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EXPLAINER: How impoverished N. Korea finances testing spree – Associated Press

Photo: This photo distributed by the North Korean government shows what it says a test-fire of a Hwasong-17 intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM), at an undisclosed location in North Korea on March 24, 2022 North Korea’s recent barrage of missile tests, including Wednesday’s record of at least 23 launches, is raising an important question about its

South Korea

Crush kills at least 146 at Halloween festivities in Seoul – Associated Press

A mass of mostly young people celebrating Halloween festivities in Seoul became trapped and crushed as the crowd surged into a narrow alley, killing at least 146 people and injuring 150 others in South Korea’s worst disaster in years. Emergency workers and pedestrians desperately performed CPR on people lying in the streets after the crush

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Opinion: Democracy Versus Kleptocracy, S. Korea and the Philippines – Inside Sources

Photo: Yoon Suk-yeol (Wikipedia) Comparisons between South Korea and the Philippines can be tempting.  I can’t help but succumb to the temptation after covering this month’s election of Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos as president of the Philippines and then observing, via the internet, the inauguration in Seoul the next day of Yoon Suk-yeol as president of

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Opinion: Post-Afghanistan, Allies Cannot Trust U.S.

The precipitous withdrawal of American forces from Afghanistan should teach America’s allies a basic lesson. You cannot trust the Americans as true alliance partners and should not believe all the reassurances of American leaders, diplomats, and bureaucrats. Neither President Joe Biden nor his predecessor Donald Trump cares about Afghanistan. They could never maintain a commitment

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Opinion: Fearsome Foursome: U.S., Japan, Australia, India Versus China

The United States is forming what looks like the kind of alliance against China that American policy-makers have dreamed of ever since the victory of the Communist forces of Mao Zedong over the U.S.-backed Nationalist Chinese of Chiang Kai-shek more than 70 years ago. Always looking for ways to form a united coalition against the

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Opinion: President Trump, Kim Jong-un and Bob Woodward’s ‘Rage’

Acclaimed journalist Bob Woodward offers inside stories that escaped all of us while covering the three Donald Trump-Kim Jong-un meetings in 2018 and 2019. In the course of 18 interviews and in 27 messages that he obtained between Trump and Kim, he provides details that make his latest book, “Rage,” enthralling reading for anyone, whether

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