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North Korea's Olympic participation sparks criticism and flag-burning in Seoul

SEOUL, South Korea, Jan. 22 (UPI) --Seoul's efforts to arrange North Korea's participation in the Pyeongchang Olympics continued to draw sharp criticism from many in the South, with President Moon Jae-in's approval rating suffering a significant drop.
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Bulgaria, Czech Republic calls for EU reforms on migrants

The prime ministers of the Czech Republic and Bulgaria are calling for swift reform of the European Union's asylum system. Czech Premier Andrej Babis and Bulgarian counterpart Boyko Borissov agreed that a reasonable compromise on migrant issues has to be ...
Published: Yesterday
Source: ABC News
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AP PHOTOS: Dakar Rally a grueling test of sand, dust and mud

CORDOBA, Argentina – Media helicopters buzzed over bikers at the starting line in Peru's desert. The motorcyclists became almost invisible roaring across the dust bowls of Peru, while cars in the four-wheel competition plowed nose first into the sand as ...
Published: Today
Source: Fox News
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Pence receives warm welcome in Jerusalem, acknowledges Israeli 'capital'

Jan. 22 (UPI) --U.S. Vice President Mike Pence received a welcome Monday normally reserved for heads of state as he began a two-day visit to Israel. He was warmly received by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on his arrival Sunday, and was greeted by a ...
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The Latest: Davos bans left-wing protest over too much snow

Authorities in Davos, Switzerland, have rejected a request by left-wing groups to stage a protest during the World Economic Forum, saying heavy snowfall means there's not enough space. Davos officials said in a statement Monday that "the extremely tight ...
Published: Yesterday
Source: ABC News
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In Syria's Aleppo, old bazaar struggles to come back to life

ALEPPO, Syria – Fighting has long died down in Syria's largest city but Aleppo's centuries-old market still has to come back to life, more than a year after government forces retook rebel-held neighborhoods around the Old City. Few shops have reopened in ...
Published: Today
Source: Fox News
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Alert raised as Mount Mayon volcano spews ash, lava in the Philippines

(CNN)More than 27,000 people have been evacuated in the Philippines as the country warned a hazardous volcanic eruption might be imminent. The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (PHIVOLCS) on Monday raised its alert level to four from three ...
Published: Yesterday
Source: CNN
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After the Kabul hotel attack, is anywhere in the Afghan capital safe?

The Intercontinental, stuck on the city's edge and secured behind checkpoints on a hill, had been hit before, in 2011. Indeed, its vulnerability meant Western officials often stayed clear, as they do of many major hotels. In a testament to how badly the ...
Published: Yesterday
Source: CNN
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Essential Washington

Vice President Mike Pence told the Israeli parliament Monday that the United States will open an embassy in Jerusalem by the end of 2019 to make good on recognizing the disputed holy city as Israel’s capital. The Trump administration decision on ...
Published: Today
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Italy's 5-Star presents election program with no euro referendum

ROME (Reuters) - The anti-establishment 5-Star Movement, leading opinion polls ahead of a March 4 election, has presented a 20-point program which makes no mention of a referendum on Italy’s membership of the euro zone. 5-Star has steadily scaled back ...
Published: Today
Source: Reuters
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The skies over Taiwan just got a little less friendly

After nearly two years of polite complaining, Taiwan’s government has taken action against pressure from political rival China by freezing applications from two major Chinese airlines, setting a stage for retaliation. China and Taiwan have been ...
Published: Yesterday
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Hundreds Hurry for Cover During Tokyo’s First Missile Drill

As a siren warned of an approaching North Korean missile, hundreds of people in central Tokyo hurried for cover in buildings and under ground. But unlike the false alarm in Hawaii nine days earlier, this was just a drill. The government planned Monday ...
Published: Yesterday
Source: Bloomberg
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Why Pence should listen to Christians in the Middle East, not just in the Bible Belt

Vice President Pence visited my home country of Jordan during his much-anticipated (and delayed) tour of the Middle East, including stops in Israel and Egypt. The trip is designed to draw attention to the plight of Christians in the region, a key concern ...
Published: Yesterday
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Mattis in Southeast Asia, Amid Fresh US Focus on China

Just days after unveiling a new Pentagon strategy that prioritizes the U.S. geopolitical rivalry with China, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis is getting a chance to start implementing it. Mattis is in Jakarta, Indonesia, the first stop on a week-long trip that ...
Published: Yesterday

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