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January 9, 2019

Former North Korean diplomat urges international community to help ex-colleague

JUNG YEON-JE/AFP/Getty Images(SEOUL, South Korea) -- A former North Korean diplomat who defected to South Korea in 2016 put out a call to the governments of Italy, South Korea and the United States to help facilitate his former colleague's reported attempt to leave the country. “I urge the Italian government to follow international law and the spirit of humanity to guarantee every condition is met so that political asylum seeker Jo Song Gil and his family can go to the country of their choi..
January 9, 2019

Kremlin rejects suggestion it arrested American as a diplomatic pawn

Whelan family(MOSCOW) -- The Kremlin has rejected suggestions it could have seized the former United States Marine arrested in Moscow on spying charges as a political hostage. "Russia never uses people as pawns in a diplomatic game," the press secretary for Russian President Vladimir Putin told reporters Wednesday, the Kremlin’s first comments on the case of Paul Whelan, who is currently in a Moscow prison and accused of espionage by Russia's domestic intelligence agency. Russia’s Federal..
January 9, 2019

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo makes surprise visit to Iraq

Jordan Pix/Getty Images(BAGHDAD) -- Secretary of State Mike Pompeo made an unannounced stop in Iraq on Wednesday as part of a larger tour of the Middle East in which he is reassuring partners of America's presence in the region following President Donald Trump's surprise decision to withdraw U.S. troops from Syria. Pompeo met with top Iraqi officials in Baghdad, including Prime Minister Adil Abd al-Mahdi and President Barham Salih, but did not take questions from the press. "The Secr..
January 9, 2019

Twenty school children in China injured in attack

omersukrugoksu/iStock(BEIJING) -- Twenty children were injured in a hammer attack at a Beijing primary school Tuesday by a disgruntled former school maintenance worker. Four students were seriously injured, requiring emergency surgery for fractured skulls, according to the Beijing Xicheng District Municipal government. Authorities said, however, none of the injuries sustained were life threatening. Xicheng authorities said in statement posted on Weibo, China's version of Twitter, that poli..