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Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan delivers a speech at the conservative Justice and Development Party (AKP) headquarters in Istanbul, on April 16, 2017, after the results of a nationwide referendum that will determine Turkey's future destiny. Erdogan on April 16, 2017 hailed Turkey for making a 'historic decision' as he …

Turkey: Opposition Prepares Army of Monitors for Sunday’s Election

Turkey’s ruling and opposition parties have launched the final stretch of this year’s presidential campaign, with elections scheduled for Sunday, amid widespread concerns that President Recep Tayyip Erdogan will cruise to an easy win through irregular voting situations and possible election fraud.

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo warned his Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov that Moscow must stop interfering in US domestic politics

Pompeo May Return to North Korea as Soon as This Weekend

Reports in South Korean media, citing a Korean lawmaker speaking on national radio, reported Thursday that U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo could be visiting North Korea again as soon as this weekend.

Sunday's election focus will be on whether longterm leader Recep Tayyip Erdogan can win the presidency in the first round and if his ruling party keeps its parliamentary majority

Turkish Opposition Candidates Defy Erdogan: ‘Our Choice Is the West’

The major opposition candidates in Turkey’s presidential election, scheduled for June 24, have launched campaigns against President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and have strategically avoided targeting each other, instead spending much of the week condemning Erdogan’s moves towards an Islamist dictatorship.

China US Trump Trade Chinese workers stand in front of a loaded cargo ship docked at a port in Qingdao in east China's Shandong province, Sunday, April 8, 2018. Amid falling markets, President Donald Trump's new economic adviser, Larry Kudlow, says there is no trade war between the U.S. and …

Reports: China Opens Flow of North Korean Products, Workers on Border

North Korean products and workers reportedly began flowing into China at an accelerated rate following dictator Kim Jong-un’s meeting with American President Donald Trump last week, and China has apparently begun lifting a ban on Chinese tourism to the fellow communist regime Tuesday – indications that China expects sanctions on North Korea to soon lift.

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Kim Jong-Un Returns to Beijing to Brief Xi Jinping on Trump Summit

Kim Jong-un made his third trip to China this year, and since assuming the position of supreme dictator of North Korea, on Tuesday, meeting Communist Party leader Xi Jinping and briefing senior Chinese officials on his meeting last week with U.S. President Donald Trump.

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Foreign Minister: South Korea Wants to End Korean War by End of Year

South Korea’s foreign minister told reporters Monday that Seoul hopes to see an official end to the Korean War by the end of the year, which would require all the parties who signed the 1953 armistice – the two Koreas, China, and the United States – to agree to a peace treaty.

North Korea leader Kim Jong Un and U.S. President Donald Trump sign documents after their meetings at the Capella resort on Sentosa Island Tuesday, June 12, 2018 in Singapore. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

China Serves More Sour Grapes: North Korea Summit ‘Vague,’ ‘No Timetable’

China’s state media continued dismissing the summit between U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un on Thursday in a piece ostensibly meant to attack American media, but that described the summit’s results as “a vague four-point joint statement with no timetable or roadmap.”

US-South Korea military exercises have long been a source of irritation for North Korea, which considers them preparation for an invasion

South Korea: Joint Exercises Off Only if North Korea Denuclearizes

South Korea’s presidential office said Thursday that leftist President Moon Jae-in would consider ending joint military exercises with the United States if North Korea “implements denuclearization measures and sincere dialogue continues.”

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo (R), South Korea's Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-wha (C) and Japan's Foreign Minister Taro Kono (L) attend a joint news conference at the Foreign Ministry in Seoul on June 14, 2018. - North Korea's Kim Jong Un understands that denuclearisation must happen 'quickly', US Secretary …

Pompeo Insists: No Sanctions Relief for North Korea Despite Pyongyang Claims

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo assured reporters in a joint press conference with his Japanese and South Korean counterparts in Seoul Thursday that the United States is not considering removing sanctions on North Korea until its nuclear program verifiably ceases to exist.

US President Donald Trump (R) speaks while seated with North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un (L) at a signing ceremony during their historic US-North Korea summit, at the Capella Hotel on Sentosa island in Singapore on June 12, 2018. - Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un became on June 12 …

North Korean TV Airs 40-Minute Documentary on Trump-Kim Summit

State television broadcast an extensive 40-minute documentary-style feature on dictator Kim Jong-un’s meeting with “supreme leader” U.S. President Donald Trump two days after Kim returned to North Korea, announcing that Trump treated Kim with “respect and endless admiration.”

South Korean President Moon Jae-in helped arrange the summit between Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un

‘Scam of the Century’: South Korea’s Conservatives Pan Trump-Kim Summit

South Korea’s conservatives, including members of the right-wing Liberty Korea Party, have expressed dismay at President Donald Trump’s meeting with North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un, decrying the lack of enforcement of any denuclearization agreement and substance in their joint declaration.

No fewer than 14 images of Kim Jong Un's visit to the Marina Bay Sands hotel, casino and convention centre and other sights were printed on the front page of the state-run Rodong Sinmun newspaper

North Korean State Newspaper Puts Kim Singapore Tour on Front Page

North Korea’s state newspaper, Rodong Sinmun, covered its Tuesday edition – published before the summit with U.S. President Donald Trump – with photos of dictator Kim Jong-un touring urban Singapore, showing North Korean citizens an inside look into the developed world they are banned from visiting.

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China on Kim-Trump Summit: Trump Has Too Many ‘Unrealistic Ideas’

Chinese state media sought to reinject Beijing into the conversation following Tuesday’s historic summit between North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un and U.S. President Donald Trump, suggesting Americans “borrow some wisdom from Eastern philosophy” and abandon “unrealistic ideas” that the U.S. will not need China to mediate with Pyongyang.

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North Korea’s Tourism Ambitions Cloud Trump-Kim Summit

The looming summit between U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un on Tuesday has the potential to open up global tourism and foreign investment to North Korea, with little prospect of any profits reaching the North Korean people.

Donald Trump and Kim Jong-un

Trump-Kim Summit Makes Front Page News in North Korea

North Korea’s state media outlets extensively covered dictator Kim Jong-un’s departure to Singapore on Sunday to meet President Donald Trump, calling the meeting “historic” and telling readers the two leaders will share “wide-ranging and profound views” on everything from denuclearization to ending the Korean War.

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North Korean Media Mentions ‘DPRK-U.S. Summit’ After Near Total Silence

North Korea’s state media – the only means North Korean people have of learning about the outside world – mentioned the scheduled summit between President Donald Trump and dictator Kim Jong-un in a report Friday, one of the few confirmations North Koreans know the summit is happening.