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South Korea Says U.S. Has Indicated It Is Open to Talks With North 13 Feb 8:04pm Updated South Korea Says U.S. Has Indicated It Is Open to Talks With North
The U.S. views recent talks between the two Koreas in a positive light and has indicated through multiple channels that it could seek talks with the North, another signal that Washington may be considering changes to its policy of talking to Pyongyang only if the North commits to denuclearization.
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Egypt Arrests Former Anticorruption Chief Amid Pre-Election Crackdown 13 Feb 7:07pm Updated Egypt Arrests Former Anticorruption Chief Amid Pre-Election Crackdown
Egyptian authorities arrested the country’s former chief anticorruption officer, according to his lawyer, deepening a clampdown on opponents of President Abdel Fattah Al Sisi before a presidential election in March.
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Iran Under Scrutiny as Deaths of Activists in Prison Rise 13 Feb 2:21pm Updated Iran Under Scrutiny as Deaths of Activists in Prison Rise
The death of an imprisoned Canadian-Iranian environmental activist in Tehran has led to growing criticism over Iran’s treatment of detainees, including concerns about torture in confinement, during a recent crackdown on anti-regime dissent.
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Tillerson Warns ISIS Will Return Without Continued Pressure 13 Feb 1:47pm Tillerson Warns ISIS Will Return Without Continued Pressure
U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson warned members of an international coalition that Islamic State would return if nations don’t continue to contribute to the fight and to stabilization efforts as the campaign moves to a new phase.
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New Formula: Pressure Plus Diplomacy on North Korea 13 Feb 11:37am Updated New Formula: Pressure Plus Diplomacy on North Korea
Weeks of maneuvering by North and South Korea around the Winter Olympics will lead to a new chapter in the Trump administration’s bid to exert maximum economic and diplomatic pressure on Pyongyang over nuclear weapons, Gerald F. Seib writes.
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Another American Confirmed Held in Iran 13 Feb 5:58am Another American Confirmed Held in Iran
Iran is holding an American-Iranian businessman as part of an expanding domestic crackdown on dissent. Morad Tahbaz was one of at least nine environmental activists detained late last month, his family and human rights activists said.
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U.S., in Shift, Signals Readiness to Talk With North Korea 13 Feb 5:57am Updated U.S., in Shift, Signals Readiness to Talk With North Korea
Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said “it’s too early to judge” whether new overtures involving North and South Korea could lead to a serious diplomatic process regarding Pyongyang’s nuclear weapons program.
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