Secretary of State Antony Blinken held calls with his Japanese and South Korean counterparts, condemning the launch that marked the fifth test in 10 days.
Thousands of Russians that reported for enlistment were sent back as they were deemed unfit for duty, according to the Khabarovsk regional governor.
The acting Afghan commerce and industry minister said Russia will supply Afghanistan with gasoline, gas, diesel, and wheat as part of its provisional deal.
Zelenskyy said Ukraine's successes so far are not just limited to the recapturing of Lyman in Donetsk.
NATO chief Jens Stoltenberg said NATO remains in support of Ukraine despite Putin's attempts to deter the alliance in his latest escalatory moves.
Dozens were also injured in clashes with security protests as demonstrators marked the third anniversary of the 2019 protests.
US-based Iranian journalist Masih Alinejad said the ongoing protests are a "result of 40 years of women fighting back."
Opposition leader Keir Starmer calls for the government to recall parliament and scrap plans for tax breaks.
Kyiv said personal sanctions are not enough to punish Russia for staging sham referendums to annex parts of Ukraine.
The Austrian foreign ministry said the referendums in occupied territories are illegitimate and will not be recognized along with Russia's annexation.
The White House announced during its summit on hunger, nutrition, and health that the private sector has made $8 billion in pledges to combat the issue.
Officials from both sides agreed to meet for the first time in seven months to resume talks on the Northern Ireland Protocol.
The Iranian-American national convicted of spying charges was allowed release from prison on a one-week furlough.
South Korea: Lawmaker nominated to oversee unification efforts hints return of leaflet propaganda balloons to North Korea
The incoming government of South Korea’s president-elect Yoon Suk-yeol will be expected to handle the threats coming from North Korea as tensions in the Korean peninsula remain. A conservative lawmaker who is poised to be in charge of overseeing unification efforts has recently hinted at the return to sending leaflet propaganda balloons to North Korea.
Reuters reports that lawmaker Kwon Young-se said Thursday that he is opposing a ban on sending propaganda into North Korea. Kwon is nominated to become the country’s unification minister.
Kwon explained that he believes banning people from sending propaganda through balloons to North Korea violated the right to free speech. The outgoing Liberal administration imposed the ban as part of its efforts to improve relations with North Korea. Kwon described the ban as “unconstitutionally problematic.”
For decades, activists and North Korean defectors would send over balloons with leaflets across the border between the two nations. Food, medicine, money, mini-radios, and flash disks filled with South Korean news and dramas were sent over by plastic bottles via the waterways and balloons to North Korea. Pyongyang has previously threatened to attack South Korea over the sending of balloons.
The ban was also criticized by defectors and activists, who claim that the ban was an effort to whitewash North Korea and silence critics in the government’s efforts to improve ties.
The incoming administration of Yoon is expected to take a hardline stance on North Korea. During a commentary in 2021, Kwon called to scrap the ban and accused outgoing President Moon Jae-in’s administration of neglecting ordinary North Koreans, saying that Moon’s administration is only looking to improve ties with North Korea’s leaders rather than improve the lives of North Korean citizens.
Meanwhile, the US envoy to North Korea will be visiting Seoul next week to meet with South Korean counterparts to discuss the international response to Pyongyang’s weapons tests, most especially its recent test of an intercontinental ballistic missile or ICBM.
US Special Representative Sung Kim has said he is willing to engage in discussions with North Korea at any time without any preconditions, but Pyongyang has since rejected the overtures and accused Washington of maintaining policies it has described as hostile such as military drills with South Korea and sanctions.
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