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    Lawmakers say North Korean diplomat defected to South Korea

    SEOUL, South Korea — A North Korean diplomat who served as the country’s acting ambassador to Kuwait has defected to South Korea, according to South Korean lawmakers who were briefed by Seoul’s spy agency. Ha Tae-keung, a conservative opposition lawmaker and an executive secretary of the National Assembly’s intelligence committee, said Tuesday he was told […] More

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    Israel opens embassy in UAE, expanding new relations

    Israel says it has opened its embassy in the United Arab Emirates ByThe Associated Press January 24, 2021, 5:54 PM • 1 min read JERUSALEM — Israel on Sunday said it has opened its embassy in the United Arab Emirates, following through on last year’s U.S.-brokered agreement to establish full diplomatic ties with the Gulf […] More

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    Egypt says it has launched vaccination against coronavirus

    Egypt has launched a vaccination campaign against the coronavirus By SAMY MAGDY Associated Press January 24, 2021, 2:42 PM • 2 min read CAIRO — Egypt on Sunday launched a vaccination campaign against the coronavirus, with the first shots of Chinese state-owned pharmaceutical giant Sinopharm’s vaccine given to healthcare workers in the Suez Canal city […] More

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    UN: Yemen’s warring sides resume talks on prisoner exchange

    The U.N. says Yemen’s warring sides have resumed U.N.-backed negotiations in Jordan over a prisoner swap ByThe Associated Press January 24, 2021, 11:51 AM • 2 min read CAIRO — Yemen’s warring sides Sunday resumed United Nations-backed negotiations over a prisoner swap, the world body said, more than three months after they completed the war’s […] More

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    Pirates kill 1, kidnap 15 crew of Turkish ship off W. Africa

    Turkish media say 15 sailors have been kidnapped and one killed by pirates that attacked a Turkish cargo ship off the West African coast By ANDREW WILKS Associated Press January 24, 2021, 5:33 AM • 2 min read ANKARA, Turkey — Pirates attacked a Turkish cargo ship off the West African coast, kidnapping 15 sailors […] More

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    Saudi TV says missile or drone intercepted over Riyadh

    Saudi Arabia says it has intercepted an apparent missile or drone attack over its capital, Riyadh, amid the kingdom’s yearslong war against Yemen’s Houthi rebels ByThe Associated Press January 23, 2021, 10:03 AM • 2 min read Share to FacebookShare to TwitterEmail this article DUBAI, United Arab Emirates — Saudi Arabia said Saturday it intercepted […] More

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    Islamic State claims deadly and rare twin blasts in Baghdad

    Islamic State has claimed responsibility for a rare suicide attack that rocked central Baghdad, killing 32 people and wounding dozens By Associated Press January 22, 2021, 11:11 AM • 2 min read Share to FacebookShare to TwitterEmail this article BAGHDAD — The Islamic State claimed responsibility for a rare suicide attack that rocked central Baghdad, […] More

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    Israeli warplanes strike Syria, kill 4 – including children

    Syria’s state media says Israeli warplanes have fired several missiles on targets in central Syria, killing a family of four By ALBERT AJI and BASSEM MROUE Associated Press January 22, 2021, 9:50 AM • 3 min read Share to FacebookShare to TwitterEmail this article DAMASCUS, Syria — Israeli warplanes fired several missiles toward central Syria […] More

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    Amid crippling sanctions, Iran traders seek lifeline in Iraq

    Piles of plush carpets line the floors of a shopping center in northern Iraq hosting traders from neighboring Iran By RASHID YAHYA and SAMYA KULLAB Associated Press January 21, 2021, 6:19 AM • 4 min read DOHUK, Iraq — Piles of plush carpets line the floors of a northern Iraq shopping center hosting traders from […] More

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    Israel OKs hundreds of settlement homes in last-minute push

    Israeli authorities say they have advanced plans to build nearly 800 homes in West Bank settlements By JOSEF FEDERMAN Associated Press January 17, 2021, 6:34 PM • 3 min read Share to FacebookShare to TwitterEmail this article JERUSALEM — Israeli authorities on Sunday advanced plans to build nearly 800 homes in West Bank settlements, in […] More

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    Russian cargo ship sinks in the Black Sea, rescue underway

    A Russian-flagged dry goods ship sank off the Black Sea coast in Turkey on Sunday and emergency workers were rescuing the crew ByThe Associated Press January 17, 2021, 11:46 AM • 1 min read Share to FacebookShare to TwitterEmail this article ISTANBUL — A Russian-flagged cargo ship sank off Turkey’s Black Sea coast on Sunday […] More

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    Official: Gunmen kill two women judges in Afghan capital

    A court official says gunmen have fired on a car in northern Kabul, killing two women judges who worked for Afghanistan’s high court and wounding the driver By TAMEEM AKHGAR Associated Press January 17, 2021, 8:02 AM • 2 min read Share to FacebookShare to TwitterEmail this article KABUL, Afghanistan — Gunmen fired on a […] More

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