asia

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Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull said Thursday he welcomed the recent dialogue between North and South Korea but marching together at the Winter Olympics won’t denuclearize the Korean Peninsula.  Turnbull, visiting Japan to talk with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe about regional security, trade and other issues, cautioned against optimism.  #Asia

Australia PM says Olympic Unity Won't Denuclearize N. Korea

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Researchers have completed the first survey of valuable materials they say are waiting to be mined from Europe’s vast landfills and scrapyards. A group of 17 organizations on Wednesday launched an online database for “urban mining” detailing precious raw materials slumbering in discarded batteries, electronics and cars across the continent.  #Economy, #Europe

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