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Turkey targets Dutch with diplomatic sanctions as ‘Nazi’ row escalates

Turkey said on Monday it would suspend high-level diplomatic relations with the Netherlands after Dutch authorities prevented its ministers from speaking at rallies of expatriate Turks, deepening the row between the two NATO allies. The sanctions – which include a ban on the Dutch ambassador and diplomatic flights from the …

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Critics of South Korea’s ousted Park call for her arrest

Opponents of South Korea’s ousted leader, Park Geun-hye, demanded on Saturday that she be arrested a day after she was thrown out of office over a corruption scandal involving the country’s conglomerates. Park’s critics said they would rally in central Seoul, where they have been gathering every weekend for months, …

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South Korean court throws president out of office, two dead in protest

South Korea’s Constitutional Court removed President Park Geun-hye from office on Friday over a graft scandal involving the country’s conglomerates, sparking protests from her supporters two of whom were killed in clashes with police. Park becomes South Korea’s first democratically elected leader to be forced from office, capping months of …

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Iraqi forces fight IS in Mosul as bomb blasts hit Tikrit wedding

Iraqi forces battled Islamic State militants in their stronghold of Mosul on Wednesday and took control of the last major road leading west from the city, before bomb blasts ripped through a wedding party near Tikrit, killing more than 20 people. The blasts in the village of Hajjaj, reported by …

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Facing test of resolve, Trump pushes ahead with North Korea review

Faced with a growing test of resolve for a new U.S. president who vowed while campaigning to get tough on North Korea, Donald Trump’s aides are pressing to complete a strategy review on how to counter Pyongyang’s missile and nuclear threats. Pyongyang’s latest missile launches and the assassination in Malaysia …

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U.S. starts deploying THAAD system in South Korea after North Korea missile test

The United States started to deploy the first elements of its advanced Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) anti-missile system to South Korea following North Korea’s test of four ballistic missiles, U.S. Pacific Command said on Tuesday. The announcement came as North Korean state media said leader Kim Jong Un …

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North Korea fires four ballistic missiles into sea near Japan

North Korea fired four ballistic missiles into the sea off Japan’s northwest coast early on Monday, South Korean and Japanese officials said, days after the reclusive state promised retaliation over U.S.-South Korea military drills it sees as a preparation for war. South Korea’s military said the missiles were unlikely to …

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Mosul victims treated for chemical agents as displacement accelerates

The number of civilians escaping the fighting in Mosul has increased significantly as battles intensify between U.S.-backed Iraqi forces and Islamic State militants, and some have been exposed to chemical agents, the Red Cross said on Friday. Iraqi armed forces meanwhile said they had captured another district as they push …

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Syrian army announces recapture of Palmyra from Islamic State

The Syrian army said on Thursday it had recaptured the ancient city of Palmyra from Islamic State for the second time in a year, with help from allied forces and Russian warplanes. Islamic State seized Palmyra in a surprise advance in December, after having been driven out eight months before. …

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Exclusive: Trump administration has found only $20 million in existing funds for wall – document

President Donald Trump’s promise to use existing funds to begin immediate construction of a wall on the U.S.-Mexico border has hit a financial roadblock, according to a document seen by Reuters. The rapid start of construction, promised throughout Trump’s campaign and in an executive order issued in January on border …

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