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In this June 27, 2008, file photo from television, the 60-foot-tall cooling tower, which was later dismantled, is seen at the main Yongbyon nuclear reactor complex in Yongbyon, North Korea. Increased activity at the Yongbyon North Korean nuclear site has once again caught the attention of analysts and renewed concerns …

Report: North Korea Continues Upgrading Nuclear Reactor During Negotiations

An analysis of satellite imagery by watchdog group 38 North published on Tuesday concluded that “improvements to the infrastructure at North Korea’s Yongbyon Nuclear Scientific Research Center are continuing at a rapid pace,” even as North Korea ostensibly negotiates a denuclearization agreement.

North Korean souvenirs postcards and book purchased by Matthew Lee, diplomatic writer for The Associated Press, are photographed in Washington, Friday, May 11, 2018. Lee was one of two journalists allowed to accompany Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on his trip to North Korea this week. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

North Korea Pulls Anti-American Merchandise from Souvenir Shops

Not only has North Korea canceled its annual month of anti-American rage this year (or at least toned it down quite a bit), but visitors tell reporters this week that America-bashing merchandise is disappearing from souvenir shops despite their status as perennial bestsellers.

US President Donald Trump (R) gestures as he meets with North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un (L) at the start of 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 have become on June …

U.S. Prepares Timeline of ‘Specific Asks’ for North Korea

A senior defense official giving a background briefing to reporters on Sunday stated that the Trump administration will soon present North Korea with a “specific timeline” for denuclearization filled with “specific asks,” and will judge Pyongyang’s degree of “good faith” by how well the timeline is received.

Iran's foreign minister Mohammad Javad Zarif speaks during the Tehran Security Conference in Tehran, Iran, Monday, Jan. 8, 2018. Iran's foreign minister has warned neighboring countries over fomenting insecurity in his country, a reference to anti-government protests that have roiled Iran over the past two weeks. (AP Photo/Ebrahim Noroozi)

Iranian Foreign Minister: Pompeo’s Demands for Nuclear Deal ‘Insulting’ and Illegal

In a speech at the Heritage Foundation on May 21, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo outlined a list of 12 conditions Iran must meet to reach a new nuclear agreement with the United States. Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammed Javad Zarif, one of the lead architects of the nuclear deal Tehran struck with former President Barack Obama, responded this week by lashing out at Pompeo, dismissing his demands as “insulting,” and accusing President Donald Trump of “erratic behavior.”

Chinese President Xi Jinping and North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un scowling

Chinese Companies Race to North Korea Ahead of Sanctions Relief

South Korea’s Yonhap News reported on Friday that North Korea’s major international trade fair was bigger than ever this year, and Chinese companies made up 70 percent of the attendees, anticipating that China will move more quickly than any other country to remove economic sanctions if Pyongyang cooperates with denuclearization.

More than 350,000 people have been killed in the Syrian seven-year war, which started with the brutal repression of anti-government protests

Assad Presses Assault into ‘Deconfliction Zone,’ Drops Barrel Bombs on Rebels

Dictator Bashar Assad ramped up his assault against rebel positions in southwestern Syria on Friday, deploying his infamous “barrel bombs” despite warnings from the United States that he is violating a “deconfliction zone,” jeopardizing civilian lives, and threatening the security of neighboring Israel.

Vladimir Putin, Moon Jae-in

South Korea’s Moon Jae-In Wants Russia Involved in Peace Process

President Moon Jae-in gave the first-ever address to the Russian legislature by a South Korean leader on Thursday, asking Russia to become deeply involved in denuclearization, the peace process, and the future of a more stable Korean Peninsula.

This Saturday, June 16, 2018 file still image taken from video provided by Arab 24 shows Saudi-led forces gathering to retake the international airport of Yemen's rebel-held port city of Hodeida from the Shiite Houthi rebels. With battles raging at the southern side of al-Hodeida International Airport, the military of …

Saudi Coalition in Yemen: ‘No Civilian Casualties in Hodeidah Airport Battle’

The Saudi-led coalition that has been fighting to restore the internationally-recognized government of Yemen reported on Wednesday that the strategically vital airport in Hodeidah was captured from Houthi insurgents without any civilian casualties, despite the Houthi tactic of placing armored fighting vehicles in civilian areas.

