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North Korea Won’t Stop Its Arms Tests Anytime Soon, South Korea Warns

“Re-entry is a question North Korea must solve to boost its negotiating leverage and for its military and technological purposes,” Shin Beom-chul, a security analyst, said in a report published over the weekend by the government-run Institute of Foreign Affairs and National Security in Seoul. “For North Korea, there is a big difference between entering negotiations with the United States ...

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Human-Rights Lawyers Say Medical Pardon for Fujimori Was Improper

Mr. Fujimori, who is 79, suffers from arrhythmia and tongue cancer, among other medical problems, and was taken from prison to a hospital on Friday after his blood pressure dropped, doctors said. The pardon is the latest development in Peru’s continuing political crisis. Mr. Kuczynski granted the pardon just after he had narrowly escaped being impeached by Congress over accusations ...

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Why Saad Hariri Had That Strange Sojourn in Saudi Arabia

The day Mr. Hariri was ordered to report to Riyadh, he was just a pawn in the crown prince’s overall battle: to rein in the regional ambitions of Saudi Arabia’s longtime rival, Iran. Photo A poster of Mr. Hariri in Lebanon during his absence. Many Lebanese believed he was being held in Saudi Arabia against his will. Credit Diego Ibarra ...

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Russia Says U.S.-Supplied Weapons to Ukraine Could Escalate Conflict

Photo A residential block damaged by shelling this week in the rebel-held town of Yasynuvata, Ukraine. Credit Alexander Ermochenko/Reuters MOSCOW — The decision by the United States to supply weapons to Ukraine is dangerous as it will encourage Kiev to use force in eastern Ukraine, Russian officials said on Saturday. The statement came one day after the State Department said ...

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Acts of Resistance and Restraint Defy Easy Definition in the West Bank

But with Palestinians and Israelis once again confronting one another with rocks and tear gas, this time in reaction to President Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, what seemed inescapable was that a moment that broke with the visual clichés of intifadas past had seized imaginations on both sides. Photo Ahed Tamimi, right, during an earlier confrontation with Israeli ...

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Defying Trump, U.N. General Assembly Condemns U.S. Decree on Jerusalem

Many Security Council resolutions since then, which have the force of international law, have warned that Jerusalem’s status is unresolved, that claims of sovereignty by Israel are invalid and that the issue must be settled in negotiations between the Israelis and Palestinians. The new resolution raised questions about whether Mr. Trump would deliver on his threat on Wednesday to withhold ...

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Poland Overhauls Courts, and Critics See Retreat From Democracy

Charles A. Kupchan, an adviser on European affairs during the Obama administration, said the new laws were “yet another sign of the rising tide of illiberalism that has taken hold in Central Europe.” He called the changes “inconsistent with democratic norms and values.” The court overhaul poses yet another headache for the European Union. Its leaders are already grappling with ...

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Rebels in Yemen Fire Second Ballistic Missile at Saudi Capital

The attack came hours before King Salman was to lead a ceremony to announce the kingdom’s 2018 budget, and the timing suggested that the Houthis were trying to spread fear in the capital and draw attention away from the Saudi leadership’s plans for governance and development. The war in Yemen began in 2014 when the Houthis allied with parts of ...

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Trump, Amtrak, Instant Pot: Your Monday Evening Briefing

_____ Photo Credit Ruth Fremson/The New York Times 3. It’s been a dark couple of days for transportation in the U.S. An Amtrak passenger train on a new high-speed route derailed on a highway overpass in Washington State. One train car flipped over onto the highway, while a second was left dangling from the overpass. At least six people were ...

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Deadly Taliban Attacks on NATO Convoy and Police in Afghanistan

Their hope is to reverse some of the gains that the Taliban have made over the past couple of years, where the fighters continue to surround Lashkar Gah city. The province is the country’s largest opium-producing area, and the violence there is sometimes related to the drug trade. Last week, media outlets reported that about two dozen bodies had been ...

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