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Kim tries to fix image with jokes and hug

For years, Kim has been regarded by South Koreans as a ruthless bully, the face of a hostile neighbor intent on developing weapons of mass destruction whose subjects heeded his every whim. But during a 12-hour visit across the border Friday, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un appeared to soften …

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Syrian Afrin Free

Fighters waved flags and tore down the statue of a legendary Kurdish figure after claiming the city centre on Sunday. The two-month Turkish-led operation aimed to rid the border region of a Kurdish militia that Turkey considers a terrorist group. Activists say 280 civilians have died, although this is denied …

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Russia expels 23 UK diplomats as row deepens

Moscow is to expel 23 UK diplomats and shut down the British Council in Russia  amid increasing tensions over a nerve agent attack against a former double agent and his daughter on British soil The Russian foreign ministry summoned the British ambassador on Saturday to inform him of the retaliatory action taken …

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What’s next for Italy? The post-election scenarios

Italy’s general election has resulted in a hung parliament in which no single party or coalition commands an overall majority, leaving few options for any new government. The prospect of a grand coalition between Silvio Berlusconi’s Forza Italia (Go Italy) party and the ruling centre-left Democratic Party, envisaged before the vote, …

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