North Korea mass games

North Korea to Hold First ‘Mass Games’ Event in Five Years

According to a tour group based in Beijing, North Korea has decided to hold its “Mass Games” event for the first time in five years. The North Korean government has never explained why the games were halted in 2013 after a big show to commemorate the Korean War armistice, or why they are being relaunched now, but the obvious inference is that Pyongyang wishes to appear more open to the West and welcoming to tourists as diplomacy with the United States unfolds.

A displaced Yemeni family sit in a classroom of a school in the city of Hodeidah after being evacuated from a village near Hodeidah airport amid battles between government forces and Houthi fighters

South Korea Faces Wave of Refugees from Yemen

South Korea has long faced the possibility of dealing with a refugee crisis from North Korea if the government collapses, but a wave of refugees coming from an entirely different direction have taken Seoul by surprise and caused a political crisis. The administration of President Moon Jae-in is under enormous pressure to deal with asylum seekers fleeing the horrific civil war in Yemen.

Boba Fett -- seen here portrayed by a fan in Tunisia -- has developed something of a cult following and has been played by various actors, starting with Jeremy Bulloch

China Mocks Trump’s ‘Space Force’ Proposal

The Chinese Communist Party’s People’s Daily Online had a high old time on Tuesday mocking President Donald Trump’s proposal to create a “space force” that will be “separate but equal” from the U.S. Air Force, following up with a hypocritical little sermon about the militarization of space.

United States Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley listens during a United Nations Security Council emergency meeting concerning the situation in Syria, at United Nations headquarters, April 14, 2018 in New York City. Yesterday the United States and European allies Britain and France launched airstrikes in Syria as punishment …

Reports: U.S. to Withdraw from U.N. Human Rights Council

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley are expected to announce the withdrawal of the United States from the U.N. Human Rights Council on Tuesday afternoon, according to various reports.

Turkish pro-Kurdish opposition leader Selahattin Demirtas has spent more than a year behind bars

Jailed Kurdish Candidate in Turkey Threatens Erdogan’s Power

Presidential candidate Selahattin Demirtas of the Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) gave a remarkable campaign speech to Turkish voters on Sunday. His supporters say Demirtas is the only real challenger to incumbent President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, even though Demirtas is running with a rather large handicap: he is in jail.

In this April 12, 2018 photo released by Xinhua News Agency, the Liaoning aircraft carrier is accompanied by navy frigates and submarines conducting an exercises in the South China Sea. China has announced live-fire military exercises in the Taiwan Strait amid heightened tensions over increased American support for Taiwan. The …

China Holds Anti-Mine Exercise with Live Weapons in East China Sea

The Chinese People’s Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) conducted a competitive mine warfare exercise in the East China Sea last week. The exercise was intended to help the Chinese military both become more adept at clearing minefields and more skilled at creating them.

US President Donald Trump says the direct contact and close relationship he has established with Kim Jong Un has ended the threat of nuclear war

Trump and Kim to Discuss Details of North Korean Denuclearization

The United States and North Korea are scheduled to begin discussing the details of denuclearization this week. According to President Donald Trump, he will handle some of these discussions directly with North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un by telephone.

Kashmiri men carry coffin of Shujaat Bukhari, the slain editor-in-chief of the Srinagar based English language daily newspaper Rising Kashmir, during his funeral procession at Kreeri, 40 Kilometres (25 miles) from Srinagar, Indian controlled Kashmir, Friday, June 15, 2018. The Committee to Protect Journalists is urging Indian authorities to investigate …

Veteran Journalist Gunned Down in Kashmir

52-year-old journalist Shujaat Bukhari — founder and editor of the English-language daily paper Rising Kashmir — was reportedly murdered by three motorcycle-riding gunmen outside his office in the city center of Lal Chowk on Thursday evening.

North Korea's hacking fails to make summit talking points

Homeland Security Warns North Korea is Continuing Cyberattacks Despite Trump-Kim Summit

The Department of Homeland Security and FBI issued a report on Thursday warning that North Korea continues its aggressive campaign of cyberattacks, including malware directed at computer systems in the United States, despite the diplomatic opening that culminated in Tuesday’s historic summit between President Donald Trump and dictator Kim Jong-un.

The latest visit by a North Korean delegation comes after Kim Jong Un made two trips over the border to see Xi Jinping

China Wants North Korea to Join ‘Belt and Road’ Project

Soon after President Donald Trump concluded his Tuesday summit with North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un, Chinese media predicted a new golden age of prosperity for Pyongyang and urged it to join China’s massive “Belt and Road” infrastructure project